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2-in/4-out USB Audio Interface with 24-bit/192kHz Resolution, 2 Microphone Preamplifiers, Full-color OLED Display, Configurable Touchpads - Mac and PC
Item ID: ForteUSB

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Powerful Compact USB Interface for Mac and PC!

Take high-end recording preamps anywhere you go with the Focusrite Forte USB audio interface. Featuring the same microphone preamps as Focusrite's flagship RedNet range, the Forte gives you a reliable and compact recording interface. You'll marvel at the crystal-clear audio you can capture with Forte's 24-bit/192kHz sample rate. A touch-sensitive screen lets you switch between functions and a large knob gives you precise control of functions and settings. If you need a high-end, compact recording solution, look no further than the Focusrite Forte USB audio interface.

Focusrite Forte USB Audio Interface at a Glance:
  • Focusrite preamps in a portable configuration
  • Flexible I/O for all your capture needs
  • Powerful software gives you control
Focusrite preamps in a portable configuration

Focusrite has pulled out all the stops with the Forte USB audio interface. They used their top-of-the-line RedNet preamps in this 24-bit/192kHz USB 2.0 interface to give you amazing audio quality. The rugged aluminum body houses a full-color OLED screen that gives you a clear picture of what is going on. Touch-screen controls let you choose the Forte's mode and a large control knob lets you precisely dial in settings and adjustments.

Flexible I/O for all your capture needs

The Focusrite Forte audio interface is a versatile 2 in, 4 out preamp. The supplied breakout cable gives you two microphone (XLR) and two line/instrument (TRS) inputs. A pair of TRS outputs let you run audio to your monitor setup for mixing and mastering. A front-mounted headphone output is perfect for recording and those late night mixing sessions. An external power supply is included that gives the Focusrite Forte phantom power capability.

Powerful software gives you control

Take complete command of the Focusrite Forte USB audio interface with the included Forte Control software. This powerful software allows you to select and set low-latency monitoring, mic pre levels, and many other features. Focusrite also threw in their popular Midnight plug-in suite. Midnight accurately models the classic ISA110 EQ and ISA130 compressor. The Focusrite Forte interface is perfect for use with Mac and PC on the road or in the studio.

Focusrite Forte USB Audio Interface Features:
  • Premium Focusrite preamps in an ultra-compact USB interface
  • Rugged aluminum case is perfect for musicians on the go
  • 2 in, 4 out interface with digital up to 24-bit/192kHz resolution
  • Color OLED display and touch controls
  • Mac and PC compatible
  • Includes Focusrite Midnight plug-in suite
Take a powerful USB interface any where you go with the Focusrite Forte.

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Tech Specs

Manufacturer Part Number Forte

Customer Reviews

Based on 21 reviews

Sweetwater Advice

Mitch Gallagher

If you're looking to get great-sounding audio in and out of your computer or iOS device, then you must take a look at two new offerings from Focusrite: Forte and iTrack Solo. iTrack Solo is one of the first audio interfaces that can connect directly to an iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch with a 30-pin connector. It can also connect to your computer via USB, making it a double value. On the front, you have two inputs -- one for mic (with phantom power) and one for instruments -- along with a monitor level control, a headphone output, and a switch for latency-free monitoring. Around back, you have a USB connection, a Device Link port for the 30-pin iOS cable, and monitor outputs. I used iTrack Solo with my iPad 3, and it worked flawlessly with my apps, from Garageband to Auria, and with a variety of soft synths and instruments. The sound quality is great, and the direct monitoring does its job perfectly. If you're looking for a simple interface, but still want great quality, the iTrack Solo should be high on your list. Moving on to the desktop-format Forte, we've got a 2-in/4-out interface that connects to your computer via USB 2.0. The unit itself has stereo TRS outputs and a headphone output, along with connectors for the power supply, USB, and the supplied input "loom." Connecting the loom cable to the Forte adds two 1/4" line/instrument and two XLR mic inputs. The advantage is that, if you're using the Forte only for monitoring, there's no need to connect the inputs and have the extra cables on your desk. But when it's time to track, it's a simple matter of hooking up the inputs. Forte has a single large knob, four switches, and an OLED display. The switches control what the knob is controlling: input gain, monitor level, headphone level, or DAW control -- with compatible DAWs, pushing the control knob starts/stops playback, and turning the knob changes the DAW output level. Other functions are handled by the included Forte Control software, such as input controls; two stereo returns for monitoring your DAW; monitor dim, mute, and mono; a separate headphone mix; and metering. You can save presets for easy recall when tracking and mixing. The compact, streamlined Forte desktop interface delivers high-end performance in every regard. I can't emphasize enough how easy it is to use -- a real benefit when you are inspired to record or compose. It definitely gets out of the way of the muse. Very nice!
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