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Focusrite Scarlett 18i8 USB Recording Interface (3rd Gen)

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Focusrite returns with the newest revision to their Scarlett Series—introducing the Scarlett 18i8 Mk3.

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Manufacturer: Focusrite

Category: Recording & Playback



The 3rd Generation Scarlett 18i8 gives you all the tools to record all your instruments in studio quality, anywhere. With its high channel count, compact size and a huge selection of software in the box, 18i8 is ready to record your band wherever you are.

  • Four Scarlett Mk3 preamp enabled inputs with switchable "Air" technology
  • Eight balanced line inputs
  • Four monitor outputs for multiple speaker pairs, and outboard gear
  • Two Hi-Z inputs for high gain instruments such as electric guitar and bass
  • Record and mix at a fidelity of up to 24-bit/192kHz
  • 3 year warranty


18i8 has a way in for everyone, with four mic/line inputs, two of which double as instrument-ins, and four fixed line-ins. Then, you have four balanced line-outs and speaker switching plus two independent headphone outs to monitor, mix and play back however you want. Whatever you’re recording, wherever you are, you can take your whole studio with you.


The four preamps on Focusrite's Scarlett 18i8 3rd Gen USB audio interface are better than ever before. It now also has the 'Air' mode found on the Clarett series. That brings even more clarity to vocals as well as acoustic and electric guitars and basses. The two instrument inputs offer plenty of headroom so that even loud signals don't clip easily. This means you can get lots of dynamics into your mix and the LED rings around the gain knobs make it easy to monitor the incoming signal. There are also eight balanced line inputs that can be used for connecting equipment like drum machines, synths or any other line sources. The 18i8 also has four monitor outputs with anti-thump technology that protects your monitors when turning things on and off. In short, this audio interface is perfect for demanding recording engineers who need to be able to quickly adapt to different recording environments. Expanding the setup via ADAT or S/PDIF is no problem, for example.

Converters, preamp pad switches and more

The 24-bit / 192 kHz AD/DA converters guarantee professional audio quality so that your recordings sound exceptionally clear and spacious. Each of the four preamps feature pads to prevent clipping too. Two headphone sockets make it easy for the performer and the engineer to hear the mix at the same time. There are two 'virtual loopback' inputs that make it easy to stream and record podcasts and stereo feeds, for instance. What's more, the 18i8 also comes with a comprehensive software package that includes a DAW, plugins, a virtual instrument, free 3 month subscription to Splice Sounds and more! All in all, the third generation 18i8 is a must-have for any self-respecting musician or sound engineer.




Product features

  • 19 inches
  • Number of analogue input channels: 8
  • Number of analogue output channels: 6
  • Computer connectors: USB
  • Digital inputs: S/PDIF, ADAT
  • Digital outputs: S/PDIF
  • Phantom power: yes
  • Suitable for operating system: Apple OSX / Mac OS, Microsoft Windows
  • Headphone output: yes
  • Input(s) with Hi-Z: yes
  • Maximum sample rate: 192 kHz
  • Included data cable; USB cable
  • Included DAW software; Ableton Live Lite, Pro Tools First
  • Microphone input: 3 - 4
  • MIDI I/O (din connector): MIDI in, MIDI out
  • Software included: yes, download
Power adapter: ungrounded flat Europlug

Weight and dimensions including packaging

  • Weight (incl. packaging): 2.0 kg
  • Dimensions (incl. packaging): 33.0 x 30.0 x 9.0 cm

Product specifications

  • USB audio interface
  • dimensions: 61 x 241 x 159.5 mm
  • weight: 1.33 kg
  • included:
    • 1x USB cable (type C to A)
    • power adapter
    • Ableton Live Lite DAW software
    • Pro Tools | First Focusrite Creative Pack
    • free 3 month subscription to Splice Sounds for new Splice accounts
    • Focusrite Red 2 & Red 3 Plug-in Suite
    • choice from 1 of 4 XLN Audio Addictive Keys virtual instruments
    • Softube Time & Tone Bundle
    • access to Focusrite Plug-in Collective