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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 t... Read More

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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 also provided for mics that need it.

The 2-in, 2-out USB interface for musicians
The Scarlett 2i2 is a 2-in / 2-out USB recording interface featuring dual award-winning Focusrite preamps and precision digital conversion. Housed in a rugged anodised aluminium unibody chassis, the interface not only sounds fantastic but looks great too. What’s more, it’s solid enough to take on the road. And inside is 30 years of pro audio design expertise.

30 years of mic pre experience
Since 1985, when Rupert Neve designed those first modules for Sir George Martin’s AIR Studios, Focusrite has designed some of the most popular microphone preamps in the industry. This experience is behind the transparent, low-noise and low-distortion preamp found not only in the Scarlett 2i2 but also our flagship Firewire interface, the Liquid Saffire 56. Plenty of available headroom makes 2i2 suitable for any type of microphone, of any vintage. Phantom power is provided at the touch of a button for mics that need it.

Plug straight in

Use the front panel high quality XLR/jack combination inputs to connect line and instrument level signals as well as microphones – perfect for recording a synth or stage piano, or at the flick of a switch, an electric or acoustic guitar.

Check your levels at a glance

Unique “halo” indicators let you know that you’ve got a good signal level for recording. Red means that your signal is clipping, and that you should reduce the gain. The halo will momentarily turn amber as the level returns to a healthy level, at which point it will turn green.

Precision conversion
At the heart of Scarlett 2i2 is Focusrite’s precision digital conversion, ensuring you get the very best quality into and out of your computer. Focusrite has been building converters since the introduction of its mastering converter in 1993, and our careful choice of components and equally careful board design ensure that you get superior low noise and distortion performance.

Flexible monitoring options
A large monitor dial provides a tactile control for monitor speaker volume, while a high quality headphone amp provides a clean yet loud signal to headphones connected to the front panel socket. The direct monitor switch routes audio directly from the inputs to both the headphone and speaker outputs, letting you monitor the incoming signal with zero-latency.



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:No
  • AES/EBU: No
  • MADI:No
  • Outputs
  • Total outputs: 2
  • XLR out:0
  • 1/4” out:2 (TRS balanced)
  • S/PDIF out: 0
  • ADAT/optical out:0
  • RCA out:No
  • AES / EBU:No
  • MADI: No
  • Other Connectivity
  • Computer connection:USB 2.0
  • MIDI I/O:No
  • Headphone output(s):1
  • Word-clock I/O:No
  • Onboard Features
  • Platform compatibility:Mac & Windows
  • Phantom power:Yes
  • Direct monitoring:Yes
  • Onboard DSP:No
  • Metering:Halo LEDs
  • Display:No
  • Latency control:Yes
  • Monitor control:Yes
  • Headphone control:Yes
  • Other
  • Width:7 in.
  • Height:1.75 in.
  • Depth:4 in.
  • Weight:1.3 lb.
  • Rack-mountable:No
  • Included software:Yes
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FocusriteScarlett 2i2 USB Audio Interface
 
3.8

(based on 33 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (18)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (6)

62%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (7)
  • Easy to use (7)
  • Good audio (7)
  • Durable (4)
  • Lightweight (4)

Cons

  • Unreliable (3)

Best Uses

  • Home studio (6)
  • Professional recording (4)
  • Amateur recording (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (7), Novice (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Very good device, a little pricey but worth the stability

Pros: Very nice design, solid except for the switches; very good latency with FL Studio and Logic Pro, very good sound quality with no unwanted noise, no blue screen of death on...Read complete review

Pros: Very nice design, solid except for the switches; very good latency with FL Studio and Logic Pro, very good sound quality with no unwanted noise, no blue screen of death on windows 7 when I disconnect and reconnect without powering off the machine; good preamps, although I can't really distinguish the "Focusrite quality" as compared to other audio interfaces especially when you don't have an expensive condenser mic; it's self powered through usb; pricing not too bad considering the build quality and good drivers; the gain lights look cool, but are not very helpful; supports up to 96kHz which is high enough for me Cons: The switches feel vulnerable to breaking, the monitor knob is too close to the headphone knob, forcing an awkward position to change the volume; the scarlett plugins suite feel superfluous and mostly eye candy, plus you only have like 4 installations until you have to buy a new license for it Although I haven't owned very many audio interfaces other than a Tascam US-144, I have worked with high end systems in a recording studio, and I will say, although you obviously won't get the same quality as a $5000+ system, it more than suits my needs. The mic preamps were not a big deal breaker, although they are pretty good, but almost never use the preamps because when I use this device, most of the time I'm not in a sound controlled environment, so there's no point in recording with so much ambient noise. The BIG difference is the latency: MUCH better with this device than using PC alone or my US-144. I use this with FL Studio and Logic Pro, and no issues on either. FL Studio actually runs better with this device, and I am able to work in 48kHz with almost no crackles WHILE loading in 6+ intensive VSTi's plus effects running at the same time on my Core i5 laptop. The design is very nice, a solid metal casing and a nice feel with the knobs, buttons and switches, although the switches feel a little loose, so those are probably most vulnerable to breaking. I would definitely recommend this device to anyone , although the price is a little higher considering the extra stuff that was thrown in (plugin suite, don't really need the lights but they look cool) and this is great for windows users because of the stable drivers.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

bad for protools

This device works well with Cubase but bad with protools poor asio management, the Scarlett 2i2 isnt a good fit. If your having to go through sessions with different sample rates, this box...Read complete review

This device works well with Cubase but bad with protools poor asio management, the Scarlett 2i2 isnt a good fit. If your having to go through sessions with different sample rates, this box will be a nightmare. Everytime I had to switch sample rates and restart protools it never worked. i had to open cubase and change the sample rate and then open protools for the sample rate to change. Its been a big hassle. And why doesnt this box get the control panel of the other scarlett boxes? Focusrite was very little help in finding a solution as well which is disappointing.

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5.0

Very nice and easy to use

By MaxM

from Tucson, Az

About Me Experienced

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 USB Audio Interface:

    Very easy to use. Just plugged it into my mac and it worked right away. No need to download any drivers. Sound quality is awesome, and Ableton recognized it right away.

     
    4.0

    Clear audio for my home recording studio

    By JR375

    from Arkansas

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Unclear which driver to download from Focusrite

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 USB Audio Interface:

    Podcasting, webinar recording

     
    5.0

    This is awesome!

    By Dustin the player

    from Ohio

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home Studio
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 USB Audio Interface:

      Perfect for my home studio, great sound at a great price coupled with Mixcraft 7.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      Do not buy this product

      By Beto

      from San Diego, CA

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

        Cons

        • Pricey / Poor Value
        • Unreliable

        Best Uses

          Comments about Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 USB Audio Interface:

          This doesn't work with an updated Mac or PC. I've talked to Focusrite about it for a few months now and they have no explanation or directly address the fact that my unit just doesn't work. Do not buy this product.

          (0 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          Not user friendly

          By J

          from Minneapolis

          About Me Novice

          Verified Buyer

          Comments about Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 USB Audio Interface:

          I talked to guitar center staff about a recording tool with my highest priority being ease of use. I was recommended this product. The video was designed to walk me through the necessary downloads for the product but the screens it was showing me was entirely different than the screens I was looking at on my laptop. Finally (I think) I have it downloaded properly. But looking at the Ableton Live 9 Lite pgs I haven't a clue on to use this device. Super frustrating because I clearly conveyed my desire for an ease to use product for a novice like myself. An hour after figuring out how to download it I am still unable to use my product.

           
          5.0

          Excellent

          By Gabriel

          from undisclosed

          Verified Buyer

          Comments about Scarlett 2i2 USB Audio Interface:

          Works great

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          A Very Useful Little Interface

          By Elliot

          from Atlanta, GA

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Clear Sound
          • Compact
          • Easy To Use

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Guitar Recording
            • Home Studio

            Comments about Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 USB Audio Interface:

            If you only need two inputs, this USB interface is probably a good choice. I have a mic plugged into one input, and an electric guitar in the other, and both sound great with the built in pre-amp. There's phantom power available in case you need to power a condenser mic, and a handy headphone output as well. The little LED's on the pre-amp gain knobs are quite convenient, and quickly let you know of any clipping in your input. I actually like the way the pre-amps distort when my input is too hot, so sometimes I leave them a bit too high for a slight "grit" effect before running my guitar through Logic Pro X. The construction is nice as well, as the main casing is metal. Overall, this is a solid product, and probably worth the list price.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Works Flawlessly With My Mac

            By GT

            from Winston-Salem, NC

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Clear Sound
            • Compact
            • Easy To Use

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Home Studio
              • Professional Recording
              • Voiceover

              Comments about Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 USB Audio Interface:

              I'm a voice talent that works almost exclusively from a home studio, and I got this to replace a PreSonus that was incompatible with El Capitan. It works wonderfully!

              I run a mic into my pre-amp, out of the pre-amp via 1/4" plug into the #1 jack (takes XLR or 1/4" male), and mainly run Audition but also occasionally Logic Pro.

              Literally all you do is connect the USB - no drivers, no nothing. You may have to go into your audio settings to change your sources, but that's it. This box works with SourceConnect, ISDN bridge, Zoom, Skype, etc. And I've gotten numerous compliments on how quiet it is (which I was a little dubious of before I got it, since it's powered through the USB). My noise floor is below -70db.

              I bought this on recommendations from friends, and I have and will continue to recommend this to others.

              (1 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

               
              1.0

              Does NOT work on a Mac

              By Bryan

              from Seattle, WA

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

                Cons

                • Limited Functions
                • Unreliable

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 USB Audio Interface:

                  I spent countless hours troubleshooting it. It does NOT work on a Mac / Apple computer. Their customer service was of zero help. They don't care. Do NOT buy if you own a Mac.

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Awesome little interface for the money!

                  By Kgrock

                  from Random lake, WI

                  About Me Professional Musician

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Compact
                  • Durable
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Smaart interface

                    Comments about Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 USB Audio Interface:

                    I carry this device with my laptop for smaart analysis software.
                    So compact and simple to use. No need for out board power supply.
                    As its bus powered.

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