What’s your microphone needs to produce high-quality sound? It’s nothing more than a good preamp. Scarlett from Focusrite has several versions of audio interface to help you make broadcast-quality sound. Looking at the two products Focusrite Scarlett Solo Vs Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 feels like looking at single object and its reflection in the mirror. Nicely build in light, compact yet tough rugged metal unibody case, they are also completed with awesome specs.
In general, both products have the same features such as award-winning Focusrite preamp, powered via USB, precision digital converter with 24 bit/96KHz resolution and dynamic range over 105dB, high quality DI line for less distortion risk and latency, and phantom power. Perhaps the only difference is that Scarlet Solo uses one award-winning preamp while the 2i2 uses two award-winning preamps but still they produce sound in great clarity. But hey, don’t you think one award “difference” should be the part of your consideration?
What’s bad about these machines? Well, the biggest flaw is on the software. The driver is such a pain if you run it with Windows XP. At this rate, you can help yourself by installing ASIO4ALL or use the driver version 2.3. You need to have a balanced cable since the USB is easily loose fit which can cause distortion. Believe me, you don’t want any distortion happening during your activities with such gear. As a portable audio interface, it’s better not to use it for heavy home studio recording.
Focusrite Scarlett Solo Vs 2i2
|Focusrite Scarlett Solo||Focusrite Scarlett 2i2|
|Key features||- Focusrite Mic Preamp: the better your preamp, the better your microphone will sound - Precision digital converters capture performance with studio-quality 24-bit resolution at sample rates of up to 96kHz with an exceptional dynamic range of over 105dB - Guitars plug straight into a crystal clear DI that minimizes the risk of distortion - Powered via USB, no need need for a bulky power supply - Includes Ableton Live Lite, 1GB of Loopmasters sample content, the Novation Bass Station virtual synth, Focusrite's Scarlett Plug-in Suite (RTAS/AU/VST), and the Red 2 & Red 3 Plug-in Suite (AAX/AU/VST)||- High quality mic preamps - Excellent dital performance - Rugged metal unibody case - Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 USB audio interface, truly portable interface - Includes an authorization code for Ableton Live Lite, Scarlett Plug-in Suite (RTAS/AU/VST), Red 2 & Red 3 Plug-in Suite (AAX/AU/VST), Novation Bass Station, and 1GB of Loopmasters samples|
|Customer Rating||4.3 out of 5.0 stars||4.3 out of 5.0 stars|
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All in all, I think the Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 is better than Scarlett Solo with its 2 high-quality mic preamps. It sounds great, low-noise and low-distortion. You can monitor the incoming signals with direct monitor that switch routes audio directly from the inputs to both the headphones and speaker outputs. Focusrite Scarlett Solo vs Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 is indeed a very tight competition but still there’s only one winner to assist you with your sound projects.