• 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.

    6 of 10 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.

    18 of 21 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.

    44 of 48 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!

    48 of 53 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!

    63 of 68 people found this useful