My name is Charlemagne and I live in California in the US where I work a full time day job that’s completely unrelated to audio, although I’ve always been completely avid over sound and music and have an undying aspiration to be a professional musician/producer/DJ. I’ve been studying and playing music since I was in sixth grade. I was a violin player all of middle school and most of high school and then later got into piano and studying theory during college. I have a double edged interest in both film orchestral scores and electronic music. While in college, I had my own pair of vinyl decks and would always jump at a chance to DJ at friend’s house party. Eventually, I started getting involved with music production and played around with early DAWs such as ACID, then later graduated to Logic Pro and have been a die hard user ever since. In fact, I’m loving the new Logic Pro X.
"I also use it for casual to critical listening of my iTunes library and it sounds awesome."
After dwelling in a bit of a creative rut over the last couple of years though, I stumbled upon the Forte released earlier this year by Focusrite and it looked like the perfect 2-channel audio interface to jump start my productivity again. The Forte serves as my primary audio interface and DAC for use with Logic Pro X. I mainly record everything inside the box with MIDI 99% of the time, so personally I find two inputs to be perfectly ideal for my needs. I’ll occasionally record a vocal or an instrument but I just don’t plan on recording a band, so the minimal amount of inputs are definitely appreciated. In fact, I could still get a nice stereo recording of a guitar using just two mics with the Forte so I was satisfied with that. And aside from serious work, I also use it for casual to critical listening of my iTunes library and it sounds awesome.
"I like the idea of the breakout cable and how it keeps the unit designed to be so small and compact, but one thing I personally hate is cable clutter on my desk. "
My last audio interface before the Forte was actually an Apogee Duet. The two are very similar breeds, but there are a couple of things that I liked more on the Forte. One is the onboard line outputs for connecting to your monitor speakers. I like the idea of the breakout cable and how it keeps the unit designed to be so small and compact, but one thing I personally hate is cable clutter on my desk. When you don’t need to record anything, you can just keep the breakout cable out of the picture and it keeps your setup looking perfectly tidy, and I like that a lot. I’m also quite style conscious when it comes to aesthetics of my home studio and electronics. Blame it on me for being an fan of Apple products, but I preferred the Forte’s dominant aluminum enclosure as it matches my iMac setup just nicely.
And to add to the cable clutter solution, also having the ability to be solely bus powered through the USB was another selling point for me. It does away with yet another cable to deal and just adds to the value of it’s portability even more. Even at -18db, sound comes out loud and powerful in my little humble home studio, so I find it to be just the right volume ceiling for my specific listening environment.
The Forte makes my home studio setup look as dead simple as can be. What I basically have on my desk is a small, quiet, very clean looking, yet a very robust and powerful sounding little device with just two line out cables running to my monitors and the single USB cable running to my iMac.