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
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’s established Xcite+ bundle is also included. The bundle features Ableton Live Lite (for all your production, performance and compositional needs), Novation’s Bass Station soft synth and over 1 gig of royalty-free samples from Loopmasters.
Scarlett 18i6’s 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’s creative toolbox.
Ableton Live Lite 8 forms the foundation of this collection, providing the ideal platform to create, produce and perform. Novation’s 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.
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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.
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.
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).
"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.
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!
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.
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.
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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