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hermonmusic 07-16-2013 02:20 PM

Pro Tools 11 with Focusrite Scarlett 18i20?
 
If you are using the Scarlett 18i20 and pro Tools 11, could you share your experience?
I have a DIGI 002 but I would like to get the Scarlett 18i20 from Focusrite, is it good or not? What about sound quality vs DIGI 002?
Sometimes I need more than 4 mic preamps.
Is USB 2 fast enough?
I already have Pro Tools 11.

Thank you for your help.

dave911 07-16-2013 06:53 PM

Re: Pro Tools 11 with Focusrite Scarlett 18i20?
 
As far as sound quality the Focusrite will be a big improvement over the 002.
I had a 002 but bypassed the audio chain quite a while back.
I use the Saffire line so I don't know about how the USB plays.

dr_daw 07-16-2013 06:55 PM

Re: Pro Tools 11 with Focusrite Scarlett 18i20?
 
I've opted not to go with PT 11, but the Focusrite pre's in their units are great. IF you have F/W, I would suggest a Saffire Pro 40 or Liquid Saffire 56 over USB 2 device.

cwsand 07-16-2013 08:35 PM

Re: Pro Tools 11 with Focusrite Scarlett 18i20?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by dr_daw (Post 2063587)
Focusrite pre's in their units are great. IF you have F/W, I would suggest a Saffire Pro 40 or Liquid Saffire 56 over USB 2 device.

+1 :D

Chris

nst7 07-16-2013 09:07 PM

Re: Pro Tools 11 with Focusrite Scarlett 18i20?
 
On the other hand, USB performance on newer interfaces is as good as firewire. People who have this unit are able to go down to a buffer of 32. The USB version will also keep your interface on a separate buss from your firewire drives if you have them. There's some positive discussion of the 18i20 on Gearslutz that you might check out.

hermonmusic 07-16-2013 10:15 PM

Re: Pro Tools 11 with Focusrite Scarlett 18i20?
 
Thank you all for your input.
I have firewire drives, one for audio and one virtual instruments but when I have connected the DIGI 002, pro tools 10 and 11 act very slow, (I know my computer is a MacBook Pro 2009) and was wondering if a usb interface, this one in particular (18i20) would help until I buy a new computer. (the new mac pro)

Thank you again for all your help

TimothyJohn 07-23-2013 06:10 AM

Re: Pro Tools 11 with Focusrite Scarlett 18i20?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by nst7 (Post 2063625)
On the other hand, USB performance on newer interfaces is as good as firewire. People who have this unit are able to go down to a buffer of 32. The USB version will also keep your interface on a separate buss from your firewire drives if you have them. There's some positive discussion of the 18i20 on Gearslutz that you might check out.

I just got one-superb, couldn't be happier. Only had it a few days, but have been tracking drums, and recording 7 tracks simultaneously at a buffer of 32!

The only thing is, that when you register, the characters are case sensitive. And if you are instructed to update the firmware; well the Scarlett didn't work correctly until after I reinstalled the drivers as well. Smooth sailing ever since.

Oh, and one more thing. After start up, in mac's audio/midi app, the Scarlett defaults to a 14in/16 out device. I change it with the pulldown to 18i20. Minor hassle, but haven't figured out why this happens.

Good luck!
Tim

hermonmusic 07-25-2013 03:54 AM

Re: Pro Tools 11 with Focusrite Scarlett 18i20?
 
I need help! I would like to make a sound quality comparison between the DIGI 002 and the Scarlett 18i20. What's the best way to do it? I'm interested more in vocals. I do a lot of accapella stuff.
Thank you in advance.

nst7 07-25-2013 08:06 AM

Re: Pro Tools 11 with Focusrite Scarlett 18i20?
 
No need to do a comparison. The Focusrite units sound much better. You can ask anyone who's switched.

albee1952 07-25-2013 04:41 PM

Re: Pro Tools 11 with Focusrite Scarlett 18i20?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by nst7 (Post 2066623)
No need to do a comparison. The Focusrite units sound much better. You can ask anyone who's switched.

Have to agree. Consider, the 002 is a 10 year old device with 10 year old technology. Scarlett is all new. Nobody EVER acused the 002 of being a great sounding unit. It was and is a functional device, and anyone concerned about audio quality, would bypass the 002'a analog circuitry whenever possible:o


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