Focusrite Forte - 2 in/4 out USB 2.0 Audio Interface

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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.

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)
Instrument 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
Connectivity    
  • 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)   
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