Focusrite Scarlett Solo (2nd Gen) USB Audio Interface with Pro Tools | First
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- One natural-sounding Scarlett mic preamp with plenty of even gain; one instrument input, Stereo line outputs on RCA phono for connecting to home speakers; one headphones output with gain control. You don't need a power supply, either - just connect with a USB cable and start recording.
- 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
- LIMITED TIME OFFER: FREE Venomode DeeQ, Maximal 2, and Pivot, plug-ins upon registration and download.
- 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, Choice of one free XLN Addictive Keys virtual instrument, all available via download upon purchase and registration
- Compatible with Windows 7 and higher, and Mac OS X 10.10 and higher. Frequency Response: 20 Hz - 20 kHz ± 0.25dB. Supported sample rates: 44.1 kHz, 48 kHz, 88.2 kHz, 96 kHz, 176.4 kHz, 192 kHz; Headphone Dynamic Range:104dB (A-weighted). Focusrite now offers a 3-Year Warranty on this and all other Focusrite products.
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Our Easiest Way to Start Recording
One natural-sounding Scarlett mic preamp with plenty of even gain.
One instrument input designed to handle seriously hot pickups.
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.
Ideal for Singer-Songwriters and Guitar Players
Scarlett Solo is our simplest and most compact interface. It's ideal for singer-songwriters and guitar players looking for the easiest way to record studio-quality music onto Mac or PC. Take it anywhere, connect and power by USB, plug a mic and guitar straight in, and immediately start recording with the same sound quality as the rest of the Scarlett range.
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 and USB cable.
XLN Audio – Addictive Keys: one of four inspiring and interesting keyboard instruments.
Focusrite – Red Plug-in Suite: accurately models our classic Red 2 equalizer and Red 3 compressor.
Softube – Time and Tone Bundle: four of Softube's reverb, delay, mastering and distortion plug-ins.
Focusrite – Plug-in Collective: exclusive offers, tutorial content and more, from some of the most innovative and prestigious plug-in companies.
Ableton – Live Lite: music-making software.
Avid – Pro Tools - First Focusrite Creative Pack: music-making software.
Loopmasters: 2GB of royalty-free sample libraries.
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|*Compatible with Mac OSX 10.1 & above||**Compatible with Windows 7, 8.1, & 10|
Focus rite'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 mica 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. Focus rite is the perfect partner for Pro Tools. To celebrate this Scarlett solo now comes with an exclusive version of Pro Tools | first focus rite creative pack, as well as able ton Live Lite. It is compatible with all major DAWs, on Mac and PC. *Super-low round-trip 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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*It worked great for almost one week, then a loud droning sound started up and I spend hours upon hours trying to trouble shoot.
*I was given another cable and even bought two more to no avail.
*I borrowed another computer to test it on to find the same issues.
The person I was in contact with was nice but what follows is why I will never purchase a Focusrite again.
*Started the process to get it repaired...... It took almost a MONTH from my first email just to get the RMA, and cost me $13 to ship.
*I was never given updates during this time or contacted at all by American Music and Sound (the guys who would "repair" it) and just to get my RMA I had to hound the Focusrite person I originally talked to.
*Shipping was 7 days from me to them and was back in 14 days (including 7 days for shipping) So about 7 days in their shop.
*I set every back up.... and almost fell out of my chair. Not only was it NOT fixed the sound was louder and now just touching it caused it to skip like there was an issue with the power cable or the jack itself.
*I also apparently cannot return it and cannot afford to keep shipping it back just so they send it back still broken
This was a big buy for me and I am stunned that at $100 this spent most of its life not working, and now I'm out all this money.
I cannot recommend this product at all or this company.
The only way to solve the issue is to unplug the interface and plug it back up, but who has time to continuously do that when they are working on something that is literally as long as a novel? Or, when someone is in the middle of recording a song? Or doing a video interview? This product was 100 bucks, and here I am with a 100 dollar paper weight. C'mon Focusrite. You can be better than this. Until I start hearing something fantastic about you guys, I'm going back to my old Behringer.
-Kenneth Toles (using my wife's account)
Using the solo with apple usbc to usb while computer is charging.
Focusrite gives macbook error- usb disabled. device is consuming too much power. (While the macbook pro while charging)
Did smc reset. No luck. Solo does not turn on. Continues to give macbook pro usb error.
Macbook restarted and gave me a black screen with message, your computer restarted due to a problem.
Stuck on boot screen for 2 hours.
I turned off the mac by holding down power button and did another smc reset. After 10 minutes of the loading screen (usually takes less than a minute to boot up to the login screen) mac is up running but the solo is broken.
Oh by the way....
Brought another one. Underneath solo, the date is 12/2017 my old one was 8/2017.
same thing happened again.
WASTE OF TIME AND MONEY.
(Update) : to Get Pro Tools | First to run on windows10 if you getting that 6117 error just got into your playback and recording setting and disable everything then restart Pro Tools | First will ask you about what sound device you are using then Make Sure You have the Focusrite ASIO Driver Installed Not The ASIO4ALL Driver
Top international reviews
Box can get a little warm. I once left a chocolate bar on top of it (still in the package) and it melted. But if you are not going to keep your food on it, you'll do just fine. :)
Direct monitor works as advertised, there is no perceivable input lag. Design is okay, everything is clearly labeled and the whole thing is very easy to use. LED lights are dim and will not bother you at night. Though I wish we could turn off the 48v light. 10/10
1-C'est une carte son disposant de deux entrer, ne vous laisser donc pas surprendre si vous n'entendez que d'une oreille ( exemple micro a gauche)
Ce détail est tout a fait réglable depuis la plupart des logiciel (streamlabs obs, audacity etc..) passer donc d'un stereo a mono pour entendre les deux .
Personnellement j'enregistre plus ma voix que ma guitare ( tchat etc..) donc j'ai modifier tout cela depuis les propriétés windows pour que par défaut je sois toujours en mono .
Remettre le mode stéréo pour la musique uniquement qui donnera plus de profondeur a vos sons .
2- La carte fonctionne en alimentation phantom ( usb sur pc et non cable sur prise secteur) donc il vous faudra une alimentation pc suffisante . Je tourne avec une 750w be quiet et bien sur aucun soucis ( pc portable à brancher sur secteur pour délivrer du constant )
3-Envisager la possibilité sur des anciens pc, que la carte wifi ou la carte son d'origine sur votre carte mère créer des interférences avec la focusrite . Tout est désactivable depuis le gestionnaire si un problème est notable .
4-N'oublier pas de télécharger L'Asio control panel sur le site officiel . En effet sans cet outil vous n'aurez pas la possibilité de choisir votre taux en Hz ou encore la taille de buffer . Pour ma part j'ai choisis le 44Hz, et 63 de buffer ( j'ai un son moins ample mais plus stable sans bruit parasite )
5-C'est une carte son, et non une table de mixage, si vous voulez plus d'amplitude pour travailler je vous conseil de prendre le soft voice metter banana .
Que dire de plus? C'est un beau produit, une finition très propre .
L'indicateur led du gain permet un réglage facile en étant sur que le son ne sature pas .
Je conseil ce produit aux musiciens, à ceux qui veulent exploiter leurs casques a fond.
Mais pas forcement à ceux qui veulent débuter le stream/Youtube/conversation; là ou un micro usb suffira amplement et moins chère que le combo micro+carte+câble
1 étoile en moins pour la qualité du packaging, pas assez protéger selon moi .
Edit: Unfortunately I'm here having to edit my review of this interface. when it works it's great... unfortunately in the process of about 6 hours my interface has gone from working perfectly fine to not working at all instead i get a infernal buzzing sound and no audio from my computer. don't worry I've tired different USB ports, headphones, 2.5mm adapters cables... but nothing, honestly It's a shame cause I liked it but I also don't expect something that cost £100 to break with 8 months of frankly standard use
Original: At the end of the day your getting a focusrite audio interface. their good quality, decent price and will work completely fine. this Scarlett solo is no different, with that said considering you can jump up to the 2i2 for around £20-30... it makes the lack of flexibility in the solo more of an issue for me. at the end of the day however it is a small audio interface that as you would expect gives a clean audio signal(tested on Sennhiser 280 pro's and the Beyerdynamics DT 770's) and has direct monitor and phantom power. To finish off I would really recommend that you just jump up to the 2i2 for the £20-30 it's worth but the solo itself is not a bad interface by any means.
Unfortunately extended use (+1 hour) will cause gaps in audio and, on a voice chat with my friends, I would either turn into a robot or have missing segments of speech. Resetting the device sometimes fixed it and increasing the buffer size either did nothing or cause more stutter issues. I reset the device one day and after that the thing just didn't turn on.
I give up.
I am now looking for a replacement device and I am not going to buy from Focusrite ever again.
Avoid this model
If it matters, it's a great looking bit of kit. It's well built and nicely finished. It's not too heavy but doesn't slide around either thanks to to some decent non-slip feet.
Front connections are what you expect - XLR mic in, and line/instrument in, with gain controls for both. The gain control knobs have peak lighting ring indicators which is pretty nice. The main monitor volume knob is big and easy to use. There is a 6.35mm 1/4 inch headphone jack to cap things off.
Around the back it's simple enough - stereo audio out, these are RCA connectors, not 1/4 inch jacks. The interface connects via a USB 2.0 B connector, and a cable is supplied. There's also a Kensington security lock if you feel the need for that.
I use this on a PC so can't comment on Mac use, but PC set up is easy, get the latest drivers from Focusrite and install them, then plug in the Solo and you're good to go. The drivers are ASIO compliant, and the latency is very low.
Sound quality is very good, with very low noise. I mostly run it though an amp, but the headphone monitor is OK too.
The bundled software packages are OK, but you probably will have these anyway so I'm not sure it offers much value to the package really.
Can't really fault it for the price.
The unit seems to be well built and it will do just fine if you are looking for something to start recording your tunes.
On my Mac it was pretty much plug and play.
My only concern is with the headphones socket which doesn't seem to work if jack plug is pushed full in which is how i normally plug a jack in. Only get audio if it's partially in about 80%. Now i'm not sure if others have noticed this problem. I am using sennheiser headphones with a jack connector, so maybe it's an inferior connector and i shall replace asap.
The software that comes with the Solo 2nd Gen includes Bias Amp 2 Le which is very nice. Try the full demo and start shredding - if you're a metal head - or play amazing blues and experience the incredible amp simulations.
Only issue is the ASIO software is a bit temperamental and randomly switches the buffer size down to 128 which can be a bit annoying as it makes the audio stutter and my mic sound like a robot, it also locks up any program that is using audio when I try and switch back up to a higher buffer size meaning I have to restart whatever program I am using (not always, but more often than not). Not a huge issue and can be fixed in software so the product still gets 4 stars from me.
It's excellent all round, to my ears it's noiseless and there's enough gain to drive the Procaster on it's own, the DBX is used to colour the sound and give the microphone a little more gain.
I think it's a solid little thing, robust and light ... it sits on top of everything and doesn't slide around ... what else can I say that hasn't been said before ... better than five stars !