Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 (2nd Gen) USB Audio Interface with Pro Tools | First
- Two natural-sounding Scarlett mic preamps with plenty of even gain; two instrument inputs, 1/4-inch balanced jack outputs to connect professional studio monitors; one headphone output with gain control
- Class-leading conversion and sample rates up to 192kHz / 24 bit; super-low roundtrip 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 ± 0.1dB. Supported Sample Rates: 44.1 kHz, 48 kHz, 88.2 kHz, 96 kHz, 176.4 kHz, 192 kHz. Focusrite now offers a 3-Year Warranty on this and all other Focusrite products.
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Recording Made Easy
Two natural-sounding Scarlett mic preamps with plenty of even gain
Two instrument inputs designed for seriously hot pickups
Conversion and sample rates up to 192kHz/24-bit
Cue mix switching, with four analogue outputs
Perfect for Recording Two Mics at Once
Our compact and flexible 2-in, 4-out USB audio interface makes it easy to perform and record studio-quality audio against a cue mix. Take it anywhere, connect and power by USB and get two natural-sounding Scarlett mic preamps, super-low latency, MIDI I/O, four analogue outputs and the same sound quality and digital conversion as the rest of the Scarlett range.
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Scarlett 2i2, CM25 large diaphragm condenser microphone, HP60 closed-back headphones, 3-meter / 10 ft. XLR mic cable, 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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Scarlett 2i2 is the best selling USB audio interface in the world, and for good reason. It focuses on just three things; achieving the best sound, the fastest speed and the easiest experience. Our latest generation continues to improve in all three areas. It is compact yet versatile, with two natural-sounding Scarlett mic preamps, super-low latency* and the same class-leading sound quality and digital conversion as the rest of the latest Scarlett range. Take it anywhere, connect by a single USB cable to a computer, plug two mics or instruments straight in, and easily record studio quality audio. Focusrite is the perfect partner for Pro Tools. To celebrate this Scarlett 2i2 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 10.10 onwards and PC windows 8.1 onwards . MIDI IO is not a feature of Scarlett 2i2; check out Scarlett 2i4 for all of the same features of the Scarlett 2i2 with the addition of MIDI I/O and increased control over audio levels.
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1. When you turn on phantom power it applies to both inputs so you cannot plug in a guitar and a condenser mic at the same time.
2. I am color blind (color deficient really) and having a single light that shows green when a signal comes through and red when it clips makes it hard for me to tell if it's clipping or just getting a good signal. I wish it had a single clip light that only flashed if clipping.
Otherwise, a great buy!
So we decided to go with xlr mics and use this device instead, my hope being that we could record 2 tracks at the same time without Garageband crashing.
Well, we gave it our first run yesterday and it worked like a dream through my iMac. BTW, we did NOT have to make a new midi aggregated device this time either. Just plugged it in, selected the 2i2 device in both the iMac system preferences and the Garageband preferences, then selected the 2i2 mic 1, created a second track and selected tge 2i2 mic 2...make sure to enable the recording button under the track options and push play.
You'll notice that as you speak into the mics that the dials on the 2i2 light up green. If they flash red, you're speaking too loud.
I'm SO excited to get back to interviews and talking fiction, family and fun on our new podcast series...thanks to this awesome device!!!
There is a crucial application which is very unintuitively named "ASIO Control Panel" which controls the buffer on the audio. This should be SERIOUSLY renamed to something involving Focusrite or Scarlett for the end user to find, or present in easily accessed documentation. After some days of trouble shooting this, drivers, and the like, also be sure to plug this into a **MAIN** (Master) USB controller. and not a slave controller. A slave controller will cause an audio cut out ever 5 or so minutes, that lasts about 10 seconds. This solution was HARD to find, and shame on Focusrite for it.
Works well on OSX without additional drivers, but since I jump between both platforms, I would highly recommend people to buy a different brand (there's better and cheaper available from Behringer), one that works on both platforms with no BS. It's 2017, not 2007. Hardware like this shouldn't have these issues.
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I use it with Audacity running on KXstudio (an Ubuntu based distribution dedicated to audio) installed on an old laptop, and the Scarlet just worked. One just needed to select it from the dropdowns. Each input lights up green or red if you overload it allowing one to quickly set the recording level.
I use it with a MXL 990 Condenser Microphone which uses the built in 48v supply, bass guitar and electro-acoustic guitar and the quality is superb, the clever input sockets taking either type of input.
Amazingly it's powered entirely from the USB connection so doesn't need a separate power supply.
Points Positifs :
- Le produit est doté d'une grande qualité de fabrication pour son prix.
- L'aluminium est solide et sa couleur rouge est très design.
- J'apprécie le fait que les entrées micro/instrument soit 2 en 1, c'est-à-dire qu'un même port peut servir à connecter un micro en XLR ou un instrument en jack 1/4.
- Lumière de gain se mettent en rouge lorsque le signal est saturé, très utile.
- Compete et légère. Facile à transporter
- Pour utilisateurs de Mac : Plug and Play, aucune manipulation nécessaire à part brancher l'interface
Points négatifs :
- Ne possède pas d'alimentation par courant, uniquement par usb via le pc/mac
- Avoir 2 sorties casques aurait été parfait.
I use with Logic Pro X and its a pretty flawless setup, I simply plug into my MacBook, then change my input in Logic and I can then record straight to an audio track! Perhaps there's a lot of setup for other uses but for me, it was a 2-minute setup!
Solid build, looks really good,
Handy indicator LED's to know if your signal is peaking or not,
Really low latency,
Great sound quality at an affordable price,
It would be nice to have some analogue inputs on the back but can live without,
USB-C would be nice for the newer MacBook's however for much more money a USB-C model is available,
Also worth noting, the headphone port on the Interface is a 1/4" jack so you may want a 1/4" -> 3.5mm jack adapter to use with regular headphones,
Overall its a solid unit and great value for money!
Pre-amps are of good quality, to be expected from Focusrite.
The "Gain Ring" is a really intuitive display for telling whether your input level is peaking or not.
Phantom power as expected.
Direct monitor ability is pretty useful for recording certain acoustic instruments that may not be very loud in the DAW.
Feels really well made and sturdy, the small form factor is great.
No Phono out
No Midi In
If you're looking for a sleek audio interface for recording 1 or two inputs at a time, you can't really go wrong with the Scarlett 2i2
(Also there's a whole host of free software included, which is an added bonus)
After years of farting about with all sorts of cobbled together set-ups, using this interface is nothing but a pleasure. It is straightforward, intuitive, reliable, strong, good looking and aids me in what I am doing rather than slowing me up or hindering me. I'm not very techy, so it was an act of faith buying this but having said that I am glad about everything to do with it. The good reviews for this are totally justified and if you have some money it will be well spent on this item.
Imagine enjoying your recording sessions rather than getting tired and frustrated with the old rubbish you've been struggling with! You'll love it.
I tried the headphone output first. I was using Sennheiser HD-650's which are notoriously difficult to drive being 300ohm impedance. Focusrite's support page says they don't recommend bus powered audio interfaces for 300ohm headphones; instead recommending the Clarett interface (which is good for up to 600ohm headphones). I was surprised, however, that the 2i2 managed to drive the HD-650's without any issue. In fact I probably only had the volume up to 1/3 of max.
I hooked it up to a pair of JBL 305P MKII via TRS cables. Initial impressions all good - everything sounding great.
However, 5 or 6 minutes in: the first pop/snap/glitch occurred and I'd say I was getting another one every 5 or 6 minutes thereafter. (This was just on playback of simple audio files i.e. not from within a DAW with lots of VSTs on the go)
Just for reference: I was using it on a Dell Inspiron 15 7570. It has an i7 CPU, 16GB RAM and a 512 SSD. It was running Windows 10 64 bit and had very little other programs / background services running.
There's an "ASIO Control Panel" app that comes with the 2i2 drivers and I increased the buffer size to the max it supports (1024). I also left the frequency at 44.1Khz as read this is least likely to cause problems.
Tried many other things, based on advice from Focusrite. They have a video about "Windows 10 Optimisation" - which is on Focusrite's YouTube channel. I tried most of the things on here (except the advice about turning off your virus scanner, firewall and Windows Updates - which sounds like terrible advice!)... still no joy.
To give it some context, I have a headphone DAC/Amp (A Cambridge Audio DacMagic XS). This also has ASIO drivers - but there's far more control over it. You can set the bit rate & sample frequency to much higher than the Focusrite allows. I've never had a single click/pop/glitch with the DacMagic XS - even when on crazy high bit rates with high-res FLAC files.
It's a real shame, as the 2i2 hardware seems really solid. To me, it seems that the drivers just don't play nicely. If the drivers play nicely on your system then I'd recommend it... but for me I can't live with this device so decided to return it (which is something I very rarely do).
The hardware unit is pretty good, audio quality is very good, sturdy build.
It does come with a virtual piano VST (Addictive Keys) that's pretty good, and bass station Synth vst, but the rest mostly free trials for other products from other companies.
Driver setup was a bit of a pain for Windows 7, as you have to update to a specific Windows patch, but not much help from FocusRite as to which patch, I just kept trying updates until it let me install the driver. Windows 10 was also a bit of a pain as it tries to install a standard driver which you then have to uninstall and install the FocusRite driver.
On Ubuntu Linux and Mac OS no driver needed.
I exchanged a Behringer U-Phoria for this to get balanced outs to KRK 6s. Way better sound quality improvement than the £37 price difference to my ears. I use it for playback not recording.
The L & R gains have level indicators around circumference of the base of the pots on the unit which flash green indicating input signal level / presence and flash red if overloaded. Nice!
Intuitive to set up and use.
Above all, SQ is superb and breathes much-needed analog life back into asphyxiated digital source files.
Build quality - Nice solid aluminium casing. However because of the type of casing It will dent or scratch relatively easily (not a problem if this is on your desk all the time). For the price the front control panel is acceptable but the thumb knobs do have some side-side movement on the pots which detracts from the sturdy construction a little. The toggle switches for line/instr switching also feel cheep and flimsy..
Sound - Pretty much what I wanted. Fairly clean, neutral and interference free sound using the balanced trs outputs to my JBL LSR305's. Listening to the sound from the 2i2 for a bit there is a very slight coarseness to the sound that seems apparent through both the JBL's and my fidelio L2 headphones. Aside from that pretty decent for the money so I am still rating 5/5
Inputs - Used with my guitar it can sometimes be tricky to set a decent level without clipping. Its not a problem for me at the moment as it allows me to do what I need to do as a novice but in time I'm sure like you would outgrow the 2i2 as you would probably expect.
Overall good value with a lot of bundled software and probably the best value audio interface for someone needing limited features (balanced output and 2 inputs).
Recording vocals and playing guitar at the same time is so straight forward. I have not used a condenser mic yet so cannot say how they perform but everything else is spot on.
The only thing I would point out, as I could not find this very easily elsewhere, is that using Pro Tools First has its limitations in terms of functionality (cannot use EZDrummer as a plug in for example and limited to 3 projects in cloud although you can save more locally). But this is nothing to do with the Scarlett itself.
I am already recording songs that sound so much more dynamic. The direct monitor is fantastic with barely noticeable latency and none whatsoever through the headphones.
Highly recommended :o)