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Focusrite Scarlett Solo (2nd Gen) USB Audio Interface with Pro Tools | First
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|Compatible Devices||Personal Computer|
|Supported Software||First Focusrite Creative Pack and Ableton Live Lite, Softube Time and Tone Bundle, Focusrite’s Red Plug-in Suite See more|
|Number of Channels||2|
About this item
- 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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|Compatibility||Mac* / PC**||Mac* / PC**||Mac* / PC**||Mac* / PC**||Mac* / PC**||Mac* / PC**|
|*Compatible with Mac OSX 10.1 & above||**Compatible with Windows 7, 8.1, & 10|
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|Item Dimensions||1.77 x 5.71 x 4.41 inches||9.61 x 6.14 x 3.46 inches||5.2 x 4.72 x 1.57 inches||4.4 x 7.3 x 1.9 inches||20.7 x 14.3 x 7.6 inches|
|Item Weight||0.99 lbs||1.00 lbs||1.63 lbs||1.30 lbs||8.31 lbs|
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.
Reviewed in the United States on June 20, 2017
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I did plenty of research before purchasing, but I should have done a tad bit more before buying. I'll come back to that, but first the review of the scarlett solo 2nd gen.
The unit came well packaged. It's double boxed, having a plain brown outer cardboard box, with the fancy, full-colored, glossy product box inside. In the box is the scarlett solo 2nd gen unit, manual with download codes for the included software (which I have no need for; I record directly into OBS Studio and Audacity) and usb cable. The usb cable is thin and a fair bit too short, so I highly recommend getting a longer cable, six feet or so. That said, I had no issues with the included cable.
The unit itself is very well built and has some heft to it. The casing is red anodized aluminum and feels very solid and not hollow. All of the knobs and switches are equally solid. The knobs especially, feel great when adjusting. There's no roughness in their rotation and they have a decent amount of resistance so you can make very fine adjustments without fear of overdoing it. The adjustment switches don't have any excess wiggle nor do they feel cheaply made. The XLR, instrument, headphone, usb and rca jacks all accept their appropriate cables snugly with no play. There's wide, flat rubber feet on the bottom that keep the unit in place with minimal slipping.
When plugged in, there's a small green led indicating usb power. When the 48v phantom power is activated, the button lights up in red. Not blindingly so, as the button is translucent, so the light is diffused to a gentle glow. Around each gain knob is a ring that lights up (green indicating a signal is present, red indicating clipping) when an attached microphone or instrument produce sound. The ring is frosted like the phantom power button, so when lit up, the light is even all the way around and diffused and not blinding. This is an ingenious implementation of monitoring your levels while recording and easily one of my favorite features of the solo.
Installation was extremely easy; I downloaded the Windows 10 usb driver from focusrite's website (note that you do NOT have to register anything to download the driver), plugged in the solo to my pc with the included usb cable and it was ready to go. I plugged in my XLR cable, Cloudlifter CL-1 , another XLR cable (needed when using the cloudlifter) and SM57. The solo records at up to 24bit 192 kHz, but I never felt the need to go higher than 24bit 48 kHz.
At first, everything was working great; with the cloudlifter I only need the gain knob at around 25%. My voice comes through loud and clear with little to no noise. But after a while of use, usually 1-3 hours, the audio would start to distort and become garbled. I'd hear it through my headphones, and my neice, who I was playingan online game with at the time, heard it on her end as well. Unplugging and plugging back in the solo would be a temporary fix, but the problem did persist. I saw reading the reviews that it was an issue others were having as well, and that there was a focusrite rep (Chris Ready, a very polite and helpful gentleman) commenting and trying to get to the bottom of the issue. After emailing back and forth with the rep for a bit, I downloaded the most recent driver and the problem now appears to be fixed. So as it is now, it's working very reliably, which is an absolute necessity for streaming and recording.
Now that said, It's very hard to recommend the solo over the Scarlett 2i2 2nd Gen . The 2i2 is $50 more, but worth it for a few features that stand out, one big one in particular. First, the inputs on the front are slightly different; there's two combo inputs that accept both XLR and 1/4" plugs, rather than the single XLR and 1/4" inputs on the solo. Second, the inputs on the back are 1/4" balanced TRS as opposed to the unbalanced rca inputs on the solo. Not a huge deal, but an improvement nonetheless. Finally, and the main reason I should have done a bit more research, the volume knobs for the monitors and headphones are separate on the 2i2, while on the solo a single knob controls both. I do use my headphones a lot ( beyerdynamic DT 770 Pro 80 ohm ), but I have a set of emotiva 6s on the way. With the solo, if I want to use just the headphones, I'll have to reach behind each speaker and turn them down/off, since using the volume knob on the solo controls the volume for both the monitors and the headphones. With the 2i2, I can simply turn down whichever I won't be using.
So while the solo is great, but simple, audio interface, save those extra pennies and go for the 2i2 instead.
HOWEVER. I bought it in summer and later in winter realized this: if you live somewhere cold and dry with lots of static electricity in the air in winter, every time you touch it, it's going to disconnect your audio and need re-connecting. Meaning you're going to have to feakin' unplug the USB from the back of the unit, reconnect it, and wait a couple seconds until it recognizes it again. And with some programs, this will require re-starting the program.
The reason for this is that it's metal and the volume knob is metal. (And possibly there might be a design issue with the schematic.)
This problem occurs in a well-designed studio with properly grounded equipment set up correctly. And it's the only piece of gear doing this. Even other metal gear doesn't do this....Which makes me wonder if this unit is designed with a grounding issue? That's not as uncommon as you'd think.
Sure, the red brushed aluminum looks AWESOME, but usability is much more important that looks to anyone serious about music.
THERE IS AN EASY FIX, HOWEVER....I covered the whole thing with one layer of clear plastic packing tape and now it doesn't disconnect the audio connection when I touch it. I also put that same tape on the volume knob, until I could get a plastic knob to replace the metal knob with.
SUGGESTION FOR SCARLETT: Admit this is a problem.
Then fffer the unit in plastic (would probably shave a couple bucks off the price too.)
If you must keep it "looking sexy", offer it in plastic, but also offer it in WOOD for a few dollars more. Also have an outside electrical engineer look at the schematics, and do some bench testing to see if there's a ground issue in the actual design. If there is, it's also probably a lawsuit waiting to happen when someone gets electrocuted using this in a house or studio with poor grounding.
All in all a good unit, but is going to frustrate the heck out of anyone living anywhere cold who doesn't think to cover it with tape.
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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
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