There’s a whole debate to be had over which microphones to use, what software to use on your PC, how to soundproof a room, and so on. But what often gets overlooked is taking the sound from a studio quality microphone and getting it into the software in the first place.
The Hub of Your Home or Mobile Studio
The Focusrite second-generation Scarlett 2i4 USB audio interface gives you a superb recording front end in a portable interface. Two award-winning Focusrite mic/line/instrument preamps are onboard, with their convenient combo inputs right on the front panel where you need them, while the back panel hosts two balanced and four unbalanced outputs. The Scarlett 2i4 is an ideal foundation for your home or mobile studio if you need high quality sound, not a high channel count. Fire up the included software and start making great-sounding music today with the Focusrite Scarlett 2i4 USB audio interface!
Optimized second-generation technology
The 2nd-generation Focusrite Scarlett 2i4'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 preamps, letting you set levels more accurately. The instrument inputs have also been reengineered to handle the hottest active pickups. Lastly, Focusrite has wired analog protection circuitry across the Scarlett 2i4'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 2i4'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 Musikshack, we know you can't put a price on that.
Exclusive software bundle gets you up and running fast
The Focusrite Scarlett 2i4 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.
Award-winning Focusrite preamps onboard
The Focusrite Scarlett 2i4 is equipped with two vibrant and pristine Focusrite preamps. 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 preamps in the Scarlett 2i4. 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 2i4 makes it easy. The 2i4'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 normal — at which point it will turn green. Simple and intuitive, isn't it?
Computer Connectivity USB Form Factor Desktop Simultaneous I/O 2 x 4 A/D Resolution 24-bit/192kHz Analog Inputs 2 x XLR-1/4" combo Analog Outputs 4 x 1/4" (line out), 1 x 1/4" (headphones) Number of Preamps 2 Phantom Power Yes MIDI I/O In/Out 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 2i4