November 22, 2013

Apogee Discounts Studio-Quality Audio with Half-Price Thunderbolt Interface for Symphony I/O

symphony-io-thunderbridge-promo-home-studio-recording-interface-thunderbolt-mac-apple-audio-soundIn the past year or so, we've seen a number of don't-knock-em-till-you-try-em mobile audio recording innovations. Along with such tools as RØDE's iXY & smartLav iOS microphones and the accompanying RØDE Rec app & RØDEGrip, we also saw Apogee release an upgrade to its iPad/Mac preamp/interface/mic device, the Apogee ONE. Apogee's suite of high-quality audio devices scales all the way up to its Symphony I/O interfaces. In a recently announced promotion, Apogee is offering its Symphony 64 | ThunderBridge interface for connecting Symphony I/O to Thunderbolt Macs at a 50% discount. Read on for possible configurations and pricing details of this limited time offer.

The Symphony offers a light-weight but high-end (and award-winning) recording studio centerpiece to everyone from weekenders looking to seriously upgrade to professionals seeking simplicity. Symphony I/O itself starts at $2500 -- this promotion discounts the ThunderBridge (normally $1000) which connects the Symphony to Mac via Thunderbolt.

Here are the highlights of the ThunderBridge, plus prices for various Symphony I/O configurations as highlighted by the recent promotion. The first four configurations are the basic group illustrated on Apogee's site:

Symphony I/O + ThunderBridge Highlights

  • Connect Symphony I/O to any Thunderbolt-equipped Mac
  • Operates at sample rates from 44.1-192 kHz
  • Latency = 1.8 ms at 96kHz/32 buffer
  • 2 Thunderbolt ports for connecting additional peripherals
  • Works with any Core Audio compatible application on Mac including: Logic, Pro Tools, Ableton Live
  • Certified by Intel
  • Made in the U.S.A.

Available Bundles:

Symphony I/O 2x6 + ThunderBridge (2 in x 6 out) - $2990
Symphony I/O 8x8 + ThunderBridge (8 in x 8 out) - $3490
Symphony I/O 16x16 + ThunderBridge (16 in x 16 out) - $4490
Symphony I/O 8x8MP + ThunderBridge (8 in x 8 out with mic preamps) - $4985
Symphony I/O 24x8 + ThunderBridge (24 in x 8 out) - $4985
Symphony I/O 8x24 + ThunderBridge (8 in x 24 out) - $4985

As the above makes clear, Symphony is quite configurable depending on your application, and furthermore upgradeable in a modular way -- but the inclusion of mic pre-amplification is key to an all-in-one, plug & playable package. This functionality (with a little additional gear) drives the following promo clip from Apogee:

Apogee items are not "cheap" by either of the word's definitions -- they are neither 'inexpensive' nor 'of poor quality.' Even the aforementioned two-channel iPad/Mac ONE goes for a brisk $350. That's no small price for any iOS audio interface (especially when the iOS device starts at $300 itself.) Quality must come at a price, but it's always nice to see that price discounted a bit.

Link: Save on Apogee Symphony I/O and ThunderBridge audio recording system for Thunderbolt Mac computers -- Apogee Electronics

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2nd is obciously much better u just need to lift it up kind of make it louder & stuff - comparing with it 1st sounds like telphone almost. its a bit weired but then 1st 1 sounds like more overcompressed))) and 2nd is yeah kind of lost in the mix but it sound much better with its attack/push/pump u know what im saying? it sounds more rich obviously. I got very simple TubePac (Art) it has less control over it & im still figuring out how to work with it but real tube makes vocal much better thats just fact. The issue I have while recording at home is that my room doesnt have a proper noise-isolation for recording so when im using a PreAmp even the noise of my laptop and stuff like that are getting incredibly loud( ...)))

November 29, 2013 at 1:28PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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p.s.that was a comment to this video actually http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ExugIj8Fn4#t=0

November 29, 2013 at 1:30PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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The Apogee One isn't only for an iOS device. They just added that functionality to the second generation model to make it more flexible. The first and second generation are specifically well suited for studio use. So the price is fine. The first one is still available and less expensive because of the lack of iOS compatibility.

November 29, 2013 at 6:28PM, Edited September 4, 11:21AM

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