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Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 USB Recording Interface $99 + free shipping

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Kinda meh on this deal, $99 is a great price but if you can spare the extra $50 for the 2nd-gen then I'd say to save up for that model (or wait for a slick deal of course)
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Quote from JimboLodisC View Post :
Kinda meh on this deal, $99 is a great price but if you can spare the extra $50 for the 2nd-gen then I'd say to save up for that model (or wait for a slick deal of course)
$50 more is a lot!
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Quote from JimboLodisC View Post :
Kinda meh on this deal, $99 is a great price but if you can spare the extra $50 for the 2nd-gen then I'd say to save up for that model (or wait for a slick deal of course)
what is the difference between two generations?
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what is the difference between two generations?
I am also curious what the difference is and if it is worth the $50 price increase
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$50 more is a lot!
50% is a lot, but $50 extra for someone that spends hundreds on other gear isn't really a big jump... I know a lot of musicians that buy $50 guitar pedals like candy, and if you're going to be committing to a new piece of gear then having the best version is easily worth skipping out on another distortion pedal this month
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Quote from 8282hurryup View Post :
what is the difference between two generations?
Quote from BoldIntrepid View Post :
I am also curious what the difference is and if it is worth the $50 price increase
Besides a couple very minor things (knob material, logo color) the main thing is latency, which is probably the most important spec to consider when shopping for an interface.

http://masters-of-music.com/focus...omparison/

We're talking just milliseconds of savings in a lot of cases, and whether or not that's noticeably perceptible to the musician will vary from person to person. I wanna say I heard that 10ms is the threshold where you notice a lag. So being above that requires some adjustment. Being below that means you would perceive little to no latency at all.

This is one of those cases where the previous model worked great, had met just about every expectation, but when you know that there's a new version that will be able to get you even closer with your timing, then it's hard to not start blaming your hardware. Musicians are a different animal when it comes to spending money to gain every slight edge. The average slickdealer might just prefer to save the money. (The 1st-gen hasn't become useless overnight!) The hardcore musician is the one that spends thousands on a rig, hundreds on mics, and wants recording to go as smooth as possible. An extra $50 is nothing to them at this point.

Similarly, a competitive gamer is going to be playing on a $1500+ rig on a gaming monitor with a quick refresh rate. A console gamer is playing on a $400 console with an HDTV that has 30ms of input lag. You can learn to adjust to save money, but the best experience is going to cost you.
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I heard that this can be also used as DAC for PC-fi. in terms of DAC, is it a good one?
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I heard that this can be also used as DAC for PC-fi. in terms of DAC, is it a good one?
I would guess okay or pretty good? Probably better than a lot of 3.5mm ports on laptops and pre-built desktops. You've got people making music on these, and thus listening to music, so it'd have to be at least average. But it's probably like how TVs don't have great audio cuz they assume you bought some actual speakers to go with the picture. I think they want you to buy an actual headphone DAC or some studio monitors for mixing/mastering and leave their headphone output to just tracking along with the music.
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I heard that this can be also used as DAC for PC-fi. in terms of DAC, is it a good one?
I've got the 2i4 1st gen which is basically the same but w/ more outputs. It drives headphones 60 or so ohms just fine, plenty loud at half full. As a DAC/Amp, if you're asking about sound quality it's great for entry level headphones like your ATH-50x all the way to the mid-tier headphones. I haven't noticed much distortion at higher levels so I think as casual listening you would be OK.
Quote from JimboLodisC View Post :
Besides a couple very minor things (knob material, logo color) the main thing is latency, which is probably the most important spec to consider when shopping for an interface.
I'm believe a lot of the latency issues are specifically tied to drivers and lack of MFR support as I've noticed a vast difference with my 1st gen comparing latency on Mac (Apple drivers) and Windows (between Focusrite drivers and ASIO4ALL drivers). Most recent drivers from Focusrite for the 1st gen dates 2014.
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Would this work to the send signal from a magnetic cartridge turntable to Adobe Audition to digitize LPs?
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I'd get one that doesn't run on USB power like this one does. You'll get interference noise through the USB power lines. Don't recommend.
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Would this work to the send signal from a magnetic cartridge turntable to Adobe Audition to digitize LPs?
no it does not have RCA inputs
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I heard that this can be also used as DAC for PC-fi. in terms of DAC, is it a good one?
they use these at $20 million gaming tournaments. so yea, Good enough DAC.
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Purchased this in the past for sub 75. this is usually the price you see on this. it discounts often
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