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Focusrite Forte 2x4 USB Audio Interface for Mac and PC

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Focusrite Forte 2x4 USB Audio Interface for Mac and PC

The ultimate USB audio interface for Mac and 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 and 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 192kHz, and the conversion stages have had maximum attention paid to both analogue and digital design to deliver the best possible performance.

Part of our history of audio excellence…

Forte takes its name from the original Focusrite console that embodied all the fundamental elements of the renowned Focusrite sound. Focusrite’s original Forté was the recording console based on the ground-breaking mic pre and compression modules that Rupert Neve created for Air Studios back in the 1980s. Designed to offer the very highest audio path quality irrespective of cost, the Forté console set the benchmarks for mic preamplifiers and dynamic control and that remain unequalled today. The Forte USB audio interface continues this 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 unrivaled 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 aluminum case, Forte features a color 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 plugin suite is also included in the box, accurately modelling the classic ISA110 EQ and ISA130 compressor from the original Focusrite Forté console.

Forte Features:

Mac and Windows compatible

Focusrite recognises that there is more than one operating system in the audio world. Forte is fully compatible with both Windows and Mac. In both cases, Forte integrates extensively with the OS for simple and familiar operation.

Two Focusrite remote-controlled microphone preamps

Forte features Focusrite’s latest preamplifier design, they ensure the very highest audio quality from your source.

Ultra-high quality A-D and D-A conversion at up to 24-bit/192kHz resolution

Precision conversion ensures that the entire path from analogue input to your recording system – and back again – is of the highest quality. Focusrite has built its reputation on the quality of its input stages, but its converter designs are equally class leaders: the result is superb end-to-end quality and performance.

Includes power supply - can also be bus powered in "USB low power" mode

Forte can be bus powered retaining all functionality and full input performance. However, an included power supply increases the available output volume to headphones/line outputs and delivers +48V phantom power to your microphone.

Premium aluminium enclosure

Forte is built into a solid aluminium enclosure, making it elegant, rugged and reliable for life on the road – or in the studio.

Built-in outputs / breakout cable delivers inputs

TRS line and independent headphone outputs are mounted on the body, so you don’t need the breakout cable for playback. Keep your XLR mic and TRS balanced line/instrument sources permanently connected to the included locking breakout cable, and select between them in software, without having to re-patch.

Touch-sensitive buttons: large control knob

Touch-sensitive icons switch the multi-mode control knob between monitor, headphone, input and DAW control, while the knob allows smooth, instant and intuitive access to settings and adjustments

Color OLED (Organic LED) metering/display

Instantly check levels and see which function the control knob is assigned to with the clear, bright color display

Control and configuration software included

Included software allows configuration of low-latency monitoring, mic pre gain and other audio settings. Supports leading DAW systems

Focusrite Forte Specifications

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)
Analogue High Pass Filters
Independently switchable (from control panel) for each input
-6dB response (referenced to 1kHz) 65Hz +/- 3Hz, roll-off 12dB / octave
Analogue 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


<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


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

Analogue Audio Outputs

2 x TRS analogue 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)



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)
Included software:
Focusrite Midnight plug-in suite
Forte Control software application

Weights and dimensions
Net Weight 476g
Dims 170 x 116 x 36mm
Single unit in gift box with contents
Dims 238 x 178 x 102mm
Gross Weight 1295g
Single Brown Boxed Unit
Dims 197 x 127 x 270mm
Gross Weight 1380g

Here's whats included:

(1) Focusrite Forte
(1) Input Loom
(1) USB Cable
(1) 5 Volt DC Power Supply
(1) Getting Started Guide (1) Software Download Information Card

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