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Focusrite Scarlett 18i8 (2nd Gen) USB Audio Interface

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OVERVIEW

18-in, 8-out USB audio interface with four Scarlett mic preamps.

The second generation Scarlett range is packed full of upgrades. Scarlett generation 2 features super-low latency that will bring confidence to your performance, letting you record and monitor with software effects in real time. Its metal volume controls and a sleeker red metal chassis underscore its improved industrial design, built to go anywhere. Scarlett USB audio interfaces also now operate 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 so it can handle seriously hot pickups for recording electric guitar.

The latest generation Scarlett 18i8 is an 18-in, 8-out USB interface that's ideal for multi-instrumentalists, producers and small bands who want to record audio from a wide range of sources such as drums, guitars, keyboards and vocals. It's Focusrite's most comprehensive desktop interface, giving you four mic preamps, round-trip latency as low as 2.74ms, class-leading sound quality, and two separate headphone outputs, so you can give different monitoring settings to two artists, or an engineer and artist. It's also expandable over ADAT.

Focusrite interfaces are the perfect partner for Pro Tools, so Scarlett 18i8 comes with Pro Tools | First recording software, as well as Ableton Live Lite and a suite of software and samples so you can start recording straight away. As you’d expect, it works flawlessly with all major DAWs on Mac and PC.

FEATURES
  • Class-leading digital conversion at up to 24-bit / 192kHz
  • Super-low latency lets you perform and produce using effects in real time
  • Two independent balanced analog outputs for connecting studio monitors
  • Two discrete headphone outputs with dedicated volume controls
  • Expand up to eight additional analog inputs via ADAT

Bigger, faster, easier than ever before—experience the 2nd generation Scarlett series today!

SPECIFICATIONS
Audio Quality
  • Max bit depth: 24-bit
  • Max sampling rate: 192kHz
  • Frequency response: 20Hz – 20kHz
Inputs
  • Total inputs: 18
  • Analog inputs: 8
  • Digital inputs: 10
  • Mic preamps: 4
  • XLR/TRS combo jacks: 4
  • XLR only jacks: 0
  • 1/4” only jacks: 4
  • S/PDIF in: 2
  • ADAT/optical in: 8
  • RCA in: 0
  • AES/EBU DSUB: 0
  • MADI: No
  • Dante: 0
Outputs
  • Total outputs: 8
  • Analog outputs: 6
  • Digital outputs: 2
  • XLR out: 0
  • 1/4” out: 6
  • S/PDIF out: 2
  • ADAT/optical out: 0
  • RCA out: 0
  • AES / EBU DSUB: 0
  • MADI: No
  • Dante: 0
Other Connectivity
  • Connections: USB
  • MIDI I/O: In/Out
  • Headphone output(s): 2
  • Word-clock I/O: No
Onboard Features
  • Computer platform: Mac, Windows
  • Phantom power: Yes
  • Direct monitoring: Yes
  • Onboard DSP: No
  • Metering: LED halos
  • Display: No
  • Latency control: Yes
  • Monitor control: Yes
  • Headphone control: Yes
Other
  • Width: 9.02 in.
  • Height: 2.6 in.
  • Depth: 7.56 in.
  • Weight: 3.70 lb.
  • Rack-mountable: No
  • Included software: Yes
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FocusriteScarlett 18i8 (2nd Gen) USB Audio Interface
 
3.3

(based on 3 reviews)

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Pros

  • Compact (3)
  • Durable (3)
  • Easy to use (3)
  • Good audio (3)
  • Lightweight (3)

Cons

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Best Uses

  • Amateur recording (3)
  • Home studio (3)
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4.0

Seems like a good product.

By DM

from Chico, CA

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Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Compact
  • Durable
  • Easy To Use
  • Lightweight
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio

    Comments about Focusrite Scarlett 18i8 (2nd Gen) USB Audio Interface:

    This is my second foray into recording. My first was in a full studio. The device seems like it will do everything I want it to, and the software seems to have decent basic functionality. Were I more seasoned as a recording artist, I would probably want better software and more full-featured hardware; but for what I'm willing to pay for and learn, this is great. My one gripe is that its Linux compatibility could use some work.

    Linux compatibility is one of the primary reasons why I chose this model; and, indeed, it works with Audacity, which is great. However, when attempting to have system sound (such as MP3 recordings) play through the device's headphones, it detects it as a 7.1 surround sound speaker set, and plays very high treble through the left ear, and very low bass through the right. So, it basically can't be used as a means for playing along with a recorded track, unless you want to do so in a heavy DAW program. That being said, the fact that it works with Linux for its primary features, is significant, so I'm only deducting one star for Linux compatibility issues. (Yes, I realize that it's not officially supported to work on Linux...but it should be.)

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Yes. Great Product

    By Blue Salt Recordings

    from San Antonio, Texas

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    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Compact
    • Durable
    • Easy To Use
    • Lightweight
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio

      Comments about Focusrite Scarlett 18i8 (2nd Gen) USB Audio Interface:

      Perfect piece for creating a studio with limited space.

      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      I am returning this

      By Brian Bell order# mf377951027

      from Vancouver WA

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      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Compact
      • Durable
      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight
      • Versatile

      Cons

      • out of boxbroken 2nd monitor output has no sound
      • Unreliable

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio

      Comments about Focusrite Scarlett 18i8 (2nd Gen) USB Audio Interface:

      It is broken need another one

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