Scarlett 2i4 second generation is light weight audio interface from the family of Focusrite professional audio interfaces with high quality Focusrite analog pre-amplifier. Second generation series of Scarlett interfaces have enhanced performance supporting 192 kHz, improved mic pre-amps with low noise and plenty of gain. It also has upgraded instrument inputs with additional headroom for recording the loudest guitar parts without clipping.
The Scarlett 2i4 hardware interface provide ways to connect inputs for microphones, musical instruments or line level signals to a Mac or PC. The interface is designed operate at a sample rate of 24bit/192kHz. Scarlett 2i4, one of the best audio interface with affordable price (USD.199.99) comes with 2 balanced input for connecting audio sources like mic, instruments etc which can be recorded in your favourite digital audio workstation (DAW) and then routed to from DAW to physical outputs. Scarlett 2i4 is equipped with four audio output channels which can be connected to powered monitors, amplifiers or analog mixers. By default, all the input and output channels of Focusrite Scarlett 2i4 are routed directly to and from your DAW. However, you reconfigure the channels differently in the DAW to meet your requirement and use the Direct Monitoring feature lets you hear what you are playing without the effects of computer latency.
Bundled DAW and Other Software
The Scarlett 2i4 is compatible with any Windows-based DAW that supports ASIO or WDM and any Mac-based DAW that uses Core Audio. Scarlet 2i4 is shipped with software activation code for 2i4 drivers, Focusrite Plug-in Suite, - Softube Time and Tone bundle, Pro Tools | First, Ableton Live Lite, LoopMasters sample library and Novation Bass station.
Superb Focusrite Preamps
2i4 is equipped with two vibrant and pristine preamps from Focusrite family with excellent track record in professional studios around the world. Scarlett 2i4 has similar technology used in Focusrite’s flagship products, for a low noise, low distortion, high headroom preamps. The two inputs are capable of accommodating dynamic, condenser, ribbon mics or instruments and provide phantom power for mics that require it.
The newly designed instrument inputs are capable of handling the loudest guitar pick-ups.
Super Low Latency
Scarlett 2nd Generation interfaces have lower latency than many other top selling USB audio interfaces. The super-low latency performance of 2i4 lets you monitor real time with native plug-in effect which is a big advantage for performers when recording.
Traditionally, round-trip latency has been so long and it makes it difficult to monitor overdubs through DAW as the delay is long enough to musically off-put. With innovative driver and conversion design, Scarlett offers you round-trip latency as low as 2.74ms (subject to sample rate and DAW/workstation). Suddenly you can work entirely within your DAW for both overdubs and playback, using your favourite plug-ins and virtual instruments, and listen to them as you record.
Zero Latency - Direct Monitoring
“Direct Monitoring” option in Scarlett 2i4 enables you to route your input signals directly to the Scarlett 2i4’s headphone and main monitor outputs. This allows you to hear yourself in real time with zero latency along with computer play back. This setup will not affect the input signals to your computer in any way.
New Instrument Input – Handles the Hottest Pickup
Specially designed keeping musician users in mind, the new generation Scarlet instrument input has its own unbalanced path which maximises the headroom. Without affecting the clean natural sound of the mic preamp, the newly designed circuity adds a significant additional 8dB headroom to the instrument input. The 2i4 second generation instrument inputs are capable of handling the loudest guitar pick-ups.
Improved Device Protection
The construction of Scarlett range of products is with robust metal enclosure designed to withstand reasonable amount of rough treatment. In addition to this, there are measures to protect Scarlett against electrical problems. The surge protection circuits to inputs and output guard the audio interface against common mishaps during the operation.
Scarlett 2i4 is equipped with standard MIDI in / out ports. You do not need to carry a power cable as the interface is USB powered. Both inputs have a line, instrument and pad selector. Another notable feature is the signal level indication halo on the channel gain knobs. The light turn red if the signal is clipping. There is one headphone output on the front panel with a volume level knob.
The Scarlett 2i4 is ideal for your home or mobile studio if you need high quality sound and number of channels required are limited. With bundled DAW like Pro Tools and Ableton, Scarlett 2i4 will be a great piece of gear to have for your music production, voice overs, DJ application or any other small scale setup you need which demand professional quality audio.