Apogee Symphony Desktop 10×14 at NAMM 2020, the trade fair year for desktop audio interfaces? SSL SSL2 and SSL2 + have so far been presented in practical desktop format alone USB audio interface at NAMM 2020.
The Apogee Symphony Desktop 10×14 Audio Interface from the Apogee Electronics. The name suggests that it offers 10 ins and 14 outs. These are not completely analog, because the interface is equipped with 2 XLR / TRS combo-ins, a DI input, 2 x TRS output, two headphone outs (small and large jack) and a TOSLINK-I / O for optional S / PDIF or ADAT.
Two pre-amps deliver up to 75 dB gain with subsequent pre-amp classic emulation (analog + DSP, probably comparable to UAs “Unison”), the Instrument In has variable input impedance and FET in the signal path. The maximum DA and AD resolution is 192 kHz and 24 bits.
Apogee promises the highest sound quality and compatibility with Mac OS from 10.12, Windows 10 from Anniversary Update and iOS from iOS13 (but only for iPad Pro!). Merging the sound quality of the rackmount Symphony I/O Mk II with the simplicity of the Duet and Quartet, the Apogee Symphony Desktop offers musicians and producers premium Apogee fidelity, flexible I/O, and powerful plug-in processing in a travel-friendly form factor.
A software package is included, including two pre-amp emulations, Symphony ECS Channel Strip (“Tuned by Bob Clearmountain”). It puts you in complete control of your tone. Thanks to its color touch-screen and large control knob, the Symphony Desktop provides easy operation and comprehensive visual feedback.
Record mic-, line-, or instrument-level signals through the variable-impedance, high-gain pre-amps and use the monitor outputs and assignable headphone jacks for listening to the main mix or an alternate source. This USB Audio Interface will expand your setup by connecting external digital equipment to the optical TOSLINK ports, which support 8-channel ADAT or 2-channel S/PDIF protocols.
Price and Availability
Although it is called “The cheapest USB Interface” from Apogee Electronics, it still costs $1,299 and is already up for pre-order through the Bhphotovideo.com online store.