#1
I am trying to decide on which mic package I should purchase.
It has come down to these three choices:

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/recording-packages/focusrite-scarlett-2i2-package

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/pro-audio/focusrite-scarlett-studio

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/recording-packages/focusrite-scarlett-solo-studio-pack#productDetail

As you can see, I am very interested in the Scarlett interface. I was just wondering what y'all think would be the best deal based on the added features and accessories included.

Thank y'all for y'all's time and opinions!
Last edited by JessicaM at Nov 27, 2014,
#2
It depends on what exactly you wanna do.
And also how much money you have.

in any case i would not get any of them packs - everything in there sounds less than average if ya ask me, and while them interfaces are the best up to that much money you can get yourself much better stuff for a bit more.

As for the mic, there's a number of better sounding units for the same money.
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I'd suggest you not buy the 2i2 in the first place and go for the 2i4, instead. As far as those mics are concerned though, they're all junk... But if you have to get one, the MXL 990 could at least be sent to MJE later and modded to be a pretty sweet mic.
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#4
Since you asked which of those three, and nobody in this forum likes to answer the actual question, I will say the first one is the best but least noob-friendly. The middle one is better for someone who's never had any experience before - it comes with software and headphones, versus a slightly better mic and mic stand like the first package. Either way, eliminate the 'solo' package from your list, it's the worst value of the three options.

That said, there's a reason nobody here ever answers questions like this, and it's because you can usually make a better bundle for yourself. Are you open to that? If so, what is your budget?

ps. it is okay to just want to buy a bundle to get your feet wet in recording, you could spend $30,000 today and STILL want to upgrade something in 6-12 months so don't worry about over or under thinking this decision and go with your gut. At least with these bundles you know you're getting everything you need to get started
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Last edited by Sid McCall at Nov 28, 2014,
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I'd suggest you not buy the 2i2 in the first place and go for the 2i4, instead. As far as those mics are concerned though, they're all junk... But if you have to get one, the MXL 990 could at least be sent to MJE later and modded to be a pretty sweet mic.

Seconding this outright.
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That said, there's a reason nobody here ever answers questions like this, and it's because you can usually make a better bundle for yourself. Are you open to that? If so, what is your budget?

ps. it is okay to just want to buy a bundle to get your feet wet in recording)


I am somewhat open to making a bundle, but I would need quite a bit of guidance due to the fact that I have just about zero experience with recording mics and interfaces. I am looking to spend around $200. I just want something halfway decent to start out with and begin learning. I will be recording mostly acoustic guitar and vocals.

Thanks for the help and let me know if you have any other questions!
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Quote by JessicaM
I am somewhat open to making a bundle, but I would need quite a bit of guidance due to the fact that I have just about zero experience with recording mics and interfaces. I am looking to spend around $200. I just want something halfway decent to start out with and begin learning. I will be recording mostly acoustic guitar and vocals.

Thanks for the help and let me know if you have any other questions!

Well in my opinion, the $250 bundle there is better than most things you can put together for yourself since you're starting from scratch. Cables and headphones and stuff can cost most than you expect, so buying a 2i4 like most people here will recommend will leave you with $50 in your budget for a mic/cable/etc. Buying a 2i2 is only $150 separate, but for $100 on top of that you're still not looking at a better mic than comes with the package deal - and you won't have a cable or headphones or some of the software that comes with the package.

Frankly, just get the package and you can get a nicer mic later for $100 or so once you learn the shortcomings of the packaged one (it isn't anything that will hold you back, and you shouldn't upgrade until you can tell a difference). If you can afford that $250 bundle, just go for it, and you'll be fine.

ps. The reason a lot of people recommend the 2i4 over the 2i2 is a 'pad' button that lowers input volume for loud or heavy signals (like electric guitars with battery-powered pickups, or a bass guitar). Since you're recording vocals and acoustic, and probably using the mic for both of those, then you will be fine with the 2i2. Besides, if you plug an acoustic guitar in, it shouldn't overload the signal by any stretch of the imagination (and if it's that powerful, it will have its own volume knob).
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Frankly, just get the package and you can get a nicer mic later for $100 or so once you learn the shortcomings of the packaged one (it isn't anything that will hold you back, and you shouldn't upgrade until you can tell a difference). If you can afford that $250 bundle, just go for it, and you'll be fine.


Thank you so much for all your help! I really appreciate it!
#9
Agree with other comments that the bundled mics aren't that great. The MXL 990 is described as a 'large diaphragm' mic but it's actually rather small. The Focusrite branded mic is gonna be some random Chinese cheapie with a red paintjob slapped on it, will do the job but you could get better for the money.

However those bundled headphones look like Superlux to me, which means they're probably be damned good. It'll be one of their OEM models with a Focusrite badge.
#10
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Well in my opinion, the $250 bundle there is better than most things you can put together


Sorry to bug you, but I just caught this pack on sale and was wondering what you think of it. Compared to the other $250 packs, do you think this would be the best option? Thanks so much!

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/recording-packages/focusrite-scarlett-2i2-mxl-package?pfm=sp
Last edited by JessicaM at Dec 6, 2014,
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Quote by JessicaM
Sorry to bug you, but I just caught this pack on sale and was wondering what you think of it. Compared to the other $250 packs, do you think this would be the best option? Thanks so much!

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/recording-packages/focusrite-scarlett-2i2-mxl-package?pfm=sp


Without a doubt, absolutely. Best of all worlds (from your original list). Better mic, good headphones, and all accessories. Jump on this deal.

Ps call MF on the phone and ask if that's as low as they can go. Doesn't always work with sale items but sometimes they can shave off a few extra percent
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Quote by JessicaM
Sorry to bug you, but I just caught this pack on sale and was wondering what you think of it. Compared to the other $250 packs, do you think this would be the best option? Thanks so much!

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/recording-packages/focusrite-scarlett-2i2-mxl-package?pfm=sp

That's pretty decent. Actually the Scarlett mic looks like rebranded condenser, so it could be an MXL, I have line that looks just like it but in silver. The MXL mic is fine, a bit overly bright and slightly metallic in sound, but could get there with the right eq. I bought mine for overheads for my budget recordings, sounds decent with eq.

See if you could find any deals with the AT2020, probably best in the sub $100 condenser range.

Another one to consider:
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/recording-packages/presonus-audiobox-itwo-studio
Last edited by diabolical at Dec 6, 2014,
#13
Jessica, I saw today that Sweetwater have some better deals, at least the mics are better, look these up:

http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/AudioBoxStu

http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/SparkScarletBun

http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/BlueBirdScarBun


... and this will probably take care of it once and for all!

http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/C214-2i2
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Quote by diabolical
Jessica, I saw today that Sweetwater have some better deals, at least the mics are better, look these up:

http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/AudioBoxStu

http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/SparkScarletBun

http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/BlueBirdScarBun


... and this will probably take care of it once and for all!

http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/C214-2i2

Hot damn, those are some DEALS. The bluebird one takes the cake in my opinion, but they're all good for their respective prices.
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