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Review – Focusrite Scarlett 2i2



The Scarlett 2i2, quite simply is a 2 input and 2 out-put USB audio interface. It does exactly what it says on the tin and let me put this as modest as I can…does it amazingly!

Focusrite have targeted this at the bedroom creative that will not be recording numerous channels at once and wants a compact, mobile interface that packs a punch. Focusrite openly clam it will work with the most common software packages on the market and is even tested against new operating systems, OS X Lion and Window 7. Moreover, the USB 2.0 connector means it will work at speed with the new model of standard Mac-Books.

What’s it got?

The Scarlett 2i2 comes with two Neutrik Combo input sockets. In English it will allow you to connect either a standard ¼’’ Jack-Leads (guitars, pianos etc), or an XLR microphone into any of the two inputs.

Phantom Power is just a push of a button, this applying it to both inputs at once. Gain controls are individual and respective and have groovy LEDs that change depending on the income level. The green light for slight signal presence, through orange and into red for clipping and the beginning of distortion. This is really useful and seems to closely match-up which the input source shown on the software used, in this case Logic Pro 9.

Monitoring and output is through two ¼’’ Jacks at the rear and one stereo headphone jack at the front, these both have two simple knob on the front panel. The Scarlett also comes with a Direct Monitor function for zero-latency. This allows you to quickly switch to direct monitoring while recording, meaning the output signal does not have to take the long journey through your computer and then back into the interface before being thrown out your speakers. It will send the input signal straight to the speakers.

And if all this was not enough for just £119 pounds, the Scarlett also comes with some additional Plug-ins. Bonus!

Here is our full review of the great “2i2”.

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