Review: Focusrite Scarlett Solo Studio Bundle

Let me just say, I’ve had such a good experience with my Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 audio interface, so I’m partial to anything else Focusrite makes.

But in all honesty, their Focusrite Scarlett Solo Studio bundle looks pretty appealing.

Focusrite Scarlett Solo Studio
Focusrite Scarlett Solo Studio (2nd Gen) USB Audio Interface and Recording Bundle with Pro Tools

So for that reason, I’m going to review this bundle. I’ve never used it, so I’ll be aggregating user reviews combined with the equipment you get, the features included, and the price for it all.

So let’s get to it…

What You Get

To keep things easy to read, here’s a nice little list of the things included in this bundle:

  • Scarlett Solo USB audio interface (built-in pre-amp) with both a XLR and quarter-inch input
  • Scarlett CM25 large diaphragm condenser mic
  • 10-foot XLR mic cable
  • HP60 closed-back studio headphones
  • Mic stand clip
  • Pro Tools | First
  • Focusrite Creative Pack
  • Ableton Live Lite
  • Softube Time and Tone Bundle
  • Focusrite’s Red Plug-in Suite
  • 2GB of Loopmasters samples
  • Monthly Focusrite Plug-In Collective offers
  • One free XLN Addictive Keys virtual instrument plugin

Clearly, a lot of really cool things are in this bundle. But how does it all perform?

What Users Say

Now I’m going to look at what actual users are saying about this bundle. In order to avoid the extremes and focus on the more balanced reviews, we’ll look at mostly the 3- and 4-star reviews.

But I should note, 60% of the reviewers on Amazon gave it a 5-star review.

4-Star Review: The Scarlett Solo is “just simple and easy and all the knobs and plugs are in the right place. I like the halo light that indicates overload…but I can’t say Pro Tools is the most elegant editing program.”

4-Star Review: “Excellent unit. It works as intended with no pain… [but] the Direct Monitoring output is weak in terms of volume output, even when turned to max. The actual output to the PC is fine. Direct monitoring works, but the signal coming from the USB will drown it out rather easily.”

3-Star Review: “From a hardware standpoint, this audio interface is really, really nice. It provides a lot of clean gain, and its features are very enjoyable. But for me. I had a lot of issues with the drivers…”

3-Star Review: “The simple fact is that it works perfectly…for about 15 minutes at a time, after which the levels drop off dramatically. I’m not doing anything very complicated — just recording an acoustic guitar to Audacity using the Instrument input…”

2-Star Review: “Well, it’s great when it works…but y’know it’s bullsh*t when you’re making music and you get that sudden surprise [of a glitch] mid-recording.”

5-Star Review: “Overall, an excellent entry level choice for any Mac or Linux user wanting to connect a musical instrument, or for use as a general purpose high-quality audio interface.”

What You Pay

On Amazon, you can grab this bundle for about $200. Which seems like a great deal, considering you get a mic, interface, headphones, and an XLR cable for that. But this is assuming you’re happy with the quality.

Final Word

So overall, this bundle seems like a great option for beginners, but maybe not for intermediate-to-experienced pros.

Although if you have a little more room in your budget, you could get a Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 audio interface for about $150 (can you tell I like it?) and a decent $100 mic, like the AT2035 or a Shure SM58. And then, of course, you’d need to get headphones and an XLR cable.

But that’s the beauty of the bundle. You can get all that for one lower price.

6 Of The Best Audio Interfaces For DIY Musicians

You can’t really record music nowadays without an audio interface.

Best audio interfaces
photo via Pro Tools Production

Look at any professional recording studio and you’ll see multiple interfaces.

Interfaces make recording-life possible.

I use the Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 — I’ve recorded almost all of my music using it. It works great!

But after doing a bunch of research for AudioRumble, here are 6 of the best audio interfaces for DIY musicians (click the pictures for more info)…

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To read my full review, visit AudioRumble. Disclaimer: I haven’t used any of these interfaces myself. I researched each one using customer reviews and what the devices offer/don’t offer.