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Focusrite Scarlett 18i20 (1st GENERATION) USB Audio Interface With Eight Focusrite Microphone Preamplifiers
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- Eight high-quality award-winning Focusrite preamps
- High-quality 24-bit/96kHz USB 2.0 interface, Compatible with Mac OS X 10.8/Windows 7 or higher
- 18 inputs & 20 outputs with dual independent headphone buses
- Scarlett MixControl ultra-low-latency DSP mixer/router
- Includes an authorization code for Ableton Live Lite, Scarlett Plug-in Suite (RTAS/AU/VST), Red 2 & Red 3 Plug-in Suite (AAX/AU/VST), the Softube Time and Tone Bundle, Novation Bass Station, and 1GB of Loopmasters samples
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Focusrite Scarlett 18i20 Audio Interface
Focusrite's Scarlett 18i20 is the latest in the company's new generation of multi-channel USB-based audio interfaces, featuring eight award-winning Focusrite microphone preamplifiers, designed specifically for the computer interface environment, delivering legendary Focusrite sound quality.
Focusrite's mic preamps are found in the world's top studios and give the 18i20 an unequalled level of performance, with low noise, minimal distortion and enormous dynamic range. The Scarlett preamps offer exceptional headroom, and two front-panel inputs also offer 10dB pad buttons to handle the highest-level inputs without distortion.
With 18 inputs and 20 outputs, Scarlett 18i20 includes enough I/O to handle the vast majority of day-to-day studio tasks at maximum quality, with maximum flexibility. Scarlett 18i20 features six combo XLR/jack mic/line inputs plus two front-panel XLR/jack mic/line/instrument inputs with 10dB pad buttons, 10 analog line outputs, two independent headphone outputs on the front panel, and ADAT and S/PDIF digital I/O, plus MIDI I/O and Word Clock out for digital synchronization when required. The ADAT interface can be used to bring in digital sources or to add extra preamps such as Focusrite's OctoPre Mk II (sold separately), bringing the mic pre complement to 16 channels, ideal for recording a complete band and minimizing overdubs.
Class-Leading Digital Conversion
This prodigious I/O capability is backed by Focusrite's class-leading precision digital conversion technology with JetPLL jitter-reduction at sample rates up to 96 kHz, 24-bit, to ensure that you get the very highest quality into and out of your audio software-all major DAWs are supported.
Comprehensive Bundle of Included Software
This bundle comes with an authorization code for the ground-breaking production and performance software Ableton Live Lite, Scarlett MixControl, Scarlett Plug-in Suite (RTAS/AU/VST), the Red 2 & Red 3 Plug-in Suite (AAX/AU/VST) accurately modeled on the original hardware, and Novation Bass Station's software synth. Plus, 1GB of royalty-free Loopmasters samples, helps get you started.
Eight High-quality Award-winning Focusrite Preamps
Scarlett 18i20 is the best sounding interface in its class. Focusrite's unparalleled reputation for audio excellence forms the foundation of this new interface, with eight award-winning Focusrite preamps.
Unmatched Routing Flexibility
Scarlett 18i20 is the most flexible interface in its class, enabling you to intuitively adapt it immediately to the needs of any recording session. Route any input signal or DAW output, or a mix of both, to any output. Maximizing routing flexibility and intuitive one-click set-up solutions, Scarlett MixControl provides an 18 x 16 DSP mixer with powerful routing and monitoring capabilities. Keep an ear on your output selections with dual independent headphone buses.
Which Scarlett Interface Is Right for You?
The Focusrite Scarlett series comes in a range of interface configurations. Use the chart to the left to compare models and find the right Scarlett for your recording needs.
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Some things to note before buying, especially if you're new to recording are. You will need two 1/4 TRS jacks to hook the interface up to your studio monitors (specially designed speakers for more accurate playback) chances are you might need to buy some monitors. A DAW (digital audio workstation) if you've gotten this far I'm sure you know the purpose of a DAW, if not and you plan on recording look up DAW's before going any further. You will also need
(For recording) a microphone cable and an actual mic. You can hook up dynamic and condenser mics as well as analogue gear and instruments with the dual design inserts. Depending on the model you purchase it's capabilities will be different. I strongly suggest thinking thoroughly about what you plan on connecting to your interface before buying.
Some side notes that will help you get the full experience of this interface.
Your room does not give an accurate representation of the sound being played or recorded, it can add reverb and hiss. Researching aucustic treatment, monitor placement, mic placement and mixing techniques will not only allow you to experience this interface properly but are all necessary to truly get great mixes.
Of course learning these things takes time and you can start recording without a treated room but if you are truly determined to learn you should have no problem. I am very happy with my purchase and I expect this interface to last a very long time, with proper care you can too.
I hope this helped and I don't want all of what I said to overwhelm or discourage you. I just hope this helps someone journey into the world of recording with more knowledge than I had when first starting.
To be clear, this is a great piece of equipment at an affordable price, if you are expecting pro-level recording studio quality, look for something with more 0's on the price tag.
For the home studio I have been amazed at the quality of this piece of equipment. It is easily capable of recording all manner of instruments and in all kinds of methods. Over the course of using it, I have found my limitations to be my skill, knowledge, microphones, gear, etc. to be the issue. So far, the Scarlett has been more than capable of handling anything I have thrown at it.
The software it comes with is fantastic, like the compressors and the scarlett mix control.
So many inputs...I feel like this was the correct tier for me. I'm recording 10 simultaneous independent tracks (8 analogs and the SPDIF L+R for guitar) and 3 midi tracks and it's working great. (I still have three guest tracks empty for when people come over)
Latency hasn't been issue for me yet. Hasn't been a problem.
Setup was relatively easy and well documented. However as another reviewer noted the actual output configuration is not intuitive, and I still don't have a separate control for the subwoofer. Hopefully tech support will reply next week (its all by email) However I was impressed by the audio quality of the interface and very happy to be able to hear my music again. In addition I was surprised at how much software was included, and I look forward to using Ableton. On the downside I would have liked more ability to control the audio output directly through the Scarlett Mixer control with the great Focusrite EQ, compressor included. Probably there is someway to do it by routing ITunes through Ableton - I need more research. Overall am delighted to have my music back working, and look forward to exploring more of the software
The software is a bear to figure out (lots of options in there), but I found if you choose the 'DAW Recording' preset and send it to the device it's remembered in the Scarlett next time it's powered up. Haven't had to change anything since, but your mileage may vary.
I've been using this mostly for my iPad (Air 1 and Pro) and MacBook, and been rock-solid so far. Hard to beat for the money.