Focusrite Scarlett 18i8 (1st Gen) and Cubase Pro 12

I’m trying to set up Focusrite Scarlett 18i8 (1st Gen) with Cubase Pro 12 on Windows 10 laptop. Can they actually work together?

The main issue I’m having is monitoring. How do I get the sound to come out of the monitor speakers connected to Mon 1 and Mon 2 on the interface? I play my guitar and the sound goes into Cubase and I can record, but when I play the recording, nothing is heard. The speakers are on and are connected to the interface. The Focusrite ASIO speakers are selected on the laptop and the laptop’s sound meter is moving from the recorded guitar in Cubase.

In newer generations of the Focusrite 18i8 interface, the interface comes with Focusrite Control, where the signal can be routed to the monitors. However, the 1st generation of the interface comes with Scarlett MixControl which is very confusing. I don’t know if it helps in monitoring. I read a couple of guides but they didn’t have enough information.

Please reply if you have experience setting up Focusrite Scarlett 18i8 (1st Gen) and Cubase Pro 12.

Hi @Krasi,

first of all: welcome to the forum!

as far as I understand it, and if your attempts at routing everything as usual in Cubase Pro 12 don’t let you monitor your signal while recording:

  • sadly, the Focusrite Scarlett 18i8 1st and 2nd gen. interfaces don’t have an explicit loopback function for monitoring within Scarlett Mix Control. Although I’m not sure about what’s inside the ASIO options in combination with your Scarlett 18i8, related to the Cubase settings in…

  • StudioStudio SettingsAudio System → [ your Driver ] (is Direct Monitoring greyed out?)

Perhaps you can emulate the loopback by using a cable connection for S/PDIF OUT → S/PDIF IN.
Btw. if you don’t have a 75 Ohms S/PDIF cable at hand, you can at least try the digital loopback connection by using one half of an RCA stereo cable.

I found that S/PDIF OUT–>IN workaround here:

(Hope that helps)


The missing of loopback isn’t the problem, I think.

Can you provide some screenshots of the app?

These kinds of apps are the monitor mixers for these interfaces, normally.
And mostly they have a fader/channel labeled DAW or computer.

I’m struggling same problem. I wanted to have 3 different cue mixes to via Focusrite 18i8 1st gen Headphones1 and Headphones2 and Monitor. And I think, this was working with the earlier Cubase Pro version I had but not with this version 12. Or earlier Focusrite drivers version. Very annoying problem since I have Octopre connected to Focusrite and would not like to start buying new devices because of non functioning drivers.

Hi jaibs,

Sorry to hear that you have the same problem. I found out that Cubase does not support 1st generation Focusrite interfaces. I had to buy a new interface from Steinberg and now everything works fine.

Yes, actually I regrett upgrading anything during last couple of years because everything worked smoothly and had everything that I could ever imagine to utilize with the older versions of Cubase and Focusrite. These companies seems to compete with their audio interfaces because of these issues. I think both companies loose in this situation giving a bad name to interface or daw, depending on user view point. I don’t want to spend 1000€ for a new audio interface after using 59€ for daw upgrade. It was a trap.

This is b----t. They are not more or less compatible than any other ASIO capable interface.

There changed not much from 10 to 12 regarding cue mixes.
If the Focusrite can address the headphone outs as different output pairs, you can use them as CUE outs.

If you really want the help from the community, you should answer the questions about more information. Otherwise, we can’t provide the applicable tips or resources.

Ok, you’re right! I must apologize my frustration outbursts. Now I found out that system still works like before, the settings were wrong. Procedure: assign six different outputs in Scarlett MixControl DAW1-DAW6 to the targets, Monitor, phone1 and phone2 and remember save the setup to device in the same program. Then start Cubase and more or less following the procedures described e.g. in video showed that even with this 1st gen Focusrite things works ok.

Yeah, works fine. I have one 18i8 1st generation working on Mac OS Monterey and Windows 10. running Cubase pro 12.

Mine is running the latest firmware.