The Apogee Ensemble Audio Interface is the first all digitally controlled, professional audio interface, designed specifically for the Macintosh. Ensemble features 36 channels of simultaneous audio, including 8 channels of Apogee's legendary A/D and D/A conversion, 4 transparent, digitally controlled 75db mic preamps, 8 channels of ADAT I/O, 2 channels of S/PDIF coax and optical I/O, and FireWire connectivity to and from the computer. Ensemble also includes premium Apogee technologies such a... Read more
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MultiChannel, 24bit/192kHz Audio Interface for the Macintosh Users Guide
V2.0 - May 2011
Owners Record Introduction Getting Started Quickly 1. Installing software 2. Hardware connections Getting Started Quickly 3. OS X configuration 4. iTunes playback Getting Started Quickly 5. DAW configuration Getting Started Quickly 6. Recording General Operation Making Settings with Software Control Panels Making Settings with Ensembles Front Panel Encoder Knobs Setting Sample Rate Using 176.4192 kHz Sampling Rates Setting Clock Source Digital I/O Stand-Alone Mode Ensemble Routing General Operation General Operation Input Routing Diagram General Operation Output Routing Diagram Maestro Control: Settings - Settings Maestro Control: Settings - Settings (diagram) Maestro Control: Levels - Output Maestro Control: Levels - Input Maestro Control: Levels - Input (diagram) Maestro Control: Levels - Output (diagram) Navigating the Front Panel Connections on the Rear Panel Connecting Your Studio Basic studio configuration: Connecting Your Studio 5.1 surround configuration: Configuring Audio Software Apps Configuring Ensemble for use with audio software apps Apple Soundtrack Pro Apple FInal Cut Pro Configuring Audio Software Apps MOTU Digital Performer Steinberg Nuendo Troubleshooting Troubleshooting Warnings & Copyrights Declarations of Conformity 25
Ensemble Users Guide
The serial number is located on the rear panel of the unit. We suggest you record the serial number in the space provided below. Refer to it whenever you call an authorized Apogee Electronics repair facility or the manufacturer. Please be sure to return your completed warranty card immediately! Ensemble Serial No._________________________________________________ Purchase Date__________________________________________________________ Dealer_________________________________________________________________ Phone_________________________________________________________________ Address________________________________________________________________
Any changes or modifications not expressly approved by APOGEE ELECTRONICS CORPORATION could void your authority to operate this equipment under the FCC rules.
Please register this unit by filling in the included registration card, or registering online at http://www.apogeedigital.com/support/register.php Please read this manual if you call for technical support, well assume that you have. There will be a quiz.
Ensemble is a digitallycontrolled Firewire audio interface specifically designed for Apple Macintosh computers. From mic preamps to Mac Core Audio connectivity to headphone outputs, Ensemble includes all thats necessary for a highquality Macbased recording system. Ensemble includes several of Apogees Core technologies, including: SoftLimit Soft Limit is an analog peak limiting circuit that instantaneously and gracefully controls transient peaks, thereby allowing an additional 4 dB of headroom. Soft Limit may be engaged on all 8 Ensemble analog inputs. UV22HR UV22HR is Apogees industry standard dither algorithm for reducing the wordlength of a digital audio signal from 24 to 16 bits. UV22HR is also being employed to produce dramatically improved internet and computer audio content without increased file sizes or data rates. Apogee Sample Rate Conversion (SRC) Ensembles hardware sample rate conversion provides a high quality, flexible solution for working with digital audio hardware and software running at different sample rates. Ensembles sample rate conversion may be applied to a digital input (to convert an input stream to Ensembles sample rate) or to a digital output (to provide an output stream at a user selected sample rate different than Ensembles rate). Ensemble Requirements 1.Apple PowerMac 1.5GHz or higher, 512MB of RAM required, 1GB recommended 2. OS X 10.4.11 or 10.5 and above; OS X 10.5.3 or above highly recommended 3. Apple Logic Pro 7.2.3 or 8.0 and above 4. One Firewire 400 cable Please note: The functionality described in this Users Guide is based on Ensemble firmware and software release version 1.3, released in February, 2007.
Getting Started Quickly
1. Installing software
Download the latest software here: http://www.apogeedigital.com/downloads.php
2. Hardware connections
Using the enclosed FireWire cable, connect one of Ensembles FireWire ports to a FireWire 400 port on your Mac (figure 2).
Connect Ensembles AC input to an AC outlet of 90 to 250 volts; Ensembles power switch will illuminate to indicate the presence of AC. Press the power switch to turn the unit on (figure 3).
Connect a pair of headphones to Ensembles 1 output (figure 4).
3. OS X configuration
From your Macs Apple menu bar, open the System Preferences window, then click on the sound icon (figure 5).
In the Sound Preferences window click on the Output tab and select Ensemble (figure 6).
4. iTunes playback
Open iTunes, select an audio file and initiate playback (figure 7).
Press the OUTPUT encoder knob until the LED is lit and adjust the level in your headphones (figure 8).
5. DAW configuration
Configure your Core Audio compatible software to communicate with Ensemble hardware I/O. For example, in Logic 8 Pro : Choose Preferences > Audio and click on the Devices tab. In the Devices window, click on the Core Audio tab (figure 9).
Check the Enabled box, select Ensemble in the Device field, and verify that the 24 Bit Recording box is checked. Click on Apply Changes when compete (figure 10).
To customize the I/O routing labels in Logic to match Ensemble hardware I/O, choose Options > Audio > I/O Labels. Click on the circle adjacent to each label under the Provided by Driver column (figure 11).
To control Ensemble directly from your Logic session, choose Options > Audio > Open Apogee Control Panel (figure 12). If youre using another Core Audio compatible audio software app, use Apogees Maestro software (installed in your Applications folder in Step 1) to control Ensemble.
Connect a mic to the MIC 1 rear panel connnection (figure 13).
or an instrument to the HIZ 1 front panel connection (figure 14).
In Logic, set a tracks input to Analog 1 and its output to Analog 1/2 and record-enable the track (figure 15).
Press the front panel INPUT encoder knob until the Pre 1 LED is lit, and turn encoder to obtain a proper recording level on the recordenabled track (figure 16). Youre now ready to record!
Making Settings with Software Control Panels
All Ensemble settings are made from Apogees Maestro software Settings panel or Logic Pros Apogee Control Panel. Certain settings can be also be made from OS X audio control panels. Its possible to open multiple control panels simultaneously, as settings made on one control panel are mirrored on all others. Additionally, Mic Pre gain and Ouput level may be controlled from Ensembles front panel encoders, as described on the lower half of this page. What is Maestro? - Apogee Maestro provides the most complete control of Ensemble, including control of all Ensemble parameters, store/recall of configurations, expanded routing and 2 lowlatency mixers. Maestro may be used with any Core Audio compatible audio application. Please see the complete explanation of Maestros Settings panel beginning on p. 14 The Logic Pro Apogee Control Panel, found in Logic Pro under the Audio menu, provides control of all Ensemble parameters and store/recall of configurations. Audio Midi Setup (AMS) This OS X utility (found in the rootdrive/Applications/Utilities folder) provides control of Ensembles clock source, sample rate and output level. To set Ensembles output level using the Macs menu bar audio fader, set Default Output (in AMS) to Ensemble; OSX audio faders (including the menu bar fader) will then control the output selected on Ensembles front panel. For example, if the front panel 1 LED is lit, OSX audio faders control the 1 output level.
Making Settings with Ensembles Front Panel Encoder Knobs
Ensembles front panel encoders provide simple and immediate access to Mic Pre gain settings and Output levels. To use the left encoder to control mic pre gain: Select the mic pre gain to set by clicking the left encoder knob until the desired PRE LED is lit. Turn the encoder clockwise to increase gain or counterclockwise to decrease gain. The LEDs encircling the encoder indicate its position, providing a quick visual indication of level in the same fashion as a traditional knob.
To use the right encoder to control output levels: Select the output to set by clicking the left encoder knob until the desired LED is lit, and turn the knob as described above; by selecting MAIN, rear panel analog output levels may be set; by selecting either 1 or 2, the corresponding front panel headphone output level may be set. By pressing and holding the right encoder button for a few seconds, all analog outputs are muted. The selected output LED flashes to indicate muting.
Please see p. 16 to configure the MAIN and headphone outputs
Setting Sample Rate
To set Ensembles sample rate, choose the desired rate in your Core Audio compatible software application; Ensemble will set itself to this rate. If the application has no sample rate setting, open the OSX utility Audio Midi Setup, select Ensemble in the Properties For field and select the desired rate in the Format field.
Using 176.4192 kHz Sampling Rates
To operate Ensemble at a sample rate of 176.4-192k, its necessary to set I/O Allocation (found in Maestro under Tools>Settings>Settings tab) to either 10x10 or 8x8. As Optical I/O is not supported at these sample rates, their associated Firewire paths are disabled to conserve CPU bandwidth. After changing I/O Allocation, its strongly suggested to re-boot the computer and power the Ensemble off and then on.
Setting Clock Source
Ensembles clock source may be set from Maestro, Logic Pros Apogee Control Panel, or from OSXs Audio Midi Setup utility. When Ensemble is locked to an external source, Ensembles sample rate is still determined by the selection in software. Thus, the sample rate of the external source must be manually set to match the software sample rate. For example, if you want to open a session at 88.2 kHz but lock Ensemble to word clock from an Apogee Big Ben, you must manually set the Big Ben to 88.2 kHz.
The availability of Ensembles digital I/O is based on the units sample rate and Optical I/O Format setting, as depicted in the chart below.
Analog I/O 8
Coaxial I/O 2
44k1/48k 88k2/96k 176k4/192k
8 ADAT or 2 S/PDIF 4 SMUX or 2 S/PDIF none
When Ensembles firewire connection is interrupted, the unit automatically enters Stand-Alone mode, whereby all current control panel, routing and mixer settings remain operational, despite the absence of a host computer. In Stand-Alone mode, the Status LED turns green and all front panel controls remain active.
Unless routing is modified in Maestro software, all Ensemble rear panel inputs are routed via Firewire to the Mac, while all rear panel outputs are routed via Firewire from the Mac, as depicted on the next two pages.
Input Routing Diagram
18 Hardware Inputs
MIC 1 or Hi-Z
18 DAW Inputs
MIC 2 or Hi-Z
Analog 2 Analog 3
Analog 4 Analog 5 Analog 6 Analog 7 Analog 8 S/PDIF (coax) L S/PDIF (coax) R
MIC 3 or Hi-Z
MIC 4 or Hi-Z
ADAT 1 ADAT 2 ADAT 3
ADAT 4 ADAT 5 ADAT 6
OPTICAL ADAT 1-8, SMUX 1-4 or S/PDIF (L,R)
ADAT 7 ADAT 8
Output Routing Diagram
18 DAW Outputs
18 Hardware Outputs
Analog 1 Analog 2 Analog 3 Analog 4 Analog 5 Analog 6 Analog 7 Analog 8 S/PDIF (coax) L S/PDIF (coax) R ADAT 1 ADAT 2 ADAT 3 ADAT 4 ADAT 5 ADAT 6 ADAT 7 ADAT 8
Maestro Control: Settings - Settings
All Ensemble settings are made from Apogees Maestro Settings panel or Logic Pros Apogee Control Panel. If youre using Logic Pro, please see the description of the Apogee Control Panel in the Logic Pro documentation. Unit select - When multiple Apogee devices are connected to the computer, this selection designates which device is currently being controlled by Maestro. Identify Unit When checked, all LEDs on the active Ensembles front panel light, thereby allowing easy identification of the hardware receiving software control panel settings. Clock Source Select This drop down list is used to set Ensembles clock source to Internal or to the S/PDIF Coax, Optical, or Word Clock rear panel inputs.
SRC Select Sample rate conversion is applied to the stereo audio path selected in this drop down list. When converting a digital input (at any sample rate) to the sample rate of Ensemble (and thus the DAW session), apply sample rate conversion to the digital input. SRC Rate When converting the output of the DAW session to another sample rate, apply sample rate conversion to a digital output (under SRC Select) and select the desired destination sample rate in the SRC Rate drop down list. UV22HR UV22HR is applied to the stereo audio path selected in this drop down list. UV22HR should be applied to analog and digital inputs when recording to a 16bit session and applied to digital outputs when routing signals from Ensemble to 16bit digital devices such as external CD burners or DAT recorders. UV22HR is only available at sample rates of 44.1k 48k, as higher sample rate formats and devices support 24 bit operation only. I/O Allocation With this drop down menu its possible to allocate the number of channels made available through Firewire I/O. When using slower host computers and/or higher sample rates, allocating fewer channels to Firewire I/O means less CPU resources are used for Firewire communication. Please note that when an 18 x 18 allocation is selected, the highest sample rate possible is 96kHz. Also, any hardware I/O may be routed through the available Firewire I/O in the Maestro Routing pages. Bandwidth used This meter measures the percentage of bandwidth used by all Firewire AUDIO devices connected to the Macs internal firewire bus. Bandwidth used by hard drives is not included. If the meter reads 100%, select a smaller I/O Allocation setting. Optical In This drop down list sets the digital format of the rear panel Optical In to either S/PDIF or ADAT/SMUX. Optical Out This drop down list sets the digital format of the rear panel Optical Out to either S/PDIF or ADAT/SMUX. Meter Display The signal displayed by the front panel meters may be set from this drop down list. Settings available are Off (meters display no signal), Input (meters display Ensemble inputs) or Output (meters display Ensemble outputs) Word Clock Out The rate of the word clock output may be set in this drop down list to be equal to the unit sample rate (WC x 1) or 1/2 the unit sample rate (WC x 1/2), to accomodate connected devices. CD Mode Checking this box sends a 44k1, 16bit stereo signal to the S/PDIF Coax output, regardless of the DAW session sample rate or bit depth. CD Mode sets UV22HR to S/DPIF Out, and if the DAW session is at any other sample rate than 44k1 sets SRC Select to S/PDIF Out and SRC Rate to 44k1. Hold Overs By checking this box, the red Over indicators on the front panel meters and in Maestros Settings/Output page remain lit until the Clear Meters button (in Maestros Mixer window) is clicked. Input Settings : Soft Limit When checked, Apogees Soft Limit overload protection is engaged on the corresponding Analog input. Input Settings : +4, 10, MIC The nominal reference level of each analog input is selected with these radio buttons. Inputs 14 may also be set to MIC level, allowing gain to be set from +10 to +75 dB. Output Settings The nominal reference level of each analog output is selected with these radio buttons.
Maestro Control: Settings - Settings (diagram)
Maestro Control: Levels - Output
Level Control Three knobs provide level control for the Main, HP1 and HP2 outputs. Output attenuation from 0 to 127 dB is displayed in a corresponding readout. Meter Display Signal present on any channel selected in the MAIN Format Select or HP 12 Source Select drop down lists is displayed on the corresponding meter. MAIN Format Select This drop down list is used to configure the analog outputs for various monitoring situations. When Format is set to None, all Analog outputs function as standard Line outputs; the Main Level fader has no function. When Format is set to Stereo, the Main Level fader (and front panel Output encoder) controls the level of Analog outputs 12. Outputs 38 function as standard Line outputs. When Format is set to 5.1 Surround, the Main Level fader (and front panel Output encoder) controls the level of Analog outputs 16. Outputs 78 function as standard Line outputs. When Format is set to 7.1 Surround, the Main Level fader (and front panel Output encoder) controls the level of all the Analog outputs.
HP1 HP2 Source Select These drop down lists are used to select the stereo signal source for the front panel headphone outputs.
Maestro Control: Levels - Input
Pre1 Pre4 The following controls are provided for Pre1Pre4
Gain Control This knob provides gain control for the mic pre. Mic pre gain from +10 to +75 dB is displayed in a corresponding readout. Meter Display This meter displays the conversion level of the corresponding channel, for a convenient reference when setting mic pre gain. Groups The Gain Control of two or more Pres may be linked by selecting the same Group in this drop down list. The Gain offset present when Pres are initially grouped is maintained after grouping. Phase When this box is checked, polarity of the corresponding analog input is inverted. 48V When this box is checked, 48 volt phantom power is applied to the corresponding XLR input. SoftLimit When this box is checked, Soft Limit overload protection is applied to the corresponding analog input.
Maestro Control: Levels - Output (diagram)
Maestro Control: Levels - Input (diagram)
The following Maestro preferences determine the behavior of connected hardware. Please consult the Maestro Users Guide for more information about software preferences. Launch Maestro automatically when connecting a device When this box is checked, Maestro is launched automatically when Ensemble is detected on the Macs FireWire bus. Enable pop-ups When this box is checked, Encoder pop-ups appear on the Mac desktop when the front panel encoders are manipulated. The pop-ups display various Ensemble settings, including input and output selection, level, Input groups and Output muting. To illustrate, a few examples are shown below.
Pre1 input selected encoder set to 38 dB
Pre3-Pre4 inputs grouped and selected encoder 3 set to 40 dB encoder 4 set to 50 dB
Analog (Main) output selected encoder set to -60 dB
HP2 output selected encoder set to 0 dB
Navigating the Front Panel
1 1. Power Switch Press this button to apply power to Ensemble. When Ensembles AC input is connected, the switch will light dimly to indicate that the unit is in Standby. 2 2. STATUS LED This multicolor LED provides a quick visual indication of the status of various parameters. A solid blue LED indicates that Ensemble is locked to the clock source chosen in software control and that the Firewire connection is valid. A flashing LED indicates that Ensemble is not locked to the selected clock source. A red Status LED indicates that Ensemble has not achieved a valid Firewire connection. After a few moments Ensemble will switch to Stand-Alone mode. A green LED indicates that no Firewire connection is present, and that Ensemble is operating in Stand-Alone mode. A flashing red LED indicates that both error conditions are present. 3 3. HIZ Input 12 These 1/4 inch connectors accept high impedance sources such as keyboards and guitars. When a jack is inserted in a HiZ connector, the inputs XLR connector is disabled. 4 4. INPUT Encoder Knob When inputs 14 are set to Mic using software control, this knob controls the mic pre gain; To select the input being controlled, press the encoder knob until the desired PRE LED lights ; turn the encoder clockwise to increase level or counterclockwise to decrease level. The LEDs encircling the encoder knob indicate the position of the knob, providing a quick visual indication of level in the same fashion as a traditional knob. If no inputs are set to Mic in software control, the encoder has no function. 5 5. PRE LEDs These LEDs indicate the selected channel in conjunction with the INPUT encoder knob. 6 6. 48V LEDs These LEDs indicate that 48 volt phantom power has been engaged in software control. 7 7. Meters 18 These meters display either analog inputs or analog outputs, as set in software control. 8 8. Meters D1,D2 Meter D1 displays the presence of signal on either channel of the S/PDIF Coax I/O, meter D2 displays the presence of signal on any channel of the Optical I/O. 9 9. INPUT, OUTPUT LEDs These LEDs indicate if meters are displaying input or output signals, as set in software control. 10 10. MAIN, Phones 1,2 LEDs These LEDs indicate the selected output to be modified by the OUTPUT encoder knob. 11 11. OUTPUT Encoder Knob This knob controls the level of the selected output as indicated by the MAIN, hp1 and hp2 LEDs. Operation is similar to that of the Input encoder knob as described above. If Main is set to None in software control, the encoder knob has no effect on the Main outputs. 12 12
1,2 These TRS connectors provide headphone outputs
Connections on the Rear Panel
1 1. MIC14 These XLR connectors accept balanced mic or line inputs; input level is determined in software control. 2 2. INSERT SEND RETURN (channels 12) These TRS connectors provide balanced analog insert points before the A/D conversion stage; inserting a jack in the RETURN connector activates insert return.
The insert send may also serve as a direct out: when only the insert send is connected, signal to the A/D conversion stage is not interrupted. The insert return may also serve as a balanced TRS line input. 3. HIZ (channels 34) These TRS connectors accept high impedance inputs for channels 34, 3 similar to front panel HIZ inputs.
4 4. ANALOG INPUT 58 These TRS connectors accept line level inputs for channels 58; input level is determined in software control. 5 5. ANALOG OUTPUT 18 These TRS connectors provide line level outputs for channels 18; input level is determined in software control. 6 6. S/PDIF These coaxial connectors provide S/PDIF format digital I/O. 7 7. OPTICAL IN/OUT These Toslink connectors provide S/PDIF, ADAT or SMUX format digital I/O; format is determined in software control. 8 8. FIREWIRE These FW 400 connectors provide Firewire I/O to an Apple OSX computer. Stand-Alone Mode If Ensemble doesnt detect a valid Firewire connection, it will switch to Stand-Alone mode after a few moments. This is indicated either by a red STATUS LED (when the Firewire connection is present but not valid) or by a green LED (when there is no Firewire connection). In Stand-Alone mode, all routing, mixing and control settings made when the unit was last connected to a Mac are saved in Ensemble flash memory, thus allowing the use of the unit when not connected to a computer. Thus, its possible to use Ensemble as a Stand-Alone mixer or AD-DA converter. 9 9. WORD CLOCK IN/OUT These BNC connectors provide word clock I/O. 10 10. WC IN 75 OHM TERM This switch terminates the Word Clock input with a 75 ohm load. 11 11. AC IN This IEC connector accepts AC input from 90250 volts.
Connecting Your Studio
Basic studio configuration:
5.1 surround configuration:
5.1 Surround Speaker Setup
Configuring Audio Software Apps
Configuring Ensemble for use with audio software apps
When configuring Ensemble for use with Core Audio applications its necessary to: 1) select Ensemble in the hardware drivers menu; 2) open a software control panel to control Ensembles settings.
Apple Soundtrack Pro
To select Ensemble as hardware I/O: 1. Playback open the OS X utility Audio Midi Setup (AMS), found in the Applications > Utilities folder and set Default Output to Ensemble. (figure 24) 2. Recording in Soundtrack Pro, open Window > Recording and set Input and Monitor Device to Ensemble. (figure 25) To control Ensembles settings: 1. In Apogee Maestro, open Window > Settings.
figure 25 figure 24
Apple FInal Cut Pro
To select Ensemble as hardware I/O: 1. Playback Open Final Cut Pro > Audio Video Settings and set Audio Playback to Ensemble. (figure 26) 2. Recording Open Tools > Voiceover and set Source to Ensemble. (figure 27) To control Ensembles settings: 1. In Apogee Maestro, open Window > Settings.
MOTU Digital Performer
To select Ensemble as hardware I/O: 1. In Digital Performer, open Setup > Configure Audio System > Configure Hardware Driver. (figure 28) 2. Set Master Device to Ensemble (figure 29) 3. Set Work Priority to Low (figure 29) To control Ensembles settings: 1. In Apogee Maestro, open Window > Settings.
To select Ensemble as hardware I/O: 1.In Nuendo, open Devices > Device Setup and select VST Audiobay in the Devices column. (figure 30) 2. Set Master ASIO Driver to Ensemble. (figure 31) 3. When queried Do you want to select another MASTER ASIO driver?, click Switch. To control Ensembles settings: 1. In Apogee Maestro, open Window > Settings.
The power switchs blue LED is lit, but no other LEDs are on; is the unit in operation? Not yet; when Ensemble is connected to AC power, the power switch illuminates dimly to indicate that the unit is in Standby. Press the power switch to power up Ensemble. How can I quickly verify if the Ensemble system is operating correctly? Verify that Ensembles STATUS LED is solid blue (verifies Ensemble hardware clocks); Check that the unit appears in AMS by serial number (verifies Firewire audio connection); open Maestro (or Logic Pro Apogee Control Panel), click on Identify Unit and verify that all LEDs light (verifies Firewire software control connection). Ensemble doesnt show up in my audio program or in Audio Midi Setup. Verify that the required version of OS X is installed Is Ensembles STATUS LED solid blue? If not, reconnect the Firewire cable or replace the cable. I cant control Ensemble from Maestro or Logic Pro Apogee Control Panel. Verify the presence of this file : System > Library >Extensions > apogfwplugin.bundle. If you dont find it, reinstall software from the CD included with Ensemble. Theres no signal on Analog output 12. Open Maestro, set Meter Display to Output, and verify that a signal is displayed on the meters. If no signal, check routing from the software audio application. If signal is displayed on the meters but not present at Analog outputs 12, check that the MAIN output level is up (either in Maestro or using the front panel OUTPUT encoder). The front panel OUTPUT encoder knob doesnt attenuate the signal on Analog output 12. When Format Select is set to None (in Maestro), the front panel OUTPUT encoder does not attenuate output level. Set Format Select to Stereo. The meters arent working at all. Verify the METER setting in the Apogee Control Panel in Logic, it might be set to OFF.
I want to run Ensemble at 176.kHz, but I only see 44.196 kHz in AMS. Ensemble can operate at sample rates of 44.1 to 96 kHz or 176.4 to 192 kHz, as determined by
the Sample Rate Range setting in the Apogee Maestro Settings panel. To change the sample rate range, open the Maestro>Window>Settings panel and set Sample Rate Range to the desired setting. When setting the range, quit all audio software apps and allow 30 seconds for Ensemble to reboot at the new sample rate range
Im trying to lock Ensemble to an external source, but the STATUS LED just wont stop blinking. When Ensemble is locked to an external source, Ensembles sample rate is still determined by
the selection in software. Thus, the sample rate of the external source must be manually set to match the software sample rate. For example, if you want to open a session at 88.2 kHz but lock Ensemble to word clock from an Apogee Big Ben, you must manually set the Big Ben to 88.2 kHz.
How do I reset Ensemble to its default settings? Ensemble may be reset by pressing in the front panel left encoder and then powering on the unit;
continue to press the encoder until the unit has completed its boot-up sequence.
Warnings & Copyrights
FCC warning This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class A digital device, pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC rules. These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference when operated in a commercial environment. This equipment generates, uses, and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed and used in accordance with the instruction manual, may cause harmful interference to radio communications. Operation of this equipment in a residential area is likely to cause harmful interference, in which case the user will be required to take whatever measures necessary to correct the interference at his own expense. Copyright Notice The Apogee Ensemble is a computerbased device, and as such contains and uses software in ROMs. This software, and all related documentation, including this Users Guide contain proprietary information which is protected by copyright laws. All rights are reserved. No part of the software and its related documentation may be copied, transferred, or modified. You may not modify, adapt, translate, lease, distribute, resell for profit or create derivative works based on the software and its related documentation or any part thereof without prior written consent from Apogee Electronics Corporation, U.S.A. Software Notice Redistribution and use in source and binary forms, with or without modification, are permitted provided that the following conditions are met: Redistributions of source code must retain the above copyright notice, this list of conditions and the following disclaimer. Redistributions in binary form must reproduce the above copyright notice, this list of conditions and the following disclaimer in the documentation and/or other materials provided with the distribution. THIS SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED BY THE COPYRIGHT HOLDERS AND CONTRIBUTORS AS IS AND ANY EXPRESS OR IMPLIED WARRANTIES, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE ARE DISCLAIMED. IN NO EVENT SHALL THE COPYRIGHT OWNER OR CONTRIBUTORS BE LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, EXEMPLARY, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES (INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, PROCUREMENT OF SUBSTITUTE GOODS OR SERVICES; LOSS OF USE, DATA, OR PROFITS; OR BUSINESS INTERRUPTION) HOWEVER CAUSED AND ON ANY THEORY OF LIABILITY, WHETHER IN CONTRACT, STRICT LIABILITY, OR TORT (INCLUDING NEGLIGENCE OR OTHERWISE) ARISING IN ANY WAY OUT OF THE USE OF THIS SOFTWARE, EVEN IF ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGE.
Declarations of Conformity
Declaration of ConformityFCC Apogee Ensemble This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the following two conditions: (1) This device may not cause harmful interference (2) This device must accept any interference received, including interference that may cause undesired operation. This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits of a Class B digital device, pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful inteference in a residential installation. This equipment generates, uses and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed and used in accordance with the instructions, may cause harmful interference to radio communications. If this equipment does cause harmful interference to radio or television reception, which can be determined by turning the equipment off and on, the user is encouraged to try to correct the interference by one or more of the following measures: 1. Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna. 2. Increase the separation between the equipment and receiver. 3. Connect the equipment into an outlet on a different circuit from that to which the receiver is connected. 4. Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for help. NOTE: The use of nonshielded cable with this equipment is prohibited. CAUTION: Changes or modifications not expressly approved by the manufacturer responsible for compliance could void the users authority to operate the equipment. Apogee Electronics Corporation, 1715 Berkeley St, Santa Monica, CA 90404. Betty Bennett, CEO. Industry Canada Notice This Class B digital apparatus meets all requirements of the Canadian InterferenceCausing Equipment Regulations. Cet appareil numrique de la classe B respecte toutes les exigences du Rglement sur le matrial brouilleur du Canada. Declaration of Conformity CE Apogee Electronics Corporation hereby declares that the product, the Ensemble, to which this declaration relates, is in material conformity with the following standards or other normative documents: EN500811/EN55022; 1995 EN500821/IEC 8012, 3, 4; 1992 following the provisions of: 73/23/EEC Low Voltage Directive 89/336/EEC EMC Directive Declaration of Conformity Japan Apogee Electronics Corporation hereby declares that the Ensemble, to which this declaration relates, is in material conformity with the VCCI Class A standard. Declaration of Conformity Australia Apogee Electronics Corporation hereby declares that the Ensemble is in material conformity with AN/NZS standard requirements.
Registration and Warranty Information
Be sure to register your Ensemble, either by filling in the enclosed Registration Card or by completing the online registration form at our Web site: http://www.apogeedigital.com/support/. If you do so, Apogee can contact you with any update information. As enhancements and upgrades are developed, you will be contacted at the registration address. Firmware updates are free for the first year of ownership unless otherwise stated. Please address any inquiries to your dealer or directly to Apogee at: APOGEE ELECTRONICS CORPORATION, 1715 Berkeley St, Santa Monica, CA 90404, USA. TEL: (310) 5849394, FAX: (310) 5849385 Email: email@example.com. Web: http://www.apogeedigital.com/ APOGEE ELECTRONICS CORPORATION warrants this product to be free of defects in material and manufacture under normal use for a period of 12 months. The term of this warranty begins on the date of sale to the purchaser. Units returned for warranty repair to Apogee or an authorized Apogee warranty repair facility will be repaired or replaced at the manufacturers option, free of charge. ALL UNITS RETURNED TO APOGEE OR AN AUTHORIZED APOGEE REPAIR FACILITY MUST BE PREPAID, INSURED AND PROPERLY PACKAGED, PREFERABLY IN THEIR ORIGINAL BOX. Apogee reserves the right to change or improve design at any time without prior notification. Design changes are not implemented retroactively, and the incorporation of design changes into future units does not imply the availability of an upgrade to existing units. This warranty is void if Apogee determines, in its sole business judgment, the defect to be the result of abuse, neglect, alteration or attempted repair by unauthorized personnel. The warranties set forth above are in lieu of all other warranties, expressed or implied, and Apogee specifically disclaims any and all implied warranty of merchantability or of fitness for a particular purpose. The buyer acknowledges and agrees that in no event shall the company be held liable for any special, indirect, incidental or consequential damages, or for injury, loss or damage sustained by any person or property, that may result from this product failing to operate correctly at any time. USA: Some states do not allow for the exclusion or limitation of implied warranties or liability for incidental or consequential damage, so the above exclusion may not apply to you. This warranty gives you specific legal rights, and you may have other rights which vary from state to state. Service Information The Ensemble contains no userserviceable components: refer to qualified service personnel for repair or upgrade. Your warranty will be voided if you tamper with the internal components. If you have any questions with regard to the above, please contact Apogee. In the event your Ensemble needs to be upgraded or repaired, it is necessary to contact Apogee prior to shipping, and a Return Materials Authorization (RMA) number will be assigned. This number will serve as a reference for you and helps facilitate and expedite the return process. Apogee requires that shipments be prepaid and insured unless otherwise authorized in advance. IMPORTANT: ANY SHIPMENT THAT IS NOT PREPAID OR IS SENT WITHOUT AN RMA NUMBER WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.
iPOD OUT TO ANALOG INPUT MINI 1/8-2XLR(M)
AES OR S/PDIF CD PLAYER OUT TO CD DIGITAL INPUT XLR(F)-XLR(M) ATTACH POWER SUPPLY TO D-BOX BEFORE WALL
MAIN SPEAKER OUT TO POWERED MONITOR INPUTS XLR(F)-XLR(M)
8 OUTPUTS TO SUMMING INPUT 1/4 BALANCED-DB25
S/PDIF OUTPUT TO DAW DIGITAL INPUT RCA-XLR(M)
SUM OUTPUTS TO INPUTS 5-6 OR 7-8 XLR(F)-1/4 BALANCED
ALT SPEAKER OUT TO POWERED MONITOR INPUTS XLR(F)-XLR(M)
ANALOG CABLE: DIGITAL CABLE: POWER CABLE:
The Apogee Ensemble Audio Interface is the first all digitally controlled, professional audio interface, designed specifically for the Macintosh. Ensemble features 36 channels of simultaneous audio, including 8 channels of Apogee's legendary A/D and D/A conversion, 4 transparent, digitally controlled 75db mic preamps, 8 channels of ADAT I/O, 2 channels of S/PDIF coax and optical I/O, and FireWire connectivity to and from the computer. Ensemble also includes premium Apogee technologies such as SoftLimit', UV22HR', and Intelliclock'.
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