Featuring up to 32 channels of premium mic preamps per unit for Dante, Pro Tools HD and Thunderbolt systems
Legendary Sound Quality. Complete Flexibility. Incredible Value.
The Symphony I/O Mk II 8×8 MP and Symphony I/O Mk II 16 MP Connect series audio interfaces deliver Symphony-quality sound with robust, high-performance AD/DA converters and Apogee’s Advanced Step Gain Architecture™ mic preamps at unprecedented prices. Using cutting edge components and a simplified, optimized analog circuit design, Apogee engineers were able to place more AD/DA converters and mic preamps on a single module board. The new CONNECT-8x8MP module contains 8 mic pres + 8 analogue I/O + 8 mic pres + AES/ADAT I/O, while the new CONNECT-16MP module contains 16 mic pres + AES/ADAT I/O.
The result is a single Symphony I/O Mk II with up 32 mic preamps offering incredible cost-per-channel value. With industry leading sound quality and scalable, high density I/O configurations for Dante®, Pro Tools® HD and Thunderbolt® systems, the Symphony Connect series is the ideal choice for broadcast, live sound, education, post, houses of worship and recording studio facilities.
Symphony I/O Mk II Connect Series Highlights
● New Symphony analog input with Advanced Stepped Gain mic preamp and Industry leading A/D Conversion
● Mic pre:
○ Up to 72 dB of gain in 1 dB increments, noiseless gain adjustment
○ +26 dBu maximum input level
○ Improved Common mode noise rejection and EMI suppression for optimal performance
○ Switchable impedance (2.4k/10k ohms) to support passive mic splitting in Live sound applications
● Control all mic preamps from Symphony I/O’s front-panel, the optional Apogee hardware remote control, or in Apogee control software
● Simplified and optimized signal path – fewer components, higher channel count, same flagship audio quality
● Available in configurations of 8, 16, 24, or 32 flagship mic preamps per unit
● Connect to Dante, Pro Tools HD, and Thunderbolt systems
Connect Series Modules
The new I/O Modules are the sound and soul of Symphony I/O Mk II, and represent over 30 years of Apogee R&D and design excellence. These powerful Modules deliver Apogee’s core competency: superior sounding digital audio recording. With multiple I/O and Mic Preamp modules available, you can choose from base configurations or expand to grow your studio’s capabilities.
8×8 Analogue I/O + 8 Mic Pres + AES/Optical I/O
16 Analogue IN + 16 Mic Pre + AES/Optical OUT
Superior Converter and Mic Preamp Design
Apogee engineers have made it their passion to improve every new flagship product by using the latest in electrical components and designing optimized circuitry that often exceeds the expectations of the component manufacturer. This is the Apogee Advantage. Symphony I/O Mk II is the culmination of this commitment and raises the bar on all Apogee products before it with even better audio clarity and sonic transparency.
Advanced Stepped Gain Architecture Mic Preamps
Apogee has taken a high-end design approach to the mic preamps in the Connect Series I/O modules to achieve the best performance of any audio interface. With Apogee’s Advanced Stepped Gain Architecture™ Connect Series interfaces feature a mic preamp circuit that is dynamically optimized at different gain settings to provide superior bandwidth, ultra low noise and nonexistent distortion across an expansive gain range of 0-72 dB.
The Advanced Stepped Gain Architecture™ functions a bit like a finely tuned race car with many gears: optimal circuit performance (low noise and low distortion) is maintained regardless of the gain required. Digitally-controlled analog switches “shift the gears” of the circuit at each gain setting to ensure the best sound and performance. Other mic pres struggle at the extremes of gain – they are essentially “two-gear” circuits.
Pricing and Base Configurations
The Apogee CONNECT-8X8MP Module is priced at £4,499.00 inc VAT, the CONNECT-16MP Module is priced at £5499 inc VAT.
Apogee offer four base system configurations which can be expanded with additional modules as required:
Symphony I/O mkII Thunderbolt chassis including 1 x CONNECT 8x8MP module
£5,799.00 inc VAT
Symphony I/O mkII Thunderbolt chassis including 1 x CONNECT 16MP module
£6,799.00 inc VAT
Symphony I/O mkII Dante+PTHD chassis including 1 x CONNECT 8x8MP module
£6,299.00 inc VAT
Symphony I/O mkII Dante+PTHD chassis including 1 x CONNECT 16MP module
£7,299.00 inc VAT
Best cost-per-channel system
Expanding a SYM2-CONNECT-16MP base configuration with an additional CONNECT-16MP module gives a 32 mic pre Symphony mkII Thunderbolt system in a single chassis priced at £12,298 inc VAT.
Or for ProTools/Dante connectivity, a SYM2-CONNECT-16MP-DANTE base configuration with an additional CONNECT-16MP module gives a 32 mic pre system at £12,798 inc VAT (Dante+PTHD).