Focusrite Scarlett 18i20 USB 2.0 Audio Interface (2nd Generation)

Focusrite Scarlett 18i20 USB 2.0 Audio Interface (2nd Generation)

Focusrite Scarlett 18i20 USB 2.0 Audio Interface (2nd Generation)

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Product Highlights

  • 18 Inputs/20 Outputs
  • 8 Scarlett Microphone Preamps
  • 8 More Inputs/Outs via ADAT Expansion
  • Dual Independent Headphone Busses
  • MIDI I/O, S/PDF I/O & BNC Wordclock
  • 24-Bit/192 kHz
  • Included Internal Mixer Software
  • Included Software Bundle
  • Downloadable iOS Remote Control App
  • Mac OS X & Windows Compatible
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Focusrite 18i20 overview

  • 1Description

Featuring a rackmountable construction, Focusrite's second-generation Scarlett 18i20 is an audio interface designed specifically for use in a computer environment. The device sports a total of 18 inputs and 20 outputs and communicates with computers via USB 2.0. It's designed to operate handily at resolutions and sample rates of up to 24-bit/192 kHz, while its multiple high-headroom, minimal-distortion connection points render it suitable for tracking many instruments at once.

In addition to its two rear-panel monitor outputs—replete with anti-thump circuitry—the 18i20 also offers eight line outputs arranged in stereo configurations, as well two volume-controllable headphone outputs on the front. The unit is fully expandable, able to handle eight more inputs and outputs by means of on-board ADAT ports.

The unit also offers a panoply of digital connections, with MIDI I/Os, S/PDF ports, and a Wordclock output for syncing to external devices. The 18i20 provides a round-trip latency as low as 2.74 ms at 96 kHz, allowing you to record and monitor processed sound sources in real-time.

Multiple I/Os, Front and Back
Eight combination inputs allow you to plug in 1/4" instruments or XLR sound sources. The two combination jacks on the front panel have been redesigned to allow for extended headroom. They also sport mic/instrument switches and pads. On the rear, two monitor outputs provide your main speaker connections, while eight pairs of line outputs give you flexibility and creativity in routing. This device also sports MIDI I/Os, as well as ADAT expansion ports to hook in eight more channels of ins and outs.
Intuitive Mix Control and Additional Software
Focusrite Control—an included internal mixer—is designed to facilitate and power an intuitive array of routing setups. It also provides access to internal hardware functions. Furthermore, the 18i20 includes software such as an exclusive Focusrite edition of Pro Tools | First Pack, Ableton Live Lite, the Softube Time and Tone Bundle, Foscusrite's Red Plug-In Suite, and 2GB of Loopmasters samples.
Downloadable iOS Remote Control App
Downloadable Focusrite iOS Control app adjusts cue mixes remotely from iOS devices (iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch)
UPC: 815301008446
In the Box
Focusrite Scarlett 18i20 USB 2.0 Audio Interface (2nd Generation)
  • USB Cable
  • Power Supply
  • Code for Software Bundle
  • Downloadable iOS Remote Control App
  • Limited 2-Year Warranty
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    Focusrite 18i20 specs

    Inputs/Outputs 2x combination 1/4" instrument/XLR inputs
    6x combination 1/4" line/XLR inputs
    10x 1/4" line outputs
    2x 1/4" stereo headphone outputs
    1x 5-pin MIDI input
    1x 5-pin MIDI output
    2x Optical ADAT connections
    1x BNC Wordclock output
    System Requirements Mac: OS X 10.10 Yosemite, OS X 10.11 El Capitan
    PC: Windows 7, Windows 8.1, Windows 10
    Dimensions (H x W x D) 1.8 x 19.0 x 11.3" / 4.4 x 48.2 x 28.6 cm
    Weight Without accessories: 7.2 lb / 3.3 kg
    With accessories: 8.4 lb / 3.8 kg
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 10.75 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 23.8 x 14.0 x 3.5"

    Focusrite 18i20 reviews

    Scarlett 18i20 USB 2.0 Audio Interface (2nd Generation) is rated 4.3 out of 5 by 4.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellence! I used the MAudio Profire 2626 Highdefinition Firewire Audio Interface in my studio for several years. Recorded a couple of albums with it, and I was relatively satisfied. Then I updated my studio computer, which did not have a Firewire port. In addition to that, M-Audio had not produced a driver for Windows 10. I realized it was about time to upgrade my audio interface. I did a very extensive research. I read reviews, asked colleagues, etc, and everything started to point to the Scarlett 18i20. I then purchase it, and so far it has exceeded all my expectations. The sound quality is crystal clear; the configuration software included works perfectly in real time. Not the most important thing, but its look is spectacular, and the position of every knob, input, and output is in the right place. The two headphone outputs in the front come handy when there are two musicians recording at the same time. As I use this interface I get the feeling that I am working with an appliance 100% professional. With Sonar it blends really good, no audio drops or audio engine error messages at all. So far I haven't noticed anything negative about it.
    Date published: 2016-10-13
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great multichannel I was able to route a pc computer 6 channels into the analog input and custom mix to also use the USB from a IMAC pro to have 5.1channel output from either computer to a set of 5 monitors and subwoofer. The control software requires that you setup one mix with 6 hardware inputs and 6 playback channels but mute any channels not required for that specific output channel.
    Date published: 2018-07-08
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from The worst interface I've had I have had many interfaces in the last 12 years and I am amazed at how bad this interface is. The headphones can not be routed freely, the outputs sometimes have a lower level than other times, what makes a nightmare to work with external hardware. I am very sorry to acquire this interface. The software Focus control it's a joke
    Date published: 2018-09-01
    Date published: 2018-07-12
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