Apogee made a slew of NAMM announcements last week, starting with Symphony Mobile, a new multichannel connector card for Apple MacBook Pro computers.
Featuring the same functionality of Apogee's Symphony PCI-Express card, Symphony Mobile offers up to 32 channels of 24-bit/96 kHz I/O and less than 1.6 ms of latency in a portable form. The optional X-Symphony card allows for direct connectivity to Apogee''s Rosetta 800, Rosetta 200, AD-16X, and DA-16X converters. In other Symphony news, the Symphony PCI-Express and PCI-X cards retail for a new price of $795.
Apogee also announced an upgrade to the Ensemble, a multichannel 24-bit/192 kHz audio interface designed for use with Mac OS X, in the form of a new standalone mode. Now, you need only configure the Ensemble's settings in Maestro (Apogee's Mac OS X software interface) once, and the unit will remember mixer and router settings when used independently of the computer. This new mode also allows the Ensemble to be used as a converter and a mic preamp.
Finally, the company released a FireWire option card for the Mini-Me and Mini-DAC interfaces, allowing for direct DAW connection at sampling rates of 96 and 192 kHz, respectively. The AD-8000 converter and Trak2 audio interface also have a new card option: the AMBus FireWire card offers FireWire capability to AMBus-supported Apogee products and features two S400 FireWire connectors.