Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 USB Audio Interface Review – 2016

Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 (2nd Gen) USB Audio Interface with Pro Tools | First

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With the onset of technological advancement, everything has moved forward.

With everything getting computerized these days, you music recording also stands to gain by shifting to the computer.

The number of computer based musicians is on the rise and prefer to record everything on to their systems.

When your music recorded on a computer, you need a good and efficient audio interface to record all the sounds, be it vocal or instrumental, effectively. When you check the market for a good audio interface, you are bound to get confused with the wide range of options available for you to pick and choose from.

While there are a number of audio interfaces with a variety of features, the Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 (2nd Gen) is a crowd favorite.

Main Features of Scarlet 2i2

Here are some of the great features of this audio interface that makes it the right choice for your recording needs:

Two Mics – This device has two in/out scarlet mic amplifiers that enables you to record with two different mics at the same time. The even gain structure of the amplifiers allows you to adjust your levels more accurately. This will give you recordings as you intended them to be.

Instrument Inputs – There are two new input ports for instruments, so that you can even hook up your guitar to the interface and record it directly. This has also been completely redesigned for a superior pick up.

For The Guitarists – This audio interface has been designed with the guitarists in mind. The amplifiers are designed in such a way that can take any decibel of your guitar. No matter how loud it is, it will be recorded and delivered just as you want. Without any disturbance or distortion of your original piece.

Easy Conversion – When you record your music on your computer via an audio interface, the conversion is very important. Your music is recorded, converted into digital format while getting stored on the computer and gets converted back when played. Hence this process needs to be flawless, so that the original quality of your music is not lost.

The Scarlet 2i2 is equipped with a class leading conversion. This allows you to amplify even the quieter parts of the track, without any hissing or other unwanted noises. This way you can have all the parts amplified to your taste, noise free.

Low Latency Period – The time taken for the audio to make a round trip in this device is as low as 2.74ms. This changes your entire recording scenario. With very little time lot, you will know what you are recording, in no time. You can overdub, playback or even use your plug-ins as you are recording and lose no time in the process.

Fully Packed – The Sacrlett 2i2 package comes fully loaded with all that you may need for recording right away. It contains:

  • First focusrite creativepack
  • Ableton live life
  • Software
  • Samples

Download the User Manual at: Downloads | Focusrite

Negative Points

Though this audio interface has some state of the art technological improvements, there are a few flaws.

No Jack – For a device with so many input options and mic attachment ports, it does not have a jack.

External Preamp – Sometimes the preamp that comes with a device may not be enough for your recording needs. This device comes with a well built preamp. However, if you want to attach an external preamp, it may not be possible.

ios Compatibility – This device is designed to be used with a computer. However, if it is hooked on to windows, problems seem to arise unlike with Mac or Linux.

Compatibility – You can’t use two Focusrite devices together, as they are not compatible with each other. You will have to use only one device at a time.

Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 (2nd Gen) USB Audio Interface with Pro Tools | First

Advantages Over Competition

Input Ports – This device comes with a total of four analog inputs which enable use multiple mics or instruments together, thus making the recording more effective and fun.

Latency – The time lost in conversion is so less, that you can do everything within your DAW itself.

Start Right Away – The fully loaded package enables you to start recording right away. It saves you a lot of time as you don’t have to go in search of anything basic. 


With a good audio interface, your recordings reach a new level of clarity. When your instruments’ sounds are recorded without any distortion, you get a recording as good as the live performance.

The low conversion time is a major advantage as you can do everything without losing much time. The Scarlett 2i2 2nd gen audio interface is a desirable product for all those who want to record their own musical talents.

Mike J.
Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 USB
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My name is Mike J. I am not just a geek; I have a normal life too. I am singing at my band and enjoy playing with my buddies. I love to travel, relish cuisines of the world and most importantly read feverishly.
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