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Focusrite Scarlett 2i4 (2nd Generation) USB Audio Interface

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2-in, 4-out USB audio interface with two Scarlett mic preamps.

The second generation Scarlett range is packed full of upgrades. Scarlett generation 2 features super-low latency that will bring confidence to your performance, letting you record and monitor with software effects in real time. Its metal volume controls and a sleeker red metal chassis underscore its improved industrial design, built to go anywhere. Scarlett USB audio interfaces also now operate at sample rates all the way up to 192kHz, and the input channels have evolved too. The latest Scarlett mic preamp features a more even gain structure, so you can accurately set your levels, and the instrument input has also been completely redesigned so it can handle seriously hot pickups for recording electric guitar.

The compact and flexible Scarlett 2i4 is a 2-in, 4-out USB audio interface that makes it easy to perform and record studio quality audio against a cue mix. Take it anywhere, connect by USB and get two natural-sounding Scarlett mic preamps, super-low latency, MIDI I/O, four analogue outputs and the same class-leading sound quality and digital conversion as the rest of the latest Scarlett range.

Focusrite interfaces are the perfect partner for Pro Tools, so Scarlett 2i4 comes with Pro Tools | First recording software, as well as Ableton Live Lite and a suite of software and samples so you can start recording straight away. As you’d expect, it works flawlessly with all major DAWs on Mac and PC.

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FEATURES
  • Two natural-sounding Scarlett microphone preamps
  • Up to 192kHz audio resolution with super-low latency
  • Plug your mics and guitars straight in, and start recording
  • Compact, lightweight and sturdy enough to take with you anywhere
  • Includes Pro Tools | First, Ableton Live Lite and a suite of software and samples
  • Get a free XLN Addictive Keys license with purchase
  • Get Red 2 & 3 Plug-in suite, Softube Time & Tone Bundle and 2GB of Loopmasters samples
  • Focusrite offers a 2-year manufacturer's warranty

Bigger, faster, easier than ever before—experience the 2nd generation Scarlett series today!

SPECIFICATIONS
Audio Quality
  • Max bit depth: 24-bit
  • Max sampling rate: 192kHz
  • Frequency response: 20Hz – 20kHz
Inputs
  • Total inputs: 2
  • Analog inputs: 2
  • Digital inputs: 0
  • 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
  • AES/EBU DSUB: 0
  • MADI: No
  • Dante: 0
Outputs
  • Total outputs: 4
  • Analog outputs: 4
  • Digital outputs: 0
  • XLR out: 0
  • 1/4” out: 0
  • S/PDIF out: 0
  • ADAT/optical out: 0
  • RCA out: 4
  • AES / EBU DSUB: 0
  • MADI: No
  • Dante: 0
Other Connectivity
  • Connections: USB
  • MIDI I/O: In/Out
  • Headphone output(s): 1
  • Word-clock I/O: No
Onboard Features
  • Computer platform: Mac, Windows
  • Phantom power: Yes
  • Direct monitoring: Yes
  • Onboard DSP: No
  • Metering: LED halos
  • Display: No
  • Latency control: Yes
  • Monitor control: Yes
  • Headphone control: Yes
Other
  • Width: 8.27 in.
  • Height: 1.85 in.
  • Depth: 5.43 in.
  • Weight: 1.92 lb.
  • Rack-mountable: No
  • Included software: Yes
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FocusriteScarlett 2i4 (2nd Generation) USB Audio Interface
 
3.9

(based on 19 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

78%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (13)
  • Easy to use (12)
  • Good audio (12)
  • Durable (10)
  • Lightweight (9)

Cons

  • Unreliable (4)

Best Uses

  • Home studio (15)
  • Amateur recording (13)
  • Professional recording (4)
  • Outdoor events / games (3)
  • Performances (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (12), Professional musician (6)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

This is a good product

I'm a 61 year old man using Pro-Tools for the first time and I have recently purchased the Focusrite 2i4 and it is a nice unit and easy to use so I am satisfied with...Read complete review

I'm a 61 year old man using Pro-Tools for the first time and I have recently purchased the Focusrite 2i4 and it is a nice unit and easy to use so I am satisfied with it, my only wish is that it would of came with a manual which it dose not, one must go to their site and download it, hey I'm old school I pay some decent coin for a product so I'd like the manual to come with it well that's my two cents.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Drops out using Ableton Live 9

Very happy with ease of use and sound quality. Finally, latency is a thing of the past. It locks up on my Ableton Live 9 setup. I have Akai MPK 25 using MIDI...Read complete review

Very happy with ease of use and sound quality. Finally, latency is a thing of the past. It locks up on my Ableton Live 9 setup. I have Akai MPK 25 using MIDI to Scarlett 2i4 and USB mic. It could just be an outdated MPK firmware but this is a popular interface and should be part of Scarlett backward compatibility. MPK drop out only happens when going through Scarlett and NEVER an issue using the same DAW but direct to PC using MIDI>USB cable. Comments welcome here!

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(10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

This is a good product

By Coda

from Branson, Missouri

About Me Professional Musician

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio

    Comments about Focusrite Scarlett 2i4 (2nd Generation) USB Audio Interface:

    I'm a 61 year old man using Pro-Tools for the first time and I have recently purchased the Focusrite 2i4 and it is a nice unit and easy to use so I am satisfied with it, my only wish is that it would of came with a manual which it dose not, one must go to their site and download it, hey I'm old school I pay some decent coin for a product so I'd like the manual to come with it well that's my two cents.

    (4 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    Sub-Par Proformance

    By Jeffery

    from Fargo, ND

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Durable

    Cons

    • Poor Sound Quality
    • Pricey / Poor Value
    • Unreliable

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording

    Comments about Focusrite Scarlett 2i4 (2nd Generation) USB Audio Interface:

    First off: DO NOT BUY. Second: terrible feedback caused by it being powered by the USB 2.0. I would recommend buying an interface with its own power source. Finally: every 30 to 45 sec it would produce a scratching noise. NOT COOL :(

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great Device!!

    By Steve P

    from Marlborough, CT

    About Me Experienced

    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 (2nd Generation) USB Audio Interface:

      Awesome quality, fantastic value, easy to use!

      (1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      Do not buy garbage

      By Jim Ross

      from Pittsburgh PA

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Compact

      Cons

      • Poor Sound Quality
      • Unreliable

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording

      Comments about Focusrite Scarlett 2i4 (2nd Generation) USB Audio Interface:

      Garbage interface, horrible customer support. Don't go by all the comments you see posted on here praising this interface. Trust me, i'm a pro and been using interfaces for 10+ years now. The drivers are not reliable especially on windows 10, focusrite support sucks. they give you the same cookie cutter answer to everything. And when you contact support about the interface they say "its your hardware".. no it's your drivers that won't install because your team has no idea what they are doing.

      Go with the ID4 or ID14, reliable and will work 100%

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Best bang for the buck. Perfect for solo recording artists.

      By Ded2me

      from Fernley, Nevada.

      About Me Experienced

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      Verified Buyer

      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 2i4 (2nd Generation) USB Audio Interface:

        Look no further if you want something affordable yet highly useable. I have been using focusrite products for some years now. It seems they nailed it with the 2nd generation. The pre amps are perfect and the sound quality is top notch. Very easy to set up. Download the drivers from focusrites website, install the! And plug in the device. Boom. Good to go. If you are considering creating your own professional quality music and don't want to break the bank, then buy this like yesterday!!!

        (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        2.0

        Awful ASIO driver

        By D-Trax

        from Bulgaria

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

          Cons

          • Unreliable

          Best Uses

          • Home Studio

          Comments about Focusrite Scarlett 2i4 (2nd Generation) USB Audio Interface:

          Been using Focusrite's stuff lots in the past 10 years and already had scarlett 2i4 (1st gen), but master volume potentiometer went bad. Decided to switch to 2nd gen and I often use it in the last 3 months or so. Windows driver for 2nd gen is awful and makes a lot of problems like - BSOD, latency spikes, when using with ASIO can't use it for anything else (sometimes), glitchy audio from browsers and etc. Giving it 2 stars only because they upgraded the headphone amplifier from 1st gen which was very bad.

          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          a great sounding piece but, software setup for windows bad!

          By Dang

          from NJ

          About Me Professional Musician

          See all my reviews

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Clear Sound
          • Compact
          • Durable
          • Lightweight

          Cons

          • tedious complicated windows software setup

          Best Uses

          • Home Studio

          Comments about Focusrite Scarlett 2i4 (2nd Generation) USB Audio Interface:

          These really deliver on their reputation for the good sounding preamp and a/d converter. Apparently the earlier version had trouble with headroom: guitar pickups being too hot. This version: no problem. Guitars sound great going directly in. Really good.

          The only reason I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 is the software setup for windows was a tedious nightmare. They've done a poor job in that area. Also the daw that comes with it is only ok. Otherwise it's great.

           
          5.0

          Would recommend

          By CJP

          from Columbus, Ohio

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Clear Sound
          • Compact
          • Durable
          • Easy To Use

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Home Studio

            Comments about Focusrite Scarlett 2i4 (2nd Generation) USB Audio Interface:

            Easy to setup and works very well for home recording.

             
            5.0

            Exactly What I Needed

            By Kiva

            from Boston

            About Me Experienced

            See all my reviews

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Home Studio
              • Professional Recording

              Comments about Focusrite Scarlett 2i4 (2nd Generation) USB Audio Interface:

              This line of products was recommended in a YouTube tutorial about home recording. It works great, sounds great, and does everything I need it to for home recording. I love it.

               
              5.0

              Quick setup for Mac

              By Big Al

              from Goodyear, AZ

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact
              • Easy To Use

              Cons

              • No rack ears

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Home Studio

              Comments about Focusrite Scarlett 2i4 (2nd Generation) USB Audio Interface:

              This is a replacement for my Line6 Toneport which is having issues with Mac OS High Sierra. The Scarlett 2i4 setup was very quick and the unit has worked flawlessly so far. Nice to have a USB-powered interface. No problems with latency when recording/monitoring guitar tracks. I wish it could be rack-mounted like a half-rack unit, but as it is, it does not take up much space on my desktop.

              (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              2.0

              3+ hours installing drivers, still not working

              By Akg

              from Eagle, ID

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

                Cons

                • Unreliable

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Focusrite Scarlett 2i4 (2nd Generation) USB Audio Interface:

                  I have windows 7, and I have installed and re-installed the drivers several times. If this ever does work, I'll be thrilled. But so far I have exceeded the value of this device in wasted time, and I'm certain that I will have to contact tech support to complete this install, which means even more time spent on this.

                   
                  4.0

                  So far so good

                  By Paul

                  from NYC

                  About Me Experienced

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Clear Sound
                  • Compact
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Amateur Recording
                    • Home Studio

                    Comments about Focusrite Scarlett 2i4 (2nd Generation) USB Audio Interface:

                    I have used this USB interface steadily for about a week now and so far so good. I had to buy it when I switched to recording on a Mac because my old m-audio interface is now obsolete and there aren't any new Mac drivers. The only issue I had was in using the new box as my input with the Mac's direct output to headphones for monitoring. This created some sort of ungrounded circuit which resulted in a lot of buzzing. When I switched to using the box as the monitor instead, everything was fine. Clear sound, no problems. Works immediately with Mac - no need to download drivers. I wish the metal switches on the front were push buttons instead because they seem a little flimsy, but they work, so that's my only complaint.

                     
                    3.0

                    Drops out using Ableton Live 9

                    By Not Jimmy

                    from Mt Dew, USA

                    About Me Experienced

                    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 (2nd Generation) USB Audio Interface:

                      Very happy with ease of use and sound quality. Finally, latency is a thing of the past. It locks up on my Ableton Live 9 setup. I have Akai MPK 25 using MIDI to Scarlett 2i4 and USB mic. It could just be an outdated MPK firmware but this is a popular interface and should be part of Scarlett backward compatibility. MPK drop out only happens when going through Scarlett and NEVER an issue using the same DAW but direct to PC using MIDI>USB cable. Comments welcome here!

                      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Worth it

                      By Josh

                      from Las Vegas

                      See all my reviews

                      Verified Reviewer

                      Comments about Focusrite Scarlett 2i4 (2nd Generation) USB Audio Interface:

                      I bought the 1st gen several years back and the latency was almost intolerable; especially with amp sims or e-drums. The 2nd gen halved the latency and also seems to be a bit more stable at higher sample rates with low buffers. Totally worth the price now.

                       
                      4.0

                      I would buy again, and recommend it to a friend!

                      By Nathan Thibert

                      from Lac La Biche Alberta Canada

                      About Me Professional Musician

                      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 2i4 (2nd Generation) USB Audio Interface:

                        The Focusrite 2i4 has not failed or lowered my expecations one bit. I have had no problems with it at home or the studio. The interface has no problems at all from what I have put it thru. I have the 2i4 set up to run on my mac, and my windows interfaces and it was a great buy for the quality and price!

                        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Loving this piece!!!!!

                        By Kbmaestro

                        from New Jersey

                        About Me Professional Musician

                        See all my reviews

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Clear Sound
                        • Compact
                        • Durable
                        • Lightweight
                        • Versatile

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Events
                          • Home Studio
                          • Professional Recording

                          Comments about Focusrite Scarlett 2i4 (2nd Generation) USB Audio Interface:

                          Great for mobile recording!

                           
                          5.0

                          Nice interface for less than 200

                          By Victor S.

                          from Superior, CO

                          About Me Experienced

                          See all my reviews

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Clear Sound
                          • Compact
                          • Easy To Use
                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Amateur Recording
                            • Home Studio
                            • Performances

                            Comments about Focusrite Scarlett 2i4 (2nd Generation) USB Audio Interface:

                            Nice interface. Small, easy to use, elegant. It could be better if the Scarlett come with better studio recording software (ProTools First is terrible and Ableton Live Lite isn't great for that), but at least you receive access to download some plugins. I didn't test Scarlett mic preamp yet (for now, I just recorded guitars) but I hope to buy a condenser mic soon.

                             
                            5.0

                            Great unit!

                            By Jam4Jesus

                            from Aurora, Co

                            About Me Experienced

                            Pros

                            • Clear Sound
                            • Durable
                            • Easy To Use
                            • Versatile

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Home Studio

                              Comments about Focusrite Scarlett 2i4 (2nd Generation) USB Audio Interface:

                              I use to own the apogee duet and the Scarlett 2 is better in my opinion.. The apogee had some pairing issues and would disconnect on me...
                              The Scarlett is a great unit and has great price!

                               
                              5.0

                              A well thought out product

                              By Nunblacker

                              from Phoenix

                              About Me Experienced

                              See all my reviews

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Clear Sound
                              • Compact
                              • Easy To Use
                              • Versatile

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Amateur Recording
                                • Home Studio

                                Comments about Focusrite Scarlett 2i4 (2nd Generation) USB Audio Interface:

                                The more I use this product the more impressed I am with it. Features like switchable Line/Instrument Inputs, Midi in/out and the separate headphone volume make it great for me. The pad button is great to keep your inputs from peaking and the many outputrs let me hear playback through a variety of sound systems. Really like this device, cleverly designed and well laid out.

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