Focusrite Bows Forte Portable, iTrack Solo

UK-based manufacturer Focusrite has introduced two new products: Focusrite Forte, a two-input, four-output bus-powered USB 2.0 audio interface that works with Mac and PC; and the new iTrack Solo, a USB-powered 2-channel recording interface for the iOS platform, built specifically for use with Apple’s iPad.
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New York (September 6, 2012)—UK-based manufacturer Focusrite has introduced two new products: Focusrite Forte, a two-input, four-output bus-powered USB 2.0 audio interface that works with Mac and PC; and the new iTrack Solo, a USB-powered 2-channel recording interface for the iOS platform, built specifically for use with Apple’s iPad.

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The Focusrite Forte features two remote control mic preamps as used in Focusrite's RedNet range of professional audio interfaces and 24-bit/192kHz converters, and is centered around an OLED (Organic LED) based GUI indicating input and output signal levels, mic preamp gain and other useful information.

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; the breakout cable is not required for playback-only applications. In addition, mic and line-level inputs on the breakout cable are separate; all inputs can be connected simultaneously without having to re-patch when you switch from one to the other.

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 USB power.

Meanwhile, Focusrite’s iTrack Solo, designed for the iOS platform, is based on Focusrite’s Scarlett I/O Series and is designed to work with GarageBand and other iOS recording applications for up to 24-bit/96kHz recording and mixing.

Features include a unibody aluminum chassis; front panel microphone and instrument input; rear panel stereo RCA/phono analog output; and an included USB to iOS cable.

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