Focusrite are one of the leading manufactures of professional studio equipment in the world and throughout May, June and July 2013 they are offering an impressive £60 off the Focusrite Forte, a studio soundcard that promises to be one of the best USB audio interfaces in the world.
We were very impressed with the Forte when we first saw it at the NAMM 2013 show in California earlier in the year. This impressive interface has just become more accessible so why settle for a 'middle-of-the-road' interface when, with Focusrites' summer Forte offer you can own something that promises to be a cut above.
This amazing piece of kit from Focusrite is a professional 2 in, 4 out portable USB audio interface for Mac & Windows. Designed to deliver analogue sources to your DAW at the highest possible quality, the Forte features two remote controlled microphone preamps, the same mic pre that is included in Focusrite's top flight RedNet range.
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 and much more.The Focusrite Forte is a portable professional USB audio interface with two inputs and four outputs, housed in a compact, elegant and sturdy aluminium case. The 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 Focusrite 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.
In addition to providing the highest quality input preamps and signal path, 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. Finally, the elegant aluminium case includes non-slip strips on the base to ensure that it is always stable during operation.
An external power supply is included with the unit, but this is only necessary if Phantom Power operation is required: otherwise Forte operates solely on bus power. If that isn't quite enough for you, then included with the unit is Forte Control software application, which allows the configuration of low-latency monitoring, mic pre level adjustment and other features. Also in the box is the classic Focusrite Midnight plugin suite, accurately modelling the classic ISA110 EQ and ISA130 compressor.
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