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The Ensemble Multichannel Audio Interface from Apogee delivers high performance converters, pristine preamps, and tight integration with Core Audio. You can use the Ensemble easily with Logic, MOTU Di... Click To Read More About This Product

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Overview

The Ensemble Multichannel Audio Interface from Apogee delivers high performance converters, pristine preamps, and tight integration with Core Audio. You can use the Ensemble easily with Logic, MOTU Digital Performer, Steinberg Cubase, Bias Peak, Propellerhead Reason, Ableton Live, or any professional Macintosh recording application that supports Core Audio to make flawless recordings. The Ensemble is the first professional audio interface that is all digitally controlled and designed specifically for Apple computers and Logic.

The Ensemble features 36 simultaneously available audio channels with 8 channels of Apogee's legendary A/D/A conversion and 4 transparent, digitally controlled 75dB mic preamps. It also has 8 channels of ADAT I/O, 2 channels of S/PDIF coax and optical I/O, and FireWire connectivity to and from the computer. When you get an Ensemble, you also get premium Apogee technologies such as Soft Limit, UV22HR, and Intelliclock. Soft Limit ensures your signal gets the maximum digital input level without overs, UV22HR gives you a superior dither from 24-bit resolution down to 16-bit, and Intelliclock is an advanced, dual-stage clocking tool. These technologies”combined with converters that set the standard for the audio industry”make Ensemble an ideal choice for professionals seeking a high-definition, integrated solution that's easy to use.

Apogee Ensemble is the first and only multichannel audio interface that is fully integrated into Logic Pro. With Ensemble, everything from mic pre and output gain to sample and bit rate selection are controllable from within the Apogee Control Panel in Logic.


IMPORTANT NOTE for OS X Leopard compatibility
To ensure your Apogee product works well with Mac OS X Leopard v10.5, it is critical that you follow the instructions provided at the Apogee website address below.

If you have an existing Apogee software CD or a previously downloaded installer, please do not use it with Leopard. Only use the software and driver versions provided at the link below that are specifically indicated as "Compatible with Leopard."

http://www.apogeedigital.com/leopard/

If you have any questions, please call Apogee support at 310-584-9394.

Features
  • 8 channels of premium 24-bit/192kHz A/D/A conversion
  • 4 75dB-gain microphone preamps
  • 2 fully balanced inserts on mic pre channels
  • 4 Hi-Z instrument inputs capable of handling high level instruments
  • 2 individual, controllable and assignable high level headphone outputs
  • 2, 6 or 8 channel monitor outputs
  • 8 channels of ADAT I/O
  • FireWire 400 I/O, compatible with OS X Core Audio (no driver required)
  • 2 channels of SPDIF I/O
  • Soft Limit for maximum digital input level without overs
  • UV22HR for superior dither of 24-bit resolution down to 16-bit
  • Advanced, dual-stage Intelliclock
  • Precision digital encoders
  • Complete integration and control with Apple's Logic Pro Software
  • Apogee Control Panel screens accessible from within Logic Pro
  • Compatibility with any CoreAudio software application
Warranty
MANUFACTURER'S WARRANTY
Hardware warranty:

APOGEE ELECTRONICS CORPORATION warrants this product to be free of defects in material and manufacture under normal use for a period of 12 months. The term of this warranty begins on the date of sale to the purchaser. Units returned for warranty repair to Apogee or an authorized Apogee warranty repair facility will be repaired or replaced at the manufacturer's option, free of charge.

All units returned to Apogee or an authorized Apogee repair facility must be prepaid, insured and properly packaged. Apogee reserves the right to change or improve design at any time without prior notice. Design changes are not implemented retrospectively, and the incorporation of design changes into future units does not imply the availability of an upgrade to existing units.

This warranty is void if Apogee determines, in its sole business judgment, the defect to be the result of abuse, neglect, alteration or attempted repair by unauthorized personnel.

The warranties set forth above are in lieu of all other warranties, expressed or implied, and Apogee specifically disclaims any and all implied warranty of merchantability or of fitness for a particular purpose. The buyer acknowledges and agrees that in no event shall the company be held liable for any special, indirect, incidental or consequential damages, or for injury, loss or damage sustained by any person or property, that may result from this product failing to operate correctly at any time.

USA: Some states do not allow for the exclusion or limitation of implied warranties or liability for incidental or consequential damage, so the above exclusion may not apply to you. This warranty gives you specific legal rights, and you may have other rights which vary from state to state.

Software warranty:

Limited Warranty. Apogee Electronics warrants for a period of ninety (90) days from your date of purchase that (i) the media on which the Software is recorded will be free from defects in materials and workmanship under normal use, and (ii) the Software as provided by Apogee Electronics will substantially conform to Apogee's published specifications for the Software.

Apogee Electronics' entire liability and your sole and exclusive remedy for any breach of the foregoing limited warranty will be, at Apogee Electronics' option, replacement of the media, refund of the purchase price or repair or replacement of the Software.

THIS LIMITED WARRANTY IS THE ONLY WARRANTY PROVIDED BY APOGEE ELECTRONICS AND ITS LICENSORS EXPRESSLY DISCLAIM ALL OTHER WARRANTIES, EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE WITH REGARD TO THE SOFTWARE AND ACCOMPANYING WRITTEN MATERIALS. BECAUSE SOME JURISDICTIONS DO NOT ALLOW THE EXCLUSION OR LIMITATION


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ApogeeEnsemble FireWire Digital Interface
 
4.4

(based on 12 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Missing Clarity? Get an Ensemble!

I just picked up an Apogee Ensemble for my studio. It has added the extra clarity that has been separating my recordings from what you hear on the radio. Apogee has been THE name...Read complete review

I just picked up an Apogee Ensemble for my studio. It has added the extra clarity that has been separating my recordings from what you hear on the radio. Apogee has been THE name in conversion, and this unit also add's for very clean high-gain solid state pre's. Apogee conversion has added crisper highs, tighter lows, and an overall presence that I could not achieve with my previous interface (echo layla).

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Incompatible with Mountain Lion

I'm sure this unit was great 3 years ago, before Apple released Lion and Mountain Lion. It has excellent sound quality and is quite attractive as well. But I just went through 10...Read complete review

I'm sure this unit was great 3 years ago, before Apple released Lion and Mountain Lion. It has excellent sound quality and is quite attractive as well. But I just went through 10 months of non-stop crashing and oddball incompatibility behavior using this with my Mac Pro that has Mountain Lion installed. Tech support were nice at first, but after 9 months they finally ended up sending me a new unit, and when that didn't work their advice was to install Snow Leopard. Not only that, but they stopped answering my emails, basically leaving me in a lurch with a unit that they admitted over the phone to be incompatible with Mountain Lion.

Here's what would happen: the Maestro 2 software sometimes would recognize that the Ensemble was connected, but often it would not, and you'd have to start and restart over and over until it suddenly saw it.

As well, once a day all the sound would cut out and I would have to stop what I was doing and restart the Ensemble in order to restore sound.

I had these exact same problems with 2 Ensemble units, and on 3 computers - 2 Mac Pros and 1 MacBook Pro. It's a definite incompatibility issue that was confirmed over the phone to me by Apogee tech support.

As well, the power button feels chintzy and lightweight to the touch. Seems poorly made.

Anyway, if you are a Mac-user and don't want to be stuck using an OS two versions old, DO NOT BUY THE ENSEMBLE! It will cause much frustration and loss of time. And Apogee will end up conveniently dropping out of contact.

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(9 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

 
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Incompatible with Mountain Lion

By Woodstock

from Woodstock, NY

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Easy To Use

Cons

  • Mountainlion Incompatible
  • Unreliable

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    Comments about Apogee Ensemble FireWire Digital Interface:

    I'm sure this unit was great 3 years ago, before Apple released Lion and Mountain Lion. It has excellent sound quality and is quite attractive as well. But I just went through 10 months of non-stop crashing and oddball incompatibility behavior using this with my Mac Pro that has Mountain Lion installed. Tech support were nice at first, but after 9 months they finally ended up sending me a new unit, and when that didn't work their advice was to install Snow Leopard. Not only that, but they stopped answering my emails, basically leaving me in a lurch with a unit that they admitted over the phone to be incompatible with Mountain Lion.

    Here's what would happen: the Maestro 2 software sometimes would recognize that the Ensemble was connected, but often it would not, and you'd have to start and restart over and over until it suddenly saw it.

    As well, once a day all the sound would cut out and I would have to stop what I was doing and restart the Ensemble in order to restore sound.

    I had these exact same problems with 2 Ensemble units, and on 3 computers - 2 Mac Pros and 1 MacBook Pro. It's a definite incompatibility issue that was confirmed over the phone to me by Apogee tech support.

    As well, the power button feels chintzy and lightweight to the touch. Seems poorly made.

    Anyway, if you are a Mac-user and don't want to be stuck using an OS two versions old, DO NOT BUY THE ENSEMBLE! It will cause much frustration and loss of time. And Apogee will end up conveniently dropping out of contact.

    (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Fantastic!

    By Frank Salot

    from TN

    Comments about Apogee Ensemble FireWire Digital Interface:

    Upgraded from a Focusrite Saffire Pro 40 and this is definitely a couple notches up in sound quality. I would rate the Focusrite about a 7/10 compared to this, sound wise. So far I've used it with a UA 4-710d via ADAT and the sound I'm getting is great. Used one of the mic inputs on the back for a room mic and it seemed a notch above too. Probably should have waited a few weeks before writing a review and used it with other pres/built in inputs, but wanted to post a quick review because the sounds I'm getting are incredible so far.
    Would be nice to have another ADAT input, but features/ease of use are great otherwise.
    Solid feel for build and no glitches whatsoever (only used it about 10 hours so far).
    Great sound for the price, but I would like it even more if it was $1500 MAP considering it's been out for 5 years. Slightly concerned Apogee will release a replacement for this model soon, but should still be able to sell this used for a decent price if I feel the need to upgrade to the latest/greatest.

    (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Its an apogee...

    By Eric Heard

    from Hollywood, Ca

    Comments about Apogee Ensemble FireWire Digital Interface:

    Simple the finest A/d/D/a on the market without getting into a boutique item. I have had mine for two years bought it here. You will notice how pure and qualitative the sound is, In and Out as soon as you hear it, simply the best in this price range, enough said!!! Regards, Eric Clayton HeardMastering Engineer/Music Producer

    (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Ensmble is ballin'

    By NTCbassist

    from Pottsville, PA

    Comments about Apogee Ensemble FireWire Digital Interface:

    Just received my ensemble yesterday. It was my upgrade from the MBOX 2 MINI interface. Out of the box it was just so cool looking. It was so easy to set up and use, I was rolling along tracking in logic moments after I got it. It's got the COOLEST lights as well. This interface is a MUST BUY.

    (21 of 24 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    THe Best "Consumer" COnverter

    By Dirty Dan

    from Scottsdale, AZ

    Comments about Apogee Ensemble FireWire Digital Interface:

    I've owned an MBox, A Digi02, and Presonus gear. You are wasting your time with that stuff. Apogee is one the BEST names in conversion, and has been for over a decade. Great unit. Easy to use. Get to work immediately, and stop reading the manuals, and directions, and how your Bill Gates machine works, and where it was made, and how many manufacturers put it together. Apogee units are awesome. Try it and you'll never go back to any low-end, budget gear again. The pre-amps are pretty nice. I use API, Purple, Shadow Hills directly into my Mac through the Apogee - fantastic results. Pro quality all the way. Just don't skimp on the microphones you purchase.

    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Well Worth The Price!

    By norwegianbuilt

    from Maui Hawaii

    Comments about Apogee Ensemble FireWire Digital Interface:

    I also upgraded from the Motu MK828 with expectations because of the price. This unit is amazing. Easy to use with the Mac and get down to some great sounding recordings. Far superior unit than the Motu or any other unit I have ever used. Well worth the price!

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    The best firewire unit!

    By scotty-nOeU9

    from Maine

    Comments about Apogee Ensemble FireWire Digital Interface:

    I have used a lot of firewire devices and the preamps, converters and the sound quality blows away any m-audio, 003, motu, presonus unit. It is expensive but the quality is worth it. Apogee uses quality parts, support their products, and its built like a tank. If you want to upgrade your system just make sure you have good mic's and proper acoustic treatment. Then you can really appreciate this device.

    (3 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    WAIT A MINUTE!

    By Space Monkey

    from Oklahoma City

    Comments about Apogee Ensemble FireWire Digital Interface:

    Well, I managed to get a used apogee ensemble and frankly the preamps weren't any better than my 003 rack preamps. Overall sound quality was somewhat lacking. This was the BIGGEST letdown of my DAW career. It should be worth 1/2 the price. Now ADAT interfacing with the ensemble is pretty tight but save your money. And one more thing. The mixer software (Maestro) is horrible absolutely the worst mixer software I have ever used. Stick with m-audio,presonus,rme,motu and focusrite. And you pay a lot less.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Just as advertised

    By Greg-ogQvJ

    from philly

    Comments about Apogee Ensemble FireWire Digital Interface:

    Before I was using a digi 001 w/ protools LE with my oram octasonic pres. The sound quality with the ensemble is NOTICABLY superior- everything is cleaner and more up front. There is essentially zero noise with this thing- first time I went to listen to playback I had to check to make sure the speakers were on because it was so quiet until the part came up. If you are looking to take the "blanket" off of your recordings, than this is what you want. The ensemble is all about clean, transparent sound which is definitely what you get- whatever you hear in the room is the sound that will come out (depending on your microphones). I like the transparency of the pres on the ensemble because you can always pair them with a tube mic or pre for flavor (and post eq/compression). The only thing that bums me out a little bit is that I have come to realize that I prefer the pro tools software much more than logic (the layout is not the greatest and my biggest problem is not supporting vst- seriously, get with the program).. still trying to get used to it but for being able to use the ensemble it's well worth the switch. I had it up and running with logic in less than 5 minutes- it's ridiculously simple.

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    At last a real set of A-D/D-A w/Pre's...

    By e.man-2FTZI

    from Hollywood, CA

    Comments about Apogee Ensemble FireWire Digital Interface:

    This unit stands heads above the stock PT I/O offerings or anything on the market in the host based DAW- AD-DA- +PRE-AMP market. The unit is well worth the price and elevates your digi, MOTU, 002 or Mbox recordings to a much more pristine/clean level in Pre's and Accurate AD capture / DA listen back. The box now offers STAND ALONE SOFTWARE and takes your recordings to a higher level than you could hope to obtain with any outta' the box DAW system, including PT-HD 3! After all its an apogee. Some unit highlights HW UV 22 incl. CD mode all SR BD to 16/44.1, RT SRC from any to any, ADAT i/o.... Its as nice as my Rosettas and uses the same chip sets for AD/DA as the Rosetta', plus you get some very nice pre amps included. You can record your final album with this unit. I like it, a must have for the serious home to mid line PRO engineer.

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