In this lesson, we discuss the purpose of the 48v button on the Scarlett 2i2 audio interface. We test it on both a dynamic microphone (Shure SM58) and a condenser microphone (NEAT Worker Bee).

Quick Answer: The 48v button supplies your condenser microphone with power so it will work.

Scarlett 2i2 & 48v (Phantom Power)

The Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 audio interface provides 48v as an option for both microphone inputs. This power will affect different types of microphones in different ways:

  • Condenser Microphones – Required.
  • Dynamic Microphones – Not required, generally won’t affect them in any way whatsoever.
  • Ribbon Microphones – Not required, but can damage the microphone.

It’s also worth noting that in-line preamps (Cloudlifter CL-1) require phantom power to work as well.

The Scarlett CM25 Microphone Bundled with the Studio Packs) is a Condenser microphone and will need Phantom Power.

Scarlett 2i2 48v Phantom Power Equipment:

Scarlett 2i2 48v Phantom Power Topics

  • 0:00 – Introduction
  • 0:18 – Quick Answer
  • 0:40 – Pricing & Specs
  • 1:10 – Dynamic Microphone Without 48v
  • 1:21 – Dynamic Microphone With 48v
  • 2:20 – Ribbon Microphones
  • 3:00 – Condenser Microphone Without 48v
  • 3:30 – Condenser Microphone With 48v
  • 4:38 – Final Thoughts

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