The Focusrite 18i20 brings the recording performance of 8 award-winning Focusrite mic preamps and combines them with a high-quality 24-bit/96kHz USB 2.0 interface that's compatible with Mac, Windows, and iOS platforms, which means legendary record...
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The Focusrite 18i20 brings the recording performance of 8 award-winning Focusrite mic preamps and combines them with a high-quality 24-bit/96kHz USB 2.0 interface that's compatible with Mac, Windows, and iOS platforms, which means legendary recording performance on the iPad (Apple Camera Connection Kit required). 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.
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 analogue 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 synchronization 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 minimizing overdubs.
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.
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.
Note: Includes the Focusrite Red 2 and Red 3 Plug-In Suite (AAX/AU/VST) upon registration of interface. Accurately modeled on the classic Red 2 EQ and Red 3 Compressor, the Red plug-ins let you exploit the sound of the hardware originals, conveniently from within Pro Tools (10 and above) and other audio software.
Some quirks with the ScarlettMixControl software, but overall a very solid interface with a lot of options.
The inclusion of the Red2/Red3 Plugins was very nice.
An excellent mid range interface that represents very good value for money. Nicely transparent pres combined with the option of ADAT expansion make it perfect for the home studio. My only issue is with the volume knobs, as the tiny little indicator bump on them are the same colour as the knobs themselves making it very hard to see what volume the unit is at.
Twin headphone out is a nice bonus, and the routing software, although daunting at first, is actually incredibly flexible and a breeze to get you head around after a bit of experimentation.
Won't need to upgrade for a long time.
With 8 XLR/TRS inputs, 10 outputs, ADAT, SPDIF, and two powerful headphone amps, I know I will have the 18i20 for a long time.
Although still using USB2, the latency has never been a problem. The reason I bought this was to have 8 inputs in case I ever needed it, and have had to use 6 at once for a podcast I recorded with my friends. With ADAT and SPDIF, I know I can easily add an additional 8 preamps if I ever need it. And with 10 outputs, if I ever decide to mix in 5.1 surround sound, I know I can.
This interface is my baby and will grow up with me as I grow as a musician.
The product is such a great addition for any musician wanting to record their own project. It is easy to hook up, no drivers, no software required. Once I hooked this up to my Mac, I was able to get recording within minutes. The Preamps work really nice as well, eliminating most signal noise, any warmth or effects, you would have to do yourself. GREAT PRODUCT!
This is a great interface for someone who is starting with recording music and needs a good quantity of inputs with the possibility of expanding through ADAT. It is easy to use and reliable, it has great sound to it and a good build quality.
Got to be the Best Value for Money Interface going around. Plenty enough in/out options for me and great quality, transparent sound. USB connection, not firewire, so a better option for more people. Sweet pre amps if you aren't one of the lucky people who own several separate dedicated units.