Apogee Symphony I/O Mk II 8x8 Thunderbolt Audio Interface
Professional-grade audio interface with renowned Apogee conversion, Low-Latency Thunderbolt Connection and user-upgradeable I/O
Thanks to Apogee Symphony I/O Mk II professional audio interfaces, gone are days when audio professionals, looking for the highest-quality conversion for their DAWs, would have to purchase two expensive interfaces to do one job: one interface to talk to the “industry-standard” DAW software and outboard gear, and Apogee converters to bypass the ADA of the interface/dongle. With Apogee Symphony I/O, you have flexible, reconfigurable I/O, plus Apogee’s industry-renowned conversion and world-class microphone preamps. Symphony I/O’s user-configurability allows you to customize or expand I/O without complicating your setup with submixers, format converters, sidecars, or additional components cluttering your signal path—just pure Apogee quality through and through.
The new Symphony I/O Mk II comes with direct connectivity to one of three different platforms – Thunderbolt™, Pro Tools® HD or Waves SoundGrid® network.
Apogee Symphony I/O Mk II 8x8 Unique Features:
- Apogee’s best-sounding and most transparent interface to date
- Best AD/DA conversion of any Thunderbolt™ audio interface
- User-expandable with up to four I/O Modules
- Intuitive touchscreen display and front panel control
Apogee Symphony I/O Mk II 8x8 Key Features:
- 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
- Option card slot for future platform flexibility
- Designed in California, Built in the U.S.A.
The Apogee Symphony I/O family
Apogee’s Symphony I/O Mk II offers four base configurations that provide a suitable solution plus expansion capabilities for home studio, project studio, commercial recording studio, or scoring stage.
Apogee Symphony I/O Mk II Base configurations:
Symphony I/O 2x6 Mk II
2. Symphony I/O 8x8 Mk II
3. Symphony I/O 16x16 Mk II
4. Symphony I/O 8x8 + 8MP Mk II
Apogee Symphony I/O Mk II 8x8 unique features in depth
Apogee Sound Quality
While the phrase, “Apogee’s legendary sound quality” certainly applies, there’s no need to trot out that old cliché. Everyone who’s been making records for the last two decades knows about Apogee sound. They also knew that Apogee converters had a slight coloration, one that many found pleasing, but certain applications demand the ultimate in transparency. The advantage of transparent recording is that you’re not locked into a specific coloration, which can turn a unit into a one-trick pony. And should you desire, you can always add color later—your choice of color. To create its next-generation converters, Apogee focused its 25 years of award winning design experience to create its best-sounding and most transparent converters to date.
Mk II Sound Quality–New 8×8 and 16×16 Modules
Symphony I/O Mk II includes the most refined analog-to-digital converter Apogee has ever designed. The analog stage uses the same fully differential op-amps as found in the original Symphony I/O, but now in a circuit precisely streamlined to provide the most transparent path to the A/D stage possible. A Dual Sum A/D stage – where two conversion stages are summed for each analog channel – offers the lowest distortion and greatest dynamic range of any A/D converter Apogee has ever designed – you get digital recordings that are true to your analog inspiration.
Symphony I/O MK II’s D/A section has been optimized with a more powerful, robust analog output driver. This newly designed high current, low impedance circuit is capable of driving virtually any input with absolutely no decrease in performance, regardless of the load presented by the connected gear. This becomes especially important when connecting vintage gear with difficult load impedances and elevated operating levels, sometime over long cables – Symphony I/O MK II maintains fidelity and punch.
Input and Output Flexibility
Tired of outgrowing your gear or discovering that your needs for expandability have diverged from your original plan—and finding yourself cobbling together a complicated, cumbersome system? Those days too, are gone because Apogee Symphony I/O can grow with you. Starting with your base configuration of choice (2x6, 8x8, 16x16, or 8x8 with 8 mic preamps), Symphony I/O can easily expand as your studio grows via two rear-panel module slots, which offer the capacity for up to 32 inputs and outputs of A/D-D/A conversion per unit. Currently, Apogee offers five* I/O modules plus the 8 Mic Pre** eight-channel preamp module.
Symphony’s I/O modules are designed to future-proof your investment in flagship Apogee sound quality. If you own an original Symphony I/O, the Symphony I/O Mk II chassis can increase the longevity of your system by offering backwards compatibility with first generation 2×6, 8×8, 16×16 and 8 channel mic preamp I/O modules.
Apogee Symphony I/O expansion options:
1. 2x6 Analog I/O + 8x8 Optical + AES I/O Module
2. 8x8 Analog I/O + 8x8 AES/Optical I/O Mk II
3. 16x16 Analog I/O Mk II
4. 16 Analog in + 16 Optical out
5. 8 Mic Preamp – 8-channel microphone preamp
*The 2x6 card is only available in base configuration
** Symphony I/O 2x6 base is not compatible with the 8 Mic Pre card
Apogee Symphony I/O front panel touch screen
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.
Apogee Symphony I/O rear panel
The rear panel of the Symphony I/O is where the modular magic happens. It has two module slots and is capable of up to 32 channels of I/O in various combinations (depending on module choice), plus PCI, USB 2.0, and Ethernet (for future connectivity). The base unit also features word clock connectors and termination, plus a quiet, high-performance, digitally controlled fan for cool running.
Apogee Symphony I/O’s stellar conversion, world-class preamps, and user scalability make a great choice for any studio. For more information, talk to an RSPE representative.