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 Audio Interface: https://currentprice.io/scarlett_2i2
- Scarlett 2i2 Audio Bundle: https://currentprice.io/2i2_kit
- Shure SM58 Dynamic Microphone: https://currentprice.io/shure_sm58
- NEAT Worker Bee Condenser Microphone: https://currentprice.io/workerbee
- XLR Cable: https://currentprice.io/6ft_xlr
- Mic Stand: https://currentprice.io/desk_stand
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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