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jhawkr
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Dec 25th, 2015 11:31 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I've decided to get my feet wet with digital recording. The 2i2 comes bundled with a beginners version of the Ableton DAW which gets pretty good reviews. No point getting all the bells & whistles when you're not settled on a platform. Reviews of the interface are very good. $149.99. I got a couple of Guitar Center gift cards this year so I can add a C note and be done with it. I have several good mics. Sennheiser 609, Shure SM57, Audio-Technica AT4033CL and an MXL990, and several Sennheiser, EV and other mics. I might need to add a pair of small condenser mics but I surely have enough to get me started.

Anyone have an opinion on the 2i2 ?


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Dec 26th, 2015 09:50 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I love mine. I use SONAR so I know nothing about ableton. It comes with some easy to use and decent VST plug-ins as well, although Sonar has better ones. The Focusrite VST's are very graphically easy to use, they look like devices.

It's bus-powered so no need for power or battery. You may need to get ASIO drivers (you can goodle "asio4all" and find them free).

The most important thing about digital recording is that 0 dB isn't a suggestion, it's the LAW! No averaging peaks above 0! ANY peak above 0dB will cause a pop. But you can record it real low and "normalize" so the peaks hit 0 with no sound degredation. I'd put a compressor on it first, but even if not, there ya go. Enjoy!

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Dec 26th, 2015 10:42 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Great! I just picked one up at the local GC. I got a 20% off coupon in my email this morning and it worked! So, it was just $119.99 + tax. Bottom line is it was just $70 out of pocket after applying the gift cards. I'll give Ableton a spin and if I don't like it, I'll try Reaper as you can use it free for 60 days and then buy it for $60 if it fits. I have a lot to learn about digital recording!

Achase4u

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Dec 27th, 2015 01:03 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The Focusrites are good little interfaces.

Like Tyrone says - DBFS(meters in digital) 0 is the tip top ceiling. No more 1s or 0s can be written above that and the waveform will be squared off.

This is very much unlike VU meters of yester-year, which firstly measure a more RMS/average input level, and secondly, have allot of headroom above 0dbvu. Something like 20dbs. So get yourself a nice VU meter plugin if thats what you are used to seeing, and set it so that 0dbvu = -20dbfs. Then aim for 0 on the VU, and you'll be running it like a good ole console :-)

Of course, drums, aim for -5 to -7 db VU. VU meters are too slow to catch those transients so give a little more breathing room.

But most electric guitars, basses etc can shoot for 0 dbvu.

Reaper is great. Have lots of fun.

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Dec 27th, 2015 08:30 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

No need to work so hard getting levels with the Focusrite Scarlet series products. They are very good home level tools. Just get yourself a decent wave without clipping. It will master up nicely on any decent software. Better DAWs do better. Trust your ears, Luke.

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Dec 28th, 2015 05:59 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I've downloaded and installed all the software and will read the manuals for a couple days before I hook it up and start testing it. I have another 4 day weekend coming up!

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Dec 28th, 2015 09:52 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have the 18i20 and think it works very well. I've been running it into ProTools 11 and have gotten very good results. I'm not a big fan of Ableton, it seems to be geared more to those who want to produce mad beats yo!

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Dec 28th, 2015 03:39 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I use the 2i4. The 2 series Scarletts allow native DAW controls. Higher level input numbers force the Scarlett GUI. For more inputs I'll use the US1800 for instrumentation and the Scarlett for vocals on separate processors.

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Dec 29th, 2015 11:57 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I'm thinking I will just go straight to Reaper instead of trying to learn one DAW and then going through it all again to learn another. I've been looking at some tutorials and it looks more intuitive to me.

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Dec 30th, 2015 12:13 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I use the 2i4 as well. Ableton Live is not my cup of tea - seems more suited to Live looping performances. I downloaded Reaper and haven't looked back.

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Dec 31st, 2015 08:20 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Got Reaper downloaded and installed. Hooked up the 2i2, a Sennheiser 835 and my Sony MDR 7506 headphones and actually got a decent short voice recording. Still totally lost. I predict hours of YouTube videos and a lot of time in the manual. I have a LOT to learn!

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Dec 31st, 2015 07:25 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

..and some friendly support from your pals here. ;-)

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Jan 1st, 2016 03:43 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I'm going to pick up a pair of JBL LSR305 monitors at Guitar Center today. They have some ugly red ones discounted $50/ea. I can do red for $100! My little digital recording station will be complete, for the moment. I want to try double mic'ing a guitar amp. I should be able to bring my Shure SM57 home from work Monday for the close mic and then the AT 4033CL a couple feet away.

Achase4u

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Jan 11th, 2016 05:11 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Have bunches of fun!

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Dec 30th, 2016 05:35 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Bumping a year old thread (still on page one, hah!).

My son and DIL gave me a $200 gift card to Sweetwater, so I decided to give the Scarlett 2i2 a shot. My Mbox mini is getting a little scratchy and I've really wanted to try one of the Focusrites. Also ordered a Latin drum module for Ezdrummer and 2 sets of strings. Still have 3 cents on the gift card.

Looking forward to trying out the 2i2 with my Pro Tools 10.

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Dec 30th, 2016 05:51 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I think you'll like it. I have the 18i20 and it has served me well for a few years now.

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