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Symphony I/O Mk II is a multi-channel audio interface featuring Apogee’s newest flagship AD/DA conversion, modular I/O (up to 32 inputs and outputs), intuitive touchscreen display and optional world-class microphone preamps. Designed to deliver professional sound quality for audio recording, mixing and mastering, Symphony I/O Mk II is the ultimate music production centerpiece for any modern studio.

 

The new Symphony I/O Mk II comes with direct connectivity to one of 4 different platforms- Thunderbolt™, Pro Tools® HD, Dante™+ Pro Tools® HD, or Waves SoundGrid network.

 

Best AD/DA conversion of any Thunderbolt™ audio interface

Up to 32 channels of modular analog I/O with optional mic preamps

Best per-channel value of any interface in its category

Choice of Thunderbolt™ (Mac), Pro Tools® HD (Mac/PC), Dante™+ Pro Tools® HD (Mac/PC, or Waves SoundGrid (Mac/PC) connectivity.

Ultra-low latency performance – 1.35 ms with Thunderbolt and Logic Pro X

All new, highly customizable Symphony Control software provides easy access to all I/O parameters

Intuitive touchscreen display and front panel control

Designed in California, Built in the U.S.A.

 

Input and Output Flexibility

There is a Symphony I/O Mk II solution for everyone; the home studio, project studio, commercial recording studio and scoring stage. Choose from four base I/O configurations, 2×6, 8×8, 16×16, or 8×8 with 8 mic preamps and easily expand as your studio grows. With two module slots and the capacity for up to 32 inputs and outputs of A/D & D/A conversion per unit, Symphony I/O Mk II offers the best per-channel value of any interface in its category.

 

Legendary Sound Quality

Apogee engineers have made it their passion to improve every new flagship product by using the latest in electrical components and designing optimized circuitry that often exceeds the expectations of the component manufacturer. This is the Apogee Advantage. Symphony I/O Mk II is the culmination of this 30 year commitment and raises the bar on all Apogee products before it with even better audio clarity and sonic transparency. In fact, when equipped with either the new 8×8 or 16×16 Mk II I/O modules, Symphony I/O Mk II outperforms all other multi-channel audio interfaces available for Pro Tools HD or Thunderbolt based systems, making it the flagship audio interface for the entire professional audio industry and the obvious choice for countless GRAMMY winning artists, producers, songwriters and engineers.

 

Thunderbolt

For connecting to a Thunderbolt equipped Mac running Logic Pro X or any other Core Audio compatible DAW. Up to 32 simultaneous inputs and outputs per unit and up to 2 units per system for a maximum of 64 channels of I/O with latency as low as 1.35 ms in Logic Pro X (96kHz / 32 buffer).

 

Pro Tools HD

For connecting to an existing Pro Tools HD Accel, HD Native or HDX system. Up to 1 Symphony I/O Mk II unit connected to each HD port (max. 32×32 per unit).

 

Waves SoundGrid Network

Connect to the Waves SoundGrid System for studio, live and post production audio networking with real-time DSP for Waves and SoundGrid compatible third-party plugins.

The Magic is in the Modules

The I/O Modules are the sound and soul of Symphony I/O Mk II, and represent over 30 years of Apogee R&D and design excellence. These powerful Modules deliver Apogee’s core competency: superior sounding digital audio recording. With multiple I/O and Mic Preamp modules available, you can choose from base configurations or expand to grow your studio’s capabilities.

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.

 

Symphony Control Software

Symphony Control software for Mac, is designed specifically for Symphony I/O Mk II audio interfaces. Symphony Control has been built from the ground up and replaces Apogee’s Maestro software for Symphony I/O Mk II users. Symphony Control delivers all the functionality of Maestro in a new, highly customizable user interface along with innovative new features like Talkback functionality, the simplified “Essentials” control window and an FX Send mixer feature, recently introduced as part of the Element Control software.

 

Symphony Control software is now available. Download here.

 

Apogee Control Hardware Remote Accessory

Symphony Control also provides compatibility between Symphony I/O Mk II audio interfaces and the Apogee Control hardware remote accessory. Apogee Control gives you instant access to input and output levels using the large Symphony-inspired Control knob and 3 control knob focus buttons, plus direct access to a wide range of software functions using the 8 user-configurable hardware buttons. Apogee Control hardware remote connects directly to your Mac using the included USB cable. Apogee Control is $195 USD and is sold as a separate accessory by authorized Apogee dealers worldwide. US customers can purchase Apogee Control in the Apogee web store.

Multi-unit support for up to 64 channels of I/O

With the introduction of Symphony Control, customers can now use 2 Symphony I/O Mk IIs  simultaneously for up to 64 channels of I/O over a Thunderbolt connection to their Mac. Symphony I/O Mk II combined with Logic Pro on a Mac delivers the most advanced native workstation available with superior quality high-channel count recording at incredibly low latency.

 

 

Symphony Control

Symphony Control Software

Symphony Control software for Mac, is designed specifically for Symphony I/O Mk II audio interfaces. Symphony Control has been built from the ground up and replaces Apogee’s Maestro software for Symphony I/O Mk II users. Symphony Control delivers all the functionality of Maestro in a new, highly customizable user interface along with innovative new features like Talkback functionality, the simplified “Essentials” control window and an FX Send mixer feature, recently introduced as part of the Element Control software.

 

Symphony Control software is now available. Download here.

 

Apogee Control Hardware Remote Accessory

Symphony Control also provides compatibility between Symphony I/O Mk II audio interfaces and the Apogee Control hardware remote accessory. Apogee Control gives you instant access to input and output levels using the large Symphony-inspired Control knob and 3 control knob focus buttons, plus direct access to a wide range of software functions using the 8 user-configurable hardware buttons. Apogee Control hardware remote connects directly to your Mac using the included USB cable. Apogee Control is $195 USD and is sold as a separate accessory by authorized Apogee dealers worldwide. US customers can purchase Apogee Control in the Apogee web store.

 

Multi-unit support for up to 64 channels of I/O

With the introduction of Symphony Control, customers can now use 2 Symphony I/O Mk IIs  simultaneously for up to 64 channels of I/O over a Thunderbolt connection to their Mac. Symphony I/O Mk II combined with Logic Pro on a Mac delivers the most advanced native workstation available with superior quality high-channel count recording at incredibly low latency.

 

Standalone mode

Symphony I/O Mk II setup screen for Standalone mode

 

Standalone Routing lets you setup and use Symphony I/O Mk II without a computer. From the front panel touch screen you can set up Symphony I/O Mk II for use in these situations and more:

 

Hi-Fi Systems

Connect Symphony I/O MkII to a Blu/Ray, CD Player or Power Amp for high end speakers. Symphony I/O Mk II is also an ideal high-end headphone amp.

 

Windows Workstations

Use Symphony I/O mkII on a Windows computer with Dante™, Pro Tools® HD, Waves SoundGrid®, or as a Standalone converter with a third party ADAT/AES PCI interfacing card.

 

Standalone Converter

Standalone AD/DA converters can be used alongside other digital gear: To expand other interfaces, to connect to live or studio digital consoles, to connect to broadcast equipment. With Standalone mode you can also bypass the converters of your existing gear.

 

Why do I need a good AD/DA converter?

Whether you record with a vintage Neve console, the best Neumann microphones or colorful mic preamps, a high quality AD converter is imperative to capture every nuance of your analog gear into your DAW. Without this, you will miss many of the subtleties and details that simply cannot be added back later with plugins. Similarly, the DA stage is essential to your perception of the recorded audio tracks. When mixing, regardless of what speakers you are using, if the converter is masking or having any effect on your audio, you could end up overcompensating with EQ, compression or other effects and failing to address other problematic details.

 

With Symphony I/O Mk II, you will hear more definition in each track and instrument of the mix, making it easier for you to make intelligent adjustments and achieve the ideal balance. Tracks will blend more harmoniously and mixing will simply be easier. The high end will be clear and not as brittle while the low end will be tighter than ever and more defined. This sort of unmatched audio quality can be noticed and appreciated by any listener.

 

Apogee Engineering Advantage

For over 30 years, Apogee has consistently

redefined the state of the art in digital audio hardware design. We never rest on the laurels of our previous award-winning products – we’re constantly evaluating the latest technological developments in analog and digital components, platform connectivity and user interface advances to design better performing, intuitive products that meet the needs of any audio professional.

 

 

 

As an example of the Apogee Advantage, Symphony I/O Mk II uniquely employs a fully differential op-amp as a fundamental building block throughout its analog circuits. The very latest iterations of this technology offer astounding performance – vanishingly low noise and distortion, lightning-fast slew rate and out-sized current output capability, all in a power efficient and small package. These components offer performance that’s orders of magnitude superior to what’s found in most competitive audio interfaces, and are an important factor in Symphony I/O Mk II’s ability to offer up to 32 channels of state-of-the-art conversion in one 2U package at an incredible price per channel value.

Mk II Sound Quality- New 2x6SE, 8×8 and 16×16 Modules

Like every flagship product we’ve introduced, Symphony I/O Mk II benefits from on-going expertise that constitutes the Apogee Engineering Advantage, once again pushing forward the state-of-the-art.

 

Symphony I/O Mk II includes the most refined analog-to-digital converter we’ve 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 we’ve 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.

 

Symphony I/O Mk II features a single ultra high-fidelity DAC and headphone amplifier featuring Apogee’s Constant Current Drive technology, first introduced in the Apogee Groove. This unique approach to headphone amplification dynamically compensates for the nonlinearities of any connected headphones, providing massive power while maintaining extremely low distortion and linear frequency response.

Includes ESS Sabre32 DAC Technology

ESS Sabre32 32-bit Hyperstream DAC with Time Domain Jitter Eliminator offers unequalled dynamic range, ultra low distortion, and unmatched audio clarity free from input jitter.

A Difference You Will Hear

Apogee is an award-winning industry leader in digital recording technology with over 30 years of experience. Preferred by recording pros around the world, Apogee products like Duet, Quartet, 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. Symphony I/O Mk II is built solidly on this reputation.

Symphony I/O mkII’s mic pre modules include 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 entire gain range. Whether recording powerful drums, dynamic vocals or delicate strings, your recordings retain the full impact, intricate detail and lifelike dimension of the original performance.

 

Symphony I/O Mk II’s Mic pre module also includes 8 channels of digitally-controlled analog inserts, so that outboard processors like EQ and compression may be inserted into the signal path between the mic preamp and the A/D conversion stage effortlessly.  Because the inserts are digitally-controlled from Symphony Control software, any insert can be assigned to any input channel –  there’s no need to physically reconnect your outboard equipment to a different insert channel.

Highlights:

Best AD/DA conversion of any Thunderbolt audio interface

Up to 32 channels of modular analog I/O with optional 8 micpreamps

Best per-channel value of any interface in its category

Choice of Thunderbolt, Pro Tools HD (Mac/PC) or WavesSoundGrid 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: -115dB @ 22dBu (0.00020%) unweighted

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: -119dB @ 21dBu (0.00014%) unweighted

Dynamic Range: 126dB A weighted

Max output levels to +24dBu

Frequency response at 44.1 kHz: dc to 20kHz (+/- 0.05dB)

Output impedance: 50 Ohm

Outputs are balanced through Apogees proprietary PerfectSymmetry 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: Apogees proprietary Constant Current Driveprovides smooth frequency response with any headphones

Power:

90-240VAC, 50-60Hz, 150W

Operating System:

Thunderbolt: Mac OS only 10.10 and above

HD: Any Mac or PC running Pro Tools HD 9 or greater

Software Compatibility:

Thunderbolt: Logic Pro or any Core Audio compatibleapplication on Mac OS X

HD: Pro Tools HD 9 or greater

Package Contents:

Symphony I/O Mk II Interface

Power Cable

Quick Start Guide

Warranty Booklet

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

I/O Module Box

Inches: 13.75 x 12.25 x 3.25

Centimeters: 34.9 x 31.1 x 8.3

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