Apogee Symphony Desktop

Symphony Desktop with 10 x 14 Analog I/O + 8×8 Optical I/O + 2-Ch S/PDIF

Description

Lowest Price Ever for Flagship Apogee Symphony Sound Quality
Includes Hardware DSP/Native Channel Strip Plugin and Mic Preamp Emulation.
Put the Sound of a Symphony on Your Desktop

Symphony Desktop for Mac and Windows packs the legendary sound quality of Apogee’s rack-
mount Symphony I/O Mk II into an elegant and inspiring 10×14 audio interface that sits on your
desk and fits in your bag. With Symphony Desktop, musicians and producers are empowered to
record, overdub and mix with the music industry’s most respected AD/DA converters and mic
preamps.

By combining superior performance, with new features like mic preamp emulation, the
Symphony ECS Channel Strip plugin and ultra low latency recording with hardware DSP and
Apogee native FX plugins, Symphony Desktop will amplify your creativity in your studio or on
the go and give your recordings the Apogee sound quality Advantage.

FEATURES
LEGENDARY SOUND QUALITY

Cutting edge analog and digital components selected by curious and critical
ears

Like every product in the Symphony line, Symphony Desktop benefits from Apogee’s core
mission to design the finest performing audio interfaces using cutting edge analog and digital
components, carefully selected by ear. While others cut costs and rely on conventional design
approaches, we use innovative components and circuit optimization to consistently improve the
performance of our products.

A/D CONVERSION – Faithfully capture every nuance
Similar to Symphony I/O MkII, Symphony Desktop’s analog-to-digital convertor stage features
ultra-low distortion, high-slew rate, fully differential analog op-amps plus a cutting edge A/D
convertor in a performance-enhancing dual-sum configuration. Create with the confidence that
every nuance of your analog input is faithfully reproduced in the digital domain.

D/A CONVERSION – A widescreen window into your mix
Symphony Desktop’s digital-to-analog stage employs brand new technology to provide
uncompromising Symphony DAC performance in a portable product, including a robust ultra-low
distortion, high-current output driver. Regardless of downstream connections, Symphony
Desktop provides a transparent, widescreen window into the sonic landscape of your mix.

MIC PREAMPS – Superior performance
At the core of the input stage, are Symphony Desktop’s mic preamps offering up to 75dB of
gain. The preamp design features Apogee’s unique Advanced Stepped Gain Architecture which
ensures ultra-low noise and distortion regardless of the source, from pounding kick drum to
delicate fingerpicking on an acoustic guitar. With variable impedance settings on both mic and
instrument inputs, Symphony Desktop optimizes the input stage to better match your specific
devices, for deep lows and clear highs. Selectable mic preamp emulation adds character,
attitude and maybe a bit of grit to your recordings.

MIC PREAMP EMULATION WITH APOGEE ALLOY

Apogee Alloy Mic Preamp emulation processing gives you the warmth and
tone of coveted analog preamps

The Apogee Alloy Mic Preamp (AMP) emulation offers analog circuitry plus DSP processing to
create the richest, most authentic audio modeling available in an audio interface. Critical
aspects of the model such as input impedance, transient profile and distortion characteristics
are first implemented in the analog domain, followed by precise and accurate refinement in
DSP, for a hybrid result that’s greater than the sum of its parts.

British Solid State – Class A console sound
Inspired by the Marinar “Round can” input transformer and discrete transistor design of our
Class A Neve 1066 mic preamp, this emulation gives you the sonic weight and smooth transient
response of the hardware. Push the level for increased width and punch.
American Tube – Lush, 50s tone

This emulation offers the lush, larger-than-life sounds of our 50s era Ampex 601 preamp,
carefully restored and modded for lower noise and greater dynamic range. We’ve captured the
harmonic warmth, richness and high-end sheen of the hardware, plus the “gently overcooked”
sound of the overloading circuit.

HARDWARE DSP AND NATIVE PLUGIN FX
Run Apogee’s premium plugins on Symphony Desktop and in your DAW,
No Hardware Required

Obsessively crafted by the same team that designs all Apogee hardware and software products,
Apogee FX are premium plugins that run on the hardware DSP in Symphony Desktop or as
native plugins on your computer.

From visually modern interfaces that allow you to precisely shape and contour your sound to
meticulously modeled vintage hardware so accurate it has been endorsed by the hardware
manufacturer, Apogee plugins will quickly find their way into your daily recording tool kit.

Symphony ECS Channel Strip Plugin – Tuned by Bob Clearmountain

Included with Symphony Desktop is the Symphony ECS Channel Strip plugin. Tuned by Bob
Clearmountain, Symphony ECS includes EQ, Compression and Saturation controls that let you
create the optimal blend of channel FX for tracking vocals or acoustic instruments.
Match to Your Mic Pre Selection

With Symphony ECS you have 3 characters to choose from. Symphony, American Tube and
British Solid State. The profile of each is matched to the built-in mic pre and mic pre emulations.
You can also mix and match to your sonic sensibilities.
Print, DualPath Link and Native workflow

Symphony ECS gives you the full range of Apogee workflow options. For zero latency tracking,
you can print though it as you record or set up a DualPath Link for monitoring and print later
when you mix. Or simply use Symphony ECS as a native plugin in your DAW, no Apogee
hardware required.

RECORDING WORKFLOW
Symphony Desktop Goes with Your Flow
Work the way you want to with Apogee FX Plugins, Native, Print and DualPath Link
Modes

Apogee FX Plugins and Symphony Desktop offer a variety of FX recording workflows that let
you choose the best path for your creativity. When you are recording, you want inspiring sound
quality, ease-of-use and ultra low latency. With Symphony Desktop you have options that fit the
way you flow.

Go Native
All Apogee FX plugins work natively with or without Symphony Desktop connected
Apogee FX plugins run natively in any DAW. Just instantiate the plugin you want on the channel
you are recording to and adjust your buffer for the best latency performance.
Advantages: Simplest way to get a sound and not print FX in your recording
Commit and Print While you Record

Nailed it? Record directly to you DAW through Symphony Desktop Hardware DSP
With Print mode active you can commit and record Apogee FX Plugins directly from the
hardware DSP in Symphony Desktop to the corresponding channel in your DAW.
Advantages: Zero-latency monitoring, permanently capture the FX sound you are recording
with and speed up your process

Link for Lowest Latency, Commit Later when you Mix
The most powerful and advanced Symphony Desktop workflow mode is DualPath Link™

With DualPath Link mode engaged in your DAW, you have ultimate flexibility with Apogee FX
plugins. You can dial in an inspiring sound when you are tracking without printing FX.
Advantages: Zero-latency monitoring, and the flexibility to adjust the FX sound of the track later
in the mix

With Symphony Desktop and Apogee FX, there’s no need to adapt your creative
workflow to the restrictions of your audio interface and plugins, you choose the way you
want to work.

Logic Pro X and Symphony Desktop For the ultimate DualPath

Link experience

Logic Pro X users enjoy the ultimate Apogee FX Rack and DualPath Monitoring experience,
thanks to unique hardware-software integration features, such as the Logic Pro X Direct button
and Audio Device Control view. And, it can all be controlled from a single window in Logic, no
need for an additional mixer or console app.

SIMPLE, SEAMLESS CONTROL FROM DEVICE TO DAW
With Symphony Desktop you have a range of intuitive hardware and software control options.
From the touch screen and control knob on the device, to the control app on your computer to
the focused input and monitor control plugin for your DAW, you can easily access the settings
you need to stay in your creative groove.

Designed to redefine professional portable recording
Like its iconic cousins Duet and Quartet, Symphony Desktop embodies an elegant aesthetic
and intuitive user interface designed to compliment your studio and inspire your creativity. The
streamlined form factor packs Symphony I/O grade rack-mount performance into a compact
recording companion that looks great on you desk and the die cast aluminum chassis and
treated glass touch screen are rugged and resilient enough for the road.

Symphony Desktop Features
● 10 IN x 14 OUT simultaneous channels of audio
● Cutting edge components and circuit design deliver detailed and pristine sound quality
● A/D & D/A Resolution up to 24bit/192kHz
● 2 Advanced Stepped Gain mic preamps, up to 75dB of gain, variable impedance
● 1 Instrument input with variable impedance
● Built-in hardware DSP processing of Apogee FX Rack plugins
● Flexible, zero latency plugin workflows: Print, Monitor and DualPath Link
● Apogee Alloy Mic Preamp emulation (Analog processing + DSP modeling)
● Analog Inputs: 2 x XLR-1/4" combi (mic/line), 1 x 1/4" (Hi-Z)
● Analog Outputs: 2 x 1/4" (monitor)
● 2 assignable headphone outputs: 1 x 1/4", 1 x 1/8”
● Digital I/O: 2 x Optical Toslink (ADAT,S/PDIF)
● Computer connectivity: USB over type C Connector
● Dynamic touch screen display
● Software control: Symphony Desktop Control application
● Compatibility
macOS 10.12 or later, Quad Core i7 Processor or higher
PC: Windows 10 Anniversary update or later, Quad Core i7 Processor or higher

Included Apogee FX Plugins
-Symphony ECS Channel Strip – Native and hardware DSP versions
-EQ
-Compressor
-Saturation
-Symphony Reverb – Native version

Included Mic Preamp Emulations
-British Solid State
-American Tube

In the Box
-Symphony Desktop
-12V DC power supply
-USB Type C to A cable
-USB Type C to C cable
-Quick start guide

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