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Includes Focusrite 2-Year Warranty. Take it anywhere, connect by a single USB cable, plug your microphone and instrument straight in and easily record studio quality audio.

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Take caution if anyone wants an audio interface for their dynamic(Sm58, SM7b) [amazon.com]mics, that they get a in-line amp like thecloud lifter [amazon.com] for use with a dynamic microphone. Otherwise, you'll find out like me, most audio interfaces alone can't amp the input volume high enough.
If you're using something like the popular USB Blue Yeti, you don't need an audio interface. Only if you're using a XLR cable mic.

The budget UM2 [amazon.com] (even cheaper brother of the UM22) interface has a stronger amp than the Solo gen 2 surprisingly after testing them out with my SM58 [amazon.com]. But the UM2 is definitely lacking in build quality compared to the nice metal chassis of the Solo and overall feel of the inputs. Focusrite also has better support I hear and are way better than Behringer in that aspect. tbh I couldn't tell a difference in audio quality, both were good there. Audiophiles may say otherwise though, I'm not one.

The UM2+SM58 is what I was using when I streamed and sounded pretty much the same as my Blue Yeti USB I was using before that, so anyone out there, don't expect to sound a lot better unless you're willing to spend like $$$$ to get something better like the 400$ SM7B plus a 150$ cloud lifter and the 70,110$ Solo...but even then it won't make you sound like a god, at that point it's more about room setup and acoustics.

For simplicity's sake just get a Blue Yeti USB fellow new streamers if you don't have a lot of background noise, and if you do, a SM58+UM2 and leave it at that. Don't spend more than you have to, to at least sound decent among the competition. You won't sound like Mogdon Freebleman, but you won't sound like a kid who stuck his mic in a blender either.

No matter what the audiophiles may tell you, your Blue Yeti USB or SM58(+interface of choice, +amp) sound almost equally great and I would recommend either setups to someone starting out. For those who don't know, a 100$ SM58 sounds like a 400$ SM7B 90% of the time. Only audible difference is how boomy the SM58 can be when you are too close/far. The bass is controlled more on the SM7B and prevents the boomi-ness. (which makes for a very seamless and pleasant listening experience)
And the SM58 vs Blue Yeti USB, listen for yourself: here [youtu.be] in my opinion, Blue yeti great, SM58 properly set up sounds a bit more professional, but both are great. Sm58 you stick next to your face, while Bue Yeti can be farther away and still sound good, so if you're like xQc who eats his keyboard after dieing, Blue Yeti might allow you more room to be physical.

The gen 3 Solo is 110$, the gen 2 is around 90 on amazon. So this deal is good considering the gen 2 was 110$ a couple months ago.

I did a lot of research when I tried picking out the Solo and the UM2(& UMC202HD), I did not want to spend another 150 on a amp, so I took out of the three, the UM2 because it actually was loud enough for my SM58 while the other 2 were not. So don't waste your time on a Solo or 202HD if you got a dynamic mic and don't want to buy a amp for the time. The UM2 will get you by till you're shure you want something better.
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Total newbie here looking to get some equipment. Would anyone recommend this for building an in-home karaoke set up? Thinking about trying to run a mic into this and then rca out to the home theater. Thoughts?
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Is this good for podcasting/voice over?
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How's this compare to Behringer UMC22?
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Is this good for podcasting/voice over?
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Take caution if anyone wants an audio interface for their dynamic(Sm58, SM7b) [amazon.com]mics, that they get a in-line amp like thecloud lifter [amazon.com] for use with a dynamic microphone. Otherwise, you'll find out like me, most audio interfaces alone can't amp the input volume high enough.
If you're using something like the popular USB Blue Yeti, you don't need an audio interface. Only if you're using a XLR cable mic.

The budget UM2 [amazon.com] (even cheaper brother of the UM22) interface has a stronger amp than the Solo gen 2 surprisingly after testing them out with my SM58 [amazon.com]. But the UM2 is definitely lacking in build quality compared to the nice metal chassis of the Solo and overall feel of the inputs. Focusrite also has better support I hear and are way better than Behringer in that aspect. tbh I couldn't tell a difference in audio quality, both were good there. Audiophiles may say otherwise though, I'm not one.

The UM2+SM58 is what I was using when I streamed and sounded pretty much the same as my Blue Yeti USB I was using before that, so anyone out there, don't expect to sound a lot better unless you're willing to spend like $$$$ to get something better like the 400$ SM7B plus a 150$ cloud lifter and the 70,110$ Solo...but even then it won't make you sound like a god, at that point it's more about room setup and acoustics.

For simplicity's sake just get a Blue Yeti USB fellow new streamers if you don't have a lot of background noise, and if you do, a SM58+UM2 and leave it at that. Don't spend more than you have to, to at least sound decent among the competition. You won't sound like Mogdon Freebleman, but you won't sound like a kid who stuck his mic in a blender either.

No matter what the audiophiles may tell you, your Blue Yeti USB or SM58(+interface of choice, +amp) sound almost equally great and I would recommend either setups to someone starting out. For those who don't know, a 100$ SM58 sounds like a 400$ SM7B 90% of the time. Only audible difference is how boomy the SM58 can be when you are too close/far. The bass is controlled more on the SM7B and prevents the boomi-ness. (which makes for a very seamless and pleasant listening experience)
And the SM58 vs Blue Yeti USB, listen for yourself: here [youtu.be] in my opinion, Blue yeti great, SM58 properly set up sounds a bit more professional, but both are great. Sm58 you stick next to your face, while Bue Yeti can be farther away and still sound good, so if you're like xQc who eats his keyboard after dieing, Blue Yeti might allow you more room to be physical.

The gen 3 Solo is 110$, the gen 2 is around 90 on amazon. So this deal is good considering the gen 2 was 110$ a couple months ago.

I did a lot of research when I tried picking out the Solo and the UM2(& UMC202HD), I did not want to spend another 150 on a amp, so I took out of the three, the UM2 because it actually was loud enough for my SM58 while the other 2 were not. So don't waste your time on a Solo or 202HD if you got a dynamic mic and don't want to buy a amp for the time. The UM2 will get you by till you're shure you want something better.
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I'm looking for a small device like this, but would also have Optical/Toslink input and perhaps a digital coax input. $70 is about what I willing to pay- any suggestions? I suppose I could go up to a $100 if it has excellent quality.
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I have a quick question, so I have an ATH- ATR2100 which is a dynamic mic from what I understand. Would I be able to use this or the UM2?
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Take caution if anyone wants an audio interface for their dynamic(Sm58, SM7b) [amazon.com]mics, that they get a in-line amp like thecloud lifter [amazon.com] for use with a dynamic microphone. Otherwise, you'll find out like me, most audio interfaces alone can't amp the input volume high enough.
If you're using something like the popular USB Blue Yeti, you don't need an audio interface. Only if you're using a XLR cable mic.

The budget UM2 [amazon.com] (even cheaper brother of the UM22) interface has a stronger amp than the Solo gen 2 surprisingly after testing them out with my SM58 [amazon.com]. But the UM2 is definitely lacking in build quality compared to the nice metal chassis of the Solo and overall feel of the inputs. Focusrite also has better support I hear and are way better than Behringer in that aspect. tbh I couldn't tell a difference in audio quality, both were good there. Audiophiles may say otherwise though, I'm not one.

The UM2+SM58 is what I was using when I streamed and sounded pretty much the same as my Blue Yeti USB I was using before that, so anyone out there, don't expect to sound a lot better unless you're willing to spend like $$$$ to get something better like the 400$ SM7B plus a 150$ cloud lifter and the 70,110$ Solo...but even then it won't make you sound like a god, at that point it's more about room setup and acoustics.

For simplicity's sake just get a Blue Yeti USB fellow new streamers if you don't have a lot of background noise, and if you do, a SM58+UM2 and leave it at that. Don't spend more than you have to, to at least sound decent among the competition. You won't sound like Mogdon Freebleman, but you won't sound like a kid who stuck his mic in a blender either.

No matter what the audiophiles may tell you, your Blue Yeti USB or SM58(+interface of choice, +amp) sound almost equally great and I would recommend either setups to someone starting out. For those who don't know, a 100$ SM58 sounds like a 400$ SM7B 90% of the time. Only audible difference is how boomy the SM58 can be when you are too close/far. The bass is controlled more on the SM7B and prevents the boomi-ness. (which makes for a very seamless and pleasant listening experience)
And the SM58 vs Blue Yeti USB, listen for yourself: here [youtu.be] in my opinion, Blue yeti great, SM58 properly set up sounds a bit more professional, but both are great. Sm58 you stick next to your face, while Bue Yeti can be farther away and still sound good, so if you're like xQc who eats his keyboard after dieing, Blue Yeti might allow you more room to be physical.

The gen 3 Solo is 110$, the gen 2 is around 90 on amazon. So this deal is good considering the gen 2 was 110$ a couple months ago.

I did a lot of research when I tried picking out the Solo and the UM2(& UMC202HD), I did not want to spend another 150 on a amp, so I took out of the three, the UM2 because it actually was loud enough for my SM58 while the other 2 were not. So don't waste your time on a Solo or 202HD if you got a dynamic mic and don't want to buy a amp for the time. The UM2 will get you by till you're shure you want something better.
Thanks for this! I have dynamic Samson Q2U so going to get UMC22 instead.
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Thanks for this! I have dynamic Samson Q2U so going to get UMC22 instead.
Good to hear, hope it goes well for you. Hopefully the umc22 outputs loudly enough for ya 👍
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I have a quick question, so I have an ATH- ATR2100 which is a dynamic mic from what I understand. Would I be able to use this or the UM2?
Yes either the solo or the um2, umc22, umc202hd are all alternatives.

The 202hd is more comparable to the solo than the aforementioned. Has 2 inputs though, but the solo is considered the "premium" of the entry and has more reputation for quality overall. Although sound wise you can barely tell a difference from my experience.

But like I said before, you may find an audio interface (unless it's a more expensive interface with a better built in amp) you may need a seperate amp.
The um2 was unique in that it actually had a stronger amp than the solo and the umc202hd when I tested them. Although it wasn't as "clean sounding", it would let me use my sm58 where before it was too low to hear on the others without an amp
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Total newbie here looking to get some equipment. Would anyone recommend this for building an in-home karaoke set up? Thinking about trying to run a mic into this and then rca out to the home theater. Thoughts?
If you just want a mic, you'd probably be better off with a cheap mixer (like a Behringer Xenyx) plugged into your home theater. I suppose this would work using direct monitoring if you only ever anticipate needing a single mic.
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Take caution if anyone wants an audio interface for their dynamic(Sm58, SM7b) [amazon.com]mics, that they get a in-line amp like thecloud lifter [amazon.com] for use with a dynamic microphone. Otherwise, you'll find out like me, most audio interfaces alone can't amp the input volume high enough.
If you're using something like the popular USB Blue Yeti, you don't need an audio interface. Only if you're using a XLR cable mic.

The budget UM2 [amazon.com] (even cheaper brother of the UM22) interface has a stronger amp than the Solo gen 2 surprisingly after testing them out with my SM58 [amazon.com]. But the UM2 is definitely lacking in build quality compared to the nice metal chassis of the Solo and overall feel of the inputs. Focusrite also has better support I hear and are way better than Behringer in that aspect. tbh I couldn't tell a difference in audio quality, both were good there. Audiophiles may say otherwise though, I'm not one.

The UM2+SM58 is what I was using when I streamed and sounded pretty much the same as my Blue Yeti USB I was using before that, so anyone out there, don't expect to sound a lot better unless you're willing to spend like $$$$ to get something better like the 400$ SM7B plus a 150$ cloud lifter and the 70,110$ Solo...but even then it won't make you sound like a god, at that point it's more about room setup and acoustics.

For simplicity's sake just get a Blue Yeti USB fellow new streamers if you don't have a lot of background noise, and if you do, a SM58+UM2 and leave it at that. Don't spend more than you have to, to at least sound decent among the competition. You won't sound like Mogdon Freebleman, but you won't sound like a kid who stuck his mic in a blender either.

No matter what the audiophiles may tell you, your Blue Yeti USB or SM58(+interface of choice, +amp) sound almost equally great and I would recommend either setups to someone starting out. For those who don't know, a 100$ SM58 sounds like a 400$ SM7B 90% of the time. Only audible difference is how boomy the SM58 can be when you are too close/far. The bass is controlled more on the SM7B and prevents the boomi-ness. (which makes for a very seamless and pleasant listening experience)
And the SM58 vs Blue Yeti USB, listen for yourself: here [youtu.be] in my opinion, Blue yeti great, SM58 properly set up sounds a bit more professional, but both are great. Sm58 you stick next to your face, while Bue Yeti can be farther away and still sound good, so if you're like xQc who eats his keyboard after dieing, Blue Yeti might allow you more room to be physical.

The gen 3 Solo is 110$, the gen 2 is around 90 on amazon. So this deal is good considering the gen 2 was 110$ a couple months ago.

I did a lot of research when I tried picking out the Solo and the UM2(& UMC202HD), I did not want to spend another 150 on a amp, so I took out of the three, the UM2 because it actually was loud enough for my SM58 while the other 2 were not. So don't waste your time on a Solo or 202HD if you got a dynamic mic and don't want to buy a amp for the time. The UM2 will get you by till you're shure you want something better.
I'll just add that the UMC22 also has enough pre-amp gain to drive a dynamic mic like the DRV200 with the gain cranked all the way, assuming the mic is close enough. It's possible it would still struggle with the SM58, given that the DRV200 is a 300ohm mic and the Shure is, I believe, a 150ohm mic. (the UMC22 is quite solid, the MIDAS pre-amp gives really clean gain, I'm really happy with mine: they go on sale every so often, I got mine when it was $40)

This still isn't actually a good idea necessarily: the issue is that the XLR inputs on these interfaces are designed around driving condenser microphones, which are high impedance. Professional dynamic microphones are low impedance devices. So all of these interfaces (particularly ones with phantom power, since that's why they have phantom power built in, as dynamic mics in general don't need it) are going to do better with condenser mics.*

Depending on what your intended use is, a condenser mic may work well (for the price, a reasonable condenser may get you far better quality, if you're willing to pander to it): the one thing I've run into with trying to use them for gaming mics and teleconferencing mics is that even in cardioid patterns and boom mounted, all of the ones I've tried pick up too much in terms of keyboard typing noise in particular. Talking to someone I know who does semi-professional podcasting and other mic work, he noted that ultimately there are limits to condenser mics for environments/activities that don't cater to them. He uses dynamic mics for when he's mic-ing town hall events/etc. The falloff and side rejection from a good vocal dynamic mic seems to be more forgiving to an untreated environment, from the ones I've tried so far (the DRV200's supercardioid in particular has been nice so far: I've been meaning to try a Shure at some point).

*Note that rather than buying something like a Cloud Lifter (which may be something overpriced: I don't know, I've never researched it before, but it seems a little snake-oil-ish sounding and priced) you can instead just get an impedance transformer for dynamic mics, and then the mic will generally plug into the 1/4 inch unbalanced input of the USB interface. For example, Shure makes one that's $18 [amazon.com]

The shorter version of this is that if you have a dynamic mic, it can probably just plug right into your mic input on your PC with an XLR to 1/8" adapter/cord, if you have a good, well isolated onboard sound card. You really only NEED one of these USB interfaces if you're dabbling in condenser mics, as you could just get a reasonably priced USB soundcard to input a dynamic mic otherwise... or you might still want one if you want the hardware pre-amp rather than using gain settings in the OS, but then you'll be dealing with the impedance mis-match of hooking up a dynamic mic to one of them, as they're generally all high impedance input devices on their XLR inputs at least.
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I have this little guy and the best driver for me on windows 10 has been a older beta driver.other drivers have caused weird sound issues that would go away if I plugged and unplugged it and way lower volume.
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