If you didn't already know - decent A/D and D/A convertors can make all the difference to your sound, Apogee make some of the (some say THE best) finest convertors money can buy.
Arbiter Group PLC have just been announced as the new UK and Ireland distributor.
Speaking at the recent AES show in Munich:
"Arbiter Group is the largest distributor of music and audio equipment in
Europe," said Apogee's co-founder and CEO, Betty Bennett, at the signing of
the distribution agreement last Wednesday, "and they have a particularly
strong professional audio division," she went on. "The British market is a
particularly sophisticated and knowledgeable one, and it's important that
our distributor fully understands the products and can help dealers
recognize Apogee's unique benefits," she said. "We are confident that
Arbiter will significantly strengthen our position in the UK and Ireland. In
addition, Arbiter already handles Steinberg, which is particularly
appropriate in view of our strong collaboration with Steinberg on the
NativeTools package." NativeTools combines Apogee high-resolution A/D and
D/A converters with Steinberg's Nuendo software to create a complete
solution in one box.
“We are extremely excited to have been able to add Apogee to our existing
product line”, commented Mark Hosking from the Arbiter Group. “Their
reputation is second to none in the professional recording industry and we
look forward to being able to supply our customers with the best analogue to
digital conversion tools available. As more and more professional recordings
are made in the digital domain we must ensure that the critical analogue to
digital conversion stage is carried out with the highest quality equipment
possible and Apogee is the one name professionals can turn to with
Apogee's award-winning Trak2 is a reference-standard microphone
preamplifier/conversion system incorporating balanced sends, balanced
returns, auxiliary universal 1/4 in/XLR front panel inputs, 24-bit/96kHz
analog to digital conversion,8-channel architecture, two AMBus digital I/O
slots, a built-in AES-S/PDIF digital output, word clock I/O, comprehensive
peak/average/phase metering, graphics/text LCD display, easily navigated
front panel controls, a communications port enabling remote operation via
MIDI and/or RS-232 plus firmware upgrades via the Internet, optional video
synchronization, optional two channel 24-bit/96kHz D/A, optional eight
channel 24-bit/96kHz D/A.
The Apogee AD-8000 takes digital conversion to a whole new level. It's a
true eight channel, 24-bit converter, with 114 dB dynamic range and all the
features you need for truly outstanding, great-sounding, world-class
recordings, whether you own the biggest studio in town, a leading
post-production facility, or simply have a project setup in your back room.
The AD-8000 incorporates Apogee's acclaimed UV22 process for translating
high-resolution digital audio to 16 or 20 bits without quality loss; and
Soft Limit® to add extra level to your recordings without overs. Both are
selectable on a per-channel basis. The AD-8000 includes flexible, accurate
bar-graph metering with six different modes, including simultaneous peak and
average reading and 2-second or infinite peak hold. Numeric "over"
indication can be configured to trigger at 1, 2, 3 or 4 consecutive
full-scale digital samples, and to reset the over count automatically after
15 seconds. The metering system also incorporates a calibration mode
accurate to within ±0.05 dB.
The PSX-100 takes Apogee's digital audio conversion expertise to a new level
of quality and performance. It represents our first high-sample-rate
converter, offering 24-bit resolution at 88.2 and 96kHz sampling rates in
addition to 44.1 and 48 kHz.
The PSX-100 includes built-in interfaces for ADAT, TDIF, S/PDIF coax and
optical plus multiple AES/EBU. Other features include Apogee's UV22
word-length reduction system, and Soft Limit® for maximum A/D level without
overs. An auxiliary AES output allows a full- resolution output to be
supplied, even when UV22 is in use on the main outputs. The wide range of
standard interfaces provided, including multiple AES I/O ports, allows the
unit to be used for signal distribution and format conversion as well as for
A/D and D/A applications.
The inclusion of 88.2 and 96kHz sample rates makes the PSX-100 ideal for
such applications as mastering high-resolution CDs utilizing 88.2kHz
sampling, or for DVD-Audio masters sampled at 96kHz with 24-bit resolution.
Meanwhile, the inclusion of UV22 to reduce the word length from 24 to 20 or
16 bits makes the unit equally suitable for traditional 16-bit CD mastering
or for DVD-Video soundtracks requiring 20-bit signals sampled at 48 kHz.
AD-16 and DA-16
Apogee’s new AD-16 is a 16-channel 24-bit A/D converter, operating at sample
rates up to 96 kHz. The system offers ADAT optical output for compatibility
with a wide range of digital audio systems, and can sync to word clock
(using the same powerful 2-stage reclocking system utilized in the DA-16
"IntelliDAC"), or its own internal high-stability clock. Word Clock output
is also provided.
For the first time in an Apogee A/D conversion system, the AD-16 supports
the Sonorus S/MUX specification for sample-splitting of high sample-rate
audio data into multiple ADAT-style optical interfaces. Additional
light-pipe outputs are provided to deliver up to 96 kHz digital audio from
all 16 channels in this mode. A special port is also provided for future
Designed for the latest hard-disk recording systems, the DA-16 'IntelliDAC'
offers 16 channels of Apogee quality at an exceptionally affordable price,
handling 24-bit D/A conversion at sample rates up to 96 kHz. The converters
can source their digital input from either AES/EBU, ADAT optical or TDIF
sources, and the unit can sync to word clock or a specified input. ADAT and
TDIF inputs are organized into two groups of eight, and channels 1-8 and
9-16 can have different sources. In addition, the light-pipe inputs accept
the Sonorus S/MUX protocol for sample-splitting high-resolution signals into
optical interfaces, allowing access to all 16 channels -the first time this
protocol has been included on an Apogee converter.
The feature set of the Rosetta AD has been carefully tailored to project
studio requirements. You won't pay for extensive features you'll never use:
we carefully researched exactly what facilities you need and expect from an
outboard A/D converter and deliver them in an affordable, compact, 1U
The Rosetta AD features analog inputs operating at pro or consumer levels,
balanced or unbalanced. The highest quality Apogee 24-bit conversion, at
44.1 and 48 kHz sample rates (standard version) or 44.1<96 kHz (high-density
version), feeds two AES/EBU outputs so you can feed two machines at once. In
addition, ADAT, TDIF, and S/PDIF coax/optical interfaces are all built-in!
Trak 2 £ 2,795.00
AD-16 £ 2,295.00
AD-8000 £ 3,695.00
DA-16 £ 2,295.00
PSX-100 £ 2,195.00
Rosetta AD £ 995.00 (48k) / £ 1,095.00 (96k)
All prices exclude VAT at current rate
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