What is the opinion of Reddit about the
Focusrite Scarlett 18i20 (2nd Gen) USB Audio Interface with Pro Tools | First, 18i20 – 8 Mic Pres (AMS-SCARLETT-18I20-2ND-GE)?

A total of 6 reviews of this product on Reddit.

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18th Feb 2018

Quick question : does this look like a good interface ? Is it USB-enabled and does it work with StudioOne or the likes ? I searched a lot but I couldn’t seem to find something. Sorry for the dumb question haha

https://www.amazon.ca/Focusrite-Scarlett-18i20-Audio-Interface/dp/B01E6T54KQ?psc=1&SubscriptionId=AKIAIMNG3ZFQR7FL5AXA&tag=drummingreview1-20&linkCode=xm2&camp=2025&creative=165953&creativeASIN=B01E6T54KQ

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18th Feb 2018

Quick question : does this look like a good interface ? Is it USB-enabled and does it work with StudioOne or the likes ? I searched a lot but I couldn’t seem to find something. Sorry for the dumb question haha

https://www.amazon.ca/Focusrite-Scarlett-18i20-Audio-Interface/dp/B01E6T54KQ?psc=1&SubscriptionId=AKIAIMNG3ZFQR7FL5AXA&tag=drummingreview1-20&linkCode=xm2&camp=2025&creative=165953&creativeASIN=B01E6T54KQ

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13th Jun 2017

My bandmate who’s going to be doing a lot of production work said that he’s willing to drop the cash to get the Focusrite Scarlett 18i20.

How do you think that The Saffire holds up to The Scarlett? It would be great to free up some money to invest in other production gear. Also, how would you rank the quality of your microphones? From my current (and amateur) perspective, those seems like professional quality microphones.

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4th Nov 2018

Hey you need overall 3 things:

  1. Gear
  2. A room
  3. Software

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  1. Gear:

-Audio Interface:

You want a number of channels depending on the type of groups you wanna record and the size of the group. Example: 18 Channels (8 mics) v.s. 2 channels (2 mics)

-Microphones:

You want basic versatile microphones and specialized ones for the type of instruments you wanna record.

Example of basic mics: Shure sm-57 Dynamic Mic and AKG 414 Condenser Mic

Those two have a fairly transparent frequency response and work for most scenarios but you also want mics that work better for certain instruments because of their coloration or diaphragm or polar pattern.

-Monitoring:

You need some headphones like the Audio Technical M50x which are transparent enough and good for the price although you could go a little further and look for Sennheiser HD or some of the expensive AKG stuff.

-Accessories and cables

You want good quality XLR cables, two direct boxes like this one and probably a direct box with pre amp like the Avalon U5 (great for sending bass via line, skipping the bass amp part, which can be great for live sessions). Both depend on the type of music you are gonna record of course (first example works for connecting stuff like a keyboard and the Avalon well for bass is great).

You may want a monitor amplifier like Behringer Powerplay for distributing audio to the players or producers or audience via headphones monitors.

Also check out EquipBoard to see what gear are other producers or studios using. They have a good database and is good reference.

  1. If you wanna do it like TinyDesk then you wanna have a nice room with good isolation and space for your musicians. Well, mostly for the sound. There are 2 ways of recording live sessions: Either you isolate most of the musicians or you use proper recording techniques and use your mics intelligently to get a good mix before your Mixing stage. You may wanna look for highly directional mics.

You also wanna look on isolation techniques and architecture if you wanna have good natural reverberation or just have control over what the sound is doing, including annoying neighbors if that’s the case. Look for how to soundproof a room in the internet and try read a little about acoustics if you haven’t.

You may wanna to set up 2 rooms: a live room and a control room. The live room would be where you record the musicians and have way more soundproofing and the control would just need to isolate enough and allow visual contact with the ppl in the live room. If you go for 2 rooms you may need to set up the ins and outs and pass cables through the wall in a snake cable like this Hosa or this bigger one . The purpose of having 2 rooms is partly because you wanna monitor with speakers not only headphones (as well as having more recording gear there but it only applies to bigger studios). Example Yamaha HS8 x2 or the KRK . Those are fairly priced options and you will get more value out of them if you are the one mixing the music as they can be better references than just headphones.

  1. For software you should consider Pro Tools as is the industry standard. I personally enjoy Logic Pro and there are a lot more options out there some of which are free. If you are not gonna go a lot into mixing and do the post production maybe Pro Tools Ultimate is a bit of an overkill but if you are looking to do the mix you may also wanna get some audio plugins. Look for Waves or Arturia plugins online (most of which is simulations of real hardware) which will give a “better” sound to your mixes if used well. It also depends a little on the genre or type of music you are producing.

That’s it. I was very broad but I did mentioned some basic equipment you can start budgeting. If you need more details about the basics PM me and can help you a bit more, I’m no specialist on some stuff like exquisite mics but know about a bunch that are generally used. Are you in Vancouver by chance? I can help you in the actual physical setup if you are.

Cheers.

Edit: You probably want a powerful laptop or a desktop computer btw but I figure out you already have one.

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3rd Mar 2018

That’s simple. Just pick up one of these, and connect it to an interface that supports it. Usually those interfaces already have at least 2 mic inputs, and can take additional external preamps. I found a few presonus bluetube preamps used that worked. Then connect the Behringer to the interface and you have usually up to 16 channels at once.

The following interfaces support ADAT, and already record 8 tracks, so you’ll have 16 channels if you add Behringer unit, no need for anything else.

A good option is the Focusrite Scarlett 18i20.
Another one is the Behringer U-PHORIA UMC1820 if you need something a little cheaper.

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10th Dec 2017

I’ve been renting out a Focusrite Scarlett 18i20 and Rode Procaster Broadcast Dynamic Vocal Microphone . I’m getting ready to purchase my gear and wanted to see if anybody had suggestions on other items I should consider? We’re recording in a room we’ve sound proofed the best we can on our own. If you want to check our recording quality check out ‘Splintered Caravan’ on your podcasting app. Any other gear I should be considering?

My budget for the purchase is around 1,500 – 2,000 and we need 5 microphones.