One of the most import pieces of gear required when you work predominantly ‘in-the-box’ is a solid and dependable Audio Interface. This is parallel in importance to good monitoring and acoustic treatment as it’s the final link in the chain.
In setting up my studio, choosing the Audio Interface has probably been the most frustrating part of the design and too many mistakes have been made along the way. I have been through three or four different models, but none of them ever provided a combination of super clean pre amps and crystal clear output. They usually had one but not the other. Portability was also a requirement so ruled out some of the top line rack mounted options.
When the Forte was first released I became curious because of the excellent reviews in magazines and on the internet. User forums were all positive about the ‘Forte’ and I decided to have one last go at finding an Audio Interface that did what I need.
"I was amazed at the difference and immediately did another three of my tracks just to enhance the final mix."
I immediately noticed better separation through my Eve Audio Monitors so instantly realised they are being driven better by the Forte. Then I did a direct output using my existing Interfaces and the Forte and listened to the difference. I was amazed at the difference and immediately did another three of my tracks just to enhance the final mix.
I was also in the middle of creating a new EP and had tracked 40% of the Guitars, Bass and Vocals when I decided to start again because the Forte just offered so much more depth and quality on the inputs. That was the best decision I made.
"The feedback on the mix was that they were well balanced and extremely clear with good separation. This is down to the Forte’s ability without a doubt."
The EP – ‘Is This All’ was mastered by Joe LaPorta at Sterling Sound, who is a Grammy nominee for his work on the Foo Fighters – Wasted Light album. He is also responsible for Imagine Dragon’s latest album, Killers, Tiesto and Fall Out Boy so he has a critical ear. The feedback on the mix was that they were well balanced and extremely clear with good separation. This is down to the Forte’s ability without a doubt. The EP was released in May 2013 and has sold very well with over 1500 copies sold to date.
Following the release, more work has come in from bands and singer song writers to mix their work. The Forte is a more than capable interface and been a successful tool for many releases in Germany, Brazil and the USA.
Recently I have been approached by the multi-platinum selling band ‘SPACE’ to mix some B-sides for their upcoming 20th anniversary album. This is a big challenge and really pushes equipment to the max, with analogue emulations and a more tradition sound. Again the Forte dealt with whatever I threw at it and never missed a beat.
My studio and client base continues to grow and I have no plans to replace the Forte, although I’m looking at a Sapphire Pro to extend my inputs for tracking drums and bands.