Focusrite Scarlett 18i20 2nd Gen

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USB 2.0 Audio Interface

  • 18 Inputs and 20 outputs
  • 8 Scarlett microphone preamps (XLR / Jack Combo)
  • 10 Line outputs (balanced jack, 2 of them Main Mix)
  • ADAT In/Out (optical)
  • S/PDIF In/Out (coaxial)
  • MIDI In/Out
  • Word Clock Output (BNC)
  • 2 Stereo headphone outputs - individually adjustable
  • 24 Bit / 192 kHz converter
  • System requirements: Windows 7, Windows 8.1 & Windows 10, Mac OSX 10.10 Yosemite and Mac OSX 10.11 El Capitan
  • Dimensions (H x W x D): 4.4 x 48.2 x 28.6 cm
  • Weight: 3.27 kg
  • Recording software included

Further information

Recording / Playback Channels 18x20
Number of Mic Inputs 8
Number of Instrument Inputs 2
Headphone Outs 2
Phantom power Yes
Number of S/PDIF Connectors 1
Number of ADAT Connectors 1
Numer of AES/EBU Connectors 0
Number of MADI Connectors 0
Ethernet 0
Other Connectors No
MIDI interface Yes
Word Clock 1xOut
Max. sample rate (kHz) 192 kHz
Max. resolution in bit 24 bit
USB Bus-Powered No
Incl. power supply Yes
USB Version 2.0
Width in mm 482 mm
Depth in mm 286 mm
Height in mm 44 mm

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An amazing interface for the price

Mike Kampitakis, 15.03.2018
That interface does exactly what it needs.
Connection with a computer is simple, you only need one driver (includes asio within) and you good to go.
Connectivity is good as well, you have 8 preamps (more on that later), +8 with optinal external pres via coaxial, and two more via ADAT. 10 outs for your external hardware as well.
It also includes 2 very good Focusrite plug ins for your daw and allot more via Focusrite partners (softube and more)
I would like some more connections variety such a second coaxial input/output, but again, at that price that will be impossible. The main downside of it is good and bad at the same time, the preamps. The preamps are so amazingly clean, good for general line use (such as other preamps and fx and hardware) but kinda dry/unsaturated with mics. ?f course that's good with specific sound sources such as room mics, maybe drums, acoustic guitars and others, but for voice and guitar amps you may need extra preamps just for the sound color.
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Excellent feature set

10.03.2017
I bought this interface as I needed 12 to 16 inputs for recording a drum kit. So far I'm very impressed - the monitoring software is very intuitive and well thought out, the interface works like a charm and has very low latency.

PROS:

1. Tons of inputs. I use the 8 onboard preamps, have extra 8 preamps hooked up through ADAT and have my Kemper Profiler connected via SPDIF. Everything works like a breeze - just set the synchronization and you're good to go.

2. Very low latency. I can easily get under 3 ms of latency on my machine (i5 4670k) without any hiccups. Also, if the buffer size needs to be changed, it happens very quickly and without any errors.

3. Clean preamps. The recordings are very clean and crispy. I don't know what else could I want in an interface at this price point.

4. Nice knobs and feel. The knobs have some weight to them, so it's easy to adjust gain and volume precisely and smoothly. The volume changes are also very smooth on the software side, which is especially nice when using the "dim" and "mute" functions.

5. Excellent monitoring software. Easy to set up different monitor mixes and store them as presets.

CONS:

1. Phantom power available in groups of 4. I would love to be able to assign phantom power to whatever channels I need, but that is not a deal-breaker. I suppose they had to cut costs somewhere.

2. The housing of the unit seems prone to scratches. The soft brushed aluminum looks spectacular, but it is a fingerprint magnet and scratches easily. Other than that, it's a solid build.

SUMMARY:

Overall this is a solid piece of hardware, offering an exceptional amount of features for beginners and pros alike. The fact that you can have so many channels in a 1U rack space is excellent.

I would highly recommend this interface for anyone that's looking to get into some serious recording on a budget!
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