A compact, expandable 4 mic pre interface with extensive I/O capabilities
The third-generation Scarlett 18i8 is the perfect audio interface for recording engineers and producers who need to adapt to their recording environment, wherever they are.
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
High-performance converters enable you to record and mix at up to 24-bit/192kHz
Two high-headroom instrument inputs to plug in your guitar or bass
Four monitor outputs with anti-thump technology and speaker switching
Eight balanced line inputs for connecting synthesisers, drum machine and other line-level sources
It offers eight analogue inputs: four mic/line inputs, two high-impedance, high-headroom instrument inputs and four additional fixed-line inputs on the rear. An optical input allows for expansion of up to eight additional channels for larger recording sessions. And with improved A-D and D-A conversion, your recordings and playback will sound clear and pronounced up to 24-bit/192kHz, vital to helping you perfect your mix.
Scarlett 18i8 features four of Focusrites best-ever-performing third-generation Scarlett mic preamps: with optional Air setting to reproduce the Air effect of their original ISA mic preamp, giving your vocal or acoustic recordings a brighter and more open sound. Theres a pad on every mic preamp to accommodate higher-level signals without clipping.
Scarlett 18i8 offers two extra line outputs over the previous generation, and speaker switching technology for dual monitor setups. Two independent headphone outputs allow for both engineer and artist to monitor during recording sessions, and a pair of virtual loopback inputs allows you to capture a stereo feed of any combination of hardware input and software playback channels – making podcasting, live streaming and sampling tasks easier.
Scarlett 18i8 is designed to stand up to days on the road, and connects straight to your Mac or PC via USB cable.
All the tools you need to start recording right, now.
There's no better way to step into studio recording–your Scarlett interface comes with some of the best loved tools in the business, including Hitmaker Expansion, with exclusive content from legendary Auto-Tune creators Antares, along with Brainworx, Softube, XLN Audio, Relab and more.
The Focusrite sound: Officially supported on iPad Pro
Scarlett 18i8 is officially supported in use with USB-C iPad Pro. Setup and operation is simple: just plug in, fire up your favourite music-making app, and enjoy the Focusrite sound wherever you go.
As with all Focusrite products, you'll also benefit from a three-year warranty, award-winning customer support, and membership of their Plug-in Collective offering free software downloads and generous discounts
Ableton Live Lite
The iconic DAW gives you everything you need to get started including instruments, effects and Live's trademark clip and scene launching for taking ideas further or performance.
Three months Splice Sounds membership with new Splice accounts - offering millions of high-quality, royalty-free one-shots, loops, and presets, with new releases daily.
Three Month Avid Pro Tools subscription
Get a taste of the industry standard recording experience with this legendary DAW.
Focusrite Plug-in Collective
Get a new plug-in and exclusive offers from a new partner every few months.
Antares Auto-Tune Access
For everything from natural sounding, near-real-time pitch adjustment for getting the best vocal takes, to lightning-fast Hip-hop-inspired pitching for adding a whole new sound to your tracks.
Relab's LX480 Essentials
Get four reverbs, modelled on The Hit Factory NYC's reverb unit, and used on countless hits. LX480 Essentials gives you the sounds of a studio which has played host to names from Springsteen, the Stones and Kool and the Gang, to The Weeknd, Pharell, Katy Perry, and everyone in between.
Softube Marshall Silver Jubilee 2555
The modern evolution of the iconic JCM800, brought to you by analogue- modelling experts Softube. The Silver Jubilee offers everything from warm cleans, through classic crunch, and up to modern high gain tube amp sounds.
XLN Audio Addictive Keys
Add beautifully captured piano to your tracks with the choice of one of four professional-sounding models from Steinway, Yamaha and the classic Rhodes. Plug in your MIDI controller and play; instantly be transported to a professional recording studio set up to capture one of these beautiful pianos–right from your studio.
XLN Audio Addictive Drums 2: Studio Rock
Add the sounds of a pro drummer to your songs easily. Featuring expertly captured samples from a high-end Tama and Pearl drums, and Paiste and Sabian cymbals, recorded at Decibel Studios in Stockholm.
The fully-analogue-modelled replica of a classic American polysynth. Bx_oberhausen is a component-by-component reproduction of an icon. With 32 voices, this digital model is capable of twice the count of today's most valuable all-analogue synths–for lush chordsand huge unison.
Brainworx Bx_console Focusrite SC
The preamps that made Focusrite what we are today to your music. No other plug-inoffers the unique character of the iconic large format console, with ISA 110 preamps–the origin of the famous 'Air' we still hear on Focusrite interfaces today. Bx_console Focusrite SC is a full channel strip, offering EQ, de-esser, compressor, limiter, gate and expander.
Focusrite Red 2 & 3 Plug-in Suite
Featuring a pair of meticulously captured digital models of the truly iconic EQ and Compressors which have made the Focusrite name a staple in world-class facilities across the globe. If you've kept up with major releases over the last 30 years, you've heard Red 2 and 3.
Get your record release-ready with the high-end analogue mastering system. Bringing a smooth and simple workflow to the art of mastering, allowing anyone, from first-time-producer to industry pro to get studio-quality results quickly and effortlessly.
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Enjoy three years of warranty
Wherever you happen to be in the world, you can rely on a three-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.
Connectivity: USB Type-C
Protocol: USB 2.0
Form Factor: Desktop
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
Digital Outputs: S/PDIF
MIDI I/O: YES
Bus Powered: NO
Included PSU: YES