#1
Hey guys.

I am thinking of buying Focusrite Scarlett Solo and have some questions about it...

I'll be recording guitar and bass (both with passive pickups) and maybe vocals. I am using MIDI keyboard (with MIDI to USB cable) too. This is my laptop: http://laptop.bg/archive/laptops-toshiba-Satellite_C55_A-toshiba_satellite_c55a19n_black with additional 4 gb RAM and Windows 7 x64. Is this Focusrite model suitable for me? I am looking mostly for decent audio quality (so far I've recorded guitars only via the internal audio card and I certainly hope that the sound will be better), acceptable latency and reliability (I don't want to search and reinstall drivers everyday or other technical issues)... This is why I am asking for your opinions. Moreover I'll be testing my friend's Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 soon - will the audio quality and compatibility with Windows 7 will be the same as the Solo?

Thanks in advance... and sorry for my English - I guess it's not very good
#2
I use a Focusrite 2i:2 and it's great. They're quality units. I've not noticed any latency issues or background noise. Definitely a good buy on a budget.

Reporting this just so it gets moved over to the recordings forum, you'll get some better responses in there. Generally it's good to also to mention your budge as well.
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I use a Focusrite 2i:2 and it's great. They're quality units. I've not noticed any latency issues or background noise. Definitely a good buy on a budget.

Reporting this just so it gets moved over to the recordings forum, you'll get some better responses in there. Generally it's good to also to mention your budge as well.


i have a 2i4 and love it. +1 to eppicurt, on all accounts.

its also got nice preamps. and works very well.
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Thanks to both of you! Yes, maybe I was wrong to post here and it will be more suitable for the Recordings forum. As for my budget - well, let's say that the 2i2's price is the absolute maximum I'll be ready to pay but I really don't need the two inputs and that's why I am thinking about the Solo.
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What are you planning to use as a DAW?
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#7
I think it sounds pretty damn bad.

Though nothing really sounds better in that price range, so if you don't wanna spend more money you may as well get one.

Don't ever get a 2i2, it has very little input headroom and no input gain reduction.

If you ever want to get something like a 2i4 then get a mackie onyx blackjack or a roland duo capture EX, they sound better.

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#8
Hi Imraotnh,

To answer your initial questions, the preamp in the Scarlett Solo is the same design as those in the Scarlett 2i2. The AD-DA conversion performance is almost identical between the two units so your friend's 2i2 will be a very accurate representation of the sort of audio quality you can expect with the Scarlett Solo. I'm not aware of any issues running our interfaces on your laptop. If you have any further questions, please feel free to ask.

Best regards,

Neil Marron
Focusrite
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I think it sounds pretty damn bad.

Though nothing really sounds better in that price range, so if you don't wanna spend more money you may as well get one.

Don't ever get a 2i2, it has very little input headroom and no input gain reduction.

If you ever want to get something like a 2i4 then get a mackie onyx blackjack or a roland duo capture EX, they sound better.

Audacity is a waste of time, reaper is better for everything.

Wat. I've used mine for tons of recordings and have had nothing but total control over this. It's really easy to balance input gain and volume.

The sound quality is fine on them, I don't understand what you're talking about.
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Wat. I've used mine for tons of recordings and have had nothing but total control over this. It's really easy to balance input gain and volume.

The sound quality is fine on them, I don't understand what you're talking about.


I have to agree with Eppicurt on this. I have never had an issue. It works flawlessly for me, two inputs work fine.

I had a m audio fast track and was a problem, and got the Scarlet as a replacement and couldn't be happier
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its also got nice preamps. and works very well.
What other interfaces have you had in your hands for a day or so?
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Wat. I've used mine for tons of recordings and have had nothing but total control over this. It's really easy to balance input gain and volume.
Lotsa people with mid and high output p/ups recording direct have their inputs clipping 'cause there's not enough gain reduction on the input.

The issue is solved on the 2i4 and above 'cause they have an engageable input pad, and in the most recent couple of interfaces (scarlett solo for example) which simply have less gain on tap, which makes them un-ideal for dynamic mics such as SM58's.
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The sound quality is fine on them, I don't understand what you're talking about.
I'm talking about the sound quality
I find for just a bit more money you can get much better stuff.

Even if you only look at the mackie onyx blackjack's specs you'll find it's top down better, and it costs as much as a 2i4.
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I have the Solo and it came with Cubase LE 7. I would suggest if your running a good DAW, get more RAM (at least 8gb). An i7 processor for PC is best for performance I am seeing right now. I haven't had clipping issues at all. Am using the mic that came with right at my cab and so far its been great. I plug the bass in direct as well and its ok but i dont have a good bass amp so I choose to direct that.
My buddy ordered a Scarlett 18/20 for our band but it didn't come in yet for our last practice so I took my laptop and the Solo and I have to say it really worked good. We separated the vocals to one Scarlett channel and put his Yamaha mixer XLR out to the other and it worked pretty good.
We tried Ableton to record but had some weird stuff going on so we used Cubase and got it done pretty easily.
BTW I dont know what I'm doing so if I find this easy then anyone can do it. Audacity is ok for free. But free is free.