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FocusriteScarlett 2i4 - USB Audio Interface
 
4.8

(based on 12 reviews)

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Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home studio (5)
    • Amateur recording (4)
    • Pro audio / DJ / mixing (3)
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    5.0

    Works well

    By Sam

    from CT

    Verified Buyer

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          Comments about Focusrite Scarlett 2i4 - USB Audio Interface:

          Good value - does the job nicely, with not much noise. Hooked it up to a microphone to get nice recordings on my mac. Set up was easy and straightforward under OSX Yosemite.

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          5.0

          Excellent and easy

          By AleB

          from WA

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Ease of Use
          • Looks
          • Price is right

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Use With Logicpro

            Comments about Focusrite Scarlett 2i4 - USB Audio Interface:

            WOW this 2i4 is great. Plug and use. No drivers required for mac users and works superb

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            4.0

            Nice for the Price

            By Renodan

            from Dallas, TX

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Cost

            Cons

            • Preamps

            Best Uses

            • Home Studio

            Comments about Focusrite Scarlett 2i4 - USB Audio Interface:

            Nice clean signal into computer. Like others have noted the preamps are a bit weak and you have to download the software. Not a big issue though. Good value for the buck.

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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

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                  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

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                    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

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                      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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