• 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent with occasional hiccups

    • Written by from Rockville

    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:
    -sound quality
    -easy interface
    -compatibility
    -solid construction

    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.

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great features, excellent prize! A must for amateurs and professionals!

    • Written by from Toronto

    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!!

    3 of 3 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Love it!

    • Written by from Austin

    Excellent product! Great buy

    5 of 6 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Amazing

    • Written by from Woodstock

    I just wanted to write a review commenting on the reviews that people were saying the interface doesnt work. Im using mountain lion And i have absolutely no problems with my 2i2 at all. The preamps are really clean and quite. The over all sound quality is superb, especially for its price. U cant beat it. Idk if the others got lemons or maybe they were using a weird usb buss, but something isnt right. It could also be a problem with mavericks, dont know, all i know is that mine works perfectly fine

    3 of 5 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Superb

    • Written by from Stony Creek

    Sound quality and ease of use/setup are amazing! Worked seamlessly with my Mac.

    11 of 16 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great product

    • Written by from New York

    I switched to this after my apogee duet mysteriously died. In thought about upgrading to the newer Duet, however apogee's lack of support and non existent customer service drove to me look for different options. Very glad I found this. Great design and sound...love the in chassis inputs --- sick of breakout cables. This really is plug and play which is essential when paired with MacBook.

    23 of 28 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Get pro-level quality at a Target-like price

    • Written by from New York

    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.

    66 of 73 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great component to your home studio

    • Written by from Kingsport

    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!

    70 of 79 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Buy this!

    • Written by from Brooks

    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!

    91 of 100 people found this useful