Than a question....
Why is it better than focusrite scarlett?
While it's hard to say what's marketing fluff and what's a true differentiator, the iD14
(and Audient's products, in general) are said to have far superior mic pres than the focusrite. Just a quick look at comparing the specs on audient's
site vs focusrite's
, the id14 has a mic gain range of "0 to 66 dB (inc. +10 dB software boost)", and a maximum input level of "+12 dBu (0 dBFS digital Maximum)", compared to the 2i2's "-4dB to +46dB" of mic gain range and max input range of "+4dBu". Additionally, we've found the id14 to have much more quiet mic pres, as increasing the gain adds far less noise when compared to the mic pres on the 2i2.
Now perhaps it's not fair to compare the 2i2, at least from a price point perspective, but in an interface market where everything looks the same and sounds the same, the id14 (objectively speaking) is on another level according to our writers.
It also has a cool knob to streamline automation functionality. I haven't personally used this function, but seeing it demoed at musikmesse 2015 was certainly enough to show its potential.
We should have our id14 review out soon, completed with objective charts and graphs so that our readers can develop their own opinion. Be sure to keep an eye out for it!