The Scarlett 2i2 from Focusrite is a 2 input, 2 output portable USB recording interface featuring two Focusrite preamps, housed in an anodized aluminum unibody chassis that is solid enough to take on the road. The preamps offer transparent, low-noise and low-distortion performance with sufficient available headroom for using moving coil, condenser or ribbon microphones. Phantom power is switchable.
The front-panel Neutrik combo connectors can used to connect both line and instrument level signals as well as microphones. This makes it perfect for recording the output of a synthesizer or stage piano, while a flick of a switch caters for the output of an electric or acoustic guitar. Halo signal indicators help with maintaining correct levels. Red indicates a clipping signal, and with reduced gain the lights will momentarily turn amber before returning to green.
A large monitor dial provides control over the output level being sent to monitor speakers, while a high-quality amplifier provides a clean yet loud signal to headphones. A direct monitor switch routes audio directly from the inputs to both the headphone and speaker outputs, allowing for zero-latency monitoring. The included Scarlett Plug-In suite provides EQ, compression, gate and reverb processing, and is cross-platform compatible with all major DAWs.
2 Input / 2 Output
2 Focusrite Microphone Preamps
Ableton Live Lite 8 Software
Scarlett Plug-In Suite
USB Bus Powered
Aluminum Unibody Chassis
Mac OS X
Light and compact portable interface that easily fits in a laptop bag
Two Focusrite microphone preamps (same design as those on the Saffire PRO 40 and Liquid Saffire 56)
Excellent digital performance with 24-bit resolution at sample rates of up to 96KHz
Rugged anodized aluminum unibody chassis provides protection against the harsh environment of the road
Bus powered - no need of an additional power supply
Includes Ableton Live Lite 8 software, as well as the company's Scarlett plug-in suite providing EQ, compression, gate and reverb and compatible with all major DAWs
Gain knobs with surrounding halo indicators for each input (red indicates a too hot signal)
Direct monitor switch on the front panel allows for hearing what is being recorded through speakers or headphones, without the signal having to go through the computer (avoids latency)