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No sooner do we have news of the new Mac Pro than Apogee release the drivers for the Apogee Symphony
PCI express cards specifically for the new Mac .
The high performance PCI-Express driver for the â€˜Symphonyâ€™ 32-channel PCI-Express card is a Universal Binary driver designed to take special advantage of the power and technology in Apple's new Intel-based Mac Pro to achieve performance levels previously unattainable in native audio.
Betty Bennett, Co-Founder and CEO of Apogee tells us, â€œWe are very excited about the power and capability of the Mac Pro. The combination of the Mac Pro and our industry leading Symphony PCI-Express card delivers on the promise of high performance native audio for professionals.â€�
Ron Okamoto, Apple's Vice President of Worldwide Developer Relations had this to say about the Apogeee news, "The newly designed Mac Pro delivers quad-Xeon performance, greater expansion, high-end workstation graphics and unprecedented customization to fit the wish lists of the most demanding user. We're delighted Apogee has taken advantage of the innovative architecture and blazing speed of the Intel-based Mac Pro to deliver powerful professional audio performance with Symphony.â€�
Apogeeâ€™s new Universal PCI-Express driver, in combination with the powerful Intel processors in the Mac Pro, lowers the latency of the Symphony PCI-Express card by over 50% into the 2ms range. This achievement is a significant increase in performance beyond other native solutions on the market and compares favorably to the latency on other hardware-based systems.
Apogee say that the Mac Pro architecture in combination with the Symphony PCI-E cardâ€™s high channel count and low latency surpasses all competitors in performance and value. With up to 4 internal SATA drives, the Mac Pro can be setup as a striped RAID, making recording and playback at high channel counts with high sample rates a breeze. The power of the two Dual-Core Intel Xeon chips gives you more plug-ins, and more soft synths, with even lower buffer settings than ever before. According to Apogee, Symphony PCI-E and the Mac Pro deliver twice the power and performance of other systems, at half the price.