Focusrite Announces Scarlett 18i20 Audio Interface
Focusrite has announced the Scarlett 18i20, the latest in the company’s new generation of multi-channel USB-based audio interfaces, featuring eight Focusrite microphone preamplifiers, designed specifically for the computer interface environment.
Focusrite’s mic preamps feature low noise, minimal distortion and dynamic range. The Scarlett preamps offer 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 in total, Scarlett 18i20 gives you eight preamps with switchable phantom power. 24-bit/96kHz A-D/D-A converters deliver wide dynamic range to ensure quality recordings. The analog mic/line inputs are fitted with combination XLR/jack inputs, and connections for channels 1+ 2 are on the front panel and offer additional Hi-Z instrument modes and a switchable 10dB pad. An additional eight channels of digital I/O (four channels at 88.2/96kHz) are provided via ADAT lightpipe, with S/PDIF providing an additional stereo digital input and output. Dual independent headphone outputs let you set up separate mixes for the engineer and the artist, while a dedicated monitor section, with dim and mute buttons, provides comprehensive control over your studio monitors.
» Eight Focusrite mic preamps with front-panel meters With switchable phantom power, up to 60dB of gain, plus pad and instrument switches on channels 1+ 2.
» 24-bit/96kHz A-D/D-A conversion Professional dynamic range ensures pristine, studio-quality audio recordings.
» Compatible with Mac, PC and iPad Uses the latest USB 2.0 streaming technology with stable, reliable drivers to provide outstanding performance on both Windows and Macintosh computers
» Can be used with Apple’s iPad via the Camera Connection Kit — no drivers required!
» 18 inputs, 20 outputs Enough inputs and outputs
» Dual headphone outputs and comprehensive monitor control Send separate, low latency cue mixes to artist and producer with Scarlett Mix Control, and control the level of your studio monitors quickly and easily from the Scarlett 18i20 front panel.
» Complete software bundle Including Ableton Live Lite music software, the Focusrite Scarlett plug-in suite, Novation’s Bass Station soft synth and 1GB of Loopmasters samples.
Focusrite’s Scarlett 18i20 ships with a software suite, including Ableton Live Lite music production software. Record audio and MIDI, and run VST audio instruments and effects, such as the compressor, reverb, gate and EQ processors included in the Focusrite Scarlett plug-in bundle. Novation’s Bass Station soft synth is also included, plus over 1GB of royalty-free Loopmasters samples.
Focusrite’s Scarlett 18i20 will cost $599.99 / £399.99 when it ships in March.