Focusrite Scarlett 2i2

USB 2.0 Audio Interface, 2-in/2-out, 24-bit/192kHz, with 2 Mic/Line/Instrument Inputs, USB Bus Power, and Bundled Software - Mac/PC
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Studio Quality You Can Take Anywhere

If you make the world's top-selling USB audio interface, do you rest on your laurels? Not if you're Focusrite! The second generation Scarlett 2i2 raises the bar with vanishingly low latency, 192kHz sample rates, optimized preamp gain structure, and instrument inputs that handle scorching hot pickups. Ideal for the small project studio or mobile rig, the Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 G2 sports two combo inputs with great-sounding Scarlett mic pres plus line-level/instrument jacks. It runs on USB bus power and features analog protection circuitry to safeguard against power surges. The Scarlett 2i2 looks quite fetching in its red-and-black livery, and Focusrite has upgraded the industrial design with grippy metal gain knobs and a sleeker metal chassis. Plug in, fire up the bundled software, and you're ready to rock.

Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 at a Glance:

  • Optimized second-generation technology
  • Super-low latency for better performances
  • Exclusive software bundle gets you up and running fast
  • Award-winning Focusrite preamps capture great audio
  • Keep an eye on your levels with front-panel indicators

Optimized second-generation technology

The 2nd-generation Focusrite Scarlett 2i2's exterior has undergone a sleek makeover. Under the hood, though, it's been tweaked and upgraded to deliver better sonics, lower latency, and enhanced ease of use. With sample rates up to 192kHz, you've got studio-grade sound you can take anywhere. And Focusrite has evened out the gain structure of the natural-sounding Scarlett mic preamps, letting you set levels more accurately. The instrument inputs have also been reengineered to handle the hottest active pickups. Lastly, Focusrite has wired analog protection circuitry across the Scarlett 2i2's inputs and outputs, safeguarding your interface from damaging power surges.

Super-low latency for better performances

You know you perform better when you've got a great-sounding monitor mix with everything you need to hear to be inspired — for example, reverb and delay on a guitar solo. The Scarlett 2i2's super-low latency lets you monitor with native plug-in effects in real time, so you can hear your parts as you envision them and record better performances. At Sweetwater, we know you can't put a price on that.

Exclusive software bundle gets you up and running fast

The Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 ships with a killer software bundle headlined by the exclusive Pro Tools | First Focusrite Creative Pack, which features a 16-track version of the DAW with 12 additional plug-ins, including Eleven Lite guitar amp emulation. You also get Ableton Live Lite, Softube's Time and Tone Bundle, the Focusrite Red Plug-In Suite, 2GB of Loopmasters samples, and more. Focusrite has included everything you need to get up and running fast.

Award-winning Focusrite preamps capture great audio

The Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 is equipped with two vibrant and pristine Focusrite preamps. For over 25 years, Focusrite's award-winning pres have proven their mettle in pro studios around the world. Focusrite ports their considerable design savvy into the transparent, low-noise, low-distortion preamps in the Scarlett 2i2. This is the same technology found in Focusrite's flagship products, giving you gobs of available headroom to accommodate your dynamic, condenser, and ribbon mics on any source, no matter how boisterous. Of course, you also get phantom power for your mics that require it.

Keep an eye on your levels with front-panel indicators

Your mom always said to watch your levels. Well, perhaps she didn't, but you know you should — and the Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 makes it easy. The 2i2's innovative halo indicators always let you know when you've got a healthy signal level for recording. If the halo is Red, your signal is clipping, and you should back down your gain. The halo will momentarily turn amber as the level returns to a happy level — at which point it will turn green. Simple and intuitive, isn't it?

Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 Features:

  • 2 great-sounding Scarlett mic preamps with generous even gain
  • 2 reengineered instrument inputs accommodate the hottest pickups
  • Class-leading converters, sample rates up to 24-bit/192kHz
  • Headphone output with volume control
  • Vanishingly low latency lets you monitor with plug-ins, no DSP required
  • 2 balanced 1/4" outputs accommodate pro studio monitors
  • Compact, roadworthy chassis goes where you go
  • USB bus powered — one cable does it all

Included software bundle:

  • Red 2 and Red 3 Plug-in Suite
  • Softube Time and Tone Pack
  • Exclusive Pro Tools | First Focusrite Creative Pack
  • Ableton Live Lite DAW software
  • Loopmasters sounds and samples (1GB)
  • Novation Bass Station VST and AU plug-in synth
  • XLN Addictive Keys
  • Focusrite Control iOS remote control software

Focusrite's 2nd-gen Scarlett 2i2: the nucleus of your studio or mobile rig!

For more information about the Scarlett 2i2 Second Generation, give your Sweetwater Sales Engineer a call! (800) 222-4700

Additional Media

Audio Interface Buying Guide

Tech Specs

Computer Connectivity USB
Form Factor Desktop
Simultaneous I/O 2 x 2
A/D Resolution 24-bit/192kHz
Analog Inputs 2 x XLR-1/4" combo
Analog Outputs 2 x 1/4" (line out), 1 x 1/4" (headphones)
Number of Preamps 2
Phantom Power Yes
USB 1 x USB Type B
Bus Powered Yes
OS Requirements - Mac OS X 10.10 or later
OS Requirements - PC Windows 7 or later
Manufacturer Part Number Scarlett 2i2

Customer Reviews

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My Purchasing Experience

I've been buying gear from SSI for over ten years. I could buy the same stuff anyplace else. My reasoning is simple: everything I get from Sweetwater is value added. In many, if not most cases, I've had questions after the purchase. I've rarely encountered better customer service or tech support anywhere. These days, I'm a Pro Tools subscriber from Sweetwater precisely because of the support offered there, which is far superior to Avid. Sweetwater, you've cracked the code on customer service!
Music background: Writer, Producer, Narrator
5/5

Excellent, economical interface

This interface is really a gem. Easy to set up and use, and the sound quality is noticeably better than others I've tried. I needed something portable with just a couple of inputs for guitar and vocal tracks. This one does that for me, and I could not be happier with it.
Music background: Singer/Songwriter, home recording, acoustic guitar and vocals
5/5

2i2 review

The unit was very easy to set up and works great. A quick way to interface an instrument to your computer.
Music background: Worship leader - guitar and vocals
5/5

2i2 works like a charm

I'm really happy with the 2i2. It has worked flawlessly from the start. I'm not a tecchie person at all and am somewhat intimidated by the thought of setting up a new interface. Well, this one was completely trouble-free. And it even came with detailed instructional videos on how to set it up.I've already used it in my studio and as part of my mobile rig. It's compact, easy to set up and it even looks cool. Instead of a dull grey box, they made it shiny scarlett!
Music background: Professional voiceover artist
5/5

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