Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 3rd Generation USB 2.0 Audio Interface

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The most popular audio interface for artists across all genres, the third-generation Scarlett 2i2 provides two mic/line/instrument inputs allowing simultaneous recording and playback of up to two channels with independently controllable headphone and monitor outputs.

The 2i2 features two upgraded third-generation Scarlett mic preamps: with optional Air setting to reproduce the Air effect of Focusrites original ISA mic preamp, giving your vocal and acoustic recordings a brighter and more open sound.

Equipped with high performance 24-bit/192kHz AD-DA converters, Scarlett guarantees the same professional sound quality throughout the third-generation range.

The high impedance, high-headroom instrument inputs allow you to record guitar or bass - without any clipping or unwanted distortion, while Gain Halo metering makes it easy for you to set the input level.

Scarlett 2i2 is designed to stand up to days on the road, and connects straight to your Mac® or PC via USB cable, with no external power required. It comes with all the software tools you need to get started, including two comprehensive digital audio workstations: Ableton® Live Lite™ and Pro Tools® First Focusrite Creative Pack. Intuitive enough for beginners yet advanced enough to inspire real creativity with great-sounding effects.

And as with all Focusrite products, you'll also benefit from a two-year warranty, award-winning customer support and membership of their Plug-in Collective offering free software downloads and generous discounts.

Key Features

  • Two of the best performing mic preamps the Scarlett range has ever seen, now with switchable Air mode to give your recordings a brighter and more open sound
  • Two high-headroom instrument inputs to plug in your guitar or bass
  • Two balanced line inputs, suitable for connecting line-level sources
  • High-performance converters enable you to record and mix at up to 24-bit/192kHz
  • With the Quick Start tool, it's now easier than ever to get up and running

Included Software
• Ableton Live Lite music making software
• Pro Tools | First Focusrite Creative Pack
• Free 3-month Splice Sounds subscription with new Splice accounts
• Focusrite Red 2 & Red 3 Plug-In Suite
• A choice of 1 of 4 XLN Audio Addictive Keys virtual instruments
• Softube Time & Tone Bundle
• Access to the Focusrite Plug-in Collective

What's in the box
- Scarlett 2i2 3rd Gen.
- 1 x USB cable (Type C-A)

Specifications
Connectivity: USB Type-C
Protocol: USB 2.0
Form Factor: Desktop
Simultaneous I/O: 2 x 2
A/D Resolution: 24-bit/192 kHz
Number of Preamps: 2
Phantom Power: YES
Instrument Inputs: 2
Line Inputs: 2
Analogue Outputs: 2
Headphone Outputs: 1
Bus Powered: YES

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Closest StoreToronto (Danforth), Ontario
I thought getting the 3rd gen would be cool but there is still no software to download that works on newer apple computers, so i can't pan anything if i want to record directly to Photo Booth it places all audio to one side. Not a problem in garage band but it just sucks to not be able to get to the basic controls. Sound is clean, like the led meter, It gives you a great indication of where you're at on the VU!! I don't like it when it freezes up though. After a session of about an hour, which is not too long for some studios, all the controls are unusable, nothing changes as you press the buttons or move the input pots or everything becomes illuminated. Its happened 3x now, its just not trustworthy, I could not see anyone with a serious studio have equipment like this. I know all it takes is to unplug it and reconnect it and back to recording but when your into something and have a grove going on and you want to redo the recording and simply push the Air button or lower the level a bit because of a clip, now you have to wait and unplug it, plug it back in, software recognizes it's back, now were back online, sometimes you loose that energy and feel that was there and now you're frustrated, Just sucks that all...
Posted by Dave Chisholm on Oct 18, 2021
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Closest StoreHamilton, Ontario
I will never be without this unit. The sound is incredibly pure, and the build is rock solid.
Posted by Ben on Mar 10, 2021
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Closest StoreOshawa, Ontario
I got it on sale so it was pretty worth it. I've used it to record drum recordings. I've had it for about a year and there hasn't been any problems with it.
Posted by Jake on May 13, 2020
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Great Start9 of 9 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StorePort Coquitlam, British Columbia
This is an excellent choice for starting out with. I was debating between this and the PreSonus Studio 24C. I came across a post from Rec****.com that sealed the deal for me, he went over the pros can cons of each. This comes with Ableton Live, which I've been using the trial for a few weeks, so I decided bite the bullet and get this and a pair of Shure SRH240A Headphones. Now I can hear the distinct differences in pans and frequencies. Design is solid, Vol buttons are a little close but still usable, buttons click nice and TRS snaps in with satisfaction. Looking forward to seeing how this holds up.
Posted by The Soul Wizard on Apr 28, 2020
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Great unit.2 of 2 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StoreSt. Catharines, Ontario
Great small unit, with outputs for powered monitors.
Posted by Dave on Mar 30, 2020
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Good upgrade15 of 16 customers found this review helpful

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Closest StoreBurlington, Ontario
I just upgraded yesterday from a Tascam us122MkII which I had for years. I was up and running in minutes (on a Mac, don't know about PC). Acoustic guitar is crip and brilliant, I haven't done vocals yet. Even when recording into a complex project there is no noticeable latency at all. Same with electric guitar using heavy effects and amp sims in Logic. No need for direct monitoring workaround. This sets up easily and works perfectly.
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Closest StoreVictoria, British Columbia
big improvement over the gen 2 model. wider,clearer,more punch. I noticed a big improvement rite away. the volume knobs on these units are a bit close to the headphone jack and headphone volume making it a tight squeeze but all of them have been like that. all and all a good purchase
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