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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
  • 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 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 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.
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: 815301005162

Focusrite 2i2 Specs

Form FactorDesktop
Channels of I/OAnalog:
2 Inputs / 2 Outputs at 192 kHz
Maximum Sampling Rate192 kHz / 24-Bit
Number of Microphone Preamps2 Preamps
Input Level Adjustment2 x Knob
Expansion SlotsNone
Signal Processing
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-C
Host Connection ProtocolUSB 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)
Sync SourcesInternal
Audio Storage & Playback
Memory Card SlotNone
OS CompatibilitymacOS 10.12 or Later
macOS 11
Windows 7 or Later
*As of November, 2021: Check with manufacturer for the most up-to-date compatibility
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-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

ideal for home studio

By Alejandro
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-10-25

Pleasant surprise, excellent result! I had never done anything on this more elaborate audio side and it was just plugged into the mac to be able to work. Very satisfied!

Get Professional Audio into Your Computer

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

Recording quality on a computer is limited by the onboard DAC (Digital to Audio Converter) on the motherboard. If you plug a good mic into a computer mic jack, you use the onboard DAC for the conversion and usually get less-than-ideal results. The Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 converts the audio source with its built-in and better DAC. With USB output, you then transfer this better audio directly into your recording software, greatly improving the audio quality. Anyone trying to record professional audio on a computer without a high-quality sound card needs this tool.

works out of the box with Linux

By Gavin
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-06-22

I've done only basic testing so far, but everything has gone as expected. It's a simple unit that does what it says. I can see why it's popular. B&H even threw in a new headset, which I needed.

Use with only 1 headset

By Sarina
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-06-10

I purchased this hoping we could use it for podcasting, which we can, however later found out we need a headset splitter for multiple headsets. No biggie, still works great and is easy to use.

Best interface you can buy

By John
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-06-07

Dependable and consistent. The Focusrite Scarlett is the only choice for those looking for an interface.

Easy to use and fills my need

By Wayne
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-06-03

This device is perfect for decent audio in doing Zoom interviews or other purposes. It was easy to set up and configure on Windows 10, and lets me monitor my own voice and my interviewee(s) in my headset. It has more software with it than I will ever use. But if you decide to use the free Ableton Live, which is loaded with features, be aware that it will eat up nearly 25 Gbytes of disk space. I'm not needing it as all I need is a simple DAW like Reaper or Audacity--both of which I have. And finally, B&H service is impeccable--as usual!

Works great

By Jason
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-10-02

I was recording through a lav mic straight into my Nikon z6 dslr, could not get rid of clipping. Decided to invest in some equipment this unit included, and oh wow the difference is unbelievable. So glad I purchased this.

Works well

By Philip
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-09-12

like it very well

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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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