Focusrite Scarlett Solo (3rd Gen) USB Audio Interface with Pro Tools | First
- One of the best performing mic preamps the Scarlett range has ever seen, now with switchable air Mode to give your recordings a brighter and more open sound. One high-headroom instrument input to plug in your guitar or bass. Two hum-free balanced outputs provide clean audio playback.
- High-performance converters enable you to record and mix at up to 24-bit/ 192kHz.
- Quick start tool to get up and running easier than ever.
- Includes Pro Tools | First Focusrite Creative Pack, Ableton Live Lite, Softube Time and Tone Bundle, Focusrite’s Red Plug-in Suite, 3-month Splice subscription, and your choice of one free XLN Addictive Keys virtual instrument, all available via download upon purchase and registration
- LIMITED TIME OFFER: FREE Nugen Audio Monofileter Elements plug-in upon registration and download. Focusrite now offers a 3-Year Warranty on this and all other Focusrite products.
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Record your guitar. Record you.
You’ve found the simplest USB audio interface we make. If you want to start creating studio quality recordings with your guitar, the 3rd Generation Scarlett Solo provides an easy way in.
All the tools you need to start recording right, now
Upon download and registration, you’ll get software from Focusrite, Avid, Ableton, Splice, XLN, and Softube
Focusrite Plug-in Collective: receive free versions of the software, as well as benefiting from discounts
One high headroom instrument input, for plugging your guitar or bass straight in
Easy Start tool, making it easier than ever to get up and running
The best performing Scarlett mic preamp the range has ever heard - now with Air - for miking up guitars or recording vocals
|Scarlett Solo||Scarlett 2i2||Scarlett 4i4||Scarlett 8i6||Scarlett 18i8||Scarlett 18i20|
|A/D Resolution||24-bit/192 kHz||24-bit/192 kHz||24-bit/192 kHz||24-bit/192 kHz||24-bit/192 kHz||24-bit/192 kHz|
|Digital I/O||NO||NO||NO||S/PDIF||S/PDF IN & OUT, ADAT IN||S/PDIF & 2 x ADAT|
The simplest model in the range, The third-generation Scarlett solo provides singer-songwriters with a reassuringly easy recording process. Equipped with high performance 24-bit/192kHz AD-DA converters, Scarlett S the same professional sound quality throughout the third-generation range. Its features include a single upgraded third-generation Scarlett mic preamp: with a switchable air setting to reproduce the air effect of focus rite's original ISA mic preamp, giving your vocal recordings a brighter and more Open sound. The high impedance, high-headroom instrument input allows you to record guitar or bass without any clipping or unwanted distortion, while gain Halo metering makes it easy for you to set the input level. And Scarlett Solo's balanced outputs are hum-free when connecting studio monitors with balanced inputs, so you’ll always have pristine audio playback. Scarlett solo is designed to stand up to days on the road and connects straight to your Mac or PC via USB cable, with no external power required. It comes with all the software tools you need to get started, including two comprehensive digital audio workstations: Ableton Live Lite and pro Tools first focus rite creative pack. Intuitive enough for beginners yet advanced enough to inspire real creativity with great-sounding effects. Focus rite has partnered with splice to give 3rd Gen. Interface owners a free month splice sounds subscription when setting a new splice account. Splice sounds offers millions of high-quality, royalty-free one-shots, loops, and presets, with new releases daily from your favorite producers, sound designers, and artists. Creators use splice to make all kinds of music, including chart-topping pop, Grammy-winning albums, underground mixtapes, and cinematic scores. As with all focus rite products, you’ll also benefit from a two-year, award-winning customer support, and membership of their plug-in Collective offering free software downloads and generous discounts.
Maximum Output Level: 7dBu
Dynamic Range: 104dB (A-weighted)
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The 2i2 3rd Gen is a solid advancement to the product line. Generation III helps this brand to remain at the forefront of audio interfaces. I had sold a previous interface and found myself in a pinch where I needed to get something recorded and produced within 48 hours. I found myself with a 2i2 3rd Gen and it was perfect.
Good things you should know:
Contrary to other reviews, you DO NOT need any external drivers. It truly does remain plug-and-play, as they say. External drivers are solely optional, as your specific setup might warrant them. Here was my scenario; plug in USB to laptop, open DAW, set input to 2i2, record. Latency - what latency? That's a thing of the past.
Bad things you should know (that do not reduce the rating whatsoever):
The bundled software (ProTools First, Ableton Live Lite) is a train wreck and will require much more than the 20 minutes they estimate to set yourself up. It requires creating multiple accounts on platforms for downloads and digital licensing (if you're not already set up). The included software largely remains a means to make the product more marketable. Your BEST options remain to buy a monthly subscription to ProTools ($$), buy Reaper ($), or use Audacity (for free).
However, the 3rd gen switches to a USB C connector with lightning, which requires a separate driver. In order to deliver this driver, the interface shows as a USB drive with the installation media. This causes the system not to boot if the device is plugged in. Focusrite also tries to get you to register the device and drivers with their web sites before the USB connection can be made.
The new driver is also dropping connection after extended periods. Look for gen 1 or 2 of this device if you aren't using it for short periods, and unplugging it after you are done.
Not only does this seem to be working perfectly, but the series of tutorials Focusrite has created made it extremely simple for me to get set up, plugged in, and jamming in no time.
I can't speak to this product as a professional musician, but if you're a dummy like me you've certainly come to the right place!
This is the ideal unit for me. You take it out of the box, connect it to your computer via the supplied USB-C cable and it directs you step-by-step from that point on. If there is a decision to make, they include the option to watch a video to explain the choices. I chose the most complicated path and within 2 hours recorded my first track. A lot of that depended on download speed and that I watched every video option presented.
I look forward to using this a lot.
Their support videos are fantastic.
The quality is far superior to the Presonus Audiobox USB which I also use for instruments. But that's because I've had that one for a while. If I had to buy all over again, I'd pick a Focusrite with more inputs. I'm really impressed by how good the quality is.
The software included is demos of great programs but I don't use demos. That's where the Presonus device is much better: it comes with Studio One Artist which is an amazing Pro-Tools like DAW and some top quality plug ins. It also has MIDI In/Out. You have to pay a more to get that from Focusrite but I think the quality of the mic pre-amp is totally worth it.
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The management software is useless and very unintuitive. The Roland software runs rings around it.
I just upgraded my MacBook Pro to Catalina - Focusrite says it works fine with Catalina. No it doesn't. It doesn't show in the hardware or USB items. Called Focusrite again - nobody there, "leave a message". My message is, it's going back to Amazon. Thank goodness for Amazon's 30 day returns policy.
I'm seriously struggling to see where all these 5 star reviews come from....mmm.
I due ingressi non sono flessibili, uno è riservato ad un microfono (con phantom 48v opzionale) ed il secondo ad uno strumento. Se volete usare in ingresso ad esempio una tastiera stereo, allora dovete prendere il 2i2 che costa un po' di più.
Le tipiche applicazioni sono: registrare i due canali in entrata sul computer, oppure mixare i suoni digitali del computer (siano essi basi o suoni prodotti da una tastiera collegata al computer) con i due ingressi e mandarli alle uscite.
I punti positivi sono: latenza zero o quasi (ovvero tra i suoni del computer e i suoni in input non si percepisce nessun ritardo, che in teoria potrebbe esserci perché i primi devono essere convertiti in analogico). Alimentazione direttamente dal computer, quindi niente alimentatori addizionali. Prezzo ragionevole, le funzionalità sono limitate ma se vi bastano la qualità del suono è notevole.
C'è del software in bundle interessante, ovvero Ableton live lite e una versione ridotta di Pro Tools, più un suono di pianoforte. Onestamente io non li ho scaricati perché utilizzo Mainstage 3 su Mac, diciamo che se avete voglia di cimentarvi con looping dal vivo o mixaggi queste versioni vanno bene per impratichirvi con le interfacce. Se la cosa diventa seria ad un certo punto cozzerete contro le limitazioni del software, a questo punto dovrete prendere il software completo, ma di solito provenendo dalle versioni limitate si ha un buono sconto nell'acquisto del prodotto completo.
La procedura di installazione può essere un po' macchinosa, se non si installa il control center di focuswrite lo scarlett funziona solo a 48Khz, e non si ha accesso alle opzioni avanzate. Seguite le istruzioni e non dovreste avere problemi.
My M-Audio Fasttrak Pro and Behringer UMC22 were never as well behaved, and both needed ASIO4ALL to run at semi decent latency. This Focusrite, however, has proper genuine real ASIO drivers, and even recording both inputs at once latency is excellent at under 5ms.
The pre-amps are also very nice, and the AIR switch adds, something... a bit of high frequency clarity maybe.
PS:- the process for getting all your freebies is a pain, and nothing is essential if you already have a DAW and some plug-ins.
Buy this. The cheap interfaces are cheap for a reason. This isn't. It's great.
La preamplificación de esta interfaz es legendaria, como lo es la confianza que ofrece: es uno de esos productos que, sencillamente, hacen lo que dicen y no dan problemas. Que se conecte con un solo USB y su reducido tamaño la hacen ideal para meter interfaz y cables en una mochila e ir a grabar a cualquier sitio, además de la extrema sencillez de uso del panel de control de Focusrite y el valor añadido del software que obtienes con la compra.
Para los que ya conozcan las Scarlett, en esta 3ª generación Focusrite ha ampliado las ya excelentes cualidades técnicas de la interfaz, pero la mayor novedad reside en que ahora se conecta con un puerto USB tipo C, más opciones de configuración de E/S y un "Air Mode" que potencia las pistas de voz emulando la amplificación de un amplificador analógico. Además, las ruedas de ajuste de ganancia se iluminan con un código semáforo: verde cuando la ganancia está bien configurada, ámbar cuando nos estamos pasando y roja si la estamos saturando.
Todas estas características más la sencillez de uso la hacen ideal para auténticos principiantes pero con la posibilidad de obtener un resultado profesional con poco tiempo de aprendizaje. Instalar la interfaz es trivialmente sencillo: la conectas por primera vez y ya arranca la instalación, que te guía para registrar el número de serie en la web de Focusrite y obtener el software añadido. Este software permite hacer de todo y tiene la ventaja de que te ayuda a familiarizarte con herramientas que son estándar de la industria incluyendo una versión personalizada de Avid ProTools First. Si ves que estás un poco perdido con tu nueva interfaz, échale un vistazo a los vídeos de la guía rápida, que explican todo muy detalladamente con guías paso a paso que imprimir - eso sí, en inglés.
Sin ninguna duda, la 3ª generación de interfaces Scarlett es la mejor que haya producido Focusrite y, a su vez, son posiblemente las mejores interfaces que pueda comprar un usuario doméstico que se ponga en serio. Tal vez si ya tienes una el cambio no merezca la pena salvo para pasar a un modelo con más E/S pero es un producto intachable, con cambios que mejoran la vida al usuario y que no estropean ninguna de las características a las que deben su éxito. Recomendadísimo.
The drivers are great for low latency work - I can get 0.4ms with minimum buffer size and it still only uses about 5% CPU (i5 8600k @ 4.8GHz)
I have had a couple of bluescreens when changing setting though, and it is the only time in the two years i've owned this PC that it has bluescreened, so there's something up with that but I'm not going to knock a star off; now I've got my settings dialled in I don't need to change them again.
It is capable of processing the 192,000Hz signal that my microphone provides, and it encodes it in lighting speed via the thunderbolt port into audacity with little to no latency issues.
The only changes I wish this had, was the XLR and monitor jacks were on the back, but it still works great having them on the front.
I strongly recommend this, over any other one no matter what the cost.
Shipping was a day sooner than expected, and everything was in-tact.
This week I bought the Focusrite 2i2 gen 3 and I am not disappointed.
The results are nothing short of staggering. The few test recordings I have done have been clean, warm and balanced.
Based on my experiences so far, I can fully recommend this unit and look forward to redoing many of my projects with a much improved vocal.
Also mein Fazit wer sich das Teil zum anschauen kaufen möchte trifft eine gute entscheidung aber wer schnell loslegen und damit was machen will sollte etwas kaufen wo mehrere user auf die benutzerfreundlichkeit schwören.
I read the reviews, and they seemed to range from (outstanding) from sound engineers to (poor quality) from home theatre and recording artists, so I thought I would take a moment to explain the results of my own research.
I've used it with a Sure SM7B and Audio-Technica Mic Headset and done extensive testing in both cases to ensure the best possible signal quality.
If you plug your microphone into it and plug it into your computer.. leaving the rest up to the mic and the computer you probably won't be happy with the results. I won't say you can't hear it or even that it sounds bad but it will not likely be good. I do live broadcasting and have some experience with this so over time I have learned how to fix these problems.
- The sound level from these dynamic devices is very low and so the sound level into this amp is very low and you are forced to crank-up the gain to try and remedy the situation.
- Cranking up the gain increases the volume but at the expense of sound quality, you get a very poor signal-to-noise ratio
- You may think you need a better mic or amplifier but what you actually need is a better signal going to the amp
- You need a Cloudlifter CL-1 going between your mic and this preamp
- Use Mogammi studio cables on all connections in and out of the CL-1 right up to the preamp (Ouch! they are expensive)
- You need Phantom Power in to the CL-1 that isolates it from the mic
This combination will provide you with the best sound possible. There might be an easier/cheaper way to get studio quality sound but if there is, I don't know it.
There are 2 manuals, one for the software and one for the scarlett itself, make sure you get the software one from the site, or you will be scratching your head.
4 stars only because the headphones amplifier is weak.. I was hoping it would be able to drive my 250 ohm Beyerdynamic DT990's but it failed miserably.. (my Samsung S7 can drive them without a problem, so why can't this thing. 250 ohm headphones are not exactly exotic in the studio)
The ability to record from other programs straight into your DAW is fun, especially if you want to mash up some tunes from your favourite streaming service.
The Air feature is not worth bothering with, and I only went for this model over the 2i4 because it had midi ports and my midi interface was ready for retirement... Just EQ your recording, or push it through a few plugins, the air is a gimmick in my opinion.
I was worried about the lack of switches on the front compared to the 2i4, but to be honest, once it's set up you don't really need them.. One input for guitar, one for. Mic, midi round the back, and don't forget that super weak headphone port on the front (drives my M50x's absolutely fine.. Just a shame it can't cope with a real pair of headphones)