Focusrite has introduced the Scarlett 2i2 audio interface, which they say features exceptional audio quality, ultimate simplicity and stunning design. The company tell us that Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 is a 2-in/2-out USB 2.0 audio interface with the highest specifications in its class, "Alongside award-winning Focusrite mic/instrument preamps, high-quality 24-bit/96kHz digital conversion and flexible monitor control, it features a new unibody industrial design, which is visually striking, functional and robust."
Here's a full description in Focusrite's own words:
At the heart of the Scarlett 2i2, two Focusrite microphone preamplifiers provide an exceptionally clean signal path for mic-, instrument- or line-level sources, and supply phantom power to condenser mics. Best-in-class digital converters capture pristine-quality audio for professional-sounding results, and a new unibody chassis -- a single piece of red anodised aluminium -- surrounds the 2i2's internal circuitry and controls. Not only does it sound and look fantastic, the Scarlett 2i2 is also rugged enough to take knocks on stage and throw into a laptop bag to make high-quality recordings anywhere.
Other innovations on the Scarlett 2i2 include unique LED-halo signal indicators, which encircle each of the gain controls. These glow green when an input signal is detected and turn red if clipping occurs, to provide a quick and easy way of ensuring that an appropriate signal level is achieved.
The Scarlett 2i2 has a pair of quarter-inch TRS jack outputs for feeding powered studio monitors or an external audio device, such as a mixer. A large knob provides accurate control of the output level, and direct monitoring allows for zero-latency tracking.
There's also a quarter-inch headphones output with dedicated level control. Since the interface is bus powered, an additional power supply is not needed, meaning the interface is truly portable. What's more, it's bundled with the Focusrite Scarlett Plug-in Suite as well as Ableton Live Lite: all that's needed to get recording right away.
Combining professional-sounding mic preamps with the very best in USB 2.0 interfacing technology, the Scarlett 2i2 is perfect for those new to recording, and for the professional who wants the Focusrite quality in a compact, mobile and robust package.
The Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 joins the existing line of Focusrite USB and Firewire interfaces, and will not supersede any current Focusrite products.
Pricing and Availability:
Shipping worldwide in October 2011.
USA: $199.99 MSRP / $149.99 at dealers
UK: £119.99 inc. VAT typical street price
DE: €159 inc. Tax UVP (MSRP)