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Apogee Symphony I/O MKII Thunderbolt 2x6 Analog I/O + 8x8 Optical + AES I/O

Symphony I/O Mk II Thunderbolt Audio Interface for Mac running Logic Pro X or other Core Audio DAW
Part No: SYM2-A2X6

Symphony I/O Mk II Thunderbolt is the most powerful multi-channel audio interface for Thunderbolt-based Mac workstations.  Designed for the home or professional studio running Logic Pro X or any other native based DAW, this system offers your choice of 4 different base I/O configurations with the option to expand up to 32×32 simultaneous channels per unit while still maintaining incredibly low latency.

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When it comes to multi-channel audio interfaces for Thunderbolt-based Mac workstations, the Symphony I/O Mk II Thunderbolt is without question the most powerful and capable. A selection of four divergent base I/O configurations (with the possibility to upgrade to up to 32x32 simultaneous channels per unit while still maintaining incredibly low latency) are offered by this system which is intended for use in any professional or home studio running Logic Pro X, or indeed any other native based DAW.

Featuring Apogee’s newest flagship AD/DA conversion, modular I/O (up to 32 inputs and outputs), intuitive touchscreen display and elective world-class microphone preamps, the Apogee Symphony I/O Mk II is a multi-channel audio interface unlike any other. The summit of music production deservedly acts as the centrepiece for any modern studio because the Symphony I/O Mk II is designed to produce impeccably professional sounding quality of audio recording.

As was the case with its predecessor (the Mk I), Apogee’s Symphony I/O Mk II is a completely modular system: the user is able to customise their I/O option, into minute detail, to cater to their own needs. Populating a vacant Thunderbolt Chassis with your old pre-existing Symphony I/O Mk I modules is also an option.

Direct connectivity to either Thunderbolt, Pro Tools HD or Waves SoundGrid network comes with the Symphony I/O Mk II. This model is the Thunderbolt Option, the Pro Tools HD option is also available and the Waves SoundGrid option will be available soon later in the year.

Features

  • Best AD/DA conversion of any Thunderbolt audio interface
  • Up to 32 channels of modular analog I/O with optional 8 mic preamps
  • Best per-channel value of any interface in its category
  • Choice of Thunderbolt, Pro Tools HD (Mac/PC) or Waves SoundGrid connectivity
  • Ultra-low latency performance
  • Intuitive touchscreen display and front panel control
  • Designed in California, Built in the U.S.A.
 

Front Panel Touchscreen with Comprehensive Control

All of Symphony I/O Mk II’s essential input and output settings can be accessed from the front panel touchscreen. 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.

A high-resolution TFT display delivers all the visual feedback critical for recording and monitoring. Without looking at your computer, Symphony I/O Mk II lets you see metering for up to 64 channels of I/O, 32 IN x 32 OUT – signal levels, polarity, muting, phantom power and Soft Limit.


Dynamic Temperature Control

Symphony I/O Mk II features advanced controls to keep the unit running at an ideal temperature, ensuring the highest level of performance and reliability. The new temperature controls are complemented by an improved fan and chassis ventilation design, which allows adequate component cooling to occur quietly.


True Thunderbolt Performance

Symphony I/O Mk II Thunderbolt delivers the full potential of Thunderbolt 2 performance with the lowest latency, unmatched CPU efficiency and 2 ports for connecting additional peripherals.


Low Latency

Symphony I/O Mk II Thunderbolt relies on Apogee’s proprietary Thunderbolt driver, written from the ground up to offer unmatched performance and efficiency. When using Logic Pro X, latency has been reduced to an astounding 1.35 ms round-trip*, allowing you to monitor through your DAW, plug-ins included, simplifying your workflow and leveraging the power of your Mac. Even when your session’s DSP demands require a higher buffer setting, Symphony I/O’s ultra-low latency means no longer having to choose between power and speed.

To accommodate different workflow preferences, Symphony I/O Mk II Thunderbolt features optional direct hardware monitoring through Apogee’s Maestro 2 App with 0.6ms of latency.

* Logic Pro X at 96kHz / 32 buffer setting


Devours Bits, Sips CPU

Symphony I/O Mk II Thunderbolt’s custom driver includes a revolutionary Direct Memory Access (DMA) engine to more efficiently read and write data directly to Mac memory independent of the Mac CPU.

The DMA engine, running on Symphony I/O Mk II Thunderbolt’s hardware logic chip, increases the driver’s efficiency and provides the highest resolution signal possible to the DAC stage. This implementation allows the driver to crunch an enormous amount of data at an amazing speed, while making a very light demand on your Mac CPU. You benefit with lower latency, more plug-in power, and a transparent and encompassing listening experience.

Specifications

Additional Information

Specification

Highlights:

  • Best AD/DA conversion of any Thunderbolt audio interface
  • Up to 32 channels of modular analog I/O with optional 8 mic preamps
  • Best per-channel value of any interface in its category
  • Choice of Thunderbolt, Pro Tools HD (Mac/PC) or Waves SoundGrid connectivity
  • Ultra-low latency performance
  • Intuitive touchscreen display and front panel control
  • Designed in California, Built in the U.S.A.


Analog to Digital:

  • THD+N: -114dB @ 22dBu (0.00020%)
  • Dynamic range: 122dB A weighted
  • Maximum input levels:
      • +4dB setting: +24dBu
      • -10dB setting: +6dBV
  • Frequency response at 44.1kHz: 1-20,000 Hz (+/- 0.05dB)
  • Input impedance: 10K


Digital to Analog:

  • THD+N: -117dB @ 21dBu (0.00014%)
  • Dynamic Range: 129dB A weighted
  • Max output levels – ∞ to +24dBu
  • Frequency response at 44.1 kHz: dc to 20kHz (+/- 0.05dB)
  • Output impedance: 25 Ohm
  • Outputs are balanced through Apogee’s proprietary Perfect Symmetry Circuitry (PSC)


Headphone Output:

  • 1 stereo 1/4″ headphone output on front panel
  • THD+N:
      • -110dB @19dBu into 600 Ohm (=80mW)
      • -101dB @14dBu into 32 Ohm (=470mW)
  • Dynamic Range: 121db A weighted
  • Output: Apogee’s proprietary Constant Current Drive™ provides smooth frequency response with any headphones


Power:

  • 90-240VAC, 50-60Hz, 150W


Operating System:

Thunderbolt: Mac OS only 10.9.5 and above

 

Symphony I/O Mk II Dimensions:

  • Inches: 17.75 (19 with Rack Ears) x 11.5 x 3.5
  • Centimeters: 45 (48.26 with Rack Ears) x 29.2 x 8.9


Packaging Dimensions:

  • Symphony I/O Chassis Box
  • Inches: 22.875 x 17.75 x 9.25
  • Centimeters: 58.1 x 45.1 x 23.5

 

2x6

Inputs

  • Analog IN: 2 balanced inputs on 2 female XLR connectors
  • AES IN: Stereo input on 1 female XLR connector
  • Optical IN: Supports ADAT, SMUX & S/PDIF
  • ADAT: 8 channels 44.1-48 kHz on 1 Toslink connector
  • SMUX: 4 channels 88.2-96 kHz on 1 Toslink connector
  • S/PDIF: 2 channels, up to 96 kHz on 1 Toslink connector
  • S/PDIF Coax IN: 2 channels, up to 192 kHz on 1 RCA connector


Outputs

  • Analog OUT: 6 balanced outputs on 1 DSUB 25-pin connector
  • AES OUT: Stereo output on 1 male XLR connector
  • Optical OUT: Supports ADAT, SMUX & S/PDIF
  • ADAT: 8 channels 44.1-48 kHz on 1 Toslink connector
  • SMUX: 4 channels 88.2-96 kHz on 1 Toslink connector
  • S/PDIF: 2 channels, up to 96 kHz on 1 Toslink connector
  • S/PDIF Coax OUT: 2 channels, up to 192 kHz on 1 RCA connector

What's in the box

  • Symphony I/O Mk II Interface
  • Power Cable
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Warranty Booklet

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