Focusrite Scarlett 2i4 Review


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Look & Feel

Focusrite Scarlett 2i4 is an USB audio interface that features two mic inputs and outputs, and instrument preamplifier's. With this option, you can easily adjust an instruments level by controlling the gain on the preamp.

The 2i4 is a wonderful design,  given the option to be able to record instruments directly in makes an recording session a breeze. When the preamp is clipping, a red light indicator around the knob will appear. Having a 48V phantom power switch, the interface is powered by a 2.0 port USB.

Focusrite distributes their products with a fascinating red aluminum chassis, given the feel of a sturdy look. This model fits comfortably in tight spaces, taking up less room for more gear and is easily portable to take with you on trips.

Focusrite Scarlett is compatible with operating systems for both Mac and Windows.

Sound

Personally,  Focusrite Scarlett has been our choice for our audio interface. It gave us a quick and easy access to recording sessions, by being able to plug our instruments straight in and go. This interface was easy to get set up and running at the start. The overall ability to record multiple instrument and audio tracks into a DAW blew the production value away. I was impressed to how well my guitar can pick up even the hottest pickups.

When recording, always make sure to have plenty of storage space on your hard drive, as some occasions when recording a vocal track, it can start lag and cause a CPU error during a playback. Take note to always check your buffer size.

Mac users do not need to download any additional drivers when using this audio interface. If you are a Windows user, you will have download a windows USB driver in order for the interface to work on your operating system. Focusrite can be used with Avid's Pro Tool's, Logic Pro X, Cubase, and Ableton DAW.

The 2i4 model has a 24-bit resolution sample rate. The supported samples rates are 44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz, 176.4kHz, and 192kHz

The panel design has two monitor outputs, and four unbalance outputs. Focusrites's 2i2 unit didn't have a MIDI I/O option, which makes the 2i4 model an even better purchase when it comes to having access to those kind of features.

If you are a beginner, Focusrite is a great decive to start your music production career with.

Specifications

• 2 in / 4 out USB audio interface
• 96 KHz, 24-bit conversion
• 2 microphone preamplifier's


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Interface

• 2 line/mic/instrument combination inputs (XLR/ ¼ “ TRS Jack Combo)
• 2 line insert switches
• 2 Gain knobs
• 2 Gain halo signal indicators
• 48V Phantom power switch
• MIDI activity LED indicator
• USB connection LED indicator
• Stereo and Mono switch for direct monitor
• Large monitor level dial
• Headphone output (¼” TRS Jack)


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Connections

• 2 balanced monitor outputs – TRS (channels 1-2)
• 4 unbalanced outputs – RCA Phono (channels 1-4)
• MIDI I/O
• USB 2.0 Port
• Kensington Lock slot



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Included Software

• Ableton Live Lite 8
• Focusrite Scarlett plug-in suite
• Novation Bass Station
• Loopmasters content

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