Focusrite Scarlett Solo USB Audio Interface (2nd Generation)

Focusrite Scarlett Solo USB Audio Interface (2nd Generation)

Focusrite Scarlett Solo USB Audio Interface (2nd Generation)

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Product Highlights

  • 2 Input / 2 Output
  • Single Scarlett Microphone Preamp
  • Single Instrument/Line Input with Switch
  • 48V Phantom Power
  • Powered via USB
  • Direct Monitor Switch
  • 24-Bit/192 kHz
  • Ableton Live Lite & Pro Tools | First
  • Included Software Bundle
  • OS X and Windows Compatible
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Focusrite Solo overview

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The Second-Generation Scarlett Solo from Focusrite is a portable USB 2.0 digital audio interface, featuring a single Scarlett microphone preamp with phantom power, and a dedicated instrument/line input. You can monitor your signal either through an independent 1/4" output or via rear-mounted, unbalanced RCA jacks. Perfect for the travelling troubadour, this unit is fully compatible with Mac and Windows computers, and includes a plethora of recording, instrument, and sample content software.

An included Pro Tools | First Focusrite Creative pack is enhanced by a suite of Focusrite Scarlett plug-ins—a set of tools including compression, EQ, gating, and reverb. The Novation Bass Station software synthesizer can be used to add bass or melody, and a sample pack from Loopmasters contains drum loops and sound effects. Ableton Live is included to boot. 

Focusrite's Red Plug-In Suite (AAX, Audio Units, and VST) delivers modules based on the classic Focusrite Red 2 EQ and Red 3 Compressor hardware. Also included in this bundle is the Softube Time and Tone Pack for further sonic exploration within your chosen DAW.   

Notable Features
  • One Scarlett mic preamp with high headroom and minimal distortion 
  • One line/instrument input, designed to handle high-level pick-ups
  • Conversion and sample rates up to 24-bit/192 kHz  
  • Low latency for using your plug-ins in real time without the need for DSP
  • One headphone output with gain control
  • Stereo RCA outputs for connecting to home speakers
  • Compact and portable at 1.3 lb
  • Powered by USB
  • Includes Pro Tools | First Focusrite Creative Pack and Ableton Live Lite
  • Includes additional software and loops
UPC: 815301008439
In the Box
Focusrite Scarlett Solo USB Audio Interface (2nd Generation)
  • USB Cable
  • Code for Software Bundle
  • Limited 2-Year Warranty
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    Focusrite Solo specs

    Type USB 2.0
    Sample Rates 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96 and 192 kHz
    Inputs 1x XLR Microphone
    1x 1/4" TRS Line/Instrument
    Outputs 2x RCA phono
    1x 1/4" TRS Headphone
    Power Requirements USB bus
    System Requirements Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite, 10.11 El Capitan
    Windows 7, 8.1, 10
    Dimensions (H x W x D) 1.7 x 5.7 x 4.7" / 4.4 x 14.4 x 11.9 cm
    Weight 1.3 lb / 0.6 kg
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 1.45 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 7.0 x 6.4 x 2.5"

    Focusrite Solo reviews

    Scarlett Solo USB Audio Interface (2nd Generation) is rated 3.6 out of 5 by 8.
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Noise! I use with Sure SM35 (which comes with a dedicated preamp) and gain is almost at max, like 9.5 out of 10. 1. There's enough noise in the recorded signal to require using a gate. 2. Direct monitoring with headphones has really excessive noise. Not a good headphone amp, I suppose. Maybe the Audient iD4 would do better. Idk.
    Date published: 2018-08-07
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from MIGHTY MOUSE! Short and sweet as this little pre is as simple as it gets. I have been using the Mbox 2 mini for years, until buying a new mac which presented a problem: The Mbox does not work on the new OS, and they stopped updating the drivers/software in around 2010, 2011? (Told you Ive been using it for years). So I already have a Presonus mic pre for processing, all I really ever used the Mbox for was conversion of the signal from analog to digital, the most logical step was to grab the scarlett Solo. While it has a guitar input which is clearly marked with a guitar Icon on it I cant speak to its use for that because I use it exclusively with my Neumann mic and the Presonus. when researching my Presonus mic pre I had originally looked at Focusrite as I had always heard their products to be very solid. Anyway this little box can be used as a mic pre but I would def recommend it to be used in conjunction with a bigger, and more elaborate one. If all you need is signal conversion, you really cannot go wrong particularly for the price. It comes with a download code for the Focusrite version of their pro tools like software, and while I know it to be good, I have no use for it. All in all this is a great product for the price, no doubt about it. It is simplicity personified limited number of inputs but for a little more they have a larger model. I use it for voice work in my home studio and for that I honestly cannot ask for anything more.
    Date published: 2016-07-28
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellence, Build, Quality components and looks to match Perfect for newbie like me. Simple solid construction with some updated features over version one. Very easy to use right out of the box, looks great also. My only odd issue was with windows 10, I still needed a inline pre amp like Cloudlifter or Fethead. I did chose fethead and love it.
    Date published: 2016-12-01
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Definitely would buy this product again. First thing I noticed was the quality build of the product, very solid. The price for the quality of work you can perform on this interface is excellent. Sounds are clear, Set up is not hard and to top it off you get so much bonus material with the interface you will have no second thoughts about your purchase. Excellent product.
    Date published: 2017-01-22
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Average SNR, poor compatibility, and overall unimpressive It's very prone to creating ground loops. The USB ground is connected to the monitor outputs, and both XLR and TRS grounds. In my setup, I had speakers that took inputs from both the computer and the Scarlett. Needless to say, it didn't work very well. I couldn't use this in a simple enough way to avoid ground loops. For people using this on a laptop on battery power, that's not an issue, but it is quite troublesome when using this on an actual workstation. I was surprised at how much noisier this is than my internal sound card. Sure, I am comparing this to a Xonar D2x, but the Scarlett should have better SNR because it's not inside the computer. Try recording a guitar and passing it through heavy distortion... it's noisier than a squeaky train toilet. The Xonar D2x fares much better -- 20dB better to be more specific. It's very picky about which USB ports it will work on. It worked on my workstation, and UPS USB-A ports. It didn't work from a power-pack, or the USB-C ports on my laptop. It's one of the most incompatible USB devices I've ever owned. I wasn't able to record smoothly at 192KHz. It just doesn't like it. I'm certain there's some machine where it works beautifully at 192KHz, but on the three or so machines I tried this, I had to dial it down to 96KHz. One good thing is that the High-Z input sounds impressive. The High-Z input captures a lot more detail and subtleties in an electric guitar. It sounds better than the same guitar on my Soundcraft mixer's line in. Focusrite did something "rite" with the pre-amp. Turning phantom power on or off crates audible pops. Ramping up phantom voltage to stay out of the audible range is trivial, yet they didn't implement it in the Scarlett. The Scarlett has the potential to sound good, but at the same time leaves a lot to be desired. It's worse than my existing D2x internal sound card in every possible way. I feel that instead of being spent on better circuitry and noise isolation, my money instead goes to the code inside the box, and licenses to some software I'm never going to use.
    Date published: 2018-07-06
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Solid Interface Using this as an interface for guitar amp sim software. Combined with a reasonably powerful PC latency is below 10ms. Have not used the mic input so can't comment on that yet. I think it's a bit overpriced but it does work well.
    Date published: 2016-09-27
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from We get what we pay for ( Excellent ) Works as intended, super solid build and great features. Very clean look and no issues like some on generation one. I just use mine with a dynamic mic and inline fethead amp. which allows me to use the phantom power. Added decibels 25db. A bit expensive but well worth it
    Date published: 2016-11-22
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Mine was a dud! I've only heard great thing about this product. Unfortunately, I id not have the same experience.
    Date published: 2017-08-17
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