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Overview

  • Dual mic/line/hi-Z instrument inputs on universal XLR/TRS front-panel connectors
  • Precision, quality conversion at up to 24-bit, 96kHz sampling
  • Better than 105dB dynamic range on record and playback
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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.

Scarlett 2i4 is a great tool for any musician, with its two award-winning Focusrite microphone/line/instrument preamps accessed via universal front-panel XLR/TRS sockets, combined with professional 24-bit, 96kHz conversion, plus class-leading analogue and digital design from input to output to ensure pristine audio quality throughout the signal path.

With its 48V phantom power capability, Scarlett 2i4 is perfect for recording guitar, vocal, or even stereo piano, with high-quality condenser mics. You will love the direct monitoring mode, which removes the latencies associated with listening back to the input signal through the DAW. You can record into the DAW in real time, whilst hearing a zero latency monitor feed from their input sources, controlled by a single knob for easy blending between direct monitoring and DAW playback. In common with other interfaces in the Scarlett series, input level controls feature a novel LED “signal halo” around the knob that indicates signal presence (green) and input overload (red), while a large-diameter silver volume knob gives you full and accurate control over monitor levels at all times, so whether you are mixing your music, or listening back to the track, the levels will always be in your control.

Alongside the two Focusrite preamps are four RCA phono outputs, two of which are also available on balanced TRS sockets. These, coupled with the high-level headphone output and flexible monitoring capability make Scarlett 2i4 ideal for digital DJs. Send outputs 1 & 2 to the main PA and use 3 & 4 for cueing, or send all four to a mixer. The converter performance ensures that the quality of the audio streamed from the computer is sonically superb. An A/B source switch for monitoring either of two stereo output pairs via the high-level headphone output provide everything that’s required from a DJ interface.

MIDI input and output are included in Scarlett 2i4, allowing capture of performances with MIDI keyboards and controllers and the ability to play parts out to instruments and sound modules, recording their audio via 2i4’s TRS inputs.
Scarlett 2i4 comes complete with an excellent package of software tools to help you get your music down straight away. The latest version of the Focusrite Scarlett Plug-in Suite includes Compressor, Reverb, Gate and EQ in the form of VST/AU/RTAS plug-ins. Focusrite’s established Xcite+ bundle is also included, which features Ableton Live Lite (for all your production, performance and compositional needs), Novation’s Bass Station soft synth and over 1GB of royalty-free samples from Loopmasters.

Scarlett 2i4 delivers high quality, 24-bit 96kHz audio to and from both Macintosh and Windows computers with USB 2.0 capability – and it’s bus powered so you only need to plug in the included USB cable to start making music.

Features

  • Dual mic/line/hi-Z instrument inputs on universal XLR/TRS front-panel connectors
  • Precision, quality conversion at up to 24-bit, 96kHz sampling
  • Better than 105dB dynamic range on record and playback
  • Operates solely on bus power
  • Front-panel inputs and headphone out
  • Switchable Phantom Power
  • Switchable 10 dB pad on all inputs
  • Rear panel balanced TRS outputs (1 & 2) and phono (1–4)
  • Headphone monitor switched to hear either pair of outputs
  • Mixer knob for direct monitoring, mixes between source and outputs 1 & 2
  • Large monitor level control
  • MIDI in and out
  • Anodized aluminum unibody chassis

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

 

Scarlett 2i4 USB Audio Interface 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 150Ω 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 < 12Ω
  • Power Output into 32Ω 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 7 reviews)

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57%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (6)
  • Lightweight (6)
  • Easy to use (5)
  • Durable (4)
  • Good audio (4)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur recording (5)
    • Home studio (4)
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    5.0

    Happy Camper

    By OldSchoolJuicy

    from Ponce Inlet, FL

    About Me Professional Musician

    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!)

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      (3 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      Serious problems running with MacOS X.9

      By JJB

      from Undisclosed

      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.

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      2.0

      Faulty unit

      By Popoman

      from St. Louis

      About Me Professional Musician

      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.

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      (1 of 1 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.

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        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great Interface

        By Cameron

        from Undisclosed

        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!

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        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.

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          (0 of 5 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.

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