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.
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.