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2nd Generation Scarlett 18I8 Audio Interface: Technology

Interface | Technology
Publisher Focusrite

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.

For the modern day musician or producer, there are now a vast amount of innovative software companies, creating a wealth of powerful plug-ins. With such variety, you’ll want to find exactly the right plug-ins for you, and use them in real time, thanks to Scarlett 2nd gen’s super-low latency environment. To help you on this mission, we’ve formed the ‘Plug-in Collective’, working with the very best to bring you exclusive plug-in offers and content every month.

Download the free Focusrite iOS Control app and adjust cue mixes created with the Focusrite Control desktop app remotely from an iPad, iPhone or iPod touch. 

* 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

Key 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
  • Remote control from iPhone or iPad - Download the free Focusrite iOS Control app
  • 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

What's In The Box:

  • Scarlett 18i8 (2nd Gen) USB Audio Interface
  • USB Cable
  • Power Supply
  • Bundle code for your free software

Included Software:

  • Access to the Plug-in Collective
  • Red 2 & 3 Plug-in Suite
  • Softube Time & Tone Pack
  • Pro Tools First | First Focusrite Creative Pack
  • Ableton Live Lite music making software
  • Focusrite Control
  • 2 GB of Loopmasters sounds and samples
  • Novation Bass Station VST and AU plug-in synthesiser

Enjoy two years of warranty

Wherever you happen to be in the world, you can rely on a two-year warranty if any Focusrite hardware needs repairing or replacing due to a manufacturing fault. Focusrite will send you replacement gear in the UK and the US, and they’ll cover the shipping costs both ways. In the UK, they'll send you a replacement before you return your hardware to them.

Product Format Audio Interface
Product Type Accessory
Store Accessories
Edition Number MOSC0018
Catalog No. FCRMOSC0018
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