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Focusrite Scarlett 18i8 (1st GENERATION) 18 In/8 Out USB 2.0 Audio Interface with Four Focusrite Mic Preamps
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- Four award-winning Focusrite mic pres with 18 inputs and 8 outputs
- Two independent headphone outputs each with a level control
- Rugged metal unibody chassis. High quality 24bit 96KHz audio interface for Mac, PC and iPad
- Includes an authorization code for Ableton Live Lite, Scarlett Plug-in Suite (RTAS/AU/VST), Red 2 & Red 3 Plug-in Suite (AAX/AU/VST), the Softube Time and Tone Bundle, Novation Bass Station, and 1GB of Loopmasters samples
- Compatible with Mac OS X 10.8/Windows 7 or higher
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Focusrite Scarlett 18i8 Audio Interface
The new Focusrite Scarlett 18i8 18 in/8 out interface extends the Scarlett range of USB 2.0 interfaces from Focusrite, each of which offers a series of high-quality inputs and outputs for different recording requirements. With four Focusrite mic pres, Scarlett 18i8 is designed for producers and recording artists or bands that require the ability to record a significant number of sources at the same time, including multiple mics/instruments, with the expansion capability to handle multiple studio recording requirements. Scarlett 18i8 works on Mac, PC and iPad (Apple Camera Connection Kit required for iPad).
18 Separate Inputs, 8 Independent Outputs
At the heart of 18i8 is a set of four Focusrite mic preamps with up to 60dB gain, designed specifically for Focusrite's computer audio interfaces. The first two inputs offer Mic/Line/Instrument on universal XLR/TRS connectors, while inputs 3 and 4 offer Mic/Line capability on universal XLRs-all four are on the front panel with pads and 48V phantom power. Four more line inputs are provided on TRS connectors. An ADAT optical digital connector provides eight additional digital inputs that can also be used with external mic preamps like Focusrite's OctoPre Mk II (sold separately) to increase the number of mic inputs the 18i8 can handle to 12. A stereo S/PDIF coaxial input is also included. On the output side, there are two TRS monitor outputs, stereo S/PDIF coax, and two independent stereo headphone outputs, each with their own volume knob so both the artist and the engineer can control their own personal monitoring. All analog inputs and outputs have their own connectors, so there is no need for breakout cables, and all feature Focusrite precision 24-bit, 96kHz sampling A/D and D/A conversion to get the most accurate signal possible into and out of recording applications on Windows, Mac and now iOS apps.
Tough and Innovative Hardware
Scarlett 18i8 is housed in a compact red unibody metal case to withstand the rigors of the road-and the studio. Input level controls feature signal halos-LED rings around the level control that give a simple and immediate go/no-go level indication: green means there is a recordable signal while red indicates overload. A large main monitor knob with mute button means that main monitor levels are always at your fingertips.
Inside the box you'll find an authorization code for Ableton Live Lite (available via online download), as well as Focusrite's Scarlett plug-in suite and the Red 2 & Red 3 PlugIn Suite (AAX/AU/VST) upon registration of interface. Compatible with all major DAWs, Scarlett plug-in suite provides EQ, Compression, Gate and Reverb-essential tools for polishing your mix.
Which Scarlett Interface Is Right for You?
The Focusrite Scarlett series comes in a range of interface configurations. Use the chart to the left to compare models and find the right Scarlett for your recording needs.
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There was just a little too much latency with this interface, no matter what I did to configure/re-configure it. I tried all sorts of tricks, but it never got to the point where it wasn't distracting. When you're tracking music, that's a deal-breaker.
And here's the thing. For the exact same price, you can get their Firewire interface (also works with Thunderbolt) that has all the same features, and comparable (if not superior) sound quality... with zero latency.
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I purchased this unit from a local seller I found through Craigslist for about $170 brand new.
I am a producer, engineer, and a songwriter and this fits almost all my needs. The two mic pre-amps are pretty solid for what they are. They sound clean and smooth. There is a good amount of warmth to the signal and doesn't sound too sterile. My only gripe about Focusrite pre-amps are that these don't offer much headroom so it's easy to clip. But hey, this isn't some SSL console we're talking about. This is a budget interface and for that, the pres are alright and they get a pass from me. As long as you don't clip, these pres sound great.
One thing I do want to address when it comes to recording, is that I get a very harsh high pitch ring at around 8khz. It's very apparent when I record my electric directly into the box. The ring is very noticeable and I find that I have to apply a notch with an EQ to get that noise outta there. So far it hasn't been much of an issue but others might find this as a huge turn off (which it is). I don't notice the noise when I'm recording vocals though.
This unit is hooked up to my laptop into my JBL LSR305s, and my Pioneer subwoofer. It delivers great sound.
Overall, I'd recommend this product. But do note that these pres are NOT industry standard nor should you expect them to be, and you might run into unwanted noise (high pitch ring at 8khz) when recording certain instruments. Great unit for a home studio or for on-the-go purposes.
"Scarlett MixControl A firmware update is required Do you want to proceed?"
So I press "Yes".
"Scarlett MixControl.exe has stopped working" and it would not go past this screen.
Found a forum post that said: "There are some instances where the firmware does not apply. In these cases power cycling the Scarlett 18i20 a few times forces the firmware update." Did this, and it eventually updated the firmware and became usable.
Headphone amp sounds very good compared to the laptop's.
I measured the actual frequency response with an oscilloscope and signal generator and it extends up to almost 48 kHz when recording at 96 kHz. Not sure why they only advertise it as 20 kHz. There are plenty of good reasons to record ultrasound, such as resampling software synths, etc. It's perfectly flat within 1 dB from 7 Hz to 35 kHz.
Square wave looks like a square wave, no bad phase distortion.
It's not immediately obvious that "outputs 5/6" in the software corresponds with "HP 02" on the front panel. Why not label them the same way in both places?
Windows built-in driver supports 24-bit, but the Focusrite still only comes up as a 16-bit device.