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Focusrite Scarlett18i20

Focusrite's Scarlett 18i20 is the latest in the company's new generation of multi-channel USB-based audio interfaces.

USB 2.0 audio interface with eight Focusrite mic preamps
With its versatile complement of no less than 20 outputs and 18 inputs - including eight of Focusrite's award-winning Focusrite microphone preamplifiers designed specifically for the computer interface environment and delivering legendary Focusrite sound quality - the rack-mounting 18i20 quite literally forms the heart of the modern digital studio, combining the central features of Focusrite's USB 2.0 audio interface range: mic preamps that build on 30 years of experience and precision 24/96 analogue/digital conversion for the very best quality into and out of your DAW. Click here to learn more about the keys to Focusrite interface superiority.

Focusrite mic preamps, backed by 30 years of design experience and found in the world's top studios, give the 18i20 an unequalled level of performance, with low noise, minimal distortion and enormous dynamic range. Dual front-panel inputs also offer 10dB pad buttons to handle the highest-level inputs. 18i20 supports both Macintosh and Windows computers as well as the iPad (Camera Connection Kit required).

Comprehensive inputs/outputs
With its 18 inputs and 20 outputs, Scarlett 18i20 has the I/O capability to take on the vast majority of day-to-day studio tasks with maximum quality and 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 analogue line outputs two providing independent headphone outputs on the front panel, and ADAT and S/PDIF digital I/O. Use the additional ADAT interface to bring in digital sources or to add preamps such as Focusrite's OctoPre Mk II, bringing the mic pre complement to 16 channels - ideal for recording a complete band. 18i20 also provides MIDI I/O and Word Clock out for digital synchronisation when required.

Class leading digital conversion
Scarlett 18i20's prodigious I/O capability is backed by Focusrite's class-leading precision digital conversion technology, operating at up to 96 kHz, 24-bit and designed to ensure that you get the very highest quality into and out of your audio software - all major digital audio workstations are supported, and with the latest Red 2 and Red 3 AAX plugins (included), 18i20 is the perfect partner for Pro Tools.

High channel count and Focusrite quality - on USB 2.0 and iOS
Suitable for Windows, Macintosh and even iOS platforms, Scarlett 18i20's USB 2.0 connection suits almost any computer and delivers a powerful combination of precision digital conversion and award-winning mic pres with 30 years of experience behind them. For the best performance, don't connect your interface to the same bus as your drives - use a USB interface when you don't have USB drives.
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.

High-quality 24-bit/96kHz USB 2.0 interface compatible with Mac, Windows and iOS
Features high quality A-D / D-A at up to 96kHz, 24bit. Pristine audio quality and rock-solid synchronisation are guaranteed on Mac and Windows as well as driver-free operation on the iOS platform.

18 inputs & 20 outputs
Scarlett 18i20 boasts an extensive range of analogue and digital I/O capabilities including ADAT I/O which can enable an additional eight inputs and outputs.

Dual independent headphone buses
Give two artists independent, fully-customised monitor mixes - each with an independent front-panel level control.

Scarlett MixControl ultra-low-latency DSP mixer/router
Maximising routing flexibility and intuitive one-click set-up solutions, Scarlett MixControl provides an 18 x 8 DSP mixer with powerful routing and monitoring capabilities.

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.

Everything You Need
In the box you'll find all the virtual tools you need to make studio quality recordings and mixes. Ableton Live Lite 9 recording software, Softube's 'Time and Tone' plug-in bundle, Focusrite's 'Red 2 & 3' and 'Scarlett' plug-in suites, Novation's 'Bass Station' virtual synth and 1GB of Loopmasters sample content - register your Scarlett interface and this wide range of tools is available for instant download.
Digital Performance
A-D Dynamic Range : 109 dB A-weighted (all inputs)
D-A Dynamic Range : 108 dB A-weighted (line outputs)
Supported sample rates : 44.1 kHz, 48 kHz, 88.2 kHz A 96 kHz
Clock jitter : <250 ps

Microphone Inputs
Frequency Response : 20 Hz ± 0.5 dB, 20 kHz ± 0.1 dB (min. gain)
THD+N : 0.001% (1 kHz, -1dBFS, 20 kHz BW)
Noise EIN : -122 dBu CCIR-RMS (measured at 60 dB of gain with 150 ohm termination)
Maximum input level : +8 dBu (without pad)

Line Inputs
Frequency Response : 20 Hz - 20 kHz ± 0.1 dB
THD+N : 0.007% (1 kHz, -1dBFS, 20 kHz BW)
Noise (NiPoS) : -105 dBFS CCIR-RMS (measured at min. gain with 50 ohm termination)
Maximum input level : > +28 dBu

Instrument Inputs
Frequency Response : 20 Hz - 20 kHz ± 0.1 dB
THD+N : 0.007% (1 kHz, -1dBFS, 20 kHz BW)
Noise (NiPoS) : -103 dBFS CCIR-RMS (measured at min. gain)
Maximum input level : +8 dB (without pad)

Line Outputs 1 & 2
Maximum Output Level (0 dBFS) : +16 dBu, balanced
THD+N : 0.001% (1 kHz, -1dBFS, 20 kHz BW)

Weight and Dimensions
Weight : 3.4Kg
Height : 45 mm
Width : 482 mm
Depth : 265 mm
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Additional information
For more information about the Scarlett18i20, please visit the website of Focusrite
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