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Apogee Announce A New 30 x 34 Thunderbolt 2 Audio Interface For Mac
Apogee has today launched its new Ensemble interface, providing 30x34 I/O with Thunderbolt 2 connectivity for Mac.
Following on from the legacy of the original Ensemble, which found its way into countless hit-making producers, engineers and artists’ studios, the new Ensemble Thunderbolt combines this winning formula with some of Apogee’s other recent innovations to provide an interface that’s ideal for a magnitude of music-making setups.
Apogee Ensemble features 30x34 I/O over Thunderbolt, offering a latency of just 1.1ms, which is the lowest of any audio interface available. On board are eight of Apogee’s acclaimed mic preamps offering up to 75dB of gain through an advanced step gain circuit with front-panel input select controls. Analogue inputs one and two have insert connections for adding additional studio hardware, such as an analogue compressor or EQ, in between the preamp and AD conversion stage.
One of the biggest features of Ensemble is the inclusion of two dedicated guitar inputs and outputs, with the inputs featuring Class A JFET circuits to reproduce the feel and tone of a tube amp, which adds a more realistic edge to guitar amp modelling plugins, as well as adding harmonic character to keyboards and electronics instruments when DI’d.
The dedicated guitar outputs also allow for reamping or inserting effects pedals into the signal chain at a later stage. There are no issues with impedance or level mismatches as the inputs and outputs are made for use with any gear equipment. If you prefer to record your amp as you play your take, you can do this and still record your dry signal to then replay through your amp to adjust your tone or mic placement.
The Ensemble is Apogee’s most versatile interface yet, and would be ideal for professional and project studios alike. It is rackmountable, and could well be used in a desktop rack to make use of the built-in microphone for talkback. Anyone who has used the Duet or Quartet models will instantly notice similar OLED displays on the front of the unit for inputs and outputs, with knob controls for both.
There are two PurePower headphone outputs on the front of the unit with dedicated volume controls, accompanied by four assignable buttons which can be given different functions in Apogee’s Maestro app.
The new Apogee Ensemble has been a long time coming (the original was released way back in 2007), but this new system aims to make up for lost time, while definitely offering as much as one would need in an audio interface for Mac.