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Focusrite Forte USB Audio Interface

Focusrite Forte USB Audio Interface Focusrite Forte USB Audio Interface
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Product Code: Forte

Focusrite 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.

The Ultimate USB Audio Interface for Mac & 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 & 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 192 kHz, and the conversion stages have had maximum attention paid to both analogue and digital design to deliver the best possible performance.

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/192 kHz 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.

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 run on bus power in "USB low-power mode" but an included power supply increases the available volume to headphones/line outputs and delivers +48V phantom power to your microphone.

The Midnight Plug-In Suite
The classic Focusrite Midnight plug-in suite is also included in the box, accurately modelling the classic ISA110 EQ and ISA130 compressor from the original Focusrite Forte console.

Focusrite Forte - Features:

  • Mac and Windows compatible
  • Two Focusrite remote-controlled microphone preamps
  • Ultra-high quality A-D and D-A conversion at up to 24-bit/192 kHz resolution
  • Includes power supply - can also be bus powered in "USB low power" mode
  • Premium aluminium enclosure
  • Built-in outputs / breakout cable delivers inputs
  • Touch-sensitive buttons: large control knob
  • Color OLED (Organic LED) metering/display
  • Control and configuration software included
  • 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 - 75 dB
    • Mic Input: RedNet remote controlled pre-amplifier
    • Maximum Input level @ Minimum Gain for 0 dBFS (Rs = 150 Ohms, without pad): 12 dBu ± 0.5 dB
    • Minimum Input level @ Maximum Gain for 0 dBFS (Rs = 150 Ohms, without pad): -63 dBu ± 0.5 dB
    • SNR (A-weighted): -117 dB (Rs = 150 Ohms)
    • Frequency Response (Rs = 150 Ohms): 50 Hz - 42 kHz ± 0.1 dB (-0.5 dB @ 20 Hz)
    • THD+N: @ -1 dBFS: 0.0007% (measured with +11 dBu input, minimum gain, 1 kHz with a 20 Hz/22 kHz bandpass filter, Rs = 150 Ohms)
    • Noise: EIN: 128 dB (measured with 60 dB of gain with 150 Ohm termination 20 Hz/22 kHz bandpass filter)
    • Input Pad Attenuation: 10 dB (Rs = 150 Ohms)
    • Phantom Power: 48V, independently switchable for each channel (only available with external power supply connected)
  • Line Inputs:
    • Gain Range: -12 - 42 dB
    • Maximum Input Level @ Miniumum Gain for 0dBFS: 20 dBu ± 0.5 dB
    • Minimum Input Level @ Maxiumum Gain for 0dBFS: -34dBu ± 0.5dB
    • SNR (A-weighted: -116 dB
    • Frequency Response: 20 Hz - 20 kHz ± 0.2 dB
    • THD+N: @ -1 dBFS: @ 0.003% (measured with +19 dBu input, minimum gain, 1 kHz and 22 Hz/22 kHz bandpass filter)
  • Instument Inputs:
    • Gain Range: +14 - 68dB
    • Maximum Input Level for 0 dBFS (minimum gain): +10 dBu ± 0.5 dB
    • Maximum Input Level for 0 dBFS (maximum gain, no pad): -44 dBu ± 0.5 dB
    • SNR (A-weighted): -111 dB
    • Frequency Response: 20 Hz - 20 kHz ± 0.2 dB
    • THD+N: @ -1 dBFS: < 0.003% (measured with +9 dBu input, minimum gain, 1 kHz with a 20 Hz/22 kHz bandpass filter)
  • Analogue High Pass Filters:
    • Independently switchable (from control panel) for each input
    • -6dB response (referenced to 1 kHz: 65 Hz ± 3 Hz, roll-off 12 dB / octave
  • Analogue Audio Outputs 1-2 (1/4" TRS Balanced; measured with PSU connected)
    • Electronically balanced outputs
    • SNR (A-weighted: -118 dB
    • Frequency Response: 20 Hz - 20 kHz ± 0.1 dB
    • Maximum Output Level (0 dBFS): +16 dBu ± 0.5 dB
    • THD+N: <0.0008% (-1 dBFS input 1 kHz, 20 Hz/22 kHz bandpass filter)
  • Headphone Outputs (measured with PSU connected)
    • Frequency Response: 20 Hz - 20 kHz ± 0.1 dB
    • SNR (A-weighted): -116 dB
    • THD+N: < 0.0008% (-1 dBFS input 1 kHz, 20 Hz/22 kHz bandpass filter, 10k load)
    • Maximum Output Into 10k: +9 dBu (+7 dBV)
    • Maximum Power Into 150R: 30 mW
    • Maximum Power Into 32R: 27 mW
    • Output Impedance: < 8 Ohms
    • Load Impedance: > 24 Ohms
  • Crosstalk (measured at 1 kHz)
    • Input to Input and Output to Output: > 90 dB
    • Input to Output: > 90 dB
  • Additional Conversion Performance:
    • Clock Jitter: < 250 picoseconds
  • Supported Sample Rates: 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4, 192 kHz
  • 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
  • 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)
  • Dimensions (H x W x D): 6.7 x 4.6 x 1.4 in | 170 x 116 x 36 mm
  • Weight: 1.1 lbs | 0.45 kg

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