Focusrite Launches New Portable Audio Interface: Forte
September 5, 2012 by Janice Brown
The new Forte is Focusrite’s “best” 2-input, 4-output USB (2.0) audio interface; it works with both Mac and PC. It has two remote control mic preamps – as used in Focusrite’s RedNet range of professional audio interfaces – and uses 24-bit/192kHz A-D/D-A converters.
Forte will be available worldwide starting in October 2012, at $749.99 MSRP / $599.99 at dealers.
Forte features a color 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.
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, so all inputs can be connected simultaneously, without having to re-patch when you switch from one to the other.
The 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, however Forte can also operate as a USB powered interface. See the product in action here:
FORTE SPECS AT A GLANCE:
2 in / 4 out USB audio interface
192KHz, 24-bit conversion
2 Focusrite microphone preamps
Silver aluminum chassis
Large multi-function push encoder
4 touch sensitive mode buttons
Headphone socket (front panel)
2 balanced monitor outputs – ¼” TRS Jack
Input Loom socket
USB 2.0 Port
Kensington Lock slot (rear side)
Ableton Live Lite 8
Focusrite Midnight plug-in suite
Forte Control software application
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