Apogee Symphony I/O Mk II - 2 x 6 Thunderbolt

Multichannel Thunderbolt Audio Interface with 2x6 Analog I/O, 8x8 Optical, and AES 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 2 x 6 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 with 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 2 x 6 features flexible modular I/O

Analog and Digital Inputs:

  • Analog In - two balanced inputs on two XLRF connectors
  • AES In - stereo input on one XLRF connector
  • Optical In - supports ADAT, SMUX, and S/PDIF:
    • ADAT - eight channels; 44.1kHz-48kHz on one TOSlink connector
    • SMUX - four channels; 88.2kHz-96kHz on one TOSlink connector
    • S/PDIF - two channels; up to 96kHz on one TOSlink connector
  • S/PDIF Coaxial In - two channels; up to 192kHz on one RCA connector

Analog and Digital Outputs:

  • Analog Out - six balanced outputs on one 25-pin D-Sub connector
  • AES Out - stereo output on one XLRM connector
  • Optical Out - supports ADAT, SMUX, and S/PDIF:
    • ADAT - eight channels; 44.1kHz-48kHz on one TOSlink connector
    • SMUX - four channels; 88.2kHz-96kHz on one TOSlink connector
    • S/PDIF - two channels; up to 96kHz on one TOSlink connector
  • S/PDIF Coaxial Out - two channels; up to 192kHz on on 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 2 x Thunderbolt
Form Factor Rackmount
Simultaneous I/O 2 x 6 (Analog), 8 x 8 (Optical)
A/D Resolution 24-bit/192kHz
Analog Inputs 2 x XLR
Analog Outputs 1 x DB-25 (6 channels balanced)
Digital Inputs 1 x XLR (stereo AES), 1 x Optical (ADAT, SMUX, S/PDIF), 1 x Stereo S/PDIF (Coax)
Digital Outputs 1 x XLR (stereo AES), 1 x Optical (ADAT, SMUX, S/PDIF), 1 x Stereo S/PDIF (Coax)
Clock I/O Word Clock In/Out
Manufacturer Part Number SYM2-A2X6

Customer Reviews

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5/5

Best audio interface

I love this audio interface. It works perfectly...never experienced any issues. I have contacted Apogee customer support to discuss possible upgrades which must be performed by Apogee at the factory to maintain the warranty. They were very nice and helpful. Not really sure how this is a bad device because someone had a conversation that didn't go to their liking with customer service. The jury is out on the Symphony MkII. It brings your sound to a professional level which you can not attain until you own this device. You can find this interface along with UAD plugins in most of the top pro mix engineers' studios. Worth every penny. Although if you can, start with the 16x16. Much better value in the long run.
Music background: recording, mixing, mastering, guitar
5/5

Also defending apogee CS Mk2

Apogee made in the USA, you call during business hrs you get real people no pre recorded stuff at all. Chris is positive and very informative, he has no problem answering your call 10 times until he gets you up and running. No Matter how old your gear is they are more than happy to help trouble shoot because they know their old equipment is still just as good as the new. Apogee best converters on the market. Considering I'm against plugin emulation because plugins simply don't have the heat from the power supply and plus music is audible to me not visual, sure there are other good choices out there for ad/da but let's face it,,,,,, they're not the best and they're not apogee!
Music background: Renaissance Man
5/5

Defending Apogee's Customer Service

Okay there are things that tick me off about apogee in light of last NAMM with the Lynx (n). That being said, I have never experienced better customer service from apogee than any other gear company at all. I once had an AD-16X from buying online. It broke. Even before it broke it was so messed up I knew I was going to have to do something. It took apogee like 1 week shipping included to fix it FOR FREE and it was like brand new. They have great customer service don't doubt it.
Music background: who cares
5/5

Best Audio interface Available

This is by far the best audio interface you can buy. I went from an Apollo and the two can not even be compared. Obviously this interface is extremely transparent and everything I'm use too is very colored. Your ITB mixers will sound better because of this interface. And of course using this as your I/O to your analog console or summer will provide professional level results every time. The touchscreen is rock solid and very easy to use. A few notes for those interested in PTHD vs TB chassis I contacted apogee and they confirmed you can purchase an Pro Tools HD option card to interface the Thunderbolt based chassis with HDX cards. This would allow you to interface with a Apple-based Thunderbolt system and (within the apogee software) switch to a Pro Tools HD system configured in either a Mac or Windows based system. I am so pleasantly surprised with the versatility and supreme quality of this interface. I can't wait to buy two 16x16s2 cards and mix 24 channels analog! Being able to use the Thunderbolt Chassis on a windows PTHD system is a game changer. Considering UA just updated the Thunderbolt satellites to function on windows, I hope to switch to windows with an HDX card very soon!
Music background: Audio engineer, guitarist
1/5

Horrible customer service

Thought it was good, except they had a misleading promotion and the few times I've called customer service I was extremely unhappy with the quality of service. If I spend 2,500 or more on an interface I need to feel comfortable that the company is good and will take care of me if any issues not caused by me happen. I wouldn't trust them to resolve anything, I hope my interface doesn't stop working. If you're looking to spend this much money go anywhere but the Apogee , they will not take care of you like you are used to if you buy stuff from Sweetwater (who has excellent service). I've never posted a review about music equipment over the many years I've done this. But I am truly appalled at my experience with them multiple times, Mostly today. I recommend looking around some more, any exoensive product needs a good company to stand behind it.
Music background: Production
See also: Apogee, Apogee Thunderbolt Audio Interfaces