Any Reasons Not To Get A Scarlet 2i2?

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  1. Carl Kolchak

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    I've got about a +/- $100 to spend on a replacement USB interface, and was wondering if there is/are any reason(s) not to get a 2nd gen Scarlet 2i2 over anything else in the price range?
     
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    NO reason to get anything else imo. If you were looking at a version 1 I would say pass on it though...
     
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    Plenty of 2nd gens on eBay for under $100. Was going to pull the pin on one of them later this week.
     
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    If Glenn Fricker likes it, there wouldn't be any reason not to in that price range ;)

     
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    I've got the gen 1 and it's served me well. Only issue is there isn't a pad on the line inputs so if you've got hot pickups there's no way you can stop it from clipping. Gen 2 solved this though, so I'd say there's no reason not to.

    I've just ordered a Behringer UMC404HD to replace my gen 1 2i2, that's under £100 where I am so it might be worth checking that out. More ins and outs, highly regarded midas preamps and the ability to switch between 2 sets of monitors sold it for me, if you need any of that it might be worth checking that out too.
     
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    Only argument would be if you got a deal on the 2i4 or something. The Scarlett is awfully tough to beat at its price point, if you don't need more mic inputs.
     
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    I am not convinced with the quality control on the focusrite, but then again, most of the stuff imported in India is b stock.

    Given your budget, I would recommend the Behringer stuff, you can get more features within your budget. Like pad's
    https://www.thomann.de/de/behringer...m?ref=search_rslt_behringer+u+phoria_359082_0

    I bought my 2i4 1st gen and its been plauged with issues left right and centre. Lot of people don't have these issues with focusrite stuff.
     
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    If you're worried about quality control on a Focusrite interface, I would NOT recommend Behringer. :lol:
     
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    ^^If you don't mind, can you post your expiriences with Behringer ?
    Also any alternatives in this price point, other than Behringer and Focusrite
     
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    Totally agree.

    Focusrite makes great stuff. I'm on my 3rd interface from them. Heck I still have and use my USB6 from them which is like over 7 years old :lol:
     
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    Does the Solo share the same mic preamps are the 2i2?
     
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    ^^ Idk about gen 2 , but the solo has totally different preamps than the 2i2 and I think the solo preamps are better in terms of the headroom that they offer. My pickups are really hot and the new solo had no issues in handling it.
     
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    I`ve had 2i2 1gen for 2 years and changed it for 2gen beacuse of latency issues, and it seems 2gen has better preamps.
     
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    It's funny how 2nd generation drivers work with 1st generation units :D they're definetly more stable and have lower latency.
     
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    I've been pretty fortunate, in that the only Behringer product I've ever owned, a set of Truth 2030A monitors, were fine and I had no real issues (functional, anyway - some of the covering peeled off). But they have a strong reputation for borrowing/bending freely from other firm's intellectual property, and then finding ways to produce them more cheaply, often by cutting corners. If you're on a tight budget, that can be worth the risk, but if you're going from Focusrite (a company with a pretty good reputation for quality to control) to Behringer, that's a step down in reliability.

    Focusrite's Scarlett line is widely considered the best price/performance tradeoff at this price point; other than that, I've used and had good success with Presonus and M-Audio gear in the past, so I'd maybe give them a look.
     
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    2gen has better usb connector, 1gen was loosing contact if i touched the unit :)
     
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    I paid quiet a bit for a focusrite 2i4 1st Gen. From the day I got it , it was riddled with issues from the day I bought it. support is a typical circle jerk of issues, one points me to dealer, dealer points me elsewhere etc. Finally left India

    It could be that I was given a B stock product by a bad dealer.
     
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    Check out the Roland stuff.
     
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    do it. 2nd gen 2i2's have like an extra +15db built in and don't clip as easily as the 1st gen does. basically at that price range the 2nd gen 2i2 is king.
     

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