Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 3rd Gen

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2-Channel USB2.0 Audio Interface with USB-C Connection

  • 24 bit / 192 kHz
  • 2 Scarlett microphone preamps
  • +48 V phantom power
  • Switchable Air function
  • 2 Mic/instrument/line inputs: XLR/6.3 mm jack combo balanced
  • 2 Line outputs: 6.3 mm jack balanced
  • Stereo headphone output: 6.3 mm jack
  • USB-C connection
  • For PC/Mac
  • USB bus-powered
  • Dimensions (W x H x D): 175 x 47.5 x 98.8 mm
  • Weight: 0.47 kg
  • Incl. USB cable (type C to A) and Hitmaker Expansion Software Bundle (Ableton Live Lite, 3 months Splice Sounds membership and Plugin Bundle for songwriting, mixing and mastering)

Hitmaker Expansion Plugins:

  • LANDR - AI-based mastering tool (two-month subscription)
  • Softube Marshall Silver Jubilee 2555 - Amp Sim
  • XLN Audio Addictive Keys - Virtual Keyboard Instruments
  • XLN Audio Addictive Drums 2: Studio Rock - Virtual Drum Library
  • Antares Auto-Tune Access - Vocal Tuning
  • Brainworx Bx_console Focusrite SC - Channel Strip
  • Focusrite Red 2 & 3 Plug-in Suite - EQ and Compressor
  • Relab's LX480 Essentials - Reverb
available since July 2019
Item number 467950
sales unit 1 piece(s)
Recording / Playback Channels 2x2
Number of Mic Inputs 2
Number of Line Inputs 2
Number of Instrument Inputs 2
Number of Line Outs 2
Headphone Outs 1
Phantom power Yes
Number of S/PDIF Connectors 0
Number of ADAT Connectors 0
Numer of AES/EBU Connectors 0
Number of MADI Connectors 0
Ethernet 0
Other Connectors No
MIDI interface No
Word Clock No
Max. sample rate (kHz) 192 kHz
Max. resolution in bit 24 bit
USB Bus-Powered Yes
Incl. power supply No
USB Version 2.0
Width in mm 175 mm
Depth in mm 98,8 mm
Height in mm 47,5 mm
Connection Format USB port Type C
Included in delivery USB-C to USB-A Cable, Software
Zero latency monitoring 1
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The third generation of the Scarlett 2i2

The Focusrite Scarlett 2i2, now in its third edition, is a high-quality compact USB audio interface for Mac and PC. It features two combined XLR/jack inputs for connecting microphones as well as synthesizers or other line-level audio sources and two balanced outputs for monitoring. The 2i2 is equipped with two high-grade Scarlett microphone preamps with switchable 48V phantom power, as well as the brand-new Air Mode. Electric guitars and basses can also be plugged in directly, as the input impedance of the front sockets can be set to Hi-Z. The Scarlett 2i2 also looks great and is very attractively priced. An audio interface provides a connection between a computer and various external devices. The computer in turn requires special software in order to process the incoming signals. Focusrite offers a selection of software you can use to get started, including the digital audio workstations (DAWs) Ableton Live Lite and ProTools Artist, and a three-month subscription to Splice Sounds. Focusrite’s Hitmaker Expansion software bundle is also included.

monitor volume and headphone jack on the Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 3rd Gen

Love is in the "Air"

Focusrite’s outstanding reputation for building high-quality mic preamps has been established for over three decades now, and much of this expertise has been included in the third generation of Scarlett interfaces via the brand-new integrated Air Mode, which when selected opens up and brightens the high end in a way that is intended to emulate their classic ISA preamps – or, as the British manufacturer puts it, to provide “unique high-end detail for vocals and acoustic guitar”. Decades of experience really do speak for quality in this case, and the AD/DA converters provide optimum clarity and detail with a maximum bit depth of 24 bits and frequency rates of up to 192kHz.

combined XLR and 6.3 mm input jacks on the Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 3rd Gen

Dynamic duo

The Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 is a compact desktop interface and is therefore particularly suited to home and bedroom studios. It is USB-powered and sturdily built, yet lightweight and portable. The flexible and versatile inputs, coupled with the two outputs (ideal for active monitors), should be fit for any purpose. Unlike the larger members of the Scarlett series, the 2i2 lacks MIDI connectivity. This should not pose too much of a problem, however, since most modern keyboards feature a USB interface as standard and can thus be connected directly to the computer.

Focusrite logo on the Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 3rd Gen

About Focusrite

Founded in 1985 by Rupert Neve, Focusrite quickly made a name for itself with high-quality analogue consoles. Today, the company markets audio interfaces, mic preamps, consoles, analogue EQs, and channel strips as well as hardware and software for digital audio processing. The company is based in High Wycombe, England, and has won numerous industry awards. In addition to the Focusrite Pro line, the company also has subsidiaries that include Adam Audio, Novation, and iOS app creator Ampify Music.

Get started right away

The newly designed “gain halos” (the red and green LED rings around the gain controls on the front panel) are intended to make it easier to adjust gain settings, so that budding producers can start recording immediately after buying the interface. To make things simpler still, Focusrite has included a “Quick Start Tool” and put together an impressive and comprehensive package of free software, some in the box and some available for download, which includes Ableton Live Lite, Pro Tools Artist, Focusrite Red Plugin Suite, Softube Time and Tone Bundle, a three-month subscription to Splice Sounds, and a software tool of four XLN Audio Addictive Keys of your choice.

Different programs found in the Hitmaker expansion

Hitmaker Expansion

The Hitmaker Expansion contains software tools for further enhancing your music productions: Guitar sounds with Softube Marshall Silver Jubilee 2555, tuning options for vocals with Antares Auto-Tune, reverb effects with Relab's LX480 Essentials, the XLN Audio® Addictive Drums 2: Studio Rock kit, and a choice of one of four instruments from XLN Audio Addictive Keys. Additionally, an EQ and compressor are offered with the Focusrite Red Plug-in Suite, a full channel strip offering an EQ, de-esser, compressor, limiter, gate, and expander with Bx_console Focusrite SC, and finally, two months with the Landr Studio mastering tools with five free masters to add the finishing touch to your projects. With the Hitmaker Expansion, you get both the interface and a selection of tools, so you have all the software you need to get started.

back of the Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 3rd Gen audio interface

In the spotlight: Solo, 2i2, 4i4, 8i6, 18i8, and 18i20

The third generation of Scarlett interfaces comprises the Solo, 2i2, 4i4, 8i6, 18i8, and 18i20 as well as two bundles, the Solo Studio and 2i2 Studio, each of which includes a microphone and headphones. The abbreviations 2i2, 4i4, etc. specify the number of inputs and outputs. In other words, “2i2” stands for two (i)nputs and two outputs, and 4i4 accordingly stands for four (i)nputs and four outputs. The “Solo” bends the rules in this respect, since it actually features two inputs and two outputs – the name instead suggests that it is intended for solo artists or singer/songwriters.

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born to be root 20.04.2020
I bought this device because its predecessor had a pretty good reputation in the linux world. While the 2i2 2nd Gen seemes to have worked right out of the box under linux operating systems, this is no longer the case with the 3rd generation. One can get it working, though.

The problem is that the 2i2 3rd gen ships in mass storage mode. So when you plug it into your computer the first time, it appears like a usb drive and is not usable as a soundcard. It needs to be set into its operational mode before you can actually use it, which is done using Focusrite's control software. But sadly the software is only available for windows and mac. So I had to go to my parents place, plug my scarlett into their old windows pc and download the necessary software from Focusrite, which then performed a firmware update on the device and set it into "sound card mode". After the firmware update the scarlett worked without further configuration on my Arch Linux laptop.

I don't know if there are other ways to set the device into operation mode, so if you don't have access to a windows or mac computer, I would advise against buying this audio interface.

Although, when you got it working, it seems to be a pretty good audio interface and i had no problems so far. Nice sound, very low background noise, good latencies, and I like the direct monitoring feature. I really don't need the 'Air' feature, but that might just be a matter of taste.


Audio and phantom power issues
Blue Fang 14.03.2023
Has great features and is more than enough for usage at home but had constant issues and eventually the XLR input broke completely. Trying to solve this through support has caused me nothing but a headache and months of wasted time. Sometimes the interface works fine for an hour or even more before it starts dying. Sent the product in for RMA and got told nothing was wrong with it so I guess my money went down the drain.

After two years the interface began cutting off my phantom powered microphone randomly. The whole input would just shut off and the lit up ring would turn off when I spoke into the microphone. Tried pretty much everything to fix it including changing computers and getting a new microphone but nothing seems to work. Also the volume of the microphone dips massively when this issue crops up. I suspect something in the power delivery circuit has broken. The jack inputs still work fine with my guitar and bass.

I've been trying to solve this issue for months now through emails, even contacting Focusrite, but I'm just getting told to try a different cable or to change Windows settings which I've of already tried countless times. Even reinstalled my operating system with no luck. The only thing I cannot try is a different interface because this is my only one.

Also had weird crackling and background noise at times even before the eventual breakage, regardless of settings. Somehow changing the sample rate or buffer to something else and then back fixes it.

I really wish I could love this interface. The card has pretty much all you'd need and is a great product but it's just issue after issue and it's not reliable. You're really playing the lottery when you buy one.

Maybe I just got unlucky and received a faulty product but the fact is that I'm now stuck with a broken interface. Focusrite really needs to up their quality assurance. I will be considering other brands in the future.


I don't know why this is the standard
Windowscrashed 08.02.2023
It sounds really good, when it works. I've had more problems with this than with a Behringer almost 1/3 the price. It's sounds just a little better, but not enough to justify the jump in price. The software isn't much better, it randomly decides what your sample rate is, protools at 48Khz? now it's there until you change it. Even if you change the default it will just stay at whatever the program put it at. The Behringer always switches back to what it was at before the program was opened. The buffer needs to be at least 512 or it'll start shitting, sometimes even needing 1024. Behringer needs only 256. The volume pot has started to crackle and pop after less than a year of use and these are known for being hard to service or even get inside.
No pad function, so no high level recording (a problem with some vintage equipment). The buttons are all "digital" if you unplug it and plug it in again your settings will have changed back to default instead of keeping it wherever you had it. I've heard a lot of people speak highly of the product but was very disappointed. I would not recommend this to anyone.


Easy to use - works with iPad - sounds great
Martz 07.02.2022
As a beginner in the studio (but not with music), I needed a simple to use 2-channel interface that I could use for electric bass, electric guitar, mic’d classical guitar and vocals. This does it all and translates into a clean (very low noise) recording. IOS has so many really great value recording apps that it was also really important to me that it worked with my ipad. It did - no problems at all. Very happy and don’t feel like I need an upgrade.


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