Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 3rd Gen review

With pro-quality sound and easy setup, this is a great choice for new and experienced recording enthusiasts alike

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Guitar World Verdict

With its new upgrades and features, the Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 is a serious digital audio interface that provides impressive pro-quality sound and ease of use that make it a great choice for new and experienced recording enthusiasts alike.


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    Upgraded mic preamps provide expanded headroom.

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    Lower noise and improved clarity and detail.

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    Air feature enhances high-end detail.

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    Works well with vocals.


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    Chris Gill

    Chris is the co-author of Eruption - Conversations with Eddie Van Halen. He is a 40-year music industry veteran who started at Boardwalk Entertainment (Joan Jett, Night Ranger) and Roland US before becoming a guitar journalist in 1991. He has interviewed more than 600 artists, written more than 1,400 product reviews and contributed to Jeff Beck’s Beck 01: Hot Rods and Rock & Roll and Eric Clapton’s Six String Stories.