Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 USB Audio Interface

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The 2 in/2 out USB recording interface for musicians on the go.

Mobile recording is at an all-time high and you need an audio interface that can maintain optimal performance at any moment when inspiration strikes. The Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 is the right tool for the job. With two award-winning Focusrite preamps packed into a compact, anodized aluminum uni-body chassis, the Scarlett 2i2 not only produces professional quality sound but also looks great doing it.

For more than 25 years, Focusrite has designed some of the most popular microphone preamps in the industry. This experience has been used to create the transparent, low-noise and low-distortion preamp found in the Scarlett 2i2. Plenty of available headroom makes it suitable for moving coil, condenser and ribbon microphones regardless of the source. Phantom power is provided for mics that need it.

High Quality Mic Preamps
Scarlett 2i2 features two high quality award-winning Focusrite mic pres. With more than 25 years of experience in designing analogue equipment, Focusrite produce the best mic preamps in the industry. The preamps found in the Scarlett 2i2 are no exception to this, and share the same design as those found in our flagship interfaces: Saffire PRO 40 and Liquid Saffire 56.

Excellent Digital Performance
With 24-bit resolution at sample rates of up to 96 KHz, the digital conversion in the Scarlett 2i2 is of very high quality meaning that every note and every subtle detail is captured with great clarity.

Rugged Metal Unibody Case
The anodized aluminum uni-body chassis ensures that your Scarlett 2i2 can withstand the harsh environment of the road. It also makes Scarlett 2i2 the most beautiful interface around.

Truly Portable Interface
Scarlett 2i2 is very light and compact making it easy to fit in a laptop bag. It's also bus powered meaning that you don't need an additional power supply. Simply plug in to your computer and hit record!

Included Software - DAW and Effects
Inside the box you'll find Ableton Live Lite 8, as well as Focusrite's Scarlett plug-in suite. Compatible with all major DAWs, Scarlett plug-in suite provides EQ, compression, gate, and reverb - essential tools for polishing your mix.

Unique LED Gain Halos
The gain halos that surround the gain knob for each input provide an easy way to know that the signal you're recording is the right level. It will show green when the signal is at a good level (above -24dBFS). If it turns to red, you know that the signal is too loud and is therefore clipping - if this happens, simply reduce the gain until the halo returns to green.

Direct Monitor Function
Flick the direct monitor switch on the front panel of your 2i2 and you will hear what you're recording through your speakers or headphones, without the signal having to go through your computer. This avoids the possibility of latency, which can be distracting when recording.

Mac OSX Lion Ready
Scarlett 2i2 has been fully tested with Mac OSX 10.7, Lion. So you can rest assured that your brand new Mac and Scarlett 2i2 will run together perfectly.

Note: Includes the Focusrite Red 2 and Red 3 Plug-In Suite (AAX/AU/VST) upon registration of interface. Accurately modeled on the classic Red 2 EQ and Red 3 Compressor, the Red plug-ins let you exploit the sound of the hardware originals, conveniently from within Pro Tools (10 and above) and other audio software.

  • Two high-quality, award-winning Focusrite mic pres
  • Very high-quality 24-bit/96kHz conversion means that every note and subtle detail are captured with great clarity.
  • Rugged metal uni-body case
  • Truly portable thanks to a very light, compact form that fits easily in a laptop bag and USB power
  • Includes Ableton Live Lite 8 and the Focusrite Scarlett plug-in suite, which provides EQ, compression, gate, and reverb
  • Unique halo LED gain/clipping indicators
  • Zero-latency direct hardware monitoring
  • Mac OSX Lion ready

This is the right tool for the job, order the Scarlett 2i2 for your mobile or project studio today!


Scarlett 2i2 USB Audio Interface Specifications:

  • System Requirements:

    OS X 10.6.5 Snow Leopard (32 and 64 bit) and above, including OS X 10.7 Lion

    Windows 7 (32 and 64 bit), or Windows XP SP3 (32 bit only)
    Windows Vista is not officially supported

    Analogue Input Performance

    Frequency Response 20Hz - 20kHz +/- 0.1 dB
    THD+N -100dB (minimum gain, -1 dBFS input with 20 Hz - 20 kHz filter)
    Equivalent Input Noise (EIN) -127 dB: measured at maximum gain with 150 Ohm termination (20 Hz - 20 kHz filter)
    Gain Range -4 dB to + 46 dB
    Max Input Level +4dBu

    Frequency Response 20Hz - 20kHz +/- 0.1dB
    THD+N -91dB (measured at minimum gain with -1 dBFS input and 20 Hz - 20 kHz filter)
    Noise -104 dBu (measured at minimum gain, with a 20 Hz - 20 kHz filter)
    Signal to Noise Ratio > 100dB
    Gain Range -21 dB to +29 dB
    Max Input Level +20dBu

    Frequency Response 20Hz - 20kHz +/- 0.1dB
    THD+N -72dB (measured at minimum gain with -1dBFS signal and 20 Hz - 20 kHz filter)
    Noise -87dBu (20Hz/20kHz bandpass filter)
    Gain Range -4dB to +46 dB
    Max Input Level +4dBu

    Analogue Output Performance
    Nominal Output Level 0dBFS = 10dBu, balanced
    Frequency Response 20Hz - 20kHz +/- 0.2dB
    THD+N -100dB (measured with -1dBFS input and 20Hz - 20 kHz filter, unweighted)
    Output Impedance < 10Î
    Power Output into 150Î 15mW
    Power Output into 50Î 30mW

    Digital Performance
    Clock sources Internal clock only
    A-D Dynamic Range 105dB 'A-weighted' (all inputs). Converter chipset A-D dynamic range 114dB
    D-A Dynamic Range 104dB 'A-weighted' (all outputs). Converter chipset D-A dynamic range 114dB
    Supported sample rates 44.1 KHz, 48 KHz, 88.2 KHz, 96 KHz

    Input to Input Better than 90dB
    Output to Output Better than 90dB
    Input to Output Better than 85dB

    Input Metering
    Ring LED lit Red Ring LED lit Green

    Weight and Dimensions
    Height 45 mm / 1 ¾ "
    Width 175 mm / 7"
    Depth 100 mm / 4"
    Weight 580 g / 1.3 lbs
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  • Compact
  • Easy To Use
  • Lightweight


    Best Uses

    • Home Studio

    Comments about Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 USB Audio Interface:

    Preamps sound better than my M-Audio MobilePre. The Ableton Live is easy to use but very limited compared to my Cakewalk Sonar Producer. I had to send this unit back because it made a loud noise when I recorded stereo with my Cakewalk Sonar. I think it will probably work well for 99% of other users. Nice Product.

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    Great entry level Audio Interface


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    Comments about Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 USB Audio Interface:

    The Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 2 in 2 out Audio Interface is a great entry level unit. However I am NOT a big fan of Ableton Live Lite 8 Recording software that came with the unit. Not the kind of learning curve I anticipated and found it to be very non-user friendly. I would suggest/recommend using either Audacity(a free download)or Mixcraft 5 recording software. My preference is Mixcraft 5 as the learning curve is great and it is a very user friendly recording software.

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    Great starter Audio Interface/Recording Software SUCKS


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    Comments about Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 USB Audio Interface:

    This is really a great starter audio interface especially if you are a soloist. This will give you all the leverage you will ever need. I cannot say much about the included recording software which is Ableton Live Lite 8 which I personally think SUCKS. I found using Audacity or Mixcraft 5 a much better recording software and very much more user friendly. I suggest Mixcraft 5 myself personally over Audacity but it depends mainly on what you are really looking for.

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