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Apogee Introduces Ensemble Mobile Audio Interface

At the 123rd AES Convention in New York City, Apogee Electronics Corporation unveiled Ensemble Mobile ($TBA), a battery operated version of the multichannel digital audio interface designed specifically for use with Apple Mac computers. Ensemble is the only multichannel audio interface with control functions built directly into Apple’s Logic Pro, Soundtrack Pro and GarageBand software. It is also compatible with any Mac OS X Core Audio software application.

Ensemble Mobile features 36 channels of simultaneous audio, including eight channels of Apogee’s 24-bit/192kHz AD/DA conversion; four digitally controlled 75dB mic preamps; two fully balanced inserts on mic pre channels; four hi-Z instrument inputs; eight channels of ADAT I/O; two channels of S/PDIF coaxial and optical I/O; and FireWire 400 connectivity to and from the computer. Ensemble Mobile also includes exclusive Apogee features such as SoftLimit, UV22HR dithering from 24 bits to 16 bits, and dual-stage Intelliclock.

The unit also has two individual, controllable and assignable high-level headphone outputs. Power to Ensemble Mobile is provided by an industry-standard XLR-4 connector that offers the option of plugging in using the included external AC-to-DC power adaptor with a standard IEC input. Ensemble Mobile works with any 11- to 16-volt DC power source. The power requirement is 20W maximum or 1.7 amps at 12V, promising an average of four hours of run-time from a 7AH battery.

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