Ensemble

30 IN x 34 OUT Thunderbolt™ 2 Audio Interface for Mac

RRP: £2,399.00 inc VAT

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. Made for the professional home or commercial studio, Ensemble features legendary Apogee AD/DA conversion, 8 Advanced Stepped Gain™ mic preamps, monitor controller functionality including talkback, front panel Guitar I/O, two headphone outputs and digital connectivity for a total of 30 x 34 I/O.


When you buy and register your Apogee Ensemble, you have access to incredible prices on any Waves audio plugins you want. Registered Apogee Ensemble customers will receive a discount code good for 25% off a single plugin or 35% off any Waves bundle plus an additional $100 voucher* that can be used towards their next Waves plugin purchase. Ensemble’s Core Audio optimized DMA engine, custom audio driver and Thunderbolt 2 connection combined with the powerful processing of your Mac allow you to utilize more plugins and virtual instruments with the lowest latency performance of any native system.


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  • 8 Mic preamps with up to 75 dB of gain and Advanced Stepped Gain circuit
  • Thunderbolt connectivity for ultra-low latency (1.1ms round trip with Logic Pro X)
  • Front panel Guitar I/O with Class A JFET inputs, dual mode re-amp outputs
  • Includes special offers on Waves plugins (available upon registration)
  • 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
System Requirements
ComputerThunderbolt-equipped Mac (iMac, Macbook Pro, Macbook Air, Mac Pro)
Memory4 GB RAM minimum, 8 GB recommended
OS10.9.3 or greater
ConnectionAny available Thunderbolt port on a Mac
Analogue Inputs
Combi mic/line/instrument inputs4
1/4” Balanced analog inserts2
XLR mic/line inputs4
Hi-z guitar/instrument inputs2 x 1/4″ with Class-A JFET input stage
Digital Inputs
Optical INSupports ADAT, SMUX & S/PDIF
ADAT16 channels 44.1-48 kHz on 2 Toslink connectors
SMUX8 channels 88.2-96 kHz on 2 Toslink connectors
S/PDIF4 channels, up to 96 kHz on 2 Toslink connectors
Coax IN2 channels of S/PDIF, up to 192 kHz on 1 RCA connector
Word clock inputBNC connector
Built-in Microphone
Built-in micMono omnidirectional condenser capsule on front panel
Mic Preamps
Mic preamps8
GainUp to 75 dB and advanced stepped gain circuit design
FunctionsSelectable 48v phantom power, hi-pass filter, Soft Limit ̈ and polarity invert
EIN129dB (un-weighted) @ 60dB, 150Ohm input
Max input level+20dBu
Input impedance3K Ohm
Hi-Z:
Max input level14 dBu
Input impedance>2MOhm
Analogue Outputs
Balanced monitor outputs2 x 1/4″
Balanced outputs8 on 1 DSUB 25-pin connector
Stereo headphone outputs2 x independent 1/4″
Dual-mode guitar/instrument outputs2 x 1/4″
Digital Outputs
Optical OUTSupports ADAT, SMUX & S/PDIF
ADAT16 channels 44.1-48 kHz on 2 Toslink connectors
SMUX8 channels 88.2-96 kHz on 2 Toslink connectors
S/PDIF4 channels, up to 96 kHz on 2 Toslink connectors
Coax OUT2 channels of S/PDIF, up to 192 kHz on 1 RCA connector
Word clock outputBNC connector
A/D conversion
Max input level (+4dBu ref/Mic)+20dBu
Max input level (-10dBV ref)+6dBV
Input impedance5KOhm
Freq resp 10 Hz -20Khz> +/-0.2dB (@44.1Khz)
Rel. THD + N-110dB (@ 96Khz)
Dyn. Range119dB (A-weighted)
D/A conversion
Max output level (+4dBu ref)+20dBu
Max output level (-10dBV ref)+6dBV
Line output impedance90 Ohm
Freq resp 10Hz -20 Khz> +/- 0.05dB (@44.1Khz)
Rel. THD+N -114dB (@96Khz)
Dyn Range123dB (A-weighted)
Front panel Guitar Outputimpedance balanced/max level 14 dBu
Headphone Max output level19dBu
Headphone Rel THD + N into 600 Ohm-109dB
Headphone Dyn Range120dB (A-weighted)
Compatible Software
Any Mac Core Audio compatible application
Recommended appsLogic Pro, Pro Tools, GarageBand, MainStage, Final Cut, Ableton Live, Digital Performer, Studio One, Cubase, and Nuendo
In the box
In the boxEnsemble, 3-pin IEC power cable, Rubber feet, Quick Start Guide, Warranty Booklet
General Info
Dimensions19” X 12.125” X 1.73”
Weight11.15 lbs.
AC IN100-240V, 50-60 HZ, 65W MAX

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