The Focusrite Scarlett 18i20 is a third-generation Focusrite Scarlett that packs a lot of punch into a small package. The front panel houses two vivid Focusrite mic/instrument preamps, while the back panel houses a load of extra I/O – up to 18-in/20-out concurrently! There are six more XLR combo inputs on the back, as well as eight channels of ADAT I/O, S/PDIF and MIDI I/O, and word clock out. Focusrite ensured that this audio accessory has all of the necessary features. The Scarlett 18i20 is a great foundation for serious project studios that may need to expand in the future, with an inbuilt talkback to engage with talent, 8-channel LED bar-graph metres, twin headphone outputs with independent level controls, and speaker switching for multi-monitor setups. Simply plug it in and run the included software to get started.
With two upgraded Scarlett mic preamps, high-performance 24-bit/192kHz AD/DA converters, optimised preamp gain structure, vanishingly low latency, instrument inputs that handle scorching hot pickups, and speaker switching technology for dual-monitor setups, the Scarlett 18i20 advances the state-of-the-art in USB audio interfaces. The mic preamps now include Focusrite's famed Air mode, which gives your voice and instrument recordings a brighter, more open sound by modelling the company's legendary ISA console transformer. The Focusrite Scarlett 18i20 is an excellent starting point for any serious home or mobile studio. Start making great-sounding music right away with the bundled software.