Apogee Symphony I/O MkII Interface for Pro Tools HD (Chassis Only)

 

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  • Ships from the factory without any I/O modules, allowing for specialized configurations.

    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.

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

    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

    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 three different platforms – Thunderbolt™, Pro Tools® HD or Waves SoundGrid® network.

    Features:

    • Best AD/DA conversion of any Thunderbolt™ audio interface
    • Up to 32 channels of modular analog I/O with optional 8 mic preamps
    • Original Symphony I/O modules are compatible with new Mk II chassis
    • Best per-channel value of any interface in its category
    • Choice of Thunderbolt, Pro Tools® HD (Mac/PC) or Waves SoundGrid® connectivity
      -Dante connectivity coming soon
    • 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 (optional)
    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 (optional)
    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 3 available I/O Modules and an 8 channel mic preamp module, you can choose from base configurations or expand to grow your studio’s capabilities.

    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.

    Option Card Slot for Future Connectivity Options
    Symphony I/O Mk II’s new option card feature will future proof your investment and your studio. Working in Pro Tools HD now? Thinking about going Native with Thunderbolt or setting up an audio over ethernet network? The Option card slot offers flexibility for the present and the future, as new platforms develop and audio recording workflows evolve.

    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.

    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.

  • 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: 25 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 Drive™ provides smooth frequency response with any headphones
    Power 90-240VAC, 50-60Hz, 150W
    Operating System Any Mac or PC running Pro Tools HD 9 or greater
    Software Compatibility 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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