Focusrite has announced their newest USB Audio interface in the Scarlett range: the Focusrite Scarlett 2i4 USB Audio Interface! The Focusrite Scarlett 2i4 USB Audio Interface is the latest in Focusrite’s new generation of USB interfaces alongside the popular 2i2 and other products in the series. This 2-in, 4-out USB audio interface combines affordability, cross-platform operation, a comprehensive feature set and the best audio performance in its class. It’s a perfect match for both the musician and the digital DJ – and it comes in an elegant, road-ready anodised aluminum unibody case.
Scarlett 2i4 is a great tool for the musician, with its two award-winning Focusrite microphone/line/instrument preamps accessed via universal front-panel XLR/TRS sockets, combined with professional 24-bit, 96 kHz conversion, plus class-leading analogue and digital design from input to output to ensure pristine audio quality throughout the signal path.
With its 48V phantom power capability, Scarlett 2i4 is perfect for recording guitar and vocals, stereo piano and more with high-quality condenser mics. Musicians will appreciate the direct monitoring mode, which removes the latencies associated with listening back to the input signal through the DAW. In common with other interfaces in the Scarlett series, input level controls feature a novel LED “signal halo” around the knob that indicates a healthy input level (green) and a clipping signal (red), while a large-diameter silver volume knob gives you full and accurate control over monitor levels at all times, so whether you are mixing your music, or listening back to the track, the levels will always be in your control.
Alongside the two Focusrite preamps are four RCA phono outputs, two of which are also available on balanced TRS sockets. These, coupled with the high-level headphone output and flexible monitoring capability make Scarlett 2i4 ideal for digital DJs. Send outputs 1 & 2 to the PA system and use 3 & 4 for cueing, or send all four to a DJ mixer. The converter performance ensures that the quality of the audio streamed from the computer is superb. An A/B source switch for monitoring either of two stereo output pairs via the high-level headphone output provide everything that’s required from a DJ interface.
Scarlett 2i4 includes MIDI input and output allowing you to connect a digital piano or synthesizer to your computer while recording their audio via 2i4’s TRS inputs.
Scarlett 2i4 comes with an excellent package of software tools to help you get your music down straight away. The latest version of the Focusrite Scarlett Plug-in Suite includes Compressor, Reverb, Gate and EQ in the form of VST/AU/RTAS plug-ins. Focusrite’s Xcite+software bundle is also included, which features Ableton’s Live Lite recording and sequencing software, Novation’s Bass Station soft synth and over 1GB of royalty-free samples from Loopmasters.
Scarlett 2i4 delivers high quality, 24-bit 96kHz audio to and from both Macintosh and Windows computers with USB 2.0 capability – and it is bus powered so once the USB cable is connected there is no need to plug it into the mains.