Apogee Ensemble Thunderbolt Review
Apogee’s first Thunderbolt 2 audio interface for Mac, the Ensemble Thunderbolt, was recently reviewed at Pro Tools Expert. The new Ensemble includes 8 advanced stepped gain mic preamps, monitor controller functionality including talkback, front panel guitar I/O, two headphone outputs and digital connectivity for a total of 30 x 34 Inputs/Outputs.
Using the interface is very easy, with a set of input selectors for the main I/O on the front panel, hold any of these buttons down for a couple of seconds and a menu appears offering input type, soft limit, insert, phase, filter and also group. Group enables the user to simultaneously adjust the input gain on all channels in a group, the offset on any channels that is there before the group is created remains, handy if you want to pull down all your drum mics for example. There are also 4 user assignable soft keys that can be used to do things like monitor mute, talkback etc, they come pre-assigned with functions that right now I have not seen the need to change. There’s also a talkback mic, handy in project studios and also if you want to use it as an extra effect, like routing a guitar amp in a room through it.
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