The heart of your recording studio
Focusrite Scarlett 18i20 is the perfect rack-mountable centrepiece to your studio. With a total of 18 inputs and 20 outputs, record anything from a drum kit to multiple instruments, vocals, synths and keyboards. Eight natural-sounding combination input Scarlett mic preamps, roundtrip latency of 2.74ms* and class-leading sound quality and digital conversion are complemented by a host of additional inputs and outputs. An ADAT input allows you to expand your analogue inputs for larger recording sessions. Focusrite is the perfect partner for Pro Tools. To that end, Focusrite and Avid will continue to work together to ensure all Scarlett interfaces are thoroughly tested with the latest version of Pro Tools. Scarlett 18i20 is also compatible with all other major DAWs, on Mac and PC.
*Roundtrip latency was measured at 2.74ms, working at 96kHz with a 32 samples buffer on Logic Pro X, running on a Mac Pro and OS 10.11
All the Ins and Outs your studio needs
Eight natural-sounding combination input Scarlett mic preamps deliver exceptional headroom, loads of linear clean gain, low noise and minimal distortion. The two inputs on the front panel feature newly-designed instrument inputs with extended headroom. The ADAT expansion ports allow you to add an extra eight analogue inputs and outputs, particularly useful for anyone who wants to record higher channel counts and integrate lots of outboard gear.
When it comes to outputs, Scarlett 18i20 delivers full routing and monitoring flexibility. There are two dedicated TRS jack outputs for studio monitors featuring anti-thump circuitry, plus eight more analogue jack outputs, two stereo pairs providing mirrored independent headphone outputs on the front panel. With MIDI connectivity, you can also integrate your favourite hardware synths with your DAW. Wordclock Out is also on hand for sync'ing to external devices.
New Generation - Better in every way
The second generation Scarlett range is packed full of upgrades. The lowest roundtrip latency in its class (2.74ms*) brings confidence to your performance, letting you record and monitor with software effects in real time. New metal gain controls and a sleeker red metal chassis reassure you of its improved industrial design, built to go anywhere. The Scarlett range also now operates at sample rates all the way up to 192kHz, and the input channels have evolved too. The latest Scarlett mic preamp features a more even gain structure, so you can accurately set your levels, and the instrument input has also been completely redesigned with increased headroom to handle seriously hot guitar pick-ups. Finally, Focusrite have provided analogue protection circuitry across both the inputs and the outputs, guarding your interface against unwanted power surges.
Intuitive Mix Control, Red plug-ins and more
The included 'Focusrite Control' is a brand new software mixer for easy configuration of monitoring and routing setups. Simple and intuitive to use, Focusrite Control offers a traditional mixer workflow and allows immediate access to internal hardware functions. Also included are the software and effects you need; an exclusive version of Pro Tools | First - Focusrite Creative Pack (featuring 12 additional plug-ins including the Eleven Lite for real life guitar amp emulations), Ableton Live Lite, the Softube Time and Tone Bundle, Focusrite's Red Plug-In Suite, 2GB of Loopmasters samples and more.
Scarlett 18i20 (2nd Gen) Key Features
Eight Scarlett mic preamps with plenty of even gain, exceptional headroom, low noise and minimal distortion
Two newly-designed instrument inputs, now with increased headroom for seriously hot pick-ups
Class-leading digital conversion at up to 24-bit / 192kHz
Lowest roundtrip latency* in its class lets you perform and produce using effects in real time, with no need for DSP
ADAT expansion ports allow you to add an extra eight analogue inputs and outputs
Ten balanced analogue outputs, including a dedicated stereo pair with anti-thump circuitry
Two headphone outputs with dedicated volume controls
Focusrite Control software to easily configure your monitoring and routing setups
Includes Pro Tools | First - Focusrite Creative Pack and Ableton Live Lite
All the additional software and loops you need to record
Use it with all major DAWs on Mac and PC
MIDI I/O connectivity, ideal for sending/receiving MIDI
Stereo S/PDIF In and Out for connecting other digital devices
Scarlett 18i20 (2nd Gen) Included Software
Focusrite Control - Routing and monitoring application
Red 2 & 3 Plug-in Suite
Softube Time & Tone Pack
Pro Tools First | First Focusrite Creative Pack
Ableton Live Lite music making software
2 GB of Loopmasters sounds and samples
Novation Bass Station VST and AU plug-in synthesiser