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Focusrite Scarlett Solo 2x2 USB Audio Interface (3rd Generation)

Focusrite Scarlett Solo 2x2 USB Audio Interface (3rd Generation)
Key Features
  • Singers, Guitarists, Solo Podcasters
  • USB Type-C Connectivity
  • 1 Mic Preamp & 1 Instrument/Line Input
  • 1 Headphone Out, Stereo Monitor Out
Built to deliver top-shelf sound in a compact, bag-friendly, and easy-to-use format for singers, guitarists, and solo podcasters, the third-generation Focusrite Scarlett Solo 2x2 USB audio interface lets artists and content creators score pro-level tone with no learning curve, no matter where they go.
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Focusrite Solo Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Portable and Bus Powered
  • 3Pristine, High-Resolution Conversion
  • 4Scarlett Mic Preamp with Customizable Tone
  • 5Direct Instrument/Line Input
  • 6Straightforward Controls and Level Indication
  • 7Headphone and Monitor Outputs
  • 8Latency-Free Monitoring
  • 9All the Tools You Need to Start Recording

Built to deliver top-shelf sound in a compact, bag-friendly, and easy-to-use format for singers, guitarists, and solo podcasters, the third-generation Focusrite Scarlett Solo 2x2 USB audio interface lets artists and content creators score pro-level tone with no learning curve, no matter where they go.

Equally capable for tracking vocals and instruments, the improved Scarlett microphone preamp features switchable phantom power for condenser mics and a selectable Air circuit, which adds clarity-enhancing brightness based on Focusrite's legendary ISA preamplifier. In addition to the single XLR mic input, the Scarlett Solo provides a single 1/4" input with an instrument/line switch that allows it to accept signal directly from a guitar, bass, synthesizer, or drum machine.

Unlocking the ability to record at standard CD quality or high-fidelity resolutions, the 24-bit / 192 kHz AD/DA converters ensure that signals are captured and reproduced with detail and accuracy. Listen through headphones or connect active speakers to the balanced 1/4" monitor outputs, and use selectable direct monitoring to hear your live input signal with no distracting echo or latency.

With its bus powering for uninhibited portability, space-saving USB Type-C connection, and extensive software bundle including virtual instruments, plug-in effects, loops, and more, the Scarlett Solo gives you plenty of powerful tools to kick-start your inspiration; just plug the Scarlett Solo into your Mac/Windows computer or iPad Pro (with USB Type-C), fire up your preferred audio recording software, and let the creativity flow.

Portable and Bus Powered
As the most compact interface in the Scarlett Series, the Scarlett Solo is rugged and ready to travel with you. Being bus powered via USB Type-C connectivity, it can be used in any room or even remote locations, with your preferred DAW on a Mac/Windows computer or using an iPad Pro equipped with USB Type-C and a music-making app such as Garageband, Cubasis 2, Auria Pro, Ampify Launchpad, Ampify Groovebox, or Ampify Blocs Wave.
Pristine, High-Resolution Conversion
Thanks to its high-performance 24-bit / 192 kHz AD/DA converters, the Scarlett Solo is equipped to capture any source from vocals to acoustic and electric instruments clearly and accurately, so you never have to worry about the interface clouding your sound.
Scarlett Mic Preamp with Customizable Tone
The upgraded third-generation Scarlett mic preamp features switchable 48V phantom power to accommodate your favorite condenser mic and a selectable Air setting, which reproduces the Air effect of Focusrite's original ISA mic preamp to impart enhanced brightness and openness on your vocal recordings.
Direct Instrument/Line Input
A dedicated high-impedance, high-headroom 1/4" input on the Scarlett Solo's front panel allows distortion-free recording of an instrument such as an electric guitar or bass, a synthesizer, or a drum machine, and there's no need for a DI box or an amplifier. At the press of a button, the 1/4" input can be used for a line-level source like a mixer's output or the line out from a guitar/bass amp.
Straightforward Controls and Level Indication
With the Scarlett Solo's Easy Start tool and independent gain knobs with multicolor gain halo meters, you'll have no trouble getting set up and dialing in the perfect levels. Plus, there are no menus or complicated controls to slow you down.
Headphone and Monitor Outputs
The balanced 1/4" TRS monitor outputs on the rear panel ensure hum-free connectivity with balanced studio monitors. For critical listening through headphones, just plug your earphones or headphones into the front-panel 1/4" headphone jack. A large knob is positioned next to the headphone jack for quick adjustment of the monitor and headphone volume.
Latency-Free Monitoring
No musician wants to record if they can't hear their performance clearly. Press the Scarlett Solo's direct monitor switch to listen to your input signals exactly as they are supposed to sound, with no latency and no distracting echo.
All the Tools You Need to Start Recording
The Scarlett line of interfaces comes with some of the best loved software tools in the business. Click here to see the complete list!
UPC: 815301005179

Focusrite Solo Specs

Signal Processing
Gain/Trim RangeInputs:
Up to +56 dB
High-Pass FilterNone
Analog Audio I/O1 x XLR 3-Pin Balanced Mic Input (Front Panel)
1 x 1/4" TS Unbalanced Line/Hi-Z Input (Front Panel)
2 x 1/4" TRS Balanced Monitor Output
1 x 1/4" TRS Unbalanced Headphone Output (Front Panel)
Phantom Power48 V, Selectable On/Off
Digital Audio I/ONone
Host Connection Protocol1 x USB Type-C (USB 2.0)
USB (Non-Host)None
Sync I/ONone
Network I/ONone
Wireless ConnectivityNone
Frequency ResponseInputs:
20 Hz to 20 kHz ±0.1 dB
Maximum Input LevelMic Inputs:
+9 dBu (Min Gain)
Hi-Z Inputs:
+12.5 dBu (Min Gain)
Line Inputs:
+22 dBu (Min Gain)
Maximum Output LevelLine/Monitor Outputs:
+15.5 dBu at 0 dBFS
Headphone Outputs:
+7 dBu
ImpedanceMic Inputs:
3 Kilohms
Hi-Z Inputs:
1.5 Megohms
Line Inputs:
60 Kilohms
Line Outputs:
430 Ohms
Headphone Outputs:
< 1 Ohm
Dynamic RangeMic Inputs:
111 dBA
Hi-Z Inputs:
110 dBA
Line Inputs:
110.5 dBA
Line Outputs:
108 dBA
Headphone Outputs:
104 dBA
THD+NMic Inputs:
< 0.0012%
Hi-Z Inputs:
< 0.03%
Line Inputs:
< 0.002%
Line Outputs:
< 0.002%
Headphone Outputs:
< 0.002%
EINMic Inputs:
-128 dBu A-Weighted
Digital Audio
Sample RatesUp to 192 kHz (AD/DA Conversion)
Sample Rate ConversionNone
Bit DepthsUp to 24-Bit (AD/DA Conversion)
Audio Storage & Playback
Memory Card SlotNone
OS CompatibilityWindows
*As of June, 2022: Check with manufacturer for the most up-to-date compatibility
Included SoftwareNone
Compatible Software (Not Included)Any Core Audio (Mac) Compliant Software
FL Studio
Included Plug-InsNone
Mobile Device CompatibilityiPad Pro
Required HardwareUSB Type-C Port
Internet ConnectionRequired for Registration
Power RequirementsUSB Bus Power
Form FactorDesktop
Channels of I/OAnalog:
2 Inputs / 2 Outputs at 192 kHz
Maximum Sampling Rate192 kHz / 24-Bit
Number of Microphone Preamps1 Preamp
Built-In MicrophoneNone
Input Level Adjustment2 x Knob
Expansion SlotsNone
Anti-Theft FeaturesKensington Security Slot
Dimensions5.65 x 3.77 x 1.71" / 14.35 x 9.58 x 4.34 cm
Weight0.7 lb / 318.0 g (without Accessories)
0.8 lb / 363.0 g (with Accessories)
Packaging Info
Package Weight1.105 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)6.9 x 5.7 x 2.3"

Focusrite Solo Reviews

solid choice!

By Aria
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-12-04

super compact and light, and works exactly as it says it will! bonus: focusrite has a nice onboarding process on its website, with a bunch of awesome video tutorials that progress one by one (for newbies like me)

Lady Scarlett

By Billy
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-10-20

Does the job and looks sweet as well in that Scarlett! Using this for an SM7B and it does fine without a preamp, but the Mic will be quiet unless you can deal with a little noise. Used a Dynamite stick as well and 12 O'clock to 2 O'clock on the dial is perfect for me! Well built and the software is easy to use if you wish to use it, not necessary though.

Amazing value

By James
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-09-28

This is not the most feature rich device but what it does, it does very well and sounds very clean.

Does the job

By Thomas
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-08-30

Simple and it works.

Plug-n-Play on Mac - Great Sound for Price

By Ron
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-07-12

This is a wonderful unit - clear, digital sound and very inexpensive. And it's as simple to use as plugging in a USB drive! Highly recommended as a fabulous low end, no-frills, digital audio interface.

I used few times and it had internal failure

By Adam
Rated 1 out of 5
Date: 2022-07-05

I used few times and it had internal failure and I called B&H bc bought insurance with it. but I was told to call the manufacture which is taking me a month to waiting for a response or replacement

Great product

By Adrian
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-11-28

Quality product and works as expected. Great price.

Great Value

By Benjamin
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2022-11-04

Great value for a basic XLR mic setup. I have this, a Synco Mic-D2, and Sennheiser HD 280 Pro headphones. They all work nicely together. My only complaint is there is a slight hiss in the direct monitoring that gets louder the higher the gain is set too, but, this hiss does NOT show up in my recordings.

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Can I use this to output sound from my computer ...

Can I use this to output sound from my computer to monitor speakers with quarter inch inputs? Specifically from an edit system like avid?
Asked by: Justin
The Focusrite Scarlett Solo can be used to output audio from you computer to powered speakers. The large Monitor knob on the front of the box will allow you to adjust the audio level to your speakers.
Answered by: Steve
Date published: 2021-02-22

How long is the provided USB-C to USB-A cable?

How long is the provided USB-C to USB-A cable?
Asked by: Brendan
I received the product today, and the provided cable is 3 feet long, not 5
Answered by: Brendan
Date published: 2022-07-21

Does this device require something like a ...

Does this device require something like a cloudlifter to raise the gain or is it sufficient on its own?
Asked by: Philip
with certain ribbon mics maybe but not necessarily
Answered by: Richard Sidney
Date published: 2021-02-11

Will this work with iShowU audio capture?

Will this work with iShowU audio capture?
Asked by: Walter
It may work with this freeware. We have not tested it though.
Answered by: Mark
Date published: 2020-10-02

Anyone ever use this with a USB hub? Sending the ...

Anyone ever use this with a USB hub? Sending the USB connection to two devices?
Asked by: Mark
Thanks! Steve, but in this workflow am I going USBC out of there Scarlett USB3.0 adapter Xcellon? And then use the USB3.0 outs from the Xcellon to split to multiple devices ?
Answered by: Mark
Date published: 2021-12-24

How would this connect to the zoom podtrak p4?

How would this connect to the zoom podtrak p4?
Asked by: Anonymous
This PodTrack P4 is an audio interface itself already and it can be a recorder simultaneously while in audio interface mode. You shouldn't need this the Scarlett Solo if you already have the Podtrak P4 (unless you want higher than 16-bit audio from an interface). If you are wanting to do a podcast over Zoom meetings or something, the P4 already does everything. You can select it as a mic input and audio output in the Zoom meeting software and then hit record on the P4 to record your session locally. Hope this helps. Also, the P4 only has headphone outputs, so you wouldn't really want to connect it up to another audio interface anyway.
Answered by: Jessica
Date published: 2021-02-08

Is the included cable USB-C to USB-C (so I can ...

Is the included cable USB-C to USB-C (so I can plug it directly into my MacBook Pro without a dongle) or is it USB-C to USB-A?
Asked by: David
This comes with a USB Type-C to USB Type-A Cable.
Answered by: Joseph
Date published: 2020-09-10

It looks like this has only one volume knob. Does ...

It looks like this has only one volume knob. Does it control both the headphone and external speakers volume?
Asked by: Sam
Answered by: David
Date published: 2020-10-02
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