Apogee discontinues Ensemble

January 14, 2013, Santa Monica, CA – Effective immediately, Apogee Electronics will discontinue the production of Ensemble, its multi-channel FireWire audio interface for Mac. Introduced in 2006, Ensemble broke new ground as the first all-in-one, digitally controlled professional audio interface designed exclusively for Mac. Ensemble won many awards in its time including the TEC award for “Best Digital Converter Technology.” More than six years later, Ensemble has continued to be one of the most popular multi-channel audio interfaces, inspiring a slew of imitations to follow in its footsteps.

 

Apogee recommends Quartet and Symphony I/O as the ideal alternatives for the Ensemble customer.

Apogee Releases the MiC Carrying Case

SANTA MONICA- December 12, 2012– Apogee Electronics, an industry leader in digital audio recording for more than 25 years, announces the MiC Carrying Case which is designed to precisely store and protect the MiC and its accessories.  Utilizing durable materials, this 7.25”x4.25”x2” case offers ultimate protection with a sleek and elegant design.  With this portable storage case, on-the-go musicians, voice-over artists, and podcasters always have access to their MiC no matter when or where inspiration strikes.

“We wanted to offer our consumers a customized storage option for the MiC,” says Apogee CEO and Co-Founder Betty Bennett.  “The MiC is very important in the daily lives of many of our consumers, and it’s critical that the device is protected well.  We carefully designed this case to offer MiC users peace of mind when traveling.”

A hard nylon exterior and a padded interior combine structure and safety for the MiC.  On one side, precision cutouts snugly protect the MiC, tripod stand, and MiC stand adapter.  This ensures that the delicate pieces will not rub or bump against each other in transit.  Additionally, the soft all-purpose protective foam will not leave behind any scratches on the metal.  The other side of the MiC carrying case is a mesh pocket perfect for storing cables or other small items.

The Apogee MiC, released in February 2012, is the first studio-quality microphone to make a direct digital connection to iPad, iPhone and Mac.  Roughly the size of an iPhone, MiC makes it easy to record any voice or acoustic instrument anytime, anywhere.  It features PureDIGITAL technology which provides a no-noise signal allowing the user to capture the true tone of the voice or instrument.  The MiC and carrying case are sold separately.

The MiC Carrying Case is available in black.  It retails for $19.95 at the Apogee Webstore

Apogee also offer the MiC Pro Accessory Kit which includes the Carrying Case, Microphone Stand Adapter, 3-meter Mac cable, and a 3-meter iPad/iPhone Cable.  It retails for $49.95.

Apogee Announces MiC/JAM Compatibility with iPhone 5, iPad Mini, iPad (4th Gen.) and iPod Touch (5th Gen.)

SANTA MONICA- November 29, 2012– Apogee Electronics, an industry leader in digital audio recording for more than 25 years, announces that the MiC and JAM are now compatible with the iPhone 5, iPad Mini, iPod Touch (5th Gen.), and iPad (4th Gen.) when used with Apple’s Lightning to 30-pin adapter.  The Lightning adapter provides the same high quality digital connection as when connected directly to the 30-pin dock port on previous iPhone and iPad models.

“The MiC and JAM have been an integral part of our lineup, and this compatibility expansion will be great news for existing fans of these products as well as new aspiring musicians,” says Apogee CEO and Co-Founder Betty Bennett.  “With the Lightning adapter, consumers can still expect the same high-quality sound and connection that we [Apogee] always strive for.”

Released February 2012, MiC is the first studio-quality microphone to make a direct digital connection to iPad, iPhone, and Mac.  About the size of an iPhone, MiC makes it easy to record any voice or acoustic instrument anywhere your creativity takes you. For recording electric instruments such as guitar or bass, JAM provides the same high quality connectivity as MiC to iOS devices and Mac.

MiC and JAM are both premium digital audio converters featuring Apogee’s PureDIGITAL technology. Apogee’s PureDIGITAL circuitry provides a no-noise signal, and lets you capture the true tone of your voice, acoustic instrument or electric guitar directly to your iOS device or Mac.

Apple’s Lightning to 30-pin adapter can be purchased via Apple online or in stores for $29.  You can also purchase the Lightning to 30-pin adapter with 0.2m cable for $39.

System Requirements for MiC and JAM:

iOS
Devices:

  • iPad
  • iPad 2
  • iPad (3rd gen.)
  • iPad (4th gen.)*
  • iPad Mini*
  • iPhone 4
  • iPhone 4S
  • iPhone 5*
  • iPod Touch (5th gen.)*

iOS version: 4.3 and later
Connection: Dock connector port (no batteries required)
Software: Made for GarageBand
* Requires Lightning to 30-pin adapter

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Mac OS:
Computer: Mac, with an Intel processor
Memory: 1 GB minimum of installed RAM, 2 GB recommended
Mac OS version: 10.6.4 or later
Connection: USB 2.0 Full Speed
Software: GarageBand, Logic Pro, MainStage, Pro Tools (v. 9 or higher) or any Core Audio compatible application

Apogee introduces Quartet; The ultimate desktop recording solution for Mac

Santa Monica, CA – September 4, 2012 – Apogee Electronics today unveiled Quartet, the ultimate desktop audio interface and control center for Mac. Featuring four inputs, eight outputs, MIDI, top panel display and control, Quartet sets a new standard in performance and connectivity for the modern studio.
With ample input and output connections, the signature single controller knob, QuickTouch pads, and Apogee’s conversion technology, Quartet delivers where it counts; sound, functionality and usability.
Quartet connects to any Mac via USB 2.0 high-speed for extremely low-latency and stellar performance. From MacBook Air to Mac Pro, Quartet easily connects at amazingly high-speeds no matter the machine or sample rate; 44.1-192kHz.

Quartet’s four combination inputs offer microphone, instrument and line input with an exceptional gain range of up to 75 dB, leaving plenty of headroom for demanding microphones and sound sources. For additional channels, Quartet’s eight digital inputs create the option of connecting an external interface, like the Apogee Ensemble.

Quartet’s six balanced outputs deliver options for the video producer to mix in surround, the live performer to send multiple mixes to monitors and front-of-house and the mixer to send a mix to outboard compressors and EQs. Using Apogee’s Maestro software, the outputs will also split into three stereo pairs for connecting three speaker sets for auditioning mixes across various types of studio monitors.
A first for an Apogee audio interface, Quartet includes a USB MIDI connection for connecting a keyboard, synth or DJ controller. This feature consolidates all gear connections away from the Mac, making Quartet the control center for any studio.

“We are excited to announce Quartet”, says Apogee CEO and Co-Founder Betty Bennett. “Quartet offers a highly requested I/O configuration, award-winning sound and sleek design, all at an affordable price. We have listened to our customers and have designed Quartet with their requests in mind. At Apogee, we are all about delivering the absolutely best in sound, design and functionality and believe Quartet is a winner on every front.”


Quartet Highlights:

  • Apogee AD/DA audio conversion and microphone preamps
  • 4 analog inputs
  • 8 digital inputs
  • 6 analog outputs
  • Stereo headphone output
  • USB MIDI connection
  • USB 2.0 high-speed connectivity
  • 24-bit/192kHz recording
  • Full color OLED displays
  • Configurable QuickTouch pads
  • Maestro 2 software
  • Soft Limit

 

Features & Specifications:

  • 4 Analog Inputs: Combination line (balanced +20dBu max), Mic/Instrument (+20dBu/+14dBu max)
  • 4 Microphone preamps with up to 75dB of gain
  • 8 Digital Inputs: ADAT/SMUX Input, 2 Toslink connectors, 44.1kHz to 96kHz
  • 8 Analog Outputs: 6 Balanced line outputs, +20 dBu maximum output level, 1 Independent 1/4” stereo headphone output
  • MIDI I/O (USB-A type connector)
  • Word clock output
  • USB 2.0 High-speed Mac audio interface
  • A/D and D/A conversion: 24 bit/192kHz
  • 2 top panel high resolution OLED displays
  • Controller knob
  • 6 touchpads for direct selection of inputs and outputs
  • 3 assignable touchpads to control:
    • Mute Outputs
    • Dim Outputs
    • Sum to Mono
    • Clear Meters
    • Engage Speaker Set (allows monitoring of up to 3 pairs of speakers)

 

Price: $1,395

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Apogee Announces 16×16 I/O Module for Symphony I/O

Today, Apogee announced the new 16×16 I/O Module for Symphony I/O, Apogee’s best sounding interface to date. The latest addition to the Symphony I/O module line-up features 16 analog inputs, 16 analog outputs as well as 2 channels of SPDIF. The new design is a break-through in converter design as it is now possible to pack 32 channels of premium Apogee conversion into one Symphony I/O (two module spaces per chassis), a feature not available in any other converter on the market.

 

INPUTS:
Analog IN: 16 balanced outputs, 2 DSUB 25-pin connectors
Coax IN: Supports SPDIF on 1 RCA connector
OUTPUTS:
Analog OUT: 16 balanced outputs, 2 DSUB 25-pin connectors
Coax OUT: Supports SPDIF on 1 RCA connector
Availability: 2nd quarter, 2012
Price: $3495

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Apogee Announces Thunderbolt Connectivity for Symphony I/O

Today, Apogee announced Symphony 64 | ThunderBridge, a 64 channel Thunderbolt card for it’s flagship audio interface Symphony I/O. With Symphony 64 |ThunderBridge, connect Symphony I/O to any Thunderbolt™ equipped Mac for true Thunderbolt compatibility and performance. Symphony 64 | ThunderBridge will also connect X-Symphony equipped AD-16X, DA-16X, Rosetta 800 and Rosetta 200 converters to Thunderbolt Macs.

 

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Apogee Electronics now shipping 8-Channel Mic Preamp Module for Symphony I/O

Santa Monica, CA – Apogee Electronics is pleased to announce the 8-Channel Mic Preamp Module for Symphony I/O is now shipping and available world wide. As the culmination of 25 years of award-winning design experience, Symphony I/O has already set a new standard for sound quality, features, and expandability in the professional audio world. With the introduction of the 8-Channel Mic Preamp Module, Symphony I/O users now have the option to add 8 world-class mic preamps, 4 instrument inputs, and 8 digitally assignable inserts for the ultimate all-in-one Mac based recording solution.

The 8-Channel Mic Preamp Module features software control, 85 dB of gain, adjustable Soft Limit, selectable high pass filter, and an incredibly low noise level due to the direct connection with the analog I/O module.

 

8-Channel Mic Pre Module Highlights

  • Upgrades functionality of exiting Symphony I/O line inputs
  • 8 Mic Preamps
  • 4 Hi-Z instrument inputs
  • 8 digitally assignable inserts
  • 85 dB of gain
  • Best cost per channel value of any high-end audio interface available

 

Price: $1995 USD
Availability: Now shipping.

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