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Apogee Symphony I/O MKII Dante Audio Converter with 2x6SE IO Card

 
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Pre-installed with 2x6 Analog I/O + 8x8 Optical + AES I/O card.Symphony I/O Mk II is a multi-channel audio interface featuring Apogee's flagship AD/DA conversion, modular, configurable I/O (up to 32 inputs and outputs), intuitive touchscreen display and optional world-class microphone preamps. De... Read More

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Pre-installed with 2x6 Analog I/O + 8x8 Optical + AES I/O card.

Symphony I/O Mk II is a multi-channel audio interface featuring Apogee's flagship AD/DA conversion, modular, configurable 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. And now, with the Symphony I/O Mk II Dante option card and a simple ethernet cable, Symphony I/O Mk II can be easily connected and shared across post production, broadcast, live sound or recording studio networks, unleashing legendary sound quality on the world's most popular audio-over-IP solution. The Symphony I/O Mk II Dante option card also includes Pro Tools connectivity for integration of Pro Tools | HD systems into a Dante network environment. No other Dante-enabled audio interface offers this level of quality, flexibility and modularity.

Features:

  • Ultimate Sound Quality – Features Apogee's Flagship AD/DA conversion and optional mic preamps I/O Flexibility – Up to 32 channels of analog inputs and outputs per unit with optional 8 mic preamp module
  • Pro Tools HD Peripheral Port – Up to 32 bidirectional channels up to 192kHz. Route Symphony I/O module inputs or Dante Rx to Pro Tools inputs by blocks of 8 channels. Pro Tools HD outputs are routed to Dante Tx and I/O module outputs
  • Interoperable networking technology – Works seamlessly with any other Dante-powered device
  • Up to 32 bidirectional channels at 96kHz – 16 bi-directional channels at 192kHz
  • Apogee Network Control software – Remote control of Symphony I/O settings, including mic pre (if installed), calibration and monitor controls – for macOS and Windows 10


The Symphony I/O Mk II Dante option card uses Audinate's Brooklyn II module which features plug-and-play media networking for up to 32 bidirectional channels at 96kHz and 16 bidirectional channels up to 192k. The system can be configured with a number of custom options ranging from 8-32 analog I/O channels. Symphony I/O MK II Dante allows up to 32 channels with ProTools and redundant Dante connectivity to be fitted into a single two space rack device providing the smallest footprint available with this feature set.

Pro Tools | HD over-IP made easy
If Pro Tools is part of your network environment, Symphony I/O Mk II's Pro Tools | HD peripheral port lets you route audio between your Pro Tools session, the Dante network and Symphony I/O Mk II modules, no need for an additional, stand-alone box.

Apogee Network Control Software
Symphony I/O Mk II features Apogee Network Control Software. Apogee Network Control gives you remote, software access to all Symphony I/O Mk II settings. From your computer you can calibrate all channels, set output monitor levels, select analog level type, adjust mic-pre gain and more. Drag and drop setup and color coding let you create custom view that let you see up to 6 devices in a single window. Apogee Network Control works on macOS and Windows 10 computers and is compatible with the Apogee Control hardware remote.

Highlights

  • Control all Symphony I/O Mk II settings from calibration to monitors to mic preamps
  • Easy drag-and-drop setup and color coding organization features
  • View up to 6 devices in one window
  • View up to 32 inputs and outputs per device simultaneously
  • View up to 192 inputs and 192 outputs per tab simultaneously
  • See critical network and system status information at a glance
  • macOS and Windows 10 compatible


About Dante
Developed by Audinate, Dante enables digital audio distribution over standard Ethernet networks. Dante allows audio, control, and all other data to coexist on the same network in an ultra-low latency environment and with near-perfect synchronization. The Dante Controller software and network management features make even the most complex network configuration quick and easy.

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.

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
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
May use a third party ADAT or AES PCI interfacing card to use Symphony I/O MkII converters on a Windows Machine.

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.

LEGENDARY SOUND QUALITY
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 Apogee 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.

Audiophile-Grade Headphone Monitoring with Constant Current Drive
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.

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Product Specs

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 -inf to to +24dBu
Frequency response at 44.1 kHz dc to 20kHz (+/- 0.05dB)
Output impedance 50 Ohm
Outputs are balanced through Apogee's proprietary Perfect Symmetry 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 Apogee's proprietary Constant Current Driveâ„¢ provides smooth frequency response with any headphones
Power 90-240VAC, 50-60Hz, 150W
Operating System Any Dante system
Software Compatibility Apogee Network Control software
Dante Controller Software
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

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