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Price

(27 reviews)
Feature

(23 reviews)
Advertise

(14 reviews)
Knob

(14 reviews)
Build

(24 reviews)
Software

(63 reviews)
Product

(126 reviews)
Thing

(50 reviews)
Sound

(93 reviews)
Unit

(42 reviews)
Static

(8 reviews)
Hum

(6 reviews)
Driver

(64 reviews)
Doe

(14 reviews)
Know issue

(7 reviews)
Noise

(19 reviews)
Crackle

(8 reviews)
Latency issue

(18 reviews)
Drive

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Reviews around price (5.00 of 5)

  • Great price, and an amazing audio interface for starting out recording
  • The Scarlett 2i4 did all of those with great quality and an affordable price.
  • And the price is incredibly affordable for what you get.
  • One nice side benefit is that this package does include some great software tools:*Pro Tools*First Focusrite Creative Pack*Ableton Live Lite*Focusrite Control*Softube Time and Tone Bundle*Focusrite’s Red Plug-in Suite*2GB of Loopmasters samplesBetween the quality of the interface and the accompanying downloads, this is a spectacular audio interface at an amazing price
  • The price was very reasonable, and the quality is top of the line
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Reviews around feature (5.00 of 5)

  • Nice and clean design, cool features (including the colored ring to show when the signal is too loud) and headphones output.
  • Decent preamps, full of useful features, works seamlessly with Logic.
  • It provides a lot of clean gain, and it's features are very enjoyable
  • For the Price, it does the job, I like the additional features it has like the dry signal, the monitor
  • Nice product, requires some set-up but includes a lot of helpful features, software
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Reviews around advertise (5.00 of 5)

  • Lots to like.... functions as advertised....can use as a headphone amp
  • Perfect for simple people like my self as well as for professionals too
  • It works as advertised, the components are all quality, and I trust it.
  • Apart from a promised red USB cable that ended up black, everything works as advertised
  • Works out of the box on my Win, Mac and Linux boxes as simple plug and play (did download Win drivers as in the instructions though)
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Reviews around knob (5.00 of 5)

  • It has a really sturdy metal body and great quality input jacks and knobs
  • It's really solidly built with a nice anodized brushed aluminum chassis, big metallic volume knob, and smooth little plastic input knobs with backlights that help you set the input volume
  • Small, smooth knobs for I/O volumes, crisp and clear sound, good choice.
  • The knobs next to the input sockets control the input gain
  • Small, smooth knobs for I/O volumes, crisp and clear sound, good choice.
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Reviews around build (4.74 of 5)

  • It seems well built but after over 20 hours struggling with the software I gave up and sent it back
  • Overall though, this has a really nice heavy and well built feel to it
  • All of the knobs and buttons feel well built and the labels are big enough to read from 1 foot away
  • The unit itself is very well built and has some heft to it
  • Finally, the build itself is good and has a stable bottom grip
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Reviews around software (4.08 of 5)

  • The big thing is, rotten software...or software designed for people with better than average skill, can not be blamed on this product
  • The 3 stars initially was for the missing promised software
  • This would be a great product but the "software" it comes with is a joke
  • Just wish the additional Free software was less confusing, I can't tell what to download and what to do with it
  • Even comes with a few free software instruments which I still have to try out
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Reviews around product (3.89 of 5)

  • I would like to be able to exchange this defective product for a functional one because I am eager to use it to its full potential.
  • I use this product with my Chromebook and it works great!
  • This product was hard to set up, but with in a few hours I got it working
  • The product is great, but Amazon customer service was not
  • I cannot recommend this product at all or this company.
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Reviews around thing (3.76 of 5)

  • I don't know how loud this thing expects to go though, I have it between 25-30% volume.
  • This thing is great, very clean 24-bit audio in and out
  • The next thing I did was to check my mic through it and after turning the gain about halfway I could hear it loud and clear
  • One thing to note: your computer and DAW software can affect the recording latency, so consider using the drivers referenced on the 2i2 owners page
  • I love this thing so much I have all of my audio go through it - input and output
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Reviews around sound (3.70 of 5)

  • It was easy to figure out how to use and has great quality sound
  • Also, when the driver crashes it emits a super loud high pitched sound through the speakers.
  • It gives good quality sound and was just what I was looking for.
  • It has a terrible crackling sound that just wont go away.
  • But this interface don't work correctly with active pickups, for some reason the sound is weak and to fix this problem I had to buy a DI Box.
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Reviews around unit (3.61 of 5)

  • This is a good little unit and everything i ever wanted to speak audio online
  • An excellent value for the price, and I cannot recommend this unit enough.
  • The unit supplies phantom to the XLR part of each combination jack as well
  • I spent a few days testing other devices without ever experiencing the crackling and popping I experienced with the Focusrite, and sadly concluded I had received a defective unit
  • The unit was delivered with NO Bundle code and unfortunately unusable to me
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Reviews around static (2.54 of 5)

  • Works out of the box on my Win, Mac and Linux boxes as simple plug and play (did download Win drivers as in the instructions though)
  • Perfect for simple people like my self as well as for professionals too
  • Totally clean and quiet I/O. Plus, I love the look of the box
  • Purchased this in a bundle with the Audio Technica AT2035.Just after a couple weeks of use, it began outputting loud static, which could be fixed by restarting the interface, but the static will always return shortly after.
  • On top of that it just all of a sudden became defective and was causing intense loud static in the recordings
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Reviews around hum (2.54 of 5)

  • Sound through it is very clean, and there is no hum or hiss to be heard
  • The Focusrite is as good as the M-Box.
  • These were my criteria while searching:- at least 2 inputs for stereo recording- low-latency- as low of a noise floor as possible (I hate additional "hum" that can get introduced in a lot of cheaper all-in-
  • The only thing I really have to compare this to is an older Avid M-box (also USB) that my brother got
  • The odd humming hasn't gone away since I purchased it
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Reviews around driver (2.08 of 5)

  • The drivers have some serious stability issues on windows
  • After all, without good drivers, the device becomes an expensive brick!
  • The drivers on the other hand are pretty bad got me to the point of returning this product
  • you want sanity, go my route with the iRig or get the Steinberg and Behringer devices that get good reviews and BETTER drivers.
  • I wouldn't say the product is bad but the drivers to make it actually work are awful
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Reviews around doe (2.02 of 5)

  • Small, smooth knobs for I/O volumes, crisp and clear sound, good choice.
  • when the input and output is the interface, and also robotic sounds randomly, forcing me to unplug it and plug it back in and the redownloading of drivers, it is very inconsistent... when it does work my vioce overs are crisp and clear, but the troubleshooting is so constant that i feel like i should have gotten something else
  • However it does not work for recording guitar with Logic Pro
  • I have recorded with active guitar pickups and passive and this thing does great with both.
  • Drivers do not work when trying to install, the focusrite does not show up in the recording or playback selections, and overall is a pain in the ass to install.
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Reviews around know issue (1.74 of 5)

  • It is also apparently a known issue and a hold over from gen 1 that was not solved
  • Small, smooth knobs for I/O volumes, crisp and clear sound, good choice.
  • I contacted their tech support team which told me it was a "known issue" and that I needed to download a different driver, but then repeatedly told me to download the exact same version that I had tried initially
  • Totally clean and quiet I/O. Plus, I love the look of the box
  • You go to website, you download their driver there, no good, come back to find out it's a known issue, you're told to jump though a bunch of hoops
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Reviews around noise (1.73 of 5)

  • When it works it's great (low noise, low latency, easy-to-use).However, after about an hour of using the 2i2, the second channel just completely broke
  • It works for a few minutes, then the horrible cracking/distortion noise begins
  • it constantly makes a scratchy noise in discord and I have to constantly reset it CONSTANTLY
  • Worked for about 4 months of occasional use, now it produces a loud crackling noise unless its turned down too low to use
  • Made my computer have a mic sound without a mic I could hear myself and the interface itself made a loud feedback noise.
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Reviews around crackle (1.69 of 5)

  • Took awhile to get rid of crackling (latency issue mostly), but solid construction
  • The unit I received worked well for 3 days, then suddenly developed sporadic crackling and popping sounds when used for playback
  • It has a terrible crackling sound that just wont go away.
  • Works out of the box on my Win, Mac and Linux boxes as simple plug and play (did download Win drivers as in the instructions though)
  • I followed all the directions on the box and on their website and got this awful crackling sound
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Reviews around latency issue (1.61 of 5)

  • Works out of the box on my Win, Mac and Linux boxes as simple plug and play (did download Win drivers as in the instructions though)
  • Perfect for simple people like my self as well as for professionals too
  • I run this through ableton having no latency issue and the sound quality is great
  • Does the trick, handled my latency issues and sounds damn good also
  • but I'd occasionally run into latency issues with them.
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Reviews around drive (1.44 of 5)

  • Totally clean and quiet I/O. Plus, I love the look of the box
  • They wanted me to wipe my MacBook hard drive and reformat - a completely outdated and wrong solution
  • its a very powerful software (make sure you have room on hard drive and good memory).
  • and I'm recording to an external hard drive and no issues whatsoever.
  • One can reduce latency through the use of external hard drives and solid state devices - assuming your CPU is powerful enough
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