Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 USB Audio Interface

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The Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 is a 2x2 USB audio interface featuring two of Focusrite's award-winning mic preamps, 24-bit/96kHz resolution, instrument inputs, precision DA/AD converters and a tough yet beautiful aluminum housing.

The Scarlett 2i2 is solid enough to take on the road when you travel, but it's so much more than just a pretty metal box.

On the front panel, XLR/TRS 1/4" combination jacks from Neutrik are provided for microphone, line and instrument inputs, ideal for recording a stage piano or synth, or just flick the switch to match the signal from an electric guitar.

Professional Grade Sound
The digital converters capture your performance with professional standard 24-bit resolution at sample rates of up to 96kHz. Hooking it all up is as easy as connecting it to your  Mac or PC via USB (USB cable supplied) and hitting "Record." The halos around the gain knobs serve as meters as well, making it possible for you to precisely set your levels safely with unique gain halos that are green when the level is right and turn red if the signal's too loud. The direct monitor switch allows you to instantly hear exactly what you’re recording with no latency.

Connect your headphones and speakers and use the large volume dial to set the perfect level with Scarlett's exceptional dynamic range of over 105dB. Built tough and designed to be compact, it travels in your backpacks and withstands the bumps of the road.

Software to get started, software to finish
Included with the Scarlett 2i2 is Ableton Live Lite software and Focusrite’s Scarlett plug-in suite, which is compatible with all major DAWs. The plug-in suite gives you Reverb, Compression, Gate and EQ to mix your music professionally, whether you use Garage Band, Pro Tools, Digital Performer, Cubase, Logic or the included Ableton Live Lite, all within minutes of opening the box.

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
  • 2 Neutrik XLR/¼” TRS Combo jacks
  • 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 21 reviews)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (21)
  • Compact (20)
  • Excellent sound (16)
  • Low distortion (14)
  • Versatile (13)

Cons

  • No midi (3)

Best Uses

  • Home studio (19)
  • Amateur recording (17)
  • Professional recording (8)
  • Pro audio / DJ / mixing (6)
  • Performances (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Professional musician (12), Experienced (7)

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5.0

Great Intro Interface

By 

from Huntington, NY

About Me Professional Musician

Staff Reviewer

Pros

  • Compact
  • Easy To Use
  • Excellent Sound

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 USB Audio Interface:

    The Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 is a very simple interface to use. The inputs are very easily accessible on the front of the unit with all your basic controls located in front as well. On the back you have your USB output as well as two 1/4" output jacks for you main output.

    This unit is best suited for someone starting out with simple recording but still looking for a good quality interface. I feel the sound quality from a small interface like this is pretty good.

    I am a staff reviewer at Sam Ash Music.

     
    4.0

    usb 2.0 interface

    By 

    from fontana, ca

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Compact
    • Easy To Use

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio

      Comments about Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 USB Audio Interface:

      I am a staff reviewer at Sam Ash Music

       
      4.0

      Great Quality & Affordable Price

      By 

      from Torrance, CA

      About Me Professional Musician

      Staff Reviewer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 USB Audio Interface:

        This is the best audio interface for anyone looking to record at a cheap price, and inexpensive to buy! The preamps built in are the same low noise + class compliant preamps in other Focusrite products. In addition, it comes with a great software package to get you started immediately.

        I'm a staff reviewer at Sam Ash Music.

         
        5.0

        High Quality in a Small red box

        By 

        from Queens, NY

        About Me Professional Musician

        Staff Reviewer

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • No Midi

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 USB Audio Interface:

        The 2i2 is one of the best in its class. With recording and playback at 24 bit and a sample rate up to 96khz, this little redbox gives you studio qualtiy recording at a fraction of the price. The 2i2 gives you combo inputs so that you can use either xlr for microphones or 1/4 inch inputs for line level instruments. Phantom power is available on either channels as well as clip indicators. The headphone out put also has its own gain so that you have control over what youre listening to in your cans and/or mains. What I like most about this little guy is its small but tank-like build which allows me to travel with it and take it anywhere without worrying that I'll easily damage it while on the go. I just put it in my back pack with my mac book pro and im off to whatever gig i need it for. Although most interfaces in the same price range offer midi, I dont really need it because my controllers plug in by usb regardless. The 2i2 is perfect at home or on the road and is definatley a work horse made for any situation.

        I'm a Staff Reviewer At Sam Ash Music.

         
        5.0

        Recording made easy

        By 

        from Richmond, VA

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 USB Audio Interface:

          The Scarlett 2i2 interface is a great choice for the novice or experienced musician looking to get a great quality recording without spending an arm and a leg on a high end DAW. 2 channels of input, USB in, audio outs for monitors, headphone output, and gain controls make this unit simple and straight forward. The included Ableton Live Lite 8 software will get you going in no time and keep you going til your heart's content. A great choice for the audio engineer who wants to record off the board live as well.

          I am a staff reviewer at Sam Ash Music

           
          5.0

          Easy to use

          By 

          from Southern CA

          About Me Experienced

          Staff Reviewer

          Pros

          • Compact
          • Easy To Use
          • Excellent Sound

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Home Studio

            Comments about Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 USB Audio Interface:

            USB audio interface that can handle XLR and 1/4" inputs on each channel. Bus powered and provides phantom power. This is a great first timer interface that is simple to install and sounds great. I'm a staff reviewer at Sam Ash Music.

             
            5.0

            This Gave me Scarlett Fever!

            By 

            from Cincinati, OH

            About Me Professional Musician

            Staff Reviewer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Home Studio
              • Professional Recording

              Comments about Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 USB Audio Interface:

              The Scarlet 2I2 is great right out of the box. Lightweight and compact. 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.

               
              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

                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.

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                    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.