Focusrite Scarlett 2i4

USB 2.0 Audio Interface, 2-in/4-out, 24-bit/192kHz, with 2 Mic/Line/Instrument Inputs, USB Bus Power, and Bundled Software - Mac/PC
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The Hub of Your Home or Mobile Studio

The Focusrite second-generation Scarlett 2i4 USB audio interface gives you a superb recording front end in a portable interface. Two award-winning Focusrite mic/line/instrument preamps are onboard, with their convenient combo inputs right on the front panel where you need them, while the back panel hosts two balanced and four unbalanced outputs. The Scarlett 2i4 is an ideal foundation for your home or mobile studio if you need high quality sound, not a high channel count. Fire up the included software and start making great-sounding music today with the Focusrite Scarlett 2i4 USB audio interface!

Optimized second-generation technology

The 2nd-generation Focusrite Scarlett 2i4'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 re-engineered to handle the hottest active pickups. Lastly, Focusrite has wired analog protection circuitry across the Scarlett 2i4'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 2i4'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.

Award-winning Focusrite preamps onboard

The Focusrite Scarlett 2i4 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 2i4. 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 2i4 makes it easy. The 2i4'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 normal — at which point it will turn green. Simple and intuitive, isn't it?

Exclusive software bundle gets you up and running fast

The Focusrite Scarlett 2i4 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:

  • 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 (2GB)
  • Novation Bass Station VST and AU plug-in synth
  • XLN Addictive Keys
  • Focusrite Control iOS remote control software

Focusrite Scarlett 2i4 Features:

  • Optimized second-generation technology
  • 2 award-winning Scarlett micpreamps with generous even gain
  • 2 re-engineered 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
  • 4 unbalanced RCA outputs
  • 2 balanced 1/4" outputs accommodate pro studio monitors
  • MIDI I/O for sending/receiving MIDI notes to/from a keyboard controller
  • Compact, roadworthy chassis goes where you go
  • USB bus powered — one cable does it all
  • Exclusive software bundle gets you up and running fast

Additional Media

Audio Interface Buying Guide

Tech Specs

Computer Connectivity USB
Form Factor Desktop
Simultaneous I/O 2 x 4
Number of Preamps 2
Phantom Power Yes
A/D Resolution 24-bit/192kHz
Analog Inputs 2 x XLR-1/4" combo
Analog Outputs 4 x RCA, 2 x 1/4" (line out), 1 x 1/4" (headphones)
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
Power Supply USB
Depth 5.43"
Width 8.27"
Height 1.85"
Weight 1.92 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number Scarlett 2i4

Customer Reviews

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This audio interface is AMAZING. I was working with the M-Audio Fast Track Pro but the quality was ok. My the Focusrite is the the real deal, 1. This is really good on low latency 2. The sound that come out is very clean 3. Recording vocals on this is Amazing 4. This comes with Pro-Tools & plugins 5. It looks amazing 6. Great to have in a home studio 7. Setup is easy 8. You can hoop up your vinyl and record samples 9. Works great with flat speakers 10.This is Worth every penny!!!!!!!!!
Music background: Hip hop

Focusrite Scarlett 2i4

Works exactly like i was hoping! I know it will do far more than what I am using it for and cant wait to see what all it will do
Music background: Keyboardist in band/ church praise team

Couldn't Be Easier

So happy with my new Focusrite Scarlett 2i4! I unboxed it, followed the setup / registration instructions, it effortlessly synced to Studio One 3 and have had no issues whatsoever. Running a 2009 Dell Latitude E6400 laptop with Windows 7 (64 bit), 500GB SSD and 4GB RAM. I've recorded several new pieces of music for podcast themes, voice overs and a simple 1-mic band practice reference session. I love that the unit provides phantom power via USB bus, so with a laptop, this is great for mobile work. No issues using my midi controller through it, plugging electric guitars and bass directly in and using Ampire plugins. Plenty of headroom on the inputs thanks to the pads and Line / Instrument selections. I'm generally a PreSonus fan, but based on other reviews I chose this over their USB interfaces and I don't feel the least bit bad about it. Aaron Smith, Ext 1309 is always helpful, honest and easy to work with. Thanks again! : )
Music background: Songwriter, composer, VO actor, podcast producer performer

Excellent quality for an affordable interface

Really happy with this USB interface. Crystal clear sound and the preamps work very well. Plugged into a PC laptop running latest Protools software. Very pleased with the recording sound of this mic. Side note, comes with access to Protools First, which is more than enough to start basic recording. I am more than pleased with the performance of this interface.
Music background: Guitar Piano Drums Novice Production

Great Interface

Easy to work with. Great features
Music background: Native American Flute
See also: USB Interfaces, Focusrite, Focusrite USB Audio Interfaces