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Apogee Symphony Desktop USB-C Audio Interface

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Apogee Symphony Desktop USB-C Audio Interface
$1,495.00

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Merging the sound quality of the rackmount Symphony I/O Mk II with the simplicity of the Duet and Quartet, the Apogee Symphony Desktop USB-C Audio Interface offers musicians and producers premium Apogee fidelity, flexible I/O, and powerful plug-in processing in a travel-friendly form factor. With emulations of vintage British and American mic preamps, DSP/native Apogee FX plug-ins, and multiple zero-latency plug-in workflows, the Symphony Desktop puts you in complete control of your tone. Thanks to its color touchscreen and large control knob, the Symphony Desktop provides easy operation and comprehensive visual feedback.

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Merging the sound quality of the rackmount Symphony I/O Mk II with the simplicity of the Duet and Quartet, the Apogee Symphony Desktop USB-C Audio Interface offers musicians and producers premium Apogee fidelity, flexible I/O, and powerful plug-in processing in a travel-friendly form factor.

With emulations of vintage British and American mic preamps, DSP/native Apogee FX plug-ins, and multiple zero-latency plug-in workflows, the Symphony Desktop puts you in complete control of your tone. Thanks to its color touchscreen and large control knob, the Symphony Desktop provides easy operation and comprehensive visual feedback.

Record mic-, line-, or instrument-level signals through the variable-impedance, high-gain preamps and use the monitor outputs and assignable headphone jacks for listening to the main mix or an alternate source. Expand your setup by connecting external digital equipment to the optical TOSLINK ports, which support 8-channel ADAT or 2-channel S/PDIF protocols.

Symphony AD/DA — cutting-edge components for unrivaled sound

The Symphony Desktop boasts Apogee’s legendary AD/DA conversion, which is regarded as the reference standard by many within the pro audio industry. Like its rackmount forerunner, this audio interface’s A/D converter stage yields ultra-low distortion, a high slew rate, and fully differential analog op-amps, along with a leading-edge A/D converter in a performance-enhancing dual-sum configuration. Thanks to this superior design, you’ll capture every source with hyper-realistic quality and transfer it flawlessly into your DAW. The Symphony Desktop’s D/A converter stage is just as impressive, yielding uncompromising results via an ultra-low-distortion, high-current output driver. Whether you’re mixing, mastering, or listening critically, the Symphony Desktop will provide a transparent window into your project. Apogee conversion has long been a gold standard here at Sweetwater, and the company’s Symphony AD/DA is their best design yet. Once you experience it, you’ll never settle for anything less.

Apogee Symphony Desktop USB-C Audio Interface

Apogee Symphony Desktop USB-C Audio Interface

Apogee’s mic preamps deliver superior performance with any source

Apogee’s world-class AD/DA conversion often steals the spotlight away from the company’s incredible analog designs. But truth be told, their preamps have always delivered mind-blowing results. In fact, renowned audio engineer Bob Clearmountain has stated that Apogee preamps are his all-time favorites. After all, top-shelf conversion doesn’t add up to much if it’s paired with subpar analog circuits — the analog stages are what make the converters sound so good! The Symphony Desktop’s mic preamps continue in that tradition. Their Advanced Stepped Gain Architecture ensures clean, low-distortion results, while up to 75dB of gain gives you enough breathing room to capture everything from a pounding kick drum to delicate acoustic fingerpicking. To top it off, variable impedance settings on both mic and instrument inputs optimize their input stage to match your specific device, yielding ultra-deep lows and crystal-clear highs.

Alloy Mic Preamp emulation adds grit and character to your recordings

Sometimes you want to add grit and character to your recordings — attitude if you will. That’s where the Symphony Desktop’s Alloy Mic Preamp emulations come in. AMP employs both analog circuitry and digital processing to create some of the most authentic modelings on the planet. The detail that goes into this remarkable technology is astonishing. It models every critical aspect of the signal path, starting with input impedance, transient profile, and distortion characteristics in the analog domain, followed by a bit of digital refinement, delivering a hybrid result that’s much greater than the sum of its parts. The Symphony Desktop gives you the choice of a Solid State Class A sound inspired by a legendary British console and a gently overcooked American tube sound. Both emulations are spot on, responding realistically if you push them, just like their analog counterparts.

Apogee Symphony Desktop USB-C Audio Interface

Apogee Symphony Desktop USB-C Audio Interface

Apogee FX plug-ins add a pro-level sheen to your tracks

If you’ve never tried Apogee’s stellar FX plug-ins, you’re missing out on a good thing. Obsessively crafted by the same team that designs all Apogee hardware and software products, there’s a reason why they’ve garnered heaps of praise by reviewers and by users on internet forums — they’re that good. The Symphony Desktop comes with Apogee’s ECS Channel Strip plug-in, which includes superb-sounding EQ, compression, and saturation, all tuned to perfection by Bob Clearmountain. ECS Channel Strip works in tandem with the audio interface’s microphone preamp emulations, arming you with a virtual rack full of sonic colors.

A full range of low-latency workflow options for maximum flexibility

Apogee’s plug-ins provide you with a full range of low-latency workflow options while you’re recording. Native mode allows you to run plug-ins natively in your DAW. Just instantiate the plug-in, adjust your buffer, and you’re ready to go — it’s the easiest way to get a sound without printing an effect. Print mode enables zero-latency recording directly to your DAW through the Symphony Desktop’s hardware DSP. This workflow is similar to tracking through external hardware, thereby printing the effect to tape. After all, there’s nothing like getting it right at the source! The last option is Apogee’s, DualPath Link. This method gives you maximum flexibility, letting you dial in an inspiring sound — latency-free — without printing the effect. That said, DualPath saves your plug-in settings, giving you the option of adjusting the effect parameters later during the mixing phase. If you’re an Apple Logic Pro X user, you’ll enjoy the ultimate DualPath experience, thanks to unique hardware-software integration. Using the Symphony Desktop and Logic Pro X in tandem lets you take full command of the interface within a single window in the DAW — no additional mixer or console app is required. It’s one of the most streamlined workflows available.

Apogee Symphony Desktop USB-C Audio Interface

Apogee Symphony Desktop USB-C Audio Interface Features:

  • 10-in/14-out desktop USB-C audio interface
  • Symphony AD/DA conversion yields hyper-realistic sound quality at up to 24-bit/192kHz
  • 2 mic preamps with Advanced Stepped Gain Architecture and up to 75dB of gain ensure clean, low-distortion results
  • Variable impedance settings on both mic and instrument inputs optimize their input stage to match your specific device
  • Alloy Mic Preamp emulation employs analog circuitry and digital processing to give you ultra-authentic modeling
  • Run Apogee FX plug-ins (sold separately) via built-in DSP or natively within your DAW
  • Native, Print, and DualPath modes provide flexible recording, monitoring, and processing workflows
  • Comes with Apogee’s ECS Channel Strip plug-in with superb-sounding EQ, compression, and saturation
  • Included ECS Channel Strip plug-in works in tandem with the microphone preamp emulations, arming you with a range of sonic colors
  • An array of analog and digital I/O options makes integration with your studio a breeze
  • Dynamic touchscreen display supplies intuitive operation right from your desktop
  • Unique hardware-software integration with Apple Logic Pro X gives you an incredibly streamlined workflow

What's In the Box

  • Apogee Electronics Symphony Desktop 10x14 USB Audio Interface
  • 12 VDC Power Supply with US, UK, EU, and SAA Power Adapters
  • USB Type-C to USB Type-C Cable
  • USB Type-C to USB Type-A Cable
  • USB Thumb Drive for Touchscreen Control Updates
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty

Specifications:

Brand Apogee
Manufacture SKU SYM-DESKTOP
UPC 805676300689
Form Factor Tabletop
Display Touchscreen
Channels of I/O Analog:
2 Input / 6 Output at 192 kHz
Digital:
8 Input / 8 Output at 48 kHz
Maximum Sampling Rate 192 kHz / 24-Bit
Number of Microphone Preamps 2 Preamps
Input Level Adjustment 1 x Knob
Expansion Slots None

Signal Processing

Pad None
Gain/Trim Range Mic Inputs:
Up to +75 dB
High-Pass Filter None
Solo/Mute None

Connectivity

Analog Audio I/O 2 x Combo XLR-1/4" TRS Balanced Mic/Line Input
1 x 1/4" TS Unbalanced Hi-Z Input (Front Panel)
2 x 1/4" TRS Balanced Monitor Output
1 x 1/4" TRS Unbalanced Headphone Output (Front Panel)
1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm TRS Unbalanced Headphone Output
Phantom Power 48 V, Selectable On/Off (Selectable on Individual Inputs)
Digital Audio I/O 1 x TOSLINK Optical ADAT / S/PDIF Input
1 x TOSLINK Optical ADAT / S/PDIF Output
Host Connection / USB 1 x USB Type-C (USB 2.0)
USB (Non-Host) 1 x USB Type-A (Update)
Sync I/O None
Network I/O None
MIDI I/O None

Performance

Frequency Response
A/D Converters:
10 Hz to 20 kHz ±0.2 dB (at 44.1 kHz)
D/A Converters:
10 Hz to 20 kHz ±0.05 dB (at 44.1 kHz)
Maximum Input Level
Mic Inputs:
+20 dBu
Hi-Z Inputs:
+14 dBu
A/D Converters:
+20 dBu (+4 dBu)
+6 dBV (-10 dBV)
Maximum Output Level
D/A Converters:
+20 dBu (+4 dBu)
+6 dBV (-10 dBV)
Headphone Output Power
520 mW into 30 Ohms (Max)
90 mW into 600 Ohms (Max)
Impedance
Mic Inputs:
150 to 4000 Ohms
Hi-Z Inputs:
220 Kilohms
470 Kilohms
20 Megohms
A/D Converters:
4 Kilohms
D/A Converters:
50 Ohms
Headphone Outputs:
0.5 Ohms
Dynamic Range
A/D Converters:
123 dB (A-Weighted)
D/A Converters:
129 dB (A-Weighted)
Headphone Outputs:
128 dB (A-Weighted)
THD+N
A/D Converters:
-113 dB
D/A Converters:
-114 dB
Headphone Outputs:
-111 dB (600-Ohm Load)
EIN
Mic Inputs:
129 dB (150-Ohm Source, +60 dB Gain)

Digital Audio

Sample Rates Up to 192 kHz
Sample Rate Conversion None
Bit Depths 24-Bit
Sync Sources ADAT, Internal, S/PDIF

Audio Storage & Playback

Memory Card Slot None

Compatibility

OS Compatibility iOS 13
macOS 10.14.6 or Later
Windows 10.2004 or Later
*As of November, 2021: check with manufacturer for the most up-to-date compatibility
Included Software None
Compatible Software (Not Included) Any Core Audio (Mac) Compliant Software
Included Plug-Ins Preamp & Channel Strip:
Symphony ECS Channel Strip
Reverb & Room:
Clearmountain's Spaces
Dynamics:
Opto 3-A
Mod Comp
Equalization:
Pultec EQP-1A
Pultec MEQ-5
Mod EQ-6
Supported Drivers/API & Plug-Ins Proprietary
Processor Requirement Intel Core i7
RAM Requirements 4 GB, 8 GB Recommended
Mobile Device Compatibility iPad Pro (with USB Type-C)
iPhone
Required Hardware Available USB Port
USB Cable (Included)
Internet Connection Required for Registration, Software/Driver Download

Power

Power Requirements AC/DC Power Adapter (Included)
AC/DC Power Adapter 9 to 16 VDC (Included)
Power Consumption 30 W

Physical

Anti-Theft Features None
Certifications CE, FCC, as per Manufacturer
Dimensions 8 x 4.75 x 2.5" / 20.3 x 12.06 x 6.3 cm
Weight 1.8 lb / 0.8 kg