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Focusrite Scarlett 18i8 3rd Gen USB Interface
Focusrite Scarlett 18i8 3rd Gen USB Interface

A Study in Scarlet(t)

When a product has been around long enough for a third generation, you don’t have to be Sherlock Holmes to detect that it has a strong user base. Key features of the Focusrite Scarlett 18i8 3rd Gen USB Interface include 24-bit/192kHz converters, eight analog line inputs, four analog outputs, two headphone outs (with independent volume controls), digital audio I/O, and MIDI I/O, all useful for both recording and mixing. In addition to a pair of high-headroom instrument inputs, Focusrite says it upgraded the four mic preamps—already regarded as a strength among Scarlett fans. For more specs, visit!

$479.99 MSRP

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Emile Menasché

Musician, journalist, and author Emile Menasché has composed soundtracks for Oscar- and Emmy-nominated documentaries. He is jealous that his dog Hudson gets more attention from passersby whenever they’re seen in public together.