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Can I use the 2i2 as a sound card for general computer use?

 
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garybeck

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1 Posted on 02/09/2015 at 07:44:15
Hello, I'm just getting settled in with my new Scarlett 2i2. I'm wondering about the pros and cons of using this device not only for recording but also as the main output for sound on my computer.

The outputs are 1/4" mono but I could get an adapter that connects to my computer speakers. (1/8" stereo).

I'm my previous setup (different older interface and computer) I sometimes had conflicts between the computer's internal audio card/chip and the external interface so I ended up going into the bios and completely disabling the internal device and running all sound to the external interface. The only problem I had is that I lost the ability to record "what you hear" (play something like a youtube video and record the sound as it plays in real time). But if I really wanted to do that, which was rare, I would just go back into the bios and switch back to the internal card.

Are there any pros/cons advantanges/disadvantages to doing this with the Scarlett? If I do run all sound out the Scarlett, I assume/hope I will still be able to control the output volume through the standard Windows mixer?

Anyone know of a single adapter that can get the job done? I found this on Ebay:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Hosa-Technology-6-Stereo-1-4-Female-to-Two-1-4-Mono-Male-Y-Cable-YPP136-/391037352172?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item5b0ba478ec

but it would require a 2nd adapter this to get down to 1/8" for the speakers. if there's a single adapter that would also bring it down to 1/8" that would be great.

thanks
gary in vermont

[ Post last edited on 02/09/2015 at 16:53:15 ]

Simon Focusrite

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2 Posted on 02/10/2015 at 05:27:34
Hi Gary,

Using your Scarlett for general comp

garybeck

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3 Posted on 02/11/2015 at 17:04:35
thanks. yes the output jacks on the unit are mono 1/4" and my computer speakers are 1/8" stereo. so I was thinking I could use this

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Hosa-Technology-6-Stereo-1-4-Female-to-Two-1-4-Mono-Male-Y-Cable-YPP136-/391037352172?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item5b0ba478ec

then all i need is a 1/4" to 1/8" adapter and I'll be set.

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4 Posted on 02/13/2015 at 05:06:51
Hi Gary,

Yes you can certainly try this setup, it works on paper, but it is untested by us so there may be results that we're not aware of.
Let me know how you get on.

Best regards
Simon // Focusrite Technical Support
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