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Apogee Ensemble

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Superior Sound Quality. Powerful Plugin Performance. Lowest Latency.

30 IN x 34 OUT Thunderbolt™ 2 Audio Interface for Mac

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. Made for the professional home or commercial studio, Ensemble features legendary Apogee AD/DA conversion, 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.

 

When you buy and register your Apogee Ensemble, you have access to incredible prices on any Waves audio plugins you want. Registered Apogee Ensemble customers will receive a discount code good for 25% off a single plugin or 35% off any Waves bundle plus an additional $100 voucher* that can be used towards their next Waves plugin purchase. Ensemble’s Core Audio optimized DMA engine, custom audio driver and Thunderbolt 2 connection combined with the powerful processing of your Mac allow you to utilize more plugins and virtual instruments with the lowest latency performance of any native system.

 

Highlights

  • 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 with Logic Pro X)
  • Front panel Guitar I/O with Class A JFET inputs, dual mode re-amp outputs
  • Includes special offers on Waves plugins (available upon registration)
  • 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
  • Core Audio optimized DMA engine frees up Mac CPU for plugins and software instruments

 

A Difference You Will Hear

Apogee is an award-winning industry leader in digital recording technology with over 25 years of experience. Preferred by recording pros around the world, Apogee products like Duet, Quartet, the original Ensemble and Symphony I/O have been instrumental in creating countless GRAMMY® and OSCAR® winning recordings and have set the industry standard in professional recording for over two decades. Ensemble is built solidly on this reputation.

From the mic preamps to the AD/DA converters and the clocking, Ensemble is best-in-class and cutting-edge Apogee technology. With components carefully selected in critical listening tests and a highly efficient circuit design, Ensemble was built by Apogee engineers to make a difference you can hear.

 

Measurably Superior A/D Conversion

Ensemble’s analog-to-digital conversion stage has been upgraded from previous generations of Apogee products such as Duet and Quartet to provide greater dynamic range, lower distortion and an almost non-existent noise level.

 

Dynamically Optimized Mic Preamps

Ensemble’s 8 uniquely designed mic preamps feature Apogee’s Advanced Stepped Gain Architecture™, in which the circuit is dynamically optimized to provide superior bandwidth, ultra low noise and nonexistent distortion across the unprecedented gain range of 0-75 dB. Whether recording powerful drums, dynamic vocals or delicate strings, your recordings retain the full impact, intricate detail and lifelike dimension of the original performance.

 

Custom Power Regulation for Ultra-LowNoise Performance

Ensemble’s mic pre, A/D and D/A circuitry are powered by discrete, Apogee-designed power regulators for ultra-low noise not obtainable with off-the-shelf components. This design was first implemented in Apogee’s flagship Symphony I/O’s 3-Stage Cascaded power supply.

 

In the box:

  • Ensemble
  • 3-pin IEC power cable
  • Rubber feet
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Warranty Booklet

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
  • Headphone Max output level: 19dBu
  • Headphone Rel THD + N into 600 Ohm: -109dB
  • Headphone Dyn Range: 120dB (A-weighted)

General Info:

  • Dimensions: 19” X 12.125” X 1.73”
  • Weight: 11.15 lbs.
  • AC IN 100-240V, 50-60 HZ, 65W MAX

 

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