Today at NAMM, Apogee Electronics Corporation (booth 6428) unveiled Symphony, a multi-channel PCI Express card designed specifically for use with Apple's Macintosh computers.
Apogee's Symphony PCI Express card is a digital computer interface that is based on the PCI-Express architecture in Apple's PowerMac G5 computers. Controlled by Apogee's Maestro software, Symphony features 32 channels of digital I/O on a single PCI-Express card format. With support for sample rates up to 192 kHz, Symphony can be used as a digital router or patch-bay when connected to external converters or other digital outboard equipment. Software drivers for Symphony will feature extensive routing capabilities and very low latency performance. Symphony connects directly to Apogee's Rosetta and AD-16X and DA-16X converters via the X-Symphony option card, which installs in the slot of the converter itself.
With the ability to install three cards in Apple's G5, Symphony is the only connectivity solution that offers high end, professional users the capability to utilize up to 192 channels of audio simultaneously in a single computer, providing more than enough I/O for even the biggest scoring sessions.
"The Symphony-PCIe card is an exciting step forward in native I/O capability. Symphony makes very high channel, high quality recording with Apogee converters a reality and offers this breakthrough at a lower cost per channel than any other option. The professional audio community finally has a versatile and powerful solution for native workstations." says Betty Bennett Co-Founder and CEO of Apogee.
Symphony at a glance: