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Focusrite Scarlett 2i4 - USB Audio Interface

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Product Description for the Focusrite Scarlett 2i4 - USB Audio Interface

The Focusrite Scarlett 2i4 is a robust 2 in / 4 out USB recording interface that combines affordability, cross-platform operation, a comprehensive feature set and the best audio performance in its class. It’s a perfect match for both the musician and the digital DJ – and it comes in an elegant, road-ready anodized aluminum unibody case.

Scarlett 2i4 is a great tool for any musician, with its two award-winning Focusrite microphone/line/instrument preamps accessed via universal front-panel XLR/TRS sockets, combined with professional 24-bit, 96kHz conversion, plus class-leading analogue and digital design from input to output to ensure pristine audio quality throughout the signal path.

With its 48V phantom power capability, Scarlett 2i4 is perfect for recording guitar, vocal, or even stereo piano, with high-quality condenser mics. You will love the direct monitoring mode, which removes the latencies associated with listening back to the input signal through the DAW. You can record into the DAW in real time, whilst hearing a zero latency monitor feed from their input sources, controlled by a single knob for easy blending between direct monitoring and DAW playback. In common with other interfaces in the Scarlett series, input level controls feature a novel LED “signal halo” around the knob that indicates signal presence (green) and input overload (red), while a large-diameter silver volume knob gives you full and accurate control over monitor levels at all times, so whether you are mixing your music, or listening back to the track, the levels will always be in your control.

Alongside the two Focusrite preamps are four RCA phono outputs, two of which are also available on balanced TRS sockets. These, coupled with the high-level headphone output and flexible monitoring capability make Scarlett 2i4 ideal for digital DJs. Send outputs 1 & 2 to the main PA and use 3 & 4 for cueing, or send all four to a mixer. The converter performance ensures that the quality of the audio streamed from the computer is sonically superb. An A/B source switch for monitoring either of two stereo output pairs via the high-level headphone output provide everything that’s required from a DJ interface.

MIDI input and output are included in Scarlett 2i4, allowing capture of performances with MIDI keyboards and controllers and the ability to play parts out to instruments and sound modules, recording their audio via 2i4’s TRS inputs.
Scarlett 2i4 comes complete with an excellent package of software tools to help you get your music down straight away. The latest version of the Focusrite Scarlett Plug-in Suite includes Compressor, Reverb, Gate and EQ in the form of VST/AU/RTAS plug-ins. Focusrite’s established Xcite+ bundle is also included, which features Ableton Live Lite (for all your production, performance and compositional needs), Novation’s Bass Station soft synth and over 1GB of royalty-free samples from Loopmasters.

Scarlett 2i4 delivers high quality, 24-bit 96kHz audio to and from both Macintosh and Windows computers with USB 2.0 capability – and it’s bus powered so you only need to plug in the included USB cable to start making music.

Features

  • Dual mic/line/hi-Z instrument inputs on universal XLR/TRS front-panel connectors
  • Precision, quality conversion at up to 24-bit, 96kHz sampling
  • Better than 105dB dynamic range on record and playback
  • Operates solely on bus power
  • Front-panel inputs and headphone out
  • Switchable Phantom Power
  • Switchable 10 dB pad on all inputs
  • Rear panel balanced TRS outputs (1 & 2) and phono (1–4)
  • Headphone monitor switched to hear either pair of outputs
  • Mixer knob for direct monitoring, mixes between source and outputs 1 & 2
  • Large monitor level control
  • MIDI in and out
  • Anodized aluminum unibody chassis
SKU FOC-SCARLETT2I4
Brand Focusrite
Weight 1.0000
Dimensions (WxHxD) 8.26” x 5.5” x 1.9”

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Last of a dying breed?
Review by k9sound
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The Focusrite Scarlett 2i4 has recording essentials and then some. These days two elements seem to disappear in audio interfaces: line inputs and input/playback mix balance. I researched every other two-channel interface and all of them lack these two features. The 2i4 is the only current two-channel model (that I know) with instrument/line and mix. Focusrite's newer entries don't have both elements, and eventually the 2i4 will become extinct.

What's so important about line level? Well, almost every 1/8" (e.g., headphone amps and MP3 players) and RCA output is line level, as are turntables and audio equipment such as receivers.

End of the mix knob? Many sequencers do not route the input signal through the channel's output during playback. How do you practice a riff? You don't. You record everything, unless there's a mix knob. Perhaps many musicians use Line 6 or similar plug-ins to process guitar tone and thus the mix knob isn't essential, in which case you're compelled to record everything anyway. I use a pedalboard with some expensive boutique pedals; plug-ins are kitsch in comparison.

What the 2i4 lacks is digital i/o. Such i/o is useful with preamps and other peripherals. I don't have such gear anymore and in fact had too many snafus with digital i/o, e.g., sampling rate et al. For simplicity without useless frills the 2i4 fits the bill, and has 8-pin MIDI i/o. Many digital keyboards continue to rely on this elder interface in lieu of USB.

Lastly, after grappling for years on M-Audio with lackluster preamps and low output, the 2i4 has stellar Focusrite pres and high output. Pro Tools 9 and up breaks Avid's proprietary audio interface grip. But, alas, the 2i4 is likely the last of its kind. (Posted on 9/6/13)

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