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FocusriteScarlett 18i8 USB 2.0 Audio Interface
 
4.9

(based on 13 reviews)

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4.0

What latency?

By Riz Khan

from Austin, TX

Verified Buyer

Comments about Focusrite Scarlett 18i8 USB 2.0 Audio Interface:

So when I was buying this, I saw there is a new improved Scartlett 18i8, which boasted better software package, something I really dont care about cause VSTs dont work with PropellerHead Reason, but it also mentioned huge improvements on audio/midi latency, I am using this with old Lenovo W530, 20GB RAM and 7400 RPM drive, I (try to) record rock/metal demos, that require lot of notes at higher tempos... I havent had single audio latency issue, I had little bit of MIDI latency when I was using Fishman Tripleplay, but later realized it was setup problem with Fishman as I couldnt identify any latency issues with traditional MIDI controller.
I got this 100$ cheaper than the "second edition" and got free studio grade headphones with it as well, I think this is a great deal, very happy with sound.
The only con I can think of, is this unit is not bus-powered you need power adapter with it, so not as portable as I wanted it to be, but guess any 4+ input/output units will not get enough juice through USB port to drive the power

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5.0

Music Ahoy

By granz

from Philadelphia

Comments about Focusrite Scarlett 18i8 USB 2.0 Audio Interface:

Yargh! If ye be voyaging the sonic seas, this is the vessel to do so. I've owned the zoom h4n skipper and similar tugboats but this is the ship that will take you to warmer waters.

These pirate analogies mean this has an immaculate ease of use, easy setup with busses in your DAW of choice and excellent quality recordings. Latency is extremely low, the pre amps are crystal and the dedicates headphone volumes are glorious. Highly recommend.

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5.0

Great interface

By jbshred

from Austin, TX

Verified Buyer

Comments about Focusrite Scarlett 18i8 USB 2.0 Audio Interface:

Exactly what I was looking for an expecting.

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  • No

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5.0

So far I'm loving it

By Critter

from Gaylord, MI

Verified Buyer

Comments about Focusrite Scarlett 18i8 USB 2.0 Audio Interface:

I have only had the Scarlett 18i8 for a few weeks now but I have not found anything that I dislike
about it so far. I am sure that this interface will do more then I actually need in my home studio.

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  • No

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5.0

Red does it again

By J Magenta

from San Francisco, Ca.

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Tech Support

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Focusrite Scarlett 18i8 USB 2.0 Audio Interface:

      I mainly use the Scarlett 18i8 just to receive clock and interface my Apogee. It works great. I had a software called tech support, the answered right away and solved the problem in a few minutes. They have great tech support. I am recommending this box o a few of my friends.

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      • No

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      5.0

      Excellent

      By Matt

      from Hammonton, NJ

      Pros

      • High quality sound
      • Mac Osx Compatible
      • Sleek design
      • Sturdy product

      Cons

      • No Dummy Light For Onoff

      Best Uses

        Comments about Focusrite Scarlett 18i8 USB 2.0 Audio Interface:

        We bought this pipe audio from a lavalier to our iMac running Audacity, our use case for lecture recording. We had to return it because the monitor knob would only work if you pressed it in but hiccups like that are normal for hardware purchases. The new one has worked flawlessly for over a year and we have had zero complaints.

        One particular oddity is that the gain on the input channels tends to get exponentially higher the more we go. I noticed it to see if I could get more sound into Audacity (that program "normal" input range seems to be rather small, huh). This isn't a "problem" as much as it could be a noobish understanding of how to do a recording with Audacity.

        the particular feature I love is how you can plug either the normal TRS connectors or the balance mic connectors into the same input; that gives you much freedom on your setup.

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        5.0

        Awesome.

        By Anthony the Galindo

        from Roselle

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Mic A Drum
            • Record 4 At A Time

            Comments about Focusrite Scarlett 18i8 USB 2.0 Audio Interface:

            This product is a great entry level product that can be used for professional quality.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            5.0

            Great

            By Lisa

            from Washington

            Comments about Focusrite Scarlett 18i8 USB 2.0 Audio Interface:

            Gave this as a gift to my son. He is thrilled to have 8 channels and says it works great.

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            5.0

            Ótimo custo-benefício

            By Haru Fornari

            from Brasil

            Verified Reviewer

            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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            • No

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            5.0

            Works with ProTools 11

            By SteveB

            from Oklahoma

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Size Weight Usability

            Cons

              Best Uses

                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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                • No

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                5.0

                great price excellent product

                By nicolitus

                from Gresham OR

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Mulitrack Recording
                  • Recording

                  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

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • Yes

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                  5.0

                  Fantastic so far

                  By Yosi

                  from Baltimore, md

                  Verified Buyer

                  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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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  A beautiful machine.

                  By Raphael

                  from Brooklyn, NY

                  Verified Buyer

                  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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