Focusrite Scarlett 18i20 USB 2.0 Audio Interface

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Focusrite Scarlett 18i20 USB 2.0 Audio Interface 18 in - 20 out and 8 Mic Preamps

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MSRP: $599.99

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USB 2.0 audio interface with eight Focusrite mic preamps

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.

Comprehensive inputs/outputs

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 analogue 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 synchronisation 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, bringing the mic pre complement to 16 channels, ideal for recording a complete band and minimising overdubs.

Class leading digital conversion

This prodigious I/O capability is backed by Focusrite’s class-leading precision digital conversion technology 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.

High channel count and Focusrite quality – now on USB 2.0 and iOS

Scarlett 18i20 is the USB complement of the tried and tested Saffire PRO 40 Firewire interface. Suitable for Windows, Mac and even iOS (with the Camera Connection Kit*) platforms, Scarlett 18i20’s USB 2.0 connection suits almost any computer, helping you build a setup in which external storage and audio interfaces do not have to share the same computer bus (recommended for the best performance) – if you have Firewire drives, for example, a USB audio interface is the best choice.

*Camera Connection Kit not included

Key Features

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.

Comprehensive bundle of included software

Comes with Ableton Live Lite – ground-breaking production and performance software, Scarlett Plug-in Suite – EQ, compression, gating and reverb, Novation Bass Station - software model of the classic Novation analogue mono-synth, and 1GB of Loopmasters samples.


Ableton Live Lite

Innovative music production software used by industry professionals all over the world. Ableton Live includes a unique performance feature as well as being a fully functioning DAW.

Scarlett MixControl

An 18 x 8 DSP mixer. Offering a superb level of flexibility, MixControl software enables you to create eight separate mixes with ultra-low-latency.

Scarlett Plug-in Suite

VST/AU/RTAS Plug-in Suite comes in the box, adding Focusrite compression, reverb, gating and EQ to your recording system.

Novation Bass Station

The legendary analogue mono-synth from Novation in software form - AU/VST plug-in for your DAW.


1 gig of royalty-free samples from the world's leading sample production organisation - Loopmasters.

System requirements

Mac OS X 10.7 Lion or 10.8 Mountain Lion or later

Windows 7 (all versions) or Windows 8 (Not including Windows RT)


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)


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


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


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


0.001% (1 kHz, –1dBFS, 20 kHz BW)


Count Format Connector Details
8 Mic/line analogue Combi XLR Including 2 instrument inputs
2 S/PDIF RCA Phono  
8 ADAT Optical Lightpipe 4 channels via SMUX 2 96kHz
16 MIDI 5pin DIN connector Provides 16 channels of MIDI
2 Line analogue ¼” TRS Jack Dedicated monitor outputs
8 Line analogue ¼” TRS Jack

4 outputs (7/8 & 9/10) are also available via the 2 independently controlled, stereo headphone ¼” Jack on the front panel

2 S/PDIF RCA Phono  
8 ADAT Optical Lightpipe 4 channels via SMUX @ 96 kHz
16 MIDI 5pin DIN connector Provides 16 channels of MIDI

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