Now in it’s 3rd generation of interfaces, the Scarlett range are renowned for their great sounding mic pre-amps and high performance analog to digital converters, so they’ve been designed to get the best out of your microphone and to deliver the highest quality audio at this kind of price point. In the case of the 2i2, it’s boasts 2 of Focusrite’s latest generation mic pre-amps and 24-bit/192kHz converters, plus a new “air” feature, introduced for the MKIII model, gives your microphone a brighter, kinda more open sound when engaged, a nice option to have depending on the style of vocals you’re recording.
Designed to cater for a wide range of audio sources, the two combination inputs are compatible with either balanced XLR microphone cables, unbalanced 1/4” jack instrument cables or balanced TRS jacks for line level inputs such as keyboards, and the gain knobs for each input have a cool looking halo around them, which lights up green when a signal is detected but turns red when the input gets too loud and starts to clip, allowing you to set the optimum input levels.
On the rear of the unit there’s just the USB socket to go to your computer and 2 outputs for your your speakers, and these are balanced TRS 1/4” jack sockets to ensure clean, hum free audio playback.
Another reason why the Scarlett is so popular is it’s build quality. It’s probably the most stylish looking of all the interfaces on our list with it’s striking scarlett red finish, but unlike some of the other models we’re looking at today, it also feels really sturdy, tough and weighty with it’s metal casing, so it’s ideal for mobile recording.
If you’re just getting into home recording, this interface also comes bundled with a great selection plug-ins and recording software to get you started, including basic versions of Ableton, Pro Tools and XLN Audios Addictive keys.
Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 3rd Gen USB Audio Interface Key Features:
- Two of The Best Performing Mic Preamps Ever Used In the Scarlett Range
- Two High Headroom Instrument Inputs
- Two Balanced Line Inputs
- High-Performance Converters
- Record and Mix At Up To 24-bit/192kHz
- Quick Start Tool for Fast Setup and Use
- Includes A Range of Great Software
- Upgraded Third-Generation Scarlett Mic Preamps