Apogee Symphony Desktop USB-C Interface

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Put the Sound of a Symphony on Your Desktop
Symphony Desktop for Mac, iPad pro and Windows packs the legendary sound quality of Apogee's rack-mount Symphony I/O Mk II into an elegant and inspiring 1014 audio interface that sits on your desk and fits in your bag. With Symphony Desktop, musicians and producers are empowered to record, overdub and mix with the music industry's most respected AD/DA converters and mic preamps.

By combining superior performance, with new features like mic preamp emulation, the Symphony ECS Channel Strip plugin and ultra low latency recording with hardware DSP and Apogee native FX plugins, Symphony Desktop will amplify your creativity in your studio or on the go and give your recordings the Apogee sound quality Advantage.

A/D Conversion - Faithfully Capture Every Nuance
Like Symphony I/O Mk II, Symphony Desktop's analog-to-digital convertor stage features ultra-low distortion, high-slew rate, fully differential analog op-amps plus a cutting edge A/D convertor in a performance-enhancing dual-sum configuration. Create with the confidence that every nuance of your analog input is faithfully reproduced in the digital domain.

D/A Conversion - A Widescreen Window Into Your Mix
The digital-to-analog stage of Symphony Desktop features brand new technology that provides uncompromising Symphony DAC performance in a portable product, including a robust ultra-low distortion, high-current, fully balanced output driver. Regardless of downstream connections, Symphony Desktop delivers a transparent, widescreen window into the sonic landscape of your mix.

Mic Preamps - Superior Performance & Alloy Preamp Emulations
At the core of the input stage, are Symphony Desktop's mic preamps offering up to 75dB of gain. The preamp design features Apogee's unique Advanced Stepped Gain Architecture which ensures ultra-low noise and distortion regardless of the source, from pounding kick drum to delicate fingerpicking on an acoustic guitar. With variable impedance settings on both mic and instrument inputs, Symphony Desktop optimizes the input stage to better match your specific devices, for deep lows and clear highs. Selectable Apogee Alloy mic preamp emulations adds character, attitude and maybe a bit of grit to your recordings.

Two Headphone Outputs - Equipped with Dual Sum ESS DACs
Symphony Desktop has two completely independent ultra low impedance headphone outputs, individually routable, both equipped with dual-sum ESS DACs. Output power range is tailored to the expected type of headphones: the front panel output can drive virtually any headphones, while the rear panel output is specifically tailored for high-efficiency headphones.

Designed To Redefine Professional Portable Recording
Like its iconic cousins Duet and Quartet, Symphony Desktop embodies an elegant aesthetic and intuitive user interface designed to compliment your studio and inspire your creativity. The streamlined form factor packs Symphony I/O grade rack-mount performance into a compact recording companion that looks great on your desk and the die cast aluminum chassis and treated glass touch screen are rugged and resilient enough for the road.

Features
• Cutting edge components and circuit design deliver detailed and pristine flagship sound quality
• 2 Advanced Stepped Gain mic preamps, up to 75dB of gain, variable impedance
• FET instrument input with electric guitar tube amp characteristics
• Apogee Alloy Mic Preamp emulation (Analog processing + DSP modeling) Includes British Solid State & 50s American Tube
• Built-in hardware DSP processing of Apogee FX Rack plugins
• Includes Symphony ECS Channel Strip Tuned by Bob Clearmountain - Native and hardware DSP versions with EQ, Compression and Saturation
• Flexible, zero latency plugin workflows: Print, Monitor and DualPath Link workflows
• Dynamic touch screen display for comprehensive hardware control
• 2 fully balanced 1/4" outputs
• 2 assignable headphone outputs: 1 x 1/4", 1 x 1/8"
• 10 IN x 14 OUT simultaneous channels of audio
• MIDI over USB
• Digital I/O: 2 x Optical Toslink (ADAT,S/PDIF)
• USB 2.0 over USB Type C connector
• Works with: macOS, Windows, iPad Pro

Compatibility
macOS: 10.12 or later
iOS/iPad pro: iOS 13
PC: Windows 10 Anniversary update or later

Included Apogee FX Plugins
Symphony ECS Channel Strip - Native and hardware DSP versions
EQ | Compressor | Saturation

Included Mic Preamp Emulations
• British Solid State
• 50s American Tube

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Superb sound quality! Unfortunately apogee released this too soon IMO. Still waiting for major updates and releases of software. When everything is finally released I think we will have a great product here but until then I feel like I’ve spent a lot of money on a half finished product. Further review to come when everything is finally released. If your thinking about getting this, for sound quality it doesn’t get much better than this and that’s why we buy these. I might wait a bit though if you want to take advantage of all this has to offer.
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Pros: Awesome A/D and D/A conversion Very good headphone outs Decent touchscreen and solid dial Cons: Many features not working on release, limited selection of apogee plugins, high latency for USB, not the best quality control, pricey
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