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30×34 Thunderbolt™ 2 Audio Interface for Mac
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Superior Sound Quality. Powerful Plugin Performance. Lowest Latency.

Ensemble Thunderbolt™ is the best sounding all-in-one audio recording interface for Mac. With ultra-low latency performance, comprehensive studio functionality and legendary Apogee quality, Ensemble is the ideal choice to meet the diverse demands of the professional home or commercial studio. Ensemble features premium 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.


Ensemble Thunderbolt Highlights

8 Mic preamps with up to 75 dB of gain and Advanced Stepped Gain circuit

Legendary Apogee AD/DA conversion

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

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

Apogee Control software offers highly customizable workflow and Essentials Control Strip window

Compatible with Apogee Control hardware remote studio controller

Connect two Ensembles to your Mac and double your analog inputs and outputs

Connect any Apogee Element series interface to Ensemble for additional Ensemble quality inputs and outputs


The Best of Apogee.

The Power of Thunderbolt.

Blending the best of Apogee’s acclaimed innovations with groundbreaking new features and the power of Thunderbolt technology, the completely redesigned Ensemble sets a new standard for personal studio interfaces.

Great-sounding plugins for Ensemble

that work the way you want to

Apogee FX Rack Plugins are made with the same quest for quality and obsessive attention to detail as Apogee hardware products. Thanks to Apogee’s unique DualPath DSP-Native technology,  Apogee FX Rack plugins can run both on the hardware DSP in Ensemble Thunderbolt and Element Series interfaces and as native plugins on your Mac. Apogee’s DualPath technology opens up a variety of popular, simplified workflows, always with the lowest latency. No other system offers this level of flexibility and sound quality.

True Thunderbolt Performance

Ensemble delivers the full potential of Thunderbolt 2 performance with the lowest latency, unmatched CPU efficiency, 2 ports for expanding your system and a revolutionary 32-bit playback signal path.


The Lowest Latency of any Audio Interface

Ensemble’s proprietary Thunderbolt driver has been written from the ground up for Mac OS X Mavericks, resulting in unmatched performance and efficiency. Latency has been reduced to an astounding 1.1ms 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, Ensemble’s ultra-low latency means no longer having to choose between power and speed.


To accommodate different workflow preferences, Ensemble features optional direct hardware monitoring through Apogee’s Control Software with 0.6ms of latency.


* Logic Pro X at 96kHz / 32 buffer setting

Devours Bits, Sips CPU

Ensemble’s custom driver includes two innovative features to maximize the performance of the software-hardware interface: a full 32-bit signal path from the output of your DAW straight to the high-performance ESS DAC, and 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 Ensemble’s hardware logic chip, reads digital audio data directly from your Mac’s memory in a 32-bit format, increasing the driver’s efficiency and providing 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.

Multi-unit Support for Ensemble and Element Series

Expand your studio with two Ensembles or connect any Apogee Element Series interface to an Ensemble


Intel’s Thunderbolt™ technology was made for connecting multiple high bandwidth peripherals to your Mac. Ensemble includes two Thunderbolt™ 2 ports, allowing you to connect  hard drive arrays, video capture devices, Thunderbolt monitors with up to 4k resolution, a second Ensemble or an Apogee Element.

Connect a second Ensemble Thunderbolt or an Element Series interface to your Ensemble Thunderbolt and expand your studio. Element series interfaces feature Ensemble sound quality at unprecedented prices.

System RequirementsMac OS:Computer: Thunderbolt-equipped Mac (iMac, Macbook Pro, Macbook Air, Mac Pro)Memory: 4 GB RAM minimum, 8 GB recommendedOS: 10.9.3 or greaterConnection: Any available Thunderbolt port on a MacCompatible Software:Any Mac Core Audio compatible applicationRecommended apps: Logic Pro, Pro Tools, GarageBand, MainStage, Final Cut, Ableton Live, Digital Performer, Studio One, Cubase, and NuendoIn the box:Ensemble3-pin IEC power cableRubber feetQuick Start GuideWarranty BookletFeatures:Thunderbolt 2 Mac audio interfaceAnalog-to-digital conversion (ADC) for recording up to 24-bit/192kHzProprietary Thunderbolt audio driver and ESS Sabre32 DAC offer full 32-bit playbackGroundbreaking low latency performanceCore Audio-optimized hardware engine frees your Mac CPU2 high-resolution OLED displays show levels and settingsInput select buttons and controller knob for convenient selection of parameters and settings4 assignable buttons to control:Talkback mic (built-in or external)Output settings such as speaker set selection, mute, dim, sum to mono Complete input/output control with Apogee Control softwareWorks with Pro Tools, Logic, Ableton and any Core Audio compliant app on MacDesigned in California Assembled in the U.S.A.General Info:Dimensions: 19 X 12.125 X 1.73Weight: 11.15 lbs.AC IN 100-240V, 50-60 HZ, 65W MAXAnalog Inputs:4 Combi mic/line/instrument inputs2 1/4 balanced analog inserts4 XLR mic/line inputs2 1/4 hi-z guitar/instrument inputs with Class-A JFET input stageDigital Inputs:Optical IN: Supports ADAT, SMUX & S/PDIFADAT: 16 channels 44.1-48 kHz on 2 Toslink connectorsSMUX: 8 channels 88.2-96 kHz on 2 Toslink connectorsS/PDIF: 4 channels, up to 96 kHz on 2 Toslink connectorsCoax IN: 2 channels of S/PDIF, up to 192 kHz on 1 RCA connectorWord clock input on BNC connectorBuilt-in Microphone:Mono omnidirectional condensor capsule on front panelMic Preamps:8 Mic preampsGain: Up to 75 dB and advanced stepped gain circuit designSelectable 48v phantom power, hi-pass filter, Soft Limit and polarity invertEIN: 129dB (un-weighted) @ 60dB, 150Ohm inputMax input level: +20dBuInput impedance: 3K OhmHi-Z:Max input level 14 dBuInput impedance: >2MOhmAnalog Outputs:2 1/4 balanced monitor outputs8 balanced outputs on 1 DSUB 25-pin connector2 independent 1/4 stereo headphone outputs2 1/4 dual-mode guitar/instrument outputsDigital Outputs:Optical OUT: Supports ADAT, SMUX & S/PDIFADAT: 16 channels 44.1-48 kHz on 2 Toslink connectorsSMUX: 8 channels 88.2-96 kHz on 2 Toslink connectorsS/PDIF: 4 channels, up to 96 kHz on 2 Toslink connectorsCoax OUT: 2 channels of S/PDIF, up to 192 kHz on 1 RCA connectorWord clock output on BNC connectorA/D conversion:Max input level (+4dBu ref/Mic): +20dBuMax input level (-10dBV ref): +6dBVInput impedance: 5KOhmFreq 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): +20dBuMax output level (-10dBV ref): +6dBVLine output impedance: 90 OhmFreq 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 dBuHeadphone Max output level: 19dBuHeadphone Rel THD + N into 600 Ohm: -109dBHeadphone Dyn Range: 120dB (A-weighted)

System Requirements

Mac OS:

  • Computer: Thunderbolt-equipped Mac (iMac, Macbook Pro, Macbook Air, Mac Pro)
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM minimum, 8 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, Pro Tools, GarageBand, MainStage, Final Cut, Ableton Live, Digital Performer, Studio One, Cubase, and Nuendo

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