Focusrite has introduced its Scarlett 2i2, a 2-in/2-out USB 2.0 audio interface (priced at $149 street). Besides the company’s mic/instrument preamps, 24-bit/96 kHz digital conversion and monitor control, it features a new uni-body industrial design.
Other features on the Scarlett 2i2 include LED-halo signal indicators, which encircle each of the gain controls. These glow green when an input signal is detected and turn red if clipping occurs, to provide a way of ensuring that an appropriate signal level is achieved.
The Scarlett 2i2 has a pair of quarter-inch TRS jack outputs for feeding powered studio monitors or an external audio device, such as a mixer. A large knob provides control of the output level, and direct monitoring allows for zero-latency tracking. There's also a quarter-inch headphones output with dedicated level control. Since the interface is bus-powered, an additional power supply is not needed, meaning the interface is truly portable. In addition, it's bundled with the Focusrite Scarlett Plug-in Suite as well as Ableton Live Lite.
Price: $199 list
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