Apogee Ensemble Thunderbolt

SKU: Apogee Ensemble Thunderbolt
$ 2,495.00

Apogee Ensemble Thunderbolt

30x34 Thunderbolt 2 Audio Interface

The all new 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. Ensemble includes 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. Blending acclaimed innovations, groundbreaking new features and an effortless user interface, Ensemble empowers you to capture inspiration when creative lightning strikes.

Launched in 2007, the first Ensemble re-defined the possibilities of the personal studio interface, setting new standards of quality, simplicity and value. Winning that year’s TEC Award for Digital Audio Technology, Ensemble went on to become the preferred interface for thousands of hit-making producers, engineers and artists. Now, with 30 years of digital audio expertise and the latest technological innovations, Apogee has re-built Ensemble to introduce the next generation of music creation technology.

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

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.

Soft Limit for protection from digital overs
An Apogee technology first introduced in 1992 on Apogee’s AD-500 converter, Soft Limit can be heard on countless platinum selling records around the world. Once a technology exclusively reserved for Apogee’s most advanced audio converters, Soft Limit is included in Ensemble and can be enabled in Apogee Maestro software.

This superior FET-based analog design prevents the digital clipping that causes distortion by instantaneously rounding off transient peaks before they hit the analog-to-digital converter. Soft Limit allows several more decibels of apparent level to be recorded while subtly providing an analog tape-like warmth to the sound.

 

 

        Specifications

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

        System Requirements

        • 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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