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Scarlett 18i20 - What to Use For More Analog Outputs?

Postby ITHertz » Sat Oct 10, 2020 7:34 am

Hi Folks,

I currently use a Focusrite Scarlett 18i20 which I'm happy with. I'd like to expand its analog outputs by using the TOSLINK output to give me an additional eight analog outputs.

Just wondering what's currently available to do this that won't break the bank?

I've found these two (secondhand obviously!):

ADAT XT20
Alesis Ai-3

which I can probably pickup cheap.

Anything else I should consider?

Cheers,

Chris
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Re: Scarlett 18i20 - What to Use For More Analog Outputs?

Postby Ramirez » Sat Oct 10, 2020 7:40 am

How about another 18i20? (Or perhaps a Mk1 version, quite cheap second hand)

They make great ADAT expanders, have an extra two headphone outputs, as well as giving you a backup interface!
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Re: Scarlett 18i20 - What to Use For More Analog Outputs?

Postby James Perrett » Sat Oct 10, 2020 1:02 pm

They are both fairly old and could probably be beaten by something more modern. Bear in mind that the XT20 will only convert one way at a time - if you need simultaneous conversion in both directions the AI3 would be better.

The Behringer ADA8200 is the obvious new alternative though, as Ramirez says, you may find an audio interface in stand-alone mode will also work well.
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