Focusrite Forte Suite

Mar 18, 2004 12:00 PM, Editors


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Digidesign, the North American distributor of Focusrite products, announced the availability of The Forte Suite, Focusrite’s latest plug-ins. The Forte Suite offers sophisticated modelling of the ISA 110 EQ and ISA 130 dynamics processors—two modules from Focusrite’s analog console, the Focusrite Forte. The Forte Suite supports TDM and RTAS on Mac OS X and Windows XP.

The Forte Suite includes a host of powerful processing tools including a 6-band EQ, compressor, gate and expander. The Forte Suite is scalable, offering the ability to use both the ISA 110 and ISA 130 modules in a single plug-in as a “channel strip” and the ability to use the ISA 110, ISA 130 dynamics and ISA 130 compressor plug-ins separately. In addition, the ISA 130 compressor supports all Pro Tools surround formats; Focusrite has chosen to offer the Forte Suite exclusively for Pro Tools.

“The design mission for this product was to accurately create the authentic experience of using vintage Focusrite hardware within the Pro Tools environment,” said Robert Jenkins, Focusrite’s director of product strategy. “To achieve this goal, we had to create unique design methods and development tools that gave us a level of plug-in accuracy never before seen. This level of design sensitivity meant that all the dynamic and real-time sonic characteristics of the original circuit hardware were accurately re-created in the Forte plug-in design.”

Within the Forte Suite, control sets for the modules are exact replications of the originals, from frequency selection to side-chain and insert functionality. In addition, the Forte Suite includes graphs representing EQ, compressor and gate.

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