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Old 14th June 2018
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Scarlett 2i2, What if only one input needs phantom power?

Hi everyone,
I am a complete noob to the podcast/audio recording scene. I was considering investing in scarlett 2i2 as my first audio recording setup. I've been playing acoustic guitar for a long time. I also intend to do podcasts as a hobby.

I would use the setup to record a guitar (electric/acoustic) and a microphone to record voice at the same time. Now, my questions:

1. What if only one of the two mics I plug in needs phantom power and the other one doesn't? It would surely damage the one that doesn't need phantom power if I turn it on, right? Is there any way to specifically turn it on for one mic?

2. If there is no way to individually turn it on or of does having phantom power on affect my electric guitar input? would it damage my electric guitar?

EDIT 1: PS, would I be able to listen to monitor audio that includes a metronome and other instruments directly through the interface?
Old 14th June 2018
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1. A dynamic mic will not have any problem with phantom....Some ribbon mics should not be sent phantom power

2. There is no phantom power on the guitar input (1/4") Only the xlr will carry it.

Not sure exactly what you are asking with your edit....the interface will of course playback everything you send to it.
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1. A dynamic mic will not have any problem with phantom....Some ribbon mics should not be sent phantom power

2. There is no phantom power on the guitar input (1/4") Only the xlr will carry it.

Not sure exactly what you are asking with your edit....the interface will of course playback everything you send to it.

Hi, thanks for clearing these things up for me.
1. What about condenser mics?
2. Thanks a HUGE ton, this was my biggest concern.

Let me explain: if I plug my guitar into the interface and then the interface to the computer. Would it be possible to play metronome (or a backing track) on my computer and hear it through the output on the interface along with my guitar?
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Hi, thanks for clearing these things up for me.
1. What about condenser mics?
2. Thanks a HUGE ton, this was my biggest concern.

Let me explain: if I plug my guitar into the interface and then the interface to the computer. Would it be possible to play metronome (or a backing track) on my computer and hear it through the output on the interface along with my guitar?
99.9% of condenser mics need phantom power to work.

Yes, of course you can playback audio and hear the inputs...an interface wouldn't be much use without the ability to overdub instruments.
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99.9% of condenser mics need phantom power to work.

Yes, of course you can playback audio and hear the inputs...an interface wouldn't be much use without the ability to overdub instruments.
Thank you Stella :-)
Loads of good karma your way. I just ordered it. I'd get it tomorrow and I am very excited
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