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Apogee Symphony I/O 8x8 Audio Interface with 8 Mic Preamps

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Overview

The Symphony I/O 8x8 with 8 mic preamps empowers all that is Apogee, from legendary quality, to ultra-low latency and maximum performance. Apogee Symphony I/O is a modular multi-channel audio interface featuring premium AD/DA conversion and world-class microphone preamps. Designed to deliver professional sound quality for audio recording, mixing and mastering on a Mac, Symphony I/O is the ultimate music production centerpiece for any modern studio.

Legendary Sound Quality
Symphony I/O is the culmination of 25 years of Apogee's award-winning design experience. Using the most advanced components available, Apogee engineers created an extremely efficient circuit and power design resulting in a significant improvement in audio clarity and transparency over any previous Apogee product.

Input and Output Flexibility
This version of the Symphony I/O features 8 balanced inputs, 8 balanced outputs, as well as 8x8 AES/Optical I/O and 8 built-in mic preamps. Plenty of I/O to handle any environment from home to professional stuios. The Symphony I/O 8x8 with 8 mic preamps is also extremely versatile with multiple connectivity options to fit your needs.

Complete Compatibility
Connect Symphony I/O to any Apple workstation; MacBook, iMac or Mac Pro via USB, Pro Tools HD, Symphony PCI or Thunderbolt. Symphony I/O is simple to set up and easy to use.

FEATURES

8 Inputs, 8 outputs, 8x8 AES/Optical I/O, and 8 built-in mic preamps
One of Apogee's best sounding interfaces ever
Complete compatibility with Audio Interface Modes (AIM)
Symphony/Thunderbolt connectivity
Pro Tools HD (connect directly to any Pro Tools PCIe card)
USB (connect to high-speed USB 2.0 port)
StandAlone (Analog inputs routed directly to Digital outputs)
Up to 32 channels of simultaneous analog and digital I/O per unit
Ultra-low latency performance
Future-proof modular architecture
Symphony I/O works with any Core Audio compatible application including: Logic, Pro Tools 9 and 10, Final Cut. Ableton Live
SPECIFICATIONS
Inputs
Analog Inputs
8 balanced inputs on 1 DSUB 25-pin connector
8 built-in mic preamps
Digitally controlled, 85dB microphone preamps
4 Hi-Z 1/4" instrument inputs capable of handling high level instruments
Inserts
8 fully balanced insert points
Return 1-8 on 1 DSUB 25-pin connector
Digital Inputs
*AES-EBU IN: 8 inputs on 1 DSUB 25-pin connector
*Optical IN: Supports ADAT, SMUX & S/PDIF
ADAT: 8 channels 44.1-48 kHz on 1 Toslink connector
SMUX: 8 channels 88.2-96 kHz on 2 Toslink connectors
S/PDIF: 2 channels, up to 96 kHz on 1 Toslink connector
Coax IN: 2 channels of S/PDIF, up to 192 kHz on 1 RCA connector
*Dig I/O hardware switch selects AES or Optical digital I/O format
Outputs
Analog Outputs
8 balanced outputs on 1 DSUB 25-pin connector
Inserts
8 fully balanced insert points
Send 1-8 on 1 DSUB 25-pin connector
Digital Outputs
*AES-EBU OUT: 8 outputs on 1 DSUB 25-pin connector
*Optical OUT: Supports ADAT, SMUX & S/PDIF
ADAT: 8 channels 44.1-48 kHz on 1 Toslink connector
SMUX: 8 channels 88.2-96 kHz on 2 Toslink connectors
S/PDIF: 2 channels, up to 96 kHz on 1 Toslink connector
Coax OUT: 2 channels of S/PDIF, up to 192 kHz on 1 RCA connector
*Dig I/O hardware switch selects AES or Optical digital I/O format
THUNDERBOLT - Direct connection to Apogee's Symphony 64|ThunderBridge
Compatible with any Thunderbolt equipped Mac
Audio Interface Mode: Symphony
Connection: Symphony 64|ThunderBridge (Sold separately)
Performance: 44.1kHz - 192kHz
Computer: Mac Pro/Intel
Operating System: Mac OS 10.6.8, 10.7.4 or greater
Control: Maestro over USB
Software: Logic Pro, Pro Tools 9 or greater, Ableton Live, Cubase, Digital Performer, Any Core Audio application
SYMPHONY PCIe - Direct connection to Apogee's Symphony 64 PCIe card
Compatible with any PCIe equipped MacPro
Audio Interface Mode: Symphony
Connection: Symphony 64 PCIe card (Sold separately)
Performance: 44.1kHz - 192kHz
Latency = 1.8 Milliseconds at 96kHz
Computer: Mac Pro/Intel
Operating System: Mac OS 10.6.8, 10.7.4 or greater
Control: Maestro over USB
Software: Logic Pro, Pro Tools 9 or greater, Ableton Live, Cubase, Digital Performer, Any Core Audio application
USB - Direct connection to any Intel Mac with a USB port
Audio Interface Mode: USB
Connection: USB High-Speed 2.0
Performance: 44.1kHz - 96kHz
Computer: Any Intel based Mac
Operating System: Mac OS 10.6.8, 10.7.4 or greater
Control: Maestro over USB
Software: Logic Pro, Pro Tools 9 or greater, Ableton Live, Cubase, Digital Performer, Any Core Audio application
PRO TOOLS HD - Direct connection to Pro Tools HD and HD-X systems
Audio Interface Mode: Pro Tools
Connection:
Pro Tools HD Core card
Pro Tools Accel PCI card
Pro Tools HD Native
PCI card
Pro Tools HDX PCI card
Performance:
44.1kHz - 192kHz
Computer: Mac Pro/Intel
Operating System: Mac OS 10.6.8, 10.7.4 or greater
Control: Maestro over USB
Software: Pro Tools HD 9 or greater
Symphony I/O has a built-in Pro Tools HD Connector
STANDALONE - Direct connection to any audio device with AES, Optical, SPDIF, ADAT, SMUX I/O
Audio Interface Mode: Standalone
Connection: Digital via AES, Optical, or S/PDIF to any digital I/O equipped interface
Control: Symphony I/O Front panel, Maestro over USB
Operating System (for Maestro control): Mac OS 10.6.8, 10.7.4 or greater
Pro Coverage
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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5.0

Legendary sonic capabilities

By Eric

from Saginaw Michigan

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Comments about Apogee Symphony I/O 8x8 Audio Interface with 8 Mic Preamps:

First off I am not one to beleive a converter could ever have a impact on the mix as a whole...God was I wrong. Anything that goes through this beautiful piece of machine comes out with a certain "apogee sonic cream " on top. Ok. So what the heck does that mean??? Vocals will sparkle in the midrange and highs become natural ... Stereo image of track placement is so 3D and spacious that you can pick out anything anywhere in the mix. No more fighting with Pesty overtones. Your mixes literally shine a new life you've never been able to acheive... It's that much of a difference. Now to be fair I upgraded from A 003, but I will put my right kidney on the line that any experienced engineer would hear the sonic texture symphony gives off... I use to absolutely hate the brightness of the AKG c414. Now she sits so natural and beautiful on any source including vocals ... That midrange bump has been converted by Apogee into something amazing. And that's just the beginning. I literally can't get a bad sound out of my Symphony... Now on to the presmps. The pres are gorgeous.. So clean and detailed and with a staggering 85 db (I'm pretty sure 85) any source is sure to get its full natural representation from the get go. I seriously stack these up with my Avalon vt-737. Super clean. Super awesome. Super hi gain With so many other features like soft limit and 8 dedicated inserts for tracking with eq or compression she can make the most out of any signal that passes through her.. I kid you not. This thing will be relevant In ten years and still a contender in the interface world... I agree you pay a pretty penny to play. But and this is a huge but... At this level you should be conducting serious business or at least panning to do so. 4500 plus tax and dsub cables isn't cheap. But I swear once you hear that huge bottom end and sweet top end that symphony puts on your tracked mix you won't regret this purchase !!!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Legendary sonic capabilities

By Eric

from Saginaw Michigan

Site Member

Comments about Apogee Symphony I/O 8x8 Audio Interface with 8 Mic Preamps:

First off I am not one to beleive a converter could ever have a impact on the mix as a whole...God was I wrong. Anything that goes through this beautiful piece of machine comes out with a certain ""apogee sonic cream "" on top. Ok. So what the heck does that mean??? Vocals will sparkle in the midrange and highs become natural ... Stereo image of track placement is so 3D and spacious that you can pick out anything anywhere in the mix. No more fighting with Pesty overtones. Your mixes literally shine a new life you've never been able to acheive... It's that much of a difference. Now to be fair I upgraded from A 003, but I will put my right kidney on the line that any experienced engineer would hear the sonic texture symphony gives off... I use to absolutely hate the brightness of the AKG c414. Now she sits so natural and beautiful on any source including vocals ... That midrange bump has been converted by Apogee into something amazing. And that's just the beginning. I literally can't get a bad sound out of my Symphony... Now on to the presmps. The pres are gorgeous.. So clean and detailed and with a staggering 85 db (I'm pretty sure 85) any source is sure to get its full natural representation from the get go. I seriously stack these up with my Avalon vt-737. Super clean. Super awesome. Super hi gain With so many other features like soft limit and 8 dedicated inserts for tracking with eq or compression she can make the most out of any signal that passes through her.. I kid you not. This thing will be relevant In ten years and still a contender in the interface world... I agree you pay a pretty penny to play. But and this is a huge but... At this level you should be conducting serious business or at least panning to do so. 4500 plus tax and dsub cables isn't cheap. But I swear once you hear that huge bottom end and sweet top end that symphony puts on your tracked mix you won't regret this purchase !!!

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