Meet the all new Symphony I/O Mk II

Intuitive touchscreen. Future-proof modularity. Flagship sound quality.

Symphony I/O Mk II is a multi-channel audio interface featuring Apogee’s newest flagship AD/DA conversion, modular I/O (up to 32 inputs and outputs), intuitive touchscreen display and optional world-class microphone preamps. Designed to deliver professional sound quality for audio recording, mixing and mastering, Symphony I/O Mk II is the ultimate music production centerpiece for any modern studio.

The new Symphony I/O Mk II comes with direct connectivity to one of three different platforms – Thunderbolt™, Pro Tools® HD or Waves SoundGrid® network.

  • Best AD/DA conversion of any Thunderbolt™ audio interface
  • Up to 32 channels of modular analog I/O with optional 8 mic preamps
  • Best per-channel value of any interface in its category
  • Choice of Thunderbolt, Pro Tools® HD (Mac/PC) or Waves SoundGrid® connectivity*
  • Ultra-low latency performance
  • Intuitive touchscreen display and front panel control
  • Option card slot for future platform flexibility
  • Designed in California, Built in the U.S.A.

Waves SoundGrid connectivity available Fall 2016

Input and Output Flexibility

There is a Symphony I/O Mk II solution for everyone; the home studio, project studio, commercial recording studio and scoring stage. Choose from four base I/O configurations, 2×6, 8×8, 16×16, or 8×8 with 8 mic preamps and easily expand as your studio grows. With two module slots and the capacity for up to 32 inputs and outputs of A/D & D/A conversion per unit, Symphony I/O Mk II offers the best per-channel value of any interface in its category.

Legendary Sound Quality

Apogee engineers have made it their passion to improve every new flagship product by using the latest in electrical components and designing optimized circuitry that often exceeds the expectations of the component manufacturer. This is the Apogee Advantage. Symphony I/O Mk II is the culmination of this 30 year commitment and raises the bar on all Apogee products before it with even better audio clarity and sonic transparency. In fact, when equipped with either the new 8×8 or 16×16 Mk II I/O modules, Symphony I/O Mk II outperforms all other multi-channel audio interfaces available for Pro Tools HD or Thunderbolt based systems, making it the flagship audio interface for the entire professional audio industry and the obvious choice for countless GRAMMY winning artists, producers, songwriters and engineers.

Select one of three Symphony I/O Mk II connectivity options.

Thunderbolt

For connecting to a Thunderbolt equipped Mac running Logic Pro X or any other Core Audio compatible DAW. Up to 32 simultaneous inputs and outputs per unit/system and latency as low
as 1.35 ms in Logic Pro X (96kHz / 32 buffer).

Available February 2016

Pro Tools HD

For connecting to an existing Pro Tools HD Accel, HD Native or HDX system via Digilink connector. Up to 1 Symphony I/O Mk II unit connected to each HD Digilink port (max. 32×32 per unit).

Available Spring 2016

Waves SoundGrid Network

Connect to the Waves SoundGrid System for studio, live and post production audio networking with real-time DSP for Waves and SoundGrid compatible third-party plugins.

Available Fall 2016

All configurations shown with Thunderbolt. Pro Tools HD and Waves SoundGrid also available.

The Magic is in the Modules

The I/O Modules are the sound and soul of Symphony I/O Mk II, and represent 30 years of Apogee R&D and design excellence. These powerful Modules deliver Apogee’s core competency: superior sounding digital audio recording. With 3 available I/O Modules and an 8 channel mic preamp module, you can choose from base configurations or expand to grow your studio’s capabilities.

Symphony’s I/O modules are designed to future-proof your investment in flagship Apogee sound quality. If you own an original Symphony I/O, the Symphony I/O Mk II chassis can increase the longevity of your system by offering backwards compatibility with first generation 2×6, 8×8, 16×16 and 8 channel mic preamp I/O modules.

HD Option Card

Option Card Slot for Future Connectivity Options

Symphony I/O Mk II’s new option card feature will future proof your investment and your studio. Working in Pro Tools HD now? Thinking about going Native with Thunderbolt or setting up an audio over ethernet network? The Option card slot offers flexibility for the present and the future, as new platforms develop and audio recording workflows evolve.

MORE INTUITIVE. MORE CONTROL

Front Panel Touchscreen with Comprehensive Control

All of Symphony I/O Mk II’s essential input and output settings can be accessed from the front panel touchscreen. Change your input selection, monitoring levels, mic pre gain or calibrate your Symphony I/O Mk II to match the levels of the other analog gear in your system.

A high-resolution TFT display delivers all the visual feedback critical for recording and monitoring. Without looking at your computer, Symphony I/O Mk II lets you see metering for up to 64 channels of I/O, 32 IN x 32 OUT – signal levels, polarity, muting, phantom power and Soft Limit.

Home Screen

Mic Pre Input Screen

Monitor Screen

Dynamic Temperature Control

Symphony I/O Mk II features advanced controls to keep the unit running at an ideal temperature, ensuring the highest level of performance and reliability. The new temperature controls are complemented by an improved fan and chassis ventilation design, which allows adequate component cooling to occur quietly.

Why do I need a good AD/DA converter?

Whether you record with a vintage Neve console, the best Neumann microphones or colorful mic preamps, a high quality AD converter is imperative to capture every nuance of your analog gear into your DAW. Without this, you will miss many of the subtleties and details that simply cannot be added back later with plugins. Similarly, the DA stage is essential to your perception of the recorded audio tracks. When mixing, regardless of what speakers you are using, if the converter is masking or having any effect on your audio, you could end up overcompensating with EQ, compression or other effects and failing to address other problematic details.

With Symphony I/O Mk II, you will hear more definition in each track and instrument of the mix, making it easier for you to make intelligent adjustments and achieve the ideal balance. Tracks will blend more harmoniously and mixing will simply be easier. The high end will be clear and not as brittle while the low end will be tighter than ever and more defined. This sort of unmatched audio quality can be noticed and appreciated by any listener.

Apogee Engineering Advantage

For over 30 years, Apogee has consistently
redefined the state of the art in digital audio hardware design. We never rest on the laurels of our previous award-winning products – we’re constantly evaluating the latest technological developments in analog and digital components, platform connectivity and user interface advances to design better performing, intuitive products that meet the needs of any audio professional.

As an example of the Apogee Advantage, Symphony I/O Mk II uniquely employs a fully differential op-amp as a fundamental building block throughout its analog circuits. The very latest iterations of this technology offer astounding performance – vanishingly low noise and distortion, lightning-fast slew rate and out-sized current output capability, all in a power efficient and small package. These components offer performance that’s orders of magnitude superior to what’s found in most competitive audio interfaces, and are an important factor in Symphony I/O Mk II’s ability to offer up to 32 channels of state-of-the-art conversion in one 2U package at an incredible price per channel value.

LEGENDARY SOUND QUALITY

Mk II Sound Quality–New 8×8 and 16×16 Modules

Like every flagship product we’ve introduced, Symphony I/O Mk II benefits from on-going expertise that constitutes the Apogee Engineering Advantage, once again pushing forward the state-of-the-art.

Symphony I/O Mk II includes the most refined analog-to-digital converter we’ve ever designed. The analog stage uses the same fully differential op-amps as found in the original Symphony I/O, but now in a circuit precisely streamlined to provide the most transparent path to the A/D stage possible. A Dual Sum A/D stage – where two conversion stages are summed for each analog channel – offers the lowest distortion and greatest dynamic range of any A/D converter we’ve ever designed – you get digital recordings that are true to your analog inspiration.

Symphony I/O MK II’s D/A section has been optimized with a more powerful, robust analog output driver. This newly designed high current, low impedance circuit is capable of driving virtually any input with absolutely no decrease in performance, regardless of the load presented by the connected gear. This becomes especially important when connecting vintage gear with difficult load impedances and elevated operating levels, sometime over long cables – Symphony I/O MK II maintains fidelity and punch.

Audiophile-Grade Headphone Monitoring
with Constant Current Drive

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Symphony I/O Mk II features a single ultra high-fidelity DAC and headphone amplifier featuring Apogee’s Constant Current Drive technology, first introduced in the Apogee Groove. This unique approach to headphone amplification dynamically compensates for the nonlinearities of any connected headphones, providing massive power while maintaining extremely low distortion and linear frequency response.

Includes ESS Sabre32 DAC Technology

ESS Sabre32 32-bit Hyperstream DAC with Time Domain Jitter Eliminator offers unequalled dynamic range, ultra low distortion, and unmatched audio clarity free from input jitter.

A Difference You Will Hear

Apogee is an award-winning industry leader in digital recording technology with over 30 years of experience. Preferred by recording pros around the world, Apogee products like Duet, Quartet, 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. Symphony I/O Mk II is built solidly on this reputation.

Optional 8 Channel Mic Preamp Module

Symphony I/O Mk II’s mic pre module includes 8 uniquely designed channels of 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 0-85 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.

Symphony I/O Mk II’s Mic pre module also includes 8 channels of digitally-controlled analog inserts, so that outboard processors like EQ and compression may be inserted into the signal path between the mic preamp and the A/D conversion stage effortlessly.  Because the inserts are digitally-controlled from Apogee Maestro software, any insert can be assigned to any input channel –  there’s no need to physically reconnect your outboard equipment to a different insert channel.

Symphony I/O Comparisons

Symphony I/OSymphony I/O Mk II ThunderboltSymphony I/O Mk II HD
Base Configurations2×6
8×8
16×16
8×8+8MP
16×16+8MP
2×6
8×8 Mk II
16×16 Mk II
8×8+8MP Mk II
2×6
8×8 Mk II
16×16 Mk II
8×8+8MP Mk II
I/O Module Compatibility2×6 Analog I/O
8×8 Analog I/O
16×16 Analog I/O
8 Mic Preamp
16 Analog IN
16 Analog OUT
2×6 Analog I/O
8×8 Analog I/O
16×16 Analog I/O
8 Mic Preamp
8×8 Analog I/O Mk II (NEW)
16×16 Analog I/O Mk II (NEW)
2×6 Analog I/O
8×8 Analog I/O
16×16 Analog I/O
8 Mic Preamp
8×8 Analog I/O Mk II (NEW)
16×16 Analog I/O Mk II (NEW)
Thunderbolt Connectivity built-inNOYESNO
Pro Tools HD Connectivity built-inYESNOYES
Front Panel MeteringUp to 16 channelsUp to 64 channelsUp to 64 channels
Touchscreen ControlNOYESYES
Headphone Outputs211
Front Panel ControlMonitor level
Mic pre gain
Clock source selection
Monitor level
Mic pre gain
All Input settings
Clock source
Calibration
Monitor level
Mic pre gain
All Input settings
Calibration
Maestro 2 Software ControlYESYESNO
(all settings can be adjusted via touchscreen)
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