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Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 2 In-2 Out USB Recording Audio Interface by Review Summary ,  Aug 19, 2015

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Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 2 In/2 Out USB Recording Audio Interface
Report Date: 01/03/2016
Based on 572 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 4.3
Returned or considering to return: 4.5%

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Individual Feature Rating
Design5.0   above average
Performance5.0   above average
Size5.0   above average
Setup4.8   above average
Control4.7   above average
Simple4.7   average
Portable4.6   average
Audio4.4   above average
Level4.4   above average
Quality4.4   average
Sound4.4   average
Price4.3   average
Microphone4.2   above average
Monitor4.1   average
USB4.0   average
Connector3.9   above average
Headphone3.8   below average
Windows3.8   average
Noise3.5   below average
Knob3.4   average
Cable3.3   below average
Guitar3.3   mediocre
Music3.2   mediocre
Support2.6   below average


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Amazon

Amazon:
"good again amazon.. thank you a lot!"
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"I finally got my replacement on 10 1, Amazon was able to send it to me a day earlier then expected!"
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"It would have been nice if Focusrite had mentioned on their amazon page what OS they support."
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"I read so many very good reviews across forums as well as here on Amazon."
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"it is the best recording audio interface proudct and nice you should buy one i have rode n1 mic it is clear and soft thanks amazon"
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Audio

Audio:
"After two months the audio Jack where the headphones are plugged in broke."
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"Audio quality is superb, have had zero complaints or issues with it so far."
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"You can get audio errors if you plug it into a USB 3 port, probably due to signal buffer mismatches or something, but if you have an open USB 2 port then its a non-issue."
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"BTW - remember your recordings will only be as good as the weakest link in the audio chain, so make sure you use a professional quality studio recording microphone and not some pretty looking but sadly lacking wannabe studio microphone."
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"I am a very accurate person and I still don't understand how is this happening (not that I abuse it a lot) but it got so flimsy that I get audio drop-outs when using headphones and I have to adjust it to get my audio back."
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"The audio quality was terrible, so the quality of the microphones was wasted because I wanted to save a few dollars."
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"If I had more cash to spend on audio gear I would have bought something with a nicer DAC and preamp."
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"doesnt record mono but still very clear audio"
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"This audio interface is excellent for someone who is only needing two channels and is on a budget."
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"If the direct monitoring audio (or the processed, for that matter) sounded decent through the headphone port, I'd be all about it."
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"Sounds good, but no matter what I do, the audio through the headphone port is delayed and garbled."
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Budget

Budget:
"If your looking for a budget interface with excellent quality this is for you!"
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"This audio interface is excellent for someone who is only needing two channels and is on a budget."
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"I have been looking for a way to record on a budget and with good sound."
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"I do wish it were USB 3.0 and had MIDI capability but still, on a budget it's perfect."
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"This is a great interface for someone on a tight budget like me."
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Cable

Cable:
"If I startup my laptop with the battery plugged in all audio is distorted until I reconnect the USB cord (or reset with battery unplugged).Other than this kind of annoying issue it works great and definitely sounds clearer than the laptops soundcard."
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"If I could make any negative comment, it would be that I much prefer to have cable connections on the back on an interface."
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"Good tech support, which is good, because my unit was shipped with a faulty usb cable."
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"Even with terrible instrument cables, it's able to capture great sound."
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"The USB cable on my first unit seemed to give me data errors, so I used a USB2.0 printer cable with thick grounding braid and two ferrite filters."
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"The balanced cables completely eliminated my noise problems."
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"I just plug everything into my mixer then run two mono outs, L and R, from the mixer to the interface (the hybrid inputs are a nice touch), then a USB cable from the interface to my laptop and it gives me a stereo track in audacity which i can then split for editing purposes."
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"With one cable, I am able to take the sound from my piano to my laptop and record with GarageBand or Audacity and go from there."
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"Good tech support, which is good, because my unit was shipped with a faulty usb cable."
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"Even with terrible instrument cables, it's able to capture great sound."
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"NOTE: My Nakamichi CM-300 mics are designed for unbalanced cables, Nak actually recommends against balanced."
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Connection

Connection:
"If I could make any negative comment, it would be that I much prefer to have cable connections on the back on an interface."
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"I've had the Scarlett for a few days now and I've found a couple of issues that are very disappointing to me.1) After connecting the interface and installing the driver on my Macbook Pro, I selected the device for both input and output but noticed when I did this it said, There are no input output controls for this device ([...] I tried to use the volume buttons on my keyboard and they simply don't function ([...] The interface volume can only be controlled using the Monitor knob on its front."
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"I already had a Saffire Pro 24 DSP I use for my Mac Pro, but needed something with a USB connection and this one had a lot of great reviews and it delivers."
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"I suggest getting an audio interface that is powered through a wall connection and filtering that power very thoroughly to ensure a very low noise floor."
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"Even with a dynamic microphone, I really recommend you use an XLR connection."
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"Excellent little interface for connecting your mixer to your computer."
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"I also d l the trial version of Reaper and the Focusrite connected with no problem!"
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Connector

Connector:
"After two months the audio Jack where the headphones are plugged in broke."
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"jack but that problem has been fixed and now you can get great tones from plugins or amp sims."
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"Update:I've found the above setting in jack don't work well for processing live guitar effects in rakarrack."
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"Warning to those who will be trying to use something like Beats Solo or Skull Candy headphones, you must get a converter for your headphones to go from TRRS to TRS in order for it to be able to plug into the headphone jack of the interface."
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"The Neutric style connectors allowing either a 1 4 or XLR are perfectly flexible for this device, the outputs are the same and provide a balanced signal with either XLR or 1 4 TRS connections."
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"Pros: Comparably cheap to other more professional solutions, USB line out, two XLR inputs or standard guitar jacks, individual gain per channel, excellent monitor support for both headphones (with correct adapter) or actual speaker monitors, 48V power on tap."
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"the only thing I wish it had was XLR port out to studio monitors, but the 1 4 jack works as well if you have speakers with 1 4 jack inputs."
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Control

Control:
"It's well built and sounds great (both recording and playback), but I was disappointed to find that the Mix Control software used for the 18i20 does not come with or work with this device."
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"Well thought out controls."
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"Nice gain control that lights up to show your levels."
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"The headphone output has adequate level and an easy-to-use volume control, and when using speakers, the volume dial is huge for positive control."
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"Sturdy metal case, convenient form factor, convenient inputs for mic and instruments, adequate number of controls, good compatibility with Ableton."
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"It works well, very low noise level, good level controls, and simple stupid to operate and configure."
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Design

Design:
"I fully recommend the Focusrite 2i2, it helps me make great recordings, and based on it's performance I'd recommend the other Focusrite products based on this design."
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"The product design is good, the material and build quality is great, the features and nice, and it works as expected."
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"NOTE: My Nakamichi CM-300 mics are designed for unbalanced cables, Nak actually recommends against balanced."
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"The Scarlett has a very nicely designed combo jack, which allows you to plug in both an XLR connector and a 1 4 TRS jack plug."
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"Technical support is incredibly slow for a company that receives so much praise, and it's a shame because the product is well designed from the outside."
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Guitar

Guitar:
"The only real complaint with the 2i2 is the level is slightly too high for recording guitar tracks straight into the interface."
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"Although the diagrams show you can plug in your electric guitar direct, the sound quality is terrible even with passive electric guitar pickups, resulting in lots of clipping and the halo indicator going red constantly even with the gain at zero."
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"Just do a search online for scarlett 2i2 electric guitar clipping and you will see plenty of complaints."
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"With my wavs bunddle and a good sounding guitar, I'm finally able to record some electric guitar on my laptop and I couldn't be more happy!"
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"However the problem I have is with recording guitar."
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"Very low noise, and it plays nice with Ableton 8 and Guitar Rig."
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"Works great on the electric guitar too."
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"Works perfectly for my purposes, which are playing guitar and bass, and hooking up my mics to record drums in stereo."
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"I see some reviews saying people experience clipping with their guitar signal but in going directly from the guitar to the input, I haven't really had a problem."
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"The interface works very well for mics, clean guitar, and bass."
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Headphone

Headphone:
"After two months the audio Jack where the headphones are plugged in broke."
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"The one problem I have had though is that for some reason when I'm listening through my Studio Headphones (I don't have monitors so I don't know if they're also affected) the sound continuously clips as I record."
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"Weak headphone amp."
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"Cons: The headphone output volume is pretty weak even turned all the way up making the direct output almost useless."
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"This audio recording interface is awesome, easy to install, and easy to configure, the build quality is solid like a rock, my only complaint is that headphone and monitor output levels are low when recording, but nothing to worry about it, just adjust the level in my monitors and solve it."
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"- Perfomance -Headphones output is a beast to my point of view, I've never heard my Sennheiser HD280 (which I know are not the best headphones ever, but still..) sound like that, if you are using laptop output - you will be blown away, I used my dj - controller's soundcard output, still was fascinated by what I've heard with that tiny red box."
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"Warning to those who will be trying to use something like Beats Solo or Skull Candy headphones, you must get a converter for your headphones to go from TRRS to TRS in order for it to be able to plug into the headphone jack of the interface."
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"The headphones sound good and the mic is probably the best you are going to get for the price range."
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"If the direct monitoring audio (or the processed, for that matter) sounded decent through the headphone port, I'd be all about it."
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"Sounds good, but no matter what I do, the audio through the headphone port is delayed and garbled."
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Knob

Knob:
"It worked completely fine (and with great results) for the first one-two months, but very recently (roughly around the third month) the left xlr input started to create a lot of static noises (with and without phantom power) especially after turning up the gain knob above 60%.I'm VERY disappointed since I had to redo an entire vocals track after I noticed the buzz during mixing."
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"The signal to noise ratio is low enough that this isn't really much of a problem, but I often feel like the gain knob could go a little higher."
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"The construction is the only slight downside, the knobs and front and back panels are a little cheap and plastic feeling."
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"My unit had panning problems on low volume, basically everything was panning to the right (or left, I don't remember) as I turned the knob down and it was really annoying as I tend to listen to music quietly pretty often."
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"One significant gripe: If you plug in headphones, you'll find that the big friendly knob suddenly become inconvenient for right handed people."
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"The headphone knob feels a little flimsy and has a bit of give if you push on it."
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"I would've liked it if the knobs and flick switches were made of metal like most other interfaces but hey, it does what it does and for $150 you can't really complain too much."
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"Minor issue: while knobs are sturdy, they are easily slipping off potentiometer."
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"This could have something to do with impedance of my headphones and other equipment, but I just wish it was a touch louder.2) It's a great looking box but the switches and knobs are kind of cheap feeling plastic."
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"The build quality is very good (this one is designed in the UK but made in China).The XLR input volume knobs feel quite nice, but the other controls feel a little cheaper."
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"All the knobs feel good, solid and tight, all the switches and buttons, basically EVERYTHING feels great with this lovely thing."
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Level

Level:
"The only real complaint with the 2i2 is the level is slightly too high for recording guitar tracks straight into the interface."
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"This audio recording interface is awesome, easy to install, and easy to configure, the build quality is solid like a rock, my only complaint is that headphone and monitor output levels are low when recording, but nothing to worry about it, just adjust the level in my monitors and solve it."
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"Drives headphones, even inefficient ones, to satisfying levels cleanly."
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"Each device works perfectly and each channel can be adjusted for best level and to prevent overload."
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"Nice gain control that lights up to show your levels."
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"The headphone output has adequate level and an easy-to-use volume control, and when using speakers, the volume dial is huge for positive control."
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"The use of the ring around the input gain knob as a peak level indicator is genius and works beautifully."
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"It works well, very low noise level, good level controls, and simple stupid to operate and configure."
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Microphone

Microphone:
"I paired it with a Shure SM-57 mic and it was the worst recording experience I've ever had."
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"So I changed to XLR XLR and the mic circuit went dead quiet."
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"I sold my Bluberry mic ($1,000) because my SP C1 (~$250ish new) sounded at worst as good, and at best, better."
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"BTW - remember your recordings will only be as good as the weakest link in the audio chain, so make sure you use a professional quality studio recording microphone and not some pretty looking but sadly lacking wannabe studio microphone."
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"I thought my microphone might have damaged the 2i2 since it often had a lot of static when first plugged in."
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"I didn't know if it was the interface or my computer, or if the problem might be due to my microphone."
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"The headphones sound good and the mic is probably the best you are going to get for the price range."
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"Perfect computer interface with Ghost power for your Mic, or just to connect a guitar to you PC"
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"The preamps are incredible and you can barely hear any background nice or any hissing coming from the microphones."
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"I love this, the headphones sounds pretty good to me, I haven't used the mic that much but it does the job, and I am very happy with the interface."
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"Sturdy metal case, convenient form factor, convenient inputs for mic and instruments, adequate number of controls, good compatibility with Ableton."
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Monitor

Monitor:
"You might say, since KRKs are studio monitors therfore you're in the completely wrong game, idiot."
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"Skype SettingsNow, you won't be able to properly monitor yourself unless you turn the volume way up on the Focusrite, which when you're talking to someone over Skype, may make them extremely loud."
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"Probably the loosest, weakest part of the hardware is the line-guitar and direct monitor switches, they feel a little bit loose, just don't play too much with them, just use them correctly."
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"This audio recording interface is awesome, easy to install, and easy to configure, the build quality is solid like a rock, my only complaint is that headphone and monitor output levels are low when recording, but nothing to worry about it, just adjust the level in my monitors and solve it."
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"It seems if adjusted that it does not end up on the recording or Skype but is quite annoying listening through the monitor having this noise and trying to adjust for it."
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"The direct monitor feature is really nice to have."
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"I love the instant clipping monitor feature, plus this unit records so well with such little distortion that I find I rarely need to EQ most of my stuff."
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"Pros: Comparably cheap to other more professional solutions, USB line out, two XLR inputs or standard guitar jacks, individual gain per channel, excellent monitor support for both headphones (with correct adapter) or actual speaker monitors, 48V power on tap."
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"the only thing I wish it had was XLR port out to studio monitors, but the 1 4 jack works as well if you have speakers with 1 4 jack inputs."
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"The signal is crystal clear and the direct monitoring is amazing after previously having to monitor through software which was much less reliable."
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Music

Music:
"I mean, who wouldn't like some nice, rich bass when listening to music?"
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"Therefore, if you want an interface for sound quality to watch movies or listen to music, i definitely would not recommend this interface."
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"Anyone with common sense would return the Focusrite and get the Presonus Audiobox so you can have an extra 3 days and 6 hours to produce music rather than debug a problem."
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"My unit had panning problems on low volume, basically everything was panning to the right (or left, I don't remember) as I turned the knob down and it was really annoying as I tend to listen to music quietly pretty often."
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"Unfortunately none of the pro music manufacturers cares about their drivers, so we have to live with unstable systems that only work half the time."
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"Focusrite 2i2 doesnt color the sound which is good for music production but enjoying listening to music wise, my laptop's onboard Realtek audio does a better job."
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"Working with this box and Logic Pro 10 has changed my music career amazing sound great product powerful!"
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"It works with Garageband, and should work with other music production software as well.2 mic instrument line inputs."
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"I use Superior Drummer 2.0 because I have no drumming skills and I have been able to make radio-ready music after hours of research on how to mix and master."
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Noise

Noise:
"Having invested in Logic Pro X, i was looking for a reasonably priced I O. I tried the some units in the $50-80 range, but was disappointed with the weak signals and noisy results."
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"-Noisy, erratic loopback calibration."
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"If the microphone costs less than the Scarlett, then it is probably not worth buying or using as it may be noisy, lacking in frequency response, unable to handle higher SPLs, etc."
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"The problem is that as you approach max gain the line noise increases noticeably."
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"No issues, no noise, perfect to record old vinyl discs in my hard drive."
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"It seems if adjusted that it does not end up on the recording or Skype but is quite annoying listening through the monitor having this noise and trying to adjust for it."
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"Very low noise, and it plays nice with Ableton 8 and Guitar Rig."
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"It is high quality, low noise, and works well."
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"It works well, very low noise level, good level controls, and simple stupid to operate and configure."
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"Excellent specs, SUPER low noise, and a driver that works with 64-bit Win 7."
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"There is a hiss in the background of all recordings, though I am able to remove most of it using Adobe Audition's noise removal tools."
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Performance

Performance:
"I fully recommend the Focusrite 2i2, it helps me make great recordings, and based on it's performance I'd recommend the other Focusrite products based on this design."
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"Recently I also made some stereo recordings of my band using a pair of balanced outputs from my mixer, once again the 2i2 performed perfectly."
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"The unit is small and portable and runs totally on USB power, and although In my studio I use a different DAC Preamp to drive my powered monitors, it can also be used to perform this function and it works perfectly when I'm traveling."
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"I apologize for the lengthy review, but I have yet to feel so passionately about the reliability and the outstanding performance of a piece of hardware! "
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"Good performace for the purpose of training and small live shows."
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Plug

Plug:
"You can get audio errors if you plug it into a USB 3 port, probably due to signal buffer mismatches or something, but if you have an open USB 2 port then its a non-issue."
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"i have bought this as a gift to my boyfriend 6 months ago... still did not get it to work and i am not sure if i can still return it after all this time... will have to contact the manufacturer, because it does not seem to be compatible with windows 7... not sure that we have working earlier versions of windows in this day and age... (i still have 2 other laptops with xp but you cannot do anything on them anymore because they are just so slow......)i am definitely disappointed, i am expecting that you plug in the thing and it works, but i had read the reviews before buying it so i knew it was going to be a bit hard, but still..."
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"Warning to those who will be trying to use something like Beats Solo or Skull Candy headphones, you must get a converter for your headphones to go from TRRS to TRS in order for it to be able to plug into the headphone jack of the interface."
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"No knobs to play with or levels to stress over the USB plug and play works wonderfully"
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"Works great plug and play on mac."
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"These also aren't super taxing on your CPU like a lot of good plug ins are."
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"Pretty much plug in and play."
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Portable

Portable:
"before these problems though I loved how easy portable and mobile this little guy was, very easy to set up."
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"As a portable unit, this thing is perfect for a laptop based set up."
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"Great interface, portable"
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"Cute and portable, it's got pretty decent quality for quick recording setup and easily works with my macs & software (Pro Tools, Audition, Amadeus, Ableton, Garage Band, etc)"
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"High quality sound easy to use very portable... Great for demo, recording ideas."
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"Would be the perfect portable interface if it had midi support."
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Power

Power:
"It worked completely fine (and with great results) for the first one-two months, but very recently (roughly around the third month) the left xlr input started to create a lot of static noises (with and without phantom power) especially after turning up the gain knob above 60%.I'm VERY disappointed since I had to redo an entire vocals track after I noticed the buzz during mixing."
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"The only issue that I would consider a big problem is the hissing from the phantom power being engaged."
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"I only knock a star off because you cant record with phantom power on just one mike.....Ribon and a condenser in stereo won't work without a nice mike preamp to provide the phantom power."
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"Sounds great but I have to power cycle the machine because it starts off click popping."
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"Perfect computer interface with Ghost power for your Mic, or just to connect a guitar to you PC"
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"Like many others, my mics require phantom power and the 2i2 provides it, it can be easily switched on or aff from the front panel and a red light indicates it's on."
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"Metal Quility, Solid Console, Rocking after years of use, not problems never, phamton power works great!"
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"Phantom power is great - I think this is such a better alternative to USB microphones and is a great pricepoint."
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Price

Price:
"This one doesn't sound the best for the price (for me, that's the Steinburg UR22), but it sounds extremely good, and the function and design of 2i2 help carry the day."
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"Needless to say, I am not happy at all, because, due to the exchange rate in my country, price of the interface is 2 3 of my salary."
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"The only complaint that I have is the cheap plastic parts the front is built with."
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"Nothing wrong with ProTools either, but I liked the price point for this."
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"There is no easy and cheap way to avoid this issue on all systems."
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"The feedback was awful and the price is ridiculous."
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"Great for the price and happy that it has TRS outputs as that got rid of a hum I had before."
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"It's definitely the nicest hardware in this price range, with well-designed features, good sound quality, and reasonable latency."
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"For a home-set up it's got a nice sound to it, considering its price."
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"The headphones sound good and the mic is probably the best you are going to get for the price range."
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"Great product for the price."
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Quality

Quality:
"Audio quality is superb, have had zero complaints or issues with it so far."
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"Although the diagrams show you can plug in your electric guitar direct, the sound quality is terrible even with passive electric guitar pickups, resulting in lots of clipping and the halo indicator going red constantly even with the gain at zero."
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"BTW - remember your recordings will only be as good as the weakest link in the audio chain, so make sure you use a professional quality studio recording microphone and not some pretty looking but sadly lacking wannabe studio microphone."
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"I would stick with AKG, Audio-Technica, Blue, CAD, Sennheiser, Shure, Neumann starting in the $200 + range and avoid anything from the likes of Behringer, Samson, Nady, or other off brands that look nice but have crappy components and build quality."
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"Criticisms aside, here are some positives:1) Focusrite quality pre-amps."
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"Another reviewer said build quality was excellent Well, it's not excellent, or even good."
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"If your looking for a budget interface with excellent quality this is for you!"
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"It's definitely the nicest hardware in this price range, with well-designed features, good sound quality, and reasonable latency."
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"The sound quality is nice, and works with everything I have."
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"Everything sounds excellent - I considered something like the Forte or the Babyface as I want high quality raw but this little guy sounds fantastic!"
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"The build quality is very good and solid."
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Range

Range:
"Having invested in Logic Pro X, i was looking for a reasonably priced I O. I tried the some units in the $50-80 range, but was disappointed with the weak signals and noisy results."
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"Unfortunately all audio interface manufacturers--at least in this range of device--think there's no need for good hardware and (especially) good software."
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"It's definitely the nicest hardware in this price range, with well-designed features, good sound quality, and reasonable latency."
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"The headphones sound good and the mic is probably the best you are going to get for the price range."
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"I've used several Audio Interfaces, and I promise you this thing will outperform anything in it's price range."
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"One of the best in this price range and category, and has some very useful features for a tiny box."
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"Unless you spend MUCH more for something like an RME BabyFace, the Scarlett 2i2 is the best you can get in this price range."
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Setup

Setup:
"I've never been able to achieve lower latency with a Linux setup that doubles as a daily desktop."
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"Perfect for my home studio setup."
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"Easy setup and very compact! "
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"That is what I think of this amazing piece of equipment that will LITERALLY change your setup."
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"The initial set-up and ease of use was pleasantly impressive, and the sounds that the 2i2 produces are unbelievable, whether you are monitoring through your headphones, or out through powered speakers or a pa system."
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"Easy setup and worked immediately."
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Simple

Simple:
"Installation on my mac was dead simple."
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"It's recorded some great stuff over those years, simple, quality interface for PC users."
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"Very good, simple interface with great pre-amps (one of the biggest factors when looking at any interface)."
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"It's simple- AMAZING!"
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"It works well, very low noise level, good level controls, and simple stupid to operate and configure."
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"Easy to use, Simple."
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Size

Size:
"Good size, and just over all amazing."
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"Great interface for my small home office! "
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"Everything worked great, and the midi delay was so small that it was virtually nonexistent."
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"It's small and easy to fit into any setup."
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"its very small and works great, perfect for a small home studio."
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Sound

Sound:
"If I startup my laptop with the battery plugged in all audio is distorted until I reconnect the USB cord (or reset with battery unplugged).Other than this kind of annoying issue it works great and definitely sounds clearer than the laptops soundcard."
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"I tried the latter and it did not sound pretty - Focusrite provided prompt phone support and correctly solved the problem!"
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"Great sound card, horrible drivers."
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"It's well built and sounds great (both recording and playback), but I was disappointed to find that the Mix Control software used for the 18i20 does not come with or work with this device."
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"This one doesn't sound the best for the price (for me, that's the Steinburg UR22), but it sounds extremely good, and the function and design of 2i2 help carry the day."
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"It's definitely the nicest hardware in this price range, with well-designed features, good sound quality, and reasonable latency."
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"If I startup my laptop with the battery plugged in all audio is distorted until I reconnect the USB cord (or reset with battery unplugged).Other than this kind of annoying issue it works great and definitely sounds clearer than the laptops soundcard."
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"For a home-set up it's got a nice sound to it, considering its price."
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"I use it with a Rode NT1-A, and it sounds warm and clear."
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"The sound quality is nice, and works with everything I have."
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Support

Support:
"I tried the latter and it did not sound pretty - Focusrite provided prompt phone support and correctly solved the problem!"
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"Edit: after speaking with their technical support I was assisted in showing me where I was making an error in set up."
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"I had a brand-new replacement box in my hand within a week of first contacting support with a description of my problem."
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"The first unit I got had a fault, and Focusrite support was extremely helpful."
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"Good tech support, which is good, because my unit was shipped with a faulty usb cable."
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"Works perfectly on Windows 7, and almost perfectly on Mac OS X (it's had a few hiccups, but Focusrite is very good about user support and providing workarounds, patches, and updates).Overall, I highly recommend it."
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"Good tech support, which is good, because my unit was shipped with a faulty usb cable."
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"Pros: Comparably cheap to other more professional solutions, USB line out, two XLR inputs or standard guitar jacks, individual gain per channel, excellent monitor support for both headphones (with correct adapter) or actual speaker monitors, 48V power on tap."
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"Great product, well built, great sound and excellent technical support."
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"Works perfectly on Windows 7, and almost perfectly on Mac OS X (it's had a few hiccups, but Focusrite is very good about user support and providing workarounds, patches, and updates).Overall, I highly recommend it."
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"great interface, and awesome customer support."
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USB

USB:
"USB driver error!"
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"Good tech support, which is good, because my unit was shipped with a faulty usb cable."
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"You can get audio errors if you plug it into a USB 3 port, probably due to signal buffer mismatches or something, but if you have an open USB 2 port then its a non-issue."
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"Have some problem with having to unplug and replug the usb to get it to work, but nothing extreme."
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"The iPad Air doesn't supply enough juice to power it so if you want to use it with an iPad, you'll need the Lightning to USB camera adapter (buy the real one from Apple or you'll likely run into problems) and a powered USB hub."
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"I was worried about USB external sound cards, as I've always used PCI internals."
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"also, it doesn't work on usb 3.0 (even though 3.0 is backwards compatible), you absolutely need usb 2.0"
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"No knobs to play with or levels to stress over the USB plug and play works wonderfully"
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"Usb powered, great for portability."
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"This is the best 2 x 2 channel USB interface I've ever used."
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Vocal

Vocal:
"It worked completely fine (and with great results) for the first one-two months, but very recently (roughly around the third month) the left xlr input started to create a lot of static noises (with and without phantom power) especially after turning up the gain knob above 60%.I'm VERY disappointed since I had to redo an entire vocals track after I noticed the buzz during mixing."
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"This USB Interface is great, really no noise, silent dead, great for vocal recordingIt's Light, Really portable, do your Interfaces review before buying one, that' what I didyou'll end up getting this one."
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"Produces clear audio recording for vocals and instruments."
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"I only use it for recording vocals in my home studio and it provides exceptional sound quality with not much tweaking once I get it inside the daw just a little eg and compression."
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"I use it both for Screencast recordings as well as in my home studio for guitar and vocal recording and it works flawlessly for both, on both my PC and Mac."
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"My next step is to get a nice set of studio monitors and a decent vocal mic."
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"Vocals sound nice too, and there are no latency issues whatsoever, very crisp and sexy."
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Windows

Windows:
"Now, if you're a Windows user, judging by some of these reviews you might have problems."
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"Works perfectly on Windows 7, and almost perfectly on Mac OS X (it's had a few hiccups, but Focusrite is very good about user support and providing workarounds, patches, and updates).Overall, I highly recommend it."
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"On my system, did not work well with Windows 8 fast startup feature."
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"i have bought this as a gift to my boyfriend 6 months ago... still did not get it to work and i am not sure if i can still return it after all this time... will have to contact the manufacturer, because it does not seem to be compatible with windows 7... not sure that we have working earlier versions of windows in this day and age... (i still have 2 other laptops with xp but you cannot do anything on them anymore because they are just so slow......)i am definitely disappointed, i am expecting that you plug in the thing and it works, but i had read the reviews before buying it so i knew it was going to be a bit hard, but still..."
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"This is just not compatible with Windows 7.I gave it two stars, because for all I know, the preamps might sound great."
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"I really have no complaints whatsoever about the hardware.===================== The Bad =========================The driver for this thing is horrible under Windows XP."
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"This was very easy to set up -- no issues getting my Windows 7 desktop to interface with it (i3 w 8GB RAM) although I have since gone ahead and downloaded the beta driver referenced in other reviews."
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"Running this on ArchLinux and Windows 8.1 with no problems :)"
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"Works well with windows 8, which is the main reason I upgraded to this."
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"I've used it on both Mac OS X (10.8 Mountain Lion, 10.9 Mavericks, and 10.10 Yosemite) on a 2008 MacBook, a 2011 MacBook Air, and a 2013 MacBook Pro Retina, as well as on Windows 7 on a 2011 MacBook Air."
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"Works perfectly on Windows 7, and almost perfectly on Mac OS X (it's had a few hiccups, but Focusrite is very good about user support and providing workarounds, patches, and updates).Overall, I highly recommend it."
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