I was testing out some mics and I left the phantom power on and unplugged a condenser mic. I plugged in another mic and scarlett 2i2 isn't receiving anymore input (the indicators don't light up when talking into mics), the mics are confirmed to be working.

Did I fry the scarlett? Does hotplugging (I assume this means leaving phantom power on) fry things like these?

When I plug the scarlett into USB, the indicators blink 3 times in red, and computer recognizes it, but it doesn't receive/send signal from microphones.


  • have you contacted Focusrite/scarlett support/forums? – Arnoud Traa Jul 21 '15 at 7:56
  • Check out this post here: m.reddit.com/r/audioengineering/comments/2bdx2u/… I own a Focusrite 2i2 myself and have plugged in/out cables with the phantom power on before and have had no issues personally. What type of cables are you using? – Austin Jul 21 '15 at 8:57
  • Yep, fried the circuits by hot plugging. Based on peoples' experiences, they're just badly built. Or luck of the draw. Thank you. Got another one, this time a PreSonus and works fine. Less noise/hiss too. – Darius Jul 22 '15 at 13:26

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