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Apogee Digital Ships Symphony 64 Card – Most Affordable Pro-Audio Solution

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Not everyone may have a use for such high-end audio, such as the Symphony 64 by Apogee Digital – but for those audiophiles who would be interested in an affordable recording system, here you go.

The Symphony 64 PCI Express card is made to interface Apogee’s X-Series and Rosetta Series converters directly to the Mac Pro – supporting 64 channels, 24bit/192kHz with ultra low latencies based on its price range. The Symphony 64 also features Extended Audio Routing with VBus and SBus technology.

VBus is something that allows users to route their software instruments directly between Core Audio based applications instead of running them as ‘plug-ins’. SBus technology doubles Digital Signal Processing (DSP) power of the system – making it possible to route audio to a second workstation and back again for plug-in processing (off-loading), sample libraries, soft-synth players, and session transfers from one Core application to another.

The Symphony 64 prices in at US$995. Apogee is also offering a $250 upgrade option for customers that have purchased a card between the dates of August 1, 2008 and December 31, 2008. Good deal! Now obviously the price seems high to those of us that aren’t into the business of the recording industry, but believe me – this is definitely on the ‘affordable’ side. Obviously you would need more than just this card, but Apogee is still one of the most affordable solutions when it comes to pro-audio recording.

If you are one of those few out there looking to do some serious audio work, this is a good start. More information regarding Apogee products can be found on their site.

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    JonnyDough , October 28, 2008 8:20 PM
    For that kind of money I hope they have really good product support and didn't cut any important corners! "Low-cost" or not, that's still a big grand for a chip on some PCB, even to a small business. An investment like that means the product has to work for awhile - i.e. good drivers, no hardware failure.
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    cruiseoveride , October 28, 2008 8:52 PM
    Haha "Most Affordable"?

    RME has real pro studio equipment cheaper than that.

    The author must be on weed.
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    christian summer , October 28, 2008 9:32 PM
    i used to do some work with the company that makes these cards (note the price and the fact that its used)...



    and actually that is a great price for a card of this caliber...made from apogee who are known for making some of the most precise clocks on the market...which is paramount for accurate recordings...

    too bad i am pretty much exclusive to digi...at least unless i am doing some work in a studio that runs logic or nuendo...

    -c
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    christian summer , October 28, 2008 9:33 PM
    so links dong seem to work...

    http://cgi.ebay.com/Digidesign-Pro-Tools-HD-Accel-PCIe-Card-ProTools_W0QQitemZ130264267653QQcmdZViewItem?hash=item130264267653&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14&_trkparms=72%3A1234|66%3A2|65%3A12|39%3A2|240%3A1318

    copy and paste...

    -c