Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 Review – Top Selling Interface
Product: Focusrite scarlett 2i2 Review
Price: £129.99 GB (retail) $199.99 US
Inputs: 2 x combi mic/instrument/line XLR inputs with 48V phantom power
Outputs: 2 x 1/4″ balanced line outputs for monitors 1 x stereo headphone output
Conversion: 24-bit conversion at 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4 or 192 kHz sample rates.
OS Compatibility: Mac 10.6 – 10.14 / Windows XP-10
Warranty: 2 years
My Rating: 9.5 out of 10
Focusrite scarlett 2i2,
This Focusrite scarlett 2i2 review of one of the best selling audio interface on the market will show just how this versatile 2-in 2-out USB interface is ideal for the singer-songwriter studio set-up.
If you are looking to set yourself up to make YouTube videos of you singing your songs and you are not that ‘techie’ I really think this Audio interface is for you. It’s so easy to set up and use. It works with any DAW GarageBand or Tracktion T6.
I have used the interface both in my studio and recording audio at live events. It is very stable which is very important when catching audio at live events. You only have one shot at it so you need reliability and this unit gives you just that.
The Set up.
It has two natural-sounding scarlett mic preamps so you can plug your mics or guitars straight in. It also has 48v Phantom Power for condenser microphones. The ‘2i2’ bit means two inputs and two outputs to plug into amps and speakers. You then plug it into your computer via USB port at the back of the unit. You can also plug your headphones into the headphone jack at the front so you can monitor what you are recording. However, I always like to monitor what is happening on the main recording not the input source you then know you are getting a good recording because you are listening to the recording itself not the input. This is something to think about always, it may be a lovely sound from the input source but if you don’t monitor the actual recording you will never know if you are actually getting anything ‘down on tape’, as we used to say… Now it’s down on DAW I suppose… 😉
Signal Gain Halos. (Very nice touch)
A really nice touch is the signal gain halos around the gain knobs. These halos (lights) glow which helps you set the perfect Gain level, a must for good gain structure. As you can see from this picture if you overload the input signal it will glow red as a warning that you will distort the sound being recorded. If it glows a nice orange then all’s well. Really nice touch that. I really like visual clues, we are visual animals after all! Well I am…
Back of The Unit.
Here is the Back of the unit the Line outputs Right and Left going to the amp and speakers and the USB going direct to your computer.
Now we need to tell the Mac to direct the inputs and outputs to the Focusrite interface.
Hold the option key or alt key Click the speaker icon on your menu bar and select Scarlett 2i2 USB. Now all your computer sounds will be directed to the Focusrite. No more hiss sounds on your headphone just pure beautiful crystal clear audio from you interface. Lovely!
Really Great Audio Interface.
This is a really great audio interface and I highly recommend it to the readers of The Home Recording Studio.
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