A New Standard for Music Creation Technology
Apogee has squeezed every ounce of their digital audio expertise into the newly-rebuilt Ensemble Thunderbolt audio interface, setting yet another standard for sound quality, performance, and functionality. By utilizing blazing-fast, cutting-edge Thunderbolt 2 technology, the Ensemble Thunderbolt gives you ultra-low latency and unmatched CPU efficiency, allowing you to monitor more effectively, record more tracks, and process more plug-ins. Of course, the Ensemble Thunderbolt's eight digitally-controlled mic preamps and premium AD/DA converters give you the phenomenal sound quality you'd expect from Apogee. The original Ensemble was an enormously popular audio interface here at Sweetwater and found its way into many Sales Engineers' personal studios, so we're confident that the new Apogee Ensemble Thunderbolt will be our next in-demand audio interface!
New software driver for ultra-low latency and unmatched CPU efficiency
The Apogee Ensemble Thunderbolt audio interface's software driver utilizes a Direct Memory Access (DMA) engine that resides on the Ensemble Thunderbolt's hardware logic chip to efficiently read and write data directly to your Mac's memory. Since this happens independent of your Mac's CPU, it doesn't run out of resources, and the driver is able to crunch an enormous amount of data at blazing speeds. Featuring a full 32-bit signal path directly from your DAW's output straight to its D/A converter, the Ensemble Thunderbolt's driver also ensures that your audio doesn't need further data processing before it hits your studio monitors or headphones. What does this mean for you? Well, in the real world, it means that you can monitor straight through your DAW in real time (even with loads of plug-ins) and that you'll no longer have to compromise on speed when you need more power.
Converters provide exceptional-sounding audio, whether going in or coming out
The Apogee Ensemble Thunderbolt audio interface's A/D conversion has received a significant upgrade over its predecessor, giving you greater dynamic range, lower distortion, and an almost nonexistent noise level. The icing on the cake; however, is the Ensemble Thunderbolt's inclusion of an ESS Sabre32 32-bit Hyperstream D/A converter with a Time Domain Jitter Eliminator, providing you with unbelievably clear, jitter-free audio playback. When compared to older 24-bit technology, the ESS Sabre32 D/A converter's 32-bit filter processing results in an astonishingly low THD+N specification and a large dynamic range, improving upon the audio fidelity and transparency for which Apogee is renowned. While already wildly popular with the audiophile community, Apogee is one of the first manufacturers to utilize the ESS Sabre32 D/A converter for pro audio applications.
Pristine preamps result in detailed, distortion-free recordings
Featuring 8 uniquely-designed mic preamps, the Ensemble Thunderbolt audio interface utilizes Apogee's Advanced Stepped Gain Architecture, which uses a dynamically-optimized circuit to give you superior bandwidth, ultra-low noise, and nonexistent distortion, for up to 75dB of clean, useable gain. Whether you mic up a manic drummer's kit, record a dynamic vocalist, or capture delicate orchestral instruments, these pristine preamps will ensure that your recordings retain all of the focus, intricate detail, and 3-dimensional impact of the original performance.
Ample I/O provides lots of recording and monitoring options
The Apogee Ensemble Thunderbolt audio interface gives you so much I/O, you'll never find yourself coming up short, regardless of how you work. Featuring 4 combo inputs and 4 XLR inputs, the Ensemble Thunderbolt lets you connect up to 8 microphones, external mic preamps, or any other pieces of analog gear. You also get 10 highly-configurable balanced line outputs (2 balanced monitor outputs and 8 balanced line outputs) that are designed to accomodate a wide variety of workflows. Whether you mix in-the-box or on an external console, the Ensemble Thunderbolt makes it easy to get to work quickly and efficiently. On top of that, you get 2 independently-controlled headphone outputs, 2 hardware inserts, 18 channels of digital I/O, and a word clock input and output.
Ensemble Thunderbolt Audio Interface Features:
- New software driver and 32-bit signal path for ultra-low latency and unmatched CPU efficiency
- Converters provide exceptional-sounding audio, whether going in or coming out
- Pristine preamps result in detailed, distortion-free recordings
- Soft Limit prevents digital clipping that causes distortion
- Ample I/O provides lots of recording and monitoring options
- Class A JFET circuits preserves every drop of your guitar's feel, tone, and harmonic character
- Hardware/software hybrid approach for a refined user experience