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SCARLETT18I20M3

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The heart of your studio


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. Improved A-D and D-A conversion ensures your recordings and playback will sound clear and pronounced up to 24-bit/192kHz, vital to helping you perfect your mix.

The Scarlett 18i20 features eight of Focusrite's best-ever-performing third-generation Scarlett mic preamps: with optional Air setting to reproduce the Air effect of their original ISA mic preamp, giving your vocal or acoustic recordings a brighter and more open sound. There's also a pad on every mic preamp to accommodate higher-level signals without clipping. The two front panel high-headroom instrument inputs allow you to record guitars and basses without any clipping or unwanted distortion.

Speaker-switching technology allows you to switch between main and alt monitors to get a new perspective on your mix, and the new built-in talkback mic lets you communicate with your recording artist at the touch of a button, helping you capture that perfect take.

A pair of virtual loopback inputs allows you to capture a stereo feed of any combination of hardware input and software playback channels making podcasting, live streaming and sampling tasks easier.

And as with all Focusrite products, you'll also benefit from membership in their Plug-in Collective offering free software downloads and generous discounts, as well as a two-year warranty and award-winning customer support.

Key Features

  • Eight of the best performing mic preamps the Scarlett range has ever seen, now with switchable Air mode to give your recordings a brighter and more open sound

  • High-performance converters enable you to record and mix at up to 24-bit/192kHz

  • Two high-headroom instrument inputs to plug in your guitar or bass

  • Four monitor outputs with anti-thump technology and speaker switching, and onboard talkback functionality with built-in, front panel talkback mic.

  • Eight balanced line inputs for connecting synthesisers, drum machine and other line-level sources

Included Software
• Ableton Live Lite music making software
• Pro Tools | First Focusrite Creative Pack
• Free 3-month Splice Sounds subscription with new Splice accounts
• Focusrite Red 2 & Red 3 Plug-In Suite
• A choice of 1 of 4 XLN Audio Addictive Keys virtual instruments
• Softube Time & Tone Bundle
• Access to the Focusrite Plug-in Collective

What's in the box
- Scarlett 18i20 3rd Gen.
- 1 x USB cable (Type C-A)
- IEC Cable (Power cable)

Specifications
Connectivity: USB Type-C
Protocol: USB 2.0
Form Factor: Rack Mount (1U)
Simultaneous I/O: 18 x 20
A/D Resolution: 24-bit/192 kHz
Supported Sample Rates: 44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz, 176.4kHz, 192kHz
Number of Preamps: 8
Number of Pads: 8
Phantom Power: YES
Instrument Inputs: 2
Line Inputs: 8
Analogue Outputs: 10
Headphone Outputs: 2
Main/Alt Speaker Switching: YES
Talkback: YES
Digital Inputs: S/PDIF & 2 x ADAT
Digital Outputs: S/PDIF & 2 x ADAT
Loopback: YES
MIDI I/O: YES
Bus Powered: NO
Included PSU: YES

Really good for when you want to move up to rack mount1 of 2 customers found this review helpful

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I had started off with the Focusrite Scarlet 2i2 (2nd gen). And evolved into the 18i8 (3rd gen). These are both stubby desk top boxes. Really portable. I noticed the improvement in the noise floor with the 3rd generation. As I needed more outputs for work with DAW send/recv loops i was also getting into rack mount form factor. Being familiar with the Focusrite line it was a natural extension to move up to this. This works well without the little rack tabs to sit on a desk as well, if you don't have or want to rack mount it too. Being the 3rd gen it works with the "Focusrite Control" software, which is their way of setting up some of the settings like air, pad, and internal software mixing and routing options.. I am not entirely a fan of this approach, but mostly because I am the type who prefers knobs. But I guess to have so many options in a small form factor we need software to do some of it. I also use linux, so they do not have a version of their software for this. So I can't really take advantage of the excellent integrations and flexibility of software controlled mixing either.. What I end up doing is setting it up with a macbook and then forgetting it. Using JACK with Linux to do routing instead. I keep buying these Focusrite products for their features and the quality.. I guess if I had one regret it would I should have just started off with this unit. But then again the 3rd gen didn't exist yet when I started out too.
Posted by Travis Hein on Nov 18, 2020
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