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Symphony Desktop


Studio Desktop Interface

Record, overdub, and mix with the legendary sound quality of Apogee’s rack-mount Symphony I/O Mk II in an elegant and inspiring 10×14 audio interface that sits on your desk and fits in your bag.

  • Flagship Sound Quality

  • Vintage Preamp Emulation

  • Hardware DSP with Premium Native Plugins

  • Immersive Touch Screen Interface

Symphony Desktop


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Put the Sound of a Symphony on Your Desk

Simplified Setup, Flagship Sound

The Symphony Desktop features the same high-quality conversion as the Symphony I/O Mk II, but without the rackmount setup.

Symphony Desktop and Symphony IO MK II audio interface

Mix without the Mouse

Select your favorite mic preamp modeler, or shape your sound with onboard plugins with Symphony Desktop’s Touch Screen Control.

Apogee Symphony Desktop with Opto-3A on touchscreen

Creative Flexibility

DualPath Monitoring allows you to either to print your plugin FX as you record, or monitor them while keeping your raw take. Save and recall presets of your favorite plugin chains to speed up your workflow.

Apogee Symphony Desktop with plugins and Mac Pro

Classic Preamp Sounds

Apogee Alloy Preamp emulation combines analog circuitry and DSP processing to create authentic preamp modeling.

Product Details



Bundled Software



  • Gain: Up to 75 dB and advanced stepped gain circuit design
  • Selectable 48v phantom power, Soft Limit and polarity invert
  • EIN: 129dB (un-weighted) @ 60dB, 150 Ohm input
  • Max input level: +20dBu
  • Input impedance: 150 – 4K Ohm (default)
  • Max Hi-Z input level: 14dBu
  • Hi-Z input impedance: 220k/470k/>20M Ohm


D/A Conversion:

  • Max output level (+4dBu ref): +20dBu
  • Max output level (-10dBV ref): +6dBV
  • Line output impedance: 50 Ohm
  • Freq resp 10Hz -20 Khz: > +/- 0.05dB (@44.1Khz)
  • Rel. THD+N : -114dB
  • Dyn Range: 129dB (A-weighted)
  • Headphone Max output level:— 520mW into 30 Ohm — 90mW into 600 Ohm
  • Headphone Rel THD+N: -111 dB with 600 Ohm load
  • Headphone Dyn Range: 128dB (A-weighted)
  • Most affordable Symphony series interface ever
  • Cutting edge components and circuit design deliver flagship sound quality
  • Up to 24bit/192kHz digital audio
  • 2 Advanced Stepped Gain mic preamps
  • FET instrument input with electric guitar tube amp characteristics
  • Apogee Alloy Mic Preamp emulation (Analog processing + DSP modeling)
  • Built-in hardware DSP processing of Apogee FX plugins
  • Flexible, zero latency plugin workflows: Print, Monitor and DualPath Link workflows
  • Dynamic touch screen display for comprehensive hardware control
  • 2 fully balanced 1/4″ outputs
  • 2 assignable headphone outputs: 1 x 1/4″, 1 x 1/8”
  • 10 IN x 14 OUT simultaneous channels of audio
  • Digital I/O: 2 x Optical Toslink (ADAT,S/PDIF)
  • USB 2.0 over USB Type C connector


  • Clearmountain’s Spaces – macOS, Windows 10 – Native only
  • Symphony ECS Channel Strip – macOS, Windows 10 – Native and Hardware DSP


Preamp Emulations:

  • AP-66 – British Solid State
  • AP-57 – 50s American Tube
  • macOS: 10.14.6 Mojave or later
  • iOS/iPad pro: iOS 13
  • PC: Windows 10 Anniversary update or later
User Guide PDF (19.36 MB)

Getting Started with Symphony Desktop

How many plugins can run on Symphony Desktop’s DSP? arrow down

The maximum numbers of individual plugins that can run on the DSP depends on which plugins you are using and the sample-rate.

Is the software with Symphony Desktop Free? arrow down

The Symphony Desktop Control software is always free. The Symphony Desktop also comes with the Symphony ECS Channel Strip plugin, Clearmountain’s Spaces, and Apogee Alloy Mic Preamp Emulation that is also free. All other plugins have a Trial period where you can test them out. Licenses for plugins you like can be purchased from your local Dealer or the Apogee webstore.

Many of these features will become available as we roll out new releases. You can see our Feature Release Schedule here: https://apogeedigital.com/support/symphony-desktop#schedule

*Note – All Free FX Plugin activation codes included with Symphony Desktop are to be considered Limited Time only.   Free FX Plugin activation codes included with Symphony Desktop require an original proof of purchase from an official dealer.  Used units do not quality for FX Plugin activation codes when registering.

Is there a recommended Thunderbolt 4 hub for Symphony Desktop? arrow down

Yes, there is!

We use CalDigit Thunderbolt 4 Hub and it has worked well for us on both Mac (Intel and Apple Silicon) and Windows PC.

Does Symphony Desktop provide power to iOS devices? arrow down

Symphony Desktop does not provide power to iOS devices and will not charge any iOS device it is connected to.

You will need to make sure your iOS device is fully charged when using Symphony Desktop.

Symphony Desktop also cannot be bus powered over a USB C or Lightning connection to any iOS device, it will always require the power supply and USB / Lightning connection.