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.