Do I have to have speakers connected to my audio interface?

When using a DAW like Ableton or Pro Tools on a Windows system you'll be using an ASIO application which means that it can only use one device for input and output.

You can set it to use separate devices by using the Windows Direct Sound protocol, but this will mean using it in a way that will introduce more latency to your recording.

For this reason it would be better to connect speakers to your Scarlett. You'll likely find that the DAC on the Scarlett will be better than that in built sound card of the PC and so in many cases this offers a higher quality audio playback. 

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