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Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 USB Audio Interface

Get Scarlett quality in an affordable, portable USB audio interface. The road-ready 2i2 gives you 2 Focusrite mic preamps and up to 96 kHz/24-bit recording. (12) Read 8 reviews for this product | Rate and review this product
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Product Description

For songwriters, Scarlett 2i2 is the gold standard. With 2 Focusrite mic pres, you are fully equipped to record your music with ease and quality.

The Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 is a 2 in/2 out USB recording interface featuring two award-winning Focusrite preamps. Housed in an attractive anodized aluminum unibody chassis, the interface not only sounds fantastic but looks great too. What's more, it's solid enough to take on the road when you travel. The Scarlett 2i2 is much more than just a pretty metal box...

See the Scarlett 2i2 in action with this video from Focusrite:


25 Years of Experience

For more than 25 years, Focusrite has designed some of the most popular microphone preamps in the industry. This experience has been used to create the transparent, low-noise and low-distortion preamp found not only in the Scarlett 2i2 but also our flagship Firewire interface, the Liquid Saffire 56. Plenty of available headroom makes it suitable for moving coil, condenser and ribbon microphones regardless of the source. Phantom power is provided for mics that need it.

Plug Straight In

The front panel Neutrik combination input can be used to connect line and instrument level signals as well as microphones. This makes it perfect for recording the output of a synthesizer or stage piano, whilst at the flick of a switch you can cater for the output of an electric or acoustic guitar.

Keep an Eye on Your Levels

Unique halo signal indicators let you know that you've got a good signal level for recording. Red means that your signal is clipping, and that you should reduce the gain. The halo will momentarily turn amber as the level returns to a healthy level, at which point it will turn green.

Flexible Monitoring Options

A large monitor dial provides a tactile control for the volume of your speakers, whilst a high quality headphone amp provides a clean yet loud signal to headphones connected to the front panel socket. The direct monitor switch routes audio directly from the inputs to both the headphone and speaker outputs. This allows you to monitor the incoming signal with zero-latency.

Polish Your Mix

The included Scarlett Plug-In suite provides effects compatible with all major DAWs; so whether you're using GarageBand, Pro Tools, Cubase, Logic or the included Ableton Live Lite, Scarlett 2i2 is the complete package for you to get recording straight away.

High-Quality Mic Preamps

Scarlett 2i2 features two high quality award-winning Focusrite mic pres. With more than 25 years of experience in designing analogue equipment, Focusrite produce the best mic preamps in the industry. The preamps found in the Scarlett 2i2 are no exception to this, and share the same design as those found in our flagship interfaces: Saffire PRO 40 and Liquid Saffire 56.

Excellent Digital Performance

With 24-bit resolution at sample rates of up to 96 KHz, the digital conversion in the Scarlett 2i2 is of very high quality meaning that every note and every subtle detail is captured with great clarity.

Rugged Metal Unibody Case

The anodized aluminum unibody chassis ensures that your Scarlett 2i2 can withstand the harsh environment of the road. It also makes Scarlett 2i2 the most beautiful interface around ...

Truly Portable Interface

Scarlett 2i2 is very light and compact making it easy to fit in a laptop bag. It's also bus powered meaning that you don't need an additional power supply. Simply plug in to your computer and hit record!

Included Software - DAW and Effects

Inside the box you'll find Ableton Live Lite 8, as well as Focusrite's Scarlett plug-in suite. Compatible with all major DAWs, Scarlett plug-in suite provides EQ, Compression, Gate and Reverb - essential tools for polishing your mix.

Unique LED Gain Halos

The gain halos which surround the gain knob for each input provides an easy way to know that the signal you're recording is the right level. It will show green when the signal is at a good level (above -24dBFS). If it turns to red, you know that the signal is too loud and is therefore clipping - if this happens, simply reduce the gain until the halo returns to green.

Direct Monitor Function

Flick the direct monitor switch on the front panel of your 2i2 and you will hear what you're recording through your speakers or headphones, without the signal having to go through your computer. This avoids the possibility of latency, which can be distracting when recording.

Features

- 2-in/2-out USB audio interface
- 96 kHz, 24-bit conversion
- 2 Focusrite microphone preamplifiers
- Red anodised aluminium unibody chassis

Find the right Scarlett interface with this interactive video from Focusrite:


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- A-D dynamic range: 105 dB 'A-weighted' (all inputs). Converter chipset A-D dynamic range 114 dB
- D-A dynamic range: Range 104 dB 'A-weighted' (all outputs). Converter chipset D-A dynamic range 114 dB
- Supported sample rates: 44.1 kHz, 48 kHz, 88.2 kHz and 96 kHz
- Microphone Inputs 1 and 2:
- Frequency response: 20 Hz - 20 kHz +/-0.1 dB
- Gain range: + 10 dB to + 55 dB
- THD+N: 0.002% (minimum gain, -1 dBFS input with 20 Hz - 22 kHz filter)
- Noise EIN: 120 dB: measured at 55 dB of gain with, 150 Ohm termination (20 Hz - 22 kHz filter)
- Input impedance: 2 kOhm

Line Inputs 1 and 2:
- Frequency response: 20 Hz - 20 kHz +/-0.1 dB
- Gain range: -10 dB to +35 dB
- THD+N: 0.002% (measured with -1 dBFS input and 22 Hz - 22 kHz filter)
- Noise: -90 dBu (22 Hz - 22 kHz filter)
- Input impedance: 10 kOhm

Instrument Inputs 1 and 2:
- Frequency response: 20 Hz - 20 kHz +/-0.1 dB
- Gain range: +10 dB to +55 dB
- THD+N: 0.005% (measured with -8 dBu input and 20 Hz - 22 kHz filter)
- Noise: -87 dBu (20 Hz -22 kHz filter)
- Line Outputs 1 and 2:
- Maximum output level (0 dBFS): 10 dBu, balanced
- THD+N: 0.001% (measured with 0 dBFS input and 22 Hz - 22 kHz filter, unweighted)

Analog Inputs 1 and 2:
- Connectors: Neutrik XLR Combo: Mic/Line/Inst (Inputs 1-2) on front panel
- Mic/Line switching: Automatic
- Line/Instrument switching: 2 x front panel switches
- Phantom power: Shared +48v phantom power switch for inputs 1 and 2

Analog Outputs:
- Main outputs: 2 x balanced 1/4 in. TRS jacks on rear panel (Main outputs)
- Stereo headphone output: 1/4 in. TRS jack on front panel
- Main output level control: On front panel
- Headphones level control: On front panel
- USB: 1 x USB 2.0 Type B connector

Front Panel Indicators:
- USB power and connected: LED
- Gain controls: Colour-coded LED rings
- Dimensions (WxHxD): 7 x 1 3/4 x 4" (175 x 45 x 100 mm)
- Weight: 1.3 lbs (580 grams)
Dimensions and Weight in Packaging
Shipping Weight: 3 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 10 x 7 x 4 in
If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 310-322-5500
Customer Reviews
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Overall: OK. Here's the skinny on the 2i2. The preamp is amazing for this price point. Good luck finding a better one even in the $500 audio interface range. Yeah I mean that seriously. It is velvety smooth and extremely quiet... but, you will need an attenuator for active pickups. Buy a cheap $20 inline attenuator if you don't already have one because otherwise you'll clip the input stage. Even a single coil will clip fairly easy. Not sure why they didn't include a pad but you have been warned. If you're playing humbuckers, forget it! You'll clip with the gain all the way down unless you turn down the volume on your guit. Other than that it's a sweet lil interface. The Scarlett suite too is excellent. Plugins don't usually impress me but these did. The reverb plugin is now my goto reverb. It sounds lush, warm and gorgeous like an analog verb. They're not real surgical plugs but they really don't need to be because they sound so good. Obviously you won't be buying this for flexible routing, but for $149 this is one sweet sounding interface.
Style of Music: Rock
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Overall: A few months back I was looking to build out a portable recording rig with my new MacBook Pro. I was looking for a high quality audio interface that wouldn't put me in the poorhouse. Having already owned the Saffire Pro 40 in my desktop studio rig, I was already familiar with the Focusrite brand. The Scarlett 2i2 did NOT disappoint. The device installed easily and works flawless with my MacBook pro in both Pro Tools 9 and Presonus Studio One 2. I've tracked both 1/4in and XLR and the focusrite preamps delivery quality sound. The bus powered USB device even draws enough juice to provide phantom power to my vocal condensor- which I loved. I routinely jack my guitar direct into the Scarelett for use with Guitar Rig or other amp modeling software. I know some other folks reviewing this said you would need a signal attentuator to keep the guitar signal from peaking out. What I've found is that you flip the switch from INST to LINE and that solves that issue immediately. I haven't needed any additional signal attentuator- and I'm running guitars with active pickups. Overall, EXCELLENT PRODUCT! The only issue I had was with installing the Scarlett Plug-in Suite. The CD jacket was missing the activation code for the plugins. The great folks at ZZounds were able to get me over to the Focusrite support team and they generated a new code for me! Problem solved.
Style of Music: I produce everything from folk, pop rock, dance, Christian to electronic and metal!
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