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Apogee Electronics have unveiled Symphony 64
, a 64 channel, 24bit/192kHz PCI Express card made to interface Apogeeâ€™s X-Series and Rosetta Series converters directly to Appleâ€™s Mac Pro. Hereâ€™s all the details in their own words...
Next Generation Workstation
The Symphony System excels on several levels, the award-winning sound quality of Apogeeâ€™s AD&DA Converters, the groundbreaking power of Appleâ€™s Mac Pro, and the stability and ultra low latency performance of the Symphony 64 card. This combination provides a flexible, stable, high-end solution for customers seeking a workstation compatible with any Core Audio application. And, because Symphony utilizes the power of the Mac Pro for plug-in processing, customers are spared the expense of a high priced DSP card.
Extended Audio Routing: Symphonyâ€™s SBus and Vbus
Symphony 64 features Extended Audio Routing with VBus and SBus technology. VBus allows users to route demanding, stand-alone software instruments, directly between Core Audio based applications, instead of running them as plug-ins. Symphonyâ€™s SBus doubles the DSP power of The Symphony System by facilitating the communication of digital audio between Symphony equipped Macs with a single cable. Now it is possible to route audio to a second computer and back again for plug-in processing, sample libraries, soft-synth players, and session transfers from one Core Audio application to another.
â€œThe combination of Symphony 64, Apogee converters and Appleâ€™s Mac Pro marks a powerful turning point in digital audio production and is directly challenging the paradigm of the costly card-based DSP system. And, with 64 channels per card and the introduction of SBus technology, Symphony 64 has truly raised the bar for the Native audio workstation. Not only is the quality and performance of the Symphony System unprecedented, so is the value. Never have our customers had access to such an advanced solution for so little cost.â€� says Betty Bennett Co-Founder and CEO of Apogee.
Symphony 64 at a glance:
Pricing and Availability:
- 64 channels of 24-bit 192kHz Digital I/O per card
- Up to 128 channels of I/O per Mac Pro
- Near zero latency performance
- Connects directly to Apogeeâ€™s X-Series and Rosetta Series converters via the X- Symphony option card
- Apogeeâ€™s VBus - virtual routing within a Core Audio application or between multiple applications.
- Apogeeâ€™s SBus - 32 channel, 192kHz digital audio network between two Mac computers
- Apogeeâ€™s Maestro Software for advanced control and routing
- Compatibility with any Core Audio application
Symphony 64 PCIe Card, Availability: October 2008, MSRP: $995*
Apogee is offering an upgrade program to customers who have purchased a Symphony 32 card 60 days prior to the release of Symphony 64 on October 3, 2008. All that qualify for the program can upgrade directly thru Apogee for $295.