Focusrite Scarlett Solo 3rd Gen

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MikeCrossJung, 14.12.2020
Sound surprisingly good, both the preamp's sound for recording as well as the monitoring output quality. Headphone amp sounds good too. Knobs and build are ultra-solid, looks and feels premium. Well done folks.

For me this tiny guy is an easy desktop workplace audio solution acceptable for basic reference. No need to get in the studio for quality assurance listening, just this and some DT770 headphones. ( I'm an audio director. ) Since it's small, cheap, and runs on bus power, it's a good benchmark for multiple audio office workstations.

The software app is the standard for the whole series, but it doesn't offer features for the Solo model. Install and forget.

Keep in mind on this model the monitor level and headphone level are hard linked. With a standby switch on your speakers within reach, that's workable.

Ah, a word to the wise if you're new, if you are planning on using ProTools on the included PT First license, be prepared, by today's standards (2020) it's abysmally poor software. Only go that route if you have specific career reasons.
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Good as starting point
Onchky, 15.02.2021
I've never had experience using audio interfaces. I was searching for a nice sound card to help my Mac Mini drive Sony MDR-7506, and after an extensive search, I realised I got Samson Q2U mic, and hell, why not try XLR stuff while getting an amp. For the price of desktop Fiio, I got way better build quality, perfectly stable performance without any issues on boot both on Mac and Windows (which is a nemesis of Fiio devices), and a nice clean interface for my mic. Why 4 stars for sound then? See, Q2U is a dynamic mic, and requires tons of gain. I could not manage to make it work without literally eating the mic. Replacing its head with Shure A81WS windscreen for better performance with sibilance and plosives made things worse—gain is clearly not enough. Other than that, Solo got super clean noise floor, clean and nice headphone amp for my cans, and really good build.
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Awesome piece of technology
Otterfinger, 05.01.2021
I use this interface to connect my electrical guiter to my Macbook Pro with Garageband. Setting this up was more than easy and it works perfectly fine. Before I purchased this, I was kind of worried because of the latency discussions and I was quite surprised that when I first connected this device to my Macbook that there was a huge delay of about 1 second. But I quickly found out that this was my own mistake because I used Bluetooth Headphones. I switched to speakers (or other headphones with a cable) and the latency disappears completely. I can highly recommend to purchase this product.
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Nice for home recording!
Tuncy, 07.05.2020
I am super happy with it.
I thought its broken in the first place. I had a problem with the USB plug on my computer, so the sound was crackling especially on youtube videos. The USB port was probably bottlenecking the data transfer. I switched the USB port to the USB 3.0 one (even tho its a USB 2.0 device) and it solved the problem.

My only complain is that, it doesnt come with a dedicated headphone volume knob or a mute switch. So as long as my headphones are plugged in, they work. If you don't have a volume knob on your speakers, its very hard to balance the volume of monitors and headphones. If I knew it, I would buy the 2i2. And also, you cannot do a stereo recording from your stereo effects unit.

Good overall. Do consider its cons and pros. 2i2 may be a better option for you.
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Sounds really good
Keepiko, 11.02.2021
Overall is a good product for the price. The build quality is solid with its metal body. The output sound quality is amazing for the prize, overall really satisfied with the product.
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Scarlett Solo
MarijoCro, 08.02.2021
Great for recording guitars in your bedroom, I'm about to use it as a DAC as well, for the Sennheiser HD58X Jubilee headphones that I'm currently expecting.
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Unbeatable for the money
go_faustino, 20.02.2021
Use it for some home recordings, and it works perfectly with a Mac / Garage Band. The build quality and looks are excellent, the sound quality can't be faulted for the price and has everything you need for quick and simple instrument / vocal recording. Small enough to carry around and looks really nice on your desk.
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Xanti, 11.02.2021
Not had any issues with it, works perfectly. Definitely recommend it!
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Perfect to me
Hostis, 21.01.2021
I use this audio interface to connect my monitors to my computer, as well as to plug a microphone in and record my voice.

The look is pretty cool, the color is nice, it is pretty small and fits well anywhere.

The different buttons feel really great to use, most of them have a little light showing when it's used (you can change the colors yourself on your computer).

I don't hear any white noise or anything, and never had any problem so far. The recording with my microphone went well too, which means the 48V button worked well. I don't hear any particular latency while playing music on my monitors.

I don't see any cons for now, the price is really reasonable and I like this audio interface very much! :)
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Great Product
Zhe Soyo, 19.01.2021
Really nice Audio Interface, Great Build Quality, Easy to use !
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Solid Litthe Thing
Tsvetan Tsvetkov, 17.12.2019
Well it's an industry leading product so a lot has been said and written about the Scarlett series. Here are my 2 cents.
Pros:
- Very well Built
- Usb C
- Air button
- Direct Monitoring (not all similar product have this)
- Small and Portable
- Sounds Decent
- Bunch of free software and plugins bundled with it

Cons:
- When I use my guitar with it it peeks super early so the volume levels in the monitors can't go that high
- No headphone volume control
- No combined XLR and audio jack
- A bit expensive

Overall it works great it does what it's made to do and it's very rigid. If the price doesn't bother you this is the usb interface for you.
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Buy one and be happy!
ChrisMC, 10.11.2020
Only positive things to say about this interface! I do recommend to anyone :)
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Vey high quality
dimitrioufd, 20.02.2021
Way better than any interface i have used instrument wise. It records all instrument perfectly.
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Excellent
colin p, 30.11.2020
Great sound quality,
Portable
Easy to use
Great software included
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Quality and features
Telesound, 03.10.2020
Great quality and super compact and lightweight. It does not need power adapter which is super handy. Easy to use and perfect for recording instrument and vocal at the same time. I really like to use air function for recording vocal. Definitely suggest to anyone who are looking for easy to use mobile solution.
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Amazing piece of gear
GTooher, 09.06.2020
I bought this as a complete loop pedal novice. It is amazing, between looping vocals, gtr, 2 channels to go between and storage of up to 99 tracks. I have each track pre recorded for when I play a live gig and then can swap between both channels with my Boss FS-5U foot switch. I live loop as well and use the undo button to have a number of different looping sections of the song while playing live. The fact that as long as you record the first track in time any other recordings will stay in that timing. The metronome is handy as well. This is my favourite piece of gear and has really upped my live performance.
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just what you're looking for
Dmitry Stepanov, 08.10.2020
a simple compact and good sounding solution, everything works as intended
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Focusrite Scarlett Solo 3rd Gen
Rita W., 13.07.2020
This audio interface is brilliant. I use it when our Swing Band rehearses on Jamulus. It was so easy to set up on my Windows 8.1 pc. Headphones, mic and my electric guitar all plugged in and working well. I did try another audio interface which didn't seem to want to set up on my Windows pc so I was more than pleased that I spent a bit more money on the Focusrite. I can't thank Thomann enough for their help and very fast post.
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Cheap but lovely
Joris T, 01.07.2020
I got this to replace my old Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 1st generation for one specific reason: the Hi-Z input on the Gen1 is terrible, and they said that this was much improved on the new version. I really only use it for scratch vocals and DI guitars, and yes, the new Hi-Z input is MUCH better than the 1st gen. It suits my needs perfectly, it's super-compact and solid, and the driver works great with no hitches.
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Ideal solution for home use
akawe, 27.05.2020
I think it's a perfect solution for home recording. Sound quality is very good, nothing to complain about. It's super easy to set up, there's a very handy wizard that walks you through all the steps needed to start recording straight away. There's just one nitpick: it comes with USB-B/USB-C cable, so if you have a new MacBook then you need to get another cable or an adapter.
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My first Interface
hugodg, 09.02.2021
I use this in my bedroom setup to connect my synthesizer and record into my DAW. Does what it's supposed to do. Great build quality. Some nice free software included with new free software every few months.
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Incredible piece of gear
nunocf, 26.08.2020
I'm a bass player and decided to play guitar. This, together with software allows me to not have to purchase an amplifier for the guitar as I can just plug in and run the software to give me all the sounds I want/need until I figure out what I'm looking for.
This was a complete game changer to my approach to playing and I really could not be happier with the product.
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Demka Sych, 03.07.2020
Great sound card! It amplifies the sound well. It is also a plus that it works from USB and no additional power is needed. I record a guitar from her and she does a great job with it!
Recommend to buy
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The greatest budget audiointerface
George Panfilov, 06.02.2021
This is my first audiointerface and I'm not an expert in equipment but my headphones sounds really cool! Focusrite Scarlett Solo 3rd Gen has wonderful convenience and mobility, I think I'll take it with me to travels and other trips. The first reaction was WOW, design is really cool but impractical because glossy panel collects all the dust. I think it's the only one minus. I recommend this audiointerface to beginners . Buy it and you will glad to be owner of this interface.
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Very good for guitar recording. Nice for voice too!
Nelson JP, 29.06.2020
I bought this interface after more than 10 year with an M-Audio one.
I was living far from home and took that interface with my Fender America Strat so I could have a little fun playing once in a while. I become very frustrated because the signal was so weak on the line/instrument input that was almost impossible to play with distortion. I've tried other cables... When I came back to Portugal I decided to buy this little interface and it's a completely different story. The sound reach the DAW and VST plugins very clear and it's easy to work with. Latency it's around 3ms in Logic Pro. Very nice so far. Only complain: since I'm working from home now I use a lot the volume control knob and sometimes there's a little scratch noise.
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