Focusrite Scarlett 18i20
Focusrite Scarlett 18i20

Scarlett 18i20, USB audio interface from Focusrite in the Scarlett series.

Public price: $499 VAT
unfixedstefio 10/30/2013

Focusrite Scarlett 18i20 : unfixedstefio's user review

«  Perfect for me »

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What characteristics have motivated your choice?
- The number of inputs / outputs, noon, the rack format, Focusrite's reputation.
- The ability to create templates for routing using the card stand alone.

Which instruments and systems (console, preamp, DTD ...) you use it and how connections? ... AND For what purpose? What is your config (Motherboard / CPU / Ram / Hard, ...)?

- At home: a JV80 for audio input (jack 6.35) + midi, bass (instrument inputs 6.35), a low multi-effect insert (6.35 jacks) output audio BX5a monitorings m (6.35 to XLR jacks) .
- On stage: electronic drum midi (on addictive drums), ableton lite sequences triggered by the drummer, drums and ableton separate outputs, audio inputs from the console for recording.

A home PC: MSI motherboard P8P67_LE + 8GB Ram + Samsung SSD + i7 core 3.22Ghz + Protools 10.
On stage on laptop (not mine, I have no references at hand).


The drivers are stable?
Yes but with Pro Tools ... the shit that méchament (I lean more to a problem with PT more than asio drivers).

What software do you use most often?
Pro-tools 10 with amount of plugs, Ableton Live Lite.

How many tracks you get record / playback simultaneously? ...
-I tested 8, no problem (I have no ADAT devices to use the additional digital inputs).

Are they often updated?
- I have not seen any update since I bought it in late June but I do not feel that there really needs it.

What you get lag?
- On average depending on the setting between 8 and 20ms. (Usually about 11ms).


The installation is done it without problems?
- You click, it works ...

The general configuration is easy?
-Configuration Scarlett MixControl should get the hang of, and I admit that at first I struggled a bit, but it's pretty well done.

Have you experienced any incompatibilities?

The manual is clear and sufficient? ...
Slightly amber-but I've seen much worse.


How long have you use it?
- 4 months

Have you tried many other models before buying it?
I went through a EMU0404 (yuck!) and a M-Audio fasttrack pro.

What is the particular feature you like best and least?
- PLUS: the number of inputs / outputs, the sound quality.
- LESS: forced to push the knobs to have enough gain, the "I turn I turn back" 2/3 times for the usb is paid (I think it's just my usb motherboard, j ' have already seen problems with other stuff).

How would you rate the quality / price? With experience, you do again this choice? ...
- Quality / price hard to beat (€ 500 in Music Melody Rouen report, I prefer to go to my dealer where I've been going for over 20 years, when I have a problem, they provide, whereas with Thomann. ..), I would do this choice with his eyes closed.
- I hesitated with a more expensive mk3 motu, just a little too expensive for my means.