Apogee have announced the new Symphony I/O Mk II With Thunderbolt, Pro Tools HD And Waves Soundgrid Support (arriving in the fall of 2016). We are not surprised to see the new Apogee Symphony I/O Mk II with Thunderbolt and Avid Pro Tools HD connectivity but the Waves Soundgrid support is a sign that the Waves DSP based hardware is starting to gain traction as an industry standard option.
On their website Apogee say:
Apogee Symphony I/O Mk II is a multi-channel audio interface featuring Apogee’s newest flagship AD/DA conversion, modular I/O (up to 32 inputs and outputs), intuitive touchscreen display and optional world-class microphone preamps. Designed to deliver professional sound quality for audio recording, mixing and mastering, Symphony I/O Mk II is the ultimate music production centerpiece for any modern studio.
The new Symphony I/O Mk II comes with direct connectivity to one of three different platforms – Thunderbolt™, Pro Tools® HD or Waves SoundGrid® network.
Best AD/DA conversion of any Thunderbolt™ audio interface
Up to 32 channels of modular analog I/O with optional 8 mic preamps
Best per-channel value of any interface in its category
Choice of Thunderbolt, Pro Tools® HD (Mac/PC) or Waves SoundGrid® connectivity
Ultra-low latency performance
Intuitive touchscreen display and front panel control
Designed in California, Built in the U.S.A.
Input and Output Flexibility
There is a Symphony I/O Mk II solution for everyone; the home studio, project studio, commercial recording studio and scoring stage. Choose from four base I/O configurations, 2×6, 8×8, 16×16, or 8×8 with 8 mic preamps and easily expand as your studio grows. With two module slots and the capacity for up to 32 inputs and outputs of A/D & D/A conversion per unit, Symphony I/O Mk II offers the best per-channel value of any interface in its category.
Apogee Symphony I/O Pricing
Another welcome piece of news is that the price for both the Thunderbolt and Pro Tools HD versions is the same, base systems start at $2295