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