Massimo Romeo 06/11/2014

Apogee Ensemble : Massimo Romeo's user review

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Hello dear reader, I will answer the questions as they are put me there.

What characteristics have motivated your choice? What purpose? What config? What system (s) (s)?

Having started with a small Edirol, then tascam fw1884, then Focusrite ... I started to get tired of the input range with which I reached their limit after a few months of use models. (Both in terms of connectivity that sounds). There, I needed a high-end sound card (and the fact of finding opportunity today at reasonable prices has allowed me to make me happy). Good afternoon, no need DSP for my mac (imac 2013 27 "8gb ram) is powerful enough for what I do.
I use it in logic 9.


The drivers are stable? What you get lag?

Very stable drivers (for one week) in maverick. We'll see later, but a brand that produces hardware for apple compatible I guess it will take to Yosemite. Especially since the card is still sold new.

At latency below 8ms. Nickel


The installation is done it without problems? Have you experienced any incompatibilities? The general configuration is easy? The manual is clear and sufficient? ...

10 min chrono, and everything went correctly. With maestro or in logic -> apogee option (which installs directly in logic). A breeze. Clear French manual on the site of peak. It's cool.


How long have you use it? 1 weeks

What is the particular feature you like best and least?
Plus: Converters / preamp clean.
Least: it seems to have slowed a 10aine second start of the imac (beware provide a FW400 to FW800 cable belkin + FW800 adapter to thunderbolt (60 euros for 2 with apple)

Have you tried many other models before buying it?
Yes, Edirol (zero), Tascam FW1884 (mwai. ..), Focusrite Saffire (not bad, but less defined). It is above the lot.
Now to see compared to metric halo, UAD, prism. Anyway, I think for my use (home stud, stud preproduction) that makes him amply.

How would you rate the quality / price? With experience, you do again this choice? ...

Nine, I think I would have saved a little more and go to the UAD apollo and still have the dsp board.
But for Cygnus, it is 700/800 euros (incidentally, friends afiens interested apogee), I paid 700 euros. What lowering the AF side which makes 850.

Thank you for reading me.
And turn me this computer and go to your home studio ;)