Category: Recording Gear
By Bryan Baker, 2017-04-11
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So I'm considering this audio interface. I hear good things about it. It has 2 headphone outs. I'm coming from sort of an old school setup; a MOTU rack firewire interface which served me very well, even recording into a very old iBook with OS 9 and Bias Deck II as the DAW. Now I'm on a MacBook Pro with Logic Pro X.
I've purchased a couple entry level audio interfaces since moving to the new computer. An IK Multimedia Solo and a Behringer Onyx. I got the Onyx because I used to run a Mackie mixer into the MOTU and liked that setup so I wondered if the mixer setup on the Onyx is what I was looking for. Also I needed something to transfer all of my cassettes to digital. I'm not sure it works well for either purpose, to be honest. It was cheap though. I gave it a shot.
The IK Solo works alright. Seems like I have to fight it much more than I ever had to fight the MOTU. I've made a good track with it (see below), but constantly unplugging and plugging instruments drives me crazy. To avoid that, I've even thought of stepping up to the 18i20, but I really don't need all the outputs. I never used any outputs on the MOTU except the stereo main outputs and the speaker outputs. Also, I like the rack since I have a road rack case, but do I really need the hardware outboard effects still? I kinda don't think so.
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From the manufacturer:
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 on your computer. 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. An ADAT input allows you to expand with eight additional mic preamps for larger recording sessions. Focusrite is the perfect partner for Pro Tools. To that end, Focusrite and Avid will continue to work together to ensure all Scarlett interfaces are thoroughly tested with the latest version of Pro Tools. Scarlett 18i8 is also compatible with all other major DAWs, on Mac and PC. Download the free Focusrite iOS Control app and adjust cue mixes created with the Focusrite Control desktop app remotely from an iPad, iPhone or iPod touch. * 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