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Focusrite Forte a-like USB interface

PostPosted: Wed Oct 23, 2019 2:21 pm
by 2pods
Having a problem with the Forte in standalone EZD2 in W10.
Basically, if I try to change the ASIO properties it crashes. However using EZD2 via StudioONE 4, and Cubase 10 is fine. I knew it was discontinued, but had an email from Focusrite saying driver development has stopped. It's a pity, as apart from this they're rock solid and sound great.

I have one each for the Scan desktop I7 and my I7 Acer laptop (shortly to be replaced with a beauty from Scan, if it ever finishes it's memory tests, but that's another story), but now I'm thinking it will have to be a single mobile interface between both, as that kind of quality is a bit dear for me to buy two.

I was thinking about a Baby Face Pro but wondered if there was any advantage to a USB "C" i/o as though the desktop has "normal" USB 3, the incoming laptop has the C version.
Any help appreciated. Thanks

Re: Focusrite Forte a-like USB interface

PostPosted: Wed Oct 23, 2019 4:19 pm
by resistorman
The problem with USB C connectors is that they can be used for various things. Is it a USB or Thunderbolt 3 port? If it’s USB, it won’t matter to you because it will be USB 3.

Re: Focusrite Forte a-like USB interface

PostPosted: Wed Oct 23, 2019 4:29 pm
by CS70
2pods wrote:Having a problem with the Forte in standalone EZD2 in W10.
Basically, if I try to change the ASIO properties it crashes. However using EZD2 via StudioONE 4, and Cubase 10 is fine. I knew it was discontinued, but had an email from Focusrite saying driver development has stopped. It's a pity, as apart from this they're rock solid and sound great.

I have one each for the Scan desktop I7 and my I7 Acer laptop (shortly to be replaced with a beauty from Scan, if it ever finishes it's memory tests, but that's another story), but now I'm thinking it will have to be a single mobile interface between both, as that kind of quality is a bit dear for me to buy two.

I was thinking about a Baby Face Pro but wondered if there was any advantage to a USB "C" i/o as though the desktop has "normal" USB 3, the incoming laptop has the C version.
Any help appreciated. Thanks

Haven't used mine for a few weeks now, I will check out and see if it's a general issue.

Such a great piece of kit, it'd be really sad to see it going to the bin..

Re: Focusrite Forte a-like USB interface

PostPosted: Wed Oct 23, 2019 4:42 pm
by 2pods
Hmmm......
I *think* it's actually Thunderbolt. Which is a different kettle of worms :lol:

https://www.scan.co.uk/3xs/configurator/3xs-scan-performance-17-music-production-laptop-with-thunderbolt

To retain compatibility with the desktop I'd have to go USB anyway, so it's looking like a single BF Pro, with all the uncoupling and reinsertion of monitor cables that will involve :think:

The laptop has USB2. Is there anything comparable to the audio and latency of the Forte cheaper than the BF Pro ?

Re: Focusrite Forte a-like USB interface

PostPosted: Wed Oct 23, 2019 5:26 pm
by Pete Kaine
Yes, it's the Thunderbolt model with the desktop chip in it and your I/O options on the case are:

I/O Ports
4 x USB 3.0 ports (USB3.1 Gen1) (1 x powered USB port, AC/DC)
1 x USB 3.1 Gen2 port (Type-C)
1 x USB 3.1 Gen2 / ThunderboltTM 3 combo port (Type-C)

The controllers Focusrite work with have been known to be picky with standards newer than themselves and I note that the Forte page explicitly says "USB 2" over and over, so whilst normally I'd say give it a go, I'm not overly confident either given the laptop is USB 3 and running W10 which also looks to have superceeded the drivers.

The Thunderbolt will be switchable to USB-C, although that fact doesn't really make a difference in this scenario either.

Re: Focusrite Forte a-like USB interface

PostPosted: Wed Oct 23, 2019 10:03 pm
by resistorman
I’ve never been let down by RME gear and support, so my vote, for what it’s worth seeing as that’s all I use, is for the BF.

Re: Focusrite Forte a-like USB interface

PostPosted: Wed Oct 23, 2019 10:25 pm
by CS70
2pods wrote:The laptop has USB2. Is there anything comparable to the audio and latency of the Forte cheaper than the BF Pro ?

The Audient stuff seems good as well but I haven't tried nor analyzed.

Re: Focusrite Forte a-like USB interface

PostPosted: Wed Oct 23, 2019 10:27 pm
by 2pods
Looks like a Babyface Pro then.

Pity about the two Fortes as they're rock solid with Win7.
It'll have to be ebay for them I think.

Thanks everyone

Re: Focusrite Forte a-like USB interface

PostPosted: Wed Oct 23, 2019 10:57 pm
by 2pods
While I'm thinking about it......

I used the Fortes with a buffer setting of 64 samples which seemed fine for recording Helix Native, etc.

Are there any other USB 2, 3, 3.1 win 10 interfaces I should consider with my computers ?
As my inexpensive SE-X1 mic will normally be plugged via a Voicelive 3, I thought maybe I could get two less expensive interfaces for the price of the BF Pro ?

I'm not trying to be lazy, and am researching at the moment, but any recommendations are welcome.