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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 preamp...
In this photo posted by Underworld to their Instagram on April 2016, a Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 USB Audio Interface can be seen on the left on top of the stack of books. This appears to be Underworld's mobile gear setup. The photo is captioned, "Hotel recording with #rick" ("#rick" referring to Underworld's Rick Smith).more
The interface can be seen in the two photos featured. "You don't need a studio full of equipment to be one of Australia's most promising up-and-coming DJs. Just ask Dara Tigerlily, who keeps things simple in her bedroom studio with a laptop, mic and monitor setup. This must be where she makes her edits before heading out to support Tiesto and dropping bombs to crowds of thousands."more
Ballad of Paka: Logic Pro for DAW. Guitars were recorded with a MXL 890 through a Focusrite 2i2. My friend recorded drum samples for me to use - not sure what his set up was for those. Vocals were through the MXL and Focusrite as well. As for VST I used some sort of 8bit wave generator for most of the synths plus a thermin plugin for Toothless. Organs were just through the built-in Logic organs. Bass I usually just direct input through the Focusrite. Pollen King: Logic Pro for Daw. This time Guitars were recorded up close with an SM57, with the MXL 890 picking up room noise (both recorded simultaneously through the Focusrite 2i2.). Drums were recorded live this time with my friend's 8-input firepod. I think I mic'd everything with SM57s and used the MXL 890 and whatever condenser mic he had picking up room noise. Viola on Copper/Gold was recorded with the MXL890 and then re-recorded via my monitors to a tape recorder I bought at Goodwill. I then mixed the two together. VST I think I only used a Mellotron sampler I found online and whatever the built in electric piano for Logic is called. Bass was recorded direct input from the Focusrite again. Vocals through the MXL 890. Equipment (outside of aforementioned mics): Gibson SG for guitar (Maybe a Strat on some of Pollen King), Vox Solid State amp, Fender Jazz Bass, Basic Starter Bell Kit. Outside of the drums (don't know the make on those) I think that might be it. Happy to answer more questions if you've got them.more
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 CaseThe 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 InterfaceScarlett 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 HalosThe 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 FunctionFlick 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.
When I was looking for audio interfaces, many reviews directed me towards this one in particular. I am satisfied with what this little thing can do especially for the price! I record all my instrument and my Mic's straight into it, the recordings come out really clean. The only minor problem for me is that I have to disconnect and connect the USB every time I close my laptop for it to work properly, it might just be my Laptop again just a minor detail.
The Scarlett series by Focusrite is exceptionally popular and not without reason! These interface are all easy to use, they offer professional audio quality and seamless compatibility with Windows as well as Mac laptops and computers. This Scarlett 2i2 is a 'starter model', but its quality is equal to that of more extensive versions. The 24-bit/96kHz digital audio resolution guarantees a wide dynamic range and crystal-clear audio quality. Thanks to the stable quick drivers, a low latency is ensured - perfect for use with virtual instruments and other high-speed audio applications.
Used this for basically all my recordings at home, so easy to use, uncompromising performance for such a tiny unit. Recommended for just anyone, even a pro should use one of these if 2 inputs is good enough.
This may not be as high tech or advanced as other sound cards out there, but it's the perfect card for starts. It comes with 2 XLR ports and 48V Phantom Power, along with headphone and studio monitor support. Great if you're just starting, but if you're looking for something more expansive, this may not be the best choice.
It's cheap and great quality. Sturdy aluminium build and simple user friendly controls. This model has only 2 inputs so if you're planning on recording more than a simple song by yourself or with a friend aim for more inputs.
Dont get me wrong, Im super happy with my purchase of the Focusrite 2i2 and the sound quality of its recording and playback are great but as it goes, as soon as you find use for 2 inputs, you need 3 and then 4 and so on. So overall, groovy product but very 'Beginner'.
I want to make it clear that I am in no way an expert when it comes to recording gear. That should help illustrate the intuitive nature of the 2i2 because I was able to pick it up with a minimal learning curve. I bought this interface after extensive homework and encouragement from the equipboard forum contributors. Focusrite really has something decent going for them with their compact interfaces. The main benefit to the 2i2 is that it is easy to use. If you know how to plug in a USB cable, press record in Garageband (or whatever DAW), and can work a volume knob you are well on your way to recording quality tracks in no time. The gain controls are insanely easy to use with a simple red/green, bad/good clip-indicating light around each knob. I was worried about the mic preamps but those fears for unfounded. Every mic that I tried sounded excellent through the 2i2. I bought the 2i2 because I wanted to record individual tracks and I didn't see the need for more inputs. I was also on a budget. If you want to upgrade to more in the future then simply put your 2i2 on a local classified listing and watch the texts/calls roll in.
I think this is a great interface for beginners. It's my first and only interface and I bought it at the recommendation of a friend and am happy with it. It only has 2 inputs but I don't think that's a problem at all since I don't have the means or need to have more than 2 inputs.
I bought this so i could hook my monitors on my pc, and record my keyboard, mic etc... The pre-amps are ok, the build quality is decent. Sometimes when I start my pc, it makes a weird noise instead of playing audio, but when i reconnect it, it works normal, so it isn't a big issue.
The Scarlett 2i2 is a very small audio interface. It has a lot of functions to be that small, but the sound quality isn't the best I've heard. Of course it is better than the standard sound card in my computer, but I had higher expections. It is something about the frequency about 14khz I don't like...
I got this as a gift yesterday, and it has sounded very good thus far. After updating the driver for the interface, I plugged in my guitar with a normal guitar cable and started playing in Ableton. It has great sound quality as long as the input and output buffers are high enough to avoid dropouts or noises (but that's a universal problem anyway...might be more CPU-based than interface-based).
Perfect for beginner producers who want something better than Headphones - Step up your game! Buy monitors and start hearing your mixes with some real flat accuracy.
Focusrite is a great brand,produces from low to top end recording gear always keeping an eye on quality. The Scarlett is no less,excellent build quality ,good components and amazing look. It has two inputs ,in wich you can plug XLR cables but also TR cables, with dedicated pre amp with gain knob (surrounded by LED indicating clipping and gain status). Still on the front pannel there is the volume knob for monitors, phantom power switch for both inputs, headphones output with dedicated volume control. On the back pannel there are two jack outputs and the USB cable to connect with computer (it also powers up the soundcard). USB is 2.0 so is slow and may cause some delay on the recording,but its ok for this price. Very good product small,good sounding and rugged.
I've had this product for just over a week and it works great! One problem... at low volumes on headphones the left channel will be louder than the right which seems to be a common issue. Other than that great product!
It's a decent device I just need something with a little more inputs so that I do not have to necessarily use my mixer in my set if not needed but a great interface for some who does not own a bunch of hardware or instruments.
Great for the price! The headphone amp could be louder. I love the fact that it is made with metal. Doesn't feel cheap. I purchased it over 2 years ago, still works great! $129 or $150 is the regular price as of may 2016. I love my purchase but would probably pick a unit with more in and outs over this product.