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Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 USB Audio Interface  

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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.

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
 
4.5

(based on 51 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (38)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

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    (3)

93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (39)
  • Compact (37)
  • Good audio (32)
  • Lightweight (31)
  • Durable (29)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home studio (35)
    • Amateur recording (33)
    • Professional recording (13)
    • Performances (12)
    • Pro audio / DJ / mixing (10)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (23), Professional musician (12), Novice (9)

    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.

    VS

    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

    Very nice unit

    By Leon

    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.

      Comment on this review

      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Absolutely Wonderful

      By The Tuxedo Cat

      from I'm over here now.

      About Me Experienced

      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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        1.0

        not plug and play with Cakewalk

        By sllabymykcil

        from boston Ma

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • I Don't Know Just Yet
        • Still Waiting

        Cons

        • Not Plug An Play
        • Unreliable

        Best Uses

          Comments about Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 USB Audio Interface:

          I have been using Cakewalk Sonar X2 Essential for a long time now. I got this sound card to work with the software and a new laptop that by all means should be able to handle the demands of the software and hardware. I'm experiencing major issues with playback and noise in the headphones. It is not clear to me yet if the issue is with the software or with the device. I'm in contact with Tech Support with both companies. I hope this will be resolved.

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Awesome Buy

          By thesurge100000

          from Hartford, CT

          About Me Novice

          Pros

          • Compact
          • Durable
          • Easy To Use
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Home Studio

            Comments about Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 USB Audio Interface:

            This was a really good buy for me as someone who was pretty new to recording. Took a couple lessons on how to use this audio interface, and the fact that it comes with Ableton Live is just awesome. Sounds great for this price range, and the design is awesome. It is a solid metal body, super compact, and durable. I throw it in my backpack without worries.

            Overall, if you are someone looking to record on the go or just get started with a basic recording interface, this is an awesome start especially given how cheap it is.

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            (4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

             
            3.0

            This Scarlett's no Johansson.

            By Conscious Pilot

            from Pennsylvania

            About Me Professional Musician

            Ask me a question

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Affordable
            • Clear Sound
            • Looks pretty
            • Popular
            • Software Bundle

            Cons

            • Bus-powered Only
            • Front Inputs Only
            • Input Gain Control Knobs
            • Linein Gain Controls
            • Plastic Knobs
            • Weak Headphone Amp

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Home Studio

            Comments about Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 USB Audio Interface:

            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?

            Comment on this review

             
            4.0

            Overall very good device

            By Jimbo

            from Perry, GA

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Clear Sound
            • Compact
            • Easy To Use
            • Lightweight

            Cons

            • Limited Functions

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Home Studio

            Comments about Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 USB Audio Interface:

            Setup was easy. Only hitches were on computer side, getting drivers and sound routed to the correct ports, but all easily solved. Great sound, no noise. Great value for the money, perfect for songwriters to record creations at home.

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            5.0

            Love my Scarlett 212

            By tbart

            from wyoming

            About Me Professional Musician

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • No negatives

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Home Studio
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 USB Audio Interface:

            Love this product. Easy to setup, use, Much nicer than the Old Line6 guitar port.

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            5.0

            Scarlett 2i2

            By epicality

            from Fort Myers, FL

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Clear Sound
            • Compact
            • Durable
            • Easy To Use

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Home Studio

              Comments about Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 USB Audio Interface:

              Great product. I just couldn't get it to work right with my version of Pro Tools, which is v8. Tried it with Ableton and it worked great.

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              4.0

              so far so eh...

              By flipteezy

              from san francisco, ca

              About Me Professional Musician

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 USB Audio Interface:

                  so far so good but i'm getting a different response when using the headphone jack. it actually sounds very different from my laptop sound card where the volume is not as high and at times there's latency issues.

                  i've recorded my bass directly and i have to say the recording sounds great. i'm just not too happy about the headphone jack. will need to work more with it though.

                  this thing is great for on the road!

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                  (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  3.0

                  Know what you're getting...

                  By LoX

                  from Kansas

                  About Me Experienced

                  Pros

                  • Clear Sound
                  • Compact
                  • Durable

                  Cons

                  • Lacks Versatility

                  Best Uses

                  • Recording In A Popular Da

                  Comments about Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 USB Audio Interface:

                  Don't buy this as your MIC recording interface if you plan to do any live productions. XLR inputs go to one channel only. If you want mono you have to mix it down in post. Google and you'll see. Could have easily have been remedied with a simple control panel applett but Scarlett mixcontrol is not available for the 2i2. The 6i6 was a better solution for my purposes for home recording, and the Shure X2u for live or portable work.

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