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Apogee Ensemble vs Metric Halo ULN-2 / 2882

Discussion in 'Studio Techniques' started by dialashop, Mar 22, 2010.

  1. dialashop

    dialashop New Member

    I presently use Focusrite Saffire and I believe its time to move on to a new audio inteface and the race is between the following:

    Metric Halo ULN-2
    Metric Halo 2882
    Apogee Duet
    Apogee Ensemble

    Apogee Symphony system seems attractive latency wise and sound wise, but to get the set up it costs alot (need preamps, monitoring etc).

    I need 2 inputs minumin and Adat for the future.

    Vic Stathopoulos
    http://www.dialashop.com/vic/index.html
     
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  3. bradbass

    bradbass Member

    I cannot speak to the Metric Halo piece, but I do own the Apogee Ensemble.

    Pros:
    * Great sounding Apogee convertors. Not as good as Rosetta, AD16x, DA16x, but PLENTY good!
    * The Maestro Software is killer, and Apogee always has updates and patches available immediately after any OS update. Apogee and Apple seemingly work together better than others....

    Cons:
    * Unless you can justify the Apogee mic pres ( I do not) , it is an expensive box.
    * It utilizes the firewire bus, and I have NEVER had good luck with Firewire Interfaces. I find myself having to reset the Ensemble more than I should have to...

    As a former PT HD3/Apogee AD16x HD card/ DA16x HD card user, I miss those convertors (and low jitter C777 clocking built in...), and am strongly considering moving up to the Symphony system. However, it is indeed difficult to justify approx $1900.00 vs. $7000.00 or more!!!!
     

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