Focusrite's Scarlett 2i2 interface is built around two award-winning Focusrite microphone preamplifier that provide a clean signal path for mic, instrument, or line level sources. It also includes the Focusrite Scarlett Plug-In Suite, along with Ableton Live Lite. So you get everything needed to start recording right away.
Two high-quality preamps
For more than 25 years, Focusrite has produced some of the best preamps in the industry. Scarlett 2i2 features the same award-winning preamps found on interfaces costing many times more.
Anodized aluminum unibody chassis
The red anodized aluminum unibody chassis offers both excellent protection and fantastic looks.
Ring LED signal indicators
Surrounding the gain controls for each input channel are ring LED signal indicators, which give you a clear indication of a healthy signal level.
High-quality 24-bit/96 KHz USB interface
Features professional standard conversion ensuring pristine audio quality at all times.
Direct monitor function for zero-latency tracking
The direct monitor switch lets you hear what you're tracking without incurring annoying latency produced by going through the computer software and back to the interface. This feature is also great for practice playing—you don't need to configure any routing in your software.
USB bus powered
Since the Scarlett 2i2 is bus powered, no external power supply is needed—making it ideal for mobile recording.
Scarlett VST/AU/RTAS Plug-in Suite
This software offers compression, reverb, gate, and EQ. Whether you’re using Logic, GarageBand, Pro Tools 9, Cubase, or the included Ableton Live Lite, these plug-ins help give you a truly sophisticated mix.
- Two high-quality award-winning Focusrite preamps
- Anodized aluminum unibody chassis
- Ring LED signal indicators
- High-quality 24-bit/96 KHz USB interface
- Direct monitor function for zero-latency tracking
- USB bus powered
- Scarlett VST/AU/RTAS Plug-in Suite included
Did you notice?Take advantage of class-leading digital conversion and 25 years of excellent mic preamp design.
Apple Recommends ForEqually useful for musicians new to recording on their Mac and those with plenty of experience who want a high-quality yet compact interface.
What's in the Box?
- Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 Interface
- USB cable
- Resources, software, and drivers are downloadable from focusrite.com and upon registration
- Getting started guide
- Input Type: 1/4 Inch Mono, XLR
- Height: 1.8 in./4.57 cm
- Width: 6.9 in./17.53 cm
- Weight: 1.3 lb./0.59 kg
- Length: 3.9 in./9.9 cm
- Mac OS X v10.6.5 or later and v10.7
- Windows 7 (32- and 64-bit)/XP SP3 (32-bit only)
- Mfr. Part Number: SCARLETT-2i2
- UPC or EAN No.: 815301008170
- Note: Products sold through this website that do not bear the Apple Brand name are serviced and supported exclusively by their manufacturers in accordance with terms and conditions packaged with the products. Apple's Limited Warranty does not apply to products that are not Apple-branded, even if packaged or sold with Apple products. Please contact the manufacturer directly for technical support and customer service.
- Warranty: One year
Ratings & Reviews
Lot's of options on the market, but I'm glad I bought this one. Unless, your mixing a whole band at once, or mixing down a drumme Lot's of options on the market, but I'm glad I bought this one. Unless, your mixing a whole band at once, or mixing down a drummer that can't play dynamics, this is phenomenal. I coupled mine with a Rode NT1-A, and there is no -absolutely none- harmonic distortion (aka fuzz); in the headphones, through the computer, even during 8 way live simultaneous playback! even, with a long cable to my middle class amp, that's running mid size polk audios. After vocal recordings, with no compression, no fuzz! My 5 yr old daughter spent time screaming into the mic, and it still didn't distort, or pop on playback.
Don't be fooled by other claims, focus rite runs a true 96KHz sample rate. Some models run higher, but chances are, your recording software will compromise itself, or not benefit from a higher rate. Older products are still sampling at 48KHz. For what this costs, go the 96!
Does have phantom power (not mentioned on the apple site).
Thank you Focusrite! …
- Written by Mark H from Brooks
91 of 100 people found this useful
Great component to your home studio
I evaluated the usual options including Apogee, and decided on the Scarlet 2i2. Not having really thought through a home studio s I evaluated the usual options including Apogee, and decided on the Scarlet 2i2. Not having really thought through a home studio setup; I realized what I needed was a single instrument interface, and microphone interface, that performed well. The Scarlet does just that! True optimum recording, do to all the variables that come into music is in the 60KHz range + or -. The Scarlett gives you up to 96 KHz and this is more than what is considered optimum. The Scarlett is not some stripped down model, but what really could be thought of as Focusrite Lite, i.e. with only 2 in /out, but high quality clean sound. The money I saved on the interface by not overbuying helped me purchase Blue's new Reactor Mic, quality Mic cable and stand. My MBP early 2011, Gargae Band found the 2i2 instantly after driver installation; and for the first run I plugged my Acoustic Electric into the Focusrite, and made a beautiful, fully present, good soundstage, natural recording. No problems with clipping, just adjusted the volume control on my active pickup. Nice buy! …
- Written by Chester A B from Kingsport
70 of 79 people found this useful
Get pro-level quality at a Target-like price
This interface is utterly simple, solidly-built, and great sounding. I've been doing music production and recording for over 10 y This interface is utterly simple, solidly-built, and great sounding. I've been doing music production and recording for over 10 years, so I can assure you that if you are tight on space and cash flow, but don't want to compromise on quality, this interface is fantastic. You have 2 pro-level, mic-pre's that sound great, with bit and sample rates that far exceed CD-quality sound, encased in rugged, flashy, metal enclosure that is no larger than a wireless router. It is utterly perfect for mobile recording with a laptop, or a home/pro studio. With features like direct source monitoring, phantom power, XLR and 1/4" inch support, and a suite of decent FX plug-ins for your DAW, singer-songwriters, apartment producers, and budding musicians can now capture, edit, and produce professional-level material with any Mac, a Scarlett 2i2, a quality mic, USB keyboard, and a whole lot of imagination and talent. That is utterly amazing considering that 7 years ago, similar capabilities would have required thousands of $, much more space, and more-limited computing power and interface options. You should buy this just to celebrate your freedom from that reality. …
- Written by David M from New York
66 of 73 people found this useful
Excellent with occasional hiccups
The sound quality, both input and output, is simply excellent. The inputs are easy to adjust and monitor thanks to the light-up in The sound quality, both input and output, is simply excellent. The inputs are easy to adjust and monitor thanks to the light-up indicators around the gain knobs. The output provides impeccably clear signal both through the headphone output and through the line output, both of which have individual volume knobs.
The unit feels sturdy and well-built. Nothing wobbles. The knobs have a solid feel to them, allowing fine control. You can confidently throw the unit in your gig bag and not worry about something breaking on the road. It'll look great on your desk on mixing console, too.
In case of problems, Focusrite's support team is qualified and helpful.
That's the good:
Now the bad:
Since OS 10.9, there have been issues with driver compatibility. Some users, myself included, report popping sounds when connecting the unit. Sometimes you'll have to unplug and plug the unit back in half a dozen times before OS X finally recognizes it. Once it does, it's smooth sailing, usually for a t least few hours. Sometimes you'll have to reboot the system to get it to recognize the Scarlett again.
Overall, even despite those occasional annoyances, I'm very happy with the unit. I've had it for over 3 years and for $150 it's hard to beat the sound quality and build quality. …
- Written by Jan B from Rockville
Great features, excellent prize! A must for amateurs and professionals!
You do not have to be “tied in” your home-studio along with a big mixing-board for playback or recording anymore! The Scarlett 2i2 You do not have to be “tied in” your home-studio along with a big mixing-board for playback or recording anymore! The Scarlett 2i2 is small, light-weighted and can be easily carried wherever you go! This interface combines perfectly clear sound with 96 KHz, 24-bit conversion on playing and recording. You can use it with your iOS device (needs your iOS camera adapter kit and a good powered usb-hub for this use) or with your Mac/PC. It's equipped with two excellent preamps that can handle any signal from any Auxiliary audio line input (eg. CD, turntable, keyboard-synthesizer) to instrument input pickups (guitar, base etc.) It’s very easy to install & use; even without technical audio experience.
Remember that these types of interfaces have two mono XLR/Jack inputs so when using a stereo signal (eg. CD audio, keyboard) you must use both inputs to get a stereo signal output.
It doesn’t come with DVD drivers (anymore). However when you register your device to the Focusrite site and follow the online instructions, you’ll be easily able to download from drivers to your own copy of Ableton 9 Lite Live software and of course the Focusrite plug-ins along with serials for each application. Focusrite provides after sale help for all their products.
Personally I’m very satisfied with its features and Apple’s unique prize! Totally recommended!! …
- Written by Evagelos K from Toronto
3 of 3 people found this useful
Excellent product! Great buy
- Written by sam M from Austin
5 of 6 people found this useful
Questions & Answers
Answers from the community
can you connect keyboards to this mbox?
- Asked by Joshua W from Washington
- Jul 8, 2015
can you plug in the amplified studio microphones to 212 to record?
- Asked by Alexie K
- Oct 3, 2014
Need to connect a Shure SM57 mic, AND a guitar, to Macbook Air's Garageband. Use this? How, exactly? No need for JAM for guitar then? Thanks.
- Asked by Greg S from Harrodsburg
- Apr 19, 2015
Is the Scarlett 2i2 compatible with an ipad running ios 8
- Asked by Jeff K from Manhattan
- Jan 27, 2015
Not really. I've managed to get it working with an iPad connecting via a powered USB hub but this de Not really. I've managed to get it working with an iPad connecting via a powered USB hub but this defeats the object really! I believe Focusrite have a similar product that does work with iOS devices. …
- Answered by Kevin M from Wallington
- May 23, 2015
Is Scarlett 2i2 compatible with Apple when simply recording audio only(rap)
- Asked by Gio A from South San Francisco
- Jan 4, 2015