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.
Best Thunderbolt interface in it’s price range
“Had this baby for over a year and haven’t had a single problem with it. Blazing fast, built like a tank and sounds pristine….”
“Stepped up from a Apollo twin and there’s definitely a big difference – you can hear so much detail and recording comes out crystal clear”
Phoenix from Florida
“I purchased the Ensemble Firewire interface 6 years ago from Sweetwater and it has performed well in my in home studio. After reading about Apogee’s new Thunderbolt version I contacted my longtime sales rep, Nate Edwards, to discuss the product. As usual, Nate provided a detailed first hand perspective on the Ensemble Thunderbolt and I decided to make the switch.
The Thunderbolt version is a significant qualitative step increase vs the Firewire version. Mic preamps, interface options, ease of use and conversion, latency elimination, etc, are all improved. However, the biggest difference/benefit to me are the results. Whether you are listening to the Thunderbolt in a live setting or its recorded output, the fidelity of the music is greatly improved. Transparency, soundstage, imaging, make this a true “prosumer” device at a reasonable cost. It is the most “analog” sounding digital recording interface I have heard outside of a professional studio.”
John from Chicago, IL