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Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 - Portable USB Audio Interface

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  • 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
  • Softube Time and Tone Bundle
  • USB Bus-Powered
  • Aluminum Unibody Chassis
  • Mac OS X, Windows
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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.

In addition to the Red 2 and Red 3 Plug-in Suite, the interface includes the Softube Time and Tone Pack. TSAR-1R Reverb adds space, depth, and width to a sound. Change settings with a single slider, from realistic three-dimensional rooms to dramatic and dreamlike halls. Tube Delay is an echo effect that can go from clean to rude by overdriving its three modeled tube stages - delivering everything from realistic room echoes, to rockabilly style slap back, to dub reggae echo. Saturation Knob is a modeled output distortion unit that adds grit and warmth - use it to fatten up bass lines, add some harmonics and shimmer to vocals, or simply destroy a drum loop.

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 96 kHz
A rugged, anodized-aluminum unibody chassis provides protection against the harsh environment of the road
Bus-powered - no need for 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. 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
Softube Time and Tone Bundle
Gain knobs with surrounding halo indicators for each input (red indicates too hot of a 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 Lion (10.7)
UPC: 815301008170
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 <10 ohms
Output Level Nominal: 0 dBFS = 10 dBu, balanced
15 mW into 150 ohms
30 mW into 50 ohms
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 150 ohm 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
Windows 7 (32- and 64-bit), Windows 8, and Windows 10
Dimensions (WxDxH) 7 x 4 x 1.75" (175 x 100 x 45 mm)
Weight 1.3 lb (580 g)
Packaging Info
Package Weight 2.1 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 9.8 x 6.8 x 4.0"
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
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