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by Caine123; Mon Feb 11, 2013 11:51 am
ferez21 wrote:Can't contribute much, but iv'e just ordered the Scarlet and waiting for it to arrive. What are exactly the features you miss on the Scarlet?
not really, well maybe the edditional midi connections, nice option!
maybe the case and overall production seems sturdier? the focusrite is ok but the headphones connection is not sturdy and the grey knobs feel cheap.
and maybe the audio quality and drivers are better from steinberg.
by Deranger604; Mon Feb 11, 2013 9:41 pm
by aymat; Wed Feb 13, 2013 4:06 pm
I don't have any experience with the focusrite scarlett 2i2, so to be fair, the only comparison I can make between it and the UR22 is from what is laid out on paper for both units.
From a features standpoint, the only things that the UR22 has over the 2i2 is midi I/O and up to 192 kHz of recording quality. To some, that's important. To others not so much. If you're already using a usb midi interface, chances are having traditional midi I/O connectors are not all that important to you. As far as 192 kHz of recording quality is concerned, my personal opinion is that I'm indifferent. The 2i2 caps out at 96 kHz which is pretty high to begin with and I personally believe that few people could hear the difference between a 96 kHz and 192 kHz recording. I record at 44.1 kHz and I'm perfectly happy with the quality of my mixes. Apples and oranges.
Outside of this, the only other difference between them are their internal preamps. The UR22 uses the same D-Pre preamps found in Yamaha's MGP series mixers. The 2i2 comes with the same preamps found in their Saffire PRO 40 and Liquid Saffire 56 interfaces. I find that the preamps on the UR22 provide a very clean and uncolored signal... nothing mind blowing but accomplish exactly what they are set out to do. I have no experience with Focusrite preamps but considering they specialize in preamp manufacturing, I can only assume they are very high caliber.
Seeing as how they have the same exact price point, I think it boils down to preference. I'm partial to Steinberg because I use Cubase and the UR22 integrates seamlessly with it. But for anyone with absolutely no point of reference between both interfaces, my suggestion is to demo them both and see which one speaks to you the most.
by vata44; Tue Feb 19, 2013 1:08 am
Having said that... if you have it using your DAW with ASIO, you cannot simutaneously listen to something else on the internet or Windows Media player. I came from a Saffire Firewire and M-Audio 2496 where I could monitor multiple sources at a time and switch seamlessly, so it has taken some getting used to.
Do I wish I saved for something a little nicer... because it is bottom barrel for entry level, but the ASIO is quite reasonable compared to ASIO4All. I just keep pushing it and pushing it and it automatically adjusts to the latency on its own.
I really just like it as a headphone AMP and a potential Mic Pre for rough ideas or basic percussion recording. The specs are all good, but do not be fooled into thinking it will be Pro... maybe semi Pro, but only if you do everything right with your signal chain.
Could you buy worse... yes, I am sure. These drivers seem stable in Windows 7 64 bit. USB Plug and Play.
by Eleventh; Tue Feb 19, 2013 12:42 pm
One thing that bothers me is that I haven't figured if it's possible for several programs to utilize the interface at the same time. Another is that there's some sound bleeding through even if I have the volume knob turned all the way down. Oh and also something pretty weird: there's a very faint beeping sound audible whenever I move my mouse. (not affected by the volume control)
by CapnLockheed; Tue Feb 19, 2013 9:14 pm
One thing that bothers me is that I haven't figured if it's possible for several programs to utilize the interface at the same time.
Unlike all other interfaces?
by Wormhelmet; Tue Feb 19, 2013 10:28 pm
mixbro wrote:The UR22 is the best for me. I haven't heard the others but this interface is all you need. I can tell you this.
spamming 3 times the same reply? would think you are from steinberg hahahaha
i have no probs with my focusrite, a great and cheap audio interface! i like the knobs more than on steinberg!