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Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 (1st GENERATION) USB Recording Audio Interface
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- Excellent digital performance
- Rugged metal unibody case
- Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 USB audio interface, truly portable interface
- Includes an authorization code for Ableton Live Lite, Scarlett Plug-in Suite (RTAS/AU/VST), Red 2 & Red 3 Plug-in Suite (AAX/AU/VST), the Softube Time and Tone Bundle, Novation Bass Station, and 1GB of Loopmasters samples
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Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 Audio Interface
Focusrite's 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. 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 the 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.
Connect and Monitor Instrument Inputs for Recording
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, while at the flick of a switch, you can cater to the output of an electric or acoustic guitar. Unique halo 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. A large monitor dial provides a tactile control for the volume of your speakers, while 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.
High Quality Mic Preamps
Scarlett 2i2 features two high quality award-winning Focusrite mic pres. With more than 25 years of experience in designing analog equipment, Focusrite produces 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.
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. 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 with Truly Portable Interface
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. 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 DAW and Effects Software
Inside the box you'll find an authorization code for Ableton Live Lite (available via online download), as well as Focusrite's Scarlett Plug-in Suite and the Red 2 & Red 3 PlugIn Suite (AAX/AU/VST) upon registration of interface. Compatible with all major DAWs, Scarlett plug-in suite provides EQ, Compression, Gate and Reverb-essential tools for polishing your mix.
Which Scarlett Interface Is Right for You?
The Focusrite Scarlett series comes in a range of interface configurations. Use the chart to the left to compare models and find the right Scarlett for your recording needs.
Top Customer Reviews
I want to clarify a few things for future buyers, though, and don't take this as a warning to stay away from this product. It is excellent if you can set it up right.
#1 - MICROPHONES V. INSTRUMENTS. The Scarlett has a very nicely designed combo jack, which allows you to plug in both an XLR connector and a 1/4" TRS jack plug. The Scarlett is automatically configured to recognize any XLR connector as a microphone and any 1/4" TRS jack plug as an instrument. So if you intend to use microphones I urge you to get an XLR cable to connect them. It is basically necessary you use XLR for condenser microphones to utilize the 48V phantom power. Even with a dynamic microphone, I really recommend you use an XLR connection. A dynamic microphone using a 1/4" TRS will be much quieter than one using an XLR, and can hardly be heard through a headphone monitor even with the gain turned up 100%.
#2 - MONITORS. If you intend to use headphones as a monitor (to listen to yourself as you record), you will need headphones ending in a 1/4" jack (6.35mm). Most headphones rarely end in anything other than a 1/8" jack (3.5mm), so it is 99% likely you will need an adapter. Get yourself a 1/8" female to 1/4" male TRS adapter if you want to use headphones. You can find these easily at Wal-Mart, BestBuy, etc. As a side note, on the back are two line outputs that also require 1/4" TRS jack plugs - these are for loudspeakers, not headphones. There is only one jack for one pair of headphones. (I am pretty sure you can use a headphone splitter if you need more headphones.)
#3 - DRIVERS. The package insert for this product will tell you to register your product on their website so you can download a USB driver. Go ahead and register because there are other free downloads, but DO NOT install the USB drivers from focusrite.com if you are using Windows. If you already installed it, you must uninstall it by going to Control Panel > Uninstall a Program. Go to http://beta.focusrite.com/releases/focusrite_usb2_drivers/ and download/install the latest USB2 driver (last I checked, there was only one available). You will know the driver is working if Line Output and Line Input appear and are enabled in Control Panel > Sound when you plug in the interface.
#4 - Find, download, and read the manual for this product. It will save you from any disappointment or surprises.
I use this for streaming games, and the like. With this, I can run audio out into my capture card. It's a Live Gamer HD from Avermedia C985 that has a 3.5mm input for the audio. There is absolutely no delay on recorded videos with this setup even though it's USB. I had an Elgato capture card, but didn't have this 2i2 at the time and the delay was atrocious through usb. I thought I was going to have some type of similar delay with this usb audio interface but very lucky it's timings are spot on together.
I also use the guitar input on the 2i2 to run audio out of an ipad. Very versatile interface.
The cons I can think of are the small dial for the headphone volume, it's plastic, and has no grip on it. I wish the two grey dials were relocated a bit with the bigger one controlling the headphones.
I've had this interface for a few weeks now, and my final rating is basically what everyone else has said:
I'm am running Pro Tools 10 on a new(ish) HP Pavilion Core i5, with Windows 7 64 bit. Add the Focusrite Scarlett 2i2, and if you Google around, you'll find this is a perfect recipe for disaster. Maybe you have a pretty similar set up, and that's why you're reading this. Well I'm here to tell you that although Pro Tools 10 is somewhat buggy on the PC, and although Focusrite's drivers are horrendous, I got everything to run pretty smoothly after 3 or 4 days of errors, intense googling, and even contacting Focusrite. I'm going to give you the steps that I took, and maybe, if you're having the same problems I was, you can make it work, because honestly, we all would love to give this interface a five star rating.
So the drivers installed great, no errors or anything. Plugged everything in, and opened up Pro Tools. Pro Tools found the interface, and I was like "YES!!!". It appeared everything would be ok. But when I started up a new session at 24 bit and 44.1 kHz, but got an error saying that the ASIO properties for my interface had been changed, and Pro Tools needed to restart. After posting on Avid's Pro Tools forums and seeing what they had to say, I came to the conclusion that I needed to set the 2i2's sampling rate BEFORE I opened Pro Tools. Unfortunately, the Focusrite drivers don't give you that option. The only way I knew to change the sampling rate was from inside of the DAW. I Googled like mad, and after many hours of being frustrated, and being THIS close to sending the 2i2 back and getting something made by Avid or M-Audio, I finally got everything to work. Here is what did it:
Download the MOST recent drivers at beta.focusrite.com, not the ones off the public Focusrite website. Instal them.
On your PC, go to the Start Menu>Control Panel>Hardware and Sound> Under Sound click "Manage Audio Devices". Click the recording tab, and set the Scarlett 2i2 as the default device. Click "properties" and then "advanced", from here you can set default format to "2 channel, 16 bit 48000 Hz".
Go to the Star Menu, and type "Focusrite" in the search, and then bring up the Focusrite USB 2.0 Audio Control Panel. Set the buffer length to 6 ms.
Open up Pro Tools (or your DAW of choice). Start a new session at 24 bit 48 kHz. If it says (like it did for me) that the ASIO properties had been changed, and that it needs to restart, click ok, but than click cancel when it asks you if you want to save. Then go to "Setup" and then "Hardware". From here set the sample rate to 48 kHz, and set the buffer length to 6 ms.
Close Pro Tools, open up the Focusrite Audio Control Panel on more time and double check that the buffer length is set to 6 ms.
Open Pro Tools, start a new session at 24 bit 48 kHz, and pray no errors will show up when you press record!
And there you have it. This took me about 4 days to figure out. Hope it works for you! And if it doesn't, or if you have any questions, leave comment below and I'll see what I can do!
As for the 2i2, yeah, its a fantastic little interface. Super quiet pres, awesome halo clip indicators, phantom power. Some people are complaining the headphone gain doesn't get very loud, but I found it sufficient. The little line/instrument switches are plastic, by the way, the pictures make them look like metal, but its plastic ;) Altogether, its a sturdy little box, great for the price, I just wish Focusrite would put a bit more effort into their drivers.