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Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 (2nd Generation) USB Audio Interface

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2-in, 2-out USB audio interface with two Scarlett mic preamps.

The second generation Scarlett range is packed full of upgrades. Scarlett generation 2 features super-low latency that will bring confidence to your performance, letting you record and monitor with software effects in real time. Its metal volume controls and a sleeker red metal chassis underscore its improved industrial design, built to go anywhere. Scarlett USB audio interfaces also now operate at sample rates all the way up to 192kHz, and the input channels have evolved too. The latest Scarlett mic preamp features a more even gain structure, so you can accurately set your levels, and the instrument input has also been completely redesigned so it can handle seriously hot pickups for recording electric guitar.

Compact yet versatile, the Scarlett 2i2 is a 2-in, 2-out USB audio interface that gives singer songwriters two natural-sounding Scarlett mic preamps and the same class-leading sound quality and digital conversion as the rest of the latest Scarlett range. Take it anywhere, connect by USB, plug your mics and guitars straight in, and simply start recording.

Focusrite interfaces are the perfect partner for Pro Tools, so Scarlett 2i2 comes with Pro Tools | First recording software, as well as Ableton Live Lite and a suite of software and samples so you can start recording straight away. As you’d expect, it works flawlessly with all major DAWs on Mac and PC.

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FEATURES
  • Two natural-sounding Scarlett microphone preamps
  • Up to 192kHz audio resolution with super-low latency
  • Plug your mics and guitars straight in, and start recording
  • Compact, lightweight and sturdy enough to take with you anywhere
  • Includes Pro Tools | First, Ableton Live Lite and a suite of software and samples
  • Free XLN Addictive Keys license with purchase
  • Red 2 & 3 Plug-In Suite, Softube Time & Tone Bundle and 2GB of Loopmasters Samples are included as a free download.

Bigger, faster, easier than ever before—experience the 2nd generation Scarlett series today!

SPECIFICATIONS
Audio Quality
  • Max bit depth: 24-bit
  • Max sampling rate: 192kHz
  • Frequency response: 20Hz – 20kHz
Inputs
  • Total inputs: 2
  • Analog inputs: 2
  • Digital inputs: 0
  • Mic preamps: 2
  • XLR/TRS combo jacks: 2
  • XLR only jacks: 0
  • 1/4” only jacks: 0
  • S/PDIF in: 0
  • ADAT/optical in: 0
  • RCA in: 0
  • AES/EBU DSUB: 0
  • MADI: No
  • Dante: 0
Outputs
  • Total outputs: 2
  • Analog outputs: 2
  • Digital outputs: 0
  • XLR out: 0
  • 1/4” out: 2
  • S/PDIF out: 0
  • ADAT/optical out: 0
  • RCA out: 0
  • AES / EBU DSUB: 0
  • MADI: No
  • Dante: 0
Other Connectivity
  • Connections: USB
  • MIDI I/O: No
  • Headphone output(s): 1
  • Word-clock I/O: No
Onboard Features
  • Computer platform: Mac, Windows
  • Phantom power: Yes
  • Direct monitoring: Yes
  • Onboard DSP: No
  • Metering: LED halos
  • Display: No
  • Latency control: Yes
  • Monitor control: Yes
  • Headphone control: Yes
Other
  • Width: 5.7 in.
  • Height: 1.77 in.
  • Depth: 4.53 in.
  • Weight: 1.32 lb.
  • Rack-mountable: No
  • Included software: Yes
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FocusriteScarlett 2i2 (2nd Generation) USB Audio Interface
 
3.9

(based on 7 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (3)

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    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

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    (1)

71%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (5)
  • Easy to use (5)
  • Good audio (5)
  • Lightweight (5)
  • Durable (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Home studio (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (3), Professional musician (3)

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(4 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Good sound but shoddy quality

By rickwilli

from Dallas, TX

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Compact
  • Easy To Use

Cons

  • Breaks Easily

Best Uses

  • Home Studio

Comments about Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 (2nd Generation) USB Audio Interface:

My only complaint is the wobbly USB input jack. it reminds me of an 80's Chrysler Minivan turn signal switch that's ready to fall off. Make that sturdy, and you will have a good product here and may even compare to the Roland Duo Capture. I returned mine.

(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Good quality interface and preamps, low price, good support

By Bob

from Dayton, OH

About Me Experienced

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Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Compact
  • Easy To Use
  • Lightweight
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio

    Comments about Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 (2nd Generation) USB Audio Interface:

    I replace my FocusRite iTrack Solo with this, to have an extra preamp. Nice to be able to double-mic a guitar track or vocal and play with the mix later, and this interface is perfect for that. The sound quality and ease of use are excellent (as they were for the iTrack). A further advantage of the 2i2 over the iTrack Solo is that you have separate volume controls on the unit for playback and input monitoring, which is useful for adjusting monitoring while recording. The 2nd generation unit has near-zero latency when the buffer size is set relatively low (say 256 samples/second or less); for high-quality playback during mixing, a larger buffer is often better, and the resulting slight delay is not bothersome. I've been using this for about a month and am very impressed.

    (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    Poor Drivers

    By mrmuzach

    from Minneapolis, MN

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Lightweight

    Cons

    • Unreliable

    Best Uses

      Comments about Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 (2nd Generation) USB Audio Interface:

      I bought this to be a part of my portable studio. I had the 6i6 previously and love Focusrite's preamp. I read good reviews and even tried one out. Well, I didn't try one out with my personal laptop. I have a brand new MacBook Pro. I went through the entire set up process and even downloaded the latency patch they have for it and it would not work. The audio would cut out frequently, if it worked at all. I contacted Focusrite and they never responded. I tried this with my wife's PC and my brother-in-law's older MacBook and it worked fine. I am assuming it has something to do with my set up, but I could not get it to work with my laptop and I received no service from Focusrite's customer service. Ended up going with a Steinberg UR22mkII and it worked flawlessly.

      (2 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Works very well

      By songplayer

      from New York

      About Me Professional Musician

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Compact
      • Durable
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home Studio

        Comments about Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 (2nd Generation) USB Audio Interface:

        Nice sounding preamps.

         
        4.0

        Gets the job done

        By Peter

        from Pittsburgh

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Easy To Use
        • Lightweight

        Cons

        • Limited Functions

        Best Uses

        • Home Studio

        Comments about Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 (2nd Generation) USB Audio Interface:

        I've owned the 2i2 for a few years now. It works fine for my purposes, but I wish it had some different features.

        I'm actually not a huge fan of the volume knobs for each channel. Personally I like to have ALL settings for a certain microphone for example built into an instrument in your music software. Having a physical knob just unnecessarily adds something that can easily be taken into account in the software.

        I'm also not a fan of connectors on the front. I wish everything was in the back to make it look "cleaner". This isn't really a major issue but I wonder why so many audio interfaces are designed this way. I can understand a headphone jack being in the front obviously but connections for XLR cables should be in the back in my opinion.

        Besides these few features I wish were changed, not much else to say. It works fine. I have noticed latency in some situations, but, to be fair, I'm not certain if the audio interface itself is causing this. It may just be my computer running slowly. Restarting the software usually fixes latency issues.

        For the price and compactness, it is hard to beat this audio interface.

        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Home Recording? This is your best friend

        By Zac Hamilton

        from Wilmore, KY

        About Me Novice

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Clear Sound
        • Compact
        • Durable
        • Easy To Use
        • Good Looking

        Cons

        • Bulky/Heavy

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Demo Recording
        • Mainstage 3 Use
        • Mobile DJ
        • Performances

        Comments about Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 (2nd Generation) USB Audio Interface:

        I'm a college student in a dorm room and this thing saves my butt, on so many different occasions.

         
        5.0

        Solid purchase.

        By Industry56

        from Wisconsin

        About Me Professional Musician

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Clear Sound
        • Durable
        • Easy To Use
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Home Studio
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 (2nd Generation) USB Audio Interface:

          I had been searching for something like this for my home studio for years. I plugged it in and it worked exactly how I had hoped. Ease of use and solid sound quality. Worth every penny.

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