Focusrite has announced the Scarlett 18i20, the latest in its series of USB 2.0 interfaces. The company says that it's designed to be your complete studio hub, and as such features enough inputs and outputs to record and mix a full band. A spokesperson told Sonic State, "With Focusrite's award-winning mic preamps and outstanding analogue and digital circuit design, it's capable of making pristine, studio-quality recordings. What's more, its contemporary style, with the same graphic identity as Focusrite's best-selling Scarlett 2i2 and 2i4 audio interfaces, makes it the perfect centrepiece of your studio."
Here's the details in Focusrite's own words...
With 18 inputs and 20 outputs in total, Scarlett 18i20 gives you eight critically acclaimed Focusrite microphone preamps with switchable phantom power. Precision 24-bit/96kHz A-D/D-A converters deliver exceptional dynamic range to ensure pristine recordings. The analogue mic/line inputs are fitted with combination XLR/jack input sockets, 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.
Scarlett 18i20 ships with a feature-packed 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 Scarlett 18i20 Key Features
Pricing and Availability:
Available worldwide March 2013
(UK) £399.99 inc.vat / (US) MSRP $599.99 and $499.99 at dealers
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