Jacksoul, Drake, Rihanna, Mos Def, Holly Cole, Sting, Herbie Hancock, and Finger Eleven
"The Apogee AD-16X and DA-16X are at the top of my 'must-have' list, in tracking and mixing. But seriously, where else can you find converters of this caliber, at this price, that integrate seamlessly with Pro Tools via X-HD cards, or practically any other native platform via X-Symphony or X-Firewire. These converters are designed and built with the future in mind and simply put, their sound quality is stellar!"
Producer, Songwriter, Composer
Macy Gray, Joe Solo "Brainchild", 'Brains of the Biz' Music Industry Lecture Series
"I'm a dedicated Apogee user, and have been using their wonderfully clear sounding converters for most of my professional career. So when it came time to outfit a dedicated setup for our new live drum room the choice was a no-brainer: The AD16X.
The AD16X's sound is crystal clear and transparent. In fact, tracking with Apogee converters produces such sonic tightness that when it comes time to mix complex audio it is significantly easier and less time consuming."
Film Composer, Producer, Musician
Roy Paci & Aretuska
"Obstruction of the creative flow is a kind of "coitus interruptus"! That's why i choose Apogee converters: I never have any problems while working. In my velvet "chain" they have such a warm sound, it can be distinguished by all, even those that are not professionals. At the end of the day, if you're searching for the highest musical quality for your studio, Apogee beats them all!"
Grammy Award Winning Mixer
Prince, Outkast, Chaka Khan, Patti LaBelle, Fountains Of Wayne, Christina Aguilera, Common, Whitney Houston, Robert Plant
"I was looking to graduate from the Digidesign 192's for a while until I
found the Apogee DA-16X and Rosetta 800 with the X-HD card. I've been using the DA and Rosetta with my ProTools HD system for the last 2 years and have also added the Big Ben and can honestly say that this is the most transparent sounding DAW
system I have worked on. I wouldn't want to be without my Apogee."
Mike Beck & Mark Eichner
Engineer & President at Denise Rich Songs
Denise Rich, Celine Dion, Patti LaBelle, Marc Anthony, Mary J. Blige
"We wanted to create one of the best Pro Tools rooms in New York; a studio with the best possible equipment, but also the most creative and comfortable vibe you can find. People love to write here. From behind this console, music is just a joy to listen to. I was skeptical that cleaner converters would really make a noticeable difference, but I couldn't have been more wrong. Without the best converters, the rest of our high-end gear wasn't able to shine anywhere near its full potential. Making the switch to the Apogee X Series was the final step in designing one of the best sounding, most inspiring rooms you can find anywhere."
Grammy Award Winning Engineer
Laura Pausini, Eros Ramazzotti, Andrea Bocelli, Vasco Rossi, Ornella Vanoni
"Working in many professional studios, I lived the transition from analog recorders to audio converters. Apogee converters have always been very appreciated and when I decided to include them in my mixing and recording setup, I had the confirmations I was searching for: transparent, never "cold", a great dynamic "kick" and an optimal precision on the micro-details. They became my listening and recording benchmark. All of my work now passes through Apogee converters. Their integration and flexibility have been precious for my workflow with different DAWs, providing a positive answer to any needs and endevours requested by the producers. Apogee is always with me!"
Multi-Grammy and Oscar winning Producer and Engineer
Gustavo Galindo, Juanes, Gustavo Santaolalla, Cafe Tacuba, Baja Fondo, "Brokeback Mountain", "Babel"
"I have been using Apogees for many years. I am always updating computers, software, new microphones, preamps and the only consistent gear in my studio are my AD/DA 16x's and Big Ben. You can't beat the openness and size that you get in your recordings and now that I've got my summing box, I can enjoy their sound even more... just plain great."
Engineer, Owner - Le Mobile Remote Recording
U2, John Mayer, Roger Waters, Smashing Pumpkins, The Police, Eric Clapton, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Nine Inch Nails
"Le Mobile is known for its sound and when I installed the AD & DA16x's as the front end to Pro Tools HD, everything sounded like music again. It reminded me of my classic Neve and that is the exact sound I was looking for. They're so amazing that i've installed 192 channels of I/O and use them on every recording we do."
Grammy Winning Musician
"When it comes down to it, sight unseen, Apogee's DA-16x's and AD-16x's are the best. I would go with them anytime."
Grammy Winning Producer, Songwriter & Musician
Taylor Swift, Sara Evans, Martina McBride, Lori McKenna, Point of Grace
"I go out of my way to make sure Apogee products are always a part of the chain when I'm tracking and overdubbing. Apogee clocks and conversions are an important main ingredient to making sure my digital recordings maintain warmth and clarity. From the Duet for my Logic rig to the X-Series with my HD rig, I never hit 'record' without them.
Mika, Madeleine Peyroux, Jenni Alpert
"I've used Apogee products for over ten years. We recently acquired an AD-16X for our studio. The sound quality, clocking, ease of use, and price point are second to none! There's no excuse not to own at least one!"
Grammy Nominated Musician
" After a lot of research and asking many of my pro studio engineer friends for their advice, I set my sights on acquiring an Apogee Symphony System with AD & DA16X's for my updated home studio. Wow. The sound is pristine and the setup feels rock solid. There is no looking back. This was a great investment and a powerful sonic move for the future of my music making."
Grammy Winning Producer & Engineer
Jason Mraz, Beyonce Knowles, Black Eyed Peas, Mary J Blige, Liz Wright, Craig David
"Everything my colleagues told me and all I'd read about the Apogee DA-16X was true. I plugged the DA-16Xs in next to my original converters and compared them immediately. The difference was clear in seconds. I haven't unplugged them since!"
Rage, Dead Space, Eat Lead and The Wheelman
"I've had plenty of digital convertors over the years but when I got my AD-16X, DA-16X and Symphony system I couldn't believe the difference. Audio directors in games have the best ears in the business... they're demanding and deserve the best audio I can provide. My compositions and mixes have never sounded tighter and my clients are asking "what's changed?" Worth every penny. Thank you, Apogee!"
Elvis Costello, Lou Reed, Tom Waits, Bernie Worrell, Soulive, Sparklehorse, The Go! Team
"I have tried many different types of converters for use with my DAW, and in the end I chose Apogee. Just like in the days of multitrack tape machines, each converter imparts its own character,and for me, the character of the Apogee X-Series works well for what I want to achieve sonically in my mixes.
With the cumulative effect of so many open channels during the mix, I need to know that the sonic fingerprint of my converters is something I can count on to add to the overall quality of the sounds. That is why I chose the Apogee AD & DA16x's. It just sounds great."
Mix-Engineer, Producer, Ownerof "Ballsaal-Studios"
Peter Maffay, Rosenstolz, Reamonn, Klee, Fotos, Paula, Bap, Philipp Boa, Virginia Jetzt, Beatsteaks, Wallis Bird, Ohrbooten
"I have loads of your converters, 4 x DA-16Xs, 1 x AD-8000 and 2 x PSX-100s including 96k option all sync'd to a Big Ben. For film-work I need the X-Video Card. I'm a long term fan of Apogee, starting with the AD/DA 500 many years ago remembering that I was blown away by the clarity and punchiness of sound. The Soft Limiting function opened another door to the sonic universe, so do the DA-16Xs now. For this kind of Pop Music I'm working with, there is no alternative.
The combination of Apogees DA-16Xs and my Tonelux summing console (built by Paul Wolff) is unbeatable."
Grammy Nominated Engineer & Mixer
"Smile" Brian Wilson, "Ashgrove" Dave Alvin, "Beautiful Dreamer the Story of Smile" (DVD)
"The Apogee Big Ben with the Rosetta 800 made it possible for Brian [Wilson] and me to get the sounds that we wanted on the recording of "Smile". The first thing you should do after you get a DAW is to buy a Big Ben clock. You would not believe the difference it makes in the sound stage. It is incredible!"
Simon Dawes, Pete Yorn, Eliot Morris, Michael Penn, Shell & The Crush
"I have been a dedicated Apogee user since 1988. Their commitment to the quality of sound in the digital domain is unparalleled, and with the DA-16X and AD-16X they have brought digital audio to a place where the musician is no longer doing battle with his equipment in order to hear what he is wants to hear. Their ease of use, reliability, and sheer musicality - not to mention affordability! - make these indispensable tools for anyone recording music. The interface with Pro Tools is seamless to the point that one might assume that Apogee, Digidesign, and Apple had all collaborated on producing the ideal recording environment."
"In Silico", original CD
"Apogee's DA16X is the perfect tool for producers who are heavy on samples and virtual instruments but would rather submix to an outboard console for that rich sound of analog summing. Combine that with a couple channels of Apogee A/D from a box like the Rosetta 800, and you've boosted your DAW into the big leagues."
Engineer, Producer, Musician
Clarence Clemons, Phoebe Snow
"The 16X series raises the bar at Apogee. The bar was already high and I am not sure where anyone can go from here. Great at any sampling rate with extended highs and solid bottom, they rock!"
Van Halen, Jennifer Lopez, Aaron Carter
"Eddie [Van Halen] had never experienced Pro Tools in a positive way, and because of the Apogee converters, and being such an analog guy, he really became a believer, he heard the difference between the 192 and the AD-16X and loved it and had to have it. It was really important for the mix.The biggest thing was convincing them that Pro Tools and digital was the cool way to go and sonically viable, and they became believers and loved it. I think that the AD-16X is the next level for Apogee and is a really noticeable difference, especially from the old AD-16's, its just wild, the top opens up and it is airy and clear, but not grainy and harsh, which is cool. "
Composer, Producer, Musician, Engineer
"Path To War,","Word Of Honor," "Stephen Kings Kingdom Hospital"
"I got the AD-16X converters for use primarily as Pro Tools HD converters, but was pleasantly surprised on their first session to use one as a remote converter, coming into Pro Tools via an ADAT lightpipe extender 100 feet away! To top it off, I used that particular AD-16X as the master sync reference, and the whole system locked to it as if it was sitting in the control room. Amazing stability and versatility. I can put the converters right next to the mic preamps, no matter how far they are away from the G5. Look Ma, no Digi analog converters in this HD rig"
Maria Mena, Kristian Valen, Vidar Johnsen
"When we were going to mix the latest Maria Mena album, we were looking to upgrade the converters in the studio. I did an A/B test with my RME ADI-8 Pro DS units and the Apogee AD-16 & DA-16X converters and I was completely blown away! I have also started using the TubeTech SSA2A summing unit and the AD & DA-16X converters really open up any mix. I would recommend getting Apogee converters if you do not already have them."
Grammy Winning Producer & Recording Engineer
Peter Gabriel, McFly, David Bowie, Mansun, Paula Cole, Peter Frampton, Hall & Oates
"The sound quality of the Apogee AD and DA-16X converters is simply wonderful. I love the "soft limit" function on the AD-16 and how it warms up the sound and makes it seem more like the warmth one used to get from analog tape. Apogees are just superior in quality all around with wider stereo image, better placement, and an incredibly well defined low end. And, the integration into my system was quick and easy right out of the box"
Grammy Award Winning Producer, Mixer & Engineer
"Shangri-La" - Mark Knopfler, "My Honky Tonk History"- Travis Tritt,"Between Here and Gone", Mary Chapin Carpenter
"When I replaced my old converters with the Apogee AD-16X & DA-16X I noticed an improvement in the overall tightness of the sound. While blind testing at British Grove Studios, in London, both Mark Knopfler and I and everyone else present chose the 16Xs over 1inch analog at 15ips, 1/2 inch analog at 30ips and a hot-rodded DSD rig. The sonic quality and flexibility of the AD-16X & DA-16X are amazing."
Grammy Award Winning Mixer/Engineer
"The Diary Of Alicia Keys", Alicia Keys, "Through the Wire", Kanye West, "can'tneverdidnothin", Nikka Costa
"When I did a blind A, B test of the Apogees and the 192s it was like, A, B, stop. I just knew immediately! I noticed three things right away. The top end was wider and bigger, the low end was very musical and had the integration that tape gives you. I also noticed a lot of depth in the overall image of the sound. The AD-16X and DA-16X really give you the quality of analog sound with the versatility of digital recording. We mixed John Mayer's "Continuum" at Larrabee Studios on the SSL 9K using my Apogee AD/DA-16X's, which helped us get a lot of depth to the already great sounding tracks. Johns music has a lot of depth, both musically and sonically, so it helped that the sessions were set at 96k. But to achieve those smooth and silky highs and deep and warm lows, the 16X's helped us get there."
Grammy Nominated Film Composer
"X-Men: The Last Stand", "United 93", "Ice Age: The Meltdown", "Mr. & Mrs. Smith", "The Bourne Supremacy", "The Italian Job"
"I have loads of your converters (4 x DA-16Xs, 1 x AD-16X, 1 x Rosetta 800) and I clock everything on my writing rigs and all Pro Tools systems to Big Bens exclusively. They definitely keep the imaging wider and clearer in 5.1."