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New Rack/Scene/Module/Bus

Ctrl + R

Ctrl + E

Ctrl + Insert

Closes any currently loaded rack (prompting to save if necessary) and creates a new empty rack.

or Creates a new scene in the current rack

or Creates a new instrument or bus in the current rack


Ctrl + O

Closes any currently loaded rack (prompting to save if necessary) and opens a different rack.

Import Songs or Scenes...

Imports songs or scenes from a different rack into the current rack.  See Importing Songs and Scenes from other Racks.

Save/Save As...

Ctrl + S

Saves the current rack

Trim Rack...

Updates all scenes in the current rack.  This can be handy for removing unused data from a rack file.  See Trimming Racks.

Audio Engine

Ctrl + P

Play or stop the audio engine

Transport Play

Ctrl + T

Start or stop the Transport Play

Recently loaded rack files

a list of recently opened rack files


Ctrl + X

Exit Forte





Displays SceneView




Program Settings...

Displays Forte Preferences.  See Configuring Options and Preferences


Displays the Skins page of preferences.

Control Surfaces...

Displays the Control Surfaces page of preferences.  See Control Surfaces

Rehearsal Mode

Prompts you before you change scenes in case changes need to be updated first.  This should never be used in performance.




View INI Files...

Opens Windows Explorer at the folder containing Forte INI and other support files

Log File Email/Reset/View

Email Forte log file, reset the contents of the log file, or open the log file in Notepad for viewing.

Create Installation/Configuration Manifest...

Capture Forte manifest information and optionally embed it in the current rack file for later comparison.  See Configuration Manifests.

Validate Against Manifest

Compares a new manifest against a manifest created previous and stored in the rack file.  See Configuration Manifests.

Copy Manifest to Clipboard

Copies the current manifest to the Windows clipboard.  See Configuration Manifests.

Clear Manifest

Clears any manifest from the rack file.  See Configuration Manifests.

Manage VST Plugins...

Start VST plugin manager to find plugins.  See Plugin Manager.

Rack Editor...

Displays the rack editor.  The rack editor enables you to see your rack in an alternate way by plugin, instead of by scene.  See Rack Editor.

Change Hardware Profile...

Create a new hardware profile for this rack.  This can be used to swap MIDI port assignments by creating a new rack and mapping existing ports to alternates.  See Hardware Profiles.

Merge MIDI Input Filters...

Merges MIDI input port filters into one

Crash (Test)...

Crashes Forte.  This is a test to see if it exits cleanly with your setup of MIDI and audio drivers.

Memory Information...

Displays available memory

Display Diagnostics...

Displays audio and MIDI diagnostic counters.  See Diagnostics Display.

Stress Rack...

Starts and stops the rack stress test.  See Stress Test.


Access to experimental (unsupported features)

Update or Enter User Registration Information...

Manage User Registration/License information.





Displays version and user registration information



Displays searchable help


Displays the README.RTF file that accompanies a release with last-minutes notes