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Focusrite 2i2 Overview

The third-generation Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 2x2 USB audio interface is perfect for singer-songwriters, guitarists, and podcaster duos who want to achieve professional-level sound with no fuss. This compact and bag-friendly device is easy to use and can be taken anywhere, allowing artists and content creators to get great sound no matter where they go.

Equally capable of tracking vocals and instruments, the two improved Scarlett microphone preamps feature switchable phantom power for condenser mics and a selectable-per-channel Air circuit, which adds clarity-enhancing brightness based on Focusrite's legendary ISA preamplifier. The two XLR-1/4" combo inputs are outfitted with switches that allow them to accept signals directly from electric instruments such as guitar and bass or from line-level sources such as stereo mixer outputs or a hot feed from a drum machine.

Unlocking the ability to record at standard CD quality or high-fidelity resolutions, the 24-bit / 192 kHz AD/DA converters ensure that signals are captured and reproduced with detail and accuracy. Listen through headphones or connect active speakers to the balanced 1/4" monitor outputs, and enjoy independent control of the headphone and speaker volume settings. Use selectable direct monitoring in mono or stereo to hear your live input signal with no distracting echo or latency.

With its bus powering for uninhibited portability, space-saving USB Type-C connection, and extensive software bundle including virtual instruments, plug-in effects, loops, and more, the Scarlett 2i2 gives you plenty of powerful tools to kick-start your inspiration; just plug the Scarlett 2i2 into your Mac/Windows computer or iPad Pro (with USB Type-C), fire up your preferred audio recording software, and let the creativity flow.

Portable and Bus Powered

Both compact and lightweight, the Scarlett 2i2 is rugged and ready to travel with you. Being bus powered via USB Type-C connectivity, it can be used in any room or even remote locations, with your preferred DAW on a Mac/Windows computer or using an iPad Pro equipped with USB Type-C and a music-making app such as Garageband, Cubasis 2, Auria Pro, Ampify Launchpad, Ampify Groovebox, or Ampify Blocs Wave.

Pristine, High-Resolution Conversion

Thanks to its high-performance 24-bit / 192 kHz AD/DA converters, the Scarlett 2i2 is equipped to capture any source from vocals to acoustic and electric instruments clearly and accurately, so you never have to worry about the interface clouding your sound.

Scarlett Mic Preamps with Customizable Tone

The two upgraded third-generation Scarlett mic preamps feature switchable 48V phantom power to accommodate your favourite condenser mic and a selectable-per-channel Air setting, which reproduces the Air effect of Focusrite's original ISA mic preamp to impart enhanced brightness and openness on your vocal recordings.

Instrument/Line Input Switches

The XLR-1/4" combo inputs on the Scarlett 2i2's front panel allow distortion-free recording of instruments such as electric guitar and bass, synthesizers, or drum machines, and there's no need for a DI box or amplifiers. At the press of a button, each 1/4" input can be used for line-level sources like a mixer's stereo output or the line outs from guitar and bass amps.

Straightforward Controls and Level Indication

With the Scarlett 2i2's Easy Start tool and independent gain knobs with multi-colour gain halo meters, you'll have no trouble getting set up and dialling at the perfect levels. Plus, there are no menus or complicated controls to slow you down.

Independent Headphone and Monitor Outputs

The balanced 1/4" TRS monitor outputs on the rear panel ensure hum-free connectivity with balanced studio monitors. For critical listening through headphones, just plug your earphones or headphones into the front-panel 1/4" headphone jack. Separate knobs are provided for quick and independent adjustment of the monitor and headphone volumes.

Latency-Free Monitoring

No musicians want to record if they can't hear their performance clearly. Use the Scarlett 2i2's direct monitor switch to listen to your input signals in mono or stereo, exactly as they are supposed to sound, with no latency and no distracting echo.

All the Tools You Need to Start Recording

The Scarlett line of interfaces comes with some of the best-loved software tools in the business.

FOCUSRITE 2I2  
   
Form Factor Desktop
Channels of I/O Analog:
2 Inputs / 2 Outputs at 192 kHz
Maximum Sampling Rate 192 kHz / 24-Bit
Number of Microphone Preamps 2 Preamps
Input Level Adjustment 2 x Knob
   
SIGNAL PROCESSING  
   
Gain/Trim Range Inputs:
Up to +56 dB
   
CONNECTIVITY  
   
Analog Audio I/O 2 x Combo XLR-1/4" TRS Balanced/Unbalanced Mic/Line/Hi-Z Input (Front Panel)
2 x 1/4" TRS Balanced Monitor Output
1 x 1/4" TRS Unbalanced Headphone Output (Front Panel)
Phantom Power 48 V, Selectable On/Off (Applied to All Inputs)
Host Connection / USB 1 x USB-C
Host Connection Protocol USB 2.0
   
PERFORMANCE  
   
Frequency Response Inputs:
20 Hz to 20 kHz ±0.1 dB
Maximum Input Level Mic Inputs:
+9 dBu (Min Gain)
Hi-Z Inputs:
+12.5 dBu (Min Gain)
Line Inputs:
+22 dBu (Min Gain)
Maximum Output Level Line/Monitor Outputs:
+15.5 dBu at 0 dBFS
Headphone Outputs:
+7 dBu
Impedance Mic Inputs:
3 Kilohms
Hi-Z Inputs:
1.5 Megohms
Line Inputs:
60 Kilohms
Line Outputs:
430 Ohms
Headphone Outputs:
< 1 Ohm
Dynamic Range Mic Inputs:
111 dBA
Hi-Z Inputs:
110 dBA
Line Inputs:
110.5 dBA
Line Outputs:
108 dBA
Headphone Outputs:
104 dBA
THD+N Mic Inputs:
< 0.0012%
Hi-Z Inputs:
< 0.03%
Line Inputs:
< 0.002%
Line Outputs:
< 0.002%
Headphone Outputs:
< 0.002%
EIN Mic Inputs:
-128 dBu A-Weighted
   
DIGITAL AUDIO  
   
Sample Rates Up to 192 kHz (AD/DA Conversion)
Bit Depths Up to 24-Bit (AD/DA Conversion)
Sync Sources Internal
   
AUDIO STORAGE & PLAYBACK  
   
COMPATIBILITY  
   
OS Compatibility macOS 10.12 or Later
macOS 11
Windows 7 or Later
iPadOS
*As of November, 2021: Check with manufacturer for the most up-to-date compatibility
Compatible Software (Not Included) Any Core Audio (Mac) Compliant Software
Included Plug-Ins Dynamics:
Focusrite Red 3
Drawmer S73
Equalization:
Focusrite Red 2
Virtual Instruments:
XLN Audio
Reverb & Room:
Softube TSAR-1R Reverb
Delay:
Softube Tube Delay
Harmonic & Tape:
Softube Saturation Knob
Mobile Device Compatibility iPad Pro (with USB-C)
Required Hardware Available USB 2.0 Port
USB Cable (Included)
Internet Connection Required for Software/Driver Download
   
POWER  
   
Power Requirements USB Bus Power
   
PHYSICAL  
   
Anti-Theft Features Kensington Security Slot
Dimensions 17.5 x 9.88 x 4.75 cm
Weight 0.470 kg


* Specifications subject to change by the manufacturer without notice

  • Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 2x2 USB Audio Interface
  • USB Type-C to USB Type-A Cable

Manufacturer Warranty


This product comes with a

12month Australian warranty

from Focusrite Australia

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