Focusrite Scarlett 18i20
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Focusrite Scarlett 18i20

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

Public price: $499 VAT
Doctor John 05/13/2014

Focusrite Scarlett 18i20 : Doctor John's user review

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- Which technical specifications motivated your choice?
The number of inputs/outputs, the rack-mounting possibility, the MIDI interface, and the brand

- What do you use it for?
To record in a mini-home studio (awaiting more resources to expand), alone or with a band, to keep the settings of each track.

- What's your setup (motherboard, CPU, RAM, hard drive,...)?
Adobe Audition CS6 Windows 8, intel i7, 8GB RAM (good setup for the most part)

- Do you use it with other instruments or systems (mixing console, preamp, DtD, ...) and what's your setup? ...
I'm a newbie, so I can't give any specific characteristics. I use it with a Presonus Studio Channel preamp to record vocals.

UTILIZATION

- Are the drivers stable?
Never had a problem.

- Which software do you use?
Adobe Audition CS6 - no problems

- What's the latency of your system?
I record at 8 ms, and I think you can go further

- How many tracks can you record/playback simultaneously ? ...
Since I don't have a whole orchestra behind me, I have been able to record 4 tracks and play back 8/10 tracks without any problems.

GETTING STARTED

- Did you have any problems during the installation?
You need an Internet connection to download the driver, after having validated a code.

- Did you have any incompatibility problems?
No, sir.

- How complicated is the overall configuration?
Even being new to it, I got how it works rather quickly, which means...

- Is the user's manual clear and comprehensive? ...
Uh... I haven't opened it.

OVERALL OPINION

- How long have you been using it?
Two/three months, not longer.

- Which feature do you like the most / the least?
The most: everything, really, I'm very satisfied!
The least: If you bear with me, I'll go look for something...

- Did you try any of other models before buying this one?
Two small interfaces: Presonus Audiobox USB and Yamaha Audiogram 3
The 18i20 dwarfs them both (fortunately!!)

- How would you rate its value for money?
For such a number of inputs and outputs, it's really a very good value for money. It is true that the preamps aren't of the best quality, but they are far from being bad. Anyway, at this price and given what the 18i20 offers, it couldn't be better.

- Based on your experience, would you buy this product again? ...
If I had the same budget, without hesitation.