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USB audio interface from Focusrite belonging to the Scarlett series.

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  • High quality, easy to use and QUIET

    Focusrite Scarlett 2i2Published on 11/23/16 at 16:31
    Using with RE20 and DBX286A into an Asus SSD laptop with excellent results.
    Use of FETHEAD to boost gain on RE20 did not add any noise at all to 2i2.
    Build quality is very high and performance is excellent for recording, podcasting and all vocals, and instrument direct in. Accepts XLR and 1/4 inputs. Buy this unit with confidence.
  • Solid bare essentials audio interface

    Focusrite Scarlett 2i2Published on 10/22/14 at 15:20
    The 2i2 features 2 XLR-TRS combo inputs with independent volume knobs that have an LED ring around them to indicate levels. These inputs can be switched between line and instrument levels independently of each other. There’s a 48v button for microphones that require phantom power. There are 2 ¼” TS outputs on the back for your monitors. You can enable direct monitoring via a switch on the front and control the overall output of the audio interface via the monitor knob. There’s also a headphone output with an independent volume knob. The interface is bus-powered and connects to your computer from one USB port on the back. The one downside to the unit is that it doesn’t have a MIDI......
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    The 2i2 features 2 XLR-TRS combo inputs with independent volume knobs that have an LED ring around them to indicate levels. These inputs can be switched between line and instrument levels independently of each other. There’s a 48v button for microphones that require phantom power. There are 2 ¼” TS outputs on the back for your monitors. You can enable direct monitoring via a switch on the front and control the overall output of the audio interface via the monitor knob. There’s also a headphone output with an independent volume knob. The interface is bus-powered and connects to your computer from one USB port on the back. The one downside to the unit is that it doesn’t have a MIDI input/output which some audio interfaces in this price range do have.


    UTILIZATION

    I've been using the 2i2 for 2 years with Renoise, Maschine, and REAPER on both a Windows 7 and 8 64-bit system using an Intel i5 2500k @ 4.5ghz. It's possible to get the latency under 10ms round trip, however, I ran into driver instability when trying to go lower than that where the driver would sporadically crash and cause lots of distortion and slowed down audio. Outside of that, absolutely no driver problems or latency when recording instruments.

    GETTING STARTED

    It’s a pretty simple interface and very straight forward to use. Very clearly labeled knobs and switches for all of the functions. The software for controlling the interface is a one function affair--changing the buffer length. All other functions like changing the sample rate and bit depth are done through the Windows Control Panel.


    OVERALL OPINION

    It’s a fairly low-noise unit, I’ve mostly used it for recording guitars or synths directly and I have no real complaints there. The headphone output is not bad even with high impedance headphones like my 250 ohm Beyerdynamic DT880s. There’s not a ton of gain and I need to set it about half way on the headphone volume knob to get to my preferred listening level, but it does drive them okay and the DAC is very good. It would certainly drive lower impedance headphones satisfactorily.

    It’s a great interface for someone who doesn’t need a lot of inputs, outputs, or advanced DSP features. Although the lack of a MIDI in/out is a bit of a bummer, if you just need to record one or two instruments or if you need an interface for your mobile production setup, this is definitely something to consider.

    Pros:
    + Great Price
    + Portable
    + Clear sound
    + Good monitoring features

    Cons:
    - No MIDI I/O
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  • génialissime

    Focusrite Scarlett 2i2Published on 09/19/14 at 07:36
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    there knowing absolutely nothing of the mao I look into the opinions of some of my relatives who themselves are well wedged in millieux, and this interface as do almost unanimously have recommended it to me x times so I bet on trust ... and I was right .. especially as it is given.
    is minimally equipped (yet) mao level, I plug my head of Blackstar amp HT20 its output out, I read them directly to the sound card, and nothing that I have a more than satisfactory sound! I also use it with a microphone and even the two simultanéement quality is in no way altered the ball .. what.
    I use it mainly to record my riffs or compo, I also used to PSUs quality of my videos (ie micro + guitar)
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    there knowing absolutely nothing of the mao I look into the opinions of some of my relatives who themselves are well wedged in millieux, and this interface as do almost unanimously have recommended it to me x times so I bet on trust ... and I was right .. especially as it is given.
    is minimally equipped (yet) mao level, I plug my head of Blackstar amp HT20 its output out, I read them directly to the sound card, and nothing that I have a more than satisfactory sound! I also use it with a microphone and even the two simultanéement quality is in no way altered the ball .. what.
    I use it mainly to record my riffs or compo, I also used to PSUs quality of my videos (ie micro + guitar)

    UTILIZATION

    the driver has nothing to say but does it work knowing there was nothing that stuff I just prefer to say that everything works without niqeul hooked.
    I use reaper and audacity in sequencer.
    the sound card has two independently adjustable inputs, left able to be extremely strong while the right will be very low, with the system "halo" that measures the intensity of the gain (gain is pushed when the knob turns red is that yen have too so it faudras rebaisser to iron in green) all become extremely intuitive and easy to use.
    NO latency

    GETTING STARTED

    for instalation I dl a driver because I do not see ais in the box .. maybe I'm next to go against .. by Ableton is provided with (and is frighteningly complicated to use ..) is a ous for instaler, chopper must be a code entered on the site of the galley Focusrite etc ...
    the manual is really THE downside of the beast .. the sound card is certainly easy to use, so the manual is quite fin..tellement end he do that 3pages (LAMINATED) AND in English! so if we mess this faudras English look a little on the beast .. an example of AC, a phantom power system is available, in addition to what we can know what is in what can he serve? if not draw in the instructions we'll never know and if you do not speak English ca quickly become crap! and phantom power system is a system for powered static microphones, besides then activated with a dynamic microphone plug can screw up the latter, and the record is the burn ..

    OVERALL OPINION

    I use it for quite a few and I think I go around, although he heard me time to faudras well used, but I ais level functionality in popoche (or so) I know what corresponds to what Button function etc. ..
    I try ais little but I had many opinions.
    what I like most about this sound card, it's already easy to use, it is elegant, cheap and excellent quality just for what I like least I would say the manual and ableton ..
    value for money it's a scam .. seriously do this Focusrite realize they LOSE money ?? !! a beast that gives Pariel ca not !! biensur we did not plaindras;)
    with the experience I think so, but I did not yet know enough to make me a real opinion about it, expect to be more equipped to be fixed ^^
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  • Simply SUPER !!!

    Focusrite Scarlett 2i2Published on 08/30/14 at 12:23
    (This content has been automatically translated from French)
    There is a year I was looking for a sound card really cheap on Ebay and I came across the bundle of this soundcard with a microphone and headphones CM25. I look at other models of the other company, at that price with what came with my choice was already made!
    I use it for a year and it's perfect for me, I never saw any default.

    UTILIZATION

    I use Cubase 5 and the only problem I encountered is the latency, but playing in Cubase I found a way to reduce it.

    GETTING STARTED

    Installation is simple ULTRA, some stuff to install and that's it!

    OVERALL OPINION

    I use it for a year and I repeat .. but this is perfect for me! To get the max I bought monitors M-Audio AV-40 and a midi......
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    There is a year I was looking for a sound card really cheap on Ebay and I came across the bundle of this soundcard with a microphone and headphones CM25. I look at other models of the other company, at that price with what came with my choice was already made!
    I use it for a year and it's perfect for me, I never saw any default.

    UTILIZATION

    I use Cubase 5 and the only problem I encountered is the latency, but playing in Cubase I found a way to reduce it.

    GETTING STARTED

    Installation is simple ULTRA, some stuff to install and that's it!

    OVERALL OPINION

    I use it for a year and I repeat .. but this is perfect for me! To get the max I bought monitors M-Audio AV-40 and a midi keyboard Behringer UMX490 and now my home studio is complete. I used the microphone CM25 few times, but I prefer the sound of the Shure SM58 and the headphones are always useful for touching me some details of a mix or mastering. If want to see what sort of wonder you can do with this sound card, here's one:
    :)

    I have not tried other models, but with this one, I do not need to look elsewhere.
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  • You get what you pay for

    Focusrite Scarlett 2i2Published on 06/10/14 at 01:09
    USB powered
    Red aluminum housing, which looks very nice and solid
    The plastic buttons do not seem very sturdy (especially the inst/line switches)
    2 line/instrument inputs on the front panel
    Master output
    I use it at home to record guitar/bass
    The preamps have received several awards

    UTILIZATION

    I use it on a Mac (OSX 10.9) and have no stability issues
    With Live, the latency is around 14ms at 256 samples, which is slightly perceptible
    Further down I explain the problems I've had with this card.

    GETTING STARTED

    Almost plug & play installation
    Easy setup, no incompatibilities found, the manual is very basic.

    OVERALL OPINION

    I used it around 6 months before changing it
    From the start......
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    USB powered
    Red aluminum housing, which looks very nice and solid
    The plastic buttons do not seem very sturdy (especially the inst/line switches)
    2 line/instrument inputs on the front panel
    Master output
    I use it at home to record guitar/bass
    The preamps have received several awards

    UTILIZATION

    I use it on a Mac (OSX 10.9) and have no stability issues
    With Live, the latency is around 14ms at 256 samples, which is slightly perceptible
    Further down I explain the problems I've had with this card.

    GETTING STARTED

    Almost plug & play installation
    Easy setup, no incompatibilities found, the manual is very basic.

    OVERALL OPINION

    I used it around 6 months before changing it
    From the start it was impossible to record without the clipping LED turning on, even with the gain at 0. I was forced to toggle to "Line" mode and bypass the preamps, which seemed to be of very bad quality. I had this problem both with active and passive instruments.

    I returned it right away and the store where I bought it gave me another one (the same model). When I got home, I plugged it and had a constant buzz when I armed the track to record. And yet I can see lots of home-studios where they use this soundcard (Misha Mansoor of Periphery, for example).

    I returned it again and bought a Steinberg UR44, which is twice as expensive, but much more reliable.

    For the price, it's surely a good soundcard, it was my first card of this type, and I was disappointed. I wouldn't choose it again.
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  • 2I2

    Focusrite Scarlett 2i2Published on 01/29/14 at 10:40
    Small, mobile soundcard with a very good audio quality
    Solid and reliable

    UTILIZATION

    Latency problems from time to time, because the software uses a lot of RAM, but certainly due to the performance of the PC.

    GETTING STARTED

    No remarks

    OVERALL OPINION

    I've used it intensively for 10 months to record DJ mixes and as audio output for song writing (Ableton Live), and I haven't had any problems up to this day.
  • A good product

    Focusrite Scarlett 2i2Published on 01/22/14 at 02:24
    It was a bit thanks to AF that I bought it
    I use it to record (with the two inputs) my sweetie on the piano, as well as piano/flute piano cello

    I have a compacq 6710b. It's not a last-generation computer, but it's good enough for me.
    I have 80 GB dedicated to recording

    UTILIZATION

    The drivers are stable
    The scarlett comes with ableton live 8
    When you install the scarlett have it updated on the website
    We record at least 8 tracks
    Latency is pretty low
    You need to adjust the audio right from the start, so read the software's documentation
    (it took me several days to understand how it works)

    GETTING STARTED

    Hassle-free installation with the CD
    But, just in case, copy the CD to your......
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    It was a bit thanks to AF that I bought it
    I use it to record (with the two inputs) my sweetie on the piano, as well as piano/flute piano cello

    I have a compacq 6710b. It's not a last-generation computer, but it's good enough for me.
    I have 80 GB dedicated to recording

    UTILIZATION

    The drivers are stable
    The scarlett comes with ableton live 8
    When you install the scarlett have it updated on the website
    We record at least 8 tracks
    Latency is pretty low
    You need to adjust the audio right from the start, so read the software's documentation
    (it took me several days to understand how it works)

    GETTING STARTED

    Hassle-free installation with the CD
    But, just in case, copy the CD to your computer (I threw mine away my mistake)
    You have to set up the audio, but there's a step-by-step guide
    Go look for ASIO online and install it, then choose scarlett in the audio options
    Once you install ableton you'll need to pay good attention to the included manual

    OVERALL OPINION

    I've been using it for two months now.
    Easy to use
    It's my first digital experience. I have a revox B77 and a yamaha MG124C mixing console
    It's a good value for money (i paid $160 at my local store)
    The scarlett is all right to record two mics

    But I will have to go up to a higher quality level to record classical trios and quartets
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  • Well to start, you get tired quickly on the other hand.

    Focusrite Scarlett 2i2Published on 01/08/14 at 06:39
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    The main motivation was the USB power, I said yes it will be great I could save anywhere my bass guitar or percussion but in fact I have never had the opportunity to do that. I'm never out in the street with my MBP and my sound card to make recordings. So after reflections it was not as great idea.
    But if that's enough for you go the DI is not bad and not terrible but enough preamps. By against low output.

    UTILIZATION

    The drivers are super stable, it is almost plug and play I think. Plugs except I failed to install or authoriser. Use with Protools, Logic and Live.

    GETTING STARTED

    Yes no problem.
    Very very simple, too.

    OVERALL OPINION

    I sold too few inputs and outputs for......
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    The main motivation was the USB power, I said yes it will be great I could save anywhere my bass guitar or percussion but in fact I have never had the opportunity to do that. I'm never out in the street with my MBP and my sound card to make recordings. So after reflections it was not as great idea.
    But if that's enough for you go the DI is not bad and not terrible but enough preamps. By against low output.

    UTILIZATION

    The drivers are super stable, it is almost plug and play I think. Plugs except I failed to install or authoriser. Use with Protools, Logic and Live.

    GETTING STARTED

    Yes no problem.
    Very very simple, too.

    OVERALL OPINION

    I sold too few inputs and outputs for me actually. I do a bit and thought I could DJ mixer by using it but the Phones output is just the same as the Master Out so blah. Good value for money.
    Not the same choice.
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  • Very good little card

    Focusrite Scarlett 2i2Published on 12/28/13 at 06:15
    (This content has been automatically translated from French)
    For use at home on a laptop not very powerful, in Reaper.
    Compact, USB-powered, nice design, double entries combo XLR / jack.
    The big volume knob plastic is convenient.

    UTILIZATION

    Map ultra stable.
    No noticeable latency in Reaper 512 samples.
    I did not count the maximum number of tracks playing but recording no worries (2 tracks 44.1 is nothing to USB 2.0).
    The preamps are OK for the price.
    This is transparent to a certain extent.

    GETTING STARTED

    It should download the latest drivers on the Focusrite website.
    Installation ok.

    OVERALL OPINION

    Since I sold it but I regret it because for the price and if you do not need more than 2 inputs and 2 outputs, there is......
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    For use at home on a laptop not very powerful, in Reaper.
    Compact, USB-powered, nice design, double entries combo XLR / jack.
    The big volume knob plastic is convenient.

    UTILIZATION

    Map ultra stable.
    No noticeable latency in Reaper 512 samples.
    I did not count the maximum number of tracks playing but recording no worries (2 tracks 44.1 is nothing to USB 2.0).
    The preamps are OK for the price.
    This is transparent to a certain extent.

    GETTING STARTED

    It should download the latest drivers on the Focusrite website.
    Installation ok.

    OVERALL OPINION

    Since I sold it but I regret it because for the price and if you do not need more than 2 inputs and 2 outputs, there is no better in its price range.
    In addition she is pretty!
    I highly recommend.
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  • One of the best product quality levels / price

    Focusrite Scarlett 2i2Published on 12/25/13 at 02:19
    (This content has been automatically translated from French)
    I bought this card because its USB I needed a mobile audio interface efficient, and simple just have two mic inputs.
    If we focus on the functions of the interface:
    The system-perfect leds
    Perfect-Knobs
    Plugin provides very interesting.
    Very very very decent sound quality-

    UTILIZATION

    Perfect Ableton and FL

    GETTING STARTED

    No problem on W 7

    OVERALL OPINION

    In summary for my use, it suits me perfectly, but of course, if we add some more tickets, we can have a better quality audio interface. To do this, it will try to use the interface suffer. ...
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    I bought this card because its USB I needed a mobile audio interface efficient, and simple just have two mic inputs.
    If we focus on the functions of the interface:
    The system-perfect leds
    Perfect-Knobs
    Plugin provides very interesting.
    Very very very decent sound quality-

    UTILIZATION

    Perfect Ableton and FL

    GETTING STARTED

    No problem on W 7

    OVERALL OPINION

    In summary for my use, it suits me perfectly, but of course, if we add some more tickets, we can have a better quality audio interface. To do this, it will try to use the interface suffer.
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