Let’s discuss the similarities and differences between the Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 Audio Interface and the Focusrite Scarlett Solo Audio Interface.

Scarlett 2i2 & Scarlett Solo Overview

The Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 and Scarlett Solo audio interfaces both offer great value for the dollar. They both include the following features:

  • Preamps – Good sounding microphone preamps (for the dollar) with 57 dB of gain
  • Air mode – Boost of upper frequencies
  • 1/4″ Instrument Input(s)
  • 1/4″ Line Level Input(s)
  • Direct Monitoring
  • Line Level Outputs – Left & Right
  • USB Connection (24 Bit / 192 kHz)
  • Headphone Jack

What is the difference between 2i2 & Solo?

The Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 has two combination jacks (XLR & 1/4″) and the Scarlett Solo has one XLR jack and one 1/4″ jack.

Who is the Scarlett Solo For?

We recommend the Scarlett Solo for anyone who is looking for a small interface to connect a single microphone to their computer. It also works well for singer songwriters who want to play a single instrument (guitar or piano) while they sing.

If you do any of the following, the Scarlett Solo is perfect for you:

  • Voiceover & Vocal Recording
  • Single person podcast
  • Live streaming
  • Video Conferencing
  • Singer Songwriter
    • Vocal Microphone
    • Guitar with pickup, electric guitar, or electric keyboard (mono)

Who is the Scarlett 2i2 For?

The Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 audio interface is perfect for those who need a bit more flexibility and may need to connect two microphones or two instruments to the interface.

  • Two person podcast recording
  • Two person live streaming
  • Mic’ing stereo sources (grand piano)
  • Mic’ing two guitar amps at the same time, or two instruments at the same time
  • People who need more flexibility and are more likely to be experimenting in the studio

Scarlett 2i2 & Scarlett Solo Pricing

Scarlett 2i2 VS Scarlett Solo Topics

  • 0:00 – Introduction
  • 0:45 – Pricing (Interface & Combo Kit)
  • 1:12 – Physical Size
  • 1:26 – Rear of Device
  • 1:45 – Front of Device
  • 1:58 – Scarlett Solo Interface
  • 3:15 – Scarlett 2i2 Interface
  • 4:05 – Preamps & Gain Control
  • 4:13 – Comparison & Recommendation
  • 5:20 – Final Thoughts