Apogee Ensemble Thunderbolt Audio Interface builds upon the company's reputation for high-gain preamplifier design and improves upon their transparent analog-to-digital and digital-to-analog conversion with the addition of an ultra-low latency 1.1 ms (96 kHz/32 buffer) 32-bit playback Thunderbolt signal path.
For inputs, the 1U rackmountable interface features eight microphone preamps with up to 75 dB of available gain using the company's Advanced Stepped Gain Circuitry - four rear panel XLR-3F connectors and four rear panel ¼" TRS/XLR-3F combo connectors. The preamps include line level Input channels 1 and 2 also included 1/4" Send and return loops.
The front panel features two Guitar I/O channels with class-A JFET inputs in a "bootstrapping" circuit design to reproduce the feel of vintage tubeamplifiers and preserve the tone and high frequency response of connected instruments by providing an ultra-high impedance load. Beneath the front panel guitar inputs are a pair of dual mode re-amp outputs for connecting to external effect processors such as stomp boxes or guitar amplifiers.
The dual mode switching allows you to easily record your direct guitar signal while also listening through an amplifier. You can then play the recorded guitar signal back through the amplifier to adjust tonality and microphone placement.
A built-in microphone capsule within the interface can be used for archiving your session, recording a "crushed room" sound when tracking drums, or for talkback when tracking musicians. Rear panel Word Clock IN and OUT connectors enable syncing other digital audio gear to the interface's high quality master clock.
For outputs the interface features 16 rear panel analog outputs in the form of two balanced 1/4" TRS monitor outputs and eight balanced line outputs on a D-Sub 25-pin connector. The front panel features two PurePower headphone outputs with separate volume controls for monitoring mixes. Monitoring can be configured between the two 1/4" outputs, one of three stereo speaker sets, or a 5.1 surround system.
|High Frequency Amplifier||No|
|High Frequency Driver||No|
|Low Frequency Amplifier||No|
|Low Frequency Driver||No|
|Maximum Sound Pressure Level (SPL)||No|
|Low Frequency Roll-Off||No|