Apogee Digital Symphony IO Converter review (Audio Interface)

The Symphony I/O is a heavy-duty unit…

Led lights on the symphonyIt can be configured in any way that you see fit!

Superb AD/DA conversion at extreme high resolution and bit rates.

A true piece of gear that can function as the corner stone of your High quality Studio! And something that many audio engineers would desire…

Symphony has that heavenly sound with Summery Warmth

connected to the mixer

The Corner Stone

Apogee is well-known for delivering low-latency and high-quality sound to Apple Mac audio producers and engineers through its line of ADDA units.

Their latest offering?

The Symphony I/O, might just be another kind of modular converter system that promises many of the same things: high quality, lower latency.

But how does it stand out anyway? We’re here to find out.


Features and Specs of this converter/interface

io optionsWith a central well build chassis, you have a choice of four input and output cards.

The options include a 8×8 analog/digital card, a 16×16 analog card, a 16 analog-in/16 digital-out card and a 16 digital-in/16 digital-out card.

If you’re already impressed with these features, well, that’s not all the Apogee has.

But certainly, this isn’t something we’ve seen with their previous products.

Flexibility is the main capability of the Symphony I/O.

It could act as a standalone converter that allows you to purely take analog signals in and send digital signals out.

It can also be used as an interface connected to a Mac using a USB.

Front and back symphonyIt might not have the best DAW with it, but it certainly works with any Pro Tools|HD or HDX rig and it would appear as a standard Pro-Tools interface.

As with most Apogee products, it ensures low-latency. And I’ve got to say it does deliver that low-latency we really love.

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Expect the up to date High end Sound Quality

The Apogee Symphony I/O is about flexibility and quality.

A little setup

A little setup

When I recorded some piano using an Apogee using an 8×8 analog/digital card, I was quite impressed with the preamps. It didn’t deliver any coloring and it preserved the dynamics.

Considering the price, it even outdoes some of the world’s most-trusted converters with consistency to match.

It sounds like a dream, right? The best thing is it has is this warmth that is quite clear and crisp but not really noticeably to be quite digital.

apogee connected to the laptop

Connect it to your Macbook Pro

I used the Apogee for mastering and the warmth is superb. It doesn’t lack the clarity of a digital recording and it has some of the most impressive-sounding stereo imaging I’ve heard in a while.

I tried it next on a guitar. I just have to say that it is possible Apogee might be coloring the audio a bit, but not too invasive as to change the entire characteristic and dynamic of the audio.

Simply put, it seems to emulate the studio’s actual sound, the way the microphones hear it, with pure clarity and flavor!

The Inside and Outside Hardware

Apogee-Digital-Symphony-IO-ReviewThe I/O digital converter system is built to last you a long time. Sure, that line’s been used so many times, but it’s the best description I could find about how they built the unit.

Clocking the unit is also quite easy as it has ready WC channels.

On top of this, the ability to interchange input and output cards over time doesn’t limit you from exploring its vast features.

If you’re recording to an analog to digital system, that 16-channel A/D might be some magnificent, but I’ve not have the chance yet to try it.

More about the Manufacturer

Products by apogeeDid you know that The company apogee is famous for their high quality products?

Ever since they came on the market it’s been a blast for audio engineers and musicians alike..

Maybe one of their most famous products is the Big-Ben master word clock.

They have always been focusing on delivering superb quality rather then filling the market with more to choose from.

Final Words for this wonderful expensive professional toy

The Apogee Symphony has everything you’ll need from an Analog to Digital converter.

It’s possibly one of the most affordable and best-sounding interface I’ve had a chance to work with.

It’s still expensive though, but the bright side is that you can configure it to your liking!

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