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 Forte by Brainspawn is an Audio Plugin Host. It can host VST Plugins and DirectX Plugins.
Product Forte
Developer Brainspawn
Price (MSRP)
$149 / $499
Type / Tags Plug-in Chainer / Rack
Plug-in, App & Soundware Format(s)
Can Host
Can Host
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Downloads Released
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Forte is a live performance workstation for virtual instruments, offering more control and convenience than a traditional rack of hardware sound modules. forte is optimized for the stage, with low latency audio, vast MIDI routing capabilities, and unique live performance features.


  • Low Latency Multiple Instrument Hosting: Play up to 32 virtual instruments live with mixing and routing to multiple audio outputs.
  • Intuitive User Interface: If you've seen a rack of hardware sound modules, forte will look familiar to you.
  • Performance Automation: Recall virtual instruments settings and MIDI routing instantly with remote controlled "Scenes".
  • Advanced MIDI Routing and Filtering:
    • Flexible MIDI routing and filtering. Map any MIDI channel to one or more other channels, with each 'map' containing unique filtering and CC routing settings.
    • MIDI control of audio effect plugins.
    • MIDI Clock tempo synchronization.
    • MIDI output from plugins is available as a virtual MIDI input to other plugins.
  • Audio Effects: Add audio effects to audio inputs, instruments or audio buss outputs. MIDI control of effect parameters.
  • Audio Thru: Using the brainspawn Audio Input plugin, process live audio input through audio effects with very low latency.
  • Virtual Set List: Configurable SceneView displays the set of upcoming Songs/Scenes in large font, multiple line Scene descriptions for storing notes per-Scene, and can display a custom background picture per-Scene, allowing elaborate 'cheat' sheets to be displayed per-Scene.
  • No-Touch Features: auto-start on boot up, auto-recovery, remote control, SceneView and other features eliminate the need to use the keyboard and mouse during performance.
  • Control Surface Support: Control your performance with Frontier Design TranzPort or Mackie Control. Even define your own control surfaces for powerful customizations.
  • Easily Adapt to Changing Hardware: A powerful wizard helps you load a rack on different hardware when your rig changes.

Forte is available in two editions:

  • Performer Edition provides everything you need to play VST instruments on stage.
  • Producer Edition provides additional features to enable moving between multiple computers and different hardware setups. Producer Edition includes EHCo for MIDI output and a site license for multi-computer installation.
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