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Scarlett 2i4 is a 2 in/4 out USB audio interface featuring two award-winning Focusrite pre-amps and four high-quality audio outputs; the perfect audio interface for musicians and digital DJs.

Connect Scarlett 2i4 to your Mac or PC and get ready to make music! With the very best in digital audio technology and a variety of input and output options, the Scarlett 2i4 will capture and playback your sound with superb quality.

Plug straight in
The front panel has two combo XLR inputs so you can connect microphones, guitars and line level signals with absolute confidence that your sound is in safe hands. Use the “PAD” function for loud guitars or microphones, and use the “DIRECT MONITOR” control for a low-latency mix of input and playback signals.

Keep an eye on your levels
Unique signal halos let you know that you’ve got a good audio level for recording. Green is good and red means that your audio is too loud, and that your should lower the level control.

DJ-ready outputs
With 4 RCA outputs, a high-level headphone output and pristine audio quality, in a package ready for the road, the Scarlett 2i4 is ideal for today's digital performers and laptop DJs.

High Quality Mic Preamps
Scarlett 2i4 features two high quality award-winning mic preamps. With more than 25 years of experience designing analogue equipment, Focusrite produce the best mic preamps in the industry. With Scarlett 2i4, the best of analogue and digital are combined to provide a class-leading input stage for your audio.

High Quality Outputs
With a dynamic range of over 105dB (real world performance), your music will sound amazing going out of Scarlett 2i4’s professional digital to analogue conversion, and into your DJ mixer, main speakers or headphones.

MIDI I/O
On the back panel are MIDI IN and MIDI OUT ports providing connectivity to your synth modules and digital pianos.

USB bus powered
Take your Scarlett 2i4 anywhere! With USB bus powering, your Scarlett 2i4 will work anywhere your laptop will, even when using 48V Phantom power. No mains power supply required.

Rugged Metal Unibody Case
The anodised aluminium unibody chassis ensures that your Scarlett 2i4 can withstand life on the road, and looks great in your setup.

Unique Signal Halos
The gain halos which surround the gain knob for each input provide an easy way to know that the signal you’re recording is the right level. It will show green when the signal is at a good level (above -24dBFS). If it turns to red, you know that the signal is too loud and is therefore clipping – if this happens, simply reduce the gain until the halo returns to green.

Direct Monitor Function
Turn the direct monitor control on the front panel of your Scarlett 2i4 and you will hear what you are recording through your speakers or headphones, without the signal having to go through your Mac or PC. This avoids the possibility of latency (introduced by your music software), which can be distracting while recording.

Included software for Mac and PC
Inside the box you’ll find a code which will unlock Ableton Live Lite 8, as well as Focusrite’s Scarlett plug-in suite. Compatible with all major DAWs (digital audio workstations) on Mac and PC, Scarlett plug-in suite provides EQ, Compression, Gate and Reverb – essential tools for polishing your mix.

25 years of experience
Since 1985, Focusrite has been a leading manufacturer in the professional audio field. Focusrite mic pres are the choice of leading artists, recording studios and engineers around the world. Those years of audio experience ensure the Scarlett 2i4 sounds as beautiful as it looks.

Things You Will Get:

    Scarlett 2i4 USB Audio Interface
    Ableton Live Lite 8

    Focusrite Scarlett plug-in suite,
    Novation Bass Station
    Loopmasters content
    Owner's Manual
Interface Type USB 2.0
Mic Preamps 2
Audio Resolution 24-bit/96kHz
Analog Inputs Mic/Line/Inst XLR Combo x 2
Analog Outputs Balanced TRS x 2, Unbalanced RCA x 4
Built-in DSP Yes
Bus Powered Yes
MIDI I/O Yes
Phantom Power Yes
Weight 1.96 lbs.
Dimensions 8.27 x 1.89 x 5.51 inches (WxHxD)
Series Scarlett
Model 2i4

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FocusriteScarlett 2i4 USB Audio Interface
 
4.8

(based on 8 reviews)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Durable (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home studio (4)
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    5.0

    Great Pre Amps

    By 

    from Torrance

    Verified Reviewer

    Comments about Focusrite Scarlett 2i4 USB Audio Interface:

    The front panel has two combo XLR inputs so you can connect microphones, guitars and line level signals. Very versatile Also. The mic preamps cannot be beat.

    I am a staff reviewer at Sam Ash

     
    4.0

    Scarlett 2i4 a bang for the buck!

    By 

    from Chicago, IL

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • 48v Phantom Power
    • 4 Audio Outs
    • Quality Pres

    Cons

    • none

    Best Uses

    • Home Recording
    • Live Dj
    • Vocals And Guitar

    Comments about Focusrite Scarlett 2i4 USB Audio Interface:

    For a basic recording setup the Focusrite 2i4 is a great place to start. The unit is an all metal casing built to last. Its a great option for home recording as well as being used for a live dj rig. For the price point of the unit the mic pres are the best around.

    I am a sales associate at Sam Ash Buffalo Grove

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    • No
     
    5.0

    Amazing interface!

    By 

    from Queens, NY

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Compact
    • Great Sound quality
    • Versatile

    Cons

    • No Xlr Outs

    Best Uses

    • Home Studio
    • Recording

    Comments about Focusrite Scarlett 2i4 USB Audio Interface:

    This interface is awesome. 2 inputs, 4 sets out and.... midi in and out! This little guy packs a power house of functions and features. Aside from that, it also offers great sound quality that will outshine most of its kind. The preamps are very clean and and you even get a headphone out with its own independent gain. On top of all that, this thing is built like a tank, you can take it anywhere being that its usb powered without worrying about breaking it in your back pack. This is great value at a super price.

    I am a sales associate @ Sam Ash Queens

     
    4.0

    Awesome for Home Recording

    By 

    from Ontario, Ca.

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Compact
    • Durable
    • Easy to use
    • Midi In And Out

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Electronic Music
      • Home Studio
      • Recording While Traveling
      • Singer Songwriter

      Comments about Focusrite Scarlett 2i4 USB Audio Interface:

      Easy to use. Plug your guitar and or mic straight in to the front, controlling your levels is easy, and you get a low latency mix for your input and playback. You have direct monitoring so you can hear what you are recording though speakers or headphones. And it comes with software for PC or Mac. Great sound quality in a rugged metal box. I'm a sales associate at Sam Ash Music Ontario.

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      5.0

      The 2i2 not cutting it anymore? Upgrade!

      By 

      from Queens, NY

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Mic Preamps
      • Midi In And Out

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Studio
        • Home Studio
        • Mobile Recording

        Comments about Focusrite Scarlett 2i4 USB Audio Interface:

        If you have the 2i2 and it's just not cutting it anymore, you should upgrade here. The peamps are of amazing quality. It has the same number of XLR inputs but it also has midi ins/outs and RCA outputs. You can now hook it up to so much more. The versatility of it being USB powered makes this easy to take along to mobile recordings. The frame is rugged and will protect the unit. And just like it's little cousin, the LED lights around the gain knobs are great to see if your levels are spiking.

        I am a staff reviewer from Sam Ash Music

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No
         
        5.0

        Awesome quality, affordable price!

        By 

        from Queens, NY

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Clean Sound
        • Lots of headroom
        • Portable

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Dj Rig
          • Live Sampling
          • Portable Rig
          • Recording

          Comments about Focusrite Scarlett 2i4 USB Audio Interface:

          As i stated in my review for the 2i2, this interface just sounds absolutely incredible, and has amazing headroom. By eliminating the middle man(because focusrite used to make preamps for so many other companies, i.e. avid) they are able to take their sound and put it into an amazing quality yet affordable interface. 2ins are perfect for small projects. and the 4 outs give you the option to reference and monitor your mixes simultaneously, or run your samples to 2 seperate output sources, the added Midi In and Out are wonderful for your workstations, or midi synced processors for dead precise timing or automated switching for live gigs.

          I am a staff reviewer at Sam Ash Music

          • Was this a gift?:
          • Yes
           
          5.0

          Great, Versatile Interface

          By 

          from New Haven, CT

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Sound quality
          • Versatility

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Focusrite Scarlett 2i4 USB Audio Interface:

              The Scarlett 2i4 is a great small interface for a home or project recording studio. The mic preamps provide great sound quality for a box in this price range. I have used this interface with both mac and pc (and with various recording software) without any problems. My two favorite features of this interface are the mix control knob, and the LED rings around the gain controls. The LEDs make it easy to see if your gain is too high and the mix control lets you control the balance between your playback and input signals. Both very handy features. The attractive red casing doesn't hurt either. I am a staff reviewer at Sam Ash Music

               
              5.0

              A beauty in a red box

              By 

              from Cleveland, OH

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Great Mic Preamps
              • High quality output
              • Versatile

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Amateur recording
                • Home Studio
                • Mobile Recording
                • Monitoring
                • Professional Recording

                Comments about Focusrite Scarlett 2i4 USB Audio Interface:

                The mic preamps in this interface are very high quality, exactly what I would expect from Focusrite. This is even more versatile than the 2i2 with its MIDI In/Out and RCA outputs, allowing a much wider range of equipment that can be hooked up to it. I can always trust that what I hear during recording and mixing is what my audience will end up hearing as well.

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