The problems I encountered were with a Win7-64 machine. I bought the 2i2 originally as a playback
listening DAC for my office. I could never get it to playback 24-bit from Foobar2000. So I gave up,
figured it was $100 poorly spent and bought the Cambridge Audio DAC, which sounded much better and
worked properly. The 2i2 functioned properly in record mode hooked to a Win7-64 laptop running
-- Tom Fine
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From: "Richard L. Hess" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Saturday, November 28, 2015 10:26 PM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Major laptop audio upgrade, cheap on sale
> I think Samplitude would error out on the device if it wasn't working at 24 bits. This is working
> in the ASIO environment both in and out, so I assume it IS working at 24 bits.
> Also, the spec sheet at:
> says this product is NOT compatible with
> Win XP, XP/64, Vista, Vista/64.
> It says it IS compatible with
> Win 7, 7-64 bit, 8, 8.1, 10
> It is not compatible with OSX below 10.6.5, but is from 10.6.5 to 10.10.
> At this point I still have about four XP machines. Only one sees any use and it's in the studio to
> run my CD printer. I remote desktop into it from the main W10 computer. As of now my two laptops
> and three desktops have been upgraded as well as two old W7 laptops (tho one has then been
> converted (on a separate HDD) to OpenSuSE Linux). I'm keeping an XP audio workstation as it is
> well equipped for burning CDs as a standalone and is mounted on a trolly.
> There was a problem with iZotope calling up the ASIO control panel from Focusrite (worked fine in
> Samplitude and RME UFX works fine in iZotope). But, audio wise, it seemed to work fine and again
> show 24 bits.
> Apparently, later Zooms seem not to need the external pad. Surprisingly, I ran some tests with the
> H1 and it was good at much higher levels than the H2. I think the H5 and H6 no longer have this
> problem. I've been impressed overall with the H2 (I have the original and built a small RCA-RCA
> pad in a Hammond diecast box).
> On 11/28/2015 7:54 PM, Tom Fine wrote:
>> Richard, do you have a way of testing whether the Focusrite driver is
>> actually working at 24-bits? I should test this with Soundforge, because
>> Soundforge will say if the device driver is incompatible with the chosen
>> sample rate or bit depth. Unfortunately, my 2i2 unit is at the storage
>> locker and I don't plan to be there for a while. I used it to do some
>> recording at conferences of my former company. It did a good job, it
>> could handle real-deal line level sources. Since I had my laptop there
>> anyway, I used this as the backup recording system, using my Zoom H4n as
>> the primary. The Zoom never let me down, so I always used its files to
>> make the transcript audio files, but I did listen to the 2i2 results and
>> thought it sounded fine. Given that Focusrite's mic preamps are
>> well-reviewed, and give that this unit can deal with real-deal line
>> level (as opposed to the Zoom, which needs a pad in front of it), the
>> 2i2 is very appealing for someone building tracks in, say, Garage Band
>> or similar software. At $99, it is a good deal. But, as you said, I was
>> recommending a good-sounding laptop playback interface.
> Richard L. Hess email: [log in to unmask]
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