Apogee Symphony I/O MkII Shipping
The much-anticipated Apogee Symphony I/O MK II is here. Building on the success of its predecessor, the MK II is Apogee's newest flagship interface, offering AD/DA conversion, modular I/O (up to 32 inputs and outputs), intuitive touch screen display and optional world-class microphone preamps. Designed with the highest sound quality in mind, the Symphony I/O MK II is the ultimate music production centerpiece for any modern studio whether it's used for audio recording, mixing or mastering. The all-new Symphony I/O connects via one of three platforms – Thunderbolt, Pro Tools HD or Waves SoundGrid network.
Apogee has first released the Symphony I/O MK II on the Thunderbolt platform, with Pro Tools HD expected Spring 2016 and Waves SoundGrid to follow later in the year. Four base configurations are available, the 2x6, 8x8, 16x16 or 8x8 with 8 mic preamps and you can easily expand your I/O as and when the need arises. The newly designed chassis can hold two modules with a maximum capacity of 32 inputs and outputs of world-class AD/DA conversion per unit with ultra-low latency performance. There is even a chassis only option, which allows users to install their existing Symphony I/O cards into the all-new Thunderbolt housing to take advantage of the new features on offer.
The Symphony I/O MK II features a high-resolution TFT display delivering visual feedback of your recording and monitoring. At a glace you can see metering for up to 64 channels of I/O as well as signal levels, polarity, muting, phantom power and Soft Limit. All of the essential settings of the Symphony I/O can be accessed directly from the front panel. Change your input selection, monitoring levels, mic pre gain or calibrate your Symphony I/O MK II to match the levels of the other analog gear in your system.
Apogee have always designed their products with the highest sound quality at the forefront of the process, the Symphony I/O MK II benefits from 30 years of this way of thinking. The MK II features the most refined analog-to-digital converter Apogee have ever designed, the analog stage uses the same differential op-amps found in the original Symphony I/O but has been streamlined to provide the most transparent path to the A/D stage possible. The result is the lowest distortion and greatest dynamic range of any A/D converter to date. The D/A section in the Symphony I/O MK II has been optimised with a more powerful, robust analog driver, which is now capable of driving virtually any input with no decrease in performance.
The optional mic pre module found in the MK II includes 8 channels of digitally-controlled analog inserts, allowing processors such as EQ and compressors to be inserted into the signal path between the mic preamp and the A/D conversion stage. With the help of Apogee’s Maestro software any insert can be assigned to any input channel, meaning there’s no need to physically reconnect your outboard equipment to a different insert channel. Maestro software controls all aspects of your device and system settings in a single interface window, set your input types, change your I/O routing and use the mixer for low latency monitoring.
We were lucky enough to have Rob from Apogee come down to ESV HQ to give us a hands-on run down of the stunning new Symphony I/O MK II prior to its release. Take a look below:
The Symphony I/O MK II Thunderbolt is now shipping; you can order yours from our online web store or for more information:
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