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The Scarlett 2i2 MK2 is a 2-in / 2-out USB recording interface featuring dual award-winning Focusrite preamps and precision digital conversion.
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Focusrite's motto is “Sound Is Everything”, and every Scarlett USB 2.0 audio interface exemplifies sound quality with top-quality precision digital conversion, and Focusrite’s legendary mic preamps – two of which are included in the Scarlett 2i2. Like all Scarlett interfaces, 2i2 is fully compatible with Macintosh® (including Yosemite®) and Windows® - and with the new includedRed 2 and Red 3 AAX plugins, it’s a perfect partner for Pro Tools®.

The 2-in, 2-out USB interface for musicians

The Scarlett 2i2 MK2 is a 2-in / 2-out USB recording interface featuring dual award-winning Focusrite preamps and precision digital conversion. Housed in a rugged anodised aluminium unibody chassis, the interface not only sounds fantastic but looks great too. What’s more, it’s solid enough to take on the road. And inside is 30 years of pro audio design expertise.

30 years of mic pre experience

Since 1985, when Rupert Neve designed those first modules for Sir George Martin’s AIR Studios, Focusrite has designed some of the most popular microphone preamps in the industry. This experience is behind the transparent, low-noise and low-distortion preamp found not only in the Scarlett 2i2 but also our flagship Firewire interface, the Liquid Saffire 56. Plenty of available headroom makes 2i2 suitable for any type of microphone, of any vintage. Phantom power is provided at the touch of a button for mics that need it.

Plug straight in
 
Use the front panel high quality XLR/jack combination inputs to connect line and instrument level signals as well as microphones – perfect for recording a synth or stage piano, or at the flick of a switch, an electric or acoustic guitar.

Check your levels at a glance

Unique “halo” indicators let you know that you’ve got a good signal level for recording. Red means that your signal is clipping, and that you should reduce the gain. The halo will momentarily turn amber as the level returns to a healthy level, at which point it will turn green.

Precision conversion

At the heart of Scarlett 2i2 is Focusrite’s precision digital conversion, ensuring you get the very best quality into and out of your computer. Focusrite has been building converters since the introduction of its mastering converter in 1993, and our careful choice of components and equally careful board design ensure that you get superior low noise and distortion performance.

Flexible monitoring options
 
A large monitor dial provides a tactile control for monitor speaker volume, while a high quality headphone amp provides a clean yet loud signal to headphones connected to the front panel socket. The direct monitor switch routes audio directly from the inputs to both the headphone and speaker outputs, letting you monitor the incoming signal with zero-latency.

Polish Your Mix

All Scarlett audio interfaces include Ableton Live Lite recording software, plus two powerful software plug-ins: Red Plug-in Suite and Scarlett Plug-in Suite.

Red 2 & Red 3 Plug-In Suite

The Red Plug-in Suite accurately models our classic Red 2 equaliser and Red 3 compressor, to bring the sound of the famous original hardware to your music software.

Scarlett Plug-In Suite

Scarlett Suite is a professional plug-in suite that provides a definitive suite of compression, gating, EQ and reverb, for tracking and mixing your music.

Features:

High Quality Mic Preamps

Scarlett 2i2 features two high quality award-winning Focusrite mic pres. With more than 25 years of experience in designing analogue equipment, Focusrite produce the best mic preamps in the industry. The preamps found in the Scarlett 2i2 are no exception to this, and share the same design as those found in our flagship interfaces: Saffire PRO 40 and Liquid Saffire 56.

Excellent Digital Performance

With 24-bit resolution at sample rates of up to 96 KHz, the digital conversion in the Scarlett 2i2 is of very high quality meaning that every note and every subtle detail is captured with great clarity.

Rugged Metal Unibody Case

The anodised aluminium unibody chassis ensures that your Scarlett 2i2 can withstand the harsh environment of the road. It also makes Scarlett 2i2 the most beautiful interface around.

Truly Portable Interface

Scarlett 2i2 is very light and compact making it easy to fit in a laptop bag. It’s also bus powered meaning that you don’t need an additional power supply. Simply plug in to your computer and hit record!

High Quality Mic Preamps

Scarlett 2i2 features two high quality award-winning Focusrite mic pres. With more than 25 years of experience in designing analogue equipment, Focusrite produce the best mic preamps in the industry. The preamps found in the Scarlett 2i2 are no exception to this, and share the same design as those found in our flagship interfaces: Saffire PRO 40 and Liquid Saffire 56.

Excellent Digital Performance

With 24-bit resolution at sample rates of up to 96 KHz, the digital conversion in the Scarlett 2i2 is of very high quality meaning that every note and every subtle detail is captured with great clarity.

Rugged Metal Unibody Case

The anodised aluminium unibody chassis ensures that your Scarlett 2i2 can withstand the harsh environment of the road. It also makes Scarlett 2i2 the most beautiful interface around.

Truly Portable Interface

Scarlett 2i2 is very light and compact making it easy to fit in a laptop bag. It’s also bus powered meaning that you don’t need an additional power supply. Simply plug in to your computer and hit record!

Included Software – DAW and Effects

Inside the box you’ll find Ableton Live Lite, as well as Focusrite’s Scarlett plug-in suite. Compatible with all major DAWs, Scarlett plug-in suite provides EQ, Compression, Gate and Reverb – essential tools for polishing your mix.

Unique LED Gain Halos

The gain halos which surround the gain knob for each input provides an easy way to know that the signal you’re recording is the right level. It will show green when the signal is at a good level (above -24dBFS). If it turns to red, you know that the signal is too loud and is therefore clipping – if this happens, simply reduce the gain until the halo returns to green.

Direct Monitor Function

Flick the direct monitor switch on the front panel of your 2i2 and you will hear what you’re recording through your speakers or headphones, without the signal having to go through your computer. This avoids the possibility of latency, which can be distracting when recording.

Mac OSX Mavericks Ready

Scarlett 2i2 has been fully tested with Mac OSX Mavericks. So you can rest assured that your brand new Mac and Scarlett 2i2 will run together perfectly!

Inside the box you’ll find Ableton Live Lite, as well as Focusrite’s Scarlett plug-in suite. Compatible with all major DAWs, Scarlett plug-in suite provides EQ, Compression, Gate and Reverb – essential tools for polishing your mix.

Unique LED Gain Halos

The gain halos which surround the gain knob for each input provides an easy way to know that the signal you’re recording is the right level. It will show green when the signal is at a good level (above -24dBFS). If it turns to red, you know that the signal is too loud and is therefore clipping – if this happens, simply reduce the gain until the halo returns to green.

Direct Monitor Function

Flick the direct monitor switch on the front panel of your 2i2 and you will hear what you’re recording through your speakers or headphones, without the signal having to go through your computer. This avoids the possibility of latency, which can be distracting when recording.

Mac OSX Mavericks Ready

Scarlett 2i2 has been fully tested with Mac OSX Mavericks. So you can rest assured that your brand new Mac and Scarlett 2i2 will run together perfectly!

Specifications

  • 2 in / 2 out USB audio interface
  • 96 KHz, 24-bit conversion
  • 2 Focusrite microphone preamplifiers
  • Red anodised aluminium unibody chassis

Front panel

  • 2 line/mic/instrument combination inputs – high quality XLR/¼” TRS Jack Combo
  • 2 Line/Instrument switches
  • 2 Gain knobs
  • 2 Gain halo signal indicators
  • 48V Phantom power switch
  • Direct monitor switch
  • Large monitor level dial
  • USB Connection LED indicator
  • Headphone output - ¼” TRS Jack
  • Headphone level knob

Rear panel

  • 2 balanced monitor outputs – ¼” TRS Jack
  • USB 2.0 Port
  • Kensington Lock slot

Included software

  • Ableton Live Lite 
  • Focusrite Scarlett plug-in suite
Analogue Input Performance
Mic
Frequency Response 20Hz - 20kHz +/- 0.1 dB
THD+N -100dB (minimum gain, -1dBFS input with 20Hz-20kHz filter)
Equivalent Input Noise (EIN) < -127dB: measured at maximum gain with 150Ω termination (20Hz-20kHz filter)
Gain Range -4dB to +46dB
Max Input Level +4dBu
Line
Frequency Response 20Hz - 20kHz +/- 0.1dB
THD+N -91dB (measured at minimum gain with -1dBFS input and 20Hz-20kHz bandpass filter)
Noise -104 dBu (22 Hz/22KHz bandpass filter)
Signal to Noise Ratio > 100dB
Gain Range -21dB to +29dB
Max Input Level +20dBu
Instrument
Frequency Response 20Hz - 20kHz +/- 0.1dB
THD+N -72dB (measured at minimum gain with -1dBFS signal and 20Hz-20kHz bandpass filter)
Noise -87dBu (22Hz/22kHz bandpass filter)
Gain Range -4dB to +46dB
Max Input Level +4dBu
Analogue Output Performance
Nominal Output Level 0dBFS = 10dBu, balanced
Frequency Response 20Hz - 20kHz +/- 0.2dB
THD+N -100dB (measured with -1dBFS input 20Hz-20kHz filter, un-weighted)
Output Impedance < 10Ω
Power Output into 150Ω 15mW
Power Output into 50Ω

30mW

Digital Performance
Clock sources Internal clock only
A-D Dynamic Range 105dB 'A-weighted' (all inputs).  Converter chipset A-D dynamic range 114dB
D-A Dynamic Range 104dB 'A-weighted' (all outputs).  Converter chipset D-A dynamic range 114dB
Supported sample rates 44.1 KHz, 48 KHz, 88.2 KHz, 96 KHz
Crosstalk
Input to Input Better than 90dB
Output to Output Better than 90dB
Input to Output Better than 85dB
Input Metering
Ring LED lit Green Signal present (-24 dBFS)
Ring LED lit Red Signal overload (0dBFS), peak held for approximately 1 second
Weight and Dimensions
Height 45 mm / 1 ¾ “
Width 175 mm / 7”
Depth 100 mm / 4”
Weight 580 g / 1.3 lbs


Product Details

Product Details

UPC 815301008415
Platform Hybrid (Mac and PC)
Manufacturer FOCUSRITE
System Requirements (Windows)
Windows XP
No
 
Windows XP64
No
 
Windows Vista
No
 
Windows Vista64
No
 
Windows 7
Yes
 
Windows 7 - 64bit
Yes
 
Windows 8
Yes
 
Windows 8.1
Yes
System Requirements (Mac)
Mac 10.4
No
 
Mac 10.5
No
 
Mac 10.6
Yes
 
Requires OS X 10.6.5 or greater.
 
Mac 10.7
Yes
 
Mac 10.8
Yes
 
Mac 10.9
Yes
 
Mac 10.10
Yes

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