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Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 3rd Gen

2-Channel USB2.0 audio interface with USB-C connection

  • 24-Bit / 192 kHz
  • 2 Scarlett microphone preamps
  • Phantom power +48 V
  • 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
  • Includes USB cable (Type C to A) and Ableton Live Lite, Pro Tools First, Focusrite Red 2 & Red 3 Plug-in Suite, Softube Time & Tone Bundle and a software tool of 4 XLN Audio Addictive Keys of your choice

Further Information

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

The third generation of the Scarlett 2

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 48 V 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.

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 192 kHz.

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.

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 First, Focusrite Red Plugin Suite, Focusrite Plugin Collective, 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.

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.
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Super Happy!
Jonas Lange, 02.04.2021
I'm using this audio interface with my XLR microphone and my electric guitar, to simulate amplifiers in Cakewalk TH3. I'm extremely happy with it. Everything feels and looks high quality and the controls are intuitive. There's nothing bad to say about the sound, playing guitar in TH3 feels like it's straight through an amp, no delay whatsoever and a great full sound. All together an amazing product that does what it's designed for extremely well while looking good. I don't really know much about audio, but it's very user friendly and pretty much self explainatory in all aspects.

The only thing I had missed was that the headphone output is a 6,35mm (1/4 inch") jack and the interface does not come with an adapter for 3.5mm Headsets. Audiophiles probably have those laying around everywhere, or 6.35mm jacks on their headphones to begin with. As I'm just getting started with music, I had to buy one. Not an issue, they're less than an euro, just something worth mentioning. Other than that, zero issues.
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Most popular for a reason
lmismyl, 26.08.2021
I had red a lot of hate towards this interface and many friends tried to talk me out of buying this, but I am glad I did.
There were no problems with installation, the tutorial videos they have are amazing and easy to understand. The setup took me maybe 5-10 minutes at most. Also the plugin bundle is quite decent for starting out.
Build quality is good, sturdy, knobs feel good and respond as should. I had no problems plugin in both a guitar and a microphone, gain is plenty if you have a decent guitar/microphone. Volume knobs are amazing, they feel great and respond nicely. I have my AKG-702 at 50% volume and I don't really need more, so it is able to feed enough power for higher ohm headphones.
Recording has very low latency and I don't even need to use the direct monitor button, and even if I did, it works great.
Overall I get why this is the most popular interface - you get a lot for the price and if you need something to record with at home, look no further.
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Great sound card but..
Elie Kh, 21.07.2021
The sound quality is excellent and free of any noises, easy to use and well built, but one thing I really didn't like was the maximum output volume in my Beyersdynamics headphones, it is significantly lower than my older Roland Edirol UA-25 sound card, that I cannot hear myself playing, therefore, almost unusable for me with headphones, which is very important :(

I am not sure if mine has a problem, or if they are all like that, but it's a big con for me, because I was actually hoping to get a higher output than my older Roland sound card, instead, I get significantly lower. And the sound quality is imo the same with the Roland, but yet, cleaner from any noise, which was to be expected.

So I am still using my Roland while the brand new Focusrite is now gathering dust. Personally, not happy with the output which is a deal breaker, so overall 3 stars for me :(
To be used with external speakers only..
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