Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 3rd Gen Audio Interface Review (May 2024)


Last updated on May 27, 2024 10:39 pm Details


In this review post, we’re going to be discussing the Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 3rd Gen USB Audio Interface, including an overview of its unique features.

Product Description

Scarlett has gone platinum. Sitting on the desks of a huge global community of musicians, producers, and home recordists, the iconic 2i2 has already helped make more records than any other interface in history. And with the 3rd Generation, you’re going to sound better than ever.

  •  Two of the best performing Scarlett mic preamps the range has ever heard – now with Air – for miking up guitars or recording vocals
  • Two high headroom instrument inputs, for plugging your guitar or bass straight in
  • High-performance converters, allowing you to record, mix, and playback audio in studio quality, anywhere
  • Easy Start tool, making it easier than ever to get up and running

Scarlett’s best-selling interface – millions of musicians use 2i2 to write and record every day. Featuring natural sounding 3rd Gen mic preamps, and Air, emulating our original ISA preamps, 2i2 is getting musicians the most from their mics everywhere, all the time. It’s like writing in a studio.

Getting studio-quality recordings at home has never been easier. Easy Start gets you set up, recording, and playing back within minutes. Our mic preamps, high-headroom instrument inputs, and now-iconic Gain Halos mean the science of sounding great is sorted. We’ve worried about the tech, you can focus on the music.

We’ve been making mic preamps for 30 years, and the 3rd Gen mic pre is the best Scarlett has ever heard. The 24-bit/192kHz converters give your recordings clarity and detail. Air mode breathes life into vocals, adding unique high-end detail. Our decades of experience mean Scarlett sounds just like you.

Incredibly reliable, Focusrite hardware won’t let you down. If, however, you come across a problem you can rely on our global support team and your three-year warranty to get it sorted. Sound.

Scarlett 2i2 is officially supported in use with USB-C iPad Pros. Setup and operation are simple: just plug in, fire up your favorite music-making app, and enjoy the Focusrite sound wherever you go. Scarlett 2i2 has been tested extensively with Garageband, Cubasis 2, Auria Pro, Amplify Launchpad, Amplify Groovebox, and Amplify Blocs Wave, as well as FL Studio. Now you can record anywhere, really.

Product Features

  • For PC / Mac
  • Weight: 0.47 kg
  • USB bus-powered
  • USB-C connection
  • 24-Bit / 192 kHz
  • Phantom power +48 V
  • Switchable air function
  • 2 Scarlett microphone preamps
  • Includes USB cable: Type C to A
  • 2 Line outputs: 6.3 mm jack balanced
  • Stereo headphone output: 6.3 mm jack
  • Dimensions (W x H x D): 175 x 47.5 x 98.8 mm
  • 2 Mic / instrument / line inputs: XLR / 6.3 mm jack combo balanced

Pros & Cons


  • Excellent preamps; you can’t go wrong with Focusrite’s preamps, which are among the best on the market.
  • High-quality recordings are made at a sampling rate of 192 kHz, ensuring the highest possible recording quality.
  • Even with minimal buffer sizes, it will not use your CPU.
  • A direct monitoring option that bypasses the computer by using headphones or speakers.
  • Excellent value for money.


  • USB-powered, which could be an issue if your laptop doesn’t have a lot of slots.
  • There are no MIDI outputs or inputs.
  • Not ideal for recording many instruments or vocals at the same time.

Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 3rd Gen USB Audio Interface Demo

Our Verdict

Given all we’ve said so far, how good is the Scarlett 2i2? If you ask us, it’s unquestionably one of the greatest solutions for a musician wishing to build a small studio in their house. The same is true for DJs seeking a means to link their laptops to a PA system.

In terms of features and audio quality, this is unquestionably a worthwhile investment. Especially given what the competition has to offer. Sure, there are lots of other high-quality audio interfaces on the market, but you’d be hard pushed to find one at this price.

Where to Buy

The best place to buy this product has to be Amazon, due to their competitive pricing and fantastic customer service.

Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 3rd Gen USB Audio Interface for Recording, Songwriting, Streaming and Podcasting — High-Fidelity, Studio Quality Recording, and All the Software You Need to Record

as of April 30, 2024 4:58 pm

Pricing History

Price History for Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 3rd Gen USB Audio Interface for Recording, Songwriting, Streaming and...


Current Price $119.99 April 30, 2024
Highest Price $189.99 September 26, 2023
Lowest Price $119.99 December 16, 2023
Since August 31, 2023

Last price changes

$119.99 December 16, 2023
$171.27 November 20, 2023
$173.69 November 16, 2023
$174.48 November 12, 2023
$189.97 October 15, 2023

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Additional information

Item Weight

1.1 pounds

Product Dimensions

7.68 x 2.09 x 1.32 inches

Country of Origin


Item model number


Is Discontinued By Manufacturer


Date First Available

June 27, 2019

Color Name


Compatible Devices

Personal Computer

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