Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 – Unbox, Setup, & Demo
The Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 is a small, but capable USB 2.0 audio interface. It has 2 inputs that accept an XLR or 1/4″ input, and 2 balanced 1/4″ outputs. The unit is bus powered, meaning it is powered by the computer (no need to plug in to an outlet)
This is a well made and premium feeling audio interface, even though it’s very inexpensive. The brushed aluminum shell looks great and protects the interface from damage.
It has all the features you need to get recording fast. The two included preamps have 50db of gain (which is a lot for an interface in this price range) and each input has glowing halos that alert you to your input levels. Green = Good, Red = Bad (clipping).
Watch the UNBOXING of the Scarlett 2i2
The 2i2 does not use the Focusrite Control software. If you want that, you need to get the 6i6 or above. But all the controls you need are right on the interface, such as direct monitoring.
The bottom line is that this interface features a lot for the money. This is an interface I would recommend if you are new to recording or you want something that is small and portable.
You’ll even get a couple included DAW’s, and several free plugins. Plus, every couple of months Focusrite features new free plugins for people who own Focusrite audio interfaces. We’ll take a look at this in the video as well.