Apogee's Symphony 64 card is a digital computer interface that is based on the PCIe architecture for Apple's newest Mac Pro computers. Controlled by Apogee's Maestro software, Symphony features 64 channels of digital I/O on a single PCIe card format. With support for sample rates up to 192kHz, Symphony 64 can be used as a digital router or patch bay when connected to external converters or other digital outboard equipment. Software drivers for Symphony 64 feature extensive routing capabilities and very low latency performance making very high channel, high quality native recording with Apogee converters a reality. Symphony 64 sets a new audio standard for native workstations!
Up to 128 simultaneous channels of audio
With the ability to install two cards in Apple's Mac Pro, Symphony 64 offers high end, professional users the capability to utilize up to 128 channels of audio simultaneously in a single computer. Symphony can provide more than enough I/O for even the biggest sessions.
Easy interface control with Maestro software
Symphony 64 comes with Maestro, an innovative software interface between OS X applications (OS 10.4.11 and above) and Apogee hardware. Maestro is capable of controlling Apogee hardware I/O connected to the computer via FireWire, Symphony 64, or both at the same time. Maestro features multiple low-latency mixers, hardware control panels, an input/output routing matrix that is compatible with Rosetta 800, Rosetta 200, AD-16X and DA-16X and a universal control platform for using Apogee hardware in combination with Ensemble.
Apple's Mac Pro
Apple's 8-core Intel Mac Pro is the muscle of The Symphony System and can surpass any combination of multi-DSP card-based systems in capability, affordability, and value. The dynamic allocation of processor power, on an "as needed basis" means resources as and when you need them with processors and power to spare. If you are building a workstation, which will demand hundreds of plug-ins, power hungry reverbs and huge sampled instruments, The Apple "Mac Tower Of Power" is key and Symphony 64 is built to perform with the Mac Pro.
Symphony 64 PCIe card
The core of the Symphony System is the Symphony 64 PCIe card. With the flexibility of up to 64 channels of input and output Symphony 64 doubles the amount of I/O previously available on one Symphony card. And, the Symphony PCIe driver design provides and elegant and rock solid connection capable of delivering incredibly low latency. The pairing of Symphony's superior driver performance and the brute strength of Apple's Mac Pro provides a superior foundation for any Core Audio based studio and sets the stage for advanced technologies like Symphony's SBus and VBus.
Next Generation Workstation
The Symphony System excels on several levels - the award-winning sound quality of Apogee's AD&DA Converters, the groundbreaking power of Apple's Mac Pro, and the stability and ultra low latency performance of the Symphony 64 card. This combination provides a flexible, stable, high-end solution for customers seeking a workstation compatible with any Core Audio application. And, because Symphony utilizes the power of the Mac Pro for plug-in processing, customers are spared the expense of a high priced DSP card.
Extended Audio Routing
Symphony 64 features Extended Audio Routing with VBus and SBus technology. VBus allows users to route demanding, stand-alone software instruments, directly between Core Audio based applications, instead of running them as plug-ins. Symphony's SBus doubles the DSP power of The Symphony System by facilitating the communication of digital audio between Symphony equipped Macs with a single cable. Now it is possible to route audio to a second computer and back again for plug-in processing, sample libraries, soft-synth players, and session transfers from one Core Audio application to another.