Apogee launches Ensemble Thunderbolt audio interface

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Apogee Electronics has announced its new Ensemble 30×34 Thunderbolt 2 audio interface for Mac.

Apogee Ensemble

The all 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.

Ensemble Thunderbolt features

  • 8 MiC preamps with up to 75 dB of gain and Advanced Stepped Gain circuit.
  • Thunderbolt connectivity for ultra-low latency (1.1ms round trip).
  • Front panel Guitar I/O 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 Apogee Ensemble Thunderbolt will be available October 2014, priced at $2,495 USD.

More information: Apogee / Ensemble

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Avid launches Pro Tools bundles with Apogee Duet & Quartet

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Avid has announced the introduction of Pro Tools | Duet and Pro Tools | Quartet, two new professional music creation solutions in the Avid Artist Suite, combining the industry standard Avid Pro Tools software with best-in-class audio interfaces by Apogee.

Avid Pro Tools | Quartet

With Apogee as a new I/O Connectivity Partner for the Avid MediaCentral Platform, the companies are bringing music creators the same tight integration between Pro Tools | Software and Apogee interfaces as they would have with any Avid audio interface – delivering the openness and flexibility that are key tenets of Avid Everywhere™.

Avid Pro Tools | Duet and Pro Tools | Quartet provide everything needed for professional music creation, enabling customers to turn their Mac or PC into a high-performance yet portable music and audio production studio. With more than 60 AAX virtual instruments, effects, sound-processing, and utility plug-ins for Pro Tools | Software, combined with ultra-compact, best-in-class USB audio interfaces from Apogee, Pro Tools | Duet and Pro Tools | Quartet deliver the creative tools and sound quality to create the best mixes possible. EUCON-enabled Pro Tools I/O Control Software enables users to control the interfaces using any Artist Series controller, or a Mac or PC.

“We are very excited to be working with Avid as an I/O Connectivity Partner,” said Betty Bennett, Apogee CEO and Co-Founder. “Our two paths have been intertwined since the early days of the digital recording revolution. While Pro Tools | Software was first defining an exciting paradigm shift in our industry, we were perfecting AD/DA conversion and hardware technology for digital audio. Today we are proud to be able to come together and offer customers these two truly amazing solutions.”

Pro Tools | Duet and Pro Tools | Quartet are now available for purchase for $1,099 USD and $1,899 USD respectively.

More information: Avid

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Apogee launches MiC 96k

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Apogee Electronics has announced the release of MiC 96k, a professional quality microphone for GarageBand on iPad, iPhone and Mac.

Apogee MiC 96k

Apogee MiC 96k is a digital microphone designed to deliver studio quality recording you can take anywhere. Use MiC 96k to record vocals, spoken word, acoustic guitar, piano, drums…anything! Inspired by the most revered and classic microphones in history, MiC 96k is designed to sound amazing and be easy to use with your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch or Mac.

MiC 96k combines a microphone, microphone preamp and an A/D converter into one compact device. Apogee has carefully designed each part of MiC 96k to deliver the lowest noise and highest quality signal possible for a digital microphone. And it all fits in your pocket.

MiC 96k features

  • PureDIGITAL connection for pristine sound quality.
  • Studio quality cardioid condenser microphone.
  • Up to 96kHz, 24-bit analog-to-digital conversion.
  • Studio quality microphone preamp with up to 40dB of gain.
  • No configuration, just plug in and record.
  • Control knob allows easy input level adjustment.
  • Multicolor LED for status indication and input level monitoring.
  • Designed for vocal and acoustic instrument recording.
  • Also great for recording interviews, podcasts, voice overs, and audio for DSLR video.
  • All metal construction.
  • Extremely compact and portable.
  • Works with GarageBand.
  • Bus-powered by iPad, iPhone or Mac (no batteries or external power required).
  • Made in the U.S.A.

The MiC 96k is now shipping worldwide, priced at $229 USD.

More information: Apogee Electronics / MiC 96k

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Apogee announces updates for ONE, Duet & Quartet audio interfaces

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Apogee ONE

Apogee Electronics has introduced the completely redesigned ONE, a 2 IN x 2 OUT USB audio interface and microphone.

The all new ONE is the first studio quality audio interface and microphone that makes a direct digital connection to Apple’s iPad (iPhone, iPod touch) and Mac.

ONE features Apogee’s Maestro control software, iOS device charging, optional battery power for portable recording with iPad and professional sound quality. ONE is the all-in-one solution that makes it easy for musicians, songwriters, recording engineers, film makers, audiophiles, and anyone else to enjoy professional sound quality on iPad and Mac.

The new ONE will be available March 2013, priced at $349 USD.

Apogee has also introduced Duet for iPad and Mac, a 2 input, 4 output USB audio interface.

Apogee Duet

The new Duet is the first professional stereo audio interface that makes a direct digital connection to Apple’s iPad (iPhone, iPod touch) and Mac. Duet features Apogee’s Maestro control software, iOS device charging, MIDI connectivity and professional sound quality. Duet is the ideal personal studio interface for stereo music recording, mixing and audiophile-quality listening on iPad and Mac.

The new Duet will be available February 2013, priced at $595 USD.

Furthermore, Apogee has announced iPad compatibility for the Quartet 4 input, 8 output USB audio interface.

Apogee Quartet

Quartet is the first professional multi-channel audio interface that makes a direct digital connection to Apple’s iPad (iPhone, iPod touch) and Mac. Quartet for iPad and Mac features Apogee’s Maestro control software, iOS device charging, MIDI connectivity, advanced monitor control and professional sound quality. Quartet is the ideal studio control center for multi-channel music recording and mixing on iPad and Mac.

The Quartet will be available February 2013, priced at $1295 USD.

More information: Apogee Electronics

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Apogee Quartet announced— Legendary sound quality, All the I/O you need & Total studio control

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Apogee has announced Quarter, a USB audio interface and studio control center for Mac.

Featuring 4 inputs and 8 outputs of Apogee’s industry-leading AD/DA conversion technology as well as 4 world-class mic preamps, Quartet bridges the gap between the 2-channel Apogee Duet and the 8-channel Apogee Ensemble.

Apogee Quartet
Apogee Quartet is a professional USB audio interface designed to deliver the ultimate desktop recording experience to the Mac-based studio.

Quartet features

  • Best-in-class sound quality with Apogee AD/DA converters.
  • 4 Analog Inputs with world-class mic preamps.
  • Monitor control – up to 3 speaker sets.
  • USB 2.0 High-speed Mac audio interface.
  • ADAT/SMUX digital Inputs.
  • MIDI input (USB-A type connector).
  • 8 Analog Outputs:
    • 6 Balanced line outputs, +20 dBu maximum output level.
    • 1 Independent 1/4” stereo headphone output.
  • 2 top panel high-resolution OLED displays.
  • Controller knob.
  • 6 touchpads for direct selection of inputs and outputs.
  • 3 assignable touchpads.
  • Quartet works with any Core Audio compatible application including: Logic, Pro Tools 9 and 10, Final Cut. Ableton Live.
  • Made in the U.S.A.

The Quartet is available September 2012, priced at $1,295 USD.

More information: Apogee / Quarter

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