In this video we compare the Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 Audio Interface to the Solid State Logic SSl2+ Audio Interface.

Scarlett 2i2 vs SSL2+ Conclusion

Solid State Logic SSl2+ vs Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 Audio Interface

In terms of build quality, sound quality, and latency, the 2i2 and SSL2+ both offer great value. They both offer great dynamic range, plenty of volume when you need it, and practical latency at small buffer sizes. When you’re looking for an audio interface, those are the most important considerations that we consider.

The SSL2+ does offer more gain, less noise, more dynamic range, and we prefer the sound of the SSL2+ 4k Legacy mode compared to the Scarlett 2i2 Air Circuit.

The Scarlett 2i2 offers a smaller, light weight design with all of the inputs and headphone jack on the front of the unit which we believe is beneficial.

The SSL 2+ and 2i2 3rd Gen both offer high quality, high value audio interfacing for your home studio but we think the SSL2+ has enough clear benefits to recommend it over the Scarlett 2i2 Audio Interface.

Scarlett 2i2 vs SSL2+ Comparison Chart

Scarlett 2i2 AUdio InterfaceSSL2+ Audio Interface
PriceClick for current priceClick for current price
ConnectivityUSB-CUSB-C
Mic Gain Range56dB62dB
Mic Input Noise-128dBu-130.5dBu EIN
Max Instrument Input+12.5dBu+15dBu
Max Line Input Level+22dBu+24dBu
Monitor Dynamic Range108dB112dB
Monitor Max Output:+ 15.5dBu + 12.5dBu
Headphone Dynamic Range104dB111dB
Headphone Max Output: +7dBu+10dBu
Class Compliant (MacOS, iOS)YesYes
Sample rates: 44.1kHz
48kHz
88.2kHz
96kHz
176.4kHz
192kHz
44.1kHz
48kHz
88.2kHz
96kHz
176.4kHz
192kHz
Dimensions: 175 x 47.5 x 98.8mm234 x 70 x 157mm
Weight: 0.47KG0.88KG
Included Software:Avid Pro Tools | First
Focusrite Creative Pack
Ableton Live Lite
XLN Audio Addictive Keys
Softube Time and Tone Bundle
Focusrite Red Plug-in Suite
Focusrite Collective membership
3 month Splice Sounds subscription
SSL Native Vocalstrip 2
SSL Drumstrip
6-month trial of SSL Native suite
NI Hybrid Keys and Komplete Start
Avid Pro Tools | First
Ableton Live Lite
1.5GB Loopmasters samples

Pricing & Specs For Scarlett 2i2 & SSL2+

Topics Covered When Comparing Scarlett 2i2 vs SSL2+

  • 0:00 – Introduction
  • 0:30 – Price
  • 0:55 – Specs
  • 3:00 – Inputs & Gain Setup
  • 4:35 – Air Vs 4k – Upper Frequency Lift
  • 5:11 – Phantom Power & Layout
  • 6:50 – Monitor, Headphones & Output
  • 8:37 – Scarlett 2i2 & Shure SM7B
  • 9:36 – Scarlett 2i2 Air
  • 10:07 – SSL2+ & Shure SM7B
  • 10:34 – SSL2+ 4k
  • 11:30 – Final Thoughts

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Jordan Kettner

I consider myself to be half entrepreneur and half A/V geek. I am never content to settle for what is expected or determined by others to be the “industry standard”. Instead, I work extremely hard to break new ground and deliver value to whoever I meet.

My passion for the audio visual industry drives me to create content that will help others learn the best tools and techniques to learn how to setup their home studio.

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