Forte 2 in, 4 out portable USB interface

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The Focusrite Forte is a high quality 2 in / 4 out USB 2.0 audio interface.
With 2 TRS outputs directly on the back and a choice of XLR or TRS inputs through the compact loom.

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, the same mic pre that features in Focusrite´s top-flight RedNet range. 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 and much more.

Taking its name from the original Focusrite console that embodied all the fundamental elements of the renowned Focusrite sound, Forte is a
portable professional USB audio interface with two inputs and four outputs, housed in a compact, elegant and sturdy aluminium case.

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.

Featuring two of the latest design of Focusrite´s remote-controlled microphone preamplifiers, as used in Focusrite´s flagship RedNet range, Forte
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.

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.

In addition to providing the highest quality input preamps and signal path, 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.

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, but this is only necessary if Phantom Power operation is required: otherwise Forte operates solely on bus power.
Included with the unit is Forte Control software application, which allows the configuration of low-latency monitoring, mic pre level adjustment
and other features. Also in the box is the classic Focusrite Midnight plugin suite, accurately modelling the classic ISA110 EQ and ISA130 compressor

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. Since then, Focusrite has also established itself as a world leader in
digital audio conversion, demonstrating that even today, where digital conversion seems an everyday process, it´s still possible to deliver an
outstanding, world-leading sound through no-compromise analogue and digital design and component selection


  • Two Focusrite RedNet remote-controlled microphone preamps
  • Ultra-high quality A-D and D-A conversion at up to 24-bit/192kHz resolution
  • +48V phantom power, HPF and polarity reverse
  • Mac and Windows compatible
  • Bus-powered (except when 48V phantom power is engaged)
  • Premium aluminium enclosure
  • Built-in main monitor outputs do not require a breakout cable!
  • Supplied breakout cable for mic and line inputs only
  • Touch-sensitive buttons
  • Large metal control knob
  • Colour OLED (Organic LED) metering/display
  • Control and configuration software included
  • Focurite´s superb plug-in emulation of the classic Forte Console EQ and Compression, Midnight, is included
  • 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 - 1/4" TRS Jack
    Input Loom socket
    Power socket
    USB 2.0 Port
    Kensington Lock slot (rear side)

    Included software:
    Ableton Live Lite 8
    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

    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 = Classic ISA based electronically balanced, input impedance ~1.3k Ohms
  • 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)

    Instument 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)

    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 (1/4" 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)

    Headphone Outputs

  • 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 / 192kHz175 mm


  • Analogue 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

    Analogue Audio Outputs

  • 2 x TRS analogue 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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