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

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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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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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Time to create some music
CrackTail, 25.11.2020
So you wanted to start creating your music or record some instruments. Well good for you because this red brick can do just that and more.
Great input, Great protection, doesn't break just like nokia3310, the design is very nice, the box is smaller than my phone and i can share my awful taste of music now to even 1 more person.
After full day of recording and trying to sound like the bands i listen to, i actually make a good song and go to sleep, happy to progress further tomorrow. Well tomorrow comes and i realize how bad everything sounds. I try to mix everything perfectly only to now sound like from some cave underground homeless guy playing with a flute in my nose.
10/10 would throw this brick at my neighbour's window again
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