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Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 USB Audio Interface   

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OVERVIEW

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

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 provided for mics that need it.

High Quality Mic Preamps
Scarlett 2i2 features two high quality award-winning Focusrite mic pres. With more than 25 years of experience in designing analogue equipment, Focusrite produce the best mic preamps in the industry. The preamps found in the Scarlett 2i2 are no exception to this, and share the same design as those found in our flagship interfaces: Saffire PRO 40 and Liquid Saffire 56.

Excellent Digital Performance
With 24-bit resolution at sample rates of up to 96 KHz, the digital conversion in the Scarlett 2i2 is of very high quality meaning that every note and every subtle detail is captured with great clarity.

Rugged Metal Unibody Case
The anodized aluminum uni-body chassis ensures that your Scarlett 2i2 can withstand the harsh environment of the road. It also makes Scarlett 2i2 the most beautiful interface around.

Truly Portable Interface
Scarlett 2i2 is very light and compact making it easy to fit in a laptop bag. It's also bus powered meaning that you don't need an additional power supply. Simply plug in to your computer and hit record!

Included Software - DAW and Effects
Inside the box you'll find Ableton Live Lite 8, as well as Focusrite's Scarlett plug-in suite. Compatible with all major DAWs, Scarlett plug-in suite provides EQ, compression, gate, and reverb - essential tools for polishing your mix.

Unique LED Gain Halos
The gain halos that surround the gain knob for each input provide an easy way to know that the signal you're recording is the right level. It will show green when the signal is at a good level (above -24dBFS). If it turns to red, you know that the signal is too loud and is therefore clipping - if this happens, simply reduce the gain until the halo returns to green.

Direct Monitor Function
Flick the direct monitor switch on the front panel of your 2i2 and you will hear what you're recording through your speakers or headphones, without the signal having to go through your computer. This avoids the possibility of latency, which can be distracting when recording.

Mac OSX Lion Ready
Scarlett 2i2 has been fully tested with Mac OSX 10.7, Lion. So you can rest assured that your brand new Mac and Scarlett 2i2 will run together perfectly.

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.

FEATURES
  • Two high-quality, award-winning Focusrite mic pres
  • Very high-quality 24-bit/96kHz conversion means that every note and subtle detail are captured with great clarity.
  • Rugged metal uni-body case
  • Truly portable thanks to a very light, compact form that fits easily in a laptop bag and USB power
  • Includes Ableton Live Lite 8 and the Focusrite Scarlett plug-in suite, which provides EQ, compression, gate, and reverb
  • Unique halo LED gain/clipping indicators
  • Zero-latency direct hardware monitoring
  • Mac OSX Lion ready

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

SPECIFICATIONS

Scarlett 2i2 USB Audio Interface

  • System Requirements:
  • Mac:
  • OS X 10.6.5 Snow Leopard (32 and 64 bit) and above, including OS X 10.7 Lion
  • Windows:
  • Windows 7 (32 and 64 bit), or Windows XP SP3 (32 bit only)
  • Windows Vista is not officially supported
  • Analogue Input Performance
  • Mic
  • Frequency Response 20Hz - 20kHz +/- 0.1 dB
  • THD+N -100dB (minimum gain, -1 dBFS input with 20 Hz - 20 kHz filter)
  • Equivalent Input Noise (EIN) -127 dB: measured at maximum gain with 150 Ohm termination (20 Hz - 20 kHz filter)
  • Gain Range -4 dB to + 46 dB
  • Max Input Level +4dBu
  • Line
  • Frequency Response 20Hz - 20kHz +/- 0.1dB
  • THD+N -91dB (measured at minimum gain with -1 dBFS input and 20 Hz - 20 kHz filter)
  • Noise -104 dBu (measured at minimum gain, with a 20 Hz - 20 kHz filter)
  • Signal to Noise Ratio > 100dB
  • Gain Range -21 dB to +29 dB
  • Max Input Level +20dBu
  • Instrument
  • Frequency Response 20Hz - 20kHz +/- 0.1dB
  • THD+N -72dB (measured at minimum gain with -1dBFS signal and 20 Hz - 20 kHz filter)
  • Noise -87dBu (20Hz/20kHz bandpass filter)
  • Gain Range -4dB to +46 dB
  • Max Input Level +4dBu
  • Analogue Output Performance
  • Nominal Output Level 0dBFS = 10dBu, balanced
  • Frequency Response 20Hz - 20kHz +/- 0.2dB
  • THD+N -100dB (measured with -1dBFS input and 20Hz - 20 kHz filter, unweighted)
  • Output Impedance < 10Ω
  • Power Output into 150Ω 15mW
  • Power Output into 50Ω 30mW
  • Digital Performance
  • Clock sources Internal clock only
  • A-D Dynamic Range 105dB 'A-weighted' (all inputs). Converter chipset A-D dynamic range 114dB
  • D-A Dynamic Range 104dB 'A-weighted' (all outputs). Converter chipset D-A dynamic range 114dB
  • Supported sample rates 44.1 KHz, 48 KHz, 88.2 KHz, 96 KHz
  • Crosstalk
  • Input to Input Better than 90dB
  • Output to Output Better than 90dB
  • Input to Output Better than 85dB
  • Input Metering
  • Ring LED lit Red Ring LED lit Green
  • Weight and Dimensions
  • Height 45 mm / 1 ¾ "
  • Width 175 mm / 7"
  • Depth 100 mm / 4"
  • Weight 580 g / 1.3 lbs

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FocusriteScarlett 2i2 USB Audio Interface
 
4.4

(based on 59 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (42)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

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    (4)

91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (45)
  • Compact (43)
  • Good audio (38)
  • Lightweight (35)
  • Durable (32)

Cons

  • Limited functions (4)

Best Uses

  • Home studio (41)
  • Amateur recording (38)
  • Professional recording (14)
  • Performances (13)
  • Pro audio / DJ / mixing (11)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (26), Professional musician (14), Novice (12)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Recommended!!!

I've used a lot of different audio interfaces over the years, but this one definitely ranks near the top of the list for overall value and quality. The preamps sound really good, low...Read complete review

I've used a lot of different audio interfaces over the years, but this one definitely ranks near the top of the list for overall value and quality. The preamps sound really good, low noise, works flawlessly without having to constantly monkey with the drivers, etc., I like the dedicated switches for direct monitoring, phantom power, and separate monitor and headphone volume controls. I recommend the 2i2 if you wish to have a simple, great sounding, compact USB audio interface that you won't have to think about or struggle with. ***Of course, YMMV - I've only used this on a 2010 iMac.***
No midi I/O, but not a big deal for me since my keyboard controller and drumpad do midi over USB.
Frankly, I LIKE the fact that this is a basic, no frills sound card. I don't need digital I/O connectors or external digital clock out, etc. that all just add to the price and confusion. Just a very nice sounding two channel audio interface, with switchable direct monitoring and separate headphone and monitor outs.
Like the other reviewer said, the case is built like a tank! The phantom power button feels a little flimsy, but all other switches and knobs and connectors feel solid. I downloaded the latest drivers from Focusrite's website, installation was quick and painless. Garageband and Reaper saw the 2i2 interface with no problems and worked like a champ! Reboots, wake from sleep, etc. and the interface was always recognized by the OS and audio software without any hiccups.

Pretty decent gain on the input channels with both condensor and dynamic mics. The noise floor is also very, very low. In fact, I could barely hear any hiss at all with monitor or headphone volume cranked up. Speaking of headphone volume, although there was little to no hiss, the overall volume of the headphones was adequate but not super loud, so if you're someone who needs ear deafening audio blasting out of your headphones, you may be disappointed.
This has to be one of the best value audio interfaces out there right now. You get a great sounding interface for not much coin.

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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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Bad Experience

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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

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      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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          (3 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

           
          2.0

          Not Good

          By 

          from Bismarck, ND

          About Me Novice

          Pros

          • Headphone Gift Rules
          • Looks nice

          Cons

          • Poor Sound Quality
          • Switches Don't Work

          Best Uses

          • None

          Comments about Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 USB Audio Interface:

          Maybe my scarlett 2i2 is faulty, but the monitor fader doesn't work for the headphone jack, only the line outs. Not good, considering anyone using computer speakers has to purchase an extra adapter.
          It also seems like switching between LINE and INST makes no difference at all.
          The gain knobs still let noise through at 0, so pretty much every knob on this thing does nothing at all.
          But the icing on the cake is when sustained notes start to fade away, you get a helicopteresque flutter as the "halos" around the gain knobs flicker off and on trying to guess if there's any sound coming through.

          In other words, if it wasn't for these EXCELLENT headphones, that I got as a free gift,(loops on the usb were junk IMO) I would be extremely dissatisfied.

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          (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Scarlett's O'hare

          By 

          from Here

          About Me Novice

          Pros

          • Clear Sound
          • Compact
          • Easy To Use
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Home Studio

            Comments about Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 USB Audio Interface:

            still playing around in my home studio. I am using an old software package but it recognized the device straight away.

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            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Very nice unit

            By 

            from Boston area

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Home Studio

              Comments about Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 USB Audio Interface:

              I purchased this to use with my laptop running Audacity recording software. Laptop limits recordings to 16 bit, 44.1 kHz. With audio interface I can record at 24 bit, 96 kHz. I record both voice using microphones and electronic instruments using direct audio connection. Works great. Recordings are super clean.

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              (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Absolutely Wonderful

              By 

              from I'm over here now.

              About Me Experienced

              Ask me a question

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Events
                • Home Studio
                • Mobile DJ
                • Performances
                • Professional Recording

                Comments about Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 USB Audio Interface:

                The Scarlett 2i2 is worth every penny, and then some. I had planned to order one from MusiciansFriend, but I scored one as an "Opened Item" at a local music shop in town and paid a little less for it. I couldn't pass up that deal. If you're looking for a simple setup and something that's easy to pack up and take on the go and get professional results then this is it. I'm all for complex music, but when it comes to my recording gear and my recording process: I want the simplest setup possible. I don't need to spend thousands on equipment to get professional results. With the right mics and the right studio space and the right ears and the right audio engineering you can get wonderful results with the 2i2. The only reason you would need something more is if you wanted more inputs for more mics. Bottom line: if you're looking for a simple home studio setup, or if you're looking for something to record your band, or if you're looking for something to record some live performances, or if you're looking to get great sound in YouTube videos then this is it. Open your wallet and pull the trigger on this right now.

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