Focusrite Scarlett 2i2

focusrite scarlet

Just got one of these to hook up to my Mac Mini running Logic Pro setup. Music tech equipment has gotten so cheap ! Price about $150.00 for excellent mic pre’s and direct monitoring on box for zero latency monitoring. They also throw in 4 quality audio plugins

Key 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!

Included Software – DAW and Effects

Inside the box you’ll find Ableton Live Lite 8, 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 Lion Ready

Scarlett 2i2 has been fully tested with Mac OSX 10.7, Lion. So you can rest assured that your brand new Mac and Scarlett 2i2 will run together perfectly!

Check it all out here.

2 thoughts on “Focusrite Scarlett 2i2

  1. Charles Post author

    Totally forgiven and I’m afraid so.

    That unit although USB 2.0 (right ?) I’m pretty sure did not have direct hardware monitoring which for me is pretty key i.e. you hear what you play no latency. Pre-recorded tracks are buffered so that they play back in time along with the live signal you are recording and again monitoring “direct”.

    Also you have a fairly new Mac notebook i.e. 1 or 2 years old and paired with this unit you can probably get latency settings even for virtual synths etc down in the 3 – 5 ms.

    To further complicate your life Apple dropped the price of Logic Pro to 199.00 , so a very robust DAW for a very reasonable price, tons of loops for when you feel to adventure out of bebop / jazz land and play musician/producer.

    Fun time to be doing this stuff i.e. its soooo much easier to concentrate on the music now than fight the software and hardware.

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