Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 3rd Gen
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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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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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best choice
Lianaut 07.04.2022
If you know what you need and you are used to the Focusrite, then it is a good product for you. It handles everything perfectly, works as described.
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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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Simple and works as expected (used on Linux and OpenBSD)
karchnu 21.06.2022
I use the Scarlett on all my machines, both Linux and OpenBSD, with different microphones, mostly audio-technica AT2020.

While recording, the sound is very low, for some reason. I have to put the control knob to the max to hear something. But that's kinda fine, I can easily make it louder with the software I use to record (ffmpeg) and the sound is fine.

For the features, it seems that other brands (such as Beringher) are doing better for the price. Actually, the former version of Scarlett did include more outputs. So that's definitively something to notice for this price.

Still, I use this tool almost every day for more than a year now, and it is working great. I own several Scarlett, including older models, they all work perfectly.

Of course, being on Linux and OpenBSD, I do not use the provided software. Not that I would actually care, but since I didn't test it, I can't comment on it.
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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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Excellent little AI from a top brand. Great buy!
Ali Z 23.08.2022
I'm just getting started with home recording, so didn't want to spend a fortune. I'm no expert, but I researched the hell out of various AI options before settling on this one. It definitely gets the highest approval. It's compact, sturdy, super easy to use and plugs in and plays (you don't need to download extra software to make it work). Vocal frequency enhancement button on the one input is a sweet bonus.
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Great Budget Interface
OlliD63 04.07.2022
I bought this after much research as my first audio interface, and it works great! However after accidentally dropping it off of my desk, the connection at the back became a bit dodgy. I've seen other people mention that this happens quite often, but its nothing a couple rubber bands couldn't fix in my case, so it shouldn't be any cause for concern.
If you don't drop it, it won't break! I highly recommend!
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does its job perfectly
Corrector 26.03.2022
does its job perfectly. No complaints. Also, very nice and solid build. I love the magic option of "air", makes my guitar sound better.
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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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Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 3rd Gen