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FocusriteScarlett 2i4 - USB Audio Interface
 
4.8

(based on 25 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (21)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (5)
  • Good audio (5)
  • Compact (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Home studio (5)
  • Amateur recording (4)
  • Pro audio / DJ / mixing (3)
  • Professional recording (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (8)

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5.0

At first Look, Its a good election!

By Miguel

from Bogotá, Colombia

Verified Buyer

Comments about Focusrite Scarlett 2i4 - USB Audio Interface:

Light weight, good Sound.

 
5.0

Nice sound. Good price

By Mark

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Focusrite Scarlett 2i4 - USB Audio Interface:

Great for converting from computer to studio monitors.

 
5.0

Clean audio

By Steve Z

from Allison Park, PA

Verified Buyer

Comments about Focusrite Scarlett 2i4 - USB Audio Interface:

I purchased this interface to help monitor audio find a video editing workstation. The Scarlet 2i4 does what I ask it to do, namely, play audio for video without distortion.

Glitches: I sometimes need to adjust the sample rate because Windows 10 plays distorted audio. I do not know why this happens.

The Scarlet 2i4 shipped with Sound Forge Studio, a lite version of that venerable app. The app and hardware work well with each other.

I would buy the Scarlet 2i4 again. My needs may not have been great, but I wanted a device that met those needs. The 2i4 does just that.

 
5.0

Good quality! Love the color too! All ports are firm

By CDPerspective

from Brentwood, TN

Verified Buyer

Comments about Focusrite Scarlett 2i4 - USB Audio Interface:

Go for this one! The knobs are all firm and good quality.

 
5.0

Super solid. Amazing quality.

By Michael "Kasel"

from Indiana U.S.

Verified Buyer

Comments about Focusrite Scarlett 2i4 - USB Audio Interface:

As most know, Focusrite makes high quality interfaces. Which no doubt applies to the 2i4. There are many other interfaces that would work just fine for home studios, but if you want a solid worry free interface you can put 100% of your faith into, this is the way to go.

The plugin suite that comes with it is very high quality and easy to use as well. If you are looking for good reverb delay and compression, as well as an interface, it's a great option.

Finally, some might be wondering about the Sony Soundforge 10 that comes with this specific deal. Bottom line, it sucks. It's very unwieldy and looks like it's from 1999 (not even joking). It's usable I suppose if you have nothing else, and I can't really complain since it is free with the interface, but unless it's literally all you have you will never end up using it.

Pros:
-High quality
-Flat mix
-Small and versatile
-Has midi in and out
-Supports stereo recording
-Supports phantom power mic
-Comes with Sony Sound forge 10 (which really sucks)

Cons:
-Somewhat expensive
-When volume is super low, it pans to the right a bit (never a problem nor is it noticable)

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Excellent interface

By Br. Lawrence

from Abbey of Gethsemani, Trappist, KY

Verified Buyer

Comments about Focusrite Scarlett 2i4 - USB Audio Interface:

I already had a 2i2 and was happy with it, so it was no surprise that the 2i4 has been excellent as well. I originally configured my system with an internal sound card, thinking that this would give the best performance. I consistently had problems with the card, so wound up using the system sound as default. I recently decided to move to Pro Tools as the system DAW, so I knew I would need a working ASIO device for stuff to work. After trying Zoom's new USB 3.0 interface (wow, THAT did not work out), I went with this and have been very happy. There is a slight latency when recording and overdubbing directly into Pro Tools, but it is not bad, and switching the headphones to the amplifier fixed it entirely.

(0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I would buy this product again anda again

By DARIO

from West Palm Beach, FL

About Me Professional Musician

Verified Buyer

Comments about Focusrite Scarlett 2i4 - USB Audio Interface:

Excellent product, quality, price, performance!

 
5.0

Focusrite review

By Rudi Mac

from VALENCIA California

Comments about Focusrite Scarlett 2i4 - USB Audio Interface:

After a long but necessary registration and authorization process. Which I feel they could have stream lined. It has performed very well and the tutorials were the best I've seen! I do wish they had smaller upgrade paths to grow into the program. Put I have used media 100 and protools and moto. This is one of the more intuitive programs and I feel I will grow into this abelton family plan. Overall, very satisfied with this middle entry hardware-software! Thanks!

 
5.0

Great Interface

By Cam

from Toledo, Ohio

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Easy To Use
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Focusrite Scarlett 2i4 - USB Audio Interface:

    Plug and play with our Mac workflow

     
    5.0

    Brilliant bit of kit

    By John

    from Wisconsin

    Comments about Focusrite Scarlett 2i4 - USB Audio Interface:

    This little baby works brilliantly. I use it primarily as an audio out and went for the 2i4 as I can still connect my Roland SPD-SX via midi using Ableton drum racks and as a Midi controller. It works fantastically, audio quality is stunning and low signal latency is perfect for my application.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Nice Interface

    By Tach

    from Indianapolis, IN

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Looks great
    • Sounds Great

    Cons

    • Not Enough Audio Out Opt

    Best Uses

    • Audio Mixing
    • Music Creation

    Comments about Focusrite Scarlett 2i4 - USB Audio Interface:

    This is a great audio interface. How does it compare to others? I don't know because I never tried anything else.

    The Scarlett 2i4 has great, clean sound and very low latency in Cubase. I also play games with it, and it works great there too.

    Why only 4 stars instead of 5? I kind of wish it offered more output options for hooking up speakers. 70-year-old RCA connectors (yes I looked that fact up) seems like a outdated way to connect to my powered speakers.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No
     
    5.0

    Focusrite Scarlett

    By IsraelDecembersFall

    from New York City

    Comments about Focusrite Scarlett 2i4 - USB Audio Interface:

    Great buy, great store. Salesman knew exactly what to recommend when I told him what my need was. Even though I'm not using it for recording, when I explained what I needed he recommended it and explained how to set it up for what I'm doing. Still use it today and it's perfect.
    Nice one!

     
    5.0

    Great Interface

    By John

    from Evansville, IN

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy setup
    • Good controls
    • Quality construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Audio Inputs

      Comments about Focusrite Scarlett 2i4 - USB Audio Interface:

      Just hooked this up to my new JBL LSR308's and the sound is incredible. This makes it easy to control my audio - mike input, guitar input, etc. Works perfect with Ableton 9. Quality construction throughout.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
       
      5.0

      Works well

      By Sam

      from CT

      Verified Buyer

      Comments about Focusrite Scarlett 2i4 - USB Audio Interface:

      Good value - does the job nicely, with not much noise. Hooked it up to a microphone to get nice recordings on my mac. Set up was easy and straightforward under OSX Yosemite.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
       
      5.0

      Excellent and easy

      By AleB

      from WA

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Ease of Use
      • Looks
      • Price is right

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Use With Logicpro

        Comments about Focusrite Scarlett 2i4 - USB Audio Interface:

        WOW this 2i4 is great. Plug and use. No drivers required for mac users and works superb

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No
         
        4.0

        Nice for the Price

        By Renodan

        from Dallas, TX

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Cost

        Cons

        • Preamps

        Best Uses

        • Home Studio

        Comments about Focusrite Scarlett 2i4 - USB Audio Interface:

        Nice clean signal into computer. Like others have noted the preamps are a bit weak and you have to download the software. Not a big issue though. Good value for the buck.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        A Great Audio Interface

        By Hollywood Rich

        from Los Angeles

        Verified Buyer

        Comments about Focusrite Scarlett 2i4 - USB Audio Interface:

        I prefer this model to the Scarlett 2i2. The 2i4 has a " Loopback " volume control. You can monitor the input and output and the volume control allows you to balance the levels between the two. A must have feature if you want to hear playback and input vocals at the same time.

        (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Works really well, best value for money

        By Marty

        from Vancouver BC

        Pros

        • Good Quality
        • Reasonably Priced

        Cons

        • No Marking For Rec Level

        Best Uses

        • Recording With Mics

        Comments about Focusrite Scarlett 2i4 - USB Audio Interface:

        I've had the 2i4 for six months now. Having plugged and unplugged it innumerable times, recorded with it innureral times, tested it repeatedly, I cdan say it's about as close to bug-free as you'll ever get in a hi-tech product. The sound quality is excellent, very liquid-sounding. I can concentrate on the sound of the mics instead of the USB interface. When I plug in a pair of Rode NT1A, which have a self-noise of only about 5 db A weighted, I don't really hear hissing at all coming from anywhere.

        OK, you're probably wondering if there is any downside. Well, let's see. I wish it were easy to open up from above and also obtain the service manual, so I can modify it for even better sound (I'm sure some capacitors and stuff can be upgraded, such is the audiophile that I am). Also, once in a blue moon, I hear a sudden glitch in the sound, a sudden instantaneous drop-out. Not sure if it's my laptop (I have both a Vista and Win 8.1 laptop with SSDs on board) or the USB. I'm using the best USB2.0 cable I can find, with ferrite bars on both ends, fully shielded throughout. But it only happens maybe once in a one-hour recording, and you have to be listening to appropriate material to hear it.

        So all in all I'm happy with my purchase, and don't feel any need at this point to buy something new. I can concentrate on mics and mic technique instead.

        I've only used condenser mics. Not sure if the preamp is quiet enough for a dynamic mike like an SM57.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Does the trick

        By Slfjsskjs

        from NYC, NY

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Practical

        Cons

        • wish it were smaller

        Best Uses

        • Portable Laptop Audio Set

        Comments about Focusrite Scarlett 2i4 - USB Audio Interface:

        This is a great out of the box usable USB audio interface. I have been running my nice pre-amp through this to get a very nice sound, and tried it out with the focus rite preamps, which sound comparable.

        very practical and works great with logic.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        great audio interface

        By Javier

        from Bronx

        Comments about Focusrite Scarlett 2i4 - USB Audio Interface:

        Great audio interface. Smooth

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