With four award-winning Focusrite preamps, the 18i8 is designed for producers and recording artist that demand a significant number of inputs to track multiple sources at the same time. The 18i8 boasts 18 separate inputs and 8 independent outputs,...
With four award-winning Focusrite preamps, the 18i8 is designed for producers and recording artist that demand a significant number of inputs to track multiple sources at the same time. The 18i8 boasts 18 separate inputs and 8 independent outputs, all housed in a rugged aluminum exterior with input controls and signal halos to keep incoming signals honest.
Focusrite: Over 25 years of audio excellence
Focusrite was commissioned to make its first ‘no-holds-barred' microphone preamps by Sir George Martin for his Air Studio facility in London. Over the following 25 years Focusrite has designed some of the finest mic preamps in the music industry, and in recent years has developed a series of best-selling audio interfaces for people who really care about sound.
18 separate inputs
At the heart of 18i8 is a set of four Focusrite mic preamps with up to 60dB gain, designed specifically for Focusrite's computer audio interfaces. The first two offer Mic/Line/Instrument on universal XLR/TRS connectors while 3 and 4 offer Mic/Line capability on universal XLRs - all four on the front panel with 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
On the output side, there are two TRS monitor outputs, stereo S/PDIF coax, and two independent stereo headphone outputs, each with their own volume knob so artist and engineer can control their own personal monitoring. All analogue inputs and outputs have their own connectors, so no breakout cables are required, 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 and 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.
Included in the package is the Scarlett MixControl low-latency DSP-based software mixer and router, with intuitive one-click presets and a latency of under 1.4 ms. You'll also find the Scarlett plug-in suite for VST, AU and RTAS, offering EQ, gate, compression and reverb, plus Ableton Live Lite, the Novation Bass Station soft synth and a Loopmasters sample pack.
Includes the Focusrite Red 2 and Red 3 Plug-In Suite (AAX/AU/VST) upon registration of interface. Accurately modeled on the classic Red 2 EQ and Red 3 Compressor, the Red plug-ins let you exploit the sound of the hardware originals, conveniently from within Pro Tools (10 and above) and other audio software.
I have only had this guy for a few weeks, but so far it is sweet! I haven't had any time to really record stuff with it yet, but I have done a few soundchecks... It sounds totally crisp and clean! I will continue this review after I have used it a bit more!
I was in search of an interface that provided separate headphone mixes, and more than one. I also heard countless time about how solid Focusrite's pres are. They don't disappoint! This is the soul of my studio.
had a slight issue with the power input socket when I first got it but the guys at focusrite set me straight and treated me well. I use this thing every day in conjunction with 18i20 with ease and the mixing allows for excellent submixes and headphone mixes for small recording situations