Scarlett 18i20

The Interface Your Studio Deserves

Scarlett 18i20

Handle Anything That Comes Your Way

Our latest generation 18-in, 20-out USB audio interface can handle just about anything your band or studio can throw at it. Beautiful and rack mountable, it gives you loads of I/O, pristine sound quality, separate stereo headphone mixes, extensive expansion options and round-trip latency as low as 2.74ms*, all in a 1U space.

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Scarlett 18i20 USB Interface

Focusrite interfaces are perfect partners for Pro Tools, so Scarlett 18i20 comes with Pro Tools | First Focusrite Creative Pack in the box, as well as Ableton Live Lite recording software and a suite of software and samples, so you can start recording straight away. Scarlett 18i20 works flawlessly with all major DAWs on Mac and PC, and we continue to work with Avid to ensure it is compatible with every update to Pro Tools.

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Scarlett 18i20 Front and Rear

Inputs Your Studio Deserves

Scarlett 18i20 puts eight natural-sounding combination inputs at your disposal. We put two on the front, where you need them most, with newly designed instrument inputs that can handle even the hottest signals. We put six more on the back, so you can leave your mics, synths, keyboards, mixers and effects processors permanently plugged in and ready to go.

If that isn’t enough for you, connect an eight-channel mic pre like the Focusrite OctoPre Mk II to the ADAT input for a total of 16 analogue inputs. Add the two channels of digital audio via S/PDIF and 16 channels of MIDI, and you can record just about anything you want.

Scarlett 18i20 Rear Panel

World Famous Preamps

All eight analogue inputs feature pristine and natural sounding Scarlett preamps, backed by 30 years of design experience and found in the world’s top studios. These guarantee exceptional headroom, plenty of clean gain, low noise, minimal distortion and a dynamic range that is unrivalled in this class.

Scarlett 18i20 Rear Connections

Create Separate Monitor Mixes

As well as eight balanced analogue line outputs, Scarlett 18i20 gives you two independent stereo headphone outputs so you can give engineer and artist their own separate, fully-customised mixes.

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Scarlett 18i20 Front Panel

Revolutionise Your Workflow

An unrivalled round-trip latency as low as 2.74ms* completely revolutionises your workflow. You can work entirely inside your DAW for both overdubbing and playback, and use your plugins while recording - depending on your software, settings and computer, of ourse. You’ll also get the best out of vocal performances, by applying real-time comfort reverb to artists' headphones.

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Plugins

New Generation – Better In Every Way

The latest generation Scarlett 18i20 is packed full of upgrades. It operates at sample rates all the way up to 192kHz with new super-low latency* that lets you record and monitor with software effects in real time.

We also completely redesigned the instrument inputs so they can handle even the hottest guitar pick-ups, and built in new analogue protection circuitry across the inputs and the outputs, to guard your interface against unwanted power surges.

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*Super-low latency depends on your choice of software, settings and computer.

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Designed for Guitarists

We’ve redesigned Scarlett 18i20's instrument inputs and given them plenty of extra headroom, so you can handle extreme levels without any unwanted clipping or distortion. If you’re recording extra loud instruments, you can also engage the 10dB pad in Focusrite Control software.

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Intuitive Control Software

Scarlett 18i20 works with all major DAWs on Mac and PC, and comes with Focusrite Control: our brand new software mixer designed for easily configuring your monitoring and routing setups. Simple and intuitive to use, it gives you a traditional mixer workflow, separate headphone mixes and immediate access to internal hardware functions.

Focusrite Control Software

Easily Set the Perfect Level

Clipped signals ruin good takes. That's why we put eight LED bargraph meters on the front panel, to make it as easy as possible to keep an eye on your signal levels.

LED Gain Meters

Start Recording Today

Scarlett 18i20 comes with time-unlimited versions Ableton Live Lite and Pro Tools | First Focusrite Creative Pack, which features 12 additional plug-ins including the Eleven Lite for real life guitar amp emulations and Black Op for iconic distortions and overdrives.

You also get Softube's Time and Tone bundle, the Focusrite Red Plug-In Suite, Novation's Bass Station Virtual synthesiser and 2GB of Loopmasters samples. Of course, Scarlett 18i20 works flawlessly with all major DAWs on Mac and PC.

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Plugins

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Used By the Best

What do Sam Smith, Foo Fighters and Massive Attack have in common? Not a lot, admittedly, but they all use Focusrite equipment because they agree with us that sound is everything.

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Tech Spec

Supported Sample Rates

44.1 kHz, 48 kHz, 88.2 kHz, 96 kHz, 176.4 kHz, 192 kHz

Supported Operating Systems

Mac OS

10.10 (Yosemite), 10.11 (El Capitan)

Windows

Windows 7 (64-bit), Windows 8.1, Windows 10

Microphone Inputs

Frequency Response

20 Hz - 20 kHz +0.5/-1.5 dB

Dynamic Range

109 dB (A-Weighted)

THD+N

<0.002%

Noise EIN

-127 dBu

Maximum input level

+8.5 dBu

Gain Range

50 dB

Line Inputs

Frequency Response

20 Hz - 20 kHz +0.5/-1.5 dB

Dynamic Range

109 dB (A-Weighted)

THD+N

<0.003%

Maximum input level

+22 dBu

Gain Range

50 dB

Instrument Inputs

Frequency Response

20 Hz - 20 kHz +0.5/-1.5 dB

Dynamic Range

109 dB (A-Weighted)

THD+N

<0.003%

Maximum input level

+12 dBu

Gain Range

50 dB

Monitor Outputs (1-2)

Frequency Response

20 Hz - 20 kHz ±0.5 dB

Dynamic Range (Line Outputs)

108 dB (A-Weighted)

THD+N

<0.001%

Maximum Output Level (0 dBFS)

+16 dBu

Line Outputs (3-10)

Frequency Response

20 Hz - 20 kHz ±0.5 dB

Dynamic Range (Line Outputs)

108 dB (A-Weighted)

THD+N

<0.001%

Maximum Output Level (0 dBFS)

+16 dBu

Headphone Outputs

Frequency Response

20 Hz - 20 kHz ±0.5 dB

Dynamic Range

108 dB (A-Weighted)

THD+N

<0.001%

Maximum Output Level

+13 dBu