Focusrite Scarlett 18i6 USB Audio Interface  

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The Focusrite Scarlett 18i6 is an 18 in / 6 out USB 2.0 audio interface designed to make home multi-track recording a breeze. Alongside two award-winning Focusrite preamps, six high-quality analogue i... Read More

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Overview

The Focusrite Scarlett 18i6 is an 18 in / 6 out USB 2.0 audio interface designed to make home multi-track recording a breeze. Alongside two award-winning Focusrite preamps, six high-quality analogue inputs allow you to simultaneously record guitar, bass, vocals and keys. You don™t need to stop there either “ pop in the ADAT optical cable from an outboard eight-channel mic pre unit such as the Focusrite OctoPre MkII and you can track the drums at the same time.

Included with the Scarlett 18i6 is Scarlett MixControl, an 18 x 6 DSP mixer. Offering a superb level of flexibility, the MixControl software enables you to create six separate mixes with ultra-low-latency. Route any combination of input signals and sequencer outputs to any of the Scarlett 18i6 outputs. Intuitive one-click configurations help you track, monitor and mix as quickly as possible.

Scarlett 18i6 comes with all of the additional tools needed to start making music straight away. Scarlett VST/AU/RTAS Plug-in Suite comes in the box, adding Focusrite compression, reverb, gating and EQ to your recording system.

Focusrite' established Xcite+ bundle is also included. The bundle features Ableton Live Lite (for all your production, performance and compositional needs), Novation' Bass Station soft synth and over 1 gig of royalty-free samples from Loopmasters.

Scarlett 18i6' two award-winning Focusrite preamps ensure low noise and distortion, whilst cutting-edge digital conversion captures your audio with pristine quality. 16 additional inputs allow you to capture inspired takes, without having to constantly re-patch your studio. Combined with the very latest in USB interfacing technology, excellent routing flexibility and rock-solid driver stability, the Scarlett 18i6 is the heart of the modern recording studio.

Scarlett VST/AU/RTAS Plug-in Suite
Scarlett from Focusrite is a professional plug-in suite that provides a definitive suite of Compression, Gating, EQ, and Reverb for tracking and mixing. Scarlet includes the most popular formats including VST/AU and RTAS (Pro Tools). From one of the most prestigious names in pro audio, made famous by the original Red range and the classic ISA console modules, this plug-in suite provides the perfect upgrade for your Digital Audio workstation. Not only does it sound great, the new Scarlett user interface features a stunning new Red anodized look and feel, which takes the recording and mixing experience to whole new level! Scarlett sets a new standard for drop- dead gorgeous plug-ins!

Each powerful plug-in has a host of fast and easy-to-use pre-sets, providing a great starting point for a huge number of popular sound sources, from vocals and guitars to synth bass and percussion. In addition, every plug-in parameter can be finely tuned to bring out the optimum sound you want, exactly the way you want it. So whether you want a fast set-up or an advanced set-up, Scarlett is destined to become your new 'go-to' plug-in.

Xcite+ Software Bundle
'Xcite+' comes on a DVD-ROM filled to the brim with royalty-free loops and samples alongside some powerful applications ideal for getting the new user started, or to expand the experienced user' creative toolbox.

Ableton Live Lite 8 forms the foundation of this collection, providing the ideal platform to create, produce and perform. Novation' classic bass synth, ˜Bass Station™ enables you to create bass and 303-styled patches. Alongside these comes an entire gigabyte of royalty-free samples, exclusively compiled by LoopMasters, providing a selection of loops and samples large enough to satisfy the appetite of even the most demanding artist.

Features
  • Two high-quality award-winning Focusrite preamps
  • Total I/O count of 18 inputs and 6 outputs
  • High-quality 24-bit/96kHz USB interface
  • Scarlett MixControl ultra-low-latency DSP mixer/router
  • Scarlett VST/AU/RTAS Plug-in Suite
  • Xcite+ Software Bundle
  • Two Hi-Z instrument inputs
  • Dedicated front-panel headphone bus
  • Monitor levels are always within reach
  • Switchable phantom power
  • Software PFL
  • Includes USB cable, universal DC power supply, installer CD, self adhesive rubber feet, Xcite+ Bundle
Specifications
  • Focusrite Scarlett 18i6


    Microphone Inputs 1-2
    Frequency Response: 20Hz - 20kHz +/- 0.2 dB
    Gain Range: +13dB to +60dB
    THD+N: 0.001% (measured at 1kHz with a 20Hz/22kHz bandpass filter)
    Noise EIN: 124dB analogue to digital (measured at 60dB of gain with 150Î termination (20Hz/22kHz bandpass filter)
    Input Impedance: 2kÎ


    Digital Performance
    A/D Dynamic Range > 110dB (A-weighted), all analogue inputs
    D/A Dynamic Range > 106dB (A-weighted), all analogue outputs
    Clock Sources: Internal Clock; Sync to Word Clock on SPDIF Input (RCA); Sync to Word Clock on ADAT Optical Input
    Clock jitter < 500 picoseconds
    Supported Sample Rates: 44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz
    18 input channels to computer: Analogue (8), SPDIF (2), ADAT (8)
    6 output channels from computer: DAW (6)
    6 output channels from Scarlett 18i6: Analogue (4), SPDIF (2)
    18 input by 6 output mixer


    Line Inputs (Inputs 1-2)
    Frequency Response: 20Hz - 20kHz +/- 0.2dB
    Gain Range: -10dB to +36dB
    THD+N: 0.001% (measured with 0dBFS input and 22Hz/22kHz bandpass filter)
    Noise: -90dBu (22Hz/22kHz bandpass filter)
    Input Impedance: >10kÎ


    Line Inputs 3-8
    Frequency Response: 20Hz - 20kHz +/- 0.2 dB
    Input Level: +10dBu for 0dBFS (balanced inputs)
    THD+N: 0.001% (measured at 1kHz with a 20Hz/22kHz bandpass filter)
    Noise: -100dBu (22Hz/22kHz bandpass filter)
    Input Impedance: >10kÎ


    Instrument Inputs (Inputs 1 and 2)
    Frequency Response: 20Hz - 20kHz +/- 0.1dB
    Gain Range: +13dB to +60dB
    THD+N: 0.004% (measured with 0dBu input and 20Hz/22kHz bandpass filter)
    Noise: -87dBu (20Hz/22kHz bandpass filter)


    Analogue Audio Outputs (Outputs 1-2)
    2 Electronically Balanced Outputs
    Maximum Output Level (0dBFS): +16dBu
    Frequency Response: 20Hz - 20kHz +/- 0.2 dB
    THD+N: 0.001% (0dBFS input, 20Hz/22kHz bandpass filter)


    Crosstalk (Channel Isolation)
    Any input to input: > 100dB
    Any output to output: > 100dB
    Any input to output: > 100dB


    Digital Performance
    A/D Dynamic Range > 110dB (A-weighted), all analogue inputs
    D/A Dynamic Range > 106dB (A-weighted), all analogue outputs
    Clock Sources: Internal Clock; Sync to Word Clock on SPDIF Input (RCA); Sync to Word Clock on ADAT Optical Input
    Clock jitter < 500 picoseconds
    Supported Sample Rates: 44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz
    18 input channels to computer: Analogue (8), SPDIF (2), ADAT (8)
    6 output channels from computer: DAW (6)
    6 output channels from Scarlett 18i6: Analogue (4), SPDIF (2)
    18 input by 6 output mixer


    Physical:
    Dimension (W x H x D): 215mm x 45mm x 220mm (8.5 x 1.8 x 8.7 inches)
    Weight: 1.5kg / 3.3lbs


    Connectivity (Channels at a glance):
    IN
    2, Mic/Line/Inst, Combo XLR, Inc. 2 instrument inputs
    6 Line analogue, ¼ TRS Jack, on rear panel
    2 S/PDIF , RCA phono, on rear panel
    8 ADAT Optical, TOSLINK, on rear panel
    16, MIDI, 5 pin DIN connector, provides 16 channels of MIDI

    OUT
    2, Line analogue, ¼ TRS Jack, on rear panel
    2, S/PDIF, RCA phono, On rear panel
    2, Stereo headphones, ¼ TRS Jack, independent of line outputs
    16, MIDI, 5 pin DIN connector, provides 16 channels of MIDI


    Analogue Channel Inputs (Inputs 1-8)
    2 Mic XLR Combo (channels 1-2) on front panel
    6 Line ¼ TRS (channels 3-8) on rear panel
    Automatic switching between Mic / Line (channels 1-2)
    Switching between Line / Instrument Inputs (channels 1-2) via Scarlett Mix Control Application


    Digital Channel Inputs (Inputs 9-18) 44.1 - 96kHz
    Stereo S/PDIF input on RCA
    8 optical ADAT channels (4 channels at 88.2 / 96kHz)


    Analogue Audio Outputs (Outputs 1-4)
    2 ¼ TRS Jacks
    Output Level control (analogue)
    Separate Stereo Headphones Mix (outputs 3/4) on ¼ TRS with independent analogue volume control


    Digital Channel Outputs (Outputs 5-6) 44.1 - 96kHz
    Stereo S/PDIF Output on RCA


    Other I/O
    1 USB Type œB Connector
    2 Standard 5-pin DIN MIDI connectors: In and Out
    DC Power Input Connector (for use with supplied universal input power supply)


    Front Panel Indicators
    8 2-segment input meters, -18 and 0dBFS
    œLKD Lock Indicator
    œUSB Host Connected Indicator
    Instrument input source selection LED for channels 1 and 2
    Phantom Power (48V) switch and LED for inputs 1 and 2


    Compatibility:
    MAC
    OS X 10.6.5 Snow Leopard

    WINDOWS
    Windows 7 (All versions), Windows Vista (32bit only), or Windows XP SP3 (32bit only)



    Scarlett VST/AU/RTAS Plug-in Suite


    System Requirements
    Mac OS
    Power PC G4/G5 or Intel Mac
    Mac OS 10.4.11 or higher
    512 MB RAM
    XVGA [High Colour 1024x768]


    Windows
    Windows XP* or Vista (All Versions)
    Pentium III 600 MHz CPU or faster**
    512 MB RAM
    XVGA [High Colour 1024x768]


    Supported Formats
    Windows - VST
    Mac OS - VST, Audio Unit


    * Windows XP users are advised to use Windows XP2 or higher
    ** 1GHz CPU recommended


Warranty
MANUFACTURER'S WARRANTY
All Focusrite products are built to the highest standards and should provide reliable performance for many years, subject to reasonable care, use, transportation and storage.

In the event of a Manufacturing Defect becoming evident within 12 months from date of purchase Focusrite undertakes that the product will be repaired or replaced free of charge if the product is returned to the authorised dealer from whom it was purchased. In these circumstances, or if you need an out-of-warranty repair to your Focusrite product, please contact your local Focusrite distributor in your country of residence or business : Find your local distributor here and you will be advised of the correct return procedure.

Alternatively contact the Focusrite Reseller from which you purchased the product. If you purchase a Focusrite product outside your country of residence or business you will not be entitled to ask your local Focusrite Distributor to honour this Limited Warranty, although you may request a chargeable repair.

Alternatively, the unit may be returned at your cost to the dealer you purchased the unit from so that they can organise a Warranty repair with their Focusrite Distributor.

This Warranty does not include cost of shipping to and from the authorised dealer from whom it was purchased. In every case it will be necessary to provide the original invoice or store receipt to accompany the defective product to the supplying dealer. This Limited Warranty is offered solely to the first purchaser of the product from an Authorised Focusrite Reseller (defined as a reseller which has purchased the Product directly from Focusrite Audio Engineering Ltd. in the UK or its Authorised Distributors outside the U.K,) and is not transferable.

This Warranty is in addition to your Statutory Rights in the country of purchase.

Please note: A Manufacturing Defect is defined as a defect in the performance of the product which may be expected from a reasonable interpretation of the published description and performance specifications as published by Focusrite Audio Engineering Ltd. This does not include damage caused by post-purchase transportation, storage or careless handling, nor damage caused by misuse.

A significant proportion of products returned under Warranty (which are very few in number compared to numbers sold) are found not to exhibit any fault at all. Please check that the mains voltage is correctly set for your local supply and that your connecting cables are in good order and correctly connected.

If in doubt about the product functions please read the user guide and if necessary contact your dealer for advice before returning the product to the supplying dealer. You can also contact the Focusrite Tech Support team at the Focusrite Answerbase for general advice.


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FocusriteScarlett 18i6 USB Audio Interface
 
4.5

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5.0

Flawless

By MIKE VIGIL

from Los Angeles

Comments about Focusrite Scarlett 18i6 USB Audio Interface:

I have been using the 18i6 for more than 2 years, with absolutely no problems. Just make sure you use the proper settings on the Scarlett Mix Control (Settings-Latency (current setting is 1ms) and the Recording Software. I use SONAR X-1 Producer with Playback and Recording Driver mode set to WDM/KS.

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5.0

Love It!

By christian aanensen

from Glendale, Arizona

Comments about Focusrite Scarlett 18i6 USB Audio Interface:

Was upgrading from a Presonus Audiobox VSL22 and a Firebox and first tried the new AKAI Pro, but that just wouldn't work with Windows 7, so I tried this. It works with no problem and the pres sound better as does the overall sound vs. Presonus. It's worth getting this model over the lesser Scarlett's as it has Midi and many more features. Plus I like how it looks. A tiny bit of latency, but not bad at all. Drivers are super stable. Great deal overall.

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5.0

Great

By MICHAEL VIGIL

from L.A., CA

Comments about Focusrite Scarlett 18i6 USB Audio Interface:

I "run" two Audio inputs from a JUNO-G into a live mixer, then direct-out of the mixer into input #6 of the 18i6. I also run two seperate vocal mics into the mixer and again direct-out (each mic seperate) one into input 3 the other into input 4, of the 18i6. I have an Alesis DM-10 drum kit plugged into an amp with XLR direct-out; which is also run through the mixer and direct-out, of the mixer, to input #7 of the 18i6. The Bass uses another input of the mixer, again direct-out and #8 input of the 18i6. This leaves input #1 and #2 for the guitars, which are both direct input from the effects send of the two Peavey ValveKing 100 amps (option #2, is to run both guitars through my mixer; then into #1 and #2 of the 18i6). I prefer using the mixer, so as to have more control. Using the Focusrite Scarlett MixControl allows Computer recording (PC Win7) using SONAR ProducerX1 PRO. Latency is set at 1ms (using Scarlett Mix Control settings), without any hick-ups, delays, distortions, etc. Each instrument is assigned to it's own seperate recording track. So far, have had the Two keyboard tracks, DM-10, and the two guitars record at the same time. Hard to find bass player, so have to add bass track later. Vocals are also recorded later (picky vocalist).

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5.0

Windows 8 64-Bit Installation Smooth as Silk

By John Love

from L.A., CA

Comments about Focusrite Scarlett 18i6 USB Audio Interface:

"What's past is prologue." So I anticipated a difficult install on my Windows 8 64-bit desktop. Incredibly, installation has been a breeze. I disabled my previously installed audio drivers. Closed running applications. Momentarily disabled my anti-virus. Downloaded the latest driver from the Focusrite website (easy). Executed the driver install program (immediate). Connected the USB & external power plug. Connected my Yamaha MO8. No crackles. No noticeable latency. No problems. Same success running Reason. Time will tell if I've gotten ahead of myself with this glowing review. But the fact that I got my 18i6 up in running in a matter of minutes is remarkable to me.

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5.0

Great recording investment

By MICHAEL VIGIL

from L.A. CA

Comments about Focusrite Scarlett 18i6 USB Audio Interface:

I have been using the 18i6 for over a year. There is vertually zero latency and with CAKEWALK (Sonar X1 Producer) recording is a breeze. Make sure the recording software is set to recognize the 18i6 interface. Now, my next purchase is the Focusrite OctoPre MKII-8. I am now ready to record the drum set (each mic = seperate tracking). Enjoy!

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1.0

Hardware Not Connected

By SAURABH SETHI

from Los Angeles

Comments about Focusrite Scarlett 18i6 USB Audio Interface:

I was excited to get this home, but it has been a headache, and I just returned it. Frustrating because I had a deadline to meet, and wasting time troubleshooting a poorly engineered piece of equipment wasn't helpful. I updated all the drivers, but I constantly got an "HARDWARE NOT CONNECTED" message from Scarlett Mix Control. This would happen in the middle of recording, and thus cause DP7 to show an error message regarding "Hardware not responding" (Paraphrasing). I tried plugging it into different USB outlets, but still had the same problem. I am disappointed because the Scarlett Mix Control seemed good. Only solutions from Tech Support is plug into a different USB port and install new driver. Neither of which resolved anything.

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5.0

I can finally dedicate a Focusrite I/F to a port without sharing with other devices.

By LARRY CUNNINGHAM

from Michigan

Comments about Focusrite Scarlett 18i6 USB Audio Interface:

This is my second Focusrite interface. My first is the Saffire Pro 40, which has always worked perfect with my MacBook Pro. The limitation to my particular MBP (Mid 2010 ver) is that it only has one FW port and all of my HDs are also FW. I've read here and there that it's best if you can dedicate a port to your audio I/F. The Scarlett 18I6 makes it easy to dedicate one of the USB 2.0 ports to the interface. I only wish they had some convenient way of mounting the unit to a rack tray or some adapter for a rack. There's not much room to strap the unit into a rack, at least in a presentable fashion. ADAT interface also works perfect. Too bad it's not an I/O. I guess it might tax the USB bus too much. Other than that, no complaints and highly recommended.

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5.0

Best buy for the money

By AudioG

from collegeville pa

Comments about Focusrite Scarlett 18i6 USB Audio Interface:

Just got this thing 2 day ago. The sound of it was better then I expected. Focusrite lives up to its name once again. If you are looking for a great interface without dropping $1200 or more get this it has all the expandability you need.

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