Focusrite Scarlett 18i8, USB audio interface
Record whatever you want, whenever you want
Our latest generation 18-in, 8-out USB interface is ideal for multi-instrumentalists, producers and small bands who want to record audio from a wide range of sources such as drums, guitars, keyboards and vocals. It’s our most comprehensive desktop interface, giving you four mic preamps, round-trip latency as low as 2.74ms*, class-leading sound quality, and two separate headphone outputs, so you can give different monitoring settings to two artists, or an engineer and artist. It’s also expandable over ADAT.
Focusrite interfaces are perfect partners for Pro Tools, so Scarlett 18i8 comes with Pro Tools | First Focusrite Creative Pack, as well as Ableton Live Lite recording software and a suite of software and samples, so you can start recording straight away. Scarlett 18i8 works flawlessly with all major DAWs on Mac and PC, and we continue to work with Avid to ensure it is compatible with every update to Pro Tools.
What is latency?
Scarlett 2nd Generation interfaces have lower latency than any other USB audio interfaces. Take a look at this short video to see for yourself how latency can cause problems when recording, and find out what you can do to overcome it.
Delimit Your Studio
Don’t be limited by your interface’s connectivity. 18 separate inputs let you connect just about anything you want, and leave your instruments permanently set up and ready to record.
The four combination inputs on the front each have a natural-sounding Scarlett mic preamp, 48V phantom power and superior linear gain. Backed by 30 years of design experience, they guarantee low noise, minimal distortion and a dynamic range that is unrivalled in this class.
On the back are four more line inputs for connecting your synths, keyboards or mixers, and two additional S/PDIF inputs for recording digital sources. For even more inputs, connect an eight-channel mic pre like the Scarlett OctoPre, for a total of 16 analogue inputs with 12 preamps.
As well as two balanced analogue line outputs for connecting professional speakers, Scarlett 18i8 gives you two independent stereo headphone outputs, so you can give two artists (or an engineer and artist) their own cans and monitoring settings.
Revolutionise Your Workflow
An unrivalled round-trip latency as low as 2.74ms* completely revolutionises your workflow. You can work entirely inside your DAW for both overdubbing and playback, and use your favourite plugins while recording – whether it’s reverb on a vocal, a guitar amp simulator, or even virtual instruments live on stage. You’ll also get the best out of vocal performances, by applying real-time comfort reverb to headphones.
Sound Like You
Easily make studio quality recordings that sound just the way you intended. Connect your microphones, guitars and line level equipment to two newly designed instrument inputs, both with natural-sounding Scarlett preamps and 48V phantom power.
Effects In Real Time
Don’t let latency hold you back. Enhance your recordings in ways that are simply impossible with any other interface in this class, like enabling real-time guitar amp simulation and vocal reverb (depending on your software, settings and computer).
Start Recording Today
Compose, record, edit, save and export your music straight away, with time-unlimited versions of industry-standard music software: Ableton Live Lite and Pro Tools | First – Focusrite Creative Pack, which features 12 additional plug-ins including the Eleven Lite for real life guitar amp emulations and Black Op for iconic distortions and overdrives.
You also get Softube’s Time and Tone bundle, the Focusrite Red Plug-In Suite, Novation’s Bass Station virtual synthesiser and 2GB of Loopmasters samples.
Scarlett 2i2 works flawlessly with all major DAWs on Mac and PC, and all the software included is simple enough for beginners, yet sophisticated enough for advanced users.
Record Absolutely Anywhere
Never miss another moment of inspiration. Lay down some ideas at a friend’s house, or record your next open mic night. Scarlett 2i2 is compact, lightweight and sturdy enough to take with you anywhere. You don’t need a power supply, either – just connect with a USB cable and start recording.
Designed for Guitarists
No matter how loud you play, or how hot your pick-ups, the newly-designed instrument inputs can handle it. You’ll be free to play without the worry of unwanted distortion.
New Generation – Better In Every Way
The latest generation Scarlett 2i2 is packed full of upgrades. It operates at sample rates all the way up to 192kHz with new super-low latency* that lets you record and monitor with software effects in real time.
We completely redesigned the instrument inputs so they can handle even the hottest guitar pick-ups, and we’ve made it easier than ever to set your levels accurately. We’ve also built in new analogue protection circuitry across the inputs and the outputs, to guard your interface against unwanted power surges.
Crisp and Clear Conversion
Converting your performance into digital audio and back again is the most important part of the recording process. We’ve been making class-leading converters for over 20 years, and Scarlett 2i2 has the best converters of any interface in its class.
You can hear the difference! Every part of your recording will be beautifully crisp and clear, even when you’re playing softly. This means you can amplify your quieter moments without any unwanted hiss or buzzing.
Used By the Best
What do Sam Smith, Foo Fighters and Massive Attack have in common? Not a lot, admittedly, but they all use Focusrite equipment because they agree with us that sound is everything.
Supported Operating Systems
Please visit our OS Compatibility Checker for more information on supported operating systems.
Supported Sample Rates
44.1 kHz, 48 kHz, 88.2 kHz, 96 kHz, 176.4 kHz, 192 kHz
20 Hz – 20 kHz +0.5/-1.5 dB
109 dB (A-Weighted)
<0.002% Noise EIN -127 dBu Maximum input level +8.5 dBu Gain Range 50 dB Impedance 3k Ω Line Inputs 1-4 Frequency Response 20 Hz - 20 kHz +0.5/-1.5 dB Dynamic Range 109 dB (A-Weighted) THD+N <0.003% Maximum input level +22 dBu Gain Range 50 dB Impedance 52k Ω Line Inputs 5-8 Frequency Response 20 Hz - 20 kHz +0.5 dB Dynamic Range 110 dB (A-Weighted) THD+N <0.003% Maximum input level +16 dBu Impedance 52k Ω Instrument Inputs Frequency Response 20 Hz - 20 kHz +0.5/-1.5 dB Dynamic Range 109 dB (A-Weighted) THD+N <0.003% Maximum input level +12 dBu Gain Range 50 dB Impedance 1M Ω Monitor Outputs (1-2) Frequency Response 20 Hz - 20 kHz ±0.5 dB Dynamic Range (Line Outputs) 108 dB (A-Weighted) THD+N <0.001% Maximum Output Level (0 dBFS) +16 dBu Impedance 94 Ω (Balanced) Headphone Outputs Frequency Response 20 Hz - 20 kHz ±0.5 dB Dynamic Range 108 dB (A-Weighted) THD+N <0.001% Maximum Output Level +13 dBu Impedance 10 Ω[/cs_text][/cs_column][/cs_row][/cs_section]