|At winter Namm show 2006, Apogee Electronics Corporation unveiled Symphony, a multi-channel PCI Express card designed specifically for use with Apple Macintosh computers. Apogee’s Symphony PCI Express card is a digital computer interface that is based on the PCI-Express architecture in PowerMac G5 computers. Controlled by 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 feature extensive routing capabilities and 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 a connectivity solution that offers the capability to utilize up to 192 channels of audio simultaneously in a single computer.
“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 features include 32 channels of 24-bit 192K digital I/O, single 32 channel PC32 bi-directional connector, direct connectivity to Apogee’s Rosetta 800, Rosetta 200 and AD-16X and DA-16X converters via the X Symphony option card as well as compatibility with any CoreAudio software application.