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Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 - Portable USB Audio Interface

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Product Highlights

  • 2 Input / 2 Output
  • 2 Focusrite Microphone Preamps
  • Phantom Power
  • Ableton Live Lite Software
  • Scarlett Plug-In Suite
  • Focusrite Red 2 and Red 3 Plug-In Suite
  • USB Bus Powered
  • Aluminum Unibody Chassis
  • Mac OS X
  • Windows 7/8
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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.

The Focusrite Red 2 and Red 3 Plug-In Suite (AAX, Audio Units, VST) delivers accurately modeled plug-ins based on the classic Focusrite Red 2 EQ and Red 3 Compressor hardware. The plug-ins allow for conveniently exploring the sound of the hardware originals from within Pro Tools (10 and above), along with other audio software. The software is a free download for new and current owners of the Scarlett 2i2.

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
Focusrite Red 2 and Red 3 Plug-In Suite (AAX, Audio Units, VST) delivers accurately modeled plug-ins based on the classic Focusrite Red 2 EQ and Red 3 Compressor hardware
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 96 kHz
Inputs 2 x XLR/TRS combo Microphone/Line/Instrument
Maximum Input Level Microphone: -3 dBu
Instrument: -3 dBu
Line: +20 dBu
Gain Range Microphone: +10 dB to +55 dB
Instrument: +10 dB to +55 dB
Line: +10 dB to +35 dB
Outputs 2 x 1/4" TRS phone
1 x 1/4" TRS phone Headphone
Output Impedance <10Ω
Output Level Nominal: 0 dBFS = 10 dBu, balanced
15 mW into 150Ω
30 mW into 50Ω
Dynamic Range Microphone/Line: 105 dB, A-weighted
Line Output: 117 dB, A-weighted
THD + N Microphone/Line: 0.002%, -1 dBFS, 22 Hz to 22 kHz BPF
Instrument: 0.005%, -8 dBu input, 22 Hz to 22 kHz BPF
Line Output: 0.001%, -1 dBFS, 22 Hz to 22 kHz BPF, unweighted
Frequency Response Inputs: 20 Hz to 20 kHz, +/-0.1 dB
Outputs: 20 Hz to 20 kHz, +/-0.2 dB
Noise Microphone EIN: <-120 dB, measured @ 55 dB of gain with 150Ω termination (20 Hz to 22 kHz BPF)
Instrument: -87 dBu (22 Hz to 22 kHz BPF)
Line: -90 dBu (22 Hz to 22 kHz BPF)
Signal to Noise Ratio Line: >100 dB
Crosstalk Input to Input: better than 90 dB
Output to Output: better than 90 dB
Input to Output: better than 85 dB
Power Requirements USB bus
System Requirements Mac:
OS X 10.6.5 (32- and 64-bit) and above

PC
Windows 7 (32- and 64-bit), Windows 8
Dimensions (WxDxH) 7 x 4 x 1.75" (175 x 100 x 45 mm)
Weight 1.3 lb (580 g)
Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 - Portable USB Audio Interface
  • USB Cable
  • Ableton Live Lite Software
  • Focusrite Scarlett Plug-In Suite
  • Focusrite Red 2 and Red 3 Plug-In Suite
  • One (1) Year Limited Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

    by PowerReviews
    FocusriteScarlett 2i2 - Portable USB Audio Interface
     
    4.5

    (based on 75 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (53)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (15)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (3)

    92%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Good audio (55)
    • Compact (54)
    • Easy to use (54)
    • Lightweight (44)
    • Durable (38)

    Cons

    • Limited functions (8)

    Best Uses

    • Home studio (50)
    • Amateur recording (39)
    • Professional recording (20)
    • Performances (17)
    • Pro audio / DJ / mixing (11)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (34), Professional musician (12), Novice (11)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (5)

    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 75 customers

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    5.0

    NIce little audio interface

    By Scott the Linux newbie

    from Sacramento, CA

    About Me Child

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact
    • Durable
    • Easy To Use

    Cons

    • none

    Best Uses

    • Home Studio

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

    Using it with Mackie speakers and Audio Technica headphones. It is compact, was easy to plug in and appears to be well-built. I have not used it yet with a microphone or guitar. Not really a deal breaker, but there's no MIDI I/O...i believe you'd have to bump up to the i4/i6 or whatever to get the MIDI I/O.

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    5.0

    Great Sound card!

    By Angel

    from Tucson, AZ

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

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

      We are using this card to get audio directly from a sound board to a PC that encodes sound and video for streaming. The setup eliminated an interference that was driving us crazy. Very easy to use and configure!

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      5.0

      Works great!

      By Audioman

      from AL

      About Me Professional Musician

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Events
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

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

        So far, its worked perfectly for everything I needed it for.

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        5.0

        Replaced Avid A/D

        By Docham

        from Austin, TX

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Home Studio

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

          When the Avid device was classified legacy and there were no drivers for OSX, I replaced it with this Scarlett 2/2. So far, I'm extremely pleased with the performance, B&H price, and the ease of getting it here. I've used it mainly to get cassette tape and reel-to-reel tapes into my iMac.

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          5.0

          Simple and great

          By Rusty

          from Atlanta, Ga

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Clear Sound
          • Compact
          • Easy To Use

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

              I use it to output audio to two near field studio monitors for video editing. Works perfectly.

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              5.0

              Mic preamps are superior

              By Rick

              from San Diego

              About Me Professional Musician

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Clear Sound
              • Compact
              • Easy To Use
              • Great preamps
              • Quiet
              • Versatile

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Home Studio
                • Professional Recording

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

                Recently tried a top brand name usb audio mixer and found 2i2 mic preamps to be far superior in quality and quietness.

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                5.0

                Awesome little Pre

                By SoCal_VO

                from San Diego

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

                Very clean, easy to use, lots of gain and good headphone amp to boot.

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                5.0

                So glad I chose this one!

                By Scott

                from Massachusetts

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Clear Sound
                • Durable
                • Easy To Use
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Home Studio

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

                  I had been using an M-Audio Firewire interface for several years, but when I switched from a desktop to a laptop I didn't have a Firewire port anymore and needed to go with USB. I almost bought another M-Audio, but a few people told me the mic pres were better on the Focusrite. I started checking reviews, and it seemed like a lot of people agreed. And, since B&H had the Focusrite for almost $k less, I decided to give it a shot. Everything I was told is true! The sound from this unit is warmer and much more pleasing to the ears. Makes my M-Audio sound sterile.

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                  5.0

                  This thing is great!

                  By Tyler

                  from Battle Creek, MI

                  About Me Movie Enthusiast, Tech Savvy

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Attractive Design
                  • Compact
                  • Durable
                  • Easy To Set Up
                  • Good Audio

                  Cons

                  • Battery Drain

                  Best Uses

                  • Production Quality
                  • Smaller Rooms

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

                  I like it It is my first interface but I love all the features it has and the audio is super clean!

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

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                  3.0

                  Works fine, weak pre-amp

                  By JimmiBoi

                  from Duluth, MN

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        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!

                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • 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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                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          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

                              Best Uses

                                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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                                • No

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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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