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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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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Budget Interface
Lukas Kat 04.09.2022
Works great right out of the box. Compared to my. previous behringer UMC204HD it works better. There's no audible white noise coming from the interface in the DAW
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Buena y confiable.
Marco Di Cesare 02.10.2021
Después de un año de uso puedo decir que es una interface increíble. Tiene un problema con audacity que a pesar que tengas un solo micrófono, se tiene que grabar los tracks en estéreo y luego eliminar el track vacío, no se si sea útil, pero para que sepan. Si he notado que tiene detalles, de vez en cuando tiene un problema donde las grabaciones quedan sonando mal, con ruidos, es la única que he tenido, asi que no estoy seguro si pasa en todas o solo en esta, pero hay que estar pendientes de que se esté grabando bien antes de grabar horas sin que te des cuenta. Del resto de verdad es una interface hermosa y muy buena, excelente calidad. La grabación es muy buena. Por el precio es mejor ir a por la Solo o por la 4i4.
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Fantastic quality, with functional but imperfect software
Elliot K 31.10.2022
The Scarlett 2i2 is built to be indestructible, and provides a great feature set. Audio quality is fantastic, though it could for some microphones provide a bit too little gain.

My only issue has been some software confusion, but this is likely because I am an audio gear beginner. Still, it is somewhat unclear how the two channels are used with my DAW.
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ro f 25.12.2020
I like excellent sound quality, simple design and low price
I don't like Quick start Tool - online registration which unlocks device and makes it fully operational
Registration process is anything but quick
I think it is overkill for such simple and cheap device and I would be much more satisfied if it was plug an play
I don't like USB C to USB A cabel and USB C plug on rear panel because they don't feel robust
I have cracking noise on windows OS when using sample rate higher then 48 kHz
For home recording it is a good choice so I'm satisfied
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The competition has caught up
Angel Angeles III 23.06.2021
The 2i2 is still a great value for money but the competition has become so good that this interface has to be 2nd thought. The Presonus Studio 24c includes a ton of software with it and Audient has come up with some great stuff too which makes this less relevant.

If you're looking for an interface then you might look elsewhere instead then come back here if you really want it.

Otherwise, this interface is solid and sounds good. Noise is very low and have good converters. This is as basic as it can get. The Air preamp emulation sounds good on vocals but I just leave it off most of the time.
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Good in quality but poor in power.
XY42 09.02.2022
It was running instantly after installing the software for it. Good quality material. The only thing was i bought it for Shure MV7 and it had not enough power to get a strong signal. Only with FetAmp and Phantompower i could use it with gain almost 100%. I think for condensor mics it seems to be good choice regarding the price.
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Great for streaming - With the right mic!
McMoustache 17.05.2022
I use this with my Rode NT1-A and it's great for discord, streaming and podcasting.
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Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 3rd Gen