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Focusrite Scarlett 18i8 USB Audio Interface, 3rd Gen

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Focusrite Scarlett Interfaces

Focusrite Scarlett 18i8 USB Audio Interface, 3rd Gen

The 18i8 is a top-tier audio interface with an astonishing array of connectivity, professional sound and a wealth of features at an attractive price.

Wealth of Connectivity

Focusrite’s Scarlett 18i8 is equipped with two high headroom instrument inputs, eight balanced line inputs to connect synths or other line-level audio, four balanced outputs for monitoring and effects sends and four monitor outputs, with anti-thump tech and speaker switching. The 18i8’s I/O have been upgraded from 2nd-gen version, with an additional pair of TRS lineouts.

Its high channel count and compact size give it a stunning balance of portability and flexibility. The 18i8 is a great choice for studio owners who need a variety of inputs and world-class sound and engineers that want a portable multi-track recording solution.

Podcast Ready

As well as the loopback functionality that was added to the 4i4 and 8i6, the 18i8 and 18i20 now have alternate speaker switching which is accessible via the Focusrite Control software.

Wireless Control

The Scarlett 4i4 is compatible with the free Focusrite Control software. This user-friendly software allows you to configure routing, monitor mixes, playback levels, metering, preamp features and more from your PC, Mac or wirelessly from your iPad, iPhone or iPod touch. To download Focusrite Control, simply register your interface and the software will be added to your account.

Free Software

In addition to one of the best audio interfaces around, Focusrite also includes all the software you need to spark new ideas and capture them. You receive access to two industry-standard digital audio workstations (also known as DAWs), Ableton Live Lite and a three-month subscription to Avid Pro Tools so you can start recording your music straight away. You also receive a three-month Splice Sounds subscription that offers a host of free loops, one-shots, presets and more.

When it’s time to process and polish your tracks, you can use the included Focusrite Red Plug-In Suite and the incredible Hitmaker Expansion. The Hitmaker Expansion gives you all the tools to make a chart-ready song, from the rich analogue-style sounds of the Brainworx bx_oberhausen synth to the powerful vocal processing of Antares Auto-Tune Access.

Once you’ve registered your new Scarlett 18i8, you’ll receive free and deeply discounted plugins every few months through Focusrite’s Plug-in Collective.

Ultimate Clarity

The Clarett 4Pre USB is the “premium” version of the 18i8 and is worth checking out if you’re looking to upgrade or have some extra cash in your soundcard budget. The 4Pre USB has the same I/O configuration as the 18i8 but boasts a quicker latency performance and superior Clarett preamps, which Focusrite claim to be the finest pre-amp they’ve built into a USB interface.

In the unlikely event your interface lets you down, all brand-new Scarletts come with a three-year warranty from Focusrite and their support team is friendly and knowledgeable.

<<Click here to learn more about the Scarlett range>>

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  • Four of the best performing mic preamps the Scarlett range has ever seen, now with switchable Air mode to give your recordings a brighter and more open sound
  • Two high-headroom instrument inputs to plug in your guitar or bass
  • Eight balanced line inputs for connecting synthesisers, drum machine and other line-level sources
  • High-performance converters enable you to record and mix at up to 24-bit/192kHz
  • Four monitor outputs with anti-thump technology and speaker switching
  • - Ableton Live Lite music making software
  • - Free 3-month Splice Sounds subscription with new Splice accounts Focusrite Red 2 & Red 3 Plug-In Suite
  • - 3-month Avid Pro Tools Subscription
  • - A choice of 1 of 4 XLN Audio Addictive Keys virtual instruments
  • - Softube Time & Tone Bundle
  • - Access to the Focusrite Plug-in Collective
  • The Hitmaker Expansion
  • - Antares Auto-Tune Access
  • - Relab LX480 Essentials
  • - Softube Marshall Silver Jubilee 2555
  • - XLN Audio Addictive Keys
  • - XLN Audio Addictive Drums 2
  • - Focusrite Red Plug-in Suite
  • - Brainworx bx_oberhausen
  • - Brainworx bx_console Focusrite SC
  • - Brainworx bx_masterdesk
  • Scarlett 18i8 3rd Gen.
  • 1 x USB cable (Type C-A)
  • Power Supply
  • Connectivity:  USB Type-C
  • Protocol: USB 2.0
  • Form Factor : Rack Mount (1U)
  • Simultaneous I/O : 18 x 8
  • A/D Resolution:  24-bit/192 kHz
  • Number of Preamps:   4
  • Number of Pads: 4
  • Phantom Power : YES
  • Instrument Inputs:  2
  • Line Inputs: 8
  • Analogue Outputs:  4
  • Headphone Outputs: 2
  • Main/Alt Speaker Switching: YES (via software)
  • Digital Inputs: S/PDIF & ADAT input
  • Digital Outputs:  S/PDIF
  • Loopback: YES
  • Bus Powered: NO
  • Included PSU:  YES



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  • Mr Johnston


    Great product.

  • victor salt


    So far this is working well.

  • Andy of Progrotech


    I am so pleased to have selected this device1 Well done Focusrite and GAK!

  • Nick Costley-White


    So far excellent

  • Duncan


    Great future proofed audio interface for my Ableton and ProTools. Worthy replacement for my Mbox Pro (3rd Gen).

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