Built to deliver top-shelf sound in a compact, bag-friendly, and easy-to-use format for singer-songwriters, guitarists, and podcaster duos, the third-generation Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 3rd Gen USB Audio Interface for Recording, High-Fidelity, Studio Quality Recording lets artists and content creators score pro-level tone with no learning curve, no matter where they go.
Equally capable of tracking vocals and instruments, the two improved Scarlett microphone preamps feature switchable phantom power for condenser mics and a selectable-per-channel Air circuit, which adds clarity-enhancing brightness based on Focusrite's legendary ISA preamplifier. The two XLR-1/4" combo inputs are outfitted with switches that allow them to accept signal directly from electric instruments such as guitar and bass or from line-level sources such as stereo mixer outputs or a hot feed from a drum machine.
Unlocking the ability to record at standard CD quality or high-fidelity resolutions, the 24-bit / 192 kHz AD/DA converters ensure that signals are captured and reproduced with detail and accuracy. Listen through headphones or connect active speakers to the balanced 1/4" monitor outputs, and enjoy independent control of the headphone and speaker volume settings. Use selectable direct monitoring in mono or stereo to hear your live input signal with no distracting echo or latency.
With its bus powering for uninhibited portability, space-saving USB Type-C connection, and extensive software bundle including virtual instruments, plug-in effects, loops, and more, the Scarlett 2i2 gives you plenty of powerful tools to kick-start your inspiration; just plug the Scarlett 2i2 into your Mac/Windows computer or iPad Pro (with USB Type-C), fire up your preferred audio recording software, and let the creativity flow.
Now supporting iPad Pro
Customers and fanatics have asked, and Focusrite has delivered! The 3rd Gen Scarlett interfaces now support iPad Pros with USB-C ports. That’s right; it’s now even easier to take your Scarlett 2i2 on the road with you! All you need to do to get set up is to plug into your compatible iPad Pro and open your music-making app — it’s that simple. As long as you have your iPad Pro, you can use your Focusrite Scarlett 3rd Gen interface anywhere you go.
Optimized third-generation technology
The 3rd-generation Focusrite Scarlett 2i2’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 the studio-grade sound you can take anywhere. Focusrite has added their renowned Air circuit to their already-amazing Scarlett mic preamps. The instrument inputs have also been re-engineered to handle the hottest active pickups. Lastly, Focusrite has wired analog protection circuitry across the Scarlett 2i2’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 2i2’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 Sweetwater, we know you can’t put a price on that. But if you prefer the simplicity and convenience of monitoring your input directly with guaranteed low latency, simply flip the Direct Monitor circuit switch on your Scarlett 2i2.
Portable and Bus PoweredBoth compact and lightweight, the Scarlett 2i2 is rugged and ready to travel with you. Being bus powered via USB Type-C connectivity, it can be used in any room or even remote locations, with your preferred DAW on a Mac/Windows computer or using an iPad Pro equipped with USB Type-C and a music-making app such as Garageband, Cubasis 2, Auria Pro, Ampify Launchpad, Ampify Groovebox, or Ampify Blocs Wave.
Pristine, High-Resolution ConversionThanks to its high-performance 24-bit / 192 kHz AD/DA converters, the Scarlett 2i2 is equipped to capture any source from vocals to acoustic and electric instruments clearly and accurately, so you never have to worry about the interface clouding your sound.
Scarlett Mic Preamps with Customizable ToneThe two upgraded third-generation Scarlett mic preamps features switchable 48V phantom power to accommodate your favorite condenser mic and a selectable-per-channel Air setting, which reproduces the Air effect of Focusrite's original ISA mic preamp to impart enhanced brightness and openness on your vocal recordings.
Instrument/Line Input SwitchesThe XLR-1/4" combo inputs on the Scarlett 2i2's front panel allow distortion-free recording of instruments such as electric guitar and bass, synthesizers, or drum machines, and there's no need for a DI box or amplifiers. At the press of a button, each 1/4" input can be used for line-level sources like a mixer's stereo output or the line-outs from guitar and bass amps.
Straightforward Controls and Level IndicationWith the Scarlett 2i2's Easy Start tool and independent gain knobs with multicolor gain halo meters, you'll have no trouble getting set up and dialing in the perfect levels. Plus, there are no menus or complicated controls to slow you down.
Independent Headphone and Monitor OutputsThe balanced 1/4" TRS monitor outputs on the rear panel ensure hum-free connectivity with balanced studio monitors. For critical listening through headphones, just plug your earphones or headphones into the front-panel 1/4" headphone jack. Separate knobs are provided for quick and independent adjustment of the monitor and headphone volumes.
Latency-Free MonitoringNo musicians want to record if they can't hear their performance clearly. Use the Scarlett 2i2's direct monitor switch to listen to your input signals in mono or stereo, exactly as they are supposed to sound, with no latency and no distracting echo.
All the Tools You Need to Start RecordingThe Scarlett line of interfaces comes with some of the best-loved software tools in the business.
Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 3rd Gen USB Audio Interface for Recording, High-Fidelity, Studio Quality Recording Key Features:
- Singers, Guitarists, Podcaster Duos
- USB Type-C Connectivity
- 2 Mic/Line/Instrument Preamps
- 1 Headphone Out, Stereo Monitor Out
- 24-Bit / 192 kHz Converters
- Bus Powered / Mac, Windows, iPad Pro
- Phantom Power, Direct Monitor
- Mic Air Mode, Multicolor Gain Halos
- Compact, Rugged Housing
What's In the Box:
- Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 2x2 USB Audio Interface (3rd Generation)
- USB Type-C to USB Type-A Cable
- Limited 3-Year Warranty
Brand Focusrite Manufacture SKU AMS-SCARLETT-2I2-3G Form Factor Tabletop Display None Channels of I/O Analog:
2 Inputs / 2 Outputs at 192 kHz
Maximum Sampling Rate 192 kHz / 24-Bit Number of Microphone Preamps 2 Preamps Input Level Adjustment 2 x Knob Expansion Slots None
Pad None Gain/Trim Range Inputs:
Up to +56 dB
High-Pass Filter None Solo/Mute None
Analog Audio I/O 2 x Combo XLR-1/4" TRS Balanced/Unbalanced Mic/Line/Hi-Z Input (Front Panel)
2 x 1/4" TRS Balanced Monitor Output
1 x 1/4" TRS Unbalanced Headphone Output (Front Panel)
Phantom Power 48 V, Selectable On/Off (Applied to All Inputs) Digital Audio I/O None Host Connection / USB 1 x USB Type-C (USB 2.0) USB (Non-Host) None Sync I/O None Network I/O None MIDI I/O None Wireless Connectivity None
Frequency Response Inputs:
20 Hz to 20 kHz ±0.1 dB
Maximum Input Level Mic Inputs:
+9 dBu (Min Gain)
+12.5 dBu (Min Gain)
+22 dBu (Min Gain)
Maximum Output Level Line/Monitor Outputs:
+15.5 dBu at 0 dBFS
Impedance Mic Inputs:
< 1 Ohm
Dynamic Range Mic Inputs:
THD+N Mic Inputs:
EIN Mic Inputs:
-128 dBu A-Weighted
Sample Rates Up to 192 kHz (AD/DA Conversion) Sample Rate Conversion None Bit Depths Up to 24-Bit (AD/DA Conversion) Sync Sources Internal
Audio Storage & Playback
Memory Card Slot None
OS Compatibility macOS 10.12 or Later
Windows 7 or Later
*As of November, 2021: check with manufacturer for the most up-to-date compatibility
Compatible Software (Not Included) Any Core Audio (Mac) Compliant Software Included Plug-Ins Dynamics:
Focusrite Red 3
Focusrite Red 2
Reverb & Room:
Softube TSAR-1R Reverb
Softube Tube Delay
Harmonic & Tape:
Softube Saturation Knob
Mobile Device Compatibility iPad Pro (with USB Type-C) Required Hardware Available USB 2.0 Port
USB Cable (Included)
Internet Connection Required for Software/Driver Download
Power Requirements USB Bus Power
Anti-Theft Features Kensington Security Slot Dimensions 6.89 x 3.89 x 1.87" / 17.5 x 9.88 x 4.75 cm Weight 1.0 lb / 470.0 g