Taking all that made the original, award-winning Forté bass amplifier such a well-defined tone champion, Jim Bergantino has taken it up another notch by adding his Big Fat Tube (BFT) technology. Introducing the new Forté D!
The BFT circuit delivers exactly what bass players crave out of tube amplifiers, but in an easy to use, compact and lightweight format. From pristine and sparkling clean tones, to mildly pushed tube drive, to super heavy, mix-shredding saturation and everything in between, it’s all here. Not to worry though, if you desire perfectly clean tone, simply turn off the BFT technology and you got it!
The world of bass tone can mean many things to many people and often it can be hard to replicate the desired essence and tone of a real tube amplifier. While you can get part way there with distortion circuits and pedals, to truly master the ultimate tube tone, one needs to examine how the amp module compresses, sags and reacts to its load.
We’ve painstakingly analyzed those core drive attributes to give the modern bass player all of the good and none of the bad. You want that sweet, intoxicating soft clip purr? It’s in there. How about grit and growl to give you some more presence in a mix? Yep, it’s there too. What about a massively saturated tube amp pushed within an inch of its life? You’ve absolutely got it with the Forté D.
This drive is just as tight and controlled at a soft clip as it is full bore. Try it at low settings for just the right harmonic chime or max it out to really saturate your bass tone. With just a single knob, Bergantino has distilled drive and its nuances right down to the lowest common denominator – TONE. Tone that you don’t have to spend hours dialing in – we’ve done all the hard work for you!
Many brands sadly often rate their amps without real-world, verifiable figures. Forté D features a custom tuned, yet powerful amplifier module and will provide up to genuine 800W RMS power depending on the speaker load. At 8Ω (for example: a single small cab) Forté D will provide 350W RMS, @ 4Ω this is increased to 700W RMS, while at a 2 or 2.67 Ω load the power output goes to 800W RMS.
Speaker impedance of the connected cabinets can also be matched from the front panel, this permits for optimal power transfer and allows the Forté D to function safely right down to a 2-ohm minimum load.