Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 USB Recording Interface

Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 USB Recording Interface

$149.95

3.0 out of 5 stars

Based on 11 reviews

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Product Information

  • Overview

    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.

  • Highlights

    • 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 For

    Equally 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
  • Tech Specs

    • 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
  • System Requirements

    Mac

    • Mac OS X v10.6.5 or later and v10.7

    Windows

    • Windows 7 (32- and 64-bit)/XP SP3 (32-bit only)
  • Manufacturer Information

    Part Number

    • Mfr. Part Number: SCARLETT-2i2
    • UPC or EAN No.: 815301008170

    Warranty

    • 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

Rating Breakdown (3.0 average)
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  • Buy this!

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    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 from Brooks

    56 of 60 people found this useful

    Was this useful? Buy this!
  • Great component to your home studio

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    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 from Kingsport

    41 of 45 people found this useful

    Was this useful? Great component to your home studio
  • Get pro-level quality at a Target-like price

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    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 from New York

    38 of 42 people found this useful

    Was this useful? Get pro-level quality at a Target-like price
  • Do you like cracking, crackling and unintended delay!

    1.0 out of 5 stars

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

    • Written by from Minneapolis

    3 of 5 people found this useful

    Was this useful? Do you like cracking, crackling and unintended delay!
  • interface issues with mavericks and logic10.0.5 updates

    1.0 out of 5 stars

    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 from north vancouver

    5 of 7 people found this useful

    Was this useful? interface issues with mavericks and logic10.0.5 updates
  • Do not buy this if you intend to use this with a mac

    1.0 out of 5 stars

    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 'up 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.

    • Written by from AUCKLAND

    4 of 6 people found this useful

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

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