Forte portable audio interface is the pinnacle of the company's design and technology 06/09/12
Focusrite has launched a brand new flagship
portable audio interface: Forte. They tell us that it represents the pinnacle of the company's analogue audio
circuit design coupled with the latest in digital conversion technologies, alongside
stunning, no-compromise industrial
design and professional practicality.
Forte is a premium two-input, four-output
USB 2.0 audio interface that works with
Mac and PC. It has two remote control
mic preamps, as used in Focusrite's
RedNet range of professional audio
interfaces, and uses class-leading, 24-
bit/192kHz A-D/D-A converters. Forte
features a colour OLED (Organic LED)
display to indicate input and output
signal levels, mic preamp gain and other
useful information, with stylish motion
graphics giving you detailed visual information. A single, smooth-feeling control knob
operates in conjunction with touch-sensitive icon buttons to give you complete control
over input and output levels, and DAW control parameters. Key Features
Premium two-input, four-output USB 2.0 audio interface for Mac and PC.
Best-in-class mic preamp performance with 75dB gain range (0-75dB).
Class-leading real world ADC (117dB A-weighted) and DAC (118dB A-weighted).
Colour OLED screen with motion graphics to show input and output signal levels.
Multi-function touch icons and scroll wheel.
In addition to providing the highest quality signal path, Focusrite tells us that they have paid particular
attention to ergonomic design. A breakout cable with locking connector is used for
microphone (XLR) and line/instrument (TRS) inputs, but balanced line and independent
headphone outputs are provided on the unit itself, so the breakout cable is not required
for playback-only applications. In addition, the mic and line-level inputs on the breakout
cable are separate, meaning all inputs can be connected simultaneously, without having
to re-patch when you switch from one to the other. The elegant aluminium case includes
non-slip strips on the base to ensure that it is always stable during operation. An external
power supply is included with the unit, however Forte can also operate as a USB
powered interface. Pricing and Availability:
Availability: Worldwide in October 2012
Pricing: MSRP $749.99 / $599.99 at dealers.