Focusrite's Scarlett 2i2 interface is built around two award-winning Focusrite microphone preamplifier that provide a clean signal path for mic, instrument, or line level sources. It also includes the Focusrite Scarlett Plug-In Suite, along with Ableton Live Lite. So you get everything needed to start recording right away.
Two high-quality preamps
For more than 25 years, Focusrite has produced some of the best preamps in the industry. Scarlett 2i2 features the same award-winning preamps found on interfaces costing many times more.
Anodized aluminum unibody chassis
The red anodized aluminum unibody chassis offers both excellent protection and fantastic looks.
Ring LED signal indicators
Surrounding the gain controls for each input channel are ring LED signal indicators, which give you a clear indication of a healthy signal level.
High-quality 24-bit/96 KHz USB interface
Features professional standard conversion ensuring pristine audio quality at all times.
Direct monitor function for zero-latency tracking
The direct monitor switch lets you hear what you're tracking without incurring annoying latency produced by going through the computer software and back to the interface. This feature is also great for practice playing—you don't need to configure any routing in your software.
USB bus powered
Since the Scarlett 2i2 is bus powered, no external power supply is needed—making it ideal for mobile recording.
Scarlett VST/AU/RTAS Plug-in Suite
This software offers compression, reverb, gate, and EQ. Whether you’re using Logic, GarageBand, Pro Tools 9, Cubase, or the included Ableton Live Lite, these plug-ins help give you a truly sophisticated mix.
- Two high-quality award-winning Focusrite preamps
- Anodized aluminum unibody chassis
- Ring LED signal indicators
- High-quality 24-bit/96 KHz USB interface
- Direct monitor function for zero-latency tracking
- USB bus powered
- Scarlett VST/AU/RTAS Plug-in Suite included
Did you notice?Take advantage of class-leading digital conversion and 25 years of excellent mic preamp design.
Apple Recommends ForEqually useful for musicians new to recording on their Mac and those with plenty of experience who want a high-quality yet compact interface.
What's in the Box?
- Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 Interface
- USB cable
- Resources DVD (includes Ableton Live Lite 8 software (DAW), Scarlett 2i2 user guide PDF (English, German, French), Scarlett 2i2 drivers, Scarlett Plug-in Suite installer)
- Getting started guide
- Input Type: 1/4 Inch Mono, XLR
- Height: 1.8 in./4.57 cm
- Width: 6.9 in./17.53 cm
- Weight: 1.3 lb./0.59 kg
- Length: 3.9 in./9.9 cm
- Mac OS X v10.6.5 or later and v10.7
- Windows 7 (32- and 64-bit)/XP SP3 (32-bit only)
- Mfr. Part Number: SCARLETT-2i2
- UPC or EAN No.: 815301008170
- Note: Products sold through this website that do not bear the Apple Brand name are serviced and supported exclusively by their manufacturers in accordance with terms and conditions packaged with the products. Apple's Limited Warranty does not apply to products that are not Apple-branded, even if packaged or sold with Apple products. Please contact the manufacturer directly for technical support and customer service.
- Warranty: One year
Ratings & Reviews
Lot's of options on the market, but I'm glad I bought this one. Unless, your mixing a whole band at once, or mixing down a drumme Lot's of options on the market, but I'm glad I bought this one. Unless, your mixing a whole band at once, or mixing down a drummer that can't play dynamics, this is phenomenal. I coupled mine with a Rode NT1-A, and there is no -absolutely none- harmonic distortion (aka fuzz); in the headphones, through the computer, even during 8 way live simultaneous playback! even, with a long cable to my middle class amp, that's running mid size polk audios. After vocal recordings, with no compression, no fuzz! My 5 yr old daughter spent time screaming into the mic, and it still didn't distort, or pop on playback.
Don't be fooled by other claims, focus rite runs a true 96KHz sample rate. Some models run higher, but chances are, your recording software will compromise itself, or not benefit from a higher rate. Older products are still sampling at 48KHz. For what this costs, go the 96!
Does have phantom power (not mentioned on the apple site).
Thank you Focusrite! …
- Written by Mark H from Brooks
76 of 84 people found this useful
Great component to your home studio
I evaluated the usual options including Apogee, and decided on the Scarlet 2i2. Not having really thought through a home studio s I evaluated the usual options including Apogee, and decided on the Scarlet 2i2. Not having really thought through a home studio setup; I realized what I needed was a single instrument interface, and microphone interface, that performed well. The Scarlet does just that! True optimum recording, do to all the variables that come into music is in the 60KHz range + or -. The Scarlett gives you up to 96 KHz and this is more than what is considered optimum. The Scarlett is not some stripped down model, but what really could be thought of as Focusrite Lite, i.e. with only 2 in /out, but high quality clean sound. The money I saved on the interface by not overbuying helped me purchase Blue's new Reactor Mic, quality Mic cable and stand. My MBP early 2011, Gargae Band found the 2i2 instantly after driver installation; and for the first run I plugged my Acoustic Electric into the Focusrite, and made a beautiful, fully present, good soundstage, natural recording. No problems with clipping, just adjusted the volume control on my active pickup. Nice buy! …
- Written by Chester A B from Kingsport
57 of 64 people found this useful
Get pro-level quality at a Target-like price
This interface is utterly simple, solidly-built, and great sounding. I've been doing music production and recording for over 10 y This interface is utterly simple, solidly-built, and great sounding. I've been doing music production and recording for over 10 years, so I can assure you that if you are tight on space and cash flow, but don't want to compromise on quality, this interface is fantastic. You have 2 pro-level, mic-pre's that sound great, with bit and sample rates that far exceed CD-quality sound, encased in rugged, flashy, metal enclosure that is no larger than a wireless router. It is utterly perfect for mobile recording with a laptop, or a home/pro studio. With features like direct source monitoring, phantom power, XLR and 1/4" inch support, and a suite of decent FX plug-ins for your DAW, singer-songwriters, apartment producers, and budding musicians can now capture, edit, and produce professional-level material with any Mac, a Scarlett 2i2, a quality mic, USB keyboard, and a whole lot of imagination and talent. That is utterly amazing considering that 7 years ago, similar capabilities would have required thousands of $, much more space, and more-limited computing power and interface options. You should buy this just to celebrate your freedom from that reality. …
- Written by David M from New York
53 of 58 people found this useful
I just wanted to write a review commenting on the reviews that people were saying the interface doesnt work. Im using mountain lio I just wanted to write a review commenting on the reviews that people were saying the interface doesnt work. Im using mountain lion And i have absolutely no problems with my 2i2 at all. The preamps are really clean and quite. The over all sound quality is superb, especially for its price. U cant beat it. Idk if the others got lemons or maybe they were using a weird usb buss, but something isnt right. It could also be a problem with mavericks, dont know, all i know is that mine works perfectly fine …
- Written by ORRY F from Woodstock
1 of 2 people found this useful
Do you like cracking, crackling and unintended delay!
Waste of money, well unless you're after tons of unintentional crackling, cracking and weird delay.
- Written by Tom H from Minneapolis
10 of 26 people found this useful
interface issues with mavericks and logic10.0.5 updates
just bought this one as the logic x update caused all kinds of issues with my m-audio interface,but same problem,can not hear any just bought this one as the logic x update caused all kinds of issues with my m-audio interface,but same problem,can not hear any tracks through the interface while recording or during play back.All problems started with mavericks update and grew with the last logic 10.0.5 update.Nothing compatible all the way through and now i can not record any audio.I had no issues with mountain lion or any other version since 2009,so i hope apple fixes it immediately as all problems started with these last few updates.Very upset with the updates,wish i had not done them!and may look at other companies products. …
- Written by LEONARD B from north vancouver
13 of 22 people found this useful
Questions & Answers
Answers from the community
Is this interface compatible with Yosemite or Mavericks?
- Asked by Ransom W from Salt Lake City
- Nov 11, 2014
can you plug in the amplified studio microphones to 212 to record?
- Asked by Alexie K
- Oct 3, 2014
will the 2I2 work with a macbook air as you know there is only a internal mic. Imput
- Asked by Chris B from Hilliard
- Sep 4, 2014
Yes it will work; the 2i2 plugs in via USB, not the mic input.
- Answered by David M from New York
- Sep 13, 2014
Would the Scarlet 212 be compatible with a 2001 Kurzweil SP 88 digital piano.
- Asked by Whitney W from Overland Park
- Aug 7, 2012
Scarlett does NOT support midi interfaces -- so you would be better off with an interface that has m Scarlett does NOT support midi interfaces -- so you would be better off with an interface that has midi in and out that Garageband can recognize. M-Audio Fast Track sounds like it could work, but I'm sure there are cheaper options out there. …
- Answered by David M from New York
- Sep 7, 2012
blue yeti pro to focusrite scarlett 2i2
- Asked by Adam M from Kinkora
- May 26, 2013