There are so many routes for manufacturers to go down when it comes to a market as saturated as the audio interface market that the only way to really make a splash is to be either flat out the best or by far the best value.
the price tag means it’s almost certainly going to be in the value for money shortlist
Without having one in our hands we obviously can’t speak on the newly announced Focusrite Scarlett 2i2′s quality, but the proven track record of Focusrite (they make some of our favourite interfaces because of their excellent pre-amps and converters) crossed with the $150/£120 price tag means it’s almost certainly going to be in the value for money shortlist. A simple card with a 1/4″ headphone jack, pair of 1/4″ TRS outputs and Neutrik combi jack ins, each input with switchable +48v phantom power, 24/96 operation and a large level dial and space saving multi colour metering ‘halos’ around the gain knobs, it looks very interesting nonetheless…
Listen to this beautiful track by Jono Mcleery too. We like.
Focusrite’s forthcoming VRM box is the logical conclusion of its Virtual Reference Monitoring philosophy; a simple, minuscule (68mm x 25mm x 68mm) box that delivers excellent audio quality and in essence, entire studios that fit in your pocket.
Its major selling points are the VRM software and the professional quality circuitry – SNR of 108dB
The principle behind VRM is that with high quality monitoring headphones, characteristics of different monitors, loudspeakers, room sizes and types and so on can all be physically modelled – allowing you to hear your mix in a variety of situations without bringing the house down and instigating a war with the neighbours.
VRM Box is simply a bus powered USB audio interface with a balanced 1/4″ jack output providing 24/48 audio quality, and a S/PDIF connector allowing upto 192kHz sample rate. Its major selling points are the VRM software and the professional quality circuitry – SNR of 108dB creates dynamic range that onboard laptop outputs can only dream of. I should get a full review soon enough, until then you can check the detailed specs at Focusrite’s site.