Focusrite Scarlett 18i8 USB 2.0 Audio Interface


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With 18 separate inputs in total (and eight independent outputs), the Focusrite Scarlett 18i8 is perfect when you need to record a significant number of sources simultaneously.

18-in/8-out audio interface with four Focusrite mic pres
You can also expand the 18i8 for even more recording flexibility. Like all Scarlett interfaces, 18i8 is fully compatible with Macintosh (including Yosemite), Windows and even iOS (Apple Camera Connection Kit required), and, with the new Red 2 and Red 3 AAX plugins that are included in the package, it’s a perfect partner for Pro Tools.

18 Separate Inputs
The first pair of 18i8’s four mic pres offer Mic/Line/Instrument on universal XLR/TRS connectors, while 3 and 4 offer Mic/Line capability on universal XLRs. All four are on the front panel and include pads and 48V phantom power. Four more line inputs are provided on TRS connectors. An ADAT optical digital connector provides eight additional digital inputs that can also be used with external mic preamps like Focusrite's OctoPre Mk II to increase the number of mic inputs the 18i8 can handle to 12. A stereo S/PDIF coaxial input is also included.

8 Independent Outputs
Two TRS monitor outputs are provided, plus stereo S/PDIF coax and two independent stereo headphone outputs – each with their own volume control, so artist and engineer can adjust their own monitoring settings. No breakout cables are required: all analog inputs and outputs have their own connectors, and all feature Focusrite precision 24-bit, 96kHz sampling A/D and D/A conversion to get the most accurate signal possible into and out of recording applications on Windows, Mac and now iOS apps.

Tough, Innovative Hardware
Scarlett 18i8 is housed in a compact red unibody metal case to withstand the rigours of the road – and the studio. Input level controls feature signal halos – LED rings around the level control that give a simple and immediate go/no-go level indication: green means there is a recordable signal while red indicates overload. A large main monitor knob with mute button means that main monitor levels are always at your fingertips.

Now includes 3 Softube audio plug-ins!
TSAR-1R: Add space, depth and width to your sound—TSAR-1R is a reverb plug-in with world class sound and extreme ease of use. With a single slider, you can take TSAR-1R from realistic and three-dimensional rooms to dramatic and dreamlike halls.

Tube Delay: A tasty echo effect that can go from clean to rude by overdriving its three modeled tube stages. Create anything from realistic room echoes to rockabilly style slapbacks—or take it all the way into dub reggae echo madness.

Saturation Knob: Add grit and warmth to any sound source with this modeled output distortion unit. Use it to fatten up bass lines, add some harmonics and shimmer to vocals, or simply destroy your drum loop. Simply turn up the knob to add saturation, and use the three-position switch to alter the distortion character.

Includes Red 2 & Red 3 Plug-in Suite w/64-bit AAX, AU & VST compatibility
These are the first Focusrite plug-ins to include AAX support, making them compatible with Pro Tools 10 and above. The Red 2 & Red 3 plug-ins are accurate models of Focusrite’s classic Red 2 EQ and Red 3 Compressor hardware. Coveted by producers and engineers for their exceptional clarity and versatility, the original units are prized fixtures in professional recording studios the world over.

Now, the Red 2 & Red 3 Plug-in Suite (AAX/AU/VST) lets you exploit the famous natural sound of the originals, conveniently from within your audio software.

The plug-ins faithfully reproduce the sonic qualities of the hardware. The Red 2 equalizer is a sweet sounding 6-band design, with high/low pass filters, high/low frequency shelves, as well as fully parametric low-mid and high-mid frequency bands. The Red 3 hardware is a VCA compressor design, excellent for natural sounding dynamic control of drums, bass, vocals, and acoustic instruments.

MORE Software to get started, software to finish
Also included is Ableton Live Lite software and Focusrite’s Scarlett plug-in suite, which is compatible with all major DAWs. The plug-in suite gives you Reverb, Compression, Gate and EQ to mix your music professionally, whether you use Garage Band, Pro Tools, Digital Performer, Cubase, Logic or the included Ableton Live Lite, all within minutes of opening the box.

  • 4 high-quality mic pres offer Mic/Line/Instrument on universal XLR/TRS connectors
  • 24-bit resolution at sample rates of up to 96 KHz
  • 48V Phantom power switch
  • Direct Monitor Function
  • Direct monitor switch
  • Large monitor level dial
  • Stereo S/PDIF coaxial inputs and outputs
  • Headphone output - ¼” TRS Jack
  • Headphone level knob
  • Red 2 & Red 3 Plug-in Suite w/64-bit AAX, AU & VST compatibility
  • Rugged Metal Unibody Case

Get your Novation Scarlett 18i8 USB 2.0 Audio Interface today at the guaranteed lowest price from Sam Ash Direct with our 45-day return and 60-day price protection policy.

Things You Will Get:

  • Scarlett 18i8 Audio Interface
  • Ableton Live Lite recording Software
  • Scarlett Plug-in Suite
  • Novation Bass Station
  • Loopmasters Sample Content
  • Red 2 & Red 3 Plug-in Suite
  • 3 Softube Audio plug-ins
  • Owner's Manual


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Interface Type USB
Mic Preamps 4
Audio Resolution 24-bit/96kHz
Analog Inputs 2 Combi XLR Mic/Line/Inst, 2 Mic/Line Combi XLR
Analog Outputs FRONT - Monitor 1/4" TRS x 2, Headphone TRS x 2 with individual controls; REAR - 4 Line 1/4" TRS
Digital Inputs 8
Digital Outputs 18
Built-in DSP Yes
Optical I/O No
Wordclock No
Bus Powered No
Phantom Power Yes
Weight 3.62 lbs.
Dimensions 8.94"W x 2.6"H x 7.09"D
Series Scarlett
Model 18i8

Scarlett 18i8 User Guide English

Warranty Info:

The manufacturer's warranty covers parts for one year and labor for one year from date of purchase. The warranty excludes damage from misuse, abuse, and contains other exclusions.