Product Comparison: Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 (2nd Gen) vs Line 6 POD Studio UX2


General Specifications
Brand
Focusrite
Line 6
Model
Scarlett 2i2 (2nd Gen)
POD Studio UX2
Origin
China
China
About the Product
This is our compact yet versatile 2-in, 2-out USB audio interface. It gives singer songwriters two natural-sounding Scarlett mic preamps and the same class-leading sound quality and digital conversion as the rest of the latest Scarlett range. Take it anywhere, connect by USB, plug your mics and guitars straight in, and simply start recording.
The POD Studio™ UX2 is a rock-solid audio interface that provides exceptional home studio recording in an easy-to-use package. Extremely quiet guitar inputs and high-quality mic preamps ensure that your tracks will sound amazing. Comprehensive inputs and outputs provide flexibility for hooking up all your favorite gear. And did we mention it’s incredibly easy to use? POD Studio UX2 is a complete recording package that makes it possible to create professional-level recordings, right at home.
Key Specs
Form Factor
Desktop
Desktop
Control Interfaces
XLR or 1/4" Combo, 1/4"
XLR, 1/4" TRS
A/D Resolution
24bit/192kHz
24-bit/96kHz
Number of Preamps
2
2
Simultaneous I/O
2/2
What customers say about "Key Specs"
Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 (2nd Gen) USB Audio Interface
  • Really low latency. Great sound quality at an affordable price.
  • Pretty much what I wanted. Fairly clean, neutral and interference free sound using the balanced trs outputs to my JBL LSR305's.
  • Pre-amps are of good quality, to be expected from Focusrite.
  • Direct monitor ability is pretty useful for recording certain acoustic instruments that may not be very loud in the DAW.
  • No Phono out. No Midi In.
  • It colours the sound of the guitar. the bass is so deep you can't remove it from the software. it sounds like everything is covered by a blanket. I have the brightest sounding guitar on the market, all maple, and sounds like it's made of sponge
Line 6 POD Studio UX2
  • Just playing guitar using the interface works great and sounds decent.
  • I bought this product to replace my Toneport GX (another Line 6 product). Transferring licenses to the new audio interface was easy and pod farm worked as it should with the new device.
  • It's very much "baby's first audio interface" but there's nothing wrong with that. If you just want to sound good fast and aren't really looking to get into production, this will be all you need.
  • This USB recording interface is exactly what I was looking for! Long gone are the days of attempting to sit in a quite room with an analog recording set up, or attempting to record only one input at a time when two would be fantastic.
  • Solid audio interface. Switching from Instrument to Mic is a little bit of a pain in the rear end, and needs to be done through the standalone program which makes things lightly difficult sometimes, but other than that, it does its job well.
  • I have had this 2 months and currently i am dealing with phantom power issues. slowly over the duration of use this interface begins to deepen my voice several octaves that is affecting my stream. i will be changing to a mixerboard soon because of this issue.
Size & Weight
Height
1.89 in.
4 in.
Width
6.89 in.
12 in.
Depth
4.52 in.
9 in.
Weight
1.32 lbs.
1.75 lbs.
What customers say about "Size & Weight"
Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 (2nd Gen) USB Audio Interface
  • Solid build, looks really good, compact and lightweight.
  • Feels really well made and sturdy, the small form factor is great.
  • The device is very ergonomically designed, one of the best on the market in that regard.
  • The 2i2 has a superior build quality with a sleek solid metal case, the unit has a satisfying weight.
Line 6 POD Studio UX2
  • I hook it up to my laptop and use it with cakewalk Music Creator 6, to have a portable recording setup.
  • My room has a huge noisy portable AC unit and is not at all treated. I used a BPHS1 headset and went into the included software called POD farm and used their noise gate.
  • It also works fine on my Asus 1000HE netbook, making this is really portable solution. NOTE that I have not tried simultaneous Mic and Instrument on the netbook yet so I cannot vouch for that.
Interfaces
Analog Inputs
2 x XLR-1/4" combo, 1/4" (line/instrument)
2 x XLR, 4 x 1/4" (line in), 2 x 1/4" (footswitch), 1/4" (monitor in)
Analog Outputs
2 x 1/4" (line out), 1/4" headphones
1/4" headphones, 2 x 1/4" (lineout)
Digital Inputs
USB
USB
Digital Outputs
SPDIF
MIDI I/O
No
What customers say about "Interfaces"
Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 (2nd Gen) USB Audio Interface
  • The inputs on the front take both XLR cables and 6.3mm cables (For guitar jacks etc..). It looks great and easy to use.
  • Just bear in mind line level input is by using 1/4inch jack not xlr. it is very easy.
  • The headphones seem ideally suited to this interface and for general reference will probably replace my Shures as my work-a-day 'phones.
  • It would be nice to have some analogue inputs on the back but can live without.
  • The XLR cable included with the equipment is very low quality my headphones and cable have already started to mess up after 3weeks of use.
Line 6 POD Studio UX2
  • More importantly, the I/O ports seem good quality and are placed well, along with the knobs and meters.
  • It also has Tone Port which is a Line 6 online lesson area.
  • User was already about 4 years of the Line 6 UX1 Tone Port and results in the time I left more than impressed. The UX2 with gearbox +podfarm I'm making music all day.
  • The unit is alright. It has good amounts of ports for the price. The unit is about as noisy as any other in its price range. The unit is pleasant to use.
  • I like the fact that it has xlr inputs with a built in phantom power supply.
Features
Extras
Two natural-sounding Scarlett mic preamps with plenty of even gain, Super-low latency* for using your plug-ins in real time without the need for DSP, One headphones output with gain control, Connect professional studio monitors using two 1/4 inch balanced jack outputs, Compact and tough enough to take anywhere, Powered by USB so you don't need to carry a power cable, Includes Pro Tools | First Focusrite Creative Pack and Ableton Live Lite
USB bus-powered with LED status indicator, Rock Solid ASIO, WDM and Mac® OS X Drivers
Power Supply
USB
USB
Phantom Power
Yes
No
Bus Powered
Yes
Yes
OS Requirements - Mac
Mac OS X 10.10 (Yosemite) or OS X 10.11 (El Capitan)
OS X 10.4.6 or better
OS Requirements - PC
Windows 7 (32- or 64-bit), 8.1 and 10
Windows® XP (SP2) or better
What customers say about "Features"
Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 (2nd Gen) USB Audio Interface
  • Handy indicator LED's to know if your signal is peaking or not.
  • Headphones are great, the interface includes phantom power for condenser mics and the mic itself produces great audio.
  • Each input lights up green or red if you overload it allowing one to quickly set the recording level.
  • The "Gain Ring" is a really intuitive display for telling whether your input level is peaking or not.
  • USB-C would be nice for the newer MacBook's however for much more money a USB-C model is available.
  • Installing and registering the software proved to be a labyrinth of pointlessly difficult bull****.
Line 6 POD Studio UX2
  • Once you have all your software installed and up to date it's time to start playing right? Not exactly. If you're like me and you expected the USB interface to mean that you wouldn't need any additional cables to actually hear yourself play, think again.
  • The effect in this unit are not lacking even if you only had 50 cabs you could make hundreds with the time , but there are hundreds in her and more buy able options , line 6 is no punk in the guitar game and they are a force bigger company have to compete with .
  • The unit works with GearBox, Amplitube 3, Guitar Rig 5 in addition to PodFarm as tested. The sound is improved over a GuitarPort and it has very useful features.
  • The built-in sounds are fun to play with. Ultimately, I prefer making my own custom tones, for which this excels at.
  • The software is useless and buggy. If you are serious about recording, you are probably better off saving up for a better grade of hardware.
Warranty / Certifications
Manufacturer Warranty
2 year(s)
1 year(s)
Certifications
FCC, CE
CE
Other Information
Manufacturer
MSRP
149.99 $


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