Engineer, Producer, Studio Owner - Rare Book Room
"I am very happy with the sound quality and ability to switch between Pro Tools HD2 and Logic/Symphony. I was a die hard Logic user since 1999 and only got Pro Tools when making the last Spoon record, and it was a blessing to know I could keep using my converters and just buy the core cards and HD daughter cards. I thank the foresight of Apogee's technical staff for allowing me such flexibility."
"I have taken my mobile recording rig around the world 3 times in less than 2 years. I guess I've put it through the ringer. If you saw my luggage and then saw my mobile recording rig with the Symphony, you wouldn't believe they were through it all together. Honestly, not one problem with the Symphony System. Other things on my rig have had to be replaced, not my Apogee. The thing still sounds, well, amazing, and we'll keep using it until Apogee blows my mind with something else."
The Track Team
Composers for TV, Film and Video Games
Kung Fu Panda, Avatar: the Last Airbender
"At The Track Team, we're always striving for excellence in composition and sound design. Whether it's for the television and video game series "Avatar: The Last Airbender," or commercial work for companies like Sony, Coke, and Nike or the various film and TV projects we've worked on, quality is our top priority. That's why we love the Apogee Symphony System. The clarity of the converters and the rock solid drivers allow us to completely forget about the technology, knowing that what we're hearing is a true representation of the signal. It's such a relief!"
Survivor, Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader, The Apprentice, The Marriage Ref and Wipe Out
"My system used to be Logic over Pro Tools HD, and while the audio quality was good, there were so many other drawbacks, it was pretty cumbersome to work on. Then I went to the Symphony System with a couple of new Mac Pros and it was like having my cake and eating it too. Finally - a solid, streamlined setup with all the advantages and plugins available to a native system, and the Apogees actually were an improvement to the sound quality of everything coming into and out of my computer."
Hot Hot Heat
"After having bought and experimented with different converters, I was
continually disappointed with the results of recording digitally -
UNTIL I starting using a Rosetta 800 which I used solely to record the
most recent Hot Hot Heat record, Future Breeds. This was the first
record where I was producing AND engineering Hot Hot Heat, in addition
to writing, playing, singing, so I knew it had to not only sound as
good as our previous records, but better. The Symphony System allowed
me to have world class converters with zero latency and zero learning
curve so I was able to focus on being a musician. The experience
finally sold me on choosing digital over analog. Clarity, depth, width
and punchy transients."
Producer, Engineer, Songwriter
K'Naan, Paper Tongues, Nelly Furtado
"The Symphony System has amazing fidelity with a massive amount of headroom. It really allows you to drive analog gear harder and for Logic users it blends in seamlessly."
Telefon Tel Aviv, The Depreciation Guild, Apparat, Aleks and the Drummer, Eliot Lipp and Dark Party, John Hughes III
"The Symphony System rig was set up in moments and is the sonic equivalent to a Bentley. I've always been a fan of the Apogee sound but this system is really pushing the limit as far as features and functionality are going in the world of music production. While working, I'm thinking to myself, "I'm living in the future."
Producer, Songwriter, Engineer
Orianthi, Natasha Bedingfield, The Script, Kylie Minogue
"Whether it's tracking in my studio or flying somewhere to grab some vocals, the Symphony Mobile System allows me the flexibility of using my laptop without compromising quality in any way. It's changed the way I work."
Tommy Emmanuel's Endless Road, The Mystery, and Live From Center Stage albums
"When I travel to Nashville, I take with me my acoustic guitar setup, which always includes my Apogee conversion. In the last couple of years I have been tracking 96k, 32 bit float point in Nuendo 4 on my Mac Book Pro laptop using the Symphony Mobile system. I have also shifted over to a Mac Pro in my studio setup and configured it with the Symphony 64 card. Tommy is very sensitive to latency and the Symphony System gives us low latency performance with quality Apogee conversion. As you can imagine, the dynamic nuances of Tommy's playing style require a system that has a good amount of headroom throughout and the Apogee System gives us the performance at the conversion stage that we need."
Virtual Instrument designer, Composers
Grandmaster Flash, Mafia 2, Evolve, Evolve Mutations
"If you want to capture a sound source with depth, dimension and maximum impact, you need to invest in the best technology available (as well as good mic pres and solid mic'ing techniques. As soon as we implemented the Symphony Systems, we noticed an immediate difference in the overall sound quality. The depth, width and clarity of what we were capturing and monitoring were amazing."
Grammy Nominated Songwriter, Producer, Artist
The Bird and the Bee, Devo, Sia, Kylie Minogue, Lily Allen
"The Symphony System is a huge improvement to any interface I've used before. It sounds outstanding and it's so much easier to hear everything now."
Apprentice, Secret Millionaire, Dirty Jobs, Survivor
"When making the move from TDM to a Native system, we knew we wanted something as powerful as TDM that worked well with Logic and could replace our old Gigastudio PC's. The Apogee Symphony System with SBus accomplished all of this and more, with 4 times the amount of I/O that ADAT could offer, per Mac. Add the Apogee converters, clocking and low latency, and you have an amazing sounding rig."
Dead Space, Section 8, Aliens, Star Trek
"I'm using the AD-16x and DA-16x as converters to and from my thirty-two channel analog summing mixer. All I can say is, "Wow!" - I know I'll never use anything else again. The sound of the Symphony System alone is worth the price of admission, but the low latency and Maestro software interface also make it a joy to work with. As if it couldn't get any better, having my entire studio clocked with Big Ben tightens the entire mix, especially in the low end. The stereo image is wider and better defined, plus I have the mental satisfaction knowing I'm using the best clock in the industry."
Pirates of the Caribbean - trailer, Daredevil - trailer, Coca-Cola, AOL, The Golf Channel
"I've been riding a mule with a horn stuck in the middle of its head, but not any more, I switched to Apogee converters and wow there's the bottom end. It sounds Huge! Like tape without the hassle! Thanks Apogee."
Valkyrie, Fantastic Four, Superman Returns, The Ellen Degeneres Show Theme Song, Grammy Awards
"I've recently upgraded my system to a Symphony 64 card with 2 DA16X's and 1 AD16X. I use a complex system of 7 computers that connect directly to my mac using logic 8. The sound quality of the Apogee System is absolutely amazing and the system works flawlessly. I recently used the system to record my Yamaha S4 grand piano for the movie 'Valkyrie' and the results were outstanding. With the crazy schedules and demands typical of the film industry it's imperative I have a solid system I can rely on to perform. Thank you Apogee."
Grammy Nominated Producer & Engineer
Coldplay, Arcade Fire, Bjork
"I move around quite a lot these days, working in ever changing recording environments So, one day I might be in a classical studio doing a 40 piece orchestra with my Symphony System... next day in an artist's front room with Duet adding vocals on my Lap-top... then having to prep or edit while traveling. It's great to stay with Apogee all the way."
Stevie Wonder, Gladys Knight, Elvin Jones, Motown
"I've used about every sound card on the market and nothing quite gave me the sound I needed to hear until I was introduced to Apogee. I was a credit card number away from buying another so called top of the line industry standard set up, when the person I was speaking with said, and I quote, "Our Sound Card sounds almost as good as Apogee". I then called Tony at Apogee, and he helped me design a Symphony system that was perfect for my needs. My search for that sound was over, The Symphony system with two Apogee AD-16Xs was that solution. Thanks Apogee for being really really good at what you do."
ZU (Ipecac Recordings), Il Teatro degliOrrori (la Tempesta/venus), Putiferio (Robotradiorecords)
"The transparency and the warmth that the Apogee Symphony System provides is what I always sought after in a converter.Nowadays,the transfer from tape to a computer becomes a true satisfaction. The depth, clarity, and sound of the low frequencies help keep this special feeling, which I was close to losing until now. Through the excellent "Soft Limit" technology,all the quick transients are gently compressed without compromising the dynamics of the performances, giving more headroom to the average volume,which is an inalienable Rock 'n Roll rule.. Apogee is "The Thing!"
Nine Inch Nails, Tool, Puscifer
"We had no idea how much better our system could sound until we switched to a Symphony Mobile and Rosetta 800, and the amazingly low latency is allowing us to use all our favorite plugins in our live system. Great work Apogee!"
"Naruto: Rise Of A Ninja" (Ubisoft) [Video Game], "ESPN's 2007 Monday Night Football Theme", "Pop, Rock & Alternative"
"Stepping up to Apogee converters is like moving from the Dark Ages to present day. Your overall production value increases exponentially, and once you take the plunge there's no going back."
Record Producer, Mixer, Remixer, Composer
The Cure, Tricky, Neneh Cherry, Shiny Toy Guns - 'We are pilots', Femi Kuti, David Byrne
"It's black and white simple for me. Apogee make the best converters in the world.With the new symphony system they have taken the lead in integrated native digital audio solutions. It truly is second to none!"
Live Sound Engineer
Black Eyed Peas, Fergie, Ozzy Osbourne, Seal, Usher, the Cheetah Girls, and Hannah Montana
"Apogee's Symphony Mobile has been at the top of our "items to watch" list for months. Our anticipation and expectations have been high. To work for our live performance applications the Symphony Mobile needed to be dead solid out of the gate. Good news! - The hardware and drivers have been 100% reliable. Playback LLC is planning on switching all of our playback rigs to the Symphony Mobile platform. Listen for us at a concert near you and if you happen to catch a flash of aluminum and purple, it's probably Playback LLC with our new Apogee Symphony Mobile and DA-16X systems."
Grammy Nominated Writer & Producer
Nicole Scherzinger, Natasha Bedingfield, No Doubt, The Corrs, Delta Goodrem
"Symphony Mobile has revolutionized the way I work. It enables me to use my Laptop as the main studio computer running Logic Pro with an Apogee Rosetta 800 front end. Once I connect my 30" monitor it's easy to forget I'm not on my Apple Desktop. For me it means I have a totally portable studio that I can take anywhere in the world without compromising quality."
"X-Men: The Last Stand", "United 93",
"Ice Age: The Meltdown",
"Mr. & Mrs. Smith",
"The Bourne Supremacy"
"The Italian Job"
"The Symphony card has brought a new level of sophistication to my writing rig. I am now able to have the extremely low latency that was never before associated with native systems. Symphony's performance has made a huge difference to me and the musicians I work with. And it worked seamlessly out of the box with a new Mac Pro which has allowed me to replace a four computer rig with just one powerful integrated system...amazing."
Artist, Producer, Engineer
ABC Television show "October Road" and artists such as Jesca Hoop, Pete Horn and Kim Ferron
"[The Symphony System] is a wonderfully powerful, but extremely simple and user-friendly system. The thing that has stood out for me with Apogee, apart from the obvious high quality of the sound, and the stability and ease of use of the components, has been the technical support, which I can say without hyperbole, has been the finest, the most intense, and the most pleasant experience with a manufacturer in my 22 years in this business. Apogee literally stands behind their product as people, real live people, with integrity, know-how, and a willingness to actually get on their hands and knees behind a rack and make their stuff work the way their clients need it to work."
Corinne Bailey Rae, Kylie, KT Tunstall, and Kanye West and Janet Jackson
"Apogee Symphony just works. All the ease of Core Audio integration and the superb warm fat Apogee sound. Its fantastic to bounce seamlessly between my main system on a G5 and my traveling system on a Laptop without having to reset outputs, plug ins, etc. Creativity stays spontaneous."
Jazz Guitarist, Composer
"Smoke N Mirrors", "World of Brazil", "Overtime" and "A Twist of Motown"
"I felt like it was Christmas when I received my new Symphony System! Apogee came up with exactly what I was hoping for in conjunction with Apple's Logic Pro. The Symphony System operates flawlessly and provides almost zero latency plus an amazing sound quality in combination with the DA-16Xs. My latest project with Dave Grusin is a Classical Crossover record that includes Acoustic Guitar, Piano and Orchestra. The entire project is being recorded at 96K using the Symphony System and DA-16Xs. The sound and performance of the hardware is truly state-of-the-art. Thanks Apogee!"
Film and Television Composer
CBS' Cold Case season 4, CBS' Close to Home season 2,
Adrift in Manhattan and The Simpsons Movie (With Hans Zimmer).
Grammy Nominated Producer, Engineer & Mixer
Project 86, Soil, Static X, DethKlok, Mindless Self Indulgence, Breaking Benjamin
Vincent di Pasquale
Producer, Artist, Remixer
Nelly Furtado, Justin Timberlake, Mariah Carey, Missy Elliott, Nadia Ali
"Most simply put, the Symphony System rocks and is rock solid! With most big projects, I prefer mixing 'out of the box' through an analog console. Being a Logic user, my new Symphony system is hands down the best sounding I/O option with plenty of expandability for larger track counts. The other big bonus is the Big Ben clock, the C777, built right into the AD-16X. The timing precision is so solid, and with the simple user interface, I easily know all is running smoothly. I now have the sonic quality Apogee is known for, mixed with seamless integration on my Mac Pro/Logic rig. Life in the studio is good! "