About Focusrite Scarlett 18i20 MK2 USB Audio Interface
The Interface Your Studio Deserves. 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. Focusrite interfaces are perfect partners for Pro Tools, so Focusrite Scarlett 18i20 MK2 USB audio interface comes with Pro Tools | First Focusrite Creative Pack, 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.
What is latency?
Scarlett 2nd Generation interfaces have lower latency than any other USB audio interfaces. Take a look at this short video to see for yourself how latency can cause problems when recording, and find out what you can do to overcome it.
Inputs Your Studio Deserves
Focusrite Scarlett 18i20 MK2 USB audio interface 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 Scarlett OctoPre 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.
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.
Create Separate Monitor Mixes
As well as eight balanced analogue line outputs, Focusrite Scarlett 18i20 MK2 USB audio interface gives you two independent stereo headphone outputs so you can give engineer and artist their own separate, fully-customised mixes.
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. You’ll also get the best out of vocal performances, by applying real-time comfort reverb to artists’ headphones.
New Generation – Better In Every Way
The latest generation Focusrite Scarlett 18i20 MK2 USB audio interface 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.
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.
Intuitive Control Software
Focusrite Scarlett 18i20 MK2 USB audio interface 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.
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. The Addictive Keys virtual instrument from XLN Audio is included for free with all Focusrite audio interfaces. One full licence per account is available for existing customers as well as new customers.
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, Focusrite Scarlett 18i20 MK2 USB audio interface works flawlessly with all major DAWs on Mac and PC.
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.
Expand your Scarlett with an OctoPre
Need additional mic preamps for your Scarlett interface? We have just the answer: an OctoPre. Choose between the eight-input Scarlett OctoPre and the deluxe features of the Scarlett OctoPre Dynamic. Both include eight 2nd Generation Scarlett mic preamps and up to 192kHz A-D precision conversion. The Scarlett OctoPre Dynamic adds analogue compression to every channel plus eight channels of D-A providing you with an additional eight outputs in your studio. The Scarlett OctoPre lets you expand your interface immediately – providing you with more inputs. The world is full of innovative software companies, creating a wealth of powerful plug-ins. With such variety, you’ll want to find exactly the right plug-ins for you, and use them in real time, thanks to Scarlett 2nd gen’s super-low latency environment. To help you on this mission, we’ve formed the ‘Plug-in Collective’, working with the very best to bring you exclusive plug-in offers and content every month.