Apogee Symphony I/O Mk II - 16x16 Thunderbolt

Multichannel Thunderbolt Audio Interface with 16x16 Analog I/O and 2x2 S/PDIF I/O - Mac
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Apogee's Next-gen Audio Interface

Since 1985, Apogee has been developing the finest pro audio technology, including the famous X-series and Rosetta series converters, the Big Ben master clock, the Trak2 mic preamps, the Symphony PCI protocol, and Symphony I/O. Now, they put all that experience into their state-of-the-art next-generation multichannel audio interface. Symphony I/O Mk II boasts Apogee's latest flagship AD/DA conversion, as well as ultra-flexible modular I/O that offers up to 32 inputs and outputs and a fast, user-friendly touchscreen display. If your audio production requirements put you on technology's cutting edge, you'll want to equip your studio with Apogee's Symphony I/O Mk II.

Apogee Symphony I/O Mk II Thunderbolt at a Glance:
  • Harness the power and speed of Apogee Thunderbolt
  • A system that fits your present and future needs
  • Symphony I/O Mk II Thunderbolt 16 x 16 features flexible modular I/O
Harness the power and speed of Apogee Thunderbolt

Symphony I/O Mk II Thunderbolt fortifies your studio with the refined power of Apogee's latest state-of-the-art multichannel audio interface for Thunderbolt-based Mac workstations. Whether you work in your personal project studio or a professional recording facility running any native DAW, Symphony I/O Mk II Thunderbolt gives you the flexibility of four base I/O configurations, and you'll have the option to expand your system up to 32 concurrent channels per unit - all with ultra-low 1.35mS latency!

A system that fits your present and future needs

Available in several different configurations, Symphony I/O has you covered whether you're running a home studio, a project studio, a scoring stage, or a world-class commercial facility. Apogee offers four basic I/O schemes: 2 x 6, 8 x 8, 16 x 16, or 8 x 8 plus eight mic preamps. And it's easy to expand your setup as your needs grow. Featuring two module slots, your Symphony I/O Mk II system can accommodate up to 32 inputs and outputs of A/D and D/A conversion per unit. At Sweetwater, we're impressed with the Symphony I/O Mk II. Cutting-edge performance and flexibility, and amazing value - exactly what we expect from Apogee.

Symphony I/O Mk II Thunderbolt 16 x 16 features flexible modular I/O

Analog and Digital Inputs:

  • Analog In - 16 balanced inputs on two 25-pin D-Sub connectors
  • Digital In - two channels of S/PDIF coax; up to 192kHz on one RCA connector

Analog and Digital Outputs:

  • Analog Out - 16 balanced outputs on two 25-pin D-Sub connectors
  • Digital Out - two channels of S/PDIF coax; up to 192kHz on one RCA connector
Apogee Symphony I/O Mk II Thunderbolt Interface Features:
  • Apogee's next-gen multichannel audio interface
  • Class-leading AD/DA conversion for Thunderbolt audio interfaces
  • Ultra-low 1.35mS latency
  • Flexible modular I/O
  • User-friendly 4.3" TFT touchscreen display and front-panel controls
  • Easy to expand your setup as your needs grow
  • Outstanding per-channel value
Step up to the state-of-the-art with Apogee Symphony I/O Mk II!

Additional Media

Audio Interface Buying Guide

Tech Specs

Computer Connectivity Thunderbolt
Simultaneous I/O 16 x 16
A/D Resolution 24-bit/192kHz
Analog Inputs 2 x 25-pin D-Sub
Analog Outputs 2 x 25-pin D-Sub
Digital Inputs 1 x Coax (S/PDIF)
Digital Outputs 1 x Coax (S/PDIF)
Clock I/O In/Out
Rack Spaces 2U
Depth 11.5"
Manufacturer Part Number SYM2-16X16S2

Customer Reviews

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A perfect match for my set up.

Even better than the last Symphony

I'm using the new Symphony I/O MKII with two gen 2 16x16 cards for mixing and mastering with outboard gear in Stereo and Surround. The A/D is a nice step up from the previous generation. The D/A is slightly different/better from the last generation. Still has the same "sound" or sonic signature, but is a little more articulate. Very revealing, with great depth and dimension to the sound. Imaging is superb. The new symphony thunderbolt chassis behaves better than the previous with thunder bridge. And updating firmware and drivers is so much smoother now. I loved the last generation Symphony. I love this one even more. It's very much in league with the Prism Titan and other mega-high-end converters.

We're not in Kansas anymore!! BEST INTERFACE EVER

Wow. The firmware update was somewhat nerve wracking but then again I bought this from the only place to buy gear - Sweetwater! Folks let me first give my pitch about Sweetwater Sound. They are literally the only professional, kind, helpful, wonderful I really cannot say enough good about them AND Chris Sanders my sales engineer. That dude man he works his booty off helping me with this or that. I mean its just a pleasure. As far as other vendors, I've actually experienced very negative results so really folks buy FROM SWEETWATER SOUND. Anyway, so I managed to convince someone to let me use their thunderbolt enabled laptop because my new computer is not in yet. Anyway lets get down to business shall we? :) First off you can change the sample rate in Maestro 2. Other than that there isn't much difference (oh and word clock can be changed as well). Of course this will be used for Pro Tools HD Native however, I am just using Logic (yuck!) to test this out. Anyway, first off stay away from a certain audio It is as stunning as I thought it would be. I'd love to get off my lazy butt and actually connect my Grace Design m905 (which Chris Sanders sold me too) and use it as it is used for that is a monitoring hub (headphones, speakers, subwoofers, analog i/o, digital i/o, look it up you'll love it) but right now I'm dealing with like a (i know this isn't politically correct but a "midget" laptop for want of a better term just because I had a 27'' apple monitor so it seems so much smaller. You simply install the Maestro 2 software, connect it, its pretty much plugin in play "sort of." Trust me its a breeze besides if you are getting gear like this you know your stuff anyway. I cannot really attest in great detail the AD/DA converters only to say I believe these to be the absolute best. Listen you cannot find a better HD Interface. I used to OWN TWO AVID 16x16's! Total junk compared to Apogee. Listen folks apogee has been doing this since I believe 1985. Over 30 years making pre's, converters, word clocks. Now tell me after reading that, would you rather pay overpriced avid junk or Focusrite (god forbid) or would you rather get the absolute BEST OF THE BEST? I ain't kidding this thing rocks. I just wish I had another module but in time that will be a reality. Right now 16x16 is perfectly okay with me. Besides I can score a patchbay to route all my outboard gear together without having to get under my workstation or whatever. So yeah this is absolutely the best you can buy ANYWHERE. It is hyped for a reason. Even the old Rosetta 800's I see a lot. And think of the improvements that Apogee has made since then? I have NEVER had any problem with apogee in my life and I have dealt with them for about 8 years. Lastly I just want to tell you that if you use or if you actually don't use Pro Tools HD (whatever DAW you use) this interface albeit thunderbolt for this one (Btw - PT HD users do NOT dispair. You can get an option card that CONTAINS A USB PORT AND A MINI DIGI LINK PORT! IT SHOULD BE OUT SOON!) you are getting the creme de la creme of anything. Lynx forget about it. Focusrite yuck, avid thats insulting :) RME common they aren't where its at LOL Obviously I am biased because I've invested a lot in Apogee and PT HD Native but I just want all to know if you need this GET IT.
Music background: lots o' stuff (no bragging here)

I'm not sure

I come from owning a previous gen symphony and then I switched to the uad apollo silver and then upgraded to the new black face apollo and now I have this. The difference I can say is in the clarity. Things are very clear less muted sounding. Would I say this is worth almost $5000. Not really. It's good but I don't know it's looks are. It as nice as the original. The touch screen is smooth when used but you don't really use it. I'love just say it's very high priced and it depends on what your doing. Making hip hip or edm. Don't buy. It's over kill. Recording live bands and drums. I still think the apollo is the better option. Working in film this may be the way to go because of the 7.1 support. The reason I purchased it in the first place.
Music background: Composer producer singer songwriter
See also: Apogee, Apogee Thunderbolt Audio Interfaces