Focusrite Scarlett Solo Compact USB Audio Interface

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Scarlett Solo is a compact USB audio interface featuring one award-winning Focusrite mic preamp, one instrument input, precision digital converters and a tough yet beautiful aluminum chassis.

Scarlett Solo is a compact, one-channel USB audio interface featuring one of Focusrite's award-winning mic preamps, with precision digital converters and a crystal clear DI / line in for  instruments like guitar, bass guitar and analog synths.

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 Solo'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.

Includes Red 2 & Red 3 Plug-in Suite w/64-bit AAX, AU & VST compatibility
These are the first Focusrite plug-ins to include AAX support, making them compatible with Pro Tools 10 and above.  The Red 2 & Red 3 plug-ins are accurate models of Focusrite’s classic Red 2 EQ and Red 3 Compressor hardware. Coveted by producers and engineers for their exceptional clarity and versatility, the original units are prized fixtures in professional recording studios the world over.

Now, the Red 2 & Red 3 Plug-in Suite (AAX/AU/VST) lets you exploit the famous natural sound of the originals, conveniently from within your audio software.

The plug-ins faithfully reproduce the sonic qualities of the hardware. The Red 2 equalizer is a sweet sounding 6-band design, with high/low pass filters, high/low frequency shelves, as well as fully parametric low-mid and high-mid frequency bands. The Red 3 hardware is a VCA compressor design, excellent for natural sounding dynamic control of drums, bass, vocals, and acoustic instruments.

Features:
  • Focusrite Mic Preamps, considered by pros to be the best
  • Turns your Mac or PC into a portable recording studio
  • Precision digital converters record at a rate of 24/96
  • Exceptional dynamic range of over 105dB.
  • Connect your guitar through a crystal clear DI
  • Line level records instruments such as a mono analog synth.
  • Direct monitor switch give real time monitoring without latency
  • Set foolproof levels by watching the halos around the  knobs
  • Green indicates a proper level & red indicates you’re too loud.
  • Sleek, light and tough enough to throw into your backpack
  • Stunning aluminum chassis can endure life on the road.
  • USB Bus-Powered, with included cable.
  • Large volume dial to set perfect levels for phones & speakers
  • Red 2 & Red 3 Plug-in Suite w/64-bit AAX, AU & VST compatibility

Includes Ableton Live Lite, 1GB of Loopmasters sample content, the Novation Bass Station virtual synth and the Focusrite Red 2 & Red 3 Plug-in Suite w/64-bit AAX, AU & VST compatibility.

Get your Scarlett Solo Interface from Sam Ash Direct today with fast, free shipping at the guaranteed lowest price, the security of our many decades of experience, and the Sam Ash Direct 45/60 day return/price protection policy.

Things You Will Get:

  • Scarlett Solo Audio Interface
  • Red 2 & Red 3 Plug-in Suite
  • Scarlett Plug-in Suite
  • Ableton Live Lite 9
  • Bass Station Plug-in Synth (AU & VST)
  • 1 GB of Loopmasters Samples
  • 1.5m USB Cable
  • Registration Card
  • Getting Started Guide
Interface Type USB
Mic Preamps 1
Audio Resolution 24-bit/96kHz
Analog Inputs XLR Balanced & Direct Instrument (Hi-Z) 1/4"
Analog Outputs RCA x 2
Bus Powered Yes
Phantom Power Yes
Dimensions 5.43 x 3.15 x 6.46 inches (WxHxD)
Weight 1.37 lbs.
Series Scarlett
Model Solo

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FocusriteScarlett Solo Compact USB Audio Interface
 
4.8

(based on 20 reviews)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (8)
  • Compact (5)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home studio (4)
    • Home recording (3)
    • Practice (3)
    • Studio (3)
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    5.0

    Awesome one channel interface

    By 

    from Buffalo Grove, IL

    Staff Reviewer

    Pros

    • Clear Di
    • Easy Set Up
    • plug ins

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home
      • Portable recording

      Comments about Focusrite Scarlett Solo Compact USB Audio Interface:

      This interface is compact for easy on the go recording. Uses easy usb connection. The free plug ins are incredible and worth buying it just for those. Besides that the DI/line input is very clear for great recordings. Overall great inexpensive interface. This has been a hands on review by Branden at Sam Ash Buffalo Grove.

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      • No
       
      5.0

      Great Little Interface!

      By 

      from Huntington, NY

      Staff Reviewer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • easy to use
      • Great quality

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home Recording
        • Studio

        Comments about Focusrite Scarlett Solo Compact USB Audio Interface:

        If you're looking to build a home studio, the Scarlett is a great way to get started. Inexpensive and easy to use, it'll get you tracking right away with pro-level features.

         
        5.0

        Simple Quality

        By 

        from Cincinnati,OH

        Staff Reviewer

        Pros

        • easy to use
        • Nice sounds

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Hiome Recording

          Comments about Focusrite Scarlett Solo Compact USB Audio Interface:

          I found this to be a great little inexpensive interface. Easy to use and features the top preamps used by many pros. Perfect for any amateur recording at home. This is a real hands on product review from Eric @ Sam Ash Cincinnati.

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          • No
           
          5.0

          Great little interface

          By 

          from Lyndhurst, Ohio

          Staff Reviewer

          Pros

          • Clean Sounding
          • Metal Housing
          • Small

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • CHURCH
            • DJ
            • Home Studio

            Comments about Focusrite Scarlett Solo Compact USB Audio Interface:

            For the money you simply cannot find a better interface. This comes with 1 mic preamp and has 1 instrument input as well. Perfect for the singer songwriter. The preamp is quite and has a nice boost. The conversion rate is 24/96 also so you are getting some of the best conversions possible. I am a reviewer for Sam Ash Music, Lyndhurst.

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            5.0

            great interface!

            By 

            from cerritos

            Staff Reviewer

            Pros

            • Easy to use
            • Inexpenive

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Demo
              • Home
              • Practice
              • Studio
              • Vocal

              Comments about Focusrite Scarlett Solo Compact USB Audio Interface:

              this interface is one of the best and easiest to work with doing demo recording. and for the price you simply cannot beat it.

              this has been a hands on review from carlos @sam ash cerritos

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              5.0

              Great for the Price

              By 

              from sam ash nyc

              Staff Reviewer

              Pros

              • Easy to use
              • Inexpensive
              • Simple
              • Sounds good
              • Versitile

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Demos
                • Recordiing
                • Recording

                Comments about Focusrite Scarlett Solo Compact USB Audio Interface:

                This is a great unit! Very good for the price. This interface is very versatile and offers great options especially for an entry level unit. I would recommend to a friend for sure!

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                4.0

                Awesome interface

                By 

                from KOP

                Staff Reviewer

                Comments about Focusrite Scarlett Solo Compact USB Audio Interface:

                A fantastic interface. Easy to use. Easy to setup. Great quality. Has a really awesome sound. Lightweight and portable.
                Great for beginners and pros alike and all at a very good price.
                This is a real hands on product review from Dave @ Sam Ash KOP.

                 
                5.0

                Scarlette Solo Compact USB Interface

                By 

                from Indianapolis

                Pros

                • Easy to use
                • Great Preamps
                • Sounds Great
                • Very nice quality

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Home Recording
                  • Home Studio
                  • Live gigs
                  • Recording

                  Comments about Focusrite Scarlett Solo Compact USB Audio Interface:

                  This Scarlett solo USB interface is an extremely good value for the money. I would recommend this interface to anyone looking to get into home recording, as well as someone that has been doing it for a long time. The interface sounds extremely good and is quite easy to use and quite reliable.

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                  5.0

                  Focusrite!

                  By 

                  from Las Vegas, NV

                  Pros

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Focusrite Scarlett Solo Compact USB Audio Interface:

                        Focusrite has made a killer 24 bit 96 khz recording interface that is cost effective so anyone can afford it! Comes with Ableton live lite so if you don't have a DAW you will get one for free with the interface! Has an awesome mic pre and one line level input so you can record either vocals or instruments one at a time. RCA outputs to your studio monitors and usb powered by your computer. Comes with focusrite plugins as well for free so you can add that to your library in your favorite DAW! Check one out at Sam Ash today!

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                        5.0

                        Big sound in a small box

                        By 

                        from Cleveland, OH

                        Staff Reviewer

                        Pros

                        • Compact
                        • Durable
                        • Easy to use
                        • Great Mic Pre
                        • Versatile

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Amateur recording
                          • Listening
                          • Practice
                          • Professional Recording

                          Comments about Focusrite Scarlett Solo Compact USB Audio Interface:

                          Focusrite is well known for their high quality mic preamps, and this is no exception. Housed in a nice small casing, this single channel interface can fit into even the most cramped workspace. And its aluminum construction ensures that it is built to last a long time. Interfacing with any major DAW out there is very easy, making your workflow as smooth as possible. The 1/4" input is also selectable between instrument and line level, so whether you have a keyboard or a dry guitar signal, you can plug in and go. And with the included high quality plugins, you can make your recordings sound even more amazing with just a few clicks!

                          This is a real hands on product review by Steve at Sam Ash Music in Lyndhurst, OH.

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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.

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