Apogee Symphony I/O Mk II HD 16X16 Pro Tools HD Interface

Apogee Symphony I/O Mk II HD 16X16 Pro Tools HD Interface

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Apogee Symphony I/O Mk II HD 16X16 Pro Tools HD Interface

Symphony I/O Mk II HD can be utilized alongside or in place of Avid® or Digidesign® interfaces for Pro Tools HD.

Symphony I/O Mk II HD is designed for the Pro Tools HD user who needs a multi-channel audio interface with the best sound quality at an incredible cost per channel value. Whether using a Mac or PC based studio, Symphony I/O Mk II HD can connect directly to your Pro Tools HDX, Pro Tools HD Native or Pro Tools Core/Accel systems.

Each I/O module installed in Symphony I/O Mk II HD appears and functions in Pro Tools HD the same if it were a separate Avid HD I/O interface, so set up is easy and you can take advantage of important Pro Tools features such as sample-accurate delay compensation.

A single Symphony I/O Mk II HD unit can have up to 32 simultaneous analog I/O, so you can have more channels with less rack gear. Need even more channels? You can utilize multiple units simultaneously, with one Symphony I/O Mk II HD per every Pro Tools HD port in your system. Calibrating your I/O is easy with Symphony I/O Mk II HD’s front panel touchscreen.

Apogee Symphony I/O Mk II 16X16 Unique Features:

  • Best performance of any multi-channel Pro Tools HD interface
  • Best cost per channel value of any Pro Tools HD interface solution
  • Connects directly to any Pro Tools HD system (Mac or PC)
  • Emulates Avid HD I/O interface, including sample-accurate delay compensation
  • Connect multiple units in a single system (1 unit per HD port)
  • Easy I/O calibration with front panel touchscreen

Apogee Symphony I/O Mk II 16X16 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:

1. 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 16X16 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.

More Information
Analog IN: 16 balanced inputs on 2 DSUB 25-pin connectors
Coax IN: S/PDIF on 1 RCA connector

Analog OUT: 16 balanced outputs on 2 DSUB 25-pin connectors
Coax OUT
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