Best Audio Interface? Focusrite Scarlett 2i2(2nd Gen)Review

When you start getting into the wide and wonderful world of audio recording, you very quickly find that the hardware built into your computer just doesn’t cut the mustard. Whether it’s the built-in microphone on your laptop or the mic in your budget webcam, the quality isn’t great, and you may even discover the joy of latency if you are recording music. Why the Focus Scarlett Interface is the best bet for your recording problems?

The Focus Scarlett interface is easy to use with just plugging a USB into your device, making it very versatile in the moment recording. Also, the are many models for different microphone input and a gain level for each channel. It is an excellent recording accessory for home studio recording.

Unfortunately, improving recording quality isn’t always just a matter of getting a better microphone. There are some great USB mics, of course, but if you want the best, you’re going to need an audio interface. And that’s precisely what we have for you here! Read on for our Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 (2nd Gen) review. Also, I want to let you know that the images and links below take you directly to Amazon. These links are Amazon affiliates, and I would get a small commission if you decide to purchase. This would help my youtube channel tremendously.

What are some of the Focus Scarlett 212 Interface Features?

The 2i2 is a two-channel audio interface (hence the “2” in the name). The input for both channels is an XLR combi plug, each with their own gain control and line/instrument switch. Thanks to the XLR combi plug, you can connect either XLR or 1/4″ jacks to the interface. You could even connect 1/8″ jacks with an adaptor if you really wanted to.
The gain controls feature a ring LED light that acts as a gain meter. They light up when a signal is being received, and if that signal is a little too hot, they will turn from green to yellow. If you max out and your audio signal clips, they will become red. This gives you a handy way of adjusting your levels properly before ever opening a piece of software.
On the front, you will also find a switch for turning phantom power on and off, adjusting the main output (monitor) volume, and a 1/4″ headphone jack with dedicated volume control.
On the back, you will find a USB out to connect to your computer, as well as a 1/4″ left and right channel line output, for connecting to some monitor speakers.

Is the Focusrite Interface easy to use?

Getting the 2i2 up and running is as easy as plugging in any USB device. It is powered through USB, so there is no need for an external power source. Like most USB devices, the drivers should automatically install.
Where things get a little trickier is with the ASIO drivers. If you wish to take advantage of the super-low latency that the 2i2 offers (and, honestly, why wouldn’t you?) you will need to install ASIO4All drivers. There are alternative ASIO drivers, but ASIO4All is free.
After that, you should be able to fire up your audio software of choice and select the 2i2 as your inputs. On that note, you will find a handly selection of included software with the 2i2, including Ableton Live Lite and the free version of Pro Tools.

Focusrite Appearance and Build Quality

The 2i2 has a very sleek design. A matt black front surrounded by an anodized red casing. The build quality is exceptionally sturdy. We wouldn’t recommend throwing the 2i2 down the stairs, but it should survive the occasional knock or drop with ease.
All in all, the Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 is an excellent and affordable interface, and the two channels with instrument input options make it excellent for recording guitar and vocals at the same time! Always a bonus.

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