Focusrite Interface Comparison – Best Interface Kit For Songwriters?


If you need a complete budget friendly recording kit, you’re a home recording enthusiast and are constantly on the move, there’s a range of highly portable Focusrite interfaces perfect for you. We offer up a quick Focusrite interface comparison showing off the best portable audio interface kits the brand has to offer

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There’s a lot of different Focusrite interfaces out there aimed at the signer songwriters and home studio enthusiasts so choosing the right one for your sound can be a little confusing if you don’t know what you’re looking for. Do I need multiple inputs? Do I need a portable option? Do I need something that I can record on my iPad? All these questions are probably going through your head when it comes to choosing something to record with.

So, we thought we’d make it easier for you by constructing a quick Focusrite interface comparison that highlights some of the range and the recording kits and bundle deals available all whilst giving you an idea of the type of recording artist or producer they’re best for.

Best Entry Level Kit: Focusrite Scarlett Solo Studio Recording Bundle (2nd Gen)

Focusrite Scarlett Solo Studio Recording Bundle (2nd Gen)

We absolutely have to start with the Focusrite Scarlett Solo Studio Recording Bundle as this is not only the best entry level kit in our Focusrite interface comparison for those dipping their toe into the waters of recording, but its also ideal for professionals and touring musicians who want to capture their ideas anywhere and at any time.

So, what’s it got?

A budget friendly option at just over £160, this is easily affordable and presents exceptional value for money considering the quality of recordings you get when you plug this thing in. Hailing from the 2nd Generation of Focusrite interfaces, the Focusrite Scarlett Solo USB Audio Interface features one amazing sounding Scarlett mic preamp (taken from their award winning series of mic preamps), one XLR input, one instrument input that is capable of handling all types of guitar pickups including those big sounding active pickups as well as a headphone output with gain control and USB port for connecting to your PC or Mac – everything you need for a plug-in-and-play experience and all the connections for recording an instrument and a microphone at the same time.

It’s lightweight at 0.4kg, small in size at just over 5 inches long and extremely well built, so you can rest assured it’ll cope with you throwing it in your backpack and travelling with it.

You get a host of free plug ins bundled with the unit, as you do with all Focusrite audio interfaces, such as Pro Tools First Focusrite Creative Pack and Ableton Live Lite – which are ideal programs to start recording with and industry standard options in their own right. For home demos and high quality solo recordings, you won’t find much better at this price point if you want a complete recording kit. If you want high quality recordings and a mic and headphones set that actually stand up to the rigours of touring and home recording, this is a great choice.

Who’s it for?:

This works best for:

  • Entry level home studio recording
  • Solo artists
  • Home demos
  • Studio quality single instrument recordings anywhere any time
  • Travelling musicians


Best for Songwriters: Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 MKII Studio Recording Bundle (2nd Gen)

Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 MKII Studio Recording Bundle (2nd Gen)

As we continue our Focusrite interface comparison, we have the Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 MKII Studio Recording Bundle to look at. This is ideal for recording artists who need to track multiple instruments at the same time and yet again offers unbeatable value for money.

So, what’s it got?

In this bundle you get the 2nd generation Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 MKII which is a two channel USB 2.0 audio interface – which happens to be the best-selling USB audio interface in the world, so you’re in good hands with this one!

This PC and Mac compatible audio interface is loaded with two Scarlett Mic/Instrument preamplifiers that record at 24bit/192kHz sound quality, which is more than enough for releasing professional level tracks. This makes it an ideal option for those who need to record a guitar and vocals at the same time, or record two guitars, two mics or two line-level instruments at once in superb quality. The super low latency (it’s not even noticeable!) allows you to capture recordings at studio quality levels and the class leading sound quality within the award-winning preamps take your recordings to new levels. This is pro-level quality at budget friendly prices.

You also get a large diaphragm CM25 condenser mic as well as closed back headphones and all the cables and software you need to get started such as Pro Tools First Focusrite Creative Pack and Ableton Live Lite.

There’s also a world of fantastic plug-ins and tutorials included as well as special offers every month as part of the Focusrite plug-in collective. Straight out of the box you have amazing plug ins such as Softube, 2 GB of Loopmasters sounds and samples and Addictive Keys – it’s like a full studio’s worth of instruments and sounds wrapped up in this highly portable interface.

Who’s it for?

This works best for:

  • Ideal for home studio enthusiasts
  • Professional studio owners wanting to capture ideas anywhere
  • Singer songwriters
  • Recording 2 instruments in unison
  • Acoustic guitarists and vocalists
  • Piano/keyboard players and vocalists


Best for Tablet Recording: Focusrite iTrack Dock Studio Pack

Focusrite iTrack Dock Studio Pack

If you’re more inclined to use a tablet, specifically an iPad for getting your recordings done, then the Focusrite iTrack Dock Studio Pack is the perfect choice. Inspiration can strike at any time and rather than singing into the ‘Voice memo’ app on the train (we’ve all been there) the Focusrite iTrack Dock Studio Pack allows us to take full advantage of high quality recording on the move or any suitable environment.

So, what’s it got?

Within the studio pack, you get a large diaphragm condenser mic with stand clip, a set of professional quality closed back headphones as well as a 3-meter XLR cable. Last but not least you also have the Focusrite iTrack Dock Studio which is loaded with two professional level Focusrite microphone preamps allowing you to record either microphones or line level instruments in unison. These inputs also provide 48V Phantom power for use with the included (and any other) condenser mic.

You can record 24-bit resolution audio, with sample rates of up to 96kHz and a dynamic range of over 105dB - which is studio quality. Best of all it works with any lightning-compatible iPad or iPad mini and charges your iPad whilst you have it hooked up.

You can use the iTrack Dock Studio to record any line level instrument such as synths, keys and drum machines, or plug your electric guitar or bass in and start recording instantly via the free downloadable recording app ‘Tape by Focusrite’ directly to your iPad. You can even track, mix and master your songs within the app, effectively turning your iPad into a complete recording studio.

Who’s it for?

This works best for:

  • Those with limited space
  • Anyone with an iPad
  • Singer songwriters
  • Synth and keys users
  • Travelling musicians
  • Hotel and home recording


Best for Mobile Recording: Focusrite iTrack One Pre Audio Interface

The Focusrite iTrack One Pre Audio Interface is the ultimate option for iPhone and iPad users who want to be able to throw their interface into their pocket. This is actually the first audio interface to generate phantom power directly from an iPad or iPhone and it’s also one of, if not THE, smallest audio interfaces ever created as it fits into the palm of your hand.

So, what’s it got?

The team at Focusrite have condensed their award winning pre amp into a tiny audio interface (around the size of 4 sugar cubes), allowing you to record professional level audio via condenser microphone directly into your iPhone or iPad – a world first. The single input interface is also compatible with all line level instruments and allows for electric guitar and electric bass recordings without any unwanted clipping or distortion. You can even adjust the gain stage directly on the interface via the illuminated gain halo.

The free to download ‘Tape by Focusrite’ app allows you to record, mix and edit tracks with ease whether you’re using an iPad or iPhone. You can also benefit from a world of free plug-ins via the Focusrite plug-in collective – this is a recording studio in the palm of your hand!

Who’s it for?

This works best for:

  • All musicians with iPhones and iPads
  • Musicians with limited space
  • Home recording artists
  • Travelling musicians
  • Songwriters

We hope you found our Focusrite Interface comparison useful, but if you want more information on any of these interfaces or on any Focusrite bundle deal, speak to our our experts on 0151 448 2089 or call in to your local PMT store to speak to our home studio and recording experts.


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