• 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Amazing

    • Written by from Woodstock

    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

    0 of 1 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Do you like cracking, crackling and unintended delay!

    • Written by from Minneapolis

    Waste of money, well unless you're after tons of unintentional crackling, cracking and weird delay.

    10 of 23 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    interface issues with mavericks and logic10.0.5 updates

    • Written by from north vancouver

    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.

    13 of 21 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Do not buy this if you intend to use this with a mac

    • Written by from AUCKLAND

    I have owned one of these for 6 months, works awesome with a windows computer, as for a mac it's a different story. The driver 'updates' for mac are not up to date at all which makes me wonder why mac is endorsing this product to work with mac. Straight up it does not work with Mavericks 10.9 and above etc. Glitching, complete audio dropouts and to my understanding until Focusrite have made new drivers for the latest mac platforms I can't see a fix in the horizon.
    DISAPPOINTED.

    11 of 20 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    A Questionable Option

    • Written by from Old Bridge

    Mine arrived with a faulty headphone input, creating noise every time I moved the cable even slightly. Additionally, the headphone volume control was very stiff and small, making it difficult to adjust. Finally, beware, there is NO on/off switch for this device. This meant a loud clunk every time the computer was turned on or off. I'm using a 27 inch iMac (3.4Ghz i7 with 12 GB of ram.) My OSX software is current. I used the Focusrite as a general purpose audio interface and with Logic Pro for voice recording, usually with ribbon mics, so I appreciated the phantom power option. The Focusrite fed my desktop Event 20/20's as well as my Sennheiser HD 650's. The latter were almost unusable due to the faulty input. Ultimately, I decided to change out the Focusrite Scarlett in favour of the QUAD-Capture from Roland, an interface that delivers 24-bit/192kHz conversion.

    11 of 18 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Worked great on Lion 10.7, but no longer with Mountain Lion 10.8

    • Written by from Cowes

    Such a lovely piece of kit that worked great for me until I upgraded to Mountain Lion. Now there are endless issues.... Sadly I cant "go back" to Lion for software reasons, so am stuck. Focusrite Support have tried to be helpful, but ultimately, there is nothing they can do. So right now, as of this review date. I would AVOID if you're on 10.8.

    NB. To be fair, it does say on the Apple site that its only compatible up to 10.7. But of cause, this is not something you're aware of when you hit upgrade. I just presumed that an international company such as Focusrite, would make sure their kit work on the latest Mac Software... I mean, why wouldn't they? Just crazy...! Especially when Apple sell it in their stores.

    PS. Works great on my Windows machine, God Bless Microsoft!

    22 of 37 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Do not buy this box.

    • Written by from Vancouver

    This interface has issues with clipping audio. The guitar input has trouble handling the direct input from electric guitars and basses. It just clips. Also, if you are planning to have anything loud come in through a mic that doesn't have a pad built in, it will also clip. This is not just my user experience. For more user complaints re: this issue go look up sound on sound magazine and type 2i2 clipping in the search.

    21 of 41 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Superb

    • Written by from Stony Creek

    Sound quality and ease of use/setup are amazing! Worked seamlessly with my Mac.

    8 of 13 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great product

    • Written by from New York

    I switched to this after my apogee duet mysteriously died. In thought about upgrading to the newer Duet, however apogee's lack of support and non existent customer service drove to me look for different options. Very glad I found this. Great design and sound...love the in chassis inputs --- sick of breakout cables. This really is plug and play which is essential when paired with MacBook.

    19 of 23 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Get pro-level quality at a Target-like price

    • Written by from New York

    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.

    52 of 57 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great component to your home studio

    • Written by from Kingsport

    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!

    56 of 63 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Buy this!

    • Written by from Brooks

    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!

    75 of 83 people found this useful