Focusrite announces Forte premium desktop recording interface


 British audio equipment manufacturer Focusrite has launched a brand new flagship portable audio interface: Forte. It represents the pinnacle of Focusrite's analogue audio circuit design coupled with the latest in digital conversion technologies, alongside stunning, no-compromise industrial design and professional practicality.

Forte is a premium two-input, four-output USB 2.0 audio interface that works with Mac and PC. It has two remote control mic preamps, as used in Focusrite's RedNet range of professional audio interfaces, and uses class-leading, 24-bit/192kHz A-D/D-A converters. Forte features a colour 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.

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Key Features

  • Premium two-input, four-output USB 2.0 audio interface for Mac and PC
  • Best-in-class mic preamp performance with 75dB gain range (0-75dB)
  • Class-leading real world ADC (117dB A-weighted) and DAC (118dB A-weighted)
  • Colour OLED screen with motion graphics to show input and output signal levels
  • Multi-function touch icons and scroll wheel with DAW control functions

In addition to providing the highest quality signal path, Focusrite has paid particular attention 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 mic and line-level inputs on the breakout cable are separate, meaning all inputs can be connected simultaneously, without having to re-patch when you switch from one to the other. The elegant aluminium 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.

Availability:Worldwide from October 2012
MSRP $749.99 / $599.99 at dealers.

Focusrite Forte: Past and Present

In 1989, Focusrite unveiled what has since been considered as sonically the best recording console in history: The Focusrite Forte. Only two Fortes were made, but the smaller Focusrite Studio Console, which used the same audio circuitry, ended up in studios from South Africa to Japan and Los Angeles, where a Studio Console is still running the show in Studio A at Ocean Way Recording, Hollywood. In today's age of Interfaces and DAWs, the Forte name returns, representing the very best in mobile interface technology. Using amplification and conversion technology from Focusrite’s flagship audio interface system, RedNet, Forte represents the highest possible quality in a USB 2.0 interface. Forte features two 24-bit/192kHz input channels, four output channels including an independent headphone mix and speaker outputs, and a large multi-function knob, which provides interface parameter and DAW control. Compatible with both PC and Mac, Forte is equally at home in the recording studio or on the road with a laptop. Just connect your finest microphones and press record!