British audio equipment manufacturer Focusrite has launched Forte, its new flagship portable audio interface. Forte pairs Focusrite’s analogue audio circuit design with digital conversion technologies.
Forte is a two-input, four-output USB 2.0 audio interface that 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. The Forte features a color Organic LED (OLED) display to indicate input and output signal levels, mic preamp gain and other information. A single knob operates in conjunction with touch-sensitive icon buttons to control input and output levels, and DAW control parameters.
- Premium two-input, four-output USB 2.0 audio interface for Mac and PC
- Mic preamp performance with 75dB gain range (0-75dB)
- ADC (117dB A-weighted) and DAC (118dB A-weighted) Color OLED screen with motion graphics to show input and output signal levels
- Multi-function touch icons and scroll wheel with DAW control functions
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. An external power supply is included with the unit; however, Forte can also operate as a USB-powered interface.
Availability: The Focusrite Forte will be commercially available next month, MSRP $749.99 ($599.99 street).