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Focusrite Scarlett 18i6 USB Audio Interface  

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    A professional multi-channel USB 2.0 interfaces that is band ready.

    The Focusrite Scarlett 18i6 is an 18 in / 6 out USB 2.0 audio interface designed to make home multi-track recording a breeze. Alongside two award-winning Focusrite preamps, six high-quality analogue inputs allow you to simultaneously record guitar, bass, vocals and keys. You don’t need to stop there either – pop in the ADAT optical cable from an outboard eight-channel mic pre unit such as the Focusrite OctoPre MkII and you can track the drums at the same time.

    Included with the Scarlett 18i6 is Scarlett MixControl, an 18 x 6 DSP mixer. Offering a superb level of flexibility, the MixControl software enables you to create six separate mixes with ultra-low-latency. Route any combination of input signals and sequencer outputs to any of the Scarlett 18i6 outputs. Intuitive one-click configurations help you track, monitor and mix as quickly as possible.

    Scarlett 18i6 comes with all of the additional tools needed to start making music straight away. Scarlett VST/AU/RTAS Plug-in Suite comes in the box, adding Focusrite compression, reverb, gating and EQ to your recording system.

    Focusrite’s established Xcite+ bundle is also included. The bundle features Ableton Live Lite (for all your production, performance and compositional needs), Novation’s Bass Station soft synth and over 1 gig of royalty-free samples from Loopmasters.

    Scarlett 18i6’s two award-winning Focusrite preamps ensure low noise and distortion, whilst cutting-edge digital conversion captures your audio with pristine quality. 16 additional inputs allow you to capture inspired takes, without having to constantly re-patch your studio. Combined with the very latest in USB interfacing technology, excellent routing flexibility and rock-solid driver stability, the Scarlett 18i6 is the heart of the modern recording studio.

    Scarlett VST/AU/RTAS Plug-in Suite
    Scarlett from Focusrite is a professional plug-in suite that provides a definitive suite of Compression, Gating, EQ, and Reverb for tracking and mixing. Scarlet includes the most popular formats including VST/AU and RTAS (Pro Tools). From one of the most prestigious names in pro audio, made famous by the original Red range and the classic ISA console modules, this plug-in suite provides the perfect upgrade for your Digital Audio workstation. Not only does it sound great, the new Scarlett user interface features a stunning new Red anodized look and feel, which takes the recording and mixing experience to whole new level! Scarlett sets a new standard for drop- dead gorgeous plug-ins!

    Each powerful plug-in has a host of fast and easy-to-use pre-sets, providing a great starting point for a huge number of popular sound sources, from vocals and guitars to synth bass and percussion. In addition, every plug-in parameter can be finely tuned to bring out the optimum sound you want, exactly the way you want it. So whether you want a fast set-up or an advanced set-up, Scarlett is destined to become your new 'go-to' plug-in.

    Xcite+ Software Bundle
    'Xcite+' comes on a DVD-ROM filled to the brim with royalty-free loops and samples alongside some powerful applications ideal for getting the new user started, or to expand the experienced user’s creative toolbox.

    Ableton Live Lite 8 forms the foundation of this collection, providing the ideal platform to create, produce and perform. Novation’s classic bass synth, ‘Bass Station’ enables you to create bass and 303-styled patches. Alongside these comes an entire gigabyte of royalty-free samples, exclusively compiled by LoopMasters, providing a selection of loops and samples large enough to satisfy the appetite of even the most demanding artist.

    Features
    • Two high-quality award-winning Focusrite preamps
    • Total I/O count of 18 inputs and 6 outputs
    • High-quality 24-bit/96kHz USB interface
    • Scarlett MixControl ultra-low-latency DSP mixer/router
    • Scarlett VST/AU/RTAS Plug-in Suite
    • Xcite+ Software Bundle
    • Two Hi-Z instrument inputs
    • Dedicated front-panel headphone bus
    • Monitor levels are always within reach
    • Switchable phantom power
    • Software PFL
    • Includes USB cable, universal DC power supply, installer CD, self adhesive rubber feet, Xcite+ Bundle

    The best sounding interface in its class.

     

    Scarlett 18i6 USB Audio Interface Specifications:

    • Focusrite Scarlett 18i6
    • Microphone Inputs 1-2
    • Frequency Response: 20Hz - 20kHz +/- 0.2 dB
    • Gain Range: +13dB to +60dB
    • THD+N: 0.001% (measured at 1kHz with a 20Hz/22kHz bandpass filter)
    • Noise EIN: 124dB analogue to digital (measured at 60dB of gain with 150Ω termination (20Hz/22kHz bandpass filter)
    • Input Impedance: 2kΩ
    • Digital Performance
    • A/D Dynamic Range > 110dB (A-weighted), all analogue inputs
    • D/A Dynamic Range > 106dB (A-weighted), all analogue outputs
    • Clock Sources: Internal Clock; Sync to Word Clock on SPDIF Input (RCA); Sync to Word Clock on ADAT Optical Input
    • Clock jitter < 500 picoseconds
    • Supported Sample Rates: 44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz
    • 18 input channels to computer: Analogue (8), SPDIF (2), ADAT (8)
    • 6 output channels from computer: DAW (6)
    • 6 output channels from Scarlett 18i6: Analogue (4), SPDIF (2)
    • 18 input by 6 output mixer
    • Line Inputs (Inputs 1-2)
    • Frequency Response: 20Hz - 20kHz +/- 0.2dB
    • Gain Range: -10dB to +36dB
    • THD+N: 0.001% (measured with 0dBFS input and 22Hz/22kHz bandpass filter)
    • Noise: -90dBu (22Hz/22kHz bandpass filter)
    • Input Impedance: >10kΩ
    • Line Inputs 3-8
    • Frequency Response: 20Hz - 20kHz +/- 0.2 dB
    • Input Level: +10dBu for 0dBFS (balanced inputs)
    • THD+N: 0.001% (measured at 1kHz with a 20Hz/22kHz bandpass filter)
    • Noise: -100dBu (22Hz/22kHz bandpass filter)
    • Input Impedance: >10kΩ
    • Instrument Inputs (Inputs 1 and 2)
    • Frequency Response: 20Hz - 20kHz +/- 0.1dB
    • Gain Range: +13dB to +60dB
    • THD+N: 0.004% (measured with 0dBu input and 20Hz/22kHz bandpass filter)
    • Noise: -87dBu (20Hz/22kHz bandpass filter)
    • Analogue Audio Outputs (Outputs 1-2)
    • 2 Electronically Balanced Outputs
    • Maximum Output Level (0dBFS): +16dBu
    • Frequency Response: 20Hz - 20kHz +/- 0.2 dB
    • THD+N: 0.001% (0dBFS input, 20Hz/22kHz bandpass filter)
    • Crosstalk (Channel Isolation)
    • Any input to input: > 100dB
    • Any output to output: > 100dB
    • Any input to output: > 100dB
    • Digital Performance
    • A/D Dynamic Range > 110dB (A-weighted), all analogue inputs
    • D/A Dynamic Range > 106dB (A-weighted), all analogue outputs
    • Clock Sources: Internal Clock; Sync to Word Clock on SPDIF Input (RCA); Sync to Word Clock on ADAT Optical Input
    • Clock jitter < 500 picoseconds
    • Supported Sample Rates: 44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz
    • 18 input channels to computer: Analogue (8), SPDIF (2), ADAT (8)
    • 6 output channels from computer: DAW (6)
    • 6 output channels from Scarlett 18i6: Analogue (4), SPDIF (2)
    • 18 input by 6 output mixer
    • Physical:
    • Dimension (W x H x D): 215mm x 45mm x 220mm (8.5 x 1.8 x 8.7 inches)
    • Weight: 1.5kg / 3.3lbs
    • Connectivity (Channels at a glance):
    • IN
    • 2, Mic/Line/Inst, Combo XLR, Inc. 2 instrument inputs
    • 6 Line analogue, ¼” TRS Jack, on rear panel
    • 2 S/PDIF , RCA phono, on rear panel
    • 8 ADAT Optical, TOSLINK, on rear panel
    • 16, MIDI, 5 pin DIN connector, provides 16 channels of MIDI
    • OUT
    • 2, Line analogue, ¼” TRS Jack, on rear panel
    • 2, S/PDIF, RCA phono, On rear panel
    • 2, Stereo headphones, ¼” TRS Jack, independent of line outputs
    • 16, MIDI, 5 pin DIN connector, provides 16 channels of MIDI
    • Analogue Channel Inputs (Inputs 1-8)
    • 2 Mic XLR Combo (channels 1-2) on front panel
    • 6 Line ¼” TRS (channels 3-8) on rear panel
    • Automatic switching between Mic / Line (channels 1-2)
    • Switching between Line / Instrument Inputs (channels 1-2) via Scarlett Mix Control Application
    • Digital Channel Inputs (Inputs 9-18) 44.1 - 96kHz
    • Stereo S/PDIF input on RCA
    • 8 optical ADAT channels (4 channels at 88.2 / 96kHz)
    • Analogue Audio Outputs (Outputs 1-4)
    • 2 ¼” TRS Jacks
    • Output Level control (analogue)
    • Separate Stereo Headphones Mix (outputs 3/4) on ¼” TRS with independent analogue volume control
    • Digital Channel Outputs (Outputs 5-6) 44.1 - 96kHz
    • Stereo S/PDIF Output on RCA
    • Other I/O
    • 1 USB Type “B” Connector
    • 2 Standard 5-pin DIN MIDI connectors: In and Out
    • DC Power Input Connector (for use with supplied universal input power supply)
    • Front Panel Indicators
    • 8 2-segment input meters, -18 and 0dBFS
    • “LKD” Lock Indicator
    • “USB” Host Connected Indicator
    • Instrument input source selection LED for channels 1 and 2
    • Phantom Power (48V) switch and LED for inputs 1 and 2
    • Compatibility:
    • MAC
    • OS X 10.6.5 Snow Leopard
    • WINDOWS
    • Windows 7 (All versions), Windows Vista (32bit only), or Windows XP SP3 (32bit only)
    • Scarlett VST/AU/RTAS Plug-in Suite
    • System Requirements
    • Mac OS
    • Power PC G4/G5 or Intel Mac
    • Mac OS 10.4.11 or higher
    • 512 MB RAM
    • XVGA [High Colour 1024x768]
    • Windows
    • Windows XP* or Vista (All Versions)
    • Pentium III 600 MHz CPU or faster**
    • 512 MB RAM
    • XVGA [High Colour 1024x768]
    • Supported Formats
    • Windows - VST
    • Mac OS - VST, Audio Unit
    • * Windows XP users are advised to use Windows XP2 or higher
    • ** 1GHz CPU recommended
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    FocusriteScarlett 18i6 USB Audio Interface
     
    2.4

    (based on 7 reviews)

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    • Good audio (3)

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        1.0

        Junk

        By ajcharronmusic

        from Montreal

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

        • Clear Sound

        Cons

        • Breaks Easily
        • Unreliable

        Best Uses

          Comments about Focusrite Scarlett 18i6 USB Audio Interface:

          Bought mine several months ago and it has never worked well. Sound keeps on cutting out all the time. I have to close cubase, unplug the unit, replug it, restart Cubase, go back to where I was. Really annoying when this starts happening every 2 minutes. There does not seem to be any pattern to it. It can work well for a day, the go berserk every few minutes, then work well again.

          The computer runs XP SP3, it's a new install on a new hard drive. Computer is dedicated to recording and not internet enabled. The only other thing on the USB is the Cubase license key.

          Never had any problems with my old Yamaha Audiogram 6, it always worked perfectly well.

          I contacted the folks at Focusrite, sent them files and readings. Their conclusion? PC's come with bad USB cards and I should replace (a perfectly good) the USB card.

          I'm about to throw the unit against a cement wall, that's how bad the thing is.

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          1.0

          CRASHES CONSTANTLY

          By EDL

          from Las Vegas

          About Me Professional Musician

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          Pros

          • Clear Sound
          • Compact

          Cons

          • Unreliable

          Best Uses

            Comments about Focusrite Scarlett 18i6 USB Audio Interface:

            I've had mine about three months. I've run it with a Windows XP SP3 machine and a new Windows 8 machine. It crashes constantly. I'll never buy another Focusrite product regardless of their once great reputation. How disappointing...

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            1.0

            DOESN'T WORK ON OSX 10.6.4!

            By Teleblues

            from Nashville

            About Me Professional Musician

            Pros

              Cons

              • Not Compatable With Osx

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                Comments about Focusrite Scarlett 18i6 USB Audio Interface:

                I've been working with Focusrite in an attempt to resolve but after a month (and it's since been discontinued so I can't even return it) I give up.

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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Reliable USB Recording

                By Mike-Pt6ej

                from Los Angeles

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                Pros

                • Clear Sound
                • Compact
                • Durable
                • Easy To Use

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Home Studio

                  Comments about Focusrite Scarlett 18i6 USB Audio Interface:

                  I "run" two Audio inputs from a JUNO-G into a live mixer, then direct-out of the mixer into input #6 of the 18i6. I also run two seperate vocal mics into the mixer and again direct-out (each mic seperate) one into input 3 the other into input 4, of the 18i6. I have an Alesis DM-10 drum kit plugged into an amp with XLR direct-out; which is also run through the mixer and direct-out to input #7 of the 18i6. The Bass uses another input of the mixer, again direct-out and #8 input of the 18i6. This leaves input #1 and #2 for the guitars, which are both direct input from the effects send of the two Peavey ValveKing 100 amps.

                  Using the Focusrite Scarlett MixControl allows Computer recording (PC Win7) using SONAR ProducerX1 PRO. Latency set at 1ms, without any hick-ups, delays, distortions, etc.

                  Each instrument is assigned to it's own seperate recording track. So far, have had the Two keyboard tracks, DM-10, and the two guitars record at the same time. Hard to fing bass player, so have to add bass track later. Vocals are also recorded later.

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                  (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  2.0

                  Not for beginners

                  By bluewolf

                  from Maryland

                  About Me Novice

                  Pros

                  • Compact
                  • Durable
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                  • Poor Sound Quality

                  Best Uses

                  • Amateur Recording
                  • Home Studio

                  Comments about Focusrite Scarlett 18i6 USB Audio Interface:

                  I bought this interface and so far the sound is static and clippy maybe I'm not configuring it right, but I followed the instructions and still would not get decent sound, I now Im gonna pay for someone to set it up for me since is not mixer friendly at all, but without the mixer it gives an average sound, not clear as I expected more from this device I wouldn't recommend it to anyone that does not know what they are doing or maybe I got a lemon, I did not have so many problems with my digital multitracker Fostex mrkii, but I wanted to upgrade to good quality sound and the focusrite did not do as promised for me, the technical support is almost non existent and I regret buying this product too much time wasted in the dark figuring everything out on my own.

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                  (7 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  2.0

                  Scarlet is fine when it is working

                  By Patrick Boyle

                  from California

                  Comments about Focusrite Scarlett 18i6 USB Audio Interface:

                  I've used this for about 8 months.
                  In summary, it sounds fine, but isn't that reliable.... So I'm looking for a different solution.
                  Issues:
                  1) drops off the USB bus every few hours. It is on a dedicated port on my MacBook pro, and requires power cycling the Scarlet.
                  2) audio section simply stops output every couple df days, the scarlet mixer interface seems to be still working....requires power cycling the Scarlet
                  3) midi output device does not have a name in the Mac midi manager which is confusing.
                  Clean inputs and outputs,
                  Handy to have the meters for the mic inputs,
                  Maybe the time lag for resolving the driver-related random latency problem should have been a sign.
                  Nice little unit when it is working.

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                  (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  YES!!!

                  Comments about Focusrite Scarlett 18i6 USB Audio Interface:

                  Overall I would say it's a great buy and built very well...Buy now!!!
                  It's been a while since I have been this jacked about an interface. My older E-MU 1820m just wasn't cutting it anymore. I switched to recording on a desktop replacement. It would have cost a bundle to get the 1820m to work with the lappie. Did some research and waited for the Scarlett to come out and I'm glad I did. Setup was a breeze. I have really put it through the paces and it hasn't tripped up once. Recording at 96k 5ms and playback are very smooth. The sound is incredible very even no clipping or shuttering. If your in the market for a new interface pick one up you will not be disappointed.
                  Built like a tank very solid construction.
                  Come on for what you get it can't be beat.

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