Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 USB Audio Interface

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The Scarlett 2i2 is a 2 in / 2 out USB recording interface featuring two award-winning Focusrite preamps. Sam Ash Direct has the guaranteed lowest price and fast free, shipping.

The Scarlett 2i2 is a 2 in / 2 out USB recording interface featuring two award-winning Focusrite preamps. Housed in an attractive 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 when you travel. The Scarlett 2i2 is much more than just a pretty metal box..

Plug Straight In
The front panel Neutrik combination input can be used to connect line and instrument level signals as well as microphones. This makes it perfect for recording the output of a synthesizer or stage piano, whilst at the flick of a switch you can cater for the output of an electric or acoustic guitar.

Keep An Eye on Your Levels
Unique halo signal 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.

Flexible Monitoring Options
A large monitor dial provides a tactile control for the volume of your speakers, whilst 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. This allows you to monitor the incoming signal with zero-latency.

Polish Your Mix
Inside the box, you’ll find Ableton Live Lite 8, as well as Focusrite’s Scarlett plug-in suite, compatible with all major DAWs. And the Scarlett plug-in suite provides EQ, Compression, Gate and Reverb – essential tools for polishing your mix; so whether you're using Garage Band, Pro Tools 9, Cubase, Logic or the included Ableton Live Lite, Scarlett 2i2 is the complete package for you to get recording straight away.

25 Years of Experience
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 Focusrite 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.

Features:
  • High Quality Mic Preamps
  • 24-bit resolution at sample rates of up to 96 KHz
  • Rugged Metal Unibody Case
  • Included Software – DAW and Effects
  • Direct Monitor Function

Front panel:
  • 2 line/mic/instrument combination inputs – high quality XLR/¼” TRS Jack Combo
  • 2 Line/Instrument switches
  • 2 Gain knobs
  • 2 Gain halo signal indicators
  • 48V Phantom power switch
  • Direct monitor switch
  • Large monitor level dial
  • USB Connection LED indicator
  • Headphone output - ¼” TRS Jack
  • Headphone level knob


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Things You Will Get:

  • Scarlett 2i2 USB Audio Interface
  • Ableton Live Lite 8
    Focusrite Scarlett plug-in suite
    Owner's Manual
Manufacturer Number Scarlett 2i2
Interface Type USB 2.0
Mic Preamps 2
Audio Resolution 24-bit/96kHz
Analog Inputs (2) Combo XLR/TRS
Analog Outputs (2) Balanced TRS
Built-in DSP Yes
Bus Powered Yes
Phantom Power Yes
Weight 1.3 lbs.
Dimensions 7" x 4" x 1 3/4" (W x D x H)
Series Scarlett
Model 2i2

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FocusriteScarlett 2i2 USB Audio Interface
 
4.7

(based on 15 reviews)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (15)
  • Compact (14)
  • Excellent sound (10)
  • Low distortion (10)
  • Versatile (9)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home studio (13)
    • Amateur recording (11)
    • Pro audio / DJ / mixing (3)
    • Professional recording (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Professional musician (8), Experienced (5)

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    4.0

    Great INterface for Home Recording

    By 

    from Cincinnati, OH

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Compact
    • Easy To Use

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio

      Comments about Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 USB Audio Interface:

      The Scarlett 2I2 is a great little machine for any home studio. For being so small, the 2I2 has two good quality pre-amps, 96kHz/24BIT audio quality, balanced outputs for studio monitors, and separate level control for headphones and mixing monitors.
      The 2I2 is bundled with Focusrite's Scarlett VST/AU/RTAS Plug-In Suite which features impressive EQ's, Gates, Compressors, and Reverbs which will work with any DAW you choose to use; though the 2I2 does come with Ableton Live Lite if you don't have any recording software yet.
      The 2I2 does NOT have MIDI connectivity, but these days your MIDI controllers should run USB directly to the computer.
      I am a staff reviewer at Sam Ash Music.

       
      4.0

      Great Interface for Home Recording

      By 

      from Cincinnati, OH

      About Me Professional Musician

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Easy To Use

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio

        Comments about Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 USB Audio Interface:

        The Scarlett 2I2 interface is a great little machine for any home studio. For being so small, the 2I2 has two good quality pre-amps, 96kHz/24BIT audio quality, balanced outputs for monitors, and separate level control for headphones and mixing monitors.
        The 2I2 is bundled with Focusrite's Scarlett VST/AU/RTAS Plug-In Suite that features good quality EQ's, Gates, Compressors, and Reverbs which will work with any DAW you choose to use; though the 2I2 does come with Ableton Live Lite if you don't have any recording software yet.
        The 2I2 does NOT have MIDI interfacing built into it, but these days your MIDI controllers should be running USB directly into your computer.

         
        4.0

        Best value for the price

        By 

        from Cincinnati, OH

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Easy To Use
        • Low Distortion
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Home Studio

          Comments about Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 USB Audio Interface:

          I bought this looking for my first interface. I wasn't looking to spend a fortune and wanted something easy to use .It worked perfectly and was super easy to use. I am a beginner at home recording and this suited my needs perfectly. I am a staff reviewer at Sam Ash Music.

           
          4.0

          Start your home studio

          By 

          from Ontario, Ca

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Compact
          • Easy To Use
          • Excellent Sound
          • Low Distortion
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Home Studio

            Comments about Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 USB Audio Interface:

            The Scarlet 2I2 is great right out of the box. Lightweight and compact, the 2I2 travels easy and is easy to plug in and start recording. It works great with most DAW's, is USB Bus powered, and has XLR/TRS combo inputs right on the front. Great for a beginning home studio or a mobile recording unit. I'm a staff reviewer from Sam Ash Music.

             
            5.0

            Portable, versatile interface!

            By 

            from Margate, FL

            About Me Professional Musician

            Pros

            • Compact
            • Easy To Use
            • Excellent Sound
            • Versatile

            Cons

            • No Midi

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Home Studio

            Comments about Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 USB Audio Interface:

            The Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 is an affordable, powerful unit great for the aspiring recording artist or singer/songwriter who is looking to take their ideas into the digital realm.

            Not only does this powerful little guy boast recording in 24bit, 96khz, but two high quality Focusrite preamps and Scarlett's 4 unit plug-in suite make tracking easy and pristine sounding. The included Digital Audio Workstation, Ableton Live Lite, completes the package, giving the ability to track, record, mix, and master- straight out of the box.

            The only qualms I have with the unit are that to gain access to MIDI I/O, you have to get the next model up- the Scarlett 2i4, for $50 more. Oh, and make sure you're running a newer OS on your workstation computer, the 2i2 doesn't play nice with anything less than Windows 7 (sorry XP users!) or Mac OS X 10.7.

            All in all, for $150, the Scarlett 2i2 packs a serious punch! All the tools you need to get you full audio recordings straight out of the box.

            Oh, and I'm a staff reviewer at Sam Ash Music.

             
            5.0

            Great first interface!

            By 

            from Queens, NY

            About Me Professional Musician

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Compact
            • Easy To Use
            • Excellent Sound
            • Low Distortion
            • Powerful
            • Versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Home Studio

              Comments about Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 USB Audio Interface:

              A friend of mine recommended this to me to get me started on making some recordings. When I saw the price I was a little skeptical but soon realized he was right. For the price you get such amazing features. The ability to switch between instrument and line levels makes this amazing for what I needed.
              The warning lights with gain helped a lot for a first timer like myself. The separate volume controls helped me out when playing back. And the rugged box made me feel safe to be a little rough with the unit. All in all I cannot be happier.

              I am a staff reviewer at Sam Ash Music

               
              5.0

              USB CRAZY NOT TO BUY THIS!!!

              By 

              from Nashville, TN

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Compact
              • Easy To Use
              • Excellent Sound
              • Low Distortion
              • Versatile

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Home Studio
                • Mobile DJ
                • Performances
                • Professional Recording

                Comments about Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 USB Audio Interface:

                This little bad boy packs a ton of options for your studio or live sound gig! Face it, these days everything's going to the computers! And this studio work interface's are no different! Whether you just built the studio and need that one last piece or have had one since the 70's and need to bring it into the 21st century. HERE YOU GO! USB Crazy not to buy this interface!

                The ease at which this guy is used will blow your mind, PLUG AND PLAY, not reading a ton of info. You can dig deeper into it with little to no trouble and are gonna be blown away by all the options that this offers!

                You'll be happy you did!

                I am a Sam Ash staff reviewer!

                 
                5.0

                AMAZING

                By 

                from NYC

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Compact
                • Easy To Use
                • Excellent Sound
                • Low Distortion
                • Versatile

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 USB Audio Interface:

                    Focusrite has had a penchant for making top quality preamps for other interface manufacturers. By cutting out the middle man and placing these amazing preamps in their own interfaces, they are able to create a line of low cost, super high quality interfaces. This interface creates a new standard for low cost good sounding home recordings, has a wonderfully simple to use UI, easy to read level meters(leds that change color) pristine sound, and fast processing power. The included software is pretty awesome as well, as it gives you a new flavor to classic effects, such as compression and eq's. I have the 2i2 now, but will be upgrading to the 2i4 because I need the extra outputs.

                    I am a staff reviewer at Sam Ash Music

                     
                    4.0

                    Great interface for the new home studio!

                    By 

                    from Nashville, TN

                    About Me Professional Musician

                    Pros

                    • Compact
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Excellent Sound
                    • Low Distortion

                    Cons

                    • No Midi Outs

                    Best Uses

                    • Amateur Recording
                    • Home Studio

                    Comments about Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 USB Audio Interface:

                    This is a great way to get started in home recording - or to add on to your existing studio. The Scarlett 2i2 pairs well with most computers - in fact, with my Focusrite interface, my computer instantly recognized it by name. The preamps are warm and clean, and if you're working on your own, having two inputs (guitar and vocals, stereo keyboard) is enough to make live performances, or track and overdub in your DAW. The only drawback to me is that there's no MIDI in/out, but you should be set with a USB controller, or you can pick up the Scarlett 2i4 and get the MIDI outputs.

                    I am a staff reviewer for Sam Ash Music.

                     
                    5.0

                    Not a bad interface!

                    By 

                    from Ontario Mills, CA Store 41

                    About Me Professional Musician

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • Compact
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Low Distortion
                    • Solid

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Amateur Recording
                      • Home Studio
                      • Mobile DJ

                      Comments about Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 USB Audio Interface:

                      I've actually bought 2 in my production career, one for me, one for a friend. It's a cool little interface, a perfect gift for anyone looking to get into the realm of recording.

                      Has 2 inputs and 2 outputs, the inputs, able to hook up 2 mics or 2 instruments, allowing any singer songwriter to record live or a band to individually track a song! Comes bundled with a light version of Ableton Live Lite 8 that can be upgraded to the full version and a demo Scarlet plug-in suite with all the basic tools you need to EQ your mixes!

                      I've recorded a couple tracks with my friend but to be honest im more of the EQ and Mastering guy haha and the plug-ins it comes with are perfect for my simpler projects. I just love how simple and sleek this unit is! perfect for recording any ideas that I come up with on the spot. You can even monitor your levels with a unique light ring around the monitor dials! If you're thinking of getting this as a gift theres even a bundle pack that comes with a nice condenser mic and headphones, look it up!

                      I'm a Staff Reviewer at Sam Ash Music:)

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                      Scarlett 2i2 USB Audio Interface

                      The manufacturer's warranty covers parts for one year and labor for one year from date of purchase. The warranty excludes damage from misuse, abuse, and contains other exclusions.