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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.
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I bought this specifically for use with an iPad to do mobile recording. The app I use is Auria, but GarageBand will work as well. Be sure to use/buy a POWERED USB hub in order to power the Scarlett.
Wonderfully quiet device. Simple to use and the mic/instrument inputs are very warm sounding. It is truly shocking to see that you can achieve some VERY convincing, near commercial grade recording with this interface. In the hands of a clever musician or engineer, I bet a commercial grade recording project could be done right off the iPad.
If you're new to recording I highly suggest this interface. It's like having a real professional recoding console in the palm of your hand.
Recently I also made some stereo recordings of my band using a pair of balanced outputs from my mixer, once again the 2i2 performed perfectly. The unit is small and portable and runs totally on USB power, and although In my studio I use a different DAC/Preamp to drive my powered monitors, it can also be used to perform this function and it works perfectly when I'm traveling. There is a large output level control for adjusting monitor level, and a separate control for the 1/4 stereo headphone jack, a switch allows you to directly monitor your sources. There's really nothing bad I can say about this unit unless you don't like red, it's performance and features are exactly what I needed. I fully recommend the Focusrite 2i2, it helps me make great recordings, and based on it's performance I'd recommend the other Focusrite products based on this design. Great job!
All in all, if you need a budget system at home: get this. It is perfect for Mac or Pc.
[Update: Oct. 9, 2017: Still going strong! I have personally updated to a different system, but my brother still uses the 2i2, and I used it just the other day! It's a decent box with good audio!]
What I really want to say though is that the preamps in this thing sound amazing. I've owned some decent preamps before, and just earlier this week, I was recording in a pro studio using a neumann u67 through a avalon 737. Last night I compared those recordings to a recording I made through a SP C1 (ebay: $150-180 I think) and this little scarlett 2i2, and without question, the C1>Scarlet combo sounded better. More present, more clear. I thought I was crazy so I did a blind test with a few friends, and 3 out of the 4 liked the Scarlet more than what I did in the $75/hr studio.
Of course, recording engineering and what sounds pleasing to our ears is subjective, so take it as you may, but good heavens. I am sold on this thing.
Personally, I have owned the DMP3, FMR RNP, and a DAV BG1. The preamps on this sound better than any of them in my opinion. Or maybe the SP C1/Scarlett combo just has some magical synergy. Don't know, don't care. All I can say is that for the first time ever, I am really satisfied with the sound I am able to produce in my home studio.
Just as a side note too: Don't be fooled into thinking that pricey gear is always better than cheaper gear. I sold my Bluberry mic ($1,000) because my SP C1 (~$250ish new) sounded at worst as good, and at best, better.
I'm running ubuntu 14.04 LTS.
I was very impressed by focusrite on this piece of equpitment. Very solid physical design. Amazingly, and any other linux users will appreciate this as well, the Scarlett 2i2 runs essentially "Plug and Play" on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS.
I make electronic music using a programming language called Supercollider. It is akin to a Pure Data / Reaktor DSP program, but is entirely code based. I got this interface in order to have XLR / .25 in inputs and .25 in / auxilarry outputs. This product worked with my system with almost no configuration necessary.
I know Focusrite doesn't guarantee their products will work with Linux machines, but this one did, and I am very happy with it.