The two new Modules join the current line up which includes the 8 Mic Preamp, 16 Analog IN + 16 Optical OUT, and the 16 Analog OUT + 16 Optical IN Modules. Collectively these five Modules represent 25 years of Apogee research and development, delivering what they say is the company's best sounding audio conversion and microphone preamp technology ever available.
The introduction of the 8x8 Analog I/O + 8x8 AES/Optical I/O Module will mark the end of both the 8 Analog I/O + 8 AES I/O and 8 Analog I/O + 8 Optical I/O Modules. In addition to 8 channels of Apogee's premium AD/DA conversion, the new module introduces both AES and Optical connections on a single module with the ability to select one digital format at a time and toggle between them using a hardware switch, a feature that had not been possible with the first generation of Symphony I/O Modules.
Symphony I/O's modular design allows for any two I/O Modules to be installed at one time, giving audio engineers multiple I/O configurations to choose from. With two 16x16 Analog I/O Modules installed into a single Symphony I/O chassis, 32 channels of analog recording and monitoring is possible, a feature not available in any other converter on the market.
Pricing and Availability:
Both available at the end of April 2012.
8x8 Analog I/O + 8x8 AES/Optical I/O Module: $1995 USD.
16x16 Analog I/O Module: $3495 USD.