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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.

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
Type USB 2.0
Converter 24-bit, internal clock
Sample Rates 44.1, 48, 88.2 and 96kHz
Inputs 2 x XLR/TRS combo Microphone/Line/Instrument
Maximum Input Level Microphone: -3dBu
Instrument: -3dBu
Line: +20dBu
Gain Range Microphone: +10dB to +55dB
Instrument: +10dB to +55dB
Line: +10dB to +35dB
Outputs 2 x 1/4" TRS phone
1 x 1/4" TRS phone Headphone
Output Impedance <10Ω
Output Level Nominal: 0dBFS = 10dBu, balanced
15mW into 150Ω
30mW into 50Ω
Dynamic Range Microphone/Line: 105dB, A-weighted
Line Output: 117dB, A-weighted
THD + N Microphone/Line: 0.002%, -1dBFS, 22Hz to 22kHz BPF
Instrument: 0.005%, -8dBu input, 22Hz to 22kHz BPF
Line Output: 0.001%, -1dBFS, 22Hz to 22kHz BPF, unweighted
Frequency Response Inputs: 20Hz to 20kHz, +/-0.1dB
Outputs: 20Hz to 20kHz, +/-0.2dB
Noise Microphone EIN: <-120dB, measured @ 55dB of gain with 150Ω termination (20Hz to 22kHz BPF)
Instrument: -87dBu (22Hz to 22kHz BPF)
Line: -90dBu (22Hz to 22KHz BPF)
Signal to Noise Ratio Line: >100dB
Crosstalk Input to Input: better than 90dB
Output to Output: better than 90dB
Input to Output: better than 85dB
Power Requirements USB bus
System Requirements Mac:
OS X 10.6.5 (32- and 64-bit) and above, including OS X 10.7

Windows 7 (32- and 64-bit) or Windows XP SP3 (32-bit only)
Windows Vista is not officially supported
Dimensions (WxDxH) 7 x 4 x 1.75" (175 x 100 x 45mm)
Weight 1.3 lb (580g)
Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 - Portable USB Audio Interface
  • USB Cable
  • Ableton Live Lite 8 Software
  • Focusrite Scarlett Plug-In Suite
  • One Year Warranty