Focusrite Scarlett Solo

USB 2.0 Audio Interface, 2-in/2-out, 24-bit/192kHz, with 1 Mic Preamp, 1 Instrument Input, USB Bus Power, and Bundled Software - Mac/PC
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Next-gen Scarlett for the Singer/Songwriter

It's so easy to make music with Focusrite's Scarlett Solo USB audio interface! Ideal for the singer/songwriter, the Scarlett Solo sports the legendary Focusrite preamp as well as a crystal-clear DI for your guitar, bass, or keys. Focusrite's unique gain halos make it easy to control your levels, while the headphone jack, Direct Monitor switch, and large volume dial make monitoring a breeze. For this second-generation Scarlett Solo, Focusrite seriously raised the bar with vanishingly low latency, 192kHz sample rates, optimized preamp gain structure, and an instrument input that handles scorching hot pickups. The Scarlett Solo delivers the pro-quality sound you need — at a price you'll love. Plug in, fire up the bundled software, and you're ready to rock.

Optimized second-generation technology

The 2nd-generation Focusrite Scarlett Solo'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 preamp, letting you set levels more accurately. The instrument input has also been re-engineered to handle the hottest active pickups. Lastly, Focusrite has wired analog protection circuitry across the Scarlett Solo'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 Solo'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 preamp captures great audio

The Focusrite Scarlett Solo is equipped with a vibrant and pristine Focusrite preamp. 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 preamp in the Scarlett Solo. 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 Solo makes it easy. The Solo'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?

Exclusive software bundle gets you up and running fast

The Focusrite Scarlett Solo 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 Solo Features:

  • Optimized second-generation technology
  • 1 award-winning Scarlett mic preamp with generous even gain
  • 1 re-engineered instrument input accommodates the hottest pickups
  • Class-leading converters, sample rates up to 24-bit/192kHz
  • Headphone output
  • Vanishingly low latency lets you monitor with plug-ins, no DSP required
  • 2 unbalanced RCA outputs
  • Compact, roadworthy chassis goes where you go
  • USB bus powered — one cable does it all
  • Exclusive software bundle gets you up and running fast

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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 1 x XLR, 1 x 1/4" (line/instrument)
Analog Outputs 1 x RCA stereo pair, 1 x 1/4" (headphones)
Number of Preamps 1 x mic preamp, 1 x instrument
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 Solo

Customer Reviews

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just what I needed

I have recently switched over to complete software-based music creation & the Focusrite Scarlett Solo is exactly what I needed to get my guitar signal into the computer. PLUS, the FREE software packages included are more than worth the price alone, so it's like I got the interface for FREE. The installation was a snap & it's powered thru the USB connection, so there is one less cable to manage/trip over. The box itself is very solid and feels like it will last a good long time. **The ONLY thing to mention is that you WILL need a direct injection or DI box as today's hot guitar pickups will clip your signal inputs, despite the adjustable input gain controls.
Music background: playing guitar since 1987


Set it up in a couple of minutes, which considering I set it up on linux is saying a lot. No downloading a bunch of dependencies or going crazy trying to find work arounds. Jack just knew what it was (although it was loathe to give it a proper name -generic USB device.) Ardour knows what it is by name. I swear the sound is cleaner than my old Firewire Solo, but maybe I'm just better at recording. I have been recording bass directly from my Ampeg PS-500 head and through Amp emulators from a Behringer V-amp and have found some great sounds on both. I'm glad to be able to have my Linux laptop participate in the music making process.
Music background: Bass, guitar, foley, electronic shenanigans.

Great! and it's red!

This does exactly what it's supposed to do. I use it with Windows 10, Sonar Professional, and NI Komplete - works great, sounds great, and, yes, it is red!

Awesomely nice!

I love my Focusrite Scarlett Solo! It sounds incredible, there is zero latency, the illuminated clip rings are very nice and functional, it is built like a tank and looks very nice.


This interface gives you an amazing bang for the buck! The built in preamps are great! If you know how to mix, automate, use your plug-ins and have a tight recording, it's totally possible to make a recording that sounds completely professionally produced.
Music background: Church music leader, home-studio nerd.
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