The Focusrite Forte hardware interface provides the means for connecting microphones, musical instruments or line level audio signals to a computer running Mac OS or Windows. The signals at the physical inputs can be routed to your audio recording software / digital audio workstation (referred to throughout this user guide as the “DAW”) at up to 24-bit, 192 kHz resolution; similarly, the DAW’s monitor or recorded output will appear at the unit’s physical outputs.
Audio sources – mics, instruments, etc. - connected to the physical inputs can be recorded in the DAW and then routed from your DAW to the physical outputs. Forte is equipped with four audio output channels, which can be connected to an amplifier and speakers, powered monitors, headphones, DJ or other type of mixer, or any other audio equipment that you wish to use. Although all inputs and outputs on Forte are routed directly to and from your DAW for recording and playback, you can configure the routing within your DAW in order to meet your needs. Direct monitoring enables you hear what you are playing without the effects of computer latency.
For DJs, the two separate outputs makes it possible to monitor the cue mix on headphones via the headphone output while simultaneously sending the main mix from the speaker output to the sound system.