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Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 - a review of the best audio interface you can get for your home studio

The Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 has become the premier audio interface for the home studio over the last year or so. If you’re looking for a simple, solid, and compact device to ignite your recording and mixing, then it’s the perfect choice.


You’re probably aware at this point of the audio interface’s job - it’s the link between your computer’s DAW and the rest of your studio. Everything you record and listen back to is controlled by the interface, from your microphones and instruments to your headphones and monitors. The Scarlett 2i2 takes control of everything.


It even looks cool with it’s stylish red casing and minimal design.




Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 Review


One of the biggest plus-points of the 2i2 is the inclusion of Focusrite preamps. As a company, Focusrite is famous for the quality of its preamps and its reputation is well-known. They’re also the same preamps as those used in Focusrite’s Saffire series of interfaces, often found in professional studios.


You’ll also find the AD/DA converters to be the best round when it comes to similar-sized interfaces. Many devices will have a limit of 16-bit/48kHz signal conversion, but the Focusrite Scarlett uses 24-bit/96kHz converters that pretty much guarantees you crisp and clear recordings that will sound superb. Your productions will definitely thank you.




Pros


  • Record pro-level microphones and instruments via the 2x XLR inputs and the 2x 1/4" line-level jack inputs
  • Establish smooth recordings through direct monitoring and the high-speed USB 2.0 connection


A typical studio layout for the Scarlett 2i2


  • Incredible recording quality, coming from the world-renowned Focusrite preamps
  • Generate clear audio signals with the highest sampling resolution you’ll find on an interface of similar size (24-bit/96kHz converters)
  • Accelerate your music-making with the bundled Ableton Live Lite and the Focusrite PlugIn Suite (a compressor, a reverb, a gate, and an EQ)
  • Strong, light, and compact design, making it perfect for a home studio and a portable laptop studio
  • No need for a separate power cable (USB-powered)
  • Awesome price-point of $149


 

 

 



Cons


  • Lack of digital ins/outs
  • No MIDI In/Out (although most MIDI keyboards now connect to your computer via USB)




Another recent addition to the Focusrite family is the Focusrite Scarlett Studio Package/Bundle. It’s similar to the AudioBox Bundle from PreSonus, in that it aims to be a complete package for those just starting out in home recording and production. As well as the Scarlett 2i2, it also comes with a condenser microphone and pair of headphones.


The problem though is that the quality of the mic is a bit of a let down, and you would also need to get a mic stand and a pop filter to really make use of it if you wanted to record vocals. Instead, I’d recommend going for the 2i2 interface and then looking elsewhere on the mic front - the Audio-Technica AT2020 is my strongest suggestion.




Final Thoughts

The Scarlett 2i2 is the audio interface I recommend above all others


When it comes to a 2-in, 2-out USB unit for your home studio, there really is no better choice  - the Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 audio interface beats other competitors hands down. Considering everything you get for the price you pay, you won’t find anything better.


It’s super easy to use, and the quality of the preamps and converters will give you superior recording quality when compared to other interfaces of similar size. The bundled Focusrite plugins will add something extra to your production arsenal as well. The 2i2 comes highly recommended.


You'll find a great deal on the Scarlett 2i2 if you click on the image above - you might want to check it out.


Focusrite Scarlett 2i2

 


 

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