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FocusriteScarlett 2i4 - USB Audio Interface
 
4.8

(based on 16 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

    Brilliant bit of kit

    By John

    from Wisconsin

    Comments about Focusrite Scarlett 2i4 - USB Audio Interface:

    This little baby works brilliantly. I use it primarily as an audio out and went for the 2i4 as I can still connect my Roland SPD-SX via midi using Ableton drum racks and as a Midi controller. It works fantastically, audio quality is stunning and low signal latency is perfect for my application.

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    4.0

    Nice Interface

    By Tach

    from Indianapolis, IN

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Looks great
    • Sounds Great

    Cons

    • Not Enough Audio Out Opt

    Best Uses

    • Audio Mixing
    • Music Creation

    Comments about Focusrite Scarlett 2i4 - USB Audio Interface:

    This is a great audio interface. How does it compare to others? I don't know because I never tried anything else.

    The Scarlett 2i4 has great, clean sound and very low latency in Cubase. I also play games with it, and it works great there too.

    Why only 4 stars instead of 5? I kind of wish it offered more output options for hooking up speakers. 70-year-old RCA connectors (yes I looked that fact up) seems like a outdated way to connect to my powered speakers.

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    5.0

    Focusrite Scarlett

    By IsraelDecembersFall

    from New York City

    Comments about Focusrite Scarlett 2i4 - USB Audio Interface:

    Great buy, great store. Salesman knew exactly what to recommend when I told him what my need was. Even though I'm not using it for recording, when I explained what I needed he recommended it and explained how to set it up for what I'm doing. Still use it today and it's perfect.
    Nice one!

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    5.0

    Great Interface

    By John

    from Evansville, IN

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy setup
    • Good controls
    • Quality construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Audio Inputs

      Comments about Focusrite Scarlett 2i4 - USB Audio Interface:

      Just hooked this up to my new JBL LSR308's and the sound is incredible. This makes it easy to control my audio - mike input, guitar input, etc. Works perfect with Ableton 9. Quality construction throughout.

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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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              • No

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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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              • No

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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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                    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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                    • No

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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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