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Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 - Portable USB Audio Interface

You Pay: $149.99
Product Highlights
  • 2 Input / 2 Output
  • 2 Focusrite Microphone Preamps
  • Phantom Power
  • Ableton Live Lite 8 Software
  • Scarlett Plug-In Suite
  • USB Bus Powered
  • Aluminum Unibody Chassis
  • Mac OS X
  • Windows XP/7

The Scarlett 2i2 from Focusrite is a 2 input, 2 output portable USB recording interface featuring two Focusrite preamps, housed in an anodized aluminum unibody chassis that is solid enough to take on the road. The preamps offer transparent, low-noise and low-distortion performance with sufficient available headroom for using moving coil, condenser or ribbon microphones. Phantom power is switchable.

The front-panel Neutrik combo connectors can used to connect both line and instrument level signals as well as microphones. This makes it perfect for recording the output of a synthesizer or stage piano, while a flick of a switch caters for the output of an electric or acoustic guitar. Halo signal indicators help with maintaining correct levels. Red indicates a clipping signal, and with reduced gain the lights will momentarily turn amber before returning to green.

A large monitor dial provides control over the output level being sent to monitor speakers, while a high-quality amplifier provides a clean yet loud signal to headphones. A direct monitor switch routes audio directly from the inputs to both the headphone and speaker outputs, allowing for zero-latency monitoring. The included Scarlett Plug-In suite provides EQ, compression, gate and reverb processing, and is cross-platform compatible with all major DAWs.

Light and compact portable interface that easily fits in a laptop bag
Two Focusrite microphone preamps (same design as those on the Saffire PRO 40 and Liquid Saffire 56)
Excellent digital performance with 24-bit resolution at sample rates of up to 96KHz
Rugged anodized aluminum unibody chassis provides protection against the harsh environment of the road
Bus powered - no need of an additional power supply
Includes Ableton Live Lite 8 software, as well as the company's Scarlett plug-in suite providing EQ, compression, gate and reverb and compatible with all major DAWs
Gain knobs with surrounding halo indicators for each input (red indicates a too hot signal)
Direct monitor switch on the front panel allows for hearing what is being recorded through speakers or headphones, without the signal having to go through the computer (avoids latency)
Fully tested with Mac OS X 10.7, Lion
Type USB 2.0
Converter 24-bit, internal clock
Sample Rates 44.1, 48, 88.2 and 96kHz
Inputs 2 x XLR/TRS combo Microphone/Line/Instrument
Maximum Input Level Microphone: -3dBu
Instrument: -3dBu
Line: +20dBu
Gain Range Microphone: +10dB to +55dB
Instrument: +10dB to +55dB
Line: +10dB to +35dB
Outputs 2 x 1/4" TRS phone
1 x 1/4" TRS phone Headphone
Output Impedance <10Ω
Output Level Nominal: 0dBFS = 10dBu, balanced
15mW into 150Ω
30mW into 50Ω
Dynamic Range Microphone/Line: 105dB, A-weighted
Line Output: 117dB, A-weighted
THD + N Microphone/Line: 0.002%, -1dBFS, 22Hz to 22kHz BPF
Instrument: 0.005%, -8dBu input, 22Hz to 22kHz BPF
Line Output: 0.001%, -1dBFS, 22Hz to 22kHz BPF, unweighted
Frequency Response Inputs: 20Hz to 20kHz, +/-0.1dB
Outputs: 20Hz to 20kHz, +/-0.2dB
Noise Microphone EIN: <-120dB, measured @ 55dB of gain with 150Ω termination (20Hz to 22kHz BPF)
Instrument: -87dBu (22Hz to 22kHz BPF)
Line: -90dBu (22Hz to 22KHz BPF)
Signal to Noise Ratio Line: >100dB
Crosstalk Input to Input: better than 90dB
Output to Output: better than 90dB
Input to Output: better than 85dB
Power Requirements USB bus
System Requirements Mac:
OS X 10.6.5 (32- and 64-bit) and above, including OS X 10.7

PC
Windows 7 (32- and 64-bit) or Windows XP SP3 (32-bit only)
Windows Vista is not officially supported
Dimensions (WxDxH) 7 x 4 x 1.75" (175 x 100 x 45mm)
Weight 1.3 lb (580g)
Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 - Portable USB Audio Interface
  • USB Cable
  • Ableton Live Lite 8 Software
  • Focusrite Scarlett Plug-In Suite
  • One Year Warranty
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    FocusriteScarlett 2i2 - Portable USB Audio Interface
     
    4.5

    (based on 66 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (44)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (15)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (3)

    91%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Good audio (49)
    • Compact (48)
    • Easy to use (48)
    • Lightweight (41)
    • Durable (33)

    Cons

    • Limited functions (8)

    Best Uses

    • Home studio (46)
    • Amateur recording (39)
    • Professional recording (17)
    • Performances (15)
    • Pro audio / DJ / mixing (11)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (31), Novice (11), Professional musician (10)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (4)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Sexy in red.

    So far I've used the 2i2 for tracking vocals and as a microphone for GoToMeeting. When I couldn't find my 3.5mm clip on mic for the meeting, I opted for a condenser mic and...Read complete review

    So far I've used the 2i2 for tracking vocals and as a microphone for GoToMeeting. When I couldn't find my 3.5mm clip on mic for the meeting, I opted for a condenser mic and the 2i2 and it was a very fast and easy setup. It's pretty lightweight and small, which is awesome for me because I can take it anywhere in a mobile setup with a laptop. It also looks pretty cool, although mine came slightly dirty. A little isopropyl alcohol cleaned it right up. The preamps are nice and clean. I love the fact that it's bus powered and all you need to do is plug it into a USB port. My only quirks with it is that I wish it had a bit more gain, but I'm satisfied with what I received.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Great Starter Kit for Guitar Recording

    I purchased this unit as an immersion into digital recording for electric guitar. I am running an electric guitar into a pedalboard into the 2i2. The main drawback is that this setup pushes too...Read complete review

    I purchased this unit as an immersion into digital recording for electric guitar. I am running an electric guitar into a pedalboard into the 2i2. The main drawback is that this setup pushes too much gain into the 2i2 causing clipping. Even with the input gain knob turned all the way to zero it pushes it too hard. I am now following other advice and running a DI box with a -35dB pad before it to help reduce the clipping.

    So as the only drawback that I've found: it doesn't handle direct electric guitar line levels well. If it had it's own built in dB pad it would be perfect.

    Otherwise, it is a great unit. Seems well built. Software is great for starters (Ableton Live Lite 8).

    I had some difficulty with my PC and getting a lot of garbled sound initially, but this was on the PC side, and took reinstalling the USB drivers before it all worked. So the unit has performed as advertised. So it wasn't exactly plug and play.

    Now that it is running, I'm very pleased with the easy of use.

    Reviewed by 66 customers

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    3.0

    Works fine, weak pre-amp

    By JimmiBoi

    from Duluth, MN

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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          Comments about Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 - Portable USB Audio Interface:

          My AT-2100 microphone has a built-in A/D so I plugged that in directly and compared it to the signal through the XLR connector and the Scarlett 2i2. The gain is the same, and the distortion somewhat less, using the microphone directly! However, the 2i2 allows me to input guitar and keyboard, and it does that job just fine.

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          • No

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          4.0

          Worth the money

          By Tranquil

          from White plains

          Comments about Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 - Portable USB Audio Interface:

          Basic interface. Works with both abelton and pro tools. Good value for the price

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          5.0

          Excellent!

          By e

          from West Lafayette, IN

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Amazing sound
          • Easy Set Up

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Audio playback
            • Audio Production
            • Listening to music
            • recording music

            Comments about Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 - Portable USB Audio Interface:

            Super easy to set up and glad I went with the Focusrite instead of a sound card. I had some buzzing from my monitor speakers on my old computer (which had an m-audio sound card installed) and that went away. I highly recommend this for better sounding audio. I mix and produce music on my pc and ocassionally record audio, and I love the simplicity of this interface. Works great and sounds amazing!

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            • No

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            5.0

            Good

            By Albert

            from Irvine,CA

            Verified Buyer

            Comments about Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 - Portable USB Audio Interface:

            Good product

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            5.0

            What a deal!

            By BobW

            from New Milford CT

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Compact Size
            • Great sound
            • Quality construction

            Cons

            • none

            Best Uses

            • Desktop Sound

            Comments about Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 - Portable USB Audio Interface:

            I bought this for playback. The fact that I can record too is a bonus. Paired with some nice small studio monitors, this is a desktop audio system that is IMO equal to audiophile stuff costing double or more.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            5.0

            great look and great sound

            By Tingnan

            from Atlanta, GA

            Verified Reviewer

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              Cons

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                  Comments about Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 - Portable USB Audio Interface:

                  I bought it as a present for my girlfriend. She loves the sound quality and the look is pretty good. Works great with my mac mini.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • Yes

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                  5.0

                  Great Inexpensive USB Computer Interface

                  By DanM

                  from Los Altos, CA

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Balanced In Out
                  • Balanced Io's
                  • Minimal Latency
                  • Powered by USB
                  • Separate Headphone Volume
                  • Sounds good

                  Cons

                  • Front Ins Back Outs

                  Best Uses

                  • Mixer To Computer

                  Comments about Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 - Portable USB Audio Interface:

                  Upgraded from M-Audio (Avid) FastTrack USB because I wanted Balanced I/O and 2 channel recording from mixer to computer for a small church environment. I'm not doing direct microphone or instrument recording. The Scarlett 2i2 has a nice solid feel with the brushed aluminum case. Good sounding with balanced I/O's with minimal latency. It's nice to have separate monitor and headphone output volume controls. Definitely a great buy at the current price from B&H.

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                  5.0

                  Amazing

                  By Fred

                  from New York City

                  Comments about Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 - Portable USB Audio Interface:

                  Great product!! Excellent quality price relationship!!

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                  5.0

                  Love it, love it, love it!

                  By Happy customer

                  from Phoenix, AZ

                  Comments about Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 - Portable USB Audio Interface:

                  I recently added the Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 to my studio and I love it! It's simple to use and surprisingly durable yet extremely portable. The preamps sound really clean and make vocals sound nice and crisp. Overall, a fantastic product I'm glad I purchased.

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                  5.0

                  Fantastic Product!

                  By Kniffin719

                  from Albuquerque

                  About Me Experienced

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Clear Sound
                  • Compact
                  • Durable
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Lightweight
                  • Sleek
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                  • none

                  Best Uses

                  • Amateur Recording
                  • Auido Monitor
                  • Home Studio
                  • Professional Recording
                  • Usb Audio Input
                  • Voice Over

                  Comments about Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 - Portable USB Audio Interface:

                  I use this product to produce voiceovers primarily and to control my audio output from my iMac. I haven't used it for anything else yet but it would be fantastic for any kind of audio recording. The peaking lights on the gain nobs is a great feature. I use the 2i2 with Adobe Audition because I produce commercials professionally using the entire adobe suite. The 2i2 works seamlessly and all I had to do was install a couple drivers and adjust the settings in my workflow. Fantastic product, easy to use, inexpensive, and looks great too.

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                  4.0

                  Works great out of the box!

                  By AudioDave

                  from Chicago, IL

                  About Me Experienced

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Clear Sound
                  • Compact
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Amateur Recording
                    • Home Studio

                    Comments about Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 - Portable USB Audio Interface:

                    The giant monitor volume knob is Great! I also love the inputs "direct to monitor" option. Easy to setup and sounds great.

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                    5.0

                    Great in Our New HD Video Editing Bay

                    By Ron Tyler / AFP-HD Studios

                    from Tyler, Texas

                    About Me Experienced

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • Clear Sound
                    • Compact
                    • Durable
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Lightweight
                    • Versatile

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Amateur Recording
                      • Events
                      • Home Studio
                      • Mobile DJ
                      • Performances
                      • Professional Recording

                      Comments about Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 - Portable USB Audio Interface:

                      The little unit is a best fit for our new HD Video Editing Suite here at AFP-HD in Tyler, Texas. It has great sound and no background noise at all. Total quite and very easy to use and works like a work horse. B& H has the best technical advice you could ever ask for. We have used this unit for about three months now on 4 major national television projects and it worked great every time. You can't go wrong with a Focusrite product no matter what the model you need.

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                      5.0

                      to me the first and so far!!!

                      By B0rax010

                      from Brooklyn NY

                      About Me Novice

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Clear Sound
                      • Compact
                      • Durable
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Lightweight
                      • Versatile

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Amateur Recording
                        • Home Studio
                        • Mobile DJ
                        • Performances
                        • Professional Recording

                        Comments about Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 - Portable USB Audio Interface:

                        well all I can say this product have done all and more I have bargain for. aim very please with the knowledge of the sales person on the floor that day and recommend this product to me... so please... THNKAZ BHPHOTO....the best no question about it....

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                        1.0

                        Not what I expected

                        By BoriqNYC

                        from New York city

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                        Verified Reviewer

                        Pros

                        • Durable
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                        • Limited Functions
                        • Poor Sound Quality
                        • Unreliable

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 - Portable USB Audio Interface:

                          The driver for this thing is horrible! Interface froze multiple times. And the headphone output is extremely low. Luckily for B&H returned/exchange policy I got a PreSonus AudioBox 22VSL USB Audio Interface and its working flawlessly. AudioBox 22VSL uses 24bits under Windows WDM as well. With Scarlett 2i2 it only allowed 16bits.

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                          5.0

                          Great Sondcard

                          By Siddx

                          from Canada

                          About Me Experienced

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Clear Sound
                          • Compact
                          • Durable
                          • Easy To Use
                          • Lightweight
                          • Versatile

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Amateur Recording
                            • Events
                            • Home Studio
                            • Mobile DJ
                            • Performances
                            • Professional Recording

                            Comments about Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 - Portable USB Audio Interface:

                            It is a great soundcard for professional needs.

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                              4.0

                              Does what it says

                              By High School Coach

                              from Chattanooga, TN

                              About Me Novice

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Clear Sound
                              • Compact
                              • Durable
                              • Lightweight

                              Cons

                              • Hard To Troubleshoot

                              Best Uses

                              • Amateur Recording
                              • Events
                              • Home Studio
                              • Mobile DJ

                              Comments about Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 - Portable USB Audio Interface:

                              Works fine just gave it 4 stars because I wish it had a portable option to run off of batteries.

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                              4.0

                              My favorite!

                              By Gil

                              from NYC

                              About Me Professional Musician

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Clear Sound
                              • Easy To Use
                              • Versatile

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Home Studio
                                • Professional Recording

                                Comments about Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 - Portable USB Audio Interface:

                                Bought it for my boss to transfer reel-to-reel tapes to his computer. Super easy to set up, sound is super-clean and very easy to work with using (the very outdated) Soundforge.

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                                5.0

                                great product for the price

                                By willsworld

                                from trinidad

                                About Me Experienced

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Clear Sound
                                • Compact
                                • Easy To Use
                                • Lightweight
                                • Versatile

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Home Studio

                                  Comments about Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 - Portable USB Audio Interface:

                                  i do mostly voice overs and this is a great product for the price . the only issue i have is that it dont come with a power switch .

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                                  3.0

                                  Superb D/A. Poor preamps.

                                  By frnz

                                  from Boston, MA

                                  About Me Experienced

                                  Pros

                                  • Clear Sound
                                  • Compact
                                  • Durable
                                  • Easy To Use
                                  • Lightweight

                                  Cons

                                  • Poor Preamps

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Home Studio

                                  Comments about Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 - Portable USB Audio Interface:

                                  The D/A converters on this are superb! No noise on the outputs even when cranked all the way up. The power this thing punches is amazing, as I have my BX8 monitors set to half gain and I rarely need to turn the 2i2 output past 1/3. Build quality is great except the switches seem a little flimsy. My huge complaint is with the preamps though. When the specs say the max input is -3dbu, they are serious about it. These pres clip at exactly -3db which gives you a surprisingly less amount of headroom as you would expect if you're used to clipping at 0db. I honestly didn't know it was possible to clip before 0. This makes monitoring meters counterintuitive since your brain expects them to reach 0 and illuminate the clip led, but it will simply stop at -3 and hear harsh clipping without triggering any kind of indicators. I will not record anything with this due to that, so I'd rather this be cheaper and only be a D/A convertor and lose the preamps.

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                                  5.0

                                  Easy to use and great sounding box

                                  By BJZH

                                  from connecticut

                                  About Me Professional Musician

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Clear Sound
                                  • Compact
                                  • Durable
                                  • Easy To Use
                                  • Versatile

                                  Cons

                                  • No off switch

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Amateur Recording
                                  • Home Studio

                                  Comments about Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 - Portable USB Audio Interface:

                                  Used for home recording with a macbook pro.
                                  Very easy to use, and it sounds fantastic - especially for the price.
                                  It would be nice if the box itself had an off switch.

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