Focusrite is at it again, catering to the portable market with two new interfaces. First we have the Forte, which is an impressive 2 in 4 out USB interface for Windows and Mac. What I’m curious about is the preamps they adopted from the RedNet series. I really want to hear those. Next we have the iTrack Solo, which is built exclusively for iPad. I haven’t quite got into the notion of recording on an ipad yet. I love using the iPad as a Pro Tools controller when I’m away from the desk, but just like the generation before me that didn’t like using a mouse, I’m stuck in my ways.
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 unrivalled 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 aluminium case, Forte features a colour OLED display, touch controls and a single large control knob for intuitive operation, with DAW integration transforming it into a control interface.
iTrack Solo brings Focusrite’s expertise in pre-amp design and digital conversion to an audio interface designed specifically for iPad – it’s also fully compatible with Mac and PC computers. It has separate microphone and instrument inputs as well as stereo outs and a headphone output. iTrack Solo also features gain-halo level indicators which glow green on a healthy input and red on a hot signal.
I’m not sure on prices yet but both of these products look very promising. I’ll keep you up to date as prices unfold.
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