Focusrite Scarlett 18i20 Recording Interface Generation 3  From Focusrite

Housed in a 1U rack-mountable enclosure, the third-generation 18i20 boasts extensive simultaneous I/O comprising eight mic preamps, 18 inputs and 20 outputs in total. Take your studio to the next level with the 18i20, offering superior sound quality, talkback functionality and onboard speaker switching.

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$499.99

Retail:  $689.99

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Manufacturer's Description from Focusrite

MAKE YOUR SPACE A STUDIO.

Scarlett interfaces sit at the heart of more music-making, recording and production spaces than any other range, and 18i20 is Scarlett’s most versatile interface. The rack-mountable 3rd Generation 18i20 gives you 18 inputs and 20 outputs of incredible sound quality. Enough to make any space into a fully-fledged recording studio.

 

 • Eight of the best performing Scarlett mic preamps the range has ever heard – now with Air – for miking up guitars or recording vocals

 • Two high headroom instrument inputs, for plugging your guitar or bass straight in

 • Four monitor outs, featuring anti-thump tech and speaker switching  

 • Built-in talkback mic, for talking to the band from your studio

 

CHANNEL YOUR INNER PRODUCER

18i20’s high channel count and even higher audio quality are designed to give you all the ins and outs you need to get the best sound every time. Leave all your instruments plugged in for easy writing and recording or put the vast I/O to work in large recording sessions. Make anywhere your control room with the built-in talkback mic. Reference your recordings on multiple monitor setups with speaker switching. Wherever you take 18i20, you’re ready to produce.

 

YOUR RECORDINGS ARE 30 YEARS IN THE MAKING

We’ve been making mic preamps for 30 years, and the 3rd Gen mic pres are the best Scarlett has ever heard. The 24-bit/192kHz converters give your recordings clarity and detail. Air mode breathes life into vocals, adding unique high-end detail. Our decades of experience mean Scarlett sounds just like you.

 

DRUM UP SOME INCREDIBLE RECORDINGS

With Scarlett 18i20’s dual ADAT optical In and Out ports, you can expand your recording and mixing capabilities, adding up to eight further inputs and outputs at 48kHz or 96kHz via a mic pre such as Scarlett OctoPre or Scarlett OctoPre Dynamic, or four channels at 192kHz. That’s more than enough channels to mic up the whole band and route a full mix to a console or summing box.

 

THIS IS YOUR CUE

Focusrite Control makes it simple to route your audio and cue mix, loopback and monitor mixes, from your Mac®, PC, iPad®, iPhone® or iPod touch®. Send, stream, sample – simple.

 

OUR TECHNOLOGY IS SOUND

Incredibly reliable, Focusrite hardware won’t let you down. If, however, you come across a problem you can rely on our global support team and your three-year warranty to get it sorted. Sound.

 

ALL THE TOOLS YOU NEED TO PRODUCE RIGHT, NOW

Your 18i20 interface comes with a whole range of recording software, sounds and plug-ins to choose from:

 

Avid® Pro Tools® | First Focusrite Creative Pack:

Hundreds of virtual instrument sounds, 500MB of loops, and great-sounding effects.

Ableton® Live Lite™:

Industry-leading music-making software.

Three Month Splice Sounds Subscription:

Get access to millions of high-quality, royalty-free one-shots, loops, and presets, with new releases daily

XLN Audio Addictive Keys:

Access one of four virtual keyboards when you register your first piece of Focusrite or Novation hardware.

Softube Time and Tone Bundle: Three of Softube's world-class reverb, delay and distortion plug-ins, and an easy-to-use mastering tool.

Focusrite Red Plug-in Suite: Accurately models our classic Red 2 equaliser and Red 3 compressor.

Focusrite Plug-in Collective: Receive free versions of the most innovative software, as well as benefiting from discounts.

Focusrite Control: Route your audio and cue mix, loopback and monitor mixes, from your Mac® or PC.

Focusrite Control iOS App: Use your iPad®, iPhone®, or iPod touch to remotely control your Scarlett when connected to Focusrite Control Desktop.

 

 

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About Manufacturer

The Focusrite brand was established way back in 1985 and the founding principles of the company were to develop products that sounded more musical, in addition to just measuring well - today,we still carry these founding principles forward in our class-leading and award-winning designs. We measure our success by the success of you, our clients, and you will find Focusrite product prominent in professional and project studios throughout the world. Based just outside of London, we work with the best design talent throughout the world to bring you the tools to enhance the way you work. Our product is made with pride and principle in a highly automated ISO 9002 factory with significant level of test by engineers who themselves are musicians and understand the part our product plays in your process. Our commitment: We understand that how your project sounds to you is your most important concern. We are totally dedicated and focused on designing and manufacturing product that will enable you to achieve this goal. Our design goals are that product should be easy to use, logically designed, give class-leading performance and give years of predictable performance. We strive to continuously improve ourselves in these respects - our principal concern is meeting your expectations. Our focus on quality is all consuming - it rules our daily life.

Specifications

SUPPORTED SAMPLE RATES: 44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz, 176.4kHz, 192kHz

 

MICROPHONE INPUTS 

Frequency Response: 20Hz - 20kHz ± 0.1dB

Dynamic Range: 111dB (A-weighted)

THD+N: <0.0012% 

Noise EIN: -128dBu (A-weighted)

Maximum Input Level: 9dBu (at minimum gain)

Gain Range: 56dB

Impedance: 3kΩ

 

LINE INPUTS

Frequency Response: 20Hz - 20kHz ± 0.1dB

Dynamic Range: 110.5dB (A-weighted)

THD+N: <0.002%

Maximum Input Level: 22dBu (at minimum gain)

Gain Range: 56dB

Impedance: 60kΩ

 

INSTRUMENT INPUTS

Frequency Response: 20Hz - 20kHz ± 0.1dB

Dynamic Range: 110dB (A-weighted)

THD+N: <0.03%

Maximum Input Level: 12.5dBu (at minimum gain)

Gain Range: 56dB

Impedance: 1.5MΩ

 

LINE/MONITOR OUTPUTS

 

Dynamic Range (Line Outputs): 108dB

THD+N: <0.002%

Maximum Output Level (0 dBFS): 15.5dBu 

Impedance: 430Ω

 

HEADPHONE OUTPUTS

Dynamic Range: 104dB (A-weighted)

THD+N: <0.002%

Maximum Output Level: 7dBu

Impedance: <1Ω