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Perfect - Reviews Focusrite Scarlett 18i8

Value For Money : Excellent
- Which technical specifications motivated your choice?
I bought it a week ago to replace an M-Audio mobilepre soundcard, which was awful (latency, crackles and big incompatibility problems). I had the need of several mic inputs, 4 are enough, especially since you can add more thanks to the ADAT output of the soundcard

- Do you use it with other instruments or systems and what's your setup?
Connected via USB. I plug a bunch of instruments, as well as mics and midi.

- What do you use it for?
I use it on my own for now, so track per track. However, I bought it because I wanted to be able to record a band.

- What's your setup (motherboard, CPU, RAM, hard drive,...)?
I use it with an Asus R500V notebook with 4GB ram, 750GB HDD and intel core i5 2.56HZ processor. I use Cubase 5 as DAW.


- Are the drivers stable?
Very stable, no complaints.

- How many tracks can you record/playback simultaneously?
For the time being I only record track per track, so no comments.

- What's the latency of your system?
Around 7ms.


- Did you have any problems during the installation?
You register the product on Focusrite's website, download the driver, connect the soundcard and that's it. I didn't need to read the manual (which can be downloaded from the website). So the installation is relatively simple.

- Did you have any incompatibility problems?
I had one problem: If you turn off the soundcard while the DAW is still open, you'll get a blue screen of death. But once you know that, you just have to pay attention.

- Is the user's manual clear and comprehensive?
I haven't opened it, but if you need it, you can download it from Focusrite's website (very handy if you lose all the documentation, like I did).


- How long have you been using it?
I've been using it for a week now.

- Did you try any other models before buying it?
I had an M-Audio mobilepre which was terrible — it's like night and day!

- Which feature do you like the most / the least?
The most: The number of inputs, the quality of the preamp, the design (it is very nice), and the ease of use.
The least: The blue screen of death if you unplug it from the PC while the DAW is open. Other than that, nothing.

- How would you rate its value for money?
Very good, for the price I find the sound very good. The number of inputs is enough, it fulfills its role fine. Good value for money.

- Based on your experience, would you buy this product again?
Even if my experience with this soundcard is limited, I would buy it again without hesitation!