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Apogee Ensemble 30x34 Thunderbolt Audio Interface

30 x 34 Thunderbolt 2 Audio Interface for Mac
Part No: APOGEE-ENSEMBLE

The all new Apogee Ensemble is the first Thunderbolt 2 audio interface to offer superior sound quality, the lowest latency performance and the most comprehensive studio functionality all in one box. Ensemble includes 8 Advanced Stepped Gain mic preamps, monitor controller functionality including talkback, front panel Guitar I/O, two headphone outputs and digital connectivity for a total of 30 x 34 I/O.

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The Apogee Ensemble is an industry leading Thunderbolt 2 audio interface for Mac. Accommodating for either professional or home studio use, it features an exceptionally diverse range of capabilities. The Ensemble is a mighty audio force thanks to its expansive connectivity, premium design and build and notoriously faultless Apogee converters.

Four XLR mic/line inputs, two ¼” high impedance instrument inputs with Class-A JFET input stages, four combi mic/line/instrument inputs, 16 channels of ADAT, eight channels of SMUX and four channels of S/PDIF, all on Toslink, a further two channels of S/PDIF on coaxial, two ¼” balanced analogue inserts and Work Clock on a BNC connection mean that the Apogee Ensemble is positively bursting with inputs. In terms of outputs, the Apogee Ensemble boasts two ¼” balanced monitor outputs, eight balanced outputs on 1 DSUB 25-pin connection, two ¼” stereo headphone outputs, two ¼” dual-mode instrument outputs, 16 ADAT outputs, eight SMUX outputs and four S/PDIF outputs, all on Toslink, another two S/PDIF outputs on coaxial connectors and a Work Clock output on BNC.

Up to 75dB of gain, stepped gain control, 48V phantom power, HPF, soft limiter and polarity inversion all come as standard on each of the eight microphone preamps on-board the Apogee Ensemble. For talkback functionality, a mono omnidirectional microphone is built into the front panel.

The Apogee Ensemble’s proprietary Thunderbolt audio driver and ESS Sabre32 DAC offer ground breaking low latency performance. Mac CPU is also freed up with the Core Audio-optimised hardware – this pairing suddenly makes the Apogee an exponentially more powerful unit. Additional features of the Apogee Ensemble include 24bit/192kHz audio, dual high-res OLED displays for level and settings info, input select buttons and controller knob for parameter and settings control and hardware parameter control via Apogee Maestro software.

Reviews

"Apogee have done a great job with the Ensemble, incorporating high-quality audio components into a thunderbolt interface that's easy to use, integrates well with Mac OS X (and Logic Pro), and offers flexible routing via the Maestro software. "- Sound On Sound

"There’s not just a lot to like about the new Ensemble—there’s a lot to LOVE about it!"- Ask Audio Mag

Features

  • 8 Mic Preamps with up to 75 dB of gain and Advanced Stepped Gain circuit
  • Thunderbolt connectivity for ultra-low latency (1.1ms round trip)
  • Front panel Guitar I/O with Class A JFET inputs, dual mode re-amp outputs
  • Talkback functionality with built-in mic and control button
  • 2 PurePower headphone outputs
  • 10 separately assignable analog inputs
  • 16 analog outputs of premium Apogee conversion

Specifications

Additional Information

Specification

System Requirements Mac OS

  • Computer: Thunderbolt-equipped Mac (iMac, Macbook Pro, Macbook Air, Mac Pro)
  • Memory: 2 GB RAM minimum, 4 GB recommended
  • OS: 10.9.3 or greater
  • Connection: Any available Thunderbolt port on a Mac

 

Compatible Software:

  • Any Mac Core Audio compatible application
  • Recommended apps: Logic, Pro Tools, GarageBand, MainStage, Final Cut, Ableton Live, Digital Performer, Studio One, Cubase, and Nuendo


Analog Inputs

  • 4 Combi mic/line/instrument inputs
  • 2 1/4″ balanced analog inserts
  • 4 XLR mic/line inputs
  • 2 1/4″ hi-z guitar/instrument inputs with Class-A JFET input stage


Digital Inputs

  • Optical IN: Supports ADAT, SMUX & S/PDIF
  • ADAT: 16 channels 44.1-48 kHz on 2 Toslink connectors
  • SMUX: 8 channels 88.2-96 kHz on 2 Toslink connectors
  • S/PDIF: 4 channels, up to 96 kHz on 2 Toslink connectors
  • Coax IN: 2 channels of S/PDIF, up to 192 kHz on 1 RCA connector
  • Word clock input on BNC connector


Built-in Microphone

  • Mono omnidirectional condensor capsule on front panel


Mic Preamps

  • 8 Mic preamps
  • Gain: Up to 75 dB and advanced stepped gain circuit design
  • Selectable 48v phantom power, hi-pass filter, Soft Limit ̈ and polarity invert
  • EIN: 129dB (un-weighted) @ 60dB, 150Ohm input
  • Max input level: +20dBu
  • Input impedance: 3K Ohm


Hi-Z

  • Max input level 14 dBu
  • Input impedance: >2MOhm


Analog Outputs

  • 2 1/4″ balanced monitor outputs
  • 8 balanced outputs on 1 DSUB 25-pin connector
  • 2 independent 1/4″ stereo headphone outputs
  • 2 1/4″ dual-mode guitar/instrument outputs


Digital Outputs

  • Optical OUT: Supports ADAT, SMUX & S/PDIF
  • ADAT: 16 channels 44.1-48 kHz on 2 Toslink connectors
  • SMUX: 8 channels 88.2-96 kHz on 2 Toslink connectors
  • S/PDIF: 4 channels, up to 96 kHz on 2 Toslink connectors
  • Coax OUT: 2 channels of S/PDIF, up to 192 kHz on 1 RCA connector
  • Word clock output on BNC connector


A/D conversion

  • Max input level (+4dBu ref/Mic): +20dBu
  • Max input level (-10dBV ref): +6dBV
  • Input impedance: 5KOhm
  • Freq resp 10 Hz -20Khz: > +/-0.2dB (@44.1Khz)
  • Rel. THD + N: -110dB (@ 96Khz)
  • Dyn. Range: 119dB (A-weighted)

 

D/A conversion

  • Max output level (+4dBu ref): +20dBu
  • Max output level (-10dBV ref): +6dBV
  • Line output impedance: 90 Ohm
  • Freq resp 10Hz -20 Khz: > +/- 0.05dB (@44.1Khz)
  • Rel. THD+N : -114dB (@96Khz)
  • Dyn Range: 123dB (A-weighted)
  • Front panel Guitar Output: impedance balanced/max level 14 dBu
  • Max output level headphones: 19dBu
  • Rel THD + N into 600 Ohm: -109dB
  • Dyn Range: 120dB (A-weighted)

What's in the box

  • 3 pin-IEC power cable
  • QuickStart Guide
  • Rubber Feet
  • Warranty Booklet

User Manual

Reviews