Hardware Profiles

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Hardware Profiles

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A hardware profile is a feature in Forte which enables greater flexibility in mapping MIDI and audio devices. It is a named set of hardware driver dependencies stored within a rack file.


Performer Edition

In Performer Edition, a rack file can hold one hardware profile. However, Forte 2.0 includes a powerful remapping wizard enabling you to alter your rack’s hardware mappings quickly, even switching to alternate MIDI and audio ports.


Producer Edition

In Producer Edition, a rack file can hold multiple hardware profiles and can intelligently choose a compatible profile when you load a rack. Once a rack has been loaded on a specific set of devices and the mapping wizard is complete, the saved rack can then be moved back to the other hardware and return to this hardware configuration with no additional user intervention required. Each hardware configuration will have an associated hardware profile that determines MIDI and audio mapping.


Selecting a Profile (PRODUCER Edition)




When you load a rack file, you are given an opportunity to choose between compatible profiles or create a new profile. By default, the opportunity lasts for 5 seconds before the first compatible profile is automatically loaded. This behavior can be changed in the profile selection dialog box. Note that incompatible profiles are also shown with the reason they are deemed incompatible. This can help you remember to plug in hardware if necessary.


You may choose to use an incompatible profile in "offline" mode by selecting it and pressing the "Use Offline" button.  In this mode, the real audio and MIDI hardware is ignored, and simulated devices with the expected names are created and used instead.  No MIDI input or audio streaming is possible when using a profile offline but this is useful for rack editing.


New Profile Creation Wizard

The new profile creation wizard has three stages:


1.Select the name of the profile and choose an existing profile upon which to base the new one (PRODUCER only)
2.Map MIDI Ports. Here you may swap MIDI port assignments or remove them.
3.Choose ASIO driver (ASIO mode only). This enables you to adapt a rack to a different ASIO setup.


Upon completion, the new profile is active and is available in the list of profiles the next time the rack is loaded. In PERFORMER edition, this new profile replaces the old profile.


Tools Menu: Change Hardware Profile

This tool launches the profile creator to change MIDI and ASIO assignments after the rack is loaded. You must reload the rack for the new profile to take effect.