A great introduction to recording for those who want a simple set up that just works, the Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 is a 2-in/2-out USB Audio Interface that is compatible with both Mac and PC, offers 24-bit resolution at sample rates of up to 96 KHz, houses two high-quality, award-winning microphone preamps, and is protected by a distinctive, red, anodised aluminium unibody chassis.
The interface offers two channels, so you can capture from two sources simultaneously and from a variety of sources, thanks to the two XLR/¼” TRS jack combo inputs, which will accept audio from microphones, instruments or line-level devices, the switching of which is easy with independent Line/Instrument switches for each channel. There is also a 48V Phantom Power switch so you are not restricted in your choice of microphone.
Both channels have their own Gain controls, which are circled with 'halo' indicators. These halos light up red when your input level is too high and is clipping, so that you know to alter the amount of gain. Once lowered a sufficient amount the halo will go to amber and then green.
The Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 USB Audio Interface’s output section is quite simple. A USB connection takes your signal to the computer and also provides bus-power to the unit (so you don’t need a power supply), and two balanced, ¼” TRS jacks and a ¼” TRS jack positioned on the front, provide monitoring options for either speakers or headphones. The monitoring section also offers a level control and a separate headphone amp, with the option of direct hardware monitoring of the inputs for low-latency monitoring.
Included Plug-in and Software
The Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 USB Audio Interface is rounded out nicely with the inclusion of the Scarlett plug-in suite, which contains Compression, Gating, EQ, and Reverb effects for all major DAWs (including GarageBand, Ableton Live, Cubase, Pro Tools and Logic). If you don’t already own a DAW, then you will when you purchase this interface as it comes supplied with Ableton Live Lite.
The Focusrite Red 2 and 3 plugins
These new plug-ins are accurate models of Focusrite’s renowned classics the Red 2 equaliser and Red 3 compressor units which are prized and renowned fixtures in professional recording studios the world over. Now, the Red 2 & Red 3 Plug-in Suite lets you exploit the famous natural sound of the originals conveniently from within your DAW of choice including Cubase, Ableton, Logic and Pro Tools.
The plug-ins faithfully reproduce the sonic qualities of the hardware. The Red 2 EQ is a sweet sounding 6-band design, with high/low pass filters,high/low frequency shelves, as well as fully parametric low-mid and high-mid frequency bands. The Red 3 compressor is a VCA compressor design, excellent for natural sounding dynamic control of drums, bass, vocals, and acoustic instruments.
Manufacturer Focusrite Model Scarlett 2i2 Dimensions (H x W x D) 45 x 175 x 100 mm Weight 580g Connectivity Input: Mic/Line/Instrument Combination Inputs: 2 x Neutrik XLR / 1/4" TRS Jack Combo
- Outputs: Monitor Output: 2 x TRS
- Headphone Monitor Out: Front 1/4" TRS x 1
- 1 x USB 2.0 Port
Phantom Power Switchable 48V Phantom Power Included Accessories Ableton Live Lite 8 Focusrite Scarlett Plug-in Suite Supported Operating Systems Windows 7 Or 8 Mac OS X 10.7 Or 10.8 iPad: iPad, iPad 2, iPad (3rd Generation), iPad 4 (w/ 30-pin to lightning adapter - Not Included) with iOS 5 or iOS 6 Analogue Input Performance Mic Frequency Response 20Hz - 20kHz +/- 0.1 dB THD+N 0.002% (minimum gain, -1dBFS input with 22Hz/22kHz bandpass filter) Equivalent Input Noise (EIN) -120dB: measured at 55dB of gain with 150 Ohms termination (20Hz/22kHz bandpass filter) Gain Range +10dB to +55dB Max Input Level -3dBu Line Frequency Response 20Hz - 20kHz +/- 0.1dB THD+N 0.002% (measured with -1dBFS input and 22Hz/22kHz bandpass filter) Noise -90 dBu (22 Hz/22KHz bandpass filter) Signal to Noise Ratio > 100dB Gain Range -10dB to +35dB Max Input Level +20dBu Instrument Frequency Response 20Hz - 20kHz +/- 0.1dB THD+N 0.005% (measured with -8dBu input and 22Hz/22kHz bandpass filter) Noise -87dBu (22Hz/22kHz bandpass filter) Gain Range +10dB to +55dB Max Input Level -3dBu Analogue Output Performance Nominal Output Level 0dBFS = 10dBu, balanced Frequency Response 20Hz - 20kHz +/- 0.2dB THD+N 0.001% (measured with 0dBFS input 22Hz/22kHz bandpass filter, un-weighted) Output Impedance 10 Ohms Power Output into 150 Ohms 15mW Power Output into 50 Ohms
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 Crosstalk Input to Input Better than 90dB Output to Output Better than 90dB Input to Output Better than 85dB Input Metering Ring LED lit Green Signal present (-24 dBFS) Ring LED lit Red Signal overload (0dBFS), peak held for approximately 1 second
- Customer Reviews
- Bloody Brilliant
Bottom line: I'd definitely recommend this.
- Perfect for home recording
I would definitely recommend this product to people doing home recording, so far this is the best recording equipment I have come across, very easy to use and probably the best sound you can get within this price range.
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