Apogee’s Growth audio interface does DSP on a budget

You may know Apogee for its pocketable or . Or perhaps its . However ask a bed room producer and most will let you know they know the corporate for its audio interfaces and software program instruments. At the moment, the corporate unveils ($300), a brand new 24-bit/192kHz desktop audio interface with each studio and cellular creators in thoughts.

Like the favored , the Growth incorporates a devoted {hardware} so it could possibly run Apogee’s Symphony ECS channel strip plugin immediately on the interface. This will help take a load off of your CPU and likewise assist scale back latency. DSP-enabled interfaces aren’t unusual, however the Growth is significantly cheaper than most entry-level choices with comparable onboard {hardware}. A duplicate of the ECS plugin comes bundled in with the Growth by way of the companion software program. You may additionally be capable of choose up a “native” (separate/DAW-friendly) copy for half-off – $50 – whenever you register the system.

The Growth has a reasonably customary 2-in/2-out configuration with one XLR-combi enter and one 1/4-inch enter for devices. For outputs there’s a pair of 1/4-inch outputs and a headphone jack across the again. The rear placement of a headphone connection at all times appears a bit of unhelpful as you fumble looking for the port, particularly for those who use your headphones for different issues so find yourself doing this typically. There’s a hole on the base of the Growth you possibly can feed the cable underneath which makes issues a bit of neater, however a port on the entrance appears extra sensible.

The brand new Apogee Growth audio interface is pictured with the headphone cable operating by way of the hole within the base.

Fortuitously, the Growth is USB-powered so there’s no want for a separate energy provide. There may be iOS compatibility, too, however given the USB port does double-duty for knowledge and energy, that is restricted to the iPad Professional because the iPhone received’t be capable of drive it, even with a camera-connection package. In fact, a full-size interface like this doesn’t make a lot sense for a cellphone anyway, however in case you had been questioning, now .

Whereas there’s just one XLR enter, the pre-amps are a lot loud sufficient and may drive hungry microphones just like the SM7b simply. Utilizing the Symphony plugin’s EQ and compressor means that you can wonderful tune that sound (regardless of the mic/instrument). There are a bunch of presets that ought to cowl the most well-liked recording situations, however you possibly can clearly EQ and compress issues to your individual private choice, too.

For musicians, this will actually make it easier to good a combination with out having to intervene with any plugins you may need operating in your DAW. However for podcasters and streamers particularly it means you possibly can management how your voice sounds with no DAW or different host utility operating in any respect — your mic merely presents the EQ’d sign as the usual output. For now it is solely Apogee’s ECS channel strip that can work with the Growth, although the corporate confirmed it is solely attainable for its different plugins to be introduced over to the DSP facet of issues.

Apogee’s desktop merchandise typically function a modern design and the Growth isn’t any totally different. The purple-colored metal casing offers it some reassuring heft whereas the one rotary dial is a neat answer to controlling a number of issues (two channels of acquire and two results).

At $300, it’s a shade over among the hottest interfaces just like the Scarlett 2i2 and UA Volt – each of which are available in underneath $200. Nonetheless, with that DSP Apogee is likely to be pitching this as an easier different to the like of the ($499) additionally from Common Audio or the ($595).

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