Focusrite Scarlett 2nd Gen Updater App and Low Power Mode


Focusrite Scarlett 2i2

I’ve been keeping an eye on the downloads section at Focusrite to see if there are any updates for the 2nd gen Scarlett interfaces to fix the Windows drivers issues.

Unfortunately there’s no new update yet but I did notice an option to download a new Scarlett 2nd gen updater app, which is weird because it’s dated the day before the last 4.11.0 update and I swear it wasn’t there before.

Anyway, the 2nd gen Scarlett updater app serves two functions.

It will notify you when there’s a firmware update available for the Scarlett Solo, the 2i2 or the 2i4.

The app also has the ability to turn on and off “Low Power Mode” for computers that have an issue providing enough power to the interface.

Apparently there’s an issue with some computers not connecting properly with 2nd gen Scarlett interfaces, so if you experience that problem, and the LED lights just keep flashing, try using Low Power Mode instead.

It essentially restricts the amount of power available to the Phantom Power circuit so less power is needed from the computer, but that could cause issues with condenser mics not getting enough juice.

Focusrite support certainly seems to have their hands full with various issues related to the 2nd gen Scarletts. I hope they get the problems ironed out soon because the Scarletts are nice audio interfaces for the price minus the random bugs.

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6 Responses to “Focusrite Scarlett 2nd Gen Updater App and Low Power Mode”

  1. Take à quad capture 😀

    • No way. I’m tired to testing audio interfaces at this point. 😀

      I’m sticking with the 2nd gen 2i2; it’s been working quite well lately, as long as I avoid the things that make it tweak out, and the low latency is a big plus.

      • I understand. I have tested two audio interfaces and now i want to do something différent. With the 2i2 2nd gen you have How much latency without crackeling with à good virtual drums and à virtual amp cab ?

        • The 2nd gen 2i2 works at the 48kHz/32 sample setting for 5.1 ms overall latency pretty well on my i5 desktop. Lately I like using separate amp sims on left and right rhythm, plus another on bass, and ezDrummer for drums. It handles that fine but if I add another amp sim for lead it starts to crackle at that setting with Ableton Live 9 Lite (for some reason Pro Tools can handle more amp sims just fine). Mostly I use the 48kHz/64 samples setting for 7.79 ms and it can go above 90% CPU without any crackling, so it works really well. I did some test recordings on guitar at 200 bpm and couldn’t notice enough of a usable difference between 5.1 and 7.8 so I just use the higher setting for better performance. The lower setting might work better for e-drums, though. I haven’t compared using them yet.

  2. Thank, the RTL latency under 10 ms it’s ok for sure. But there is something différent when the latency is better , i dont know what but the feeling is better, it’s more fun and easy to play fast

    • I know what you mean. I was trying the 14 ms setting on the iD4 and it just takes all the fun out of it. I like playing along to my own songs and it’s amazing how much it changes the feel at higher latency settings. Now that I’ve gotten used to the lower latency on the 2i2 I can’t go back. 😀