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The new Apogee Ensemble is the first Thunderbolt 2 audio interface to offer superior sound quality, the lowest latency performance and the most comprehensive studio functionality all in one box.

From the mic preamps to the AD/DA converters and the clocking, Ensemble is best-in-class and cutting-edge Apogee technology. With components carefully selected in critical listening tests and a highly efficient circuit design, Ensemble was built by Apogee engineers to make a difference you can really hear.

Custom Power Regulation for Ultra-Low Noise Performance
Ensemble’s mic pre, A/D and D/A circuitry are powered by discrete, Apogee-designed power regulators for ultra-low noise not obtainable with off-the-shelf components. This design was first implemented in Apogee’s flagship Symphony I/O’s 3-Stage Cascaded power supply.

The Lowest Latency of any Audio Interface
Ensemble’s proprietary Thunderbolt driver has been written from the ground up for Mac OS X Mavericks, resulting in unmatched performance and efficiency. Latency has been reduced to an astounding 1.1ms round-trip*, allowing you to monitor through your DAW, plug-ins included, simplifying your workflow and leveraging the power of your Mac (* Logic Pro X at 96kHz / 32 buffer setting).

Dynamically Optimized Mic Preamps
Ensemble’s 8 uniquely designed mic preamps feature Apogee’s Advanced Stepped Gain Architecture, in which the circuit is dynamically optimized to provide superior bandwidth, ultra low noise and nonexistent distortion across the unprecedented gain range of 0-75 dB. Whether recording powerful drums, dynamic vocals or delicate strings, your recordings retain the full impact, intricate detail and lifelike dimension of the original performance.

Guitar I/O
Directly connect your guitars and other instruments to Ensemble using the two front panel ¼” inputs. The inputs’ Class A JFET circuits reproduce the feel and tone of a vintage tube amp for more realistic modeling and add harmonic character to keyboards and other electronic instruments. Or use the Guitar I/O inputs & outputs to insert stomp boxes into your session as an alternative to software plugins. Impedance or level mismatches are not a concern – these connections were made for any guitar gear.

Analog Inputs
Ensemble features 4 Combo inputs (XLR or ¼”) and 4 XLR inputs for connecting up to 8 microphones or a combination of instruments, external mic preamps, and other analog audio devices.  Ensemble’s analog inputs now include a line level bypass relay for the purest unity gain signal path to the analog-to-digital converter when the input source is set to line level.

Speaker Set Selection
Ensemble’s assignable buttons can be configured in Apogee’s Maestro software to switch between up to 3 pairs of speakers, allowing you to use Ensemble just like a standard monitor controller. Simply connect 1, 2 or 3 pairs of studio monitors and press the corresponding assignable button (A, B, C or D) to select which pair you would like to listen to.

Word Clock
Ensemble provides Word Clock IN and OUT for syncing with other digital audio gear. Use Ensemble as the master clock to take advantage of Apogee’s superior built-in clocking technology.

Apogee Maestro App for Advanced Software Control
Access all control functions and settings with Maestro, Apogee’s comprehensive software control application. Maestro features a single window interface with quick access to all device and system settings. Select your input type, enable Soft Limit on mic and instrument inputs, set up a Talkback mic, and use the mixer for low latency monitoring. Maestro lets you easily configure Ensemble to fit your workflow.

Now, with 30 years of digital audio expertise and the latest technological innovations, Apogee has re-built the Ensemble to introduce the next generation of music creation technology.

Features:
  • Thunderbolt connectivity for near-zero latency
  • 8 mic preamps with up to 75 dB of gain
  • Advanced stepped gain circuit
  • 2 front panel Guitar I/O channels
  • Class A JFET inputs & dual mode re-amp outputs
  • Talkback functionality with built-in mic and control button
  • 2 PurePower headphone outputs
  • 10 separately assignable analog inputs
  • 16 analog outputs of premium Apogee conversion
  • Core Audio optimized DMA engine frees up Mac CPU for plugins and software instruments
  • App for Advanced Software Control

Get your Apogee Ensemble Thunderbolt Audio Interface today at the guaranteed lowest price from Sam Ash Direct with our 45-day return and 60-day price protection policy.

Things You Will Get:

  • Ensemble
  • Power Cable
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Warranty Booklet
  • Rubber Feet
  • Owners's Manual

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Interface Type Thunderbolt
Mic Preamps 8
Audio Resolution 24-bit/192kHz
Analog Inputs 10 Assignable
4 Combi mic/line/instrument inputs
- 2 1/4” balanced analog inserts
4 XLR mic/line inputs
2 1/4” hi-z guitar/instrument inputs with Class-A JFET input stage
Combo XLR/TRS Jacks 4
Analog Outputs 2 1/4” balanced monitor outputs
8 balanced outputs on 1 DSUB 25-pin connector
2 independent 1/4” stereo headphone outputs
2 1/4” dual-mode guitar/instrument outputs ,  16 analog outputs of premium Apogee conversion
Digital Inputs 30
Digital Input Type Optical IN: Supports ADAT, SMUX & S/PDIF
- ADAT: 16 channels 44.1-48 kHz on 2 Toslink connectors
- SMUX: 8 channels 88.2-96 kHz on 2 Toslink connectors
- S/PDIF: 4 channels, up to 96 kHz on 2 Toslink connectors
Coax IN: 2 channels of S/PDIF, up to 192 kHz on 1 RCA connector
Digital Outputs 34
Digital Output Type Optical OUT: Supports ADAT, SMUX & S/PDIF
- ADAT: 16 channels 44.1-48 kHz on 2 Toslink connectors
- SMUX: 8 channels 88.2-96 kHz on 2 Toslink connectors
- S/PDIF: 4 channels, up to 96 kHz on 2 Toslink connectors
Coax OUT: 2 channels of S/PDIF, up to 192 kHz on 1 RCA connector
Built-in DSP Yes
S/PDIF I/O Yes
ADAT I/O Yes
Optical I/O Yes
Wordclock Yes
Bus Powered N/A
Phantom Power Yes
Dimensions 6.63 x 16.38 x 22 inches (LxWxH)
Series Ensemble
Model Thunderbolt
Warranty Info:

The manufacturer's warranty covers parts for one year and labor for one year from date of purchase. The warranty excludes damage from misuse, abuse, and contains other exclusions.