AES: Apogee X-Series HD Expansion Card

Oct 31, 2003 12:00 PM, Editors


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The X-HD option card allows for direct connectivity between Pro Tools|HD systems and the Rosetta 800 8-channel AD/DA converter.

“We are pleased to offer HD users the ability to interface the Rosetta 800 directly to their workstations, giving them the opportunity to enhance the sonic potential of their system,” said Betty Bennett, co-founder and CEO of Apogee.

Features include primary HD port to connect directly to HD Core or Accel cards; expansion port to daisy-chain multiple Apogee devices; compatible with the latest versions of Pro Tools software; and can be used alongside similar interfaces (such as Digidesign 1922, Prism Dream ADA-8).

The option card will be available in April 2004 with a MSRP of $595.

In other company news, the Digi-Mix expansion card (MSPR: $595) for the Rosetta 800 is now shipping. The Digi-mix option card allows for direct connectivity between Pro Tools Mix systems and the Rosetta 800 8-channel AD/DA converter, providing superior quality conversion to Pro Tools Mix users without the need for an additional interface.

Features include standard Digidesign peripheral connector to interface directly to Mix Core or Farm cards; Superclock (FSx256) output for convenient integration into existing Pro Tools configurations; with necessary Pro Tools hardware expansion, multiple Rosetta 800s may be connected into a system; Rosetta 800 may be used alongside an Apogee AD-8000 or Trak 2 outfitted with an AMBUS-Digi8+ card, as well as any other Pro Tools Mix-compatible hardware; and multiple slaved Rosetta 800s may lock to Word Clock or directly to the Digi-mix card for low-jitter synchronization of the Pro Tools system.

Apogee also showed its X-Series FireWire expansion card, which allows for a direct connection between Apogee’s Rosetta 800 and any FireWire-equipped computer. Based on new S800 standards, the X-FireWire Card uses an expansion slot in the Rosetta 800, and in all future X-Series-based systems to give users of Logic, Nuendo and other popular software the option of Apogee conversion. The two ports on the Apogee X-FireWire Card facilitate daisy-chaining additional devices to give users great expansion options for their DAWs.

Features include two S800 FireWire connectors; a standard off-the-shelf adapter cable allows connection to S400 FireWire ports; compatibility with Apple's OS X built-in FireWire Core Audio driver; supplied with Windows XP WDM/ASIO driver; up to 16x16 24-bit channels at 44.1/48/88.2/96 kHz; up to 16 24-bit channels at 176.4/192 kHz; fully compliant and compatible with 61883-6 and other relevant 1394-IEEE and AES specifications; and allows low-jitter synchronization to a FireWire audio network and can provide a master clock source for a FireWire audio network.

The FireWire expansion card will be available in April 2004 for a MSRP of $595.

New at AES from Apogee Electronics Corporation was the Mini-MP, the company’s latest addition to its Mini-Series, which includes the Mini-Me and Mini-DAC. Mini-MP, a 2 -channel, analog mic/instrument preamp, offers the reference quality of Apogee’s Trak2 and the preamps of the Mini-Me.

Featured in the Mini-MP are two, low-distortion, ultrafast, high-gain preamps that offer a full 70 dB of gain. The step-less adjustment of Mini-MP’s gain knobs provides a smooth alternative to switch mode gain adjustment and is ideal for those who like to “ride the gain” without pops or other gain-change artifacts becoming part of their recording.

The phantom powered microphone inputs are capable of handling level of up to +18 dB and the auto-select hi-Z inputs are ideal for instruments and consumer-level equipment. On the output side, Mini-MP uses Apogee’s newly developed, electronically balanced line drivers, which simulate true transformer behavior and allow for perfect symmetry when used in balanced mode and no increased distortion when used unbalanced.

Other Mini-MP features include Middle-Side mode to record audio using an M-S configured mic setup, an 80Hz highpass filter and a phase switch.

The Mini-MP is now available for $995.

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