How to Record Music with Scarlett 2i2 and iPad Garageband
If you are looking for a simple and affordable way to record music at home or on the go, you might want to consider using the Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 audio interface and the iPad Garageband app. The Scarlett 2i2 is a popular and versatile interface that can connect to your iPad via USB-C and provide high-quality sound for your vocals, guitars, keyboards, and other instruments. The iPad Garageband app is a powerful and user-friendly digital audio workstation (DAW) that lets you create, edit, mix, and share your music with ease.
In this article, we will show you how to connect the Scarlett 2i2 to your iPad and use it with Garageband to record your music. We will also give you some tips and tricks to get the best results from your setup. Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned musician, you can benefit from using the Scarlett 2i2 and iPad Garageband to unleash your creativity and make amazing music.
What You Need
To use the Scarlett 2i2 with your iPad and Garageband, you will need the following items:
A Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 audio interface (either 2nd or 3rd generation)
An iPad (preferably a USB-C iPad Pro for better performance)
A Lightning to USB 3 camera adapter (if you have a non-USB-C iPad)
A USB-C cable (if you have a USB-C iPad Pro)
A power source (such as a wall charger or a power bank)
A microphone (if you want to record vocals or acoustic instruments)
An instrument cable (if you want to record electric guitars or keyboards)
A pair of headphones or speakers
The Garageband app (available for free on the App Store)
How to Connect the Scarlett 2i2 to Your iPad
Depending on which generation of Scarlett 2i2 and which model of iPad you have, there are two ways of connecting them:
For 3rd Gen Scarlett 2i2 and USB-C iPad Pro
The 3rd generation of Scarlett 2i2 interfaces are designed to consume less power and work directly with USB-C devices. If you have a USB-C iPad Pro, you can simply connect the Scarlett 2i2 to your iPad using the included USB-C cable. The iPad Pro should be able to power the interface without any external power source. However, if you want to use your iPad for longer periods of time, you might want to plug it into a charger as well.
For 2nd Gen Scarlett 2i2 and Non-USB-C iPad
The 2nd generation of Scarlett 2i2 interfaces require more power than what your non-USB-C iPad can supply. Therefore, you will need to use a Lightning to USB 3 camera adapter and a power source to connect them. The adapter has two ports: one for connecting the USB cable from the Scarlett 2i2, and one for connecting a Lightning cable from a power source. You can use any standard wall charger or power bank that can deliver enough current for both devices. Once everything is connected, the Scarlett 2i2 should light up and be ready to use.
How to Use the Scarlett 2i2 with Garageband
Once you have connected the Scarlett 2i2 to your iPad, you can open the Garageband app and start recording your music. Here are some steps to follow:
Launch Garageband and create a new project.
Select Audio Recorder as your instrument type.
Tap on the input icon (the one that looks like a jack plug) at the top right corner of the screen.
Select Input Device and choose Scarlett 2i2 as your audio interface.
Select Input Channel and choose either Input 1 or Input 2 depending on which input of the Scarlett 2i2 you are using. aa16f39245