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Focusrite Scarlett 2i4 USB Audio Interface

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Robust 2 in, 4 out USB-powered recording interface.

The Focusrite Scarlett 2i4 is a robust 2 in / 4 out USB recording interface that combines affordability, cross-platform operation, a comprehensive feature set and the best audio performance in its class. It's a perfect match for both the musician and the digital DJ - and it comes in an elegant, road-ready anodized aluminum unibody case. The Scarlett 2i4 is the perfect audio interface for musicians and digital DJs and can fully withstand the rigors of the road. Like all Scarlett interfaces, 2i4 is fully compatible with Macintosh® (including Yosemite®) and Windows®, and with the included Red 2 and Red 3 AAX plugins, it’s a perfect partner for Pro Tools.

Ready to make music
Connect Scarlett 2i4 to your computer and get ready to make music! With the very best in digital audio technology and a great selection of input and output options, the Scarlett 2i4 will capture and play back your sound with superb quality. The front panel has two combo XLR inputs to connect microphones, guitars and line level signals such as keyboards, safe in the knowledge that your sound is in the best possible hands. Use the “PAD” function for high-output guitars or microphones, and use the “DIRECT MONITOR” control for a low-latency mix of input and playback signals.

Checking your levels
Scarlett’s unique “signal halos” let you know that you’ve got the right audio level for recording. Green is good, while red means that your audio is too loud and you need to lower the gain control.

DJ-ready outputs
With 4 RCA outputs, a large, tactile main monitor level control and a high-level headphone output with its own volume control – along with pristine audio quality, in a package ready for the road – Scarlett 2i4 is ideal for today's digital performers and laptop-based DJs.



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
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: 0
Outputs
  • Total outputs: 4
  • XLR out: 0
  • 1/4" out: 2 (TRS balanced)
  • S/PDIF out: 0
  • ADAT/optical out: 0
  • RCA out: 4
Other Connectivity
  • Computer connection: USB 2.0
  • MIDI I/O: 5-pin In/Out
  • Headphone output(s): 1
  • Word-clock I/O: Not applicable
Onboard Features
  • Platform compatibility: Mac & Windows
  • Phantom power: Yes
  • Direct monitoring: Yes
  • Onboard DSP: No
  • Metering: Halo LEDs
  • Display: No
  • Latency control: No
  • Monitor control: Yes
  • Headphone control: Yes
Other
  • Width: 8.3" (210mm)
  • Height: 1.9" (48mm)
  • Depth: 5.5" (140mm)
  • Weight: 2 lb.
  • Construction: Unibody metal case
  • Rack-mountable: No
  • Included software: Ableton Live Lite, Novation Bass Station, Focusrite Scarlett Suite

Flex your recording muscles, and powerlift your productions with the Scarlett 2i4.

SPECIFICATIONS
Mic
Frequency Response 20Hz - 20kHz +/- 0.1 dB
THD+N < 0.002% (minimum gain, -1dBFS input with 22Hz/22kHz bandpass filter)
Equivalent Input Noise (EIN) < -120dB: measured at 55dB of gain with 150Î termination (20Hz/22kHz bandpass filter)
Gain Range +10dB to +55dB (0dB to +45dB when pad is engaged)
Max Input Level +3.5dBu
Line
Frequency Response 20Hz - 20kHz +/- 0.1dB
THD+N < 0.01% (˜A' weighted measured with +16dB input gain -1dBFS at output and 22Hz/22kHz bandpass filter)
Noise -90 dBu (22 Hz/22KHz bandpass filter)
Signal to Noise Ratio > 100dB
Gain Range -10dB to +35dB (-20dB to +25dB when pad is engaged)
Max Input Level +26dBu (at 1% THD+N)
Instrument
Frequency Response 20Hz - 20kHz +/- 0.1dB
THD+N 0.0025% (˜A' weighted measured with 16dB input gain, -1dBFS at output and 22Hz/22kHz bandpass filter)
Noise -87dBu (22Hz/22kHz bandpass filter)
Gain Range +10dB to +55dB (0dB to +45dB when pad is engaged)
Max Input Level +3dBu (+13dBu pad in)
Analogue Output Performance
Nominal Output Level
0dBFS = +10dBu, balanced

0dBFS = +5.5bBu, unbalanced

Frequency Response 20Hz - 20kHz +/- 0.2dB
THD+N
< 0.0015%, balanced (-1dBFS input 22Hz/22kHz bandpass filter, un-weighted)

< 0.03 %, unbalanced (0dBFS input 22Hz/22kHz bandpass filter)

Output Impedance < 12Î
Power Output into 32Î 24mW
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 Green Signal present (-24 dBFS)
Ring LED lit Red Signal overload (0dBFS), peak held for approximately 1 second
Weight and Dimensions
Height 48 mm
Width 210 mm
Depth 140 mm
Weight 890 g
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FocusriteScarlett 2i4 USB Audio Interface
 
3.6

(based on 12 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

58%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (10)
  • Lightweight (10)
  • Compact (8)
  • Good audio (8)
  • Durable (6)

Cons

  • Unreliable (3)

Best Uses

  • Home studio (9)
  • Amateur recording (8)
  • Professional recording (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (5), Professional musician (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great Interface

This is a great little interface. I talked to several of my friends in the recording industry and they only had good things to say about focusrite and their gear so I decide to...Read complete review

This is a great little interface. I talked to several of my friends in the recording industry and they only had good things to say about focusrite and their gear so I decide to invest in a small interface to do some home recording stuff. I went with the Scarlett 2i4 and it does everything a singer/songwriter would need it to. I play guitar and write songs and it can record with great quality both guitar and vocals. Lately I've been trying out mics at some friends studio's and I can just stick this in my backpack along with my laptop and go and have everything setup in less than 5 minutes. The only bad thing and I wouldn't say its a bad thing would be it only has 2 inputs making recording drums imposible unless you got a mixer and premixed the drums and then sent them to the interface to be recorded. But if your looking at something with only 2 inputs then this is what you want to go with. It's a great product for the price and does the job well. I'm planing on getting my basic tracks with guitar and vocals down with this and going to a friends studio to record drums then finishing keys, bass, and electric with this and thus far its done everything perfect for me! A great buy!

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

A Real Letdown

I recently purchased a Scarlett 2i4 for a simple recording rig with my macbook pro and Logic. The unit was very easy to use and sounded great. However, input 2 (1/4"...Read complete review

I recently purchased a Scarlett 2i4 for a simple recording rig with my macbook pro and Logic. The unit was very easy to use and sounded great. However, input 2 (1/4" input) added a very strange static type noise to anything I plugged into it. So, I returned it and ordered another to replace it. When I received the new one, same problem. Only this time, it affected both inputs. I sent it back and ordered an Apogee Duet 2. If the Scarlett didn't have that problem, it would've been perfect for me. However, Focusrite lost my trust with this experience.

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(9 of 22 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Stay Away at all Costs!

By EMCIII

from PHILADELPHIA, PA

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Lightweight

Cons

  • Breaks Easily
  • Pricey / Poor Value
  • Unreliable

Best Uses

  • Amateur Recording
  • Home Studio

Comments about Focusrite Scarlett 2i4 USB Audio Interface:

I'm just going to cut right to the chase. The Scarlett 2i4 was a decent unit that did everything I (an amateur bedroom musician)needed it to... until it broke... twice. Musicians Friend showed excellent customer support as always, but this interface just isn't reliable. Most everyone I've spoken to who used this product had similar problems and complaints. Please save your money and do your research to find a more reliable product. I'm not one to write reviews very often, but I've had such a negative experience with this product that I really want to save everyone else the overwhelming disappointment that I've felt.

(6 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Serious problems running with MacOS X.9

By JJB

from Undisclosed

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Comments about Focusrite Scarlett 2i4 USB Audio Interface:

Clicks, pops, garbled, fades and then stops working completely until you restart everything on MacOS X.9 (Mavericks). Focusrite offers several "solutions"... none of which work.

(6 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent!

By Viper-2

from Charleston, SC

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Focusrite Scarlett 2i4 USB Audio Interface:

    It is obvious to me as in the other review here that people blame their own faulty equipment on the gear. Why mine is sparkling clear and the inputs are noiseless may say more about my great cables than the other reviewer. I also do not use a Mac which are way overrated. This unit is excellent and I am extremely happy with it.

    (5 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    A Real Letdown

    By andrewt

    from mobile, al

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact
    • Easy To Use
    • Lightweight

    Cons

    • Poor Sound Quality
    • Unreliable

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording

    Comments about Focusrite Scarlett 2i4 USB Audio Interface:

    I recently purchased a Scarlett 2i4 for a simple recording rig with my macbook pro and Logic. The unit was very easy to use and sounded great. However, input 2 (1/4" input) added a very strange static type noise to anything I plugged into it. So, I returned it and ordered another to replace it. When I received the new one, same problem. Only this time, it affected both inputs. I sent it back and ordered an Apogee Duet 2. If the Scarlett didn't have that problem, it would've been perfect for me. However, Focusrite lost my trust with this experience.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Happy Camper

    By OldSchoolJuicy

    from Ponce Inlet, FL

    About Me Professional Musician

    See all my reviews

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio

      Comments about Focusrite Scarlett 2i4 USB Audio Interface:

      Extremely clean and transparent preamps at this or any price level. Could use a little more gain on the headphone output. Other than that, I am extremely happy with the purchase! Coupled with a transparent mic like the AT4033, it shines, what you put in is what you get out. I have worked in studios with Neve, SSL, Pultec etc… For the home studio, if you don't need many simultaneous inputs, this will get the job done nicely. Using it with the latest version of Reaper (if you don't know Reaper, check it out!)

      (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great Interface

      By Cameron

      from Undisclosed

      See all my reviews

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Limited Functions

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio

      Comments about Focusrite Scarlett 2i4 USB Audio Interface:

      This is a great little interface. I talked to several of my friends in the recording industry and they only had good things to say about focusrite and their gear so I decide to invest in a small interface to do some home recording stuff. I went with the Scarlett 2i4 and it does everything a singer/songwriter would need it to. I play guitar and write songs and it can record with great quality both guitar and vocals. Lately I've been trying out mics at some friends studio's and I can just stick this in my backpack along with my laptop and go and have everything setup in less than 5 minutes. The only bad thing and I wouldn't say its a bad thing would be it only has 2 inputs making recording drums imposible unless you got a mixer and premixed the drums and then sent them to the interface to be recorded. But if your looking at something with only 2 inputs then this is what you want to go with. It's a great product for the price and does the job well. I'm planing on getting my basic tracks with guitar and vocals down with this and going to a friends studio to record drums then finishing keys, bass, and electric with this and thus far its done everything perfect for me! A great buy!

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great interface so far.

      By JP

      from Ontario

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio

        Comments about Focusrite Scarlett 2i4 USB Audio Interface:

        I'm using this with Windows 8.1 + Cubase 7.5, and it works perfectly so far.
        The reason I went for this one over the 2i2 was because of the midi. My wife and I have a Yamaha P-95 hooked up through the midi for recording purposes, and it's worked perfectly. It took a bit to get the drivers working right, but I'm sure it was more my problem getting Cubase set up for the interface.
        The interface is clean and clear. I just don't like the latency issues I'm having. The delay is very slight, but it's noticeable, so it's annoying when you're recording. I think it's somewhere around 20 ms.

        (2 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

         
        2.0

        Faulty unit

        By Popoman

        from St. Louis

        About Me Professional Musician

        See all my reviews

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Lightweight
        • Unit Itself Looks Nice

        Cons

        • Faulty Usb Connector

        Best Uses

        • Paperweight

        Comments about Focusrite Scarlett 2i4 USB Audio Interface:

        The unit worked, but only slightly. The USB connector was defective and the unit would disconnect from my PC at the slightest touch. Other than that I guess it worked the way it was supposed to, but I wound up returning it.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Almost perfect

        By Josh

        from MA

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Home Studio

          Comments about Focusrite Scarlett 2i4 USB Audio Interface:

          Just picked one of these up from guitar center, and I'm extremely happy. It was plug and play in my macbook, and I was up and running recording with every instrument in the house in no time. 2 XLR/quarter-inch inputs means I can track my vocals and guitars at the same time. Midi I/O means I can hook up my keyboard to control synths. Phantom power means I don't need that stupid external unit any more. There are a few more other features that are nice like the monitor sync and the fact that it runs solely off USB. My only issues are 1) only one headphone jack (but can you expect more for the price?) and 2) line out is RCA and not quarter-inch. I'll likely buy a couple adapters so that I can start running my guitar through my macbook as my effects station.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Very nice upgrade for my old M-Audio box

          By ManChildATX

          from ATX

          About Me Experienced

          See all my reviews

          Pros

          • Clear Sound
          • Direct Monitor Mixer
          • Easy To Use

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Home Studio
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about Focusrite Scarlett 2i4 USB Audio Interface:

            Seamless, driver-free plug-and-play integration with my Macbook Pro/Logic. Records clean, fat tracks. The direct monitor feature allows me to adjust the mix of playback and live monitor, which is awesome. Very happy with this box so far. My only quibble is that the manual kinda tricks Mac users to register the box to download the needed software and drivers. Only after I did that did I discover that Mac users don't need drivers, and I wasn't interested in the software anyway.

            (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            3.0

            Cool interface, buggy drivers....returned

            By Ian

            from Knoxville, TN

            About Me Experienced

            See all my reviews

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • Unreliable

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Home Studio

            Comments about Focusrite Scarlett 2i4 USB Audio Interface:

            Great look, great software included but.....drivers were unreliable as far as I could tell. Clicking and popping and disconnecting and reconnecting. Had to send it back.

             
            5.0

            Fantastic interface within the price range!

            By Chewlies

            from Bergen County, New Jersey

            About Me Professional Musician

            See all my reviews

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Home Studio
              • Professional Recording

              Comments about Focusrite Scarlett 2i4 USB Audio Interface:

              I am partial to Focusrite gear because I own the Pro 40 and a few Scarlet 2i4o rigs and wow, they never let me down and they are quite durable.

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