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OVERVIEW

Mobile recording is at an all-time high and you need an audio interface that can maintain optimal performance at any moment when inspiration strikes. The Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 is the right tool for the job. With two award-winning Focusrite preamps packed into a compact, anodized aluminum uni-body chassis, the Scarlett 2i2 not only produces professional quality sound but also looks great doing it. For more than 25 years, Focusrite has designed some of the most popular microphone preamps in the industry. This experience has been used to create the transparent, low-noise and low-distortion preamp found in the Scarlett 2i2. Plenty of available headroom makes it suitable for moving coil, condenser and ribbon microphones regardless of the source. Phantom power is also provided for mics that need it.

The 2-in, 2-out USB interface for musicians
The Scarlett 2i2 is a 2-in / 2-out USB recording interface featuring dual award-winning Focusrite preamps and precision digital conversion. Housed in a rugged anodised aluminium unibody chassis, the interface not only sounds fantastic but looks great too. What’s more, it’s solid enough to take on the road. And inside is 30 years of pro audio design expertise.

30 years of mic pre experience
Since 1985, when Rupert Neve designed those first modules for Sir George Martin’s AIR Studios, Focusrite has designed some of the most popular microphone preamps in the industry. This experience is behind the transparent, low-noise and low-distortion preamp found not only in the Scarlett 2i2 but also our flagship Firewire interface, the Liquid Saffire 56. Plenty of available headroom makes 2i2 suitable for any type of microphone, of any vintage. Phantom power is provided at the touch of a button for mics that need it.

Plug straight in

Use the front panel high quality XLR/jack combination inputs to connect line and instrument level signals as well as microphones – perfect for recording a synth or stage piano, or at the flick of a switch, an electric or acoustic guitar.

Check your levels at a glance

Unique “halo” indicators let you know that you’ve got a good signal level for recording. Red means that your signal is clipping, and that you should reduce the gain. The halo will momentarily turn amber as the level returns to a healthy level, at which point it will turn green.

Precision conversion
At the heart of Scarlett 2i2 is Focusrite’s precision digital conversion, ensuring you get the very best quality into and out of your computer. Focusrite has been building converters since the introduction of its mastering converter in 1993, and our careful choice of components and equally careful board design ensure that you get superior low noise and distortion performance.

Flexible monitoring options
A large monitor dial provides a tactile control for monitor speaker volume, while a high quality headphone amp provides a clean yet loud signal to headphones connected to the front panel socket. The direct monitor switch routes audio directly from the inputs to both the headphone and speaker outputs, letting you monitor the incoming signal with zero-latency.



Note: Includes the Focusrite Red 2 and Red 3 Plug-In Suite (AAX/AU/VST) upon registration of interface. Accurately modeled on the classic Red 2 EQ and Red 3 Compressor, the Red plug-ins let you exploit the sound of the hardware originals, conveniently from within Pro Tools (10 and above) and other audio software.

The 2 in/2 out USB recording interface for musicians on the go.

FEATURES Audio Quality
  • Max bit depth: 24-bit
  • Max sampling rate: 96kHz
  • Inputs
  • Total inputs: 2
  • 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: No
  • AES/EBU: No
  • MADI: No
  • Outputs
  • Total outputs: 2
  • XLR out: 0
  • 1/4” out: 2 (TRS balanced)
  • S/PDIF out: 0
  • ADAT/optical out: 0
  • RCA out: No
  • AES / EBU: No
  • MADI: No
  • Other Connectivity
  • Computer connection: USB 2.0
  • MIDI I/O: No
  • Headphone output(s): 1
  • Word-clock I/O: No
  • Onboard Features
  • Platform compatibility: Mac & Windows
  • Phantom power: Yes
  • Direct monitoring: Yes
  • Onboard DSP: No
  • Metering: Halo LEDs
  • Display: No
  • Latency control: Yes
  • Monitor control: Yes
  • Headphone control: Yes
  • Other
  • Width: 7 in.
  • Height: 1.75 in.
  • Depth: 4 in.
  • Weight: 1.3 lb.
  • Rack-mountable: No
  • Included software: Yes

This is the right tool for the job, order the Scarlett 2i2 for your mobile or project studio today!

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Scarlett 2i2 USB Audio Interface

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FocusriteScarlett 2i2 USB Audio Interface
 
4.5

(based on 63 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (46)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (4)

91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (49)
  • Compact (46)
  • Good audio (41)
  • Lightweight (38)
  • Durable (35)

Cons

  • Limited functions (4)

Best Uses

  • Home studio (45)
  • Amateur recording (40)
  • Professional recording (15)
  • Performances (13)
  • Pro audio / DJ / mixing (11)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (27), Professional musician (17), Novice (12)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Recanting my last review of the Scarlett 2i2 (5 star)

I would like to recant or apologize for my former review of the Focusrite Scarlett 2i2. I had exchanged emails with Focusrite concerning my unit that had stopped working. I overlooked an email they...Read complete review

I would like to recant or apologize for my former review of the Focusrite Scarlett 2i2. I had exchanged emails with Focusrite concerning my unit that had stopped working. I overlooked an email they sent me stating that they would replace my unit free of charge even though my warranty had expired by a few months. I tried to remove the former bad review but I was not able to do so. I am very pleased with the help Focusrite gave me and I would like to publicly apologize for the bad review.I would like to recant or apologize for my former review of the Focusrite Scarlett 2i2. I had exchanged emails with Focusrite concerning my unit that had stopped working. I overlooked an email they sent me stating that they would replace my unit free of charge even though my warranty had expired by a few months. I tried to remove the former bad review but I was not able to do so. I am very pleased with the help Focusrite gave me and I would like to publicly apologize for the bad review. 5 stars

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

This Scarlett's no Johansson.

I had to replace my Presonus Firebox from 2006. I was not able to bring it back to life with a simple capacitor swap like previous times. I narrowed my choices down to the...Read complete review

I had to replace my Presonus Firebox from 2006. I was not able to bring it back to life with a simple capacitor swap like previous times. I narrowed my choices down to the Roland Duo Capture Ex, AudioBox iTwo, Steinberg UR22, Scarlett 2i2, & Avid Fast Track Duo. I even made a spreadsheet with all of their stats; highlighting them as good, neutral, or bad. I also talked to a few of my buddies in the industry, and they all pretty much pointed me towards the Scarlett as the safest bet. I bought it and have been using it for 2 weeks now.

First of all, there's a debate on devices that are bus powered only. For example: You may experience issues if you're using a laptop computer with limited bus power, USB cable that is longer than 22 inches, or USB bus-powered hub. I haven't run into any issues yet with the Scarlett being bus powered only, but I'm also not using any of the aforementioned.

The good: Nice clear sound in and out for the most part. It's "mid-range" recording quality at 24-bit/96kHz (when compared to the 24-bit/48kHz and 24-bit/192kHz competitors) seems more than adequate. It's so clear that it really makes me wonder how bad of a thing 24-bit/48kHz really would be for me after all. I doubt I'd find myself severely limited if someone sent me a project at 24-bit/192kHz to work on. This thing is super popular as well; which usually means a lasting Scarlett community, helpful support, etc. It doesn't hurt that the Scarlett is beautiful, and matches my red KRK monitors. The big plus here for me is the fact it comes with Ableton Live Lite. I use Reason and Audacity now, but I'm very excited to grant myself an opportunity to become familiar with Ableton (I've been thinking of switching over for a while now). Yeah it's affordable, but I'm not sure how much weight that carries considering all of the other interfaces I was looking at were in the same price range. Still, a great bang for your buck.

The bad: To quote a line from Pulp Fiction, "It's unfortunate what we find pleasing to the touch and pleasing to the eye is seldom the same.". The Scarlett may look pretty, but it feels ugly. The cheap plastic knobs control pots that don't have that subtle clicking that my old Firebox had. It was nice to memorize certain settings by the number of clicks away from 0 they were. That may sound knit picky to you, but get this. When recording a DJ mix with the inputs set to "line", you have to independently set the gain controls on the front panel for BOTH left and right channels. This makes for an annoying guessing game without those handy little clicks that most pots have. The Firebox had separate line inputs placed neatly on the rear of the device which required no gain level settings, it was just plug and play clipless recording. The biggest bummer of them all though is the headphone amp, rated at 30 mW into 50 ohm load / 20 Hz – 20 kHz +/-0.2dB (half as powerful as the Presonus). Most of my headphones are fairly efficient and at 50ohms or under, so I was hoping this wouldn't be a problem. I have found myself looking for more headphone power/volume when reviewing the promos the labels/artists send me (I like to really pump them to get a feel of how physical the song is), leisurely listening to older/less compressed albums, etc. I'd prefer an amp that "loud enough" doesn't require I'm at "11", that's just begging for poor sound quality.

I haven't really thought much about it until Musiciansfriend asked me to review my purchase, but I'm pretty sure I just talked myself into returning this thing, haha. I could see this working out just fine for other people with different requirements, maybe I'm just being hard on it. Isn't that the purpose of a review though after all?

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5.0

Nothing Better

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from Oregon

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Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 USB Audio Interface:

    I've owned a bunch of different interfaces; Lexicons, Tascam, Mackie, M-Audio, yadda yadda ... this is the most straight forward, simple, durable one ever. My only gripe (and it's a small one) is it could use a little more giddyap in the headphone volume. I run the phone into a headphone amp to get some power to it but other than that .... rock solid!

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    5.0

    Recanting my last review of the Scarlett 2i2 (5 star)

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    from Texas

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • great tech help

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home Studio

      Comments about Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 USB Audio Interface:

      I would like to recant or apologize for my former review of the Focusrite Scarlett 2i2. I had exchanged emails with Focusrite concerning my unit that had stopped working. I overlooked an email they sent me stating that they would replace my unit free of charge even though my warranty had expired by a few months. I tried to remove the former bad review but I was not able to do so. I am very pleased with the help Focusrite gave me and I would like to publicly apologize for the bad review.I would like to recant or apologize for my former review of the Focusrite Scarlett 2i2. I had exchanged emails with Focusrite concerning my unit that had stopped working. I overlooked an email they sent me stating that they would replace my unit free of charge even though my warranty had expired by a few months. I tried to remove the former bad review but I was not able to do so. I am very pleased with the help Focusrite gave me and I would like to publicly apologize for the bad review. 5 stars

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      5.0

      Superb Quality at a very reasonable Price

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      from Brisbane Australia

      About Me Professional Musician

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio

        Comments about Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 USB Audio Interface:

        Been using the 2i2 for home studio recording for a couple years now and I'm totally satisfied with it. I spent 24 years working part time in a modern recording studio and had definite ideas of the level of sound quality I wanted. This unit has delivered it. The noise floor on the preamps is so low I can't find it!!
        The sound quality is excellent. The visual level/clipping halos are a great idea that work very well.
        I'm running mine into an iMac via USB with a couple of MXR condenser mic.
        I still can't believe they produce a unit of this quality for such a reasonable price.

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        5.0

        I would buy this again.

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        from Hendersonville, NC

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Home Studio

          Comments about Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 USB Audio Interface:

          I use this Scarlett 2i2 in my home studio and I couldn't be happier with it. The sound is very clear and I like the metal case. I would recommend it to anybody who needs a good interface at a very reasonable price.

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          1.0

          Bad Experience

          By 

          from Texas

          About Me Professional Musician

          Pros

            Cons

            • It Does Not Work

            Best Uses

              Comments about Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 USB Audio Interface:

              I only used it a few times and it worked. But, after 13 months (just past warranty) it died. I contacted focusrite and they sent a canned list of questions that I answered. I didn't get a response so I emailed it two more times. I am still waiting... I will have to buy another. It will not be a focusrite.

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              5.0

              Incredible Interface for the Budget-Wise Producer

              By 

              from Southwest Ohio

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Home Studio
                • Mobile DJ

                Comments about Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 USB Audio Interface:

                I needed to upgrade my interface to something that used balanced ins/outs, as my old M-Audio Delta Audiophile PCI card only had RCA ins/outs. After seeing this interface in a couple of friends' studios and getting their recommendation, I decided to give this a try, seeing as it was right in my budget for the functionality I was looking for.

                Installation was simple, and I am having no issues on my Windows 7 PC.

                As for the aesthetics, I love the metal casing. The unit looks and feels solid. I appreciate the size, considering what I'm using it for. I COULD easily pack it up in a backpack/gig bag and take it wherever, if I wanted, but it also fits perfectly on my desk where it is accessible but doesn't take up a bunch of room. The input LED halos are awesome, in that when I feed my mixer from my DJ setup in to it, I can prevent the signal from distortion with little guesswork on the levels.

                As for the interface, it has (and does) what it says it does. 2 in, 2 out, 1 USB. Would like to have seen USB 3.0, but it seems to be working just fine as 2.0 on my 3.0 ports. If you only have one set of monitors, then one set of outputs will be what you need. If you need multiple outs for multiple sets of reference monitors, then you'll either need some sort of switch or a different unit. I am only using the inputs to plug in my DJ gear, so this is working perfectly for that, since I have mic inputs on my mixer, in the rare occasion I need to record vocals.

                As for sound quality, I noticed a BIG difference going from my old internal PCI card to this interface. Some of that could be the switch from unbalanced to balanced connections, some of it could just be the quality difference between the two units, but I have no complaints about the sound from this thing going to a set of KRK 8" monitors & 10" sub.

                The bonus plugins are a nice touch, though I have admittedly not really dug in to them to try them out, since I have the same types of plugins from other companies that I know and prefer. But, even if they perform their functions to a basic standard, they were free, so it's hard to complain about that.

                There's definitely better audio interfaces out there, if you're willing to spend the money, but this thing is meeting every expectation I've had for it so far, for this price range. If you need a lot of inputs and outs then you may want to go with one of the other Scarlett pieces that have more connections to stay budget conscious, or maybe something a little more professional grade if you're trying to run a pro-grade studio, but this thing easily gets the job done for a novice/experienced/home musician/DJ that doesn't need a whole lot of inputs and only has one set of monitors.

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                4.0

                Better than my MobilePre

                By 

                from Los Angeles

                About Me Professional Musician

                Pros

                • Clear Sound
                • Compact
                • Easy To Use
                • Pre Amp

                Cons

                • No Quarter Inch Outputs

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Events
                • Home Studio

                Comments about Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 USB Audio Interface:

                I recently got the Scarlett 2/2 by Focusrite. I had previously been using MAudio's Mobile Pre, which is not a bad interface, but I really prefer the Scarlett over the Mobile Pre. First off the built in preamp is much more balanced and cleaner on the Scarlett. Although they were about the same price, I felt the Scarlett was sturdier and felt more expensive when turning the knobs. One of my favorite features was the clipping indicator which is built around the input knob. I though this gave a much more accurate input reading when I was recording. My only preferences would be to add in quarter inch outputs in the back. This would make the unit more versatile for outputting audio. Overall, the Scarlett was very easy to use. Just a quick plug and play and I was ready to record. My DAW is Logic Pro X, and this interface worked very well and I highly recommend it!

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                5.0

                a good compact interface

                By 

                from Sedley, VA

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

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

                Cons

                • Limited Functions
                • No Midi

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Home Studio
                • Performances
                • Professional Recording

                Comments about Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 USB Audio Interface:

                For the price, this really can't be beat. I use it for my guitar live and to play VSTi and so far it has not let me down and does almost every thing I want. The only thing it doesn't have that I wish it did is midi.

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                5.0

                First time purchase: Home Recorder

                By 

                from Honolulu, HI

                About Me Novice

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Amateur Recording
                  • Home Studio

                  Comments about Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 USB Audio Interface:

                  Just jumped into home recording; this was my first audio interface purchase.

                  Definitely a great pick-up as it does what it was advertised to do. Very easy to use (read: Plug & Play).

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                  5.0

                  Good purchase

                  By 

                  from Lexington, ky

                  About Me Experienced

                  Pros

                  • Clear Sound
                  • Compact
                  • Easy To Use

                  Cons

                  • Limited Functions

                  Best Uses

                  • Home Studio

                  Comments about Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 USB Audio Interface:

                  Performed as described. Easy to install and use.

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