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Apogee Ensemble

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Ensemble 30x34 Thunderbolt Audio Interface + Waves Special offer

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Highlights

  • Thunderbolt connectivity for ultra-low latency

    • (1.1ms round trip @ 96kHz/32 buffer)
      • Includes Waves Special offer
      • 8 Mic preamps with up to 75 dB of gain and advanced stepped gain circuit
      • 2 front panel Guitar I/O channels with class A JFET inputs, dual mode re-amp outputs
      • Talkback functionality with built-in mic and control button
      • 2 PurePower headphone outputs
      • 10 separately assignable analog inputs
      • 16 analog outputs of premium Apogee conversion

The new Apogee Ensemble is the first Thunderbolt 2 audio interface
to offer superior sound quality,the lowest latency performance and the most comprehensive studio functionality all in one box. Ensemble includes 8 Advanced Stepped Gain mic preamps, monitor controller functionality including talkback, front panel Guitar I/O, two headphone outputs and digital connectivity for a total of 30 x 34 I/O. Blending acclaimed innovations, groundbreaking new features and an effortless user interface, Ensemble empowers you to capture inspiration
when creative lightning strikes.

Launched in 2007, the first Ensemble re-definedthe possibilities of the personal studio interface, setting new standards of quality, simplicity and value. Winning that year’s TEC Award for Digital Audio Technology, Ensemble went on to becomethe preferred interface for thousands of hit-making producers, engineers and artists. Now, with 30 years of digital audio expertise and the latest technological innovations, Apogee has re-built Ensemble to introduce the next generation of music creation technology.

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Measurably Superior A/D Conversion

Ensemble’s analog-to-digital conversion stagehas been upgraded from previous generations of Apogee products such as Duet and Quartet to provide greater dynamic range, lower distortion and an almost non-existent noise level.

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Custom Power Regulation for Ultra-Low Noise Performance

Ensemble’s mic pre, A/D and D/A circuitry are powered by discrete, Apogee-designed power regulators for ultra-low noise not obtainable with off-the-shelf components. This design was first implemented in Apogee’s flagship Symphony I/O’s 3-Stage Cascade power supply.

Soft Limit for protection from digital overs

An Apogee technology first introduced in 1992 on Apogee’s AD-500 converter, Soft Limit can be heard on countless platinum selling records around the world. Once a technology exclusively reserved for Apogee’s most advanced audio converters, Soft Limit is included in Ensemble and can be enabled in Apogee Maestro software.
This superior FET-based analog design prevents the digital clipping that causes distortion by instantaneously rounding off transient peaks before they hit the analog-to-digital converter. Soft Limit allows several more decibels of apparent level to be recorded while subtly providing an analog tape-like warmth to the sound.

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CREATIVE USER INTERFACE

HYBRID OF SOFTWARE AND HARDWARE

Apogee pioneered a simplified user interface that has inspired countless other competitors. This is
a hybrid approach - essential hardware control complemented by comprehensive software control. Ensemble’s front panel represents the next level of refinement, offering the perfect balance of dedicated control and flexibility.

Dual, high-resolution displays show all input and output details
Two high-resolution OLED displays deliver all the visual feedback critical for recording and monitoring. Without looking at your computer, Ensemble lets you see metering, levels, grouping and polarity, muting, phantom power and Soft Limit for all
inputs and outputs.

Input control with selection buttons and controller knob
Ensemble makes it easy to access all important recording and monitoring functions. Simply press an input selection button on Ensemble’s front panel to select a desired input and easily adjust your level with the input controller knob. All input selection buttons feature an LED highlight ring.

Monitor/Output Controls

Ensemble’s Monitor control provides everything you need to master your listening environment, without additional devices. Choose between the two 1/4” monitor outputs, one of three stereo speaker sets (depending on which is selected) or a 5.1 surround sound system. Set your speaker and headphone levels with dedicated front panel controller knobs, Maestro level controls or your Mac volume controls.

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Assignable Buttons

Four configurable buttons (labeled A, B, C, D) allow you to quickly access functions such as “Engage Talkback”, “Mute Outputs”, “Dim Outputs”, “Sum
to Mono”, “Clear Meters” or “Engage Speaker Set”. Each function can be assigned to a button using a drop-down menu within Apogee’s Maestro application.

Talkback
When asked to identify his favorite microphone, one savvy producer answered “the talkback mic!” Effortless communication enhances the flow of
your session, so Ensemble includes flexible and convenient talkback functionality. Use either Ensemble’s Built-in microphone or an external mic to communicate directly with the recording performers through both headphone and line outputs. Engage talkback from Maestro or from the front panel Assignable buttons. No other audio interface offers such a comprehensive talkback system.

Input select

The highlight ring of the selected input is brighter so you can see at a glance which channel is in focus. Press and hold the input select button to select and adjust different parameters for each channel such as input type, +48v phantom power, Soft Limit, grouping, polarity invert and hi-pass filter.

Speaker Set Selection

Ensemble’s assignable buttons can be configured in Apogee’s Maestro software to switch between up to 3 pairs of speakers, allowing you to use Ensemble just like a standard monitor controller. Simply connect 1, 2 or 3 pairs of studio monitors and press the corresponding assignable button (A, B, C or D) to select which pair you would like to listen to.

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Specifications

  • Thunderbolt 2 Mac audio interface
  • Analog-to-digital conversion (ADC) for
  • recording up to 24-bit/192kHz
  • Proprietary Thunderbolt audio driver and ESS
  • Sabre32 DAC offer full 32-bit playback
  • - Groundbreaking low latency performance - Core Audio-optimized hardware DMA
  • Engine frees your Mac CPU
  • 2 high-resolution OLED displays show
  • levels and settings
  • Input select buttons and controller knob for
  • convenient selection of parameters and settings
  • 4 assignable buttons to control:
  • - Talkback mic (built-in or external)
  • - Output settings such as speaker set
  • selection, mute, dim, sum to mono Complete input/output control with Apogee’s Maestro software
  • Works with Pro Tools, Logic, Ableton and any Core Audio compliant app on Mac
  • Designed in California – Assembled in the U.S.A
  • Legendary Apogee sound quality
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Apogee Maestro App for Advanced Software Control

Access all control functions and settings with Maestro, Apogee’s comprehensive software control application. Maestro features a single window interface with quick access to all device and system settings. Select your input type, enable Soft Limit on mic and instrument inputs, set up a Talkback mic, and use the mixer for low latency monitoring. Maestro lets you easily configure Ensemble to fit your workflow.

System Requirements

  • Computer: Thunderbolt-equipped Mac (iMac, Macbook Pro, Macbook Air, Mac Pro)
  • Memory: 2 GB RAM minimum, 4 GB recommended
  • OS: 10.9.3 or greater
  • Connection: Any available Thunderbolt port on a Mac
  • Recommended apps:

    • Logic, Pro Tools, GarageBand, MainStage, Final Cut,
      Ableton Live, Digital Performer, Studio One, Cubase &Nuendo

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