Focusrite Forte USB Audio Interface  

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Premium 2 in, 4 out portable USB interface for Mac and Windows.

Taking its name from the original Focusrite console that embodied all the fundamental elements of the renowned Focusrite sound, Forte is a portable professional USB audio interface with two inputs and four outputs, housed in a compact, elegant and sturdy aluminum case.

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.

Featuring two of the latest design of Focusrite NetPre remote-controlled microphone preamplifiers, as used in Focusrite's flagship RedNet range, Forte 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 color 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.

In addition to providing the highest quality input preamps and signal path, 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.

The elegant aluminum 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, but this is only necessary if Phantom Power operation is required: otherwise Forte operates solely on bus power.

Included with the unit is Forte Control software application, which allows the configuration of low-latency monitoring, mic pre level adjustment and other features. Also in the box is the classic Focusrite Midnight plugin suite, accurately modeling the classic ISA110 EQ and ISA130 compressor.

Note: Includes the Focusrite Red 2 and Red 3 Plug-In Suite (AAX/AU/VST) upon registration of interface. Accurately modeled on the classic Red 2 EQ and Red 3 Compressor, the Red plug-ins let you exploit the sound of the hardware originals, conveniently from within Pro Tools (10 and above) and other audio software.

  • Two Focusrite NetPre remote-controlled microphone preamps
  • Ultra-high quality A-D and D-A conversion at up to 24-bit/192kHz resolution
  • +48V phantom power, HPF and polarity reverse
  • Mac and Windows compatible
  • Premium aluminum enclosure
  • Connections split between locking breakout cable and the body
  • Touch-sensitive buttons: large control knob
  • Color OLED (Organic LED) metering/display
  • Control and configuration software included, supports leading DAW system

Get the sound of the pros, in a compact USB interface.


Forte USB Audio Interface 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)
    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)
    Analog High Pass Filters
    Independently switchable (from control panel) for each input
    -6dB response (referenced to 1kHz) 65Hz +/- 3Hz, roll-off 12dB / octave
    Analog Audio Outputs 1-2 (¼" TRS Balanced) Measurered with PSU connected
    Electronically Balanced Outputs
    SNR (A-weighted) -118 dB
    Frequency Response 20Hz-20kHz +/- 0.1 dB
    Maximum Output Level (0dBFS) +16dBu +/- 0.5dB
    THD+N <0.0008% (-1dBFS input 1kHz, 20Hz/22kHz bandpass filter)
    Headphone Outputs Measurered with PSU connected
    Frequency Response 20Hz-20kHz +/- 0.1 dB
    SNR (A-weighted) -116 dB
    THD+N <0.0008% (-1dBFS input 1kHz, 20Hz/22kHz bandpass filter, 10k load)
    Maximum Output into 10k +9 dBu (+7dBV)
    Maximum Power into 150R 30 mW
    Maximum Power into 32R 27 mW
    Output Impedance < 8 Ohms
    Load Impedance > 24 Ohms
    Crosstalk (measured at 1kHz)
    Input to Input and Output to Output > 90dB
    Input to Output > 90dB
    Additional Conversion Performance
    Clock jitter < 250 picoseconds
    Supported Sample Rates
    44.1kHz / 48kHz / 88.2kHz / 96kHz / 176.4kHz / 192kHz
    Analog 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
    Analog Audio Outputs
    2 x TRS Analog 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)
    In the box
    Focusrite Forte
    Locking breakout cable for inputs
    User Guide UK/F/D
    USB cable
    Power Supply
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