WNAMM13: Apogee 64-Channel Thunderbolt Interface

Symphony 64 | ThunderBridge for Symphony I/O, Rosetta, and X-Series converters shipping soon      30/01/13
WNAMM13: Apogee 64-Channel Thunderbolt Interface


Apogee Electronics has announced Symphony 64 | ThunderBridge, a 64 channel interface for connecting Apogee converters to any Thunderbolt equipped Mac computer, will be shipping and available February 2013. A spokesperson told Sonic State, "For the first time, the award winning sound quality of Symphony I/O can be paired with the blistering speed and bandwidth of Intel's ThunderBolt technology for unparalleled studio power."

Here's the details direct from Apogee... 

Symphony 64 | ThunderBridge connects Apogee's flagship audio interface, Symphony I/O, to any Thunderbolt equipped Mac for true Thunderbolt compatibility and performance. Capable of up to 64 channels of input and output at sample rates up to 192kHz, Symphony 64 | ThunderBridge delivers impressive channel counts at unprecedented speeds for a latency and hassle free recording experience. Symphony 64 | ThunderBridge will also connect Apogee's X-Symphony equipped AD-16X, DA-16X and Rosetta Series converters to Thunderbolt Macs for legacy compatibility. Existing users of these devices will simply need to update to the most current software/firmware available on Apogee's website before connecting to ThunderBridge. 

Symphony 64 | ThunderBridge Highlights

  • Connects up to 64 channels of Apogee I/O to any Thunderbolt™- equipped Mac
  • Operates at sample rates from 44.1-192 kHz
  • Compatible with Symphony I/O and X-Symphony-equipped Rosetta 800, 200, AD16X and DA16X.
  • Latency = 1.8 ms at 96kHz/32 buffer
  • 2 Thunderbolt™ ports for connecting additional devices
  • 2 PC-32 ports for connection to Apogee interfaces
  • 1 Word Clock Out
  • DC Input - 12V DC 30W (power supply included)
  • Status LED to indicate whether or not the device has been configured properly

 

System Requirements

  • Audio Interfaces: Apogee Symphony I/O X-Symphony-equipped Rosetta Series or X Series interface
  • Computer: Thunderbolt-enabled Mac computer, including MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, Mac mini, and iMac
  • Thunderbolt™ cables
  • Mac OS: 10.7 or later
  • Power: DC Power supply included

 

Pricing and Availability:

Price: $995
Availability: February 2013

More information:

 


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6 Comments...  Post a comment    original story
Perigee    Said...

The title of this post is incorrect - this is NOT an interface - it's a bridge to link existing Apogee interfaces to a Mac via Thunderbolt.

Sonicstate.com - correct the title!!!

30-Jan-13 10:05 AM


pietje precies    Said...

Technically it's correct to call it an interface.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Interface_(computing)

30-Jan-13 04:33 PM


Perigee    Said...

@pietje precies Wikipedia - are you serious in quoting that as a reliable source?

30-Jan-13 08:23 PM


Not A Pedant    Said...

Well,Apogee call it an interface, their press release states "Apogee Electronics is pleased to announce Symphony 64 | ThunderBridge, a 64 channel interface for connecting Apogee converters to any Thunderbolt™ equipped Mac computer." So up yours Perigree!

31-Jan-13 07:33 AM


Perigee    Said...

The point is -

if you buy this product you cannot record anything into a computer - it is not an audio or midi interface and hence not an interface in the common use of the word in music computer circles.

I'm not trying to be smart here - the title and name are misleading - I went to the Apogee web site and read the blurb and it was only after some time was it possible to determine that this is not an interface, but a bridge to link their other audio interfaces which you must buy separately which will link into this device. It offers you the ability to link several interfaces together to allow up to 64 audio channel input into your computer - a genuinely fabulous capability (and Apogee hardware is of course all exquisite) - but, as said, this device does not offer you 64 channels of I/O - indeed it offers no I/O at all - as a one off device.

Its a Bridge!!!

Nick - fix the title - you're misleading your viewers and wasting their time !!

01-Feb-13 02:37 PM


Jay Emm    Said...

Perigee: It is, in fact, called the ThunderBridge, so Apogee is pretty clear that it's a bridge.

So, relax. Nobody is going to spend a thousand dollars based on a word in a headline.

21-Feb-13 11:55 PM


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