Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 3rd Gen USB Audio Interface

95 out of 100. Incorporating 18050+ ratings and reviews.

Gearank High Notes

Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 3rd Gen: Equal Highest Rated Audio Interface Under $200 - 2022.04

Gearank Recommended

The 2i2 3rd Gen first appeared on our recommended list in our December 2019 Edition of The Best Cheap Audio Interfaces where is was the second highest rated audio interface under $200 – the now discontinued Audient ID4 was the highest rated at that time.

Then in our October 2020 Edition it became the highest rated option under $200 and since that time no other audio interface has out ranked it – the Focusrite Scarlett Solo 3rd Gen has been tied with it as the Equal Highest Rated since September 2021.

Note that with the right adapters, this can be a very capable iPad USB Audio interface.

Rating Source Highlights

Website Source *Rating Value
Higher Hz Brandon Schock 94/100
Guitar World Chris Gill 84/100
MusicTech Andy Jones 90/100
Sound On Sound Sam Inglis 94/100
Music Radar Jon Musgrave 90/100
PC Mag Tim Gideon 80/100
Make Beats 101 Editor 100/100
*Displayed values are prior to the Gearank Algorithm’s adjustments it makes when evaluating the source.


  • A/D Resolution: 24-bit/192kHz
  • Preamp: 1
  • Channels: 2
  • Inputs: 1 x XLR combo (mic), 1 x 1/4″ (Hi-Z)
  • Outputs: 2 x 1/4″ TRS
  • MIDI: None
  • Power: USB bus powered
  • Phantom Power: +48V
  • Bundled Software: Ableton Live Lite, Pro Tools First Focusrite Creative Pack, Focusrite Red plugin suite, several more
Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 3rd Gen being used for live recording
It is also a handy interface for live recordings.

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