Focusrite Scarlett 18i8 V2 USB Audio Interface
The Focusrite Scarlett 18i8 V2 USB Audio Interface is the second generation 18 in / 8 out USB 2.0 Audio interface with four Scarlett Mic preamps, 24bit/192kHz, eight ADAT inputs, four line inputs, two main monitor outputs and two headphone outputs. Recording software included. Mac / PC compatible.
Focusrite Scarlett 18i8 is ideal for musicians, producers and small bands who want to record audio from a wide range of sources such as drums, guitars, keyboards and vocals simultaneously. Four natural-sounding combination input Scarlett mic preamps, super-low latency* and class-leading sound quality and digital conversion are complemented by a host of additional inputs and outputs; four extra line inputs, digital I/O, two main monitor outputs and two entirely discrete headphone outputs. An ADAT input allows you to expand with eight additional mic preamps for larger recording sessions. Focusrite is the perfect partner for Pro Tools. To that end, Focusrite and Avid will continue to work together to ensure all Scarlett interfaces are thoroughly tested with the latest version of Pro Tools. Scarlett 18i8 is also compatible with all other major DAWs, on Mac and PC.
All the Ins and Outs you need
Four combi inputs with Scarlett mic preamps and two newly-designed high headroom instrument inputs let you record any combination of instruments or vocals together. Connect your synths, keyboards or mixers into four additional line inputs on the rear panel, and connect any equipment with digital I/O to the SPDIF inputs to record ten simultaneous channels. Connect an OctoPre via ADAT, expanding to 12 mic preamps and 16 analogue inputs. Two discrete headphone outputs let you send separate headphone mixes to two artists, or an engineer and artist, while two balanced jack outputs let you connect to your professional studio monitors. With further MIDI connectivity, you can also integrate your favourite hardware synths with your DAW.
New Generation - Better in every way
The second generation Scarlett range is packed full of upgrades. New super-low latency* will bring confidence to your performance, letting you record and monitor with software effects in real time. New metal gain controls and a sleeker red metal chassis underscore its improved industrial design, built to go anywhere. The Scarlett range also now operates at sample rates all the way up to 192kHz, and the input channels have evolved too. The latest Scarlett mic preamp features a more even gain structure, so you can accurately set your levels, and the instrument input has also been completely redesigned with greater headroom to handle seriously hot guitar pick-ups. Finally, Focusrite have provided analogue protection circuitry across both the inputs and the outputs, to guard your interface against unwanted power surges.
Intuitive Mix Control, Red plug-ins and more
The included 'Focusrite Control' is a brand new software mixer for easy configuration of monitoring and routing setups. Simple and intuitive to use, Focusrite Control offers a traditional mixer workflow and allows immediate access to internal hardware functions. Also included are the software and effects you need; an exclusive version of Pro Tools | First - Focusrite Creative Pack (featuring 12 additional plug-ins including the Eleven Lite for real life guitar amp emulations), Ableton Live Lite, the Softube Time and Tone Bundle, Focusrite's Red Plug-In Suite, 2GB of Loopmasters samples and more.
* Super-low roundtrip latency was measured at 2.74ms, working at 96kHz with a 32 samples buffer on Logic Pro X, running on a Mac Pro and OS 10.11
Focusrite Scarlett 18i8 V2 USB Audio Interface Features
- Eight analogue inputs, including four Scarlett mic preamps with plenty of even gain
- Two newly-designed instrument inputs, now with increased headroom
- Class-leading digital conversion at up to 24-bit / 192kHz
- Super-low latency* lets you perform and produce using effects in real time, with no need for DSP
- Two independent balanced analogue outputs for connecting studio monitors
- Two discrete headphone outputs with dedicated volume controls
- Expand up to eight additional analogue inputs via ADAT
- Focusrite Control software to easily configure your monitoring and routing setups
- Includes Pro Tools | First - Focusrite Creative Pack and Ableton Live Lite
- All the additional software and loops you need to record
- Use it with all major DAWs on Mac and PC
- MIDI I/O connectivity, ideal for sending/receiving MIDI
- Stereo S/PDIF In and Out for connecting other digital devices
Focusrite Scarlett 18i8 V2 USB Audio Interface Specifications
- Mac OS X Yosemite, El Capitan
- Windows 8.1, Windows 7, Windows 10
- Scarlett 18i8 (2nd Gen) is class compliant on Mac. Driver will be required for PC.
Focusrite Scarlett 18i8 V2 USB Audio Interface Includes
- Scarlett 18i8 (2nd Gen) USB Audio Interface
- USB Cable
- Power Supply
- Bundle code for your free software
- Focusrite Control - Routing and monitoring application
- Red 2 & 3 Plug-in Suite
- Softube Time & Tone Pack
- Pro Tools First | First Focusrite Creative Pack
- Ableton Live Lite music making software
- 2 GB of Loopmasters sounds and samples
- Novation Bass Station VST and AU plug-in synthesiser
- Two Year Warranty
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the pre-amps are good but I think there is a lack luster converter on it I recently upgraded and it made a world of difference I suggest a outboard pre amp if you use this interface as well phoenix audio works well with it.
This is a very solid unit. Great construction, small footprint, great focus rite Pre's, good i/o options, and its expandable. Setup was pretty straight forward.
My only gripe is that you have to use the provided software application to do simple things like switch between inst and mic levels and enable the pad. I would prefer to have this functionality on the hardware itself. That being said, the software is very versatile and adds some great functionality to the unit. You can set up different mixes and route them to separate headphone outs, etc...
This is definitely a go-to unit in the sub $500 interface category.
Decent interface for the price. Accepted 8 channels of 48kHz audio over the optical ADAT connection perfectly. However, I had some issues while simultaneously receiving digital data over optical ADAT and coaxial S/PDIF, and a mic plugged into one of the 18i8's pres. I contacted Focusrite support (who was VERY courteous and responded right away), and he verified that I had the proper connection scheme to keep everything clocked properly. But I still had annoying pops in the audio.
If you are going to use either S/PDIF or ADAT inputs, then this interface is pretty good. But both at the same time just wasn't working for me.
As someone who is new to editing/mixing audio (for video production) I am really glad I came across the Focusrite Scarlett 18i8 USB Audio Interface! Using "regular" mixers I have had very mixed results (pun not intended). I have found it difficult to get multiple mic input levels even using those types of mixers. That's until the 18i8 Audio Interface! Now I can easily SEE each mic input's levels and make adjustments as needed to get an even and well balanced mix. That's the good.
The only "bad" I have to say about the 18i8 Audio Interface is that it's USB and doesn't include a Firewire and/or Thunderbolt option. Having said that, that's not really "bad" because the USB works just fine. No skips, lags, or any issues whatsoever due to the USB interface speed.
Overall, I love my Focusrite Scarlett 18i8 USB Audio Interface and I am extremely happy that it is now a major component in my audio editing/mixing process.