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FocusriteScarlett 2i4 - USB Audio Interface
 
4.8

(based on 19 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (5)
  • Good audio (5)
  • Compact (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Home studio (5)
  • Amateur recording (4)
  • Pro audio / DJ / mixing (3)
  • Professional recording (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (8)
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5.0

I would buy this product again anda again

By DARIO

from West Palm Beach, FL

About Me Professional Musician

Verified Buyer

Comments about Focusrite Scarlett 2i4 - USB Audio Interface:

Excellent product, quality, price, performance!

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5.0

Focusrite review

By Rudi Mac

from VALENCIA California

Comments about Focusrite Scarlett 2i4 - USB Audio Interface:

After a long but necessary registration and authorization process. Which I feel they could have stream lined. It has performed very well and the tutorials were the best I've seen! I do wish they had smaller upgrade paths to grow into the program. Put I have used media 100 and protools and moto. This is one of the more intuitive programs and I feel I will grow into this abelton family plan. Overall, very satisfied with this middle entry hardware-software! Thanks!

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5.0

Great Interface

By Cam

from Toledo, Ohio

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Easy To Use
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Focusrite Scarlett 2i4 - USB Audio Interface:

    Plug and play with our Mac workflow

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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.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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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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      • No

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      5.0

      Works well

      By Sam

      from CT

      Verified Buyer

      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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      • No

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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

        • Was this a gift?:
        • 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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        • No

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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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        • No

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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

        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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