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Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 2x2 USB Audio Interface (3rd Generation)

Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 2x2 USB Audio Interface (3rd Generation)
Key Features
  • Singers, Guitarists, Podcaster Duos
  • USB Type-C Connectivity
  • 2 Mic/Line/Instrument Preamps
  • 1 Headphone Out, Stereo Monitor Out
Built to deliver top-shelf sound in a compact, bag-friendly, and easy-to-use format for singer-songwriters, guitarists, and podcaster duos, the third-generation Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 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 2i2 Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Portable and Bus Powered
  • 3Pristine, High-Resolution Conversion
  • 4Scarlett Mic Preamps with Customizable Tone
  • 5Instrument/Line Input Switches
  • 6Straightforward Controls and Level Indication
  • 7Independent Headphone and Monitor Outputs
  • 8Latency-Free Monitoring
  • 9Extensive Software Bundle

Built to deliver top-shelf sound in a compact, bag-friendly, and easy-to-use format for singer-songwriters, guitarists, and podcaster duos, the third-generation Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 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 two improved Scarlett microphone preamps feature switchable phantom power for condenser mics and a selectable-per-channel Air circuit, which adds clarity-enhancing brightness based on Focusrite's legendary ISA preamplifier. The two XLR-1/4" combo inputs are outfitted with switches that allow them to accept signal directly from electric instruments such as guitar and bass or from line-level sources such as stereo mixer outputs or a hot feed from a 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 enjoy independent control of the headphone and speaker volume settings. Use selectable direct monitoring in mono or stereo 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 elementary versions of Ableton Live and Avid Pro Tools music production workstations, virtual instruments, plug-in effects, loops, and more, the Scarlett 2i2 gives you plenty of powerful tools to kick-start your inspiration; just plug the Scarlett 2i2 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

Both compact and lightweight, the Scarlett 2i2 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 2i2 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 Preamps with Customizable Tone

The two upgraded third-generation Scarlett mic preamps features switchable 48V phantom power to accommodate your favorite condenser mic and a selectable-per-channel Air setting, which reproduces the Air effect of Focusrite's original ISA mic preamp to impart enhanced brightness and openness on your vocal recordings.

Instrument/Line Input Switches

The XLR-1/4" combo inputs on the Scarlett 2i2's front panel allow distortion-free recording of instruments such as electric guitar and bass, synthesizers, or drum machines, and there's no need for a DI box or amplifiers. At the press of a button, each 1/4" input can be used for line-level sources like a mixer's stereo output or the line outs from guitar and bass amps.

Straightforward Controls and Level Indication

With the Scarlett 2i2'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.

Independent 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. Separate knobs are provided for quick and independent adjustment of the monitor and headphone volumes.

Latency-Free Monitoring

No musicians want to record if they can't hear their performance clearly. Use the Scarlett 2i2's direct monitor switch to listen to your input signals in mono or stereo, exactly as they are supposed to sound, with no latency and no distracting echo.

Extensive Software Bundle

The Scarlett 2i2 comes with a powerful bundle of music-making software from industry-leading brands. From recording to final mixdown, this bundle features tools that will help you get the sound you imagined.

  • Ableton Live Lite: Popular music production software
  • Pro Tools | First Focusrite Creative Pack: The main elements and workflow of the industry standard Pro Tools in an entry-level package hundreds of virtual instrument sounds, 500MB of loops, and great-sounding effects
  • 3 Months of Splice Sounds: Get access to millions of high-quality, royalty-free loops, one-shots, and presets, with new releases daily
  • Focusrite Red 2 and Red 3 Plug-In Suite: Accurate models Focusrite’s classic Red 2 equalizer and Red 3 compressor
  • XLN Audio: Choose of one of four XLN Audio Addictive Keys virtual instruments
  • Softube Time & Tone Bundle: World-class reverb, delay, and distortion plug-ins and an easy-to-use mastering tool from Softube
  • Access to the Focusrite Plug-In Collective: Receive free versions of innovative software and benefit from discounts
UPC: 815301005162

Focusrite 2i2 Specs

Form FactorTabletop
Channels of I/OAnalog:
2 Inputs / 2 Outputs at 192 kHz
Max Sample Rate/Resolution192 kHz / 24-Bit
Number of Mic Preamps2
Input Level Adjustment2 x Knob
Expansion SlotsNone
Gain/Trim RangeInputs:
Up to +56 dB
High-Pass FilterNone
Analog Audio I/O2 x Combo XLR-1/4" TRS Balanced/Unbalanced Mic/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 (Applied to All Inputs)
Digital Audio I/ONone
Host Connection / USB1 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
Max Input LevelMic Inputs:
+9 dBu (Min Gain)
Hi-Z Inputs:
+12.5 dBu (Min Gain)
Line Inputs:
+22 dBu (Min Gain)
Max 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)
Sync SourcesInternal
Memory Card SlotNone
OS CompatibilitymacOS 10.12 or Later
macOS 11
Windows 7 or Later
Included SoftwareAbleton Live Lite
Pro Tools First
Compatible Software (Not Included)Any Core Audio (Mac) Compliant Software
Included Plug-InsDynamics:
Focusrite Red 3
Drawmer S73
Focusrite Red 2
Virtual Instruments:
XLN Audio
Reverb & Room:
Softube TSAR-1R Reverb
Softube Tube Delay
Harmonic & Tape:
Softube Saturation Knob
Mobile Device CompatibilityiPad Pro (with USB Type-C)
Required HardwareAvailable USB 2.0 Port
USB Cable (Included)
Internet ConnectionRequired for Software/Driver Download
Power RequirementsUSB Bus Power
Anti-Theft FeaturesKensington Security Slot
Dimensions6.89 x 3.89 x 1.87" / 17.5 x 9.88 x 4.75 cm
Weight1.0 lb / 470.0 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight1.445 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)8.15 x 5.85 x 2.55"

Focusrite 2i2 Reviews

Overall good bundle

By Weijie
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-12-06

I bought this bundle to start with my piano recording. It's plug and play, great quality from the Audi Techinica Mic included.

Yep, It Works

By David
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2021-08-11

Focusrite's pretty much an industry standard for quality sound. The Scarlett is clean, quiet. All the buttons and knobs work. What can you say.

Scarlett 2i2 2x2

By Rich
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-08-10

Amazing technology!!!

Get the software

By Ethan
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-08-09

You do need to download the software, but once that is done, you are off to the races. I really appreciate the instructional videos they provide. Nice touch of professionalism. Lot's of others have said how good the box sounds and I like to say I can't hear the box and I think that's how it should be. I needed the line level input and kudos for you having that in this box. Fantastic all around.

Top notch

By Dolph
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-10-23

Very satisfied with the purchase of the Scarlet 212 bundle with AKG mic, XLR cable, pop filter, headphones and mic boom stand. Simple to use and I started recoding vocals and guitar right away. The quality of the items are top notch, no complaints. If your looking forward to recording and showing off your talents, this would be a great purchase.

Great quality for my tastes

By Jonathan
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-09-14

My friends recommended I get this package and I have not regretted it for a day. If you feel like you need something good but don't have the money to spend on buying yachts, I urge you to get this.

Works Great

By Victory Worship
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-08-29

Great piece of hardware really does it's job

Top notch USB interface

By John
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-08-23

There are a lot of USB interfaces out there and only one Focusrite Scarlett, I like that the XLR plugs are on the front of the unit and not on the rear which means less fumbling for things. Thanks for a great USB interface.

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Would the line outs from an ART DJ Pre II ...

Would the line outs from an ART DJ Pre II Turntable Phono Preamplifier work with the line inputs on the Scarlet 2i2?
Asked by: Douglas
Yes, they will. Keep in mind that the inputs on the 2i2 are mono, so you will need to connect each output (L/R) from the ART to an individual input, using a dual RCA to 1/4&quot; cable:
Answered by: John
Date published: 2019-11-11

For a podcast setup with 2 people speaking is ...

For a podcast setup with 2 people speaking is there an advantage to the Gen. 3 over the Gen. 2? I'm all for future-proofing but don't know if the $40 price difference is justifiable for the modest use case I'm considering. Thanks for any insights.
Asked by: Steven
Having owned both versions and testing out for podcasts (for use with two mics), I would say no - they're both extremely similar.
Answered by: Anonymous
Date published: 2019-08-20

Does it work with any microphone

Does it work with any microphone
Asked by: Gregory
Works nice with my Audio-Technica AT2035
Answered by: ELZAR
Date published: 2021-06-28

I'm using this interface with a rode podmic, and ...

I'm using this interface with a rode podmic, and when set to a decent volume it picks up a lot of background noise or idk if it's called floor noise, but it's kinda like a condenser mic, picks up little taps from 5 or 6 ft away, why would that be? I've tried it with other dynamic mics I own and different xlr cables and it's the same thing.
Asked by: Christian
I am not sure if it will help you, but for me I improved my sound quality by getting the mic really close to me. This allowed me to reduce the gain, and lose or reduce significantly a lot of the background noises (like keyboard clicks). You may also be able to reduce the clicking if it comes from a consistent area by experimenting with the direction of your mic. You should be able to get the pickup pattern from Rode. A Cloudlifter or FetHead might also help you boost your signal without rIsing your noise floor. Good luck!
Answered by: Sanatam
Date published: 2020-07-15

The Focusrite Scarlett has a single USB 2.0 Type ...

The Focusrite Scarlett has a single USB 2.0 Type C port. Does it work if I connect it to USB Type-C connector on my Notebook?
Asked by: Merab
Answered by: Daniel
Date published: 2021-03-04

I would like to record stereo line level audio ...

I would like to record stereo line level audio from a synthesizer or tape deck to my iMac using GarageBand. Will this product be capable of that function?
Asked by: Scott
Stereo line level: Yes! iMac: Yes! Garage Band: I haven't done it, but surely Garage Band will recognize digital audio via USB like several other apps I've used. You might want to calibrate the pots to give exactly equal L/R gain; like all pots they don't match perfectly, including at their minimum gain setting.
Answered by: William
Date published: 2021-07-02

Is there a bundle code somewhere? How do I access ...

Is there a bundle code somewhere? How do I access the software supposedly included in this purchase? My purchase does not have a bundle code on the only box it came in...which is unlabeled brown box.
Asked by: Heather
You can easily access all software for the Scarlett 2i2 3rd Gen from Focusrite's Customer Portal: Use the 4 drop-down menus to select the brand (Focusrite), product type (Scarlett 2i2 3rd Gen), product range (Scarlett 2i2 3rd Gen), and download type (Software).
Answered by: Lisa
Date published: 2020-10-15

On the USB connection, does it show as a single ...

On the USB connection, does it show as a single audio source or can it does it show as multiple individual sources?
Asked by: Chad
It will appear as a single USB device on your computer's desktop.
Answered by: Mark
Date published: 2020-10-02
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