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Focusrite Scarlett Solo Compact (1st GENERATION) USB Audio Interface
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- Precision digital converters capture performance with studio-quality 24-bit resolution at sample rates of up to 96kHz with an exceptional dynamic range of over 105dB
- Guitars plug straight into a crystal clear DI that minimizes the risk of distortion
- Powered via USB, no need need for a bulky power supply
- Includes an authorization code for Ableton Live Lite, Scarlett Plug-in Suite (RTAS/AU/VST), Red 2 & Red 3 Plug-in Suite (AAX/AU/VST), the Softube Time and Tone Bundle, Novation Bass Station, and 1GB of Loopmasters samples
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Sleek, light and tough enough to take wherever you go.
Your Personal Recording Studio
Sleek, light and tough enough to take whenever you go, Scarlett Solo turns your Mac or PC into a portable recording studio. Whenever inspiration strikes, simply plug in any microphone and instrument, and start making Focusrite-quality recordings.
- 1 XLR mic input, 1 line/instrument input and 1 00.25 inch TRS headphone jack
- 48 volts Phantom power switch
- 2 gain knobs with halo signal indicators
Focusrite Scarlett Solo
Scarlett Solo is part of the top selling range of USB audio interfaces in the world. Inside its beautiful and compact aluminum case is a genuine Focusrite microphone preamp, which lets you record with the legendary Scarlett sound. Precision convertors transform your live performance into studio-quality 24-bit resolution digital audio, with sample rates of up to 96 kHz and an exceptional dynamic range of over 105 dB.
- 2 in / 2 out USB audio interface
- 1 Focusrite microphone preamplifier with 96 KHz, 24-bit conversion
- Red anodized aluminum unibody chassis
Sleek and lightweight enough to throw into your backpack, the stunning aluminum chassis is also durable enough to endure life on the road.
Power with USB
Simply plug into your Mac or PC via USB and start recording, without the need for a bulky power supply.
Plug Any Instrument Straight In
Plug straight into a high quality DI that minimizes the risk of distortion, or switch to line level to instantly connect your mono analog synth or outboard gear to the rest of your studio.
Record Better Vocals
The slight delay between your singing and the sound of your voice in your headphones can be very distracting. Simply flick a switch to hear exactly what you''re recording without any of this latency.
Always Record at the Right Level
Get a clean recording every time by keeping an eye on the halos around the gain knobs. They stay green when your level is good and turn red if you're too loud.
Immerse Yourself in Sound
Connect your headphones and speakers to immerse yourself in Focusrite-quality sound, using the large volume dial to set the perfect level.
Everything You Need
Inside the box are all the software and sounds you need to record and mix music. This includes Ableton Live Lite, 1GB of Loopmasters sample content, the Novation Bass Station virtual instrument, Focusrite's Scarlett plug-in suite, the Red 2 and Red 3 Plug-In Suite (AAX/AU/VST), and the Softube Time and Tone Bundle upon registration of interface.
Scarlett Solo is a compact USB audio interface featuring one award-winning Focusrite mic preamp, one instrument input and precision digital converters. Scarlett Solo joins the top selling range of USB audio interfaces in the world and offers both a legendary Focusrite preamp for your microphone and a crystal clear DI / line input for your instruments such as guitar, bass guitar and analogue synths. Precision digital converters capture your performance with studio-quality 24-bit resolution at sample rates of up to 96kHz. Simply plug into your Mac or PC via USB (USB cable supplied) and start recording. Get your volume right every time by keeping an eye on the halos around the gain knobs. Focusrite's unique gain halos stay green when your level is right and turn red if you're too loud. Simply flick the direct monitor switch to hear exactly what you're recording without latency. Connect your headphones and speakers and immerse yourself in Focusrite-quality sound, using the large volume dial to set the perfect level. Scarlett Solo has an exceptional dynamic range of over 105dB. The better your preamp, the better your microphone will sound. Focusrite preamps like the one in Scarlett Solo are considered by many to be the best in the world. They also provide +48V phantom power, so you can use any microphone you like. Sleek, light and tough enough to throw into your backpack, the stunning aluminium chassis can endure life on the road. Transform your Mac or PC into a portable recording studio and plug into four decades of analog audio equipment design. Inside the box you'll find all the software and sounds you need to record and mix music. This includes Ableton Live Lite, 1GB of Loopmasters sample content, the Novation Bass Station virtual synth, Focusrite’s Scarlett Plug-in Suite (RTAS/AU/VST), and the Red 2 & Red 3 Plug-in Suite (AAX/AU/VST).
Top customer reviews
EDIT: I still think this is a great unit, but I sent it back for the Scarlett 2i2 because I realized the only outputs on the Solo are unbalanced "RCA" style jacks. If you plan to connect the unit to studio monitors this isn't a good idea, because you may likely run into buzzing/humming/noise issues. The 2i2 DOES have balanced TRS outputs, which is how you typically connect studio monitors. If you are strictly using it for inputs, or only using it with the headphone jack as output then it probably doesn't matter. Just something to consider before buying the Solo.
Whenever someone asks me "I want to get a nice microphone but I don't understand XLR, audio interfaces, etc", I just tell them about this product and it's all they'll ever need. I've yet to have one complaint regarding any defects, quality loss or lack of features. It's exactly what a voice-actor needs without any extra add-ons or unnecessary features.
Having started my narration work on M-Audio's crappy entry-level mixer, the M-Audio Fast Track II Avid USB Recording Studio Interface (which introduced a lot of noise for a bigger pricetag than Focusrite), it's safe to say that the Scarlett Solo is a real godsend, and I've been loyal to the Scarlett line of products ever since!
The build quality on the Solo is very nice. A re aluminum housing with a dark grey faceplate for the dial snd inputs. The volume knob doesn't offer much resistance, but it is smooth across the range of volumes.
The Scarlett Solo's are USB powered with makes them a good solution for portable use as well as a cleaner desktop setup.
The XLR input produces consistent phantom power and great sound quality. I mainly us it for recording my podcasts, but it would be a great solution for home studio music production as well. I have not used the instrument line in, but I have no reason to expect it would not work extremely well based on the rest of my experience with tis unit.
The Direct Monitor functions work perfectly as well. This is where you can have your recording from the mic set to play live through the monitors you are wearing during recording. I can hear no perceptible lag or delay from what I am speaking to what I hear in my headphones.
The Scarlet Solo is definitely a no-friills, simple solution without a lot of bells and whistles. What is lack in features, it makes up for in ease of setup and use, and great sound quality.
One other benefit of using this as your PC's sound interface, is the ability to hook up studio monitors or other speakers that require an RCA connection. You can plug the right/left RCA connectors directly to the back of the Scarlet Solo without the need for an audio adapter.
Over a year in, I still love my Solo and would gladly replace it with another Focusrite unit should the need ever arise!