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Focusrite Scarlett 2i4 - USB Audio Interface

You Pay: $199.99
Product Highlights
  • 2 Input/4 Output
  • 2 Microphone Preamps with Gain Controls
  • Phantom Power
  • MIDI I/O with Activity Indicators
  • 10 dB Pad per Channel
  • Headphone Out with Volume Knob
  • Direct Monitor Switch
  • Includes Software
  • Mac OS X
  • Windows 7/8

Scarlett 2i4 from Focusrite is a two input/four output USB audio interface featuring two Focusrite pre-amps with phantom power and 10 dB pads. USB bus powered and housed in a compact anodized aluminum unibody chassis makes the unit a perfect choice for musicians and digital DJs.

Compatible with both Mac and Windows based computers, the interface features Neutrik combo inputs that accept microphones, line sources, and instrument levels. Four RCA outputs, and a headphone output provide the digital performer and laptop DJ with convenient connectivity.

Direct monitoring is available to avoid latency during recording, and signal halos surrounding the gain knobs provide visual feedback of proper input levels. MIDI I/O with activity indicators allows for connecting synthesizer or other MIDI related modules. A comprehensive selection of crossplatform software is included.

Two microphone preamps with global phantom power and per channel 10 dB pads
Neutrik combo XLR/TRS input connectors with line/instrument switches
Balanced and unbalanced outputs
MIDI In and Out ports for connecting synthesizer modules or digital pianos
Direct monitor function with Stereo/Mono switch for avoiding input latency when recording
Headphone source switch (outputs 1-2 or 3-4)
Gain halos around the gain knob for each input provide monitoring of correct signal level
Includes software for Mac and PC
Rugged aluminum unibody chassis
USB bus powered
Converters 24-bit
Sample Rates 44.1, 48, 88.2 and 96 kHz (internal clock only)
Analog In 2 x XLR Combi Microphone/Line (front panel)
Analog Outputs 2 x 1/4" TRS phone Line
4 x RCA phono Line
1 x 1/4" TRS phone Headphone
Digital Input Connectors No
Digital Output Connectors No
MIDI In/Out 2 x 5-pin DIN MIDI In, Out
Other Connectors 1 x 6-pin FireWire IEEE1394 socket
Headphone Output Yes with volume control
Maximum Input Level Microphone: +3.5 dB
Line: +26 dBu (at 1% THD+N)
Instrument: +3 dBu (+12 dBu pad in)
Gain Range Microphone: +10 dB to +55 dB (0 dB to +45 dB with pad engaged)
Line: -10 dB to +35 dB (-20 dB to +25 dB with pad engaged)
Instrument: +10 dB to +55 dB
Output Impedance <12Ω
Nominal Output Level +10 dBu, balanced (0 dBFS)
+5.5 dBu, unbalanced (0dBFS)
Power Output 24 mW into 32Ω
Frequency Response Input: 20 Hz to 20 kHz, +0/-0.1 dB
Output: 20 Hz to 20 kHz, +/-0.2dB
THD + N Microphone: <0.002% (minimum gain, -1 dBFS with 20 Hz/22 kHz band-pass filter)
Line Inputs: <0.01 A-weighted (+16 dB input gain, -1 dBFS at output with 22 Hz/22 kHz band-pass filter)
Instrument: <0.0025 A-weighted (+16 dB input gain, -1 dBFS at output with 22 Hz/22 kHz band-pass filter
Line Outputs: <0.03 %, unbalanced (0 dBFS input 22 Hz/22 kHz band-pass filter)
Noise Microphone EIN: <-120 dB @ 55 dB of gain with 150Ω termination (20 Hz/22 kHz band-pass filter)
Line Noise: -90 dBu (22 Hz/22 kHz band-pass filter)
Instrument Noise: -87 dBu (20 Hz/22 kHz band-pass filter)
Line SNR: >100 dB
Crosstalk Input to Input: >90dB
Output to Output: >90 dB
Input to Output: >85 dB
Digital Performance A/D Dynamic Range: >105 dB, A-weighted (all inputs)
D/A Dynamic Range: >104 dB, A-weighted (all outputs)
Converter Chipset A/D Dynamic Range: 114 dB
Converter Chipset D/A Dynamic Range: 114 dB
Meters Ring LED lit Green: Signal present (-24 dBFS)
Ring LED lit Red: Signal overload (0 dBFS), peak held for approximately 1 second
Power Requirements USB bus powere
System Requirement Mac:
OS X 10.7 (Lion) or 10.8 (Mountain Lion)
PC:
Windows 7 (32- and 64-bit) or Windows 8
Dimensions (WxDxH) 8.3 x 5.5 x 1.9" (210 x 140 x 48 mm)
Weight 2 lb (890 g)
Focusrite Scarlett 2i4 - USB Audio Interface
  • USB Cable
  • Ableton Live Lite 8
  • Focusrite Scarlett Plug-In Suite
  • Novation Bass Station
  • Loopmasters Content
  • One (1) Year Warranty
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    FocusriteScarlett 2i4 - USB Audio Interface
     
    4.9

    (based on 9 reviews)

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    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Compact (4)
    • Easy to use (4)
    • Good audio (4)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur recording (4)
      • Home studio (4)
      • Pro audio / DJ / mixing (3)
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      5.0

      A Great Audio Interface

      By Hollywood Rich

      from Los Angeles

      Verified Buyer

      Comments about Focusrite Scarlett 2i4 - USB Audio Interface:

      I prefer this model to the Scarlett 2i2. The 2i4 has a " Loopback " volume control. You can monitor the input and output and the volume control allows you to balance the levels between the two. A must have feature if you want to hear playback and input vocals at the same time.

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      5.0

      Works really well, best value for money

      By Marty

      from Vancouver BC

      Pros

      • Good Quality
      • Reasonably Priced

      Cons

      • No Marking For Rec Level

      Best Uses

      • Recording With Mics

      Comments about Focusrite Scarlett 2i4 - USB Audio Interface:

      I've had the 2i4 for six months now. Having plugged and unplugged it innumerable times, recorded with it innureral times, tested it repeatedly, I cdan say it's about as close to bug-free as you'll ever get in a hi-tech product. The sound quality is excellent, very liquid-sounding. I can concentrate on the sound of the mics instead of the USB interface. When I plug in a pair of Rode NT1A, which have a self-noise of only about 5 db A weighted, I don't really hear hissing at all coming from anywhere.

      OK, you're probably wondering if there is any downside. Well, let's see. I wish it were easy to open up from above and also obtain the service manual, so I can modify it for even better sound (I'm sure some capacitors and stuff can be upgraded, such is the audiophile that I am). Also, once in a blue moon, I hear a sudden glitch in the sound, a sudden instantaneous drop-out. Not sure if it's my laptop (I have both a Vista and Win 8.1 laptop with SSDs on board) or the USB. I'm using the best USB2.0 cable I can find, with ferrite bars on both ends, fully shielded throughout. But it only happens maybe once in a one-hour recording, and you have to be listening to appropriate material to hear it.

      So all in all I'm happy with my purchase, and don't feel any need at this point to buy something new. I can concentrate on mics and mic technique instead.

      I've only used condenser mics. Not sure if the preamp is quiet enough for a dynamic mike like an SM57.

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      5.0

      Does the trick

      By Slfjsskjs

      from NYC, NY

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Practical

      Cons

      • wish it were smaller

      Best Uses

      • Portable Laptop Audio Set

      Comments about Focusrite Scarlett 2i4 - USB Audio Interface:

      This is a great out of the box usable USB audio interface. I have been running my nice pre-amp through this to get a very nice sound, and tried it out with the focus rite preamps, which sound comparable.

      very practical and works great with logic.

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      5.0

      great audio interface

      By Javier

      from Bronx

      Comments about Focusrite Scarlett 2i4 - USB Audio Interface:

      Great audio interface. Smooth

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      5.0

      Great Product, Small Size...and MIDI!

      By StLTechnoBeard

      from St. Louis, Mo

      Verified Buyer

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        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Focusrite Scarlett 2i4 - USB Audio Interface:

            I had some trouble with my Push and this playing nice, but this is a great product so far. I will update if I have any issues. I am using this with 2 JBL LSR2328P monitors and Ableton with a Push and Jamox Xbass09.

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            5.0

            great sound quality and unique features

            By PeterWashHghts

            from New York, NY

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Clear Sound
            • Compact
            • Durable
            • Easy To Use
            • High quality sound

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Focusrite Scarlett 2i4 - USB Audio Interface:

              I am using the Scarlett to digitize LP's and record guitar/vocals. Previously I would use a mixing panel and do the analog-digital conversion in my PC. Current laptops/desktops (even Apple) contain a very inexpensive A/D converter chip and the electrical noise generated inside a PC affects the analog signal and is audible. I used to buy a SoundBlaster PCI card but they are expensive and drivers are sometimes an issue. The Scarlett which performs A/D conversion outside the PC is audibly better. It distinguishes itself by a solid build quality, a wide range of signal levels (guitar to line level) it can handle and the useful clip indicator (ring around the level knob turns red). As expected, LP's are recorded as clean as possible but require a small preamp with RIAA correction. It is also bundled with a Lite version of Ableton Live, so all in all a great value.

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              5.0

              Solid unit

              By Superphil

              from Exit 4 - NJ Turnpike

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Home Studio
                • Professional Recording

                Comments about Focusrite Scarlett 2i4 - USB Audio Interface:

                Unlike a lot of audio-computer interfaces that got derailed by Lion (Mac OS 10.7.5), this unit works flawlessly. I assume it works just as well with Snow Leopard (10.8).

                Solid design. The concentric lighted knobs (green for good audio and red for clipping) are awesome.

                This also works great in Final Cut Pro's (v7.0.3) voice-over feature as well as Soundtrack Pro (v3.0.1) and all versions of Quicktime.

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                5.0

                Does the job and beyond

                By nuc - electronic musician and drummer

                from New York

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Clear Sound
                • Compact
                • Easy To Use
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

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

                  Comments about Focusrite Scarlett 2i4 - USB Audio Interface:

                  I am en electronic musician who was looking for a solid audio-midi interface that was both portable and reliable for live performance with my new MBP running in Mountain Lion (ML) and I found what I needed. The Scarlett 2i4 works seamlessly with ML and Ableton Live and the sound output is as strong and high quality as I have heard from an interface in this range. Not to mention the preamp power and clarity of this interface; this is the best that I have had coming from previously owned TASCAM and M-Audio interfaces. It also lets you monitor the sound directly without passing through your DAW and with zero latency. It is ruggedly built yet lightweight and has an attractive appearance if that matters for you. If you are looking for an audio-midi interface that is dependable and produces a high-end sound for both home recording and live playing, you should definitely consider this marvelous piece of equipment.

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                  4.0

                  Very nice and highly recommended product

                  By Peter

                  from Malaysia

                  About Me Novice

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Clear Sound
                  • Compact
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Amateur Recording
                    • Home Studio
                    • Mobile DJ

                    Comments about Focusrite Scarlett 2i4 - USB Audio Interface:

                    I use this product to record some instrumental music and it does make a good sound for all the recording so far and also reasonable in price.

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