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Focusrite Scarlett 18i20 USB 2.0 Audio Interface

With eight Focusrite microphone preamps and a total of 18 inputs/20 outputs, the Scarlette 18i20 USB audio interface is ready to be the heart of your studio. (8) Read 5 reviews for this product | Rate and review this product
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Record the whole band with this rack-mountable Scarlett interface! The Focusrite Scarlett 18i20 USB 2.0 audio interface offers 18 ins, 20 outs, and plenty of flexibility for your studio. This comprehensive audio interface features 8 of Focusrite's class-leading mic preamps, designed to capture amazing audio with low noise, minimal distortion, exceptional headroom, and a wide dynamic range. Eight channels of ADAT input, two-channel S/PDIF I/O, MIDI I/O, a built-in DSP mixer, USB 2.0 connectivity, and bundled software round out the package, making the Scarlett 18i20 an all-in-one interface destined to become the hub of your recording studio.

Check out our quick run-down of all the features on the Focusrite Scarlett 18i20 USB 2.0 Audio Interface:


Wall-to-Wall I/O

The 18-in/20-out Scarlett 18i20 features 6 combination XLR/jack mic/line inputs on the back panel, and 2 front-panel XLR/jack mic/line/instrument inputs with 10 dB pad switches -- perfect for plugging in a direct guitar or bass as you sit in the studio. You'll find 2 headphone outputs right on the front panel. The unit's 10 analog line outputs are perfect for hybrid studios with racks of analog gear. You also get ADAT and S/PDIF for 10 channels of digital I/0, plus MIDI I/O and Word Clock out for digital synchronization.

The 18i20's ADAT port lets you bring in 8 more digital sources. Got external mic preamps and A/D converters? Run them all through your Scarlett 18i20 and raise the mic pre count to 16 channels instead of 8.

Dual independent headphone buses allow you to route customizable monitor mixes, each with its own independent front-panel level control, to two users.

High-Quality Audio at Your Fingertips

Ensuring that you get the best quality audio into and out of your digital audio workstation (DAW) software, the Scarlett 18i20 is supported by Focusrite's precise digital conversion technology at sample rates up to 96 kHz/24-bit resolution. The audio interface works with all major DAWs.

USB 2.0 Connection for Mac, PC, iOS

The unit works with nearly any computer as well. Thanks to USB 2.0 connectivity, Focusrite's Scarlett 18i20 supports Mac and Windows PC computers and even iOS devices (with the Camera Connection Kit, not included).

Flexible Onboard Mixer

Giving you powerful routing and monitoring capabilities in the box, the audio interface comes with Scarlett MixControl software, which provides an ultra-flexible 18x16 DSP mixer. Scarlett MixControl lets you create up to six separate mono mixes or three stereo mixes, each of which are routable to any of the Scarlett 18i20's outputs. Enjoy re-routing your signal path any which way without having to mess with wires, and have some peace of mind knowing that you can save your mixes and recall them instantly.

Software Bundle

In addition to Scarlett MixControl, the Scarlett 18i20 comes with lots of other useful software: Ableton Live Lite production and performance software; the Scarlett Plug-in Suite with EQ, compression, gating, and reverb; the Novation Bass Station virtual synth; and 1 GB of free Loopmasters samples.

Learn more with this interactive video from Focusrite:


Features:

- 96 kHz/24-bit USB 2.0 interface compatible with Mac, Windows, and iOS
- 18 Inputs and 20 outputs
- 8 High-quality Focusrite preamps
- ADAT I/O enables an additional 8 ins and outs
- 16 Channels of MIDI
- Analog-digital/digital-analog conversion at sample rates up to 96 kHz/24-bit for pristine audio quality and sync
- Dual independent headphone buses for routing fully customizable monitor mixes
- Scarlett MixControl DSP mixer/router software offers low-latency routing and monitoring capabilities
- Driver-free operation on the iOS platform
- Included software: Ableton Live Lite, Scarlett Plug-in Suite, Novation Bass Station, Loopmasters samples

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System requirements:

- Mac OS X 10.7 Lion or 10.8 Mountain Lion or later
- Windows 7 (all versions) or Windows 8 (Not including Windows RT)

Digital Performance:

A-D Dynamic Range: 109 dB A-weighted (all inputs)
D-A Dynamic Range: 108 dB A-weighted (line outputs)
Supported sample rates: 44.1 kHz, 48 kHz, 88.2 kHz A 96 kHz
Clock jitter: <250 ps

Microphone Inputs:

Frequency Response: 20 Hz +/- 0.5 dB, 20 kHz +/- 0.1 dB (min. gain)
THD+N: 0.001% (1 kHz, -1dBFS, 20 kHz BW)
Noise EIN: -122 dBu CCIR-RMS (measured at 60 dB of gain with 150 ohm termination)
Maximum input level: +8 dBu (without pad)

Line Inputs:

Frequency Response: 20 Hz - 20 kHz +/- 0.1 dB
THD+N: 0.007% (1 kHz, -1dBFS, 20 kHz BW)
Noise (NiPoS): -105 dBFS CCIR-RMS (measured at min. gain with 50 ohm termination)
Maximum input level: > +28 dBu

Instrument Inputs:

Frequency Response: 20 Hz - 20 kHz +/- 0.1 dB
THD+N: 0.007% (1 kHz, -1dBFS, 20 kHz BW)
Noise (NiPoS): -103 dBFS CCIR-RMS (measured at min. gain)
Maximum input level: +8 dB (without pad)

Line Outputs 1 & 2:

Maximum Output Level (0 dBFS): +16 dBu, balanced
THD+N: 0.001% (1 kHz, -1dBFS, 20 kHz BW)

Weight and Dimensions:

Weight: 3.4 Kg (7.5 lbs)
Height: 45 mm (1.77 inches, one rack space)
Width: 482 mm (18.97 inches, rack width)
Depth: 265 mm (10.43 inches)
Dimensions and Weight in Packaging
Shipping Weight: 11 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 24 x 14 x 4 in
If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 310-322-5500

Product Description

For bands and engineers, Scarlett 18i20 combines quality, capacity, and expandability (ADAT & S/PDIF): 8 Focusrite mics pres and multiple outputs for cue mixes.

Focusrite's Scarlett 18i20 is in the company's next generation of multi-channel USB-based audio interfaces, featuring eight award-winning Focusrite microphone preamplifiers, designed specifically for the computer interface environment, delivering legendary Focusrite sound quality.

Focusrite's mic preamps are found in the world's top studios and give the 18i20 an unequalled level of performance, with low noise, minimal distortion and enormous dynamic range. The Scarlett preamps offer exceptional headroom, and two front-panel inputs also offer 10dB pad buttons to handle the highest-level inputs without distortion.

Comprehensive inputs/outputs

With 18 inputs and 20 outputs, Scarlett 18i20 includes enough I/O to handle the vast majority of day-to-day studio tasks at maximum quality, with maximum flexibility. Scarlett 18i20 features six combo XLR/jack mic/line inputs plus two front-panel XLR/jack mic/line/instrument inputs with 10dB pad buttons, 10 analog line outputs, two independent headphone outputs on the front panel, and ADAT and S/PDIF digital I/O, plus MIDI I/O and Word Clock out for digital synchronisation when required.

The ADAT interface can be used to bring in digital sources or to add extra preamps such as Focusrite's OctoPre Mk II, bringing the mic pre complement to 16 channels, ideal for recording a complete band and minimising overdubs.

Class leading digital conversion

This prodigious I/O capability is backed by Focusrite's class-leading precision digital conversion technology at sample rates up to 96 kHz, 24-bit, to ensure that you get the very highest quality into and out of your audio software -- all major DAWs are supported.

High channel count and Focusrite quality -- now on USB 2.0 and iOS

Scarlett 18i20 is the USB complement of the tried and tested Saffire PRO 40 Firewire interface. Suitable for Windows, Mac and even iOS (with the Camera Connection Kit*) platforms, Scarlett 18i20's USB 2.0 connection suits almost any computer, helping you build a setup in which external storage and audio interfaces do not have to share the same computer bus (recommended for the best performance) - if you have Firewire drives, for example, a USB audio interface is the best choice.

Features:

Eight high-quality award-winning Focusrite preamps
Scarlett 18i20 is the best sounding interface in its class. Focusrite's unparalleled reputation for audio excellence forms the foundation of this interface, with eight award-winning Focusrite preamps.

High-quality 24-bit/96kHz USB 2.0 interface compatible with Mac, Windows and iOS
Features high quality A-D / D-A at up to 96kHz, 24bit. Pristine audio quality and rock-solid synchronisation are guaranteed on Mac and Windows as well as driver-free operation on the iOS platform.

18 inputs & 20 outputs
Scarlett 18i20 boasts an extensive range of analogue and digital I/O capabilities including ADAT I/O which can enable an additional eight inputs and outputs.

Dual independent headphone buses
Give two artists independent, fully-customised monitor mixes - each with an independent front-panel level control.

Scarlett MixControl ultra-low-latency DSP mixer/router
Maximising routing flexibility and intuitive one-click set-up solutions, Scarlett MixControl provides an 18 x 16 DSP mixer with powerful routing and monitoring capabilities.

Unmatched routing flexibility
Scarlett 18i20 is the most flexible interface in its class, enabling you to intuitively adapt it immediately to the needs of any recording session. Route any input signal or DAW output, or a mix of both, to any output.

Comprehensive bundle of included software
Comes with Ableton Live Lite - ground-breaking production and performance software, Scarlett Plug-in Suite - EQ, compression, gating and reverb, Novation Bass Station - software model of the classic Novation analogue mono-synth, and 1GB of Loopmasters samples.

Included Software

Ableton Live Lite
Innovative music production software used by industry professionals all over the world. Ableton Live includes a unique performance feature as well as being a fully functioning DAW.

Scarlett MixControl
An 18 x 16 DSP mixer. Offering a superb level of flexibility, MixControl software enables you to create sixteen separate mixes with ultra-low-latency.

Scarlett Plug-in Suite
VST/AU/RTAS Plug-in Suite comes in the box, adding Focusrite compression, reverb, gating and EQ to your recording system.

Novation Bass Station
The legendary analogue mono-synth from Novation in software form - AU/VST plug-in for your DAW.

Loopmasters
1 gig of royalty-free samples from the world's leading sample production organisation - Loopmasters.

*Camera Connection Kit not included
Customer Reviews
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zZounds has verified that this customer bought this product from us. "More versatile than I envisioned"
Overall: My computer related hobbies are widely varied. Up until the purchase of this 18i20, I had been fighting less than adequate hardware and software for audio needs. This interface, along with the downloadable software/driver, is incredibly capable and has solved to perfection most all of my audio related difficulties. I can tie anything/everything, hardware or software, in my audio arsenal, together with a little thought and the proper cables or patch cords. Plenty of audio ins and outs, data ports, and the ability to either patch or route it all makes this a great piece of equipment. As well, the audio quality is superior hardware-wise: Quiet ADCs, DACs and pre-amps, 24-bit/96k bandwidth, and an ASIO driver that does not complain or cause trouble. Works great with the newer versions (10 & 11) of Pro Tools. Documentation does not match up with the quality of the hardware and software.
Style of Music: FreedomRock
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zZounds has verified that this customer bought this product from us. "Awesome Sounding Interface!!"
Overall: I originally bought the Saffire Pro 40 but returned it. I did a total upgrade to my entire home studio and ordered a new custom built computer with lots of USB ports. USB is a better way to go as far as compatibility and future upgrades are concerned. This interface is the best you can get in this price range IMHO. The Mic Pres are very clean and quiet. Even when maxed out. Lots of I/O. I am blown away by the sound and versatility of this unit. Converters are great too. Love the independent head phone outputs. That feature alone is a major plus for me. Driver's are rock solid. No glitches, pops or crackles which was a concern of mine with a USB interface and especially after going from flawless performance with Fire Wire. No worries though. This thing delivers the goods all around. I don't know why the RME UFX is so much more money but I'm willing to bet it won't sound or perform any better than this. You pay for the name I guess. Don't think twice. Just buy it.
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