Focusrite Scarlett 2i2: USB Recording Interface

Focusrite have delivered the Scarlett 2i2, the newest member of it's compact USB recording interface range.

Scarlett 2i2

The Scarlett 2i2 will at first hit you with it's bold red color and mesmerize you with it's eye candy design. Housed in a beautiful looking solid aluminum unibody chasis, the Scarlett 2i2 looks really impressive even at a distance, especially with it's elegantly designed knobs and indicator lights. The Scarlett 2i2 sports a special clipping indicator to help you keep your input stay in the right levels. Further inspection of this USB interface will lead you to conclude that this is a sturdy, road worthy and good looking USB audio interface.


The Scarlett 2i2's beauty is not just skin deep, as it is equipped with 2 Focusrite Microphone preamps. With the reputation of Focusrite, we have a good chance that our recorded music will pass through a clear, low-noise, transparent, and low-distortion preamp path as they are claiming. Scarlette 2i2 also provides phantom power when needed.

Another plus for the Scarlett 2i2 is it's flexibility and mobility. Aside from micrphones, it can accept both line in level and instrument level inputs, making it an ideal partner for small groups of performers or solo singer songwriters. You also don't have to worry about another power adaptor, simply unpack it from your laptop bag, plug it into a USB port and you're good to go.

Scarlett 2i2

Once Scarlett 2i2 gets a hold of your music, your music will then be converted into 24-bit clear resolution at sample rates of up to 96 KHz, ensuring that important nuances and details are captured. It also features 2 monitor dials for convenient monitoring between speakers and headphones.

As a finishing touch, Focusrite included the Ableton Live Lite 8 and Focusrite Scarlett plug-in suite as a bonus. This will ensure that you have the software you need so you can start to capture your idea or performance anywhere and anytime.

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