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Focusrite Scarlett 18i8 (2nd Gen) USB Audio Interface

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The second generation Scarlett range is packed full of upgrades. Scarlett generation 2 features super-low latency that will bring confidence to your performance, letting you record and monitor with so... Click To Read More About This Product


Gear returned in mint condition. If you're looking for a virtually new instrument in possibly less-than-perfect packaging, this is a great value.
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Gear returned in great condition, with only minor signs of use, such as slight scuffs or pick marks. It looks and plays like new and may be considered an equivalent to display units found in retail stores.
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The second generation Scarlett range is packed full of upgrades. Scarlett generation 2 features super-low latency that will bring confidence to your performance, letting you record and monitor with software effects in real time. Its metal volume controls and a sleeker red metal chassis underscore its improved industrial design, built to go anywhere. Scarlett USB audio interfaces also now operate at sample rates all the way up to 192kHz, and the input channels have evolved too. The latest Scarlett mic preamp features a more even gain structure, so you can accurately set your levels, and the instrument input has also been completely redesigned so it can handle seriously hot pickups for recording electric guitar.

The latest generation Scarlett 18i8 is an 18-in, 8-out USB interface that's 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 Focusrite's 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 the perfect partner for Pro Tools, so Scarlett 18i8 comes with Pro Tools | First recording software, as well as Ableton Live Lite and a suite of software and samples so you can start recording straight away. As you’d expect, it works flawlessly with all major DAWs on Mac and PC.


  • Class-leading digital conversion at up to 24-bit / 192kHz
  • Super-low latency lets you perform and produce using effects in real time
  • Two independent balanced analog outputs for connecting studio monitors
  • Two discrete headphone outputs with dedicated volume controls
  • Expand up to eight additional analog inputs via ADAT
Audio Quality
  • Max bit depth: 24-bit
  • Max sampling rate: 192kHz
  • Frequency response: 20Hz – 20kHz
  • Total inputs: 18
  • Analog inputs: 8
  • Digital inputs: 10
  • Mic preamps: 4
  • XLR/TRS combo jacks: 4
  • XLR only jacks: 0
  • 1/4” only jacks: 4
  • S/PDIF in: 2
  • ADAT/optical in: 8
  • RCA in: 0
  • MADI: No
  • Dante: 0
  • Total outputs: 8
  • Analog outputs: 6
  • Digital outputs: 2
  • XLR out: 0
  • 1/4” out: 6
  • S/PDIF out: 2
  • ADAT/optical out: 0
  • RCA out: 0
  • AES / EBU DSUB: 0
  • MADI: No
  • Dante: 0
Other Connectivity
  • Connections: USB
  • MIDI I/O: In/Out
  • Headphone output(s): 2
  • Word-clock I/O: No
Onboard Features
  • Computer platform: Mac, Windows
  • Phantom power: Yes
  • Direct monitoring: Yes
  • Onboard DSP: No
  • Metering: LED halos
  • Display: No
  • Latency control: Yes
  • Monitor control: Yes
  • Headphone control: Yes
  • Width: 9.02 in.
  • Height: 2.6 in.
  • Depth: 7.56 in.
  • Weight: 3.70 lb.
  • Rack-mountable: No
  • Included software: Yes
Pro Coverage
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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  • Expedited repair or replacement
  • Free shipping (for returns or repairs)
  • 100% coverage for commercial use
  • Extended price protection
  • No lemon guarantee
  • Free transfer of coverage to a new owner
  • Repair costs covered for up to five years from date of purchase
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FocusriteScarlett 18i8 (2nd Gen) USB Audio Interface

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(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


Almost No-Latency and Zero-Noise. Works with Linux too!

By BlueTooth_Avenger

from Gainesville, Fl

About Me Novice

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  • Clear Sound
  • Compact
  • Durable
  • Easy To Use
  • Great Focusrite Support
  • Lightweight
  • Versatile


  • Had To Call Support Once

Best Uses

  • Amateur Recording
  • Home Studio

Comments about Focusrite Scarlett 18i8 (2nd Gen) USB Audio Interface:

I bought this to upgrade from a MAudio MTrack that I had been using for years. The MTrack was useful but I needed more inputs and frankly, it was a brat to connect to Ardour under Linux. I scoured the internet seeking a modern replacement that featured seamless integration with Linux drivers and had the latest no-latency, no-noise hardware voodoo. Included DAW software was a secondary consideration and yes, I run Windows 10 too but using Ardour under Ubuntu Studio has always been my never-obsolete DAW solution.

At the time of purchase, the Focusrite Scarlett 18i8 met the primary requirements that I mentioned above. GuitarCenter made my decision easier by including a 15 percent GuitarCenter bucks promotion with the product. I have yet to receive the bucks as the promotion included a delay clause, but I am sure it will be honored as all my previous dealings with GuitarCenter have been exemplary. So, I bought the Focusrite on-line and had it mailed to me as my local store did not stock it. That required creating a GuitarCenter on-line account that I have used several times since. My order shipped quickly through UPS and arrived without incident.

I have connected the 18i8 to both of my computers... one running Windows 10 and the other Ubuntu Studio. The computers are identical with quad-core Intel® Core™2 Duo CPUs and 8 GB of RAM. I multiplex the 18i8 into the machines with an auto-sensing USB switch and I have installed the included Ableton 9 Lite DAW onto the Windows machine. I am impressed with the performance of the 18i8 on both installations. No noise and negligible latency... especially when using the 18i8 Direct Monitoring feature.

Am I satisfied? Yes, with qualifications. Since purchasing the 18i8 I have become intrigued with a competing product that didn't exist at the time that features wireless connectivity and more channels. I have also experienced one shutdown incident that was quickly solved by Focusrite support and was not entirely the 18i8's fault.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Yes - I would buy the Scarlett I1181 again



About Me Professional Musician


  • Clear Sound
  • Durable
  • Easy To Use
  • Lightweight
  • Versatile


    Best Uses

    • Home Studio
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Focusrite Scarlett 18i8 (2nd Gen) USB Audio Interface:

    I produced an album on my IMack using the Scarlett I181 interface. I am not at all technical by nature but the I181 was very easy to learn. And the album "Trucks to Trains" by Paul Click came out great.

    (1 of 6 customers found this review helpful)


    Stay away from Focusrite USB interfaces

    By Jeff

    from Cleveland, OH

    About Me Professional Musician



      • Buggy software & drivers
      • Unreliable

      Best Uses

      • Home Studio

      Comments about Focusrite Scarlett 18i8 (2nd Gen) USB Audio Interface:

      Stupidly purchased this 18i8 2nd gen to replace an 18i6 that completely died. I liked the features offered by the 18i8 so I went for it. Right out of the box, my audio system had trouble recognizing the interface. I was able to find a "beta driver" on a hidden Focusrite website that allowed Windows to see the interface, but the Focusrite Control software (necessary for setting up monitoring, etc.) will still not see the interface. I have messaged Focusrite support via email and Facebook with no response, going on a week now. I plan on returning this unit in favor of something with a better track record of driver compatibility and support, probably MOTU.

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