Hey everybody, I'm very new here (first post) and I realize that this is an old thread, but I actually signed up so I could go in to bat for this product. I have to admit that while I've not been a member till now, I have read a lot of things and made some informed (and some misinformed) decision about the gear I purchase based on opinions here.
The Scarlett 2i2
is a great no bull*^%t interface and is REMARKABLE for the small asking price. I recently renovated my home and part of the construction was a fairly small acoustically designed room as a production suite/mix room. It's fair to say I had some grand plans about the gear that was going into it when the bank balance was high....these plans were crushed as the carpentry invoices continued to pile up. The dedicated studio space I have sports Cubase 7
on a well spec'd pc, an rme fireface, trusty tannoy monitors, 2x uad duo cards with masses of software and tons of nice outboard preamps, etc. my plan was to purchase an Apollo
quad and mirror the software and grab a few preamps and a headphone amp. Times have proven tough...
I have desperately needed to at least get moving and get acquainted with my new room, so I have gotten Cubase 7
essentials, a well specd pc (i7 3770 16gb ram), some behringer truth 2031a's and a Scarlett 2i2
. All have proven to be great pieces of gear! The whole rig is a little bit less streamlined than my larger studio, but they are very small work arounds ie. not having certain edit capabilities in Cubase, no uad plugs, and latency with the focusrite, but everything is manageable! And I'm getting fantastic results! I get that there is latency, but that's why the good folks at focusrite put that sweet "direct monitor" switch on the front....yes, you can't monitor effects, but really, if youre printing a sound that you must manipulate that far from the signal, maybe reassess what you're recording.
Other added bonuses...installation was a breeze, no dramas in windows 8
, the plugin suite actually sounds fantastic (the reverb in particular is very intuitive and great sounding), the micpres sound really nice, and the layout of the whole box is uncomplicated and simple to use quickly. No, it doesn't sound as good as our rme card, nor should it. But it does sound great and surprisingly "fat". I think that for the amount we have all paid for them, everyone needs to take a breath and think about the any advantages of the unit. Things like: being powered of of a USB port, a good sounding headphone out, the fact that units at this price allow younger engineers to start on something of reasonable quality, those sweet lights behind the volume pots...blah, blah. There a lot to like, and I think it neither sounds nor feels like a rock bottom "cheap" unit. Nice one.