Balancing quality, simplicity, and cost-effectiveness for musicians, podcasters, and producers, the Focusrite iTrack Solo Lightning and USB Compatible Audio Interface Records provides an easy way to simultaneously record vocals and an instrument to a Mac/Windows computer or a Lightning-equipped iPad, rendering it a capable audio solution for creators working at home or on the road.
Featuring a Focusrite microphone preamp with selectable phantom power and up to 55 dB of gain, the iTrack Solo is a great match for studio condenser microphones or dynamic mics. The front panel also has a 1/4" Hi-Z input for direct recording of an instrument such as an electric guitar, a bass guitar, or a keyboard.
Each input offers its own dedicated gain knob, outfitted with a bicolor halo around the knob to provide feedback for setting optimal recording levels. The iTrack Solo is equipped with a 1/4" headphone output and a stereo RCA line output, so you can monitor privately through headphones or turn it up loud through a pair of powered speakers. A single large knob on the right of the interface provides a unified output level control for the headphone and line outputs.
Flip on the direct monitor switch to hear your input signal without latency during recording. This function still includes the output from your computer, so you can use it for effective overdubs. The iTrack Solo supports digital resolutions up to 24-bit / 96 kHz when connected to a computer or up to 24-bit / 48 kHz when used with an iPad, ensuring respectable AD/DA conversion quality and compatibility with playback of high-resolution audio files.
Giving you the tools you need to start recording and mixing immediately, the interface is bundled with Ableton Live Lite music production software and the Focusrite Scarlett Plug-In Suite, the latter providing several audio processing tools including gate, reverb, compression, and EQ. It also works with popular programs such as Garageband, Pro Tools, Cubase, and more.
Portable recording with Focusrite quality
Focusrite made their name by designing world-class microphone preamps, and they've put one in the compact iTrack Solo. The sound is open and detailed, and a phantom power switch accommodates your condenser microphones.
Easy instrument recording
You've also got a direct instrument input on the iTrack Solo in addition to the mic preamp. That makes it easy for you to record your guitar or bass directly, and also gives you the opportunity to record a vocal performance at the same time as an instrument.
Great interface at home, on the go, or on both
You'll find the iTrack Solo incredibly simple to use because Focusrite designed it for easy portable recording with your iPad. And since it's so simple and easy to use, it's a great high-quality, no-frills audio interface for home use too.
A software suite makes music creation easy
The iTrack Solo includes powerful software tools that will get you making music in no time. With Ableton Live Lite 9, it's easy to create music with a Mac or PC. The Focusrite Scarlett plug-in suite gives you a collection of software plug-ins to add effects to your music software. The iTrack Solo also works with current iPad DAWs including Garageband, Cubasis, Auria, and more.
Mic Preamp and Instrument InputThere are two inputs on the iTrack Solo—one Focusrite microphone preamp (via XLR) and one 1/4" Hi-Z input—to enable simultaneous recording of a mic and an instrument such as an electric guitar or keyboard. The mic preamp offers switchable phantom power to accommodate condenser microphones as well as dynamics or even phantom-powered ribbon mics.
Separate Gain Controls and Level IndicatorsEach input on the interface sports its own gain knob and bicolor halo, which lights green to show signal presence and changes to red to indicate clipping. When you see a halo turn red, be sure to turn down the input level to avoid distortion in your recording.
Headphone and Line OutputsThough quite compact, the iTrack Solo has enough outputs to feed headphones and powered speakers. The front panel features a 1/4" headphone jack, while the rear panel offers a stereo RCA unbalanced line out. The level for all outputs is controlled via the large front-panel monitor knob.
Zero-Latency RecordingWhen it comes to monitoring yourself while you record, latency can be a real problem because it creates a delay between the live performance and when it is heard through the headphones or speakers. This delay or latency is extremely distracting for musicians and vocalists.
The iTrack Solo's direct monitoring option overcomes this problem. Setting the front-panel direct monitor switch to On will route your input signals directly to the headphone and main monitor outputs, enabling you to hear yourself with zero latency along with the computer playback. The input signals to your computer are not affected in any way by this setting.
When direct monitoring is On, ensure that your recording software is not set to route its input (what you are currently recording) to its output. If it is, you will hear duplicate signals, with one signal audibly delayed as an echo depending on the latency of your system.
Wide CompatibilityRecord to a Mac/Windows computer or a Lightning-equipped iPad using your preferred software/apps such as GarageBand, Pro Tools, Cubase, or others.
Bus Powered and PortableThe iTrack Solo is bus powered for convenience and maximum portability. When connecting it to a computer, simply use the supplied USB cable. To use the interface with a Lightning-equipped iPad, plug the iTrack Solo into your iPad with the included device link cable, and connect the iTrack Solo's USB port to a USB power supply.
Ready for the RoadThe interface is housed in a compact, rugged, and lightweight aluminum case, making it an excellent companion for any content creator who wants to record their material at any location.
Bundled SoftwareTo get you working as quickly as possible, the iTrack Solo comes with the popular Ableton Live Lite music production software and the Focusrite Scarlett plug-in suite, a collection of software plug-ins, that bring effects to your music software.
Brand Focusrite Manufacture SKU AMS-ITRACK-SOLO-LIGHTNING Form Factor Tabletop Display None Channels of I/O Analog:
2 Inputs / 2 Outputs at 96 kHz
Maximum Sampling Rate 96 kHz / 24-Bit Number of Microphone Preamps 1 Preamp Input Level Adjustment 2 x Knob Expansion Slots None
Pad None Gain/Trim Range Mic Inputs:
+10 to +55 dB
-10 to +55 dB
High-Pass Filter None Solo/Mute None
Analog Audio I/O 1 x XLR 3-Pin Balanced Mic Input
1 x 1/4" TS Unbalanced Hi-Z Input
1 x Stereo RCA Coaxial Unbalanced Line Output
1 x 1/4" TRS Unbalanced Headphone Output
Phantom Power 48 V, Selectable On/Off Digital Audio I/O None Host Connection / USB 1 x USB Type-B (Class-Compliant USB 2.0)
1 x Focusrite Device Link (Focusrite Proprietary)
USB (Non-Host) None Sync I/O None Network I/O None MIDI I/O None Wireless Connectivity None
Frequency Response Mic, Hi-Z Inputs:
20 Hz to 20 kHz ±0.2 dB
20 Hz to 20 kHz ±0.2 dB
Maximum Input Level Mic Inputs:
Maximum Output Level +9 dBu at 0 dBFS (Unbalanced) Headphone Output Power 16 mW into 50 Ohms Impedance Mic Inputs:
> 500 Kilohms
Dynamic Range AD/DA Converters:
THD+N Mic Inputs:
0.002% (22 Hz to 22 kHz, Min Gain, at -1 dBFS)
0.003% (22 Hz to 22 kHz, at -1 dBFS)
0.001% (Unweighted, 22 Hz to 22 kHz, at 0 dBFS)
< 90 dB
< 90 dB
< 85 dB
EIN Mic Inputs:
< -120 dB (20 Hz to 22 kHz, Min Gain)
Sample Rates 44.1 / 48 / 88.2 / 96 kHz (Mac and PC)
44.1 / 48 kHz (iPad)
Sample Rate Conversion None Bit Depths Up to 24-Bit Sync Sources Internal
Audio Storage & Playback
Memory Card Slot None
OS Compatibility macOS 10 or Later
Windows 7 or Later
*As of November, 2021: check with manufacturer for the most up-to-date compatibility
Included Software Ableton Live Lite Compatible Software (Not Included) Any Core Audio (Mac) Compliant Software Supported Drivers/API & Plug-Ins macOS Class-Compliant (No Driver Needed)
Windows Driver Downloadable from Manufacturer
Mobile Device Compatibility iPad Pro
iPad 4th Gen. or Later
iPad Mini with Retina
Required Hardware Available Lightning Port or USB 2.0 Port
USB Cable (Included)
Internet Connection Required for Registration, Software/Driver Download
Power Requirements USB Bus Power
Anti-Theft Features Kensington Security Slot Dimensions 5.9 x 3.9 x 1.8" / 15 x 10 x 4.5 cm Weight 1.0 lb / 0.5 kg