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Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 Second Generation Audio Interface

How is the Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 Second Generation Different from the First?

Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 Second Generation

If you are in the market for a small, inexpensive quality audio interface for voice over, one of the most popular choices is the Focusrite Scarlett. I had owned the 2i2 First Generation as part of a backup/travel rig, but upgraded to the Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 Second Generation when it came out in the summer of 2016. As a result, the improvement was noticeable in all areas:

  • First of all, 8 dB more headroom for instrument inputs.
  • Significantly lower latency than was achieved with the First Generation model.
  • Surge protection for inputs and outputs.
  • More even gain structure for setting mic levels. With the old version, good settings were often near the end of the dial.
  • Better converters that handle up to 192 kHz and 24 bit audio.
  • Ships with Avid Pro Tools First and additional plugins, loops, and software.
  • Much louder headphone amp than in the original. This might be one of the best reasons to upgrade.
  • And finally, the Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 Second Generation has more clearly marked dials.

Making the switch to New Scarlett Audio Interfaces.

So, if you own a first-generation 2i2 or another Scarlett audio interface, I highly recommend you make the switch to the newer models. When buying, how can you be sure it’s the second-generation model? Focusrite has a handy guide to let you know. If the serial number starts with a V or W, it’s second-generation. If it starts with a S or T, it’s first-generation.

With all the amazing advances in voice over friendly audio interfaces over the past few years from almost all the popular brands like Universal Audio , Yamaha, Presonus, and RME, don’t settle for an old Focusrite interface. Make sure you choose the Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 Second Generation or other Scarlett Second Generation gear.