Focusrite Scarlett 18i20 3rd Gen

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Interface on another level
lapsio, 18.04.2020
I have never in my life even remotely thought that interface can change my workflow this much. Integrated zero-latency hardware 1 bus mixer is game changer since... it works even if PC is turned off and interface is unplugged. It means that you can actually set this interface up in such way that when PC is off Scarlett 18i20 can behave as pass-through device passing any line-in of your choice (eg. inputs 7-8) directly to your main XLR monitors. It makes it really easy to connect multiple either balanced or unbalanced devices to monitors. Kinda like... monitor controller or actual mixer AND interface in one device.

Really nice. Value added by this device is simply incredible. Also it works under Linux (as of today there's kernel patch available on linuxmusicians fixing implicit USB feedback issue).

The only issue I have with this device it's that it has ONE bus mixer. Means you can create one "custom mix" aka virtual mixer (with whichever physical or software inputs you like) and then assign this one mix output it to whichever outputs you like but there's only ONE such stereo mix. It means that you can't for example pass line-in 7-8 to out 1-2 and line-in 5-6 to out 3-4 as that would require 2 independent virtual mixers which is not possible.

pros:
- standalone 1 bus mixer
- signal level meters and other back lit indicators look super dope
- 10 built-in output channels (a lot of devices have only 8). In general great i/o
- rubber caps to cover rack ears mounting holes if you don't use them
- kind of works with Linux as well as smartphones

cons:
- standalone ONE bus mixer
- i believe more controls should be exposed as physical buttons. Eg. AIR switch which is physical on some other Scarlett devices.
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A PITA for Linux users
Mercs, 13.01.2021
While physically speaking the quality of this unit is great, the software implementation leaves a lot to be desired. Many configuration options, such as extending the number of inputs through the ADAT connection, require using the Focusrite Control proprietary software suite, which is only available for Windows and Mac. Why not make all options configurable without a PC, and especially without a proprietary piece of software?

This device desperately needs hardware controls for user settings. With that, all Focusrite would really need to do to provide Linux support is to make the device USB class compliant. Unfortunately, since the driver is proprietary, the Linux driver is a reverse-engineered one that works but still has some issues, the device being as new as it is. The free/open source community will fix the driver issues in time, and the device is already quite usable, but all the troulbe make one beg the question: why make things so difficult, Focusrite?

Otherwise, the device is fine. Lots of inputs right into your PC - what more can you ask for.
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Currently looking for a negative
Benedict Entropic, 13.07.2021
I went from a 2i2 first-gen Focusrite to this beauty and was overwhelmed at how good this is!
Not quite "plug and play" as I had to download a driver but this is not an issue for me. I even got a little confused over software and the customer service on the Focusrite website were instantly helpful even at 3am in the morning.
I am really enamoured with the routing possibilities from the app and im looking forward to putting this unit to the test properly.
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All-In-One
Bonzvy, 24.03.2021
Ich nutze den 18i20 3rd Gen schon seit längerem und habe keinerlei Beschwerden. Der Preamp ist für meine Ohren sehr transparent, die Haptik fühlt sich gut an. Ich verstehe das manche die "zu kleinen" Regler bemängeln, aber ich habe damit kein Problem. Das Interface bietet viele Erweiterungsmöglichkeiten, zu dem ich nicht viel sagen kann, da ich sie bis heute nicht verwenden musste. Verwenden tue ich das Interface primär in meinem Home Studio, wurde aber auch schon für kleiner Live Gigs eingesetzt.

Ich finde es sehr sinnvoll, dass es einen Talkback Mic integriert hat, jedoch muss man dafür das Interface direkt vor den Augen haben oder über die Focusrite Control bedienen. Zweiteres funktioniert zwar, aber dann ist man zu weit weg vom Talback Mic - also alles etwas semi optimal wenn man das Interface in einem Siderack verbaut hat.
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1 of the best audio interfaces that ive used
Richard The Drummer, 30.06.2021
The unit is not very heavy but it still feels premium and solid. it has an 8 mic preamp/input on the unit itself, which I find is just enough if you're starting to record live drums. However, you'll need a separate preamp to use all 18inputs that this unit has.

The mic-preamps have a -15db pad toggle on it, and when I use certain mics with it, I found that it'll clip at around -10db to -20db. I don't know whether its is a problem with my unit or something that all units have. I don't know what caused it, but I haven't re-encounter that problem since then.

I am super satisfied with this product! I was able to test recording acoustic drums and only the raw sound sounds good! Even using low-quality microphones, it seems that the interface gives a certain color to the sound. Really good. The knobs are very smooth, the sound output quality is very good. It is well worth the price and for someone who wants to record with multiple inputs, this is the perfect interface!
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Ideal for an advanced home studio
SJS, 14.02.2021
For years i have searched for an audio interface with all the capabilities and reliability that i had some years ago with my trusted Edirol DA-2496. I tried many products with different capabilities, always with mixed results, especially in the driver stability and reliability department.
As of now my quest seems to be over - I finally have what for me is the ideal interface to create what i desire - within the objectives and economic reality of my (home) studio. This interface gives me all the capabilities i needed and was used to, with updated specs and added functionalities.

I hope this will keep working and sounding as good and as seamlessly as it has for many years.

Pros: Good sound, standalone operation, multiple connections, reliability, stability, bang for the buck

Cons: none
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Très fiable
Coral, 31.03.2021
Je l'utilise pour des lives avec ableton, cette carte son est très fiable au design élégant. Le rendu sonore est très bon. Je recommande !
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Solid and good for the money
Freddian_l, 18.11.2020
The unit is not very heavy but its still feels premium and solid. it has 8 mic preamp/input on the unit itself, which I find is just enough if you're starting to record live drums. However you'll need a separate preamp to use all 18inputs that this unit has.

The mic-preamps has a -15db pad toggle on it, and when I use certain mics with it, I found that it'll clip at around -10db to -20db. I don't know whether its is a problem with my unit or something that all units has. I don't know what caused it, but I haven't re-encounter that problem since then.

For day to day uses, It runs smoothly. its actually plug-n-play, but if you use its control software downloading from their website, you can get much more out of it in terms of internal routing. However, I have experienced occasionally, the control software would say the hardware is not connected even thought the computer is clearly using it to play sound from my daw. Usually it will resolves itself after I restart the control software after waiting a few minutes or restarting my computer.
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For the price, one of the best interfaces I've ever used!!
RHB.pt, 02.02.2021
The build quality of the unit is fantastic, and the fact that it is a rack unit just makes it even better! The nobs in this thing are the softest and most comfortable nobs I've ever used, and focusrite software, which is compatible with all interfaces of this brand, makes the unit very customizable.
The only downside is that the 48v option is only available for groups of inputs, not individual inputs.
In short, it is an incredible interface, and compared to other interfaces in the same price range, focusrite's is much better.
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Great Product
Sambodrumz, 16.06.2020
I am currently using this Focusrite Scarlett 18i20 3rd Gen in my new studio.

The clarity is amazing, makes my drum sound cristal clean, you have a wide range of scope.

This is just a thought. I wonder if focus rite will ever make 1 device like this with 16 channels instead of having to buy two product.
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Fantastic Interface!
sncl, 03.06.2021
Very pleased with this device. All the I/O I could want for my needs with superb build quality and UI. Very easy to set up with my laptop.
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Incredible Sound " Super Versatile" Home / Live Show
nice option, 09.12.2020
18i20 has facilitated my setup for my live shows and recordings in my home studio. From the midi synchro via USB which is perfect to the Audio Quality in the multiple and varied configurations on inputs, I currently have korg drum machines connected and synths, minilogue xd, moog Subsequent 37 and the recording is Brutal with AIR Function and without AIR it is wonderful.
Recomended ! Easy Setup, quality & good price !
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Monitoring 5.1
Guillaume Desjardins, 23.09.2020
I bought it to monitor 5.1 on windows with 3 x Yamaha HS7 and 2 x Yamaha HS5.
It works well ! I can save mixes and switch from 2.0 to 5.1 using the monitor I want.
It just lacks compressor, EQ for the outputs.
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Lots of i/o!
guzzjv, 30.01.2021
Really great interface with lots of in/out versitality. Perfect if you want to record drums of maybe a few artists at the same time. Works great with the Focusrite Control software. Definitely best you can get price-wise
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Jason S Thompson , 25.01.2020
Pretty solid rackmount. For the price this thing is great, but it's a little clunky in terms of operation when you first boot it up. Now that I'm used to it - it's fine, but there are definitely "better" interfaces out there if you're willing to spend the cash. But again - I like this and it works great for my needs now that the learning curve adjustment is over!
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really good
saar., 15.03.2020
A really good interface for the price. great preamps and control app.
side note: I wish it would've included a type c to type c cable...
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