The Focusrite Scarlett 18i8 3rd Gen USB Audio Interface marks a huge leap forward for this 18-in, 8-out device with improved preamps and great features.
Compact and Expandable with Extensive I/O Capabilities
Perfect for recording engineers and producers who need to adapt on the fly, the third generation Scarlett 18i8 USB audio interface offers incredible expansion and I/O capabilities.
Focusrite Scarlett 18i8 3rd Gen USB Audio Interface Key Features:
- Four of The Best Preamps Ever Used in The Scarlett Range
- Two High-Headroom Instrument Inputs
- Eight Balanced Line Inputs
- High-Performance Converters
- Record and Mix At Up To 24-bit/192kHz
- Four Monitor Outputs with Anti-Thump Technology and Speaker Switching
- Includes a Range of Great Software
Eight Analogue Inputs
Allowing you to take on a multitude of sources for your recording projects, the Focusrite Scarlett 18i8 Gen 3 features eight analogue inputs.
These include four mic/line inputs on the front and four fixed-line inputs on the rear which are great for recording your synthesizers, drum machines or other line-level sources.
Two high-impedance, high-headroom instrument inputs allow you to record your electric guitar or bass directly into the 18i8 USB audio interface with no unwanted distortion or clipping.
Best Ever Preamps for the 3rd Generation
Really setting the third generation of the Scarlett range apart from previous iterations are its new preamps.
The Scarlett 18i8 features four of the best performing mic preamps ever used in the Scarlett series.
They provide incredible quality audio and feature an optional Air setting. Using this setting you can recreate the Air effect found on the original ISA mic preamp which gives your vocals and acoustic recordings enhanced openness and a brighter quality.
Each mic preamp also features a pad in order to capture higher-level signals without clipping.
In addition to these fantastic preamps, the Focusrite Scarlett 18i8 3rd gen is equipped with improved A-D and D-A conversion allowing you to record and mix at up to 24-bit/192kHz audio quality.
All About the Outputs
Compared to the previous generation, the Scarlett 18i8 3rd Gen rack mount audio interface features two extra line outputs along with speaker switching technology for dual monitor setups – essential for serious studio mixing.
With two independent headphone outputs, both the engineer and recording artist can monitor during the session.
Virtual loopback inputs are also present so you can capture the stereo feed of any combination of hardware input and software playback which is ideal for podcasting and livestreaming.
Fantastic Included Software
Allowing you to compose, record and produce your music, the Scarlett 18i8 3rd Gen USB audio interface comes with some fantastic software included with all the tools you need.
This includes two great digital audio workstations; Ableton Live Lite and Pro Tools First Focusrite Creative Pack.
Despite their powerful and comprehensive features, these DAWs are still intuitive enough for you to get great results in no time; even if you’re a complete beginner.
In addition, you also get the Softube Time and Tone Bundle, Focusrite’s Red Plug-in Suite along with your choice of one of four XL Audio Addictive Keys instruments to give you even more creative potential.
What’s more; you also get a free 3-month subscription to Splice Sounds when you create a new Splice account.
With access to Splice Sounds you can download millions of high-quality, royalty -free loops, one-shots and presets to flesh out your music.
Focusrite Scarlett 18i8 3rd Gen USB Audio Interface Included Software:
- Ableton Live Lite Music Making Software
- Pro Tools First Focusrite Creative Pack
- Free 3-Month Splice Sounds Subscription
- Focusrite Red 2 & Red 3 Plug-In Suite
- A Choice of 1 of 4 XLN Audio Addictive Keys Virtual Instruments
- Softube Time & Tone Bundle
- Access to The Focusrite Plug-In Collective
Brilliant Focusrite Benefits
When buying the Focusrite Scarlett 18i8 3rd gen USB audio interface you will benefit from Focusrite’s award-winning customer support and fantastic 2-year warranty.
You’ll also be able to join the Plug-In Collective and enjoy free software downloads and great discounts.
Expand Your Studio
Delivering professional audio quality with all the expansion potential and I/O you need for a huge range of application, the Scarlett 18i8 allows you to take your recording projects to a whole new level.
Buy the Focusrite Scarlett 18i8 gen 3 from Professional Music Technology for the latest and best performing version of this incredible USB audio interface.
Focusrite Scarlett 18i8 3rd Gen USB Audio Interface Specs:
- Connectivity: USB Type-C
- Protocol: USB 2.0
- Form Factor: Rack Mount (1U)
- Simultaneous I/O: 18 x 8
- A/D Resolution: 24-bit/192kHz
- Number of Preamps: 4
- Number of Pads: 4
- Phantom Power: YES
- Instrument Inputs: 2
- Line Inputs: 8
- Analogue Outputs: 4
- Headphone Outputs: 2
- Digital Inputs: S/PDIF & ADAT Input
- Digital Outputs: S/PDIF
- MIDI I/O: YES
- Loopback: YES
- Bus Powered: NO
- Included PSU: YES
November 14, 2018Read Article
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