Apogee Introduces New Ensemble Audio Interface with Thunderbolt

Apogee Electronics have updated their highly rated Ensemble audio interface to the Ensemble 2 with 30x34 Thunderbolt technology amongst other improvements. We want one!!  

Santa Monica, California, October 7, 2014 - Apogee Electronics, industry leader in digital audio recording technology since 1985, is pleased to introduce the all new Ensemble – a 30x34 Thunderbolt 2 audio interface for the next generation of home, project and professional Mac-based studios. Blending the best of Apogee’s acclaimed innovations from products like Symphony I/O, Duet, Quartet and JAM with groundbreaking new features and the power of Intel’s Thunderbolt technology, Ensemble provides everything you need to record, edit, mix and master professional quality audio on your Mac using Logic Pro, Pro Tools or any Core Audio based DAW.


At 1.1ms, Ensemble offers the lowest round-trip latency performance available in any all-in-one audio interface, 8 mic preamps featuring Apogee’s Advanced Stepped Gain™ circuitry, front panel Guitar I/O, built-in talkback functionality, and the most comprehensive user interface of any Apogee product. Ensemble’s proprietary Thunderbolt audio driver and full 32-bit playback path provide incredible CPU efficiency, allowing you to leverage the power of your Mac to monitor through a DAW with native plug-ins and simplify your workflow.

Apogee Ensemble Thunderbolt in the studio.

Launched in 2007, the first Ensemble redefined the possibilities of the personal studio interface and set new standards of quality, simplicity and value. Ensemble quickly became a preferred product for hit-making producers, artists and engineers and won numerous awards and industry accolades. With 30 years of digital audio expertise, Apogee has completely redesigned Ensemble to provide customers with every advantage necessary to elevate their creativity and sound quality of their projects.

Ensemble Highlights

  • Thunderbolt 2 Mac audio interface

  • 8 Mic preamps with up to 75 dB of gain and Advanced Stepped Gain circuit
  • 2 front panel Guitar I/O channels with class A JFET inputs, dual mode re-amp outputs
  • 16 analog outputs of premium Apogee conversion
  • Proprietary Thunderbolt audio driver and ESS Sabre32 DAC offer full 32-bit playback
  • Groundbreaking low latency (1.1 ms round trip @ 96kHz/32 buffer)
  • Core Audio-optimized hardware DMA Engine frees your Mac CPU

  • 2 high-resolution OLED displays show levels and settings
  • Input select buttons and controller knob for selection of parameters and settings
  • 4 assignable buttons to control:
  • Talkback mic (built-in or external)
  • Output settings such as speaker set selection, mute, dim, sum to mono

  • Complete input/output control with Apogee’s Maestro software

  • AD/DA conversion for recording up to 24-bit/192kHz

  • Works with Logic, Pro Tools, Ableton or any Core Audio compliant app on Mac
  • Designed in California – Assembled in the U.S.A.

Price: $2495

Availability: October 2014

Web: http://www.apogeedigital.com/products/ensemble

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