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Focusrite Forte

Premium 2 in, 4 out portable USB interface for Mac and Windows

Focusrite Forte

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Product Description for the Focusrite Forte

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 aluminum 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 NetPre 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 color 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 aluminum 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 modeling the classic ISA110 EQ and ISA130 compressor.


  • Two Focusrite NetPre 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
  • Premium aluminum enclosure
  • Connections split between locking breakout cable and the body
  • Touch-sensitive buttons: large control knob
  • Color OLED (Organic LED) metering/display
  • Control and configuration software included, supports leading DAW system



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)

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)
 - Analog High Pass Filters     
 - Independently switchable (from control panel) for each input     
 - Negative 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     

 - 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)     

Brand Focusrite
Weight 3.3000
Dimensions (WxHxD) 197 x 127 x 270mm

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