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Product Overview***Special Offer*** Introducing The Plug-In Collective Focusrite’s Plug-In Collective brings monthly plug-in deals to registered and new customers.
The advent of Focusrite’s new, ultra-low latency interfaces opens up a world of new possibilities for recording and overdubbing, using multiple DAW plug-ins in real time rather than needing special cue mixes and outboard DSP.
There’s no shortage of great plug-ins today, with new and exciting instruments and effects coming out all the time – but which to choose?
At Focusrite, we believe in freedom – the freedom to choose the plug-ins that get musicians, producers and engineers their signature sound, exactly the way they want it. To help in the quest, Focusrite is working with some of the most innovative and prestigious plug-in companies around to provide exclusive offers, tutorial content and more.
October's offer is a FREE Positive Grid BIAS FX LE guitar effects processor. Exclusively designed in partnership with Focusrite, BIAS FX LE gives you a taste of the fully fledged BIAS FX Pro.
It includes 3 amps + 6 effects - the insanely great sounding '77 Silvertone (Clean), '69 Plexiglas (Crunch), and '92 Treadplate (High Gain) amplifiers. You also get the best pedals to expand your arsenal: a Treble Boost, 6 band EQ, a 808 OD stomp box, a Chorus, plus digital delay and reverb pedals.
Ready To Record Your Band The new generation of Focusrite Scarlett 18i8 is ideal for musicians, producers and small bands who want to record audio from a wide range of sources such as drums, guitars, keyboards and vocals simultaneously. Four natural-sounding combination input Scarlett mic preamps, super-low latency* and class-leading sound quality and digital conversion are complemented by a host of additional inputs and outputs; four extra line inputs, digital I/O, two main monitor outputs and two entirely discrete headphone outputs. It comes in a sleeker red metal chassis with new metal gain dials adding to the rugged construction of the audio interface. Focusrite have also added analogue protection circuitry to protect your interface from unwanted power surges.
All the Ins and Outs You Need We have four combination inputs with natural sounding Scarlett mic preamps and two redesigned high headroom instrument inputs that let you record a combination of instruments or vocals together. You can connect your synths, keyboards or mixers into four additional line inputs on the rear panel, and connect any equipment with digital I/O to the SPDIF inputs to record ten simultaneous channels. The ADAT lets you connect an OctoPre, expanding the 18i8 to 12 mic preamps and 16 analogue inputs! Two dedicated headphone outputs let you send separate headphone mixes to two artists, or an engineer and artist. The two balanced jack outputs let you connect to your professional studio monitors. With further MIDI connectivity, you can also integrate your favourite hardware synths with your DAW.
Brand New Scarlett Control Panel Focusrite control is included with the 6i6 and allows intuitive control over the options of your audio interface for easy configuration of monitoring, mixing and routing. Focusrite Control offers traditional mixer workflow and allows instant access to the hardware functions you need. It also gives you remote control over unit functionality, protection across the inputs and outputs for protecting against phantom power shorting and accidental activation of phantom power to outputs.
Exclusive Software Library The Scarlett 18i8 comes with an extensive software package so you can be ready to go within minutes of opening the box; - Exclusive version of Pro Tools First Focusrite Creative Pack featuring 12 plug-ins including the Eleven Lite for authentic guitar amp emulation - Ableton Live Lite - Softube Time and Tone Bundle - Focusrite Red Plug-In Suite - Novation Bass Station Software Synthesizer - 2GB of Loopmasters samples
* Super-low roundtrip latency was measured at 2.74ms, working at 96kHz with a 32 samples buffer on Logic Pro X, running on a Mac Pro and OS 10.11 Features
• 24 bit 192 kHz. • Low latency 2.74ms. • Improved linear gain structure. • Instrument input redesigned for hot pickups. • Analogue protection circuitry to stop power surges (via usb). • New metal gain controls. • Sleeker chassis. • Scarlett Control Panel.
Computer Interface Type
Analogue Inputs (Total)
Analogue Outputs (Total)
4 x 1/4" TRS jack (Balanced)
1 x ADAT In
1 x MIDI
1 x S/PDIF Coaxial In
4 x XLR / Jack Combo
Mic Preamps (Max)
Instrument Inputs (Max)
Sample Rate (Max)
2 x 1/4" TRS Monitor Output
2 x Headphone (TRS 6.35mm Jack)
1 x MIDI
1 x S/PDIF Coaxial Out
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