Focusrite Scarlett 18i20 Audio Interface 888365011318

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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, ... Read More

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Overview

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.

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 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.

Features Audio Quality
  • Max bit depth:24-bit
  • Max sampling rate:96kHz
  • Inputs
  • Total inputs: 18
  • Mic preamps:8
  • XLR/TRS combo jacks:8
  • XLR only jacks:0
  • 1/4” only jacks:0
  • S/PDIF in: 2
  • ADAT/optical in:8
  • RCA in:No
  • AES/EBU: No
  • MADI:No
  • Outputs
  • Total outputs: 20
  • XLR out:0
  • 1/4” out:10 TRS
  • S/PDIF out: 2
  • ADAT/optical out:8
  • RCA out:No
  • AES / EBU:No
  • MADI: No
  • Other Connectivity
  • Computer connection:USB 2.0
  • MIDI I/O:5-pin In/Out
  • Headphone output(s):2
  • Word-clock I/O:Yes
  • Onboard Features
  • Platform compatibility:Mac & Windows
  • Phantom power:Yes
  • Direct monitoring:Yes
  • Onboard DSP:Yes
  • Metering:LED Meters
  • Display:No
  • Latency control:Yes
  • Monitor control:Yes
  • Headphone control:Yes
  • Other
  • Width:18.97 in.
  • Height:1.77 in.
  • Depth:10.43 in.
  • Weight:7.49 lb.
  • Rack-mountable:Yes
  • Included software:Yes
Specifications
  • Inputs and Outputs
    IN
    8 Mic/line analogue Combi XLR Including 2 instrument inputs
    2 S/PDIF RCA Phono Can be routed via lightpipe
    8 ADAT Optical Lightpipe 4 channels via SMUX 2 96kHz
    16 MIDI 5pin DIN connector Provides 16 channels of MIDI
    OUT
    2 Line analogue ¼" TRS Jack Dedicated monitor outputs
    8 Line analogue ¼" TRS Jack
    4 outputs (7/8 & 9/10) are also available via the 2 independently controlled, stereo headphone ¼" Jack on the front panel
    2 S/PDIF RCA Phono Can be routed via Lightpipe
    8 ADAT Optical Lightpipe 4 channels via SMUX @ 96 kHz
    16 MIDI 5pin DIN connector Provides 16 channels of MIDI
    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)
Warranty
MANUFACTURER'S WARRANTY
All Focusrite products are built to the highest standards and should provide reliable performance for many years, subject to reasonable care, use, transportation and storage.

In the event of a Manufacturing Defect becoming evident within 12 months from date of purchase Focusrite undertakes that the product will be repaired or replaced free of charge if the product is returned to the authorised dealer from whom it was purchased. In these circumstances, or if you need an out-of-warranty repair to your Focusrite product, please contact your local Focusrite distributor in your country of residence or business : Find your local distributor here and you will be advised of the correct return procedure.

Alternatively contact the Focusrite Reseller from which you purchased the product. If you purchase a Focusrite product outside your country of residence or business you will not be entitled to ask your local Focusrite Distributor to honour this Limited Warranty, although you may request a chargeable repair.

Alternatively, the unit may be returned at your cost to the dealer you purchased the unit from so that they can organise a Warranty repair with their Focusrite Distributor.

This Warranty does not include cost of shipping to and from the authorised dealer from whom it was purchased. In every case it will be necessary to provide the original invoice or store receipt to accompany the defective product to the supplying dealer. This Limited Warranty is offered solely to the first purchaser of the product from an Authorised Focusrite Reseller (defined as a reseller which has purchased the Product directly from Focusrite Audio Engineering Ltd. in the UK or its Authorised Distributors outside the U.K,) and is not transferable.

This Warranty is in addition to your Statutory Rights in the country of purchase.

Please note: A Manufacturing Defect is defined as a defect in the performance of the product which may be expected from a reasonable interpretation of the published description and performance specifications as published by Focusrite Audio Engineering Ltd. This does not include damage caused by post-purchase transportation, storage or careless handling, nor damage caused by misuse.

A significant proportion of products returned under Warranty (which are very few in number compared to numbers sold) are found not to exhibit any fault at all. Please check that the mains voltage is correctly set for your local supply and that your connecting cables are in good order and correctly connected.

If in doubt about the product functions please read the user guide and if necessary contact your dealer for advice before returning the product to the supplying dealer. You can also contact the Focusrite Tech Support team at the Focusrite Answerbase for general advice.


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FocusriteScarlett 18i20 Audio Interface
 
4.3

(based on 12 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

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    (1)

80%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (3)
  • Versatile (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

No Best Uses

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Scarlett 18i20 Audio Interface (rack mounted)

Hardware: Dell (i7 Intel cpu)
OS: Windows 10
Set up: Rack mounted to custom desk

It works. Pro Tools 12 detected interface with no problems. FocusRite/Novation...Read complete review

Hardware: Dell (i7 Intel cpu)
OS: Windows 10
Set up: Rack mounted to custom desk

It works. Pro Tools 12 detected interface with no problems. FocusRite/Novation customer service is quick and friendly. Haven't had a chance to play around with the software add-ons that come with the interface. Only problem I have right now is the Mix software interface can't detect the hardware. It did for a while when my system was still on Windows 7 professional but that cut out at some point too before upgrading to Windows 10. I'm attaching a link to a video that contains a sound sampling of drums mic'ed to the scarlett and recorded in ProTools. It's raw audio bounced to MP3 audio and then rendered in a video editor as-is to go with video, for the purpose of establishing a base line for the audio.

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Windows 8 Beware

This product is not fully compatible with Windows 8. The Focusrite website shows it listed under Windows 8 OS compatible but this product is not shown in their list "Products - Compatiblity with...Read complete review

This product is not fully compatible with Windows 8. The Focusrite website shows it listed under Windows 8 OS compatible but this product is not shown in their list "Products - Compatiblity with Windows 8". Windows 8 is a generational OS change, it is different in both software and hardware. If your computer came pre-loaded with Windows 8 it's probably a "Windows 8 machine" and there's a good chance the 18i20 won't work reliably. Mine disconnects from the USB after less than a minute. Every time Focusrite seems to solve the issue it reoccurs after a few weeks. If your computer is Windows 7 or previous and you upgrade to 8 you might be able to use the 18i20. Windows 8 machine ~ stay away!

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3.0

not everything works

By Anthony

from Lockport, Il

About Me Novice

Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Easy To Use
  • Versatile

Cons

  • Limited Functions
  • Terrible Manufacturing
  • Unreliable

Best Uses

  • Trash Can

Comments about Focusrite Scarlett 18i20 Audio Interface:

Its a great interface except the fact the monitor controls do not work even if your plugged into the monitor outputs, get something you can get all the controls

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4.0

Solid with Windows 10 and USB 2.0, but not USB 3.0

By John

from Vancouver, WA

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Durable
  • Easy To Use
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio

    Comments about Focusrite Scarlett 18i20 Audio Interface:

    The Scarlett 18i20 is used for multichannel output from Hauptwerk, a virtual pipe organ simulation program. Love the ADAT compatibility as I already owned an 8 channel ADAT unit as well as a mixer and recorder with ADAT. That gives me lots of connectivity via optical cables.

    The only issue I have is that I would prefer the unit have solid drivers for USB 3.0 under Windows 10. Operation is great with a USB 2.0 port which is fine for now but I am in contact with support in hopes that they will update the drivers.

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    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Better quality at an excellent price point

    By Higgins

    from Harrisburg, PA

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Easy To Use
    • Included Software
    • Sound Quality
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home Studio
      • Mixing Rack Gear
      • Multi Tracking

      Comments about Focusrite Scarlett 18i20 Audio Interface:

      I have been upgrading my personal studio this year and have had this unit for about 8 months now. I had already used a Firepod Studio unit by Focusrite for an extended period of time, so I knew that the pre amps were going to sound great. Very transparent and clear. I familiarized myself with the included software and had a good idea of what it offered. I use this interface as a tool to patch in my rack synths using the mix software. This frees up space in my Mackie mixer for other things. The software is very easy to use once you figure out your way around, and you can save different configurations for easy recall. This comes in handy when you use outboard effects during tracking and switch between different gear consistently. What really impressed me is when I recently purchased a new computer (i7/16GB) that can really deliver the speed to the Scarlett. The clarity increased and almost ZERO latency. USB 3.0 makes a huge difference. This is a more than adequate interface at a very good price for what it delivers. It may not suit a high end professional studio, but for most of us, it is a step up from a 2-track interface, especially if you have a large enough array of gear to warrant the need for more connectivity. I definitely recommend this to someone with a large project studio.

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      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Excellent Quality For The Price!

      By Eman08

      from Iowa

      Pros

      • High Quality Converters
      • Rock Solid Stable
      • Very High End Pre-amps
      • Very Low Latency
      • Works With All Daws

      Cons

      • gets pretty hot

      Best Uses

        Comments about Focusrite Scarlett 18i20 Audio Interface:

        You are essentially buying a very a high quality product for the price that other competitors can't compete. When you hear of Focusrite, its like Neve and Solid State Logic. Focusrite is know for their legacy mixing consoles and top of the line mic preamps used in million dollar recording studios. The legacy left behind by Rupert Neve, is carried over to its modern day audio interfaces, pre amps and Channel strips. Its hard not to walk into a major recording studio today, and not see a Focusrite rack in the bunch.

        Now enough of the rambling. I was in the process of looking for an upgrade from my Roland audio interface with low latency. I was looking at other brands like Motu, Native Instruments, Presonus and then came across this interface. After all the research I've done, I narrowed it down to Focusrite and Motu. I've heard a lot of good stuff about Motu as well but for the price, it was essentially a steal what you are getting with Focusrite for the same quality minus the built in DSP effects that's found on Motu's flagship. It was right with in my budget. I know many people that own Motu interfaces and can say that both Focusrite and Motu are parallel prior to sound quality and their AD/DA converters. But the Pre-Amps on the Focusrite is what caught my attention. For this particular unit, the 18i20 model was to do multi-track recording simultaneously for all of my out board hardware like keyboards, MPC 5000 etc. When recording with two ins, it would some times take to long to track out songs, so getting a rack with multiple ins makes sense. Its great for recording bands too. After got this unit and unboxed and hooked it up, I immediately heard a big difference in sound quality verses my old Roland UA-25EX interface. I've seen to have some sort of lag with my Roland and had problems with clicks and pop. But with this unit, I don't have to worry about any of that happening. Its very rock solid stable as I expected to be and works with all major DAWs. The build quality is top notch rather than cheap plastic on other audio interfaces with in the same price range. I Most def love the sexy red metallic finish which stands out. So far my only flaw I've found is this unit does seem to get pretty hot during normal use, which I suppose that's normal if it has all those Pre-amps packed in there but they could at least, created some type of heat ventilation. Over all I still give it a 5 stars.

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        (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Scarlett 18i20 Audio Interface (rack mounted)

        By DesertDrummer702

        from Las Vegas, NV

        Pros

        • good

        Cons

        • Software Mix Interface

        Best Uses

        • Home studio recording

        Comments about Focusrite Scarlett 18i20 Audio Interface:

        Hardware: Dell (i7 Intel cpu)
        OS: Windows 10
        Set up: Rack mounted to custom desk

        It works. Pro Tools 12 detected interface with no problems. FocusRite/Novation customer service is quick and friendly. Haven't had a chance to play around with the software add-ons that come with the interface. Only problem I have right now is the Mix software interface can't detect the hardware. It did for a while when my system was still on Windows 7 professional but that cut out at some point too before upgrading to Windows 10. I'm attaching a link to a video that contains a sound sampling of drums mic'ed to the scarlett and recorded in ProTools. It's raw audio bounced to MP3 audio and then rendered in a video editor as-is to go with video, for the purpose of establishing a base line for the audio.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        This is the sound I have been looking for.

        By Richard

        from Hanford, CA

        Site Member

        Comments about Focusrite Scarlett 18i20 Audio Interface:

        I just want to say how impressed I am with the quality of sound that comes out of this interface. Everything is crisp and clean. No complaints in that department. I don't have any complaints on how the knobs feel like some have said. Downside, you have to look at the tutorials on MixContol cue mix to properly understand all of the features and how to use this software. A little bit difficult at first. I am running it on a Mac 10.7 with Lion. my last Interface was a Presonus AudioBox, not the same quality of sound, sorry Presonus.

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Windows 8 Works Great With My Scarlett 18i20

        By Shayne

        from Gilbert, AZ

        Comments about Focusrite Scarlett 18i20 Audio Interface:

        I hadn't read or heard of any compatibility problems between Windows 8 and this interface before I bought it. Setup was easy and I've had no problems. The amount of inputs and outputs on this unit gives you an incredible amount of options. The plug-ins that are included and Scarlett's software MixControl contribute to the product's value as well. If firewire isn't an option, this might be one of the best interfaces you could use.

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        (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        It is GOOD!

        By BRANDON

        from Corona Ca

        Comments about Focusrite Scarlett 18i20 Audio Interface:

        I was in the market for an upgrade to an old audio interface I was using before. So I read many reviews about this one. I am totally happy with this product. Just remember a few things, this is a usb 2.0 audio interface, as such it needs to be plugged in to one to make it work. It will not work with USB 3.0 as I found out by accident. Once you are past that the software that comes with it is pretty cool. Scarlett Mix-control allows for different mixes to be sent to different people if multiple people are recording at the same time. The other really cool thing is the very low latency which is nice. So overall it is a very good unit for me.

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        (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        Windows 8 Beware

        By Art

        from Chicago, IL

        Comments about Focusrite Scarlett 18i20 Audio Interface:

        This product is not fully compatible with Windows 8. The Focusrite website shows it listed under Windows 8 OS compatible but this product is not shown in their list "Products - Compatiblity with Windows 8". Windows 8 is a generational OS change, it is different in both software and hardware. If your computer came pre-loaded with Windows 8 it's probably a "Windows 8 machine" and there's a good chance the 18i20 won't work reliably. Mine disconnects from the USB after less than a minute. Every time Focusrite seems to solve the issue it reoccurs after a few weeks. If your computer is Windows 7 or previous and you upgrade to 8 you might be able to use the 18i20. Windows 8 machine ~ stay away!

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        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        good sounding unit with good customer service

        By Kyle Gregory

        from Binghamton, NY

        Comments about Focusrite Scarlett 18i20 Audio Interface:

        so after trying everything possible to get my Presonus Firestudio to work i gave up and went to guitar center and bought this unit. i decided that i no longer wanted to use firewire or presonus products, so after a little research i decided to give this a shot and i'm glad i did. i actually ran into an issue at first so i e-mailed Focusrite about it and within a day i got a response from them that was very helpful. they recommended changing some of the settings on my computer and then it worked. for a little while anyways. the error message came up again and after that i ended up borrowing an external harddrive (which focusrite suggested i use) and i haven't had any issues since. very helpful of them, Presonus never answered my emails when i needed help. as for the sound, it's great!! worth the extra money to go with focusrite over presonus, better parts and more features, tons of monitoring options that are very helpful. i used external preamps on most of my tracks along with a BBE Maxcom compressor and got some very clean sounds, but the focusrite preamps sounded decent enough. i haven't used the Ableton software yet but i'm going to give it a shot pretty soon. i'm pretty happy with this purchase and if you're thinking about buying it then just do it, you won't regret it.

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