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The advent of Focusrite’s new, ultra-low latency interfaces opens up a world of new possibilities for recording and overdubbing, using multiple DAW plug-ins in real time rather than needing special cue mixes and outboard DSP.
There’s no shortage of great plug-ins today, with new and exciting instruments and effects coming out all the time – but which to choose?
At Focusrite, we believe in freedom – the freedom to choose the plug-ins that get musicians, producers and engineers their signature sound, exactly the way they want it. To help in the quest, Focusrite is working with some of the most innovative and prestigious plug-in companies around to provide exclusive offers, tutorial content and more.
October's offer is a FREE Positive Grid BIAS FX LE guitar effects processor. Exclusively designed in partnership with Focusrite, BIAS FX LE gives you a taste of the fully fledged BIAS FX Pro.
It includes 3 amps + 6 effects - the insanely great sounding '77 Silvertone (Clean), '69 Plexiglas (Crunch), and '92 Treadplate (High Gain) amplifiers. You also get the best pedals to expand your arsenal: a Treble Boost, 6 band EQ, a 808 OD stomp box, a Chorus, plus digital delay and reverb pedals.
The Centrepiece of Your Recording Studio The Focusrite Scarlett 18i20 is the heart of your studio. Rack-mountable and with a total of 18 inputs and 20 outputs, you can record anything from a drum kit to multiple instruments, vocals, synths and keyboards. Eight natural-sounding combination input Scarlett mic preamps give you plenty of scope for recording and the ADAT input allows you to expand your analogue inputs for larger recording sessions. Class-leading sound quality and digital conversion are complemented by a host of additional inputs and outputs alongside a super-low roundtrip latency of 2.74ms*. Focusrite is the perfect partner for Pro Tools. To that end, Focusrite and Avid will continue to work together to ensure all Scarlett interfaces are thoroughly tested with the latest version of Pro Tools.
All the Connectivity Your Studio Needs Eight natural-sounding combination input Scarlett mic preamps deliver exceptional headroom, loads of linear clean gain, low noise and minimal distortion. The two inputs on the front panel feature newly-designed instrument inputs with extended headroom for handling extremely hot guitar pick-ups. If you want to record higher channel counts and integrate outboard gear, the ADAT expansion port will allow this. When it comes to outputs, Scarlett 18i20 delivers full routing and monitoring flexibility. There are two dedicated TRS jack outputs for studio monitors featuring anti-thump circuitry, plus eight more ¼ inch analogue jack outputs and two dedicated headphone outputs on the front panel with independent gain control. With MIDI connectivity, you can also integrate your favourite hardware synths with your DAW. Wordclock Out is also on hand for sync'ing to external devices. Focusrite have also implemented analogue protection circuitry across all input and outputs to protect your audio interface from unwanted power surges.
Brand New Scarlett Control Panel Focusrite control is included with the 18i20 and allows intuitive control over the options of your audio interface for easy configuration of monitoring, mixing and routing. Focusrite Control offers traditional mixer workflow and allows instant access to the hardware functions you need. It also gives you remote control over unit functionality, protection across the inputs and outputs for protecting against phantom power shorting and accidental activation of phantom power to outputs
Exlusive Software Library The Scarlett 18i20 comes with an extensive software package so you can be ready to go within minutes of opening the box; - Exclusive version of Pro Tools First Focusrite Creative Pack featuring 12 plug-ins including the Eleven Lite for authentic guitar amp emulation - Ableton Live Lite - Softube Time and Tone Bundle - Focusrite Red Plug-In Suite - Novation Bass Station Software Synthesizer - 2GB of Loopmasters samples Features
• 24 bit 192 kHz. • Low latency 2.74ms. • Improved linear gain structure. • Instrument input redesigned for hot pickups. • Analogue protection circuitry to stop power surges (via usb). • New metal gain controls. • Sleeker chassis. • Scarlett Control Panel.
Computer Interface Type
Analogue Inputs (Total)
Analogue Outputs (Total)
1 x MIDI
1 x S/PDIF Coaxial In
8 x XLR / Jack Combo
Mic Preamps (Max)
Instrument Inputs (Max)
Sample Rate (Max)
8 x 1/4" TRS jack (Balanced)
2 x 1/4" TRS Monitor Output
1 x BNC Word clock
2 x Headphone (TRS 6.35mm Jack)
1 x MIDI
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You've probably read the USB Tekspek, and perhaps your intrigue, or product interest, has lead you to look up Firewire as well. The two are similar in some respects, particularly some of the products that use the two technologies. However, Firewire has its differences, which means it has both benefits and drawback when compared to USB. This Tekspek will look at Firewire and also look at it with respect to USB.
System Buses & Bandwidth
Date Issued: 21st Oct 2008
In computing terms, system buses are used to connect various components to the motherboard’s core logic and, often, to each other. Modern PCs run with a multitude of high-speed buses ranging from the interconnects between, say, the chipset and the CPU, graphics card, memory, and peripherals.
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