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.
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
2 in / 4 out USB audio interface
192KHz, 24-bit conversion
2 Focusrite microphone preamplifiers
Silver aluminium 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)
Focusrite Midnight plug-in suite
Forte Control software application
Weights and dimensions
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
|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|
|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)|
|Gain Range||-12 - 42dB|
|Maximum Input level @ Miniumum gain for 0dBFS||20dBu +/- 0.5dB|
|Minimum Input level @ Maxiumum gain for 0dBFS||-34dBu +/- 0.5dB|
|Frequency Response||20Hz - 20kHz +/- 0.2dB|
|THD+N||@ -1dBFS: < 0.003% (measured with +19dBu input, minimum gain, 1kHz and 22Hz/22kHz bandpass filter)|
|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|
|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||<0.0008% (-1dBFS input 1kHz, 20Hz/22kHz bandpass filter)|
|Frequency Response||20Hz-20kHz +/- 0.1 dB|
|SNR (A-weighted)||-116 dB|
|<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 Output||> 90dB|
|Additional Conversion Performance|
|Clock jitter < 250 picoseconds|
|44.1kHz / 48kHz / 88.2kHz / 96kHz / 176.4kHz / 192kHz|
|2 x 1/4" TRS for Line / Instrument Inputs|
|Software switching of Mic / Line or Instrument Inputs|
|1 x TRS stereo headphone output (Outputs 3-4)|
|Google Category||Audio Components|
|Manufacturer Part Number||FORTE|
|Also Known As||Focusrite Forte Audio Interface, forte, focusriteforte|
|Product Alternative Names||usb audio interface|