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.