Focusrite Forte

Focusrite Forte


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Focusrite Forte

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The Forte is yet another great audio interface from Focusrite. If you require a simple audio path into your Digital Audio Workstation, this compact and rugged USB interface would be a great addition to your Mac or PC set-up. This versatile desktop unit is the ideal solution for home or mobile recording and reflects Focusrite's dedication in bringing you affordable, high quality professional audio recording.

Focusrite Forte product overview, what are Focusrite saying...:

  • Forte takes its name from the original Focusrite console that embodied all the fundamental elements of the renowned Focusrite sound. Focusrite’s original Forté was the recording console based on the ground-breaking mic pre and compression modules that Rupert Neve created for Air Studios back in the 1980s. Designed to offer the very highest audio path quality irrespective of cost, the Forté console set the benchmarks for mic preamplifiers and dynamic control and that remain unequalled today. The Forte USB audio interface continues this obsession with sound quality...
  • Forte has been designed specifically to provide a compact, rugged and effective input path to your computer with the maximum possible audio quality for mic, line and instrument sources. In particular, Forte delivers class-leading dynamic range and noise floor – both highly significant in today’s world of an almost unlimited number of tracks making up a mix – and class-leading conversion performance, ensuring you get the very best quality sound at all times.
  • Two Focusrite mic-pres and world-class conversion
  • Featuring two of the latest design of Focusrite's remote-controlled microphone preamplifiers, the Forte USB audio interface connects to both Mac and Windows computers via USB 2.0. It incorporates highest-quality precision 24-bit A-D and D-A converters operating at sample rates up to 192kHz, and the conversion stages have had maximum attention paid to both analogue and digital design to deliver the best possible performance.
  • Forte includes a colour OLED (Organic LED) display to indicate mic, line in, line out and headphone levels, gain structure and other functionality. It features a single, large, smoothly-rotating control knob operated in conjunction with a series of touch-sensitive icons to access preamplifier and output functions – input, monitor, headphone, and control – plus the ability to control DAW functions and act as a remote control for your music software. Included with the unit is Forte Control software application, which allows the configuration of low-latency monitoring, mic pre level adjustment and other features.
  • Particular attention has been paid 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 fact that the mic and line-level inputs on the breakout cable are separate means that you can keep your inputs connected all the time without having to re-patch when you go from one to the other. Forte can be bus powered but an included power supply further improves output performance and delivers +48V phantom power to your microphone.
  • The classic Focusrite Midnight plugin suite is also included in the box, accurately modelling the classic ISA110 EQ and ISA130 compressor from the original Focusrite Forté console.

Focusrite Forte Key Features:

  • Two Focusrite remote-controlled microphone preamps
  • Forte features Focusrite’s latest preamplifier design, they ensure the very highest quality audio quality from your source.
  • Ultra-high quality A-D and D-A conversion at up to 24-bit/192kHz resolution
  • Precision conversion ensures that the entire path from analogue input to your recording system – and back again – is of the highest quality. Focusrite has built its reputation on the quality of its input stages, but its converter designs are equally class leaders: the result is superb end-to-end quality and performance.
  • Includes power supply - can also be bus powered
  • Forte can be bus powered and includes HPF and polarity reverse options. An included power supply further improves output performance and delivers +48V phantom power to your microphone.
  • Mac and Windows compatible
  • Focusrite recognises that there is more than one operating system in the audio world. Forte is fully compatible with both Windows and Mac. In both cases, Forte integrates extensively with the OS for simple and familiar operation.
  • Premium aluminium enclosure
  • Forte is built into a solid aluminium enclosure, making it elegant, rugged and reliable for life on the road – or in the studio.
  • Built-in outputs / breakout cable delivers inputs
  • TRS line and independent headphone outputs are mounted on the body, so you don’t need the breakout cable for playback. Keep your XLR mic and TRS balanced line/instrument sources permanently connected to the included locking breakout cable, and select between them in software, without having to re-patch.
  • Touch-sensitive buttons: large control knob
  • Touch-sensitive icons switch the multi-mode control knob between monitor, headphone, input and DAW control, while the knob allows smooth, instant and intuitive access to settings and adjustments
  • Colour OLED (Organic LED) metering/display
  • Instantly check levels and see which function the control knob is assigned to with the clear, bright colour display
  • Control and configuration software included
  • Included software allows configuration of low-latency monitoring, mic pre gain and other audio settings. Supports leading DAW systems

Focusrite Forte Specifications:

  • Hardware Specifications
  • 2 in / 4 out USB audio interface
  • 192KHz, 24-bit conversion
  • 2 Focusrite microphone preamplifiers
  • Silver aluminium chassis
  • Top panel:
  • Large multi-function push encoder
  • 4 touch sensitive mode buttons
  • Headphone socket (front panel)
  • Rear panel:
  • 2 balanced monitor outputs – ¼” TRS Jack
  • Input Loom socket
  • Power socket
  • USB 2.0 Port
  • Kensington Lock slot (rear side)
  • Included software:
  • Focusrite Midnight plug-in suite
  • Forte Control software application
  • Weights and dimensions
  • Net Weight 476g
  • Dims 170 x 116 x 36mm
  • We only use strict AES17 standards to measure our audio performance specifications
  • Key Performance Figures
  • Measured Real World ADC Dynamic Range
  • 117 dB (A-weighted)
  • Measured Real World DAC Dynamic Range 118 dB (A-weighted)
  • Chipset ADC/DAC Dynamic Range 120 dB (A-weighted)
  • Microphone Inputs
  • Gain Range
  • 0 - 75dB
  • Mic Input RedNet remote controlled pre-amplifier
  • Maximum Input level @ Minimum gain for 0 dBFS (Rs = 150 Ohms, without pad) 12dBu +/- 0.5dB
  • Minimum Input level @ Maximum gain for 0 dBFS (Rs = 150 Ohms, without pad) -63dBu +/- 0.5dB
  • SNR (A-weighted) -117dB (Rs = 150 Ohms)
  • Frequency Response (Rs = 150 Ohms) 50Hz - 42kHz +/- 0.1 dB (-0.5dB @ 20Hz)
  • THD+N @ -1dBFS: 0.0007% (measured with +11dBu input, minimum gain, 1kHz with a 20Hz/22kHz bandpass filter, Rs = 150 Ohms)
  • Noise EIN: 128dB (measured with 60dB of gain with 150 Ohm termination 20Hz/22kHz bandpass filter)
  • Input Pad Attenuation 10dB (Rs = 150 Ohms)
  • Phantom Power 48V, independently switchable for each channel (only available with external Power Supply connected)
  • Line inputs
  • Gain Range -12 - 42dB
  • Maximum Input level @ Miniumum gain for 0dBFS 20dBu +/- 0.5dB
  • Minimum Input level @ Maxiumum gain for 0dBFS -34dBu +/- 0.5dB
  • SNR (A-weighted) -116dB
  • Frequency Response 20Hz - 20kHz +/- 0.2dB
  • THD+N @ -1dBFS: < 0.003% (measured with +19dBu input, minimum gain, 1kHz and 22Hz/22kHz bandpass filter)
  • Instument inputs
  • Gain Range +14 - 68dB
  • Maximum Input Level for 0 dBFS (minimum gain) +10dBu +/- 0.5dB
  • Maximum Input Level for 0 dBFS (maximum gain, no pad) -44dBu +/- 0.5dB
  • SNR (A-weighted) -111dB
  • Frequency Response 20Hz-20kHz +/- 0.2dB
  • THD+N @ -1dBFS: < 0.003% (measured with +9dBu input, minimum gain, 1kHz with a 20Hz/22kHz bandpass filter)
  • Analogue High Pass Filters
  • Independently switchable (from control panel) for each input
    • 6dB response (referenced to 1kHz) 65Hz +/- 3Hz, roll-off 12dB / octave
  • Analogue Audio Outputs 1-2 (¼" TRS Balanced)
  • Electronically Balanced Outputs
  • SNR (A-weighted) -118 dB
  • Frequency Response 20Hz-20kHz +/- 0.1 dB
  • Maximum Output Level (0dBFS) +16dBu +/- 0.5dB
  • THD+N 90dB
  • Input to Output > 90dB
  • Additional Conversion Performance
  • Clock jitter < 250 picoseconds
  • Supported Sample Rates
  • 44.1kHz / 48kHz / 88.2kHz / 96kHz / 176.4kHz / 192kHz
  • Connectivity
  • Analogue Inputs Wire Loom (Inputs 1-2)
  • 2 x XLR Mic
  • 2 x 1/4" TRS for Line / Instrument Inputs
  • Software switching of Mic / Line or Instrument Inputs
  • Analogue Audio Outputs
  • 2 x TRS analogue outputs (Outputs 1-2)
  • 1 x TRS stereo headphone output (Outputs 3-4)
  • Other I/O
  • 1 x USB 2.0 compliant USB port
  • 1 x 5V @ 1A DC Power Input (required for Microphone +48V power)
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