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Focusrite Scarlett Solo (2nd Gen) USB Audio Interface with Pro Tools | First
- One natural-sounding Scarlett mic preamp with plenty of even gain; one newly-designed instrument input, designed to handle seriously hot guitar pick-ups
- Class-leading conversion and sample rates up to 192kHz / 24 bit; super-low latency for using your plug-ins in real time without the need for DSP (measured at 2.74ms, working at 96kHz with a 32 samples buffer)
- Stereo line outputs on RCA phono for connecting to home speakers; one headphones output with gain control
- Compatible with Windows 7 and higher, and Mac OS X 10.10 and higher
- Includes Pro Tools | First Focusrite Creative Pack and Ableton Live Lite, Softube Time and Tone Bundle, Focusrite’s Red Plug-in Suite, 2GB of Loopmasters samples, and monthly Focusrite Plug-In Collective offers, all available via download
- Choice of one free XLN Addictive Keys virtual instrument via download upon purchase and registration
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Second generation 2 in / 2 out USB 2.0 audio interface with one Scarlett mic preamp and one instrument input, 24bit/192kHz & USB bus powered. Pro Tools | First & Ableton Live Lite recording software, plug-ins and samples included. Mac & PC compatible.
Mic Preamp and Instrument Input
With Scarlett Solo your recordings will sound just how you want them. The latest Scarlett mic preamp features a more even gain structure, so you can accurately set your levels, and the instrument input has also been completely redesigned so it can handle seriously hot guitar pick-ups.
Designed for the Guitarist
No matter how loud you play, or how hot your pick-ups, the new-designed instrument input can handle it. You'll be free to play without the worry of unwanted distortion.
Start Recording Today
Scarlett Solo comes with Pro Tools | First Focusrite Creative Pack in the box, as well as Ableton Live Lite and a suite of software and samples, so you can start recording straight away. It works flawlessly with all major DAWs on Mac and PC, too – all you need to do is plug in and get started.
- Focusrite Control (routing and monitoring application)
- Red 2 & Red 3 Plug-in Suite
- Softube Time & Tone Pack
- Pro Tools | First Focusrite Creative Pack
- Ableton Live Lite music making software
- 2 GB of Loopmasters sounds and samples
- Novation Bass Station VST and AU plug-in synthesizer
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Focusrite's second generation Scarlett Solo is ideal if you want to start recording, and now it's even better, faster and easier than before. Though compact and easy to use, it still delivers the same class-leading sound quality and digital conversion as the rest of the latest Scarlett range. It has a single natural sounding Scarlett mic preamp, a newly-designed instrument input and super-low latency*. Take it anywhere, connect by a single USB cable to a computer, plug your microphone and instrument straight in, and easily record studio quality audio. Focusrite is the perfect partner for Pro Tools. To celebrate this Scarlett Solo now comes with an exclusive version of Pro Tools | First Focusrite Creative Pack, as well as Ableton Live Lite. It is compatible with all major DAWs, on Mac and PC. *Super-low roundtrip latency was measured at 2.74ms, working at 96kHz with a 32 samples buffer on Logic Pro X, running on a Mac Pro and OS 10.11
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The most obvious changes are cosmetic ones. The rotary controls for the headphone level and monitor level are now shinier, with black lines rather than grooves in the knobs to mark the levels, making it much easier to see the setting at a glance. The same is true of the black rotary input gain controls, which now have clearly visible red lines. In fact, the labeling of the entire front panel is noticeably clearer, being white on black now rather than gray on very dark gray. The headphone control has gained the traditional 0 and 10 markings, so Spinal Tap probably won't approve. The same is true of the input gain controls.
The case is the same excellent solid red metal case, now a touch brighter in color with the logo in gray rather than black. On the back, the ports are rearranged slightly, and the ¼' audio output sockets no longer protrude half a centimeter. Once you plug in ¼' jacks it'll scarcely matter, but I thought I'd point it out. Also gone from the back are the screw holes; I'm guessing they're now hidden under the rubber feet on the bottom of the unit.
Once you plug the box in, an interesting change becomes apparent: The new 2i2 is faster to boot up. Whereas the old 2i2 would flicker its input LEDs a few times before settling down, the new one blinks once and is ready to go. The old units only took a couple of seconds to boot, so it's not a big deal, but it shows the attention to detail and quality Focusrite put into their products. The fact that the USB ID has changed from 0x100016e4e to 0x100016db4 as well, suggests that it's all new under the hood.
As with the 1st generation 2i2, two of the best features of this audio interface are things you don't get. There's no power brick, because it's powered straight from the USB bus; and there's no driver disc, because it uses standard USB Audio Class protocols. Specifically, it's USB 2.0 Class Compliant.
On the Mac, the 2i2 shows up as an AppleUSBDevice, and automatically appears in the System Preferences alongside the built-in Apple audio hardware. Open up Apple Audio MIDI Setup and you can change the format from the default 44.1kHz 24 bit to 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz, 176.4kHz, or even a ludicrous 192kHz. Furthermore, no special drivers means it will continue to work with future versions of macOS.
This adherence to standards also means that the Scarlett 2i2 is a great choice for Linux users. You plug it in, it works flawlessly using the snd-usb-audio ALSA module. I've no idea what the driver situation is like for Windows users, others will have to review that.
The box is simple and obvious in its general usage. You have two input sockets on the front, which take either XLR connectors or ¼' jacks — one for left, one for right. You have two ¼' sockets on the back for output — one for left, one for right — and you have a headphone socket, again ¼' but this time stereo. The knobs next to the input sockets control the input gain. Switches choose line level or instrument level input, and you can choose differently for the two inputs if you want to have two mono signals instead of a stereo one. 48V phantom power is also supported via a switch, but affects both inputs.
The LED rings around the knobs pulse green with the signal. If they pulse orange, it means your audio clipped but you might get away with it. If they pulse red, it means your audio clipped really badly, and you might qualify for a job with a major label fighting in the loudness wars. A switch enables direct monitoring, or you can have your computer pass the audio back out and monitor that.
Audio quality hasn't changed with the new hardware as far as I can tell, though I didn't do any double-blind tests. It's certainly markedly better than Apple's built-in audio hardware on my MacBook Pro, and the headphone output can easily drive a full-size set of headphones to ear-splitting volumes.
Overall, an excellent entry level choice for any Mac or Linux user wanting to connect a musical instrument, or for use as a general purpose high quality audio interface.
I originally purchased this on recommendation from a friend who performs as a DJ in the evenings and I have to say it was one of the best pieces of advice I have ever been given. My primary focus was to obtain something that would improve my overall listening experience after building a new computer. I was astounded by the quality of sound I was receiving from my Klipsch Promedia 2.1 before I even thought of introducing a DAC into the equation. Fast forward months later and combine the Focusrite 2i4 with the speakers I had broken in and I was able absolutely floored by the details I had missed in songs I listened to on a daily basis.
Aside from personal amusement, this actually proves to be utilitarian in regards to not only intercepting Digital data for conversion to Analog detail, but acting as an intermediary device for Analog to Digital situations. What this means is that for any gamers/streamers/bloggers out there is that if you feed your Focusrite quality audio recording equipment, then you will have audio so clear people would think you were speaking to them directly in their room. I will admit that this hidden feature took a bit of optimization on my end as a low voice does not play well with any form of audio recording device. However, the dbx286s combined with the Shure SM58 (I know, not a spoken word mic) has proven to be a golden combination that no one can complain about thus far.
A few tips that would help others to maximize the hidden potential of their Focusrite 2i4.
1) If using an unbalanced connection for speakers (RCA or Auxiliary), then keep those connections in the unbalanced ports in the rear side of the device. In the case of AUX cord, purchase an AUX to RCA splitter.
2) You will encounter a lot of people complaining that Mic input through the XLR channels produce sound in either the left or right (corresponds to XLR 1 or 2 respectively) side of headphones or speakers. This is because the device records Stereo imaging through a Mono port. To fix hearing yourself in Mono, make sure the input/playback dial near the "monitor" nob is set to playback, which prevents your Focusrite from outputting any input audio like microphones and focus solely on relaying sound from your computer. Additionally, I have found that after using a XLR Y splitter cable to make a single input play through both XLR channels that my audio has improved for those listening on the other end as well as allowing me to hear myself in Stereo mode (trust me, it drives you nuts).
3) Using an AUX to Phono adapter will allow you place headphones directly into the balanced phono port on the front of the Focusrite. What this means for me is that I can mute my Promedia 2.1 system and pick up my headphones without changing any wires or messing with buttons/dials/etc.
4) Not mandatory, but for anyone looking to take their audio experience another step further I highly recommend pairing this with the iFi Purifier 2 (USB type B). This device with plug directly into your Focusrite and use the red USB type B cable that came with your Focusrite to plug directly into your Purifier 2 (sandwich style). This will insure your Focusrite is only receiving the cleanest possible signal from your computer, and from personal experience I can say that you WILL notice the difference.
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