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The ultimate 2 x 4 USB audio interface for Mac and Windows

With its two inputs and four outputs, Focusrite’s Forte provides a compact, rugged and effective path to and from your computer with the maximum possible audio quality from mic, line and instrument sources. In particular, Forte delivers exceptional dynamic range and noise floor – important in today’s world of an almost unlimited number of tracks making up a mix – and class-leading conversion performance, making sure you always sound your best in your recordings.

Dual Focusrite mic pres and world-class conversion

The Forte USB 2.0 interface includes two of the latest design of Focusrite's remote-controlled microphone preamplifiers, based on those used in our flagship RedNet range, with a heritage that goes back 30 years. Forte incorporates highest-quality precision 24-bit A-D and D-A converters operating at sample rates up to 192kHz, featuring an advanced design implemented with multi-layer boards alongside careful component choices and layout to ensure maximum performance and minimum noise and distortion. Suitable for almost any digital audio workstation, with the included Red 2 and Red 3 AAX plugins Forte also forms a perfect partner for Pro Tools. Learn more about Focusrite’s interface design features.

A heritage of audio excellence…

Forte takes its name from the original Focusrite console that embodied all the fundamental elements of the renowned Focusrite heritage sound. The original Forté was the Focusrite studio console based on the ground-breaking mic pre and compression modules that Rupert Neve created for AIR Studios in the mid-1980s. Designed to offer the very highest audio path quality regardless of cost, the Forté console established the benchmarks for mic preamplifiers and dynamic control that remain unequalled today. The Forte USB audio interface continues the Focusrite obsession with sound quality.

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/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 transforming it into a control interface.

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 an elegant and intuitive control surface – a single, large, smoothly-rotating control knob, used in conjunction with a series of touch-sensitive icons to access preamplifier and output functions: input, monitor, headphone, and control. They can also be used to control DAW functions and act as a remote control for your music software. Included with the unit is the 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

Forte is supremely ergonomically designed. 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’, while 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 plugin suite is also included with Forte, accurately modelling the classic ISA110 EQ and ISA130 compressor from the original Focusrite console modules created by Rupert Neve for AIR Studios in 1985.

Watch the Forte Tutorial

Take an in-depth tour of Forte's features in this tutorial demonstrating the control knob functions, integrated menu, hardware connectivity and the Forte Control software.

Click here.