Focusrite Scarlett 18i20 3rd Gen Bundle Review (June 2024)


Last updated on June 9, 2024 10:10 pm Details


In this review post, we’re going to be discussing the Focusrite Scarlett 18i20 3rd Gen, including an overview of its unique features.

Product Description

Housed in a 1U rack-mountable enclosure, the third-generation Scarlett 18i20 USB Audio Interface from Focusrite boasts extensive simultaneous I/O comprising eight mic preamps, 18 inputs, and 20 outputs in total. Take your studio to the next level with this interface, offering superior sound quality, talkback functionality, and onboard speaker switching. Improved A-D and D-A conversion ensure your recordings and playback will sound clear and pronounced up to 24-bit/192kHz, vital to helping you perfect your mix.

Speaker-Switching Technology

Speaker-switching technology allows you to switch between main and alt monitors to get a new perspective on your mix, and the new built-in talkback mic lets you communicate with your recording artist at the touch of a button, helping you capture that perfect take.

Virtual Loopback Inputs

A pair of virtual loopback inputs allows you to capture a stereo feed of any combination of hardware input and software playback channels – making podcasting, live streaming and sampling tasks easier.

Scarlett 18i20 is designed to stand up to days on the road and connects straight to your Mac or PC via USB cable.

Included Software

Scarlett 18i20 Audio Interface comes with all the software tools you need to get started: two comprehensive digital audio workstations, Ableton Live Lite and Pro Tools First Focusrite Creative Pack; Softube’s Time and Tone Bundle; Focusrite’s Red Plug-in Suite; a choice of one of four of XLN Audio’s Addictive Keys.

Bundle Includes:

  • Focusrite Scarlett 18i20 3rd Gen 18×20 USB Audio Interface
  • 4 x Kirlin 25-feet XLR Male to Female Microphone Cables
  • 4 x Kirlin 1/4-inch TRS Patch Cable (6 Ft)

Product Features

  • BUNDLE INCLUDES: Focusrite Scarlett 18i20 3rd Gen 18×20 USB Audio Interface, Four 25-feet XLR Male to Female Microphone Cables, and Four Kirlin 1/4″ TRS Patch Cable (6 Ft)
  • For PC / Mac
  • Weight: 3.19 kg
  • Pad switch
  • BNC Word Clock
  • 24 Bit / 192 kHz
  • USB-C connection
  • Phantom power +48 V
  • Switchable air function
  • MIDI input and output
  • 2 ADAT input and output
  • 8 Scarlett microphone preamps
  • Includes USB cable (Type C to A)
  • 2 S / PDIF input and output coaxial
  • 10 Line outputs: 6.3 mm jack balanced
  • 2 Stereo headphone outputs: 6.3 mm jack
  • Format: 19″/ 1U (removable rack panel)
  • Dimensions (W * H * D): 482.6 * 46.6 * 259.8 mm
  • Talkback function with integrated microphone
  • 8 Mic/line inputs: XLR / 6.3 mm jack combo balanced ( 2 of the front side with an instrument input)

Pros & Cons


  • Strong build quality
  • Very dependable
  • Favorable consumer review
  • Worth the price
  • Terrific audio output


  • Expensive
  • Standalone 1 bus mixer
  • Limited Functionality
  • Controls should be exposed as physical buttons

Focusrite Scarlett 18i20 3rd Gen Demo

Our Verdict

Focusrite’s latest series of third-generation interfaces is fantastic. While first glances may give the impression that they are simply a more attractive version of their former selves, the true magic lies beneath the hood, as evidenced by the numerous updates and upgrades such as Air mode implementation, additional inputs, top-of-the-line preamps, reduced latency, heightened dynamic range, and, of course, an overall push to make the entire user experience as streamlined and user-friendly as possible.

Bundling various DAWs and sample providers such as Splice also further adds to their obvious care for the user and gets them started in creating music with little to no obstacles. The price point is very fair and seems to be in the same ballpark as its predecessors, despite receiving many obvious upgrades, which seems to be a logical way to retain a loyal customer base.

Where to Buy

The best place to buy this product has to be Amazon, due to their competitive pricing and fantastic customer service.

Focusrite Scarlett 18i20 3rd Gen 18x20 USB Audio Interface with 4 XLR Cables and 4 1/4-inch TRS Cables (9 Items)

as of June 10, 2024 10:03 am

Pricing History

Price History for Focusrite Scarlett 18i20 3rd Gen 18x20 USB Audio Interface with 4 XLR Cables and 4 1/4-inch TRS...


Current Price $589.99 June 10, 2024
Highest Price $589.99 November 18, 2023
Lowest Price $589.99 November 18, 2023
Since November 18, 2023

Last price changes

$589.99 November 18, 2023

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Additional information

Item Weight

1 pounds

Product Dimensions

25.4 x 19.2 x 8.3 inches

Date First Available

August 23, 2019

Compatible Devices

Personal Computer


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