Forte - a new breed of USB audio interface Focusrite Forte is a professional 2 in, 4 out portable USB audio interface for Mac and Windows, designed to deliver analogue sources to your DAW at the highest possible quality. It features two remote-controlled mic preamps with the unrivalled sound quality you would expect from Focusrite. Forte partners these with superb digital conversion at up to 24-bit/192kHz resolution. Built into a solid aluminium case, Forte features a colour OLED display, touch controls and a single large control knob for intuitive operation, with DAW integration transforming it into a control interface.
Part of our history of audio excellence… 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...
The ultimate USB audio interface for Mac and PC 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.
The DAW control interface 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.
A USB audio interface at the forefront of design 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 Midnight plug-in suite 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.
Tutorial Take an in-depth tour of Forte's features in this tutorial demonstrating the control knob functions, integrated menu, hardware connectivity and the Forte Control software.
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 Unit Net Weight 476g Dims 170 x 116 x 36mm
Single unit in gift box with contents Dims 238 x 178 x 102mm Gross Weight 1295g
Single Brown Boxed Unit Dims 197 x 127 x 270mm Gross Weight 1380g
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)
0 - 75dB
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
-117dB (Rs = 150 Ohms)
Frequency Response (Rs = 150 Ohms)
50Hz - 42kHz +/- 0.1 dB (-0.5dB @ 20Hz)
@ -1dBFS: 0.0007% (measured with +11dBu input, minimum gain, 1kHz with a 20Hz/22kHz bandpass filter, Rs = 150 Ohms)
EIN: 128dB (measured with 60dB of gain with 150 Ohm termination 20Hz/22kHz bandpass filter)
Input Pad Attenuation
10dB (Rs = 150 Ohms)
48V, independently switchable for each channel (only available with external Power Supply connected)
-12 - 42dB
Maximum Input level @ Miniumum gain for 0dBFS
20dBu +/- 0.5dB
Minimum Input level @ Maxiumum gain for 0dBFS
-34dBu +/- 0.5dB
20Hz - 20kHz +/- 0.2dB
@ -1dBFS: < 0.003% (measured with +19dBu input, minimum gain, 1kHz and 22Hz/22kHz bandpass filter)
+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
20Hz-20kHz +/- 0.2dB
@ -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