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FOCUSRITE Scarlett 18i8
Focusrite Scarlett 18i8

FOCUSRITE Scarlett 18i8

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USB 2.0 audio interface with four Focusrite mic pres
The new Focusrite Scarlett 18i8 18-in/8-out interface extends the Scarlett range of USB 2.0 interfaces from Focusrite, each of which offers a series of high-quality inputs and outputs for different recording requirements. With four Focusrite mic pres, Scarlett 18i8 is designed for producers and recording artists or bands who require the ability to record a significant number of sources at the same time including multiple mics/instruments, with expansion capability enabling it to handle multiple studio recording requirements. Scarlett 18i8 works on Mac, PC and iPad (Apple Camera Connection Kit required for iPad).

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 software
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.

Inputs and Outputs

In

Count

Format

Connector

Details

2

Mic/line/inst

Combi XLR

Including 2 instrument inputs

2

Mic/line

Combi XLR

Not including instrument inputs

4

Line analogue

¼” TRS jack

On rear panel

2

S/PDIF

RCA phono

N/A

8

ADAT

Optical Lightpipe

4 channels via 96kHz SMUX

16

MIDI

5 pin DIN connector

Provides 16 channels of MIDI

Out

2

Line

¼” TRS Jack

On rear panel

4 (2 stereo)

Headphone outputs

¼” TRS Jack

2 dedicated level dials

2

S/PDIF

RCA phono

N/A

16

MIDI

5 pin DIN connector

Provides 16 channels of MIDI


Specifications

Digital Performance

A-D Dynamic Range

109 dB A-weighted (all inputs)

D-A Dynamic Range

108 dB A-weighted (line outputs)

Supported sample rates

44.1 kHz, 48 kHz, 88.2 kHz A 96 kHz

Clock jitter

<250 ps

Microphone Inputs

Frequency Response

20 Hz ± 0.5 dB, 20 kHz ± 0.1 dB (min. gain)

THD+N

-96 dB (1 kHz, –1dBFS, 20 kHz BW)

Noise EIN

–122 dBu CCIR-RMS (measured at 60 dB of gain with 150 ohm termination)

Maximum input level

+9 dBu (without pad)

Line Inputs

Frequency Response

20 Hz ± 0.5 dB, 20 kHz ± 0.2 dB (min. gain)

THD+N

-83 dB (1 kHz, –1dBFS, 20 kHz BW)

Noise (NiPoS)

–105 dBFS CCIR-RMS (measured at min. gain with 50 ohm termination)

Maximum input level

> +28 dBu

Instrument Inputs

Frequency Response

20 Hz ± 0.3 dB, 20 kHz ± 0.1 dB (min. gain)

THD+N

-83 dB (1 kHz, –1dBFS, 20 kHz BW)

Noise (NiPoS)

–103 dBFS CCIR-RMS (measured at min. gain)

Maximum input level

+8 dBu (without pad)

Line Outputs 1 & 2

Maximum Output Level (0 dBFS)

+16 dBu, balanced

THD+N

-99 dB (1 kHz, –1dBFS, 20 kHz BW)


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