From solo recordings to full bands, you’ll have world-class sound and incredible flexibility with the Apogee Symphony I/O audio interface in your rack. The modular design of the Symphony I/O interface means it’s ready to integrate into virtually any studio rig and is easy to adapt as your studio needs change. Apogee has been a leader in digital audio quality for decades, and the Symphony I/O is the best-sounding and most flexible solution to date. Whether you run a native DAW or a DSP-based system on your Mac, the Symphony I/O is an outstanding platform to base your studio around.
The modular design of the Symphony I/O is what makes it an amazingly versatile interface, but it also means there are many different configurations you can create. Before you get overwhelmed by the many possible module combinations, it’s important to remember what you’re specifically trying to accomplish with your workflow. We’ve spent countless hours at Sweetwater learning the Symphony I/O inside and out – if you aren’t sure which Symphony I/O configuration is best for you, then just give us a call, and we’ll be happy to help you determine which is best for your specific needs.
Your Symphony I/O system starts from one of four base configurations, each designed to give you as much or as little connectivity as you currently need. Each of these gives you a USB 2.0 connection for your Mac for up to 16 channels of I/O, as well as connectivity for Symphony 64 or Pro Tools | HD systems for higher track counts. Word clock I/O lets you use your Symphony I/O as a master clock or slave it to external devices. Finally, there are two outstanding headphone outputs on the front panel. Which configuration you should choose is based only on your analog and digital I/O needs.
If you have a clear vision for your studio workflow, then you shouldn’t have much trouble determining which modules you need in your Symphony I/O. There are six different I/O modules available, and with two module slots available on the Symphony I/O, there are many different module combinations possible. It’s important to remember that these modules simply determine how you connect to your Symphony I/O – no module is better or worse than the others. If you need help determining what your minimum connectivity needs are, then just give your Sweetwater Sales Engineer a call!
|Module||Analog Inputs||Digital Inputs|
|2×6 Analog I/O + 8×8 Digital I/O|
|8×8 Analog I/O + 8×8 Digital I/O|
|16×16 Analog I/O|
|8 Mic Preamp|
|16 Analog IN + 16 Optical OUT|
|16 Analog OUT + 16 Optical IN|
Apogee’s included Maestro control software lets you control virtually every parameter of the Symphony I/O right from your workstation. You can manage inputs and gain levels, change routing, control volume, set up headphone mixes, and much more. From setting mic levels to monitoring your final mix, Maestro software gives you full control of your Symphony I/O from your Mac. Learn more about Maestro control software here.
The Symphony I/O is an impressive USB audio interface, supporting up to 16 channels of I/O. If you need higher channel counts, then you can connect the Symphony I/O to Symphony 64 PCIe cards, as well as Apogee’s ThunderBridge option. You’ll experience higher track counts, lower latency, and better performance than you can attain with USB. You can even link together multiple Symphony I/O units for even more connectivity. While these options are outside the scope of this buying guide, just remember that your Symphony I/O isn’t limited to USB connectivity if you need maximum performance.
Shop Symphony I/O with ThunderBridge here.
With all of the different configurations available, it’s easy to forget that the Symphony I/O is also the best-sounding converter and interface Apogee has ever created. The modular flexibility is really just icing on the cake, allowing this awesome-sounding interface to integrate with a wide range of studio setups. At Sweetwater, we’ve gone through extensive training with Apogee to understand Symphony I/O inside and out. We’re here to help you determine the right configuration for your specific setup and make sure you’re setting the best foundation possible for your studio. We can even help you with installation of additional modules.
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