Focusrite Scarlett 2i4 adds another highly affordable and flexible USB audio interface to this increasingly popular range, offering a step up from 2i2. Focusrite Scarlett 2i4 features cross-platform operation combined with a comprehensive feature set and the best audio performance in its class. Scarlett 2i4 makes the perfect interface for both musicians and digital DJs with its two award winning Focusrite microphone/line/instrument preamps ensuring pristine audio quality throughout the signal path.
Focusrite Scarlett 2i4 features high quality, 24-bit 96kHz audio capture for PC and Mac based computer systems with bus powering. It also comes with two award-winning Focusrite preamps accessed via universal front-panel XLR/TRS sockets, which provide stunning audio clarity.
Scarlett 2i4 with its 48V phantom power capability is perfect for recording guitar and vocal, or stereo piano for example, with high-quality condenser mics. Musicians will also love the direct monitoring mode, which removes the latencies associated with listening back to the input signal through the DAW. Artists can record into the DAW in real time, whilst hearing a zero latency monitor feed from their input sources, controlled by a single knob for easy blending between direct monitoring and DAW playback. In common with other interfaces in the Scarlett series, input level controls feature a novel LED "signal halo" around the knob that indicates signal presence (green) and input overload (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 main PA and use 3 & 4 for cueing, or send all four to a mixer. The converter performance ensures that the quality of the audio streamed from the computer is sonically 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.
Focusrite Scarlett 2i4 also ships 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 established Xcite+ bundle is also included, which features Ableton Live Lite (for all your production, performance and compositional needs), Novation’s Bass Station soft synth and over 1GB of royalty-free samples from Loopmasters.