NAMM06: Apogee Introduce Ensemble Audio Interface For Mac
Professional Firewire audio interface, designed specifically for the Macintosh 25/01/06
Apogee, known for their high quality A/D and D/A converters have introduced Ensemble which they tell us is the first all digitally controlled, professional audio interface, designed specifically for the Macintosh computer platform. They claim that the sound quality and versatility of Ensemble, combined with your favorite Core Audio application will provide the most complete, FireWire-based digital audio workstation available.
Apogee and Apple have, in fact, got together on this one to make Ensemble the first and only multi-channel 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 Logicâ€™s Apogee Control Panel making the combination of Ensemble and Logic Pro a professional, easy-to-use, digital audio work station.
Rob Schoeben, Appleâ€™s vice president of Applications Marketing had this to say about the integration of Ensemble and Logic,
â€œWith Logic Pro 7, Apple brought a new level of sophistication to computer-based music production while our development community created an incredible ecosystem around it. We have worked closely with Apogee so that their new FireWire Audio interface not only sets new standards for sound quality and performance but is also a natural extension of Logic Pro 7."
Plug and go with Logic Pro...
Ensemble features 36 channels of simultaneous audio, including 8 channels of Apogeeâ€™s legendary A/D and D/A conversion, 4 transparent, digitally controlled 75db mic preamps, 8 channels of ADAT I/O, 2 channels of S/PDIF coax and optical I/O, and FireWire connectivity to and from the computer. Ensemble also includes premium Apogee technologies such as â€œSoftLimitâ€�, â€œUV22HRâ€�, and â€œIntelliclockâ€�.
Ensemble ships with Maestro software, an innovative application that offers advanced control capabilities in addition to those available in Logic Pro. These include multiple low latency mixers, an input and output routing matrix, and a universal control platform for using Ensemble in combination with other Apogee hardware.
Ensemble Main Features
8 channels of premium 24-bit 192K AD/DA conversion
4 digitally controlled 75db 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
â€œSoft Limitâ€� for maximum digital input level without overs
â€œUV22HRâ€� for superior dither of 24 bit resolution down to 16-bit
Advanced, dual-stage â€œIntelliclockâ€�
Complete integration and control with Appleâ€™s Logic Pro Software
Compatibility with any CoreAudio software applications
Apogeeâ€™s Maestro Software for advanced control and routing outside of Logic Pro Maestro Main Features
Control panel for Ensemble, Rosetta 800, Rosetta 200, AD-16X and DA-16X.
2 Low latency mixers per connected device
Complete I/O routing matrix
Mic preamp controls for Ensemble
Output/headphone gain controls for Ensemble