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Apogee Big Ben Reviews

5.0 stars based on 7 customer reviews

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  • Arend Raby

    When using multiple digital devices in your DAW environment, the Big Ben is a must. Apogee has gone to great lengths in power supply and clock design to make this the MOST stable master clock ever designed. Say goodbye to stereo imaging issues, clicks and pops, and listen to it. You won't believe you're listening to your gear.

  • Kenny Bergle

    The difference between not clocking to the BigBen and clocking to the BigBen is NOT subtle. I always say to my customers 'If you don't think it improved your sound by $1495 worth, then send it back.' Never has anybody sent it back because it didn't sound way better than $1495 worth! Never! It's hard to get some people to pay $1495 for a piece of gear that doesn't really make a sound. But once they get it, they never want to part with it! If you are looking for a 'better' audio quality for your studio, before you upgrade your audio interface or digital recorder, get a BigBen and get ready for the real deal!

  • Paul Allen

    To synchronize digital gear I always recommend BIG BEN from Apogee. Apogee has been making great clocks for their own units for years, so who better to make the industry standard for a master clock? This master clock solidifies a digital studio into a unified, jitter-free rig. My clients are astounded at the improved audio quality, and I often hear, 'I never knew my gear could sound so good.'

  • from Hillsborough, NC July 31, 2014Music Background:
    recording engineer, Musician, studio owner

    Great! Solved a lot of problems

    Everything in the studio is now on the same page.

  • from Tortola British Virgin Islands May 12, 2010Music Background:
    Recording Engineer,Sound Engineer

    Big Ben Is The Best Friend I Ever Had

    What this thing does to an interface i cant even explain all i know i have no more clicks and pops no stop when am recording jitter is reduce and the sound quality is enhanced it also works great with hardware every thing is in sync and you hear stuff different and make better music get your self a big ben and you see why i said he is the best friend i ever had.

  • from japan/harvey illinois June 26, 2007Music Background:
    Pro Rapper,Producer,Engineer,and always Student

    Apogee Is My Biggest Homey !!!!!

    The Big Ben Is use to clock just about anything i get my hands on it gives you the confidence to buy products that you are not sure of cause they come with a word clock input!!!!!! i own a pair of Dynaudio Air 15 monitors and the fact that they have a word clock input on them and i clock my monitors (yeah that right) is great they already sound crazy good but with big ben its like woooooooooooooo baby
    I also have Rosetta 800 and Ensmble needles to say those are clocked my tc eletronic voice pro yup clocked too ....Why do i say all this cause the big ben makes that much of a difference you will only be falling behind in this digital age if you dont buy one today

  • from Castle Rock, CO January 28, 2007Music Background:
    Composer/Recording Engineer

    Apogee Big Ben really works!

    I've got an older Motu PCI-424 system on my Mac G5 with a Motu 2408 Mk II hooked up - plan to upgrade to Mk3 this year. Anyway, I had been looking at the Apogee Big Ben for some time and always put it off because of the price. I've also got two M-Audio ProFire LightBridges on two separate computers slaved to the Motu DAW.

    I also upgraded to the JBL LSR4326 Monitors and AKG701 Pro Headphones first to see if I could get the system to sound better. It was then I identified that the Motu converters are okay but knew from working in an Apogee-based recording studio that a better sound can be achieved.

    As soon as I hooked it up I was amazed. First off, there seemed to be more beef in the mids and the mud was gone! The high end harshness was also gone - replaced by sweetened rolled off highs that sound superb. The bass is more solid and accurate. And the imaging! No more wall of sound as everything has a more 3D spatial image (I mix orchestral stuff). The exciting thing is when I started recording acoustic guitar - I've never heard this system sound so sweet! The A/D conversion sounds like the big boys.

    I recommend the Big Ben to anyone wanting to improve their studio sound.

  • from Dearborn, MI July 25, 2006Music Background:
    Musician - Home Studio Owner

    Studio Engine

    The Big Ben is the engine that runs the show. I purchased the Big Ben because I was getting clicks in my recordings. The Big Ben told me that I had a clock termination problem in my RME card. It turned out to be a jumper on the RME card was incorrectly set. I never would have known that unless I purchased the Big Ben. The Big Ben has made everything sound better. It is hard to describe but it really is smoother and more pleasing. It opens up the sound somehow. The best purchase I have ever made.

  • January 2, 2006

    Big Ben - On Time!

    I am slowly migrating to a new studio set up and my Sales Eng. and I decided to add a Big Ben as the first piece of new gear. The difference it has made in the quality of my existing gear is hard to imagine. The harsh jitter went away, the stereo field opened up and the whole kit sounded "smoother". Inexpensive A/D converters are made to sound expensive - that's magic! Be sure to get 75 ohm terminating plugs for WC!

  • June 1, 2005

    X Factor

    Big Ben is like Windex for your DAW. It cleans the audio imaging field without leaving any residue. On something like Pro Tools HD with Rosettas or a 192, it will make some difference. In my case, it really opened up the stereo imaging of my recordings. Cymbals were sweeter, less harsh. Dense drum mixes were more articulate. Acoustics were less icepicky. And reverb tails appeared out of nowhere :-). On something like a Digi002, it really helped me capture the spaciousness of the Churches I've recorded in. Bigger improvement here, no doubt. And if you've got a bunch of digital devices to work with, this is really a great way to bypass their crappy clocks. In all, you should probably get good mics and pres and a good interface first. Then, when you realy wanna get that X Factor, the "Whats Next", the "Wow" factor (esp on classical and jazz), the Ben is the way to go.

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