Great-sounding plugins for Ensemble
that work the way you want to
Apogee FX Rack Plugins are made with the same quest for quality and obsessive attention to detail as Apogee hardware products. Thanks to Apogee’s unique DualPath DSP-Native technology, Apogee FX Rack plugins can run both on the hardware DSP in Ensemble Thunderbolt and Element Series interfaces and as native plugins on your Mac. Apogee’s DualPath technology opens up a variety of popular, simplified workflows, always with the lowest latency. No other system offers this level of flexibility and sound quality.
Featuring DualPath monitoring, available exclusively
with Ensemble and Element Series interfaces
Inputs & Outputs
Directly connect your guitars & other instruments to Ensemble using the 2 front panel ¼” inputs.
Built-in Microphone + Talkback
Instantly capture your inspirations, keep an audio archive of the session, or record a “crushed room” sound when tracking drums. Most importantly, the built-in mic may be used for talkback.
True Thunderbolt Performance
Ensemble delivers the full potential of Thunderbolt 2 performance with the lowest latency, unmatched CPU efficiency, 2 ports for expanding your system and a revolutionary 32-bit playback signal path.
The Lowest Latency of any Audio Interface
Ensemble’s proprietary Thunderbolt driver has been written from the ground up for Mac OS X Mavericks, resulting in unmatched performance and efficiency. Latency has been reduced to an astounding 1.1ms round-trip*, allowing you to monitor through your DAW, plug-ins included, simplifying your workflow and leveraging the power of your Mac. Even when your session’s DSP demands require a higher buffer setting, Ensemble’s ultra-low latency means no longer having to choose between power and speed.
To accommodate different workflow preferences, Ensemble features optional direct hardware monitoring through Apogee’s Control Software with 0.6ms of latency.
* Logic Pro X at 96kHz / 32 buffer setting
Multi-unit Support for Ensemble and Element Series
Expand your studio with two Ensembles or connect any Apogee Element Series interface to an Ensemble
A Difference You Will Hear
Apogee is an award-winning industry leader in digital recording technology with over 25 years of experience. Preferred by recording pros around the world, Apogee products like Duet, Quartet, the original Ensemble and Symphony I/O have been instrumental in creating countless GRAMMY® and OSCAR® winning recordings and have set the industry standard in professional recording for over two decades. Ensemble is built solidly on this reputation.
From the mic preamps to the AD/DA converters and the clocking, Ensemble is best-in-class and cutting-edge Apogee technology. With components carefully selected in critical listening tests and a highly efficient circuit design, Ensemble was built by Apogee engineers to make a difference you can hear.
Measurably Superior A/D Conversion
Ensemble’s analog-to-digital conversion stage has been upgraded from previous generations of Apogee products such as Duet and Quartet to provide greater dynamic range, lower distortion and an almost non-existent noise level.
Dynamically Optimized Mic Preamps
Ensemble’s 8 uniquely designed mic preamps feature Apogee’s Advanced Stepped Gain Architecture™, in which the circuit is dynamically optimized to provide superior bandwidth, ultra low noise and nonexistent distortion across the unprecedented gain range of 0-75 dB. Whether recording powerful drums, dynamic vocals or delicate strings, your recordings retain the full impact, intricate detail and lifelike dimension of the original performance.
“The Ensemble is by far the best interface I have ever owned.”
“Over the years I have owned many audio interfaces for my studio. The ensemble is by far the best interface I have ever owned. The converters are outstanding! The first thing I noticed (in the first two seconds) was an audible difference in clarity over my last interface. The JFET Class A instrument inputs are so much different then using a standard line in on other interfaces. The response is the same as a regular guitar/bass amplifier/preamp and the clarity is amazing. The reamp outs on the front are so convenient. The ensemble is amazingly fast with almost zero latency unlike another popular brand of interface that I owned where latency was so bad it was impossible to track once I had more than a few tracks. The ensemble is amazingly fast for my workflow as well. I cant recommend it enough!”
Apogee Ensemble Customer
Ensemble Customer Review
“A couple of years ago I was looking to overhaul my music studio setup and trying to decide between an iZ Radar system or the new Apogee Ensemble Thunderbolt. I went with the Ensemble due to the combination of high end DA/AD conversion, in built guitar re-amping, the ability to squeeze 10 mic inputs out of it (for drum recordings) plus the extra cash I’d have left over for pre-amps/microphones. The Apogee Ensemble Thunderbolt is the centrepiece of my studio. I love using it and am producing some of my best work – musically & sonically – as a result. Thanks Apogee!”
Alastair Blackwood / Apogee Customer & Ensemble Thunderbolt owner