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Focusrite Scarlett 18i8 USB 2.0 Audio Interface

You Pay: $349.99
Product Highlights
  • 18 Inputs, 8 Outputs
  • Resolution up to 24-bit / 96kHz
  • 4 Focusrite Microphone Preamps
  • S/PDIF In / Out
  • MIDI In / Out
  • 2 Independent Headphone Mixes
  • Integrated Monitor Level Control
  • Rugged Metal Unibody Chassis
  • Includes Software Bundle
  • Mac, PC and iPad Compatible

The Scarlett 18i8 USB 2.0 Audio Interface from Focusrite features 18 inputs and 8 outputs, including 4 front-panel microphone preamps on XLR/TRS combo inputs. Each of the microphone inputs doubles as a line input; the first 2 even triple as switchable Hi-Z instrument inputs. The 18i8 is compatible with Mac, PC and iPad - requires an Apple Camera Connection Kit, sold separately.

The Scarlett 18i8 is capable of resolutions up to 24-bit/96kHz and features a wide range of connectivity. Its 4 front microphone inputs can provide up to 60dB of gain and have switchable Phantom power. The rear panel has 4 additional 1/4" TRS line inputs as well as an 8-channel ADAT Lightpipe connection and a stereo S/PDIF input. The 18i8 also provides MIDI input and output jacks.

The Scarlett 18i8 has left and right 1/4" TRS monitor outputs, a stereo S/PDIF output, and two independent headphone outputs. It is housed in a rugged and compact unibody metal case to withstand constant use.

Gain Halos
Unique LED ring "gain halo" indicators make it clear when you have adequate signal for recording. Once the halos are green you have a good level; if they turn red, you've applied too much gain.
Scarlett MixControl
Scarlet MixControl provides an 18 x 8 DSP mixer with flexible routing capabilities, intuitive one-click presets and lower than 1.4mS latency.
Monitor Control & Mute
A large main monitor knob with a mute button means that monitor levels are always at your fingertips.
Software Bundle
Scarlett 18i8 comes with Ableton Live Lite, the Scarlett Plug-in Suite, the Novation Bass Station soft synth and Loopmasters sample content.
System Requirements
Mac System Requirements OS X 10.7 or 10.8
Available USB 2.0 port
Windows System Requirements Windows 7 (all versions) or Windows 8 (excluding RT)
Available USB 2.0 port
Inputs & Outputs
Analog Inputs 2 x XLR/TRS combo jack - Mic/Line/Hi-Z Instrument
2 x XLR/TRS combo jack - Mic/Line
4 x 1/4" TRS - Line In
Digital Inputs 1 x RCA coaxial - S/PDIF stereo
1 x TOSLINK optical - ADAT 8-channel optical @ 44.1/48 kHz
MIDI Ports 1 x 5-pin DIN - MIDI input
1 x 5-pin DIN - MIDI output
Analog Outputs 2 x 1/4" TRS - Monitor Output L/R
Digital Outputs 1 x RCA coaxial - S/PDIF stereo output
Headphone Outputs 2 x 1/4" TRS stereo
USB Connector 1 x USB 2.0 type B
Performance
Dynamic Range A/D: 103 dB CCIR-RMS (all inputs)
D/A: 104 dB CCIR-RMS (line outputs)
Sample Rates 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96 kHz
Bit Depth 16-, 24-bit
Clock Jitter < 250 ps
Phantom Power for Mic Inputs +48V, switchable
Microphone Inputs
Frequency Response ±0.5 dB @ 20 Hz, ±0.1 dB @ 20 kHz; min. gain
THD + N -96 dB (1 kHz, -1 dBFS, 20 kHz BW)
Equivalent Input Noise -122 dBu CCIR-RMS (measured at 60 dB of gain with 150 ohm termination)
Maximum Input Level +9 dBu (without pad)
Line Inputs
Frequency Response ±0.5 dB @ 20 Hz , ±0.2 dB @ 20 kHz (min. gain)
THD + N -83 dB (1 kHz, -1 dBFS, 20 kHz BW)
Noise -105 dBFS CCIR-RMS (min. gain, 50 ohm termination)
Maximum Input Level > +28 dBu
Instrument Inputs
Frequency Response ± 0.3 dB @ 20 Hz, ± 0.1 dB @ 20 kHz (min. gain)
THD + N -83 dB (1 kHz, -1 dBFS, 20 kHz BW)
Noise -103 dBFS CCIR-RMS (measured at min. gain)
Maximum Input Level +8 dB (without pad)
Line Outputs
Maximum Output Level +16 dBu, balanced (@ 0 dBFS)
THD + N -99 dB (1 kHz, -1 dBFS, 20 kHz BW)
Dimensions & Weight
Kensington Security Slot Yes
Dimensions (W x D x H) 8.94 x 7.09 x 2.60" (227 x 180 x 66 mm)
Weight 3.62 lb (1.64 kg)
Focusrite Scarlett 18i8 USB 2.0 Audio Interface
  • USB Cable
  • Power Adapter
  • Software Download / Activation Card
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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          5.0

          Ótimo custo-benefício

          By Haru Fornari

          from Brasil

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                Comments about Focusrite Scarlett 18i8 USB 2.0 Audio Interface:

                Comprei a minha e achei um excelente custo benefício.Placa muito intuitiva e simples de usar.Qualidade de conversão muito honesta para home studio.Estou muito satisfeito.

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                5.0

                Works with ProTools 11

                By SteveB

                from Oklahoma

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                    Comments about Focusrite Scarlett 18i8 USB 2.0 Audio Interface:

                    Replacing an aging Digi002R. Purchased for multi-mic recording of a weekly event lasting two hours that will be sync'd with video. Installed flawlessly and PT11 recognized it immediately. Love the look, the i/o and the mic pres. Looking foward to a long useful life.

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                    5.0

                    great price excellent product

                    By nicolitus

                    from Gresham OR

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                    • 2nd To None
                    • Great recording quality
                    • User friendly

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                      • Mulitrack Recording
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                      Comments about Focusrite Scarlett 18i8 USB 2.0 Audio Interface:

                      i do home recording with pro tools and this interface is 2nd to none im very happy with my purchase and the cost was $ dollars less than any where else shipping was fast no complaints

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                      5.0

                      Fantastic so far

                      By Yosi

                      from Baltimore, md

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                            Comments about Focusrite Scarlett 18i8 USB 2.0 Audio Interface:

                            Not used it yet for recording music but great for voice. Works perfectly with Mac core audio. Excuse typing this sent from an iPad.

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                            5.0

                            A beautiful machine.

                            By Raphael

                            from Brooklyn, NY

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                            Comments about Focusrite Scarlett 18i8 USB 2.0 Audio Interface:

                            For anyone passionate about composing and recording music at home, away from a commercial studio, this product is ideal. There are 4 XLR / 1/4'' inputs with preamps, and the interface also has 48V phantom power so mics can bus power from the device itself. I was used to just running directly into my computer and having this interface made a world of a difference. A musician friend actually turned me onto it. I can have bass, guitar, synth, and microphone all connected at once, with zero noticeable latency. Also, the connection and the quality of the audio I record is pristine. I would recommend this project to anyone and I'd buy it again in a heartbeat.

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