Rosetta 200: Setup

Using Legacy interfaces (AD16x, DA16x, Rosetta) with Symphony64 card or Thunderbridge

Click here to download the latest Symphony Installer package

 

To update

  1. If youʼre installing this release over a previously installed version of Symphony 64/Maestro 1, you should run the Symphony64 Uninstaller before updating to the current Symphony Release installer. If youʼre installing this release over a previously installed version of Symphony I/O software, you should run the Symphony Uninstaller included with the current Symphony Release installer package. If youʼve installed both versions, you should run both uninstallers.
  2. Double-click the Symphony System Software Installer and follow the instructions provided by the installation application.
  3. No firmware updates are required – the Symphony IO Firmware Updater is for Symphony I/O users only.
  4. You will be required to re-start your computer once installation is complete.

After updating – After updating, verify that the Symphony Source setting (found in the Maestro 2 > System Setup tab and Audio MIDI Setup) is set to the appropriate Port setting:

  • If interfaces are connected only to Port 1, set Source to Port 1 Chs 1-32.
  • If interfaces are connected to both Ports 1-2, set Source to Ports 1-2 chs 1-64.

New Features – Legacy interfaces

  • The “A” icon that previously appeared in the Apple Menu bar has been removed – Look in Maestro 2ʼs Toolbar System Status display for system information.
  • To distinguish between an AD16X and DA16X when the interface is set to Advanced routing mode or a Rosetta 800 and 200, the setting Device Type is provided in Maestro 2 (Device Settings tab). This ensures that audio paths displayed in the Input and Output Routing tabs correspond to the actual hardware I/O. If neither a 16X Series in Advanced routing nor a Rosetta is connected, the Device Type drop down is not displayed.

Known issues – Legacy DA16X Interface

  • When a single DA16X is connected in Advanced routing mode, it will initially appear as an AD16X. Simply choose DA16X under Maestro 2ʻs Device Settings > Device Type drop down menu for the interface to be correctly detected.
  • When using Symphony I/O and legacy interfaces together, Routing tabs may not display the proper number of inputs and outputs. To work around this issue, restart the computer.
  • The AD16X may initially be detected as a Rosetta 800. Workaround – restart the computer.

Using Legacy Apogee Interfaces with OS X Lion & Maestro 2

  • Note that at the current time, the use of only 1 Symphony 64 card is supported regardless of the interface connected.
  • When connecting legacy Apogee interfaces to a Symphony 64 PCIe card or Thunderbridge, ensure that the interfaces are connected in a supported hardware combination, as listed below. With a Symphony 64 PCIe card or Thunderbridge, itʼs possible to connect one supported combination to each port.
  • When connecting both Symphony I/Os and legacy Apogee interfaces to a Symphony 64 PCIe card or Thunderbridge, connect the Symphony I/O to Port 1 Channels 1-32 port and legacy interfaces (in a supported combination) to the Port 2 Channels 1-64 port.
  • Legacy Apogee interfaces donʼt include Loop clock functionality (as found on Symphony I/O). Thus, when legacy interfaces are connected to a Symphony 64 PCIe card or Thunderbridge, the “Use Loop Sync” checkbox does not appear and Loop sync functionality is defeated on the Symphony I/O. Use one of the clock configurations described on pages 6-7 of the Symphony 64 Userʼs Guide v1.1.

Legacy Interface Supported Combinations

See the Symphony 64 Userʼs Guide v1.1 for connection diagrams

1 to 4 Rosetta 800s
1 to 4 Rosetta 200s
1 AD16X (standard routing) 1 AD16X (advanced routing) 2 AD16X (standard routing) 2 AD16X (advanced routing)

1 DA16X (standard routing) 1 DA16X (advanced routing) 2 DA16X (standard routing) 2 DA16X (advanced routing)

1 AD16X (standard routing) + 1 DA16X (standard routing)
1 AD16X (standard) + 1 DA16X (standard) + 1 AD16X (standard) + 1 DA16X (standard) 1 AD16X (advanced routing) + 1 DA16X (advanced routing)

1 Rosetta 800 + 1 AD16X (standard routing) 1 Rosetta 800 + 1 AD16X (advanced routing) 1 Rosetta 800 + 1 DA16X (standard routing) 1 Rosetta 800 + 1 DA16X (advanced routing)

1 AD16X (standard routing) + 1 Rosetta 800 1 AD16X (advanced routing) + 1 Rosetta 800 1 DA16X (standard routing) + 1 Rosetta 800 1 DA16X (advanced routing) + 1 Rosetta 800

1 AD16X (standard routing) + 1 DA16X (standard routing) + 1 Rosetta 800

How do I use the custom I/O labels in Logic?

For Logic 9 and lower:

With your Apogee devive selected as the input/output in Logic’s Audio Preferences, go to the “Options” menu and select “Audio” and then “I/O Labels”. Now you can select the custom Apogee labels for your device.

For Logic X and higher:

  • Go to Logic’s Mix menu at the top of the screen and select “I/O Labels…”
  • There are several columns: Channel, Provided by Driver, User, Long, & Short.
  • To use the labels provided by the Ensemble:
    • Click the button in the Provided by Driver column.
  • To enter your own custom label:
    • Click the button in the User column.
    • Double click the “-” in the Long column, type in a new name, then press Return on your Apple keyboard

Can I use Symphony I/O with AD16x, DA16x, or Rosetta 200/800 when connected to Symphony64?

Yes, Symphony I/O can be used with Legacy interfaces if you’re using the most current release.  Please note the following instructions to do so:

  1. The rule for Symphony I/O connection is- “1 Symphony I/O per port”, so that means the supported configuration is 1 Symphony I/O on port 1 of the Symphony64 Thunderbridge or PCIe card and any Legacy interfaces on port 2 of the Symphony64 Thunderbridge or PCIe card. You can’t daisy-chain Symphony I/O’s, but you can daisy-chain Legacy interfaces.
  2. First, make sure your Legacy interface (AD16x, DA16x, Rosetta 200, Rosetta 800) have an X-Symphony option card properly installed with the current X-Symphony firmware (version 2.7)
  3. Connect your Symphony I/O directly to your computer’s USB ports- don’t use a hub. Power up the Symphony I/O.
  4. Download the latest Symphony I/O Release package from our website and follow these instructions.
  5. After the firmware has successfully updated, connect the Symphony I/O to the first port of the Symphony64 Thunderbridge or PCIe card using a PC-32 cable. Connect one end of the cable to the “main port” on the back of the first Symphony I/O and the other end of the cable to the 1st port (on the left) of the Symphony64 Thunderbridge or PCIe card.
  6. Connect the 1st Legacy device to the 2nd port of the Symphony64 Thunderbridge or PCIe card using a PC-32 cable. Connect one end of the cable to the “primary port” on the back of the 1st Legacy device and the other end of the cable to the 2nd port (on the right) of the Symphony64 Thunderbridge or PCIe card. Chain any additional Legacy devices using the “primary” and “expansion” ports.
  7. If you’re using multiple Legacy devices, send the Word Clock output of the 1st Legacy device to the Word Clock input of the 2nd Legacy device and so on, using BNC cables and t-connectors, if necessary.
  8. Send the Word Clock output of the Symphony I/O to the Word Clock input of the 1st Legacy device using a BNC cable.
  9. Make sure the Symphony I/O is set for “SYM AIM” (Symphony Audio Interface Mode) by pressing in and holding on the right side encoder on the front-panel until it brings you to the AIM menu. If it says “Symphony”, it’s already in SYM AIM… you can just push in on the encoder again to exit the menu. If not, scroll through the menu until it says “Symphony” and then push in on the encoder again. The unit will power down and restart itself in SYM AIM.
  10. Power up all the Legacy devices and make sure they’re set for “External Word Clock” as their clock source.
  11. Run the software installer included in the Release download. Restart the computer.
  12. After the computer restarts, open up “Audio MIDI Setup” (Applications> Utilities> Audio MIDI Setup). Select “Symphony64” in the left-hand device column. Make sure it’s selected as your computer’s default i/o. The speaker and microphone icons should appear next to it… if they don’t, click on the drop-down menu below with the “gear” icon and select both “Use this device for sound input” and “Use this device for sound output”.
  13. With “Symphony64” selected in Audio MIDI Setup, go to the center part of the Audio MIDI Setup window and set the “Source” drop-down menu to ‘Ports 1-2: 64Chs’. Quit Audio MIDI Setup and restart your computer.
  14. After the computer restarts, wait for the system to configure- the exclamation mark (!) icon on the front-panel of Symphony I/O will eventually go away and the Legacy units will switch to “Ext” clocking… After this happens, launch Maestro2 and confirm that all the interfaces show up properly. If a device is showing up as the wrong unit, such as a DA16x in Advanced routing showing up as an AD16x,  go to the “Device Settings” tab in Maestro2, highlight the device in the left-hand device column and then select “DA16x” in the “Device Type” drop-down menu. Quit Maestro and restart the computer. If an AD16x in standard routing is showing up as a Rosetta800, quit Maestro and restart the computer.

How do I calibrate my Rosetta?

The Rosetta, by default, is calibrated for -16 dBFS. To calibrate the Rosetta, press and hold the SoftLimit button until it begins to flash. Send a +4 analog tone into the analog inputs. The metering in calibration mode now reflects -21 dBFS to -11 dBFS. To calibrate to -12 dBFS, turn the A/D calibration trimpots. As the level increases one LED, which equals one dBFS, the over light will turn on indicating you have achieved the next level up in dBFS. Each LED you light up will cause the over light to come on and as you increase the gain the over LED will go off until the next LED is lit up. When you get to the desired level, stop as soon as the over LED lights up.

How do I switch between ADAT and S/PDIF optical?

By default, the Rosetta is set for ADAT optical. If you want to change it to S/PDIF optical, hold down the “Sample Rate (AES FMT)” button. On the Source to Digital Outputs, the ADAT and AES LEDs should be lit. Hit the “Source (SRC)” button to change it to “S/P OPT.” If you want to go back to ADAT, just do the exact same procedure again. Keep in mind that if you reset the Rosetta 200 by holding down the sample rate button when powering the unit on, it will reset the optical format to ADAT.

How do I set my software’s I/O buffer?

The I/O Buffer setting found in most audio software is one of the most crucial, but often ignored, settings in a Mac-based recording system. When choosing a buffer setting, a compromise between the latency through the application and the amount of computer processor power accessible to the application must be made.Latency– the slight delay between the moment you play a note and hear it in your headphones after conversion and processing.

A lower buffer setting results in lower latency but less available processing power. If the application can’t access enough processor power, processor overruns may occur, resulting in audible clicks and pops or error messages that interrupt playback and recording. A higher buffer setting, on the other hand, results in greater amount of accessible processor power (i.e. less chance of overruns) but increases the latency. Determining the best setting requires some trial-and-error in order to find the best compromise.

Keep in mind that as tracks and plug-ins are added to a software session, processor requirements increase. Thus, the buffer setting that works during the early stages of a session might result in processor overruns during later stages. The best strategy is to set the buffer to a lower setting during recording and accept certain limitations on plug-in usage, and then raise the buffer during mixing to utilize the computer’s full processor power when latency isn’t an issue. With the processing power of today’s Macs, you may find that adjustment of the buffer isn’t necessary, and you can leave it at a setting for low latency and still access a sufficient amount of processing power when adding tracks and plug-ins. If you do encounter clicks, pops or software errors, don’t hesitate to experiment with the buffer setting. Please consult the section on Working with GarageBand, Logic and Mainstage to determine how to se the I/O buffer setting is found in your audio application.