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Apogee Symphony Desktop audio interface
Apogee Symphony Desktop audio interface
Apogee Symphony Desktop audio interface
Apogee Symphony Desktop audio interface
Apogee Symphony Desktop audio interface
Apogee Symphony Desktop audio interface
Apogee Symphony Desktop audio interface
Apogee Symphony Desktop audio interface

Symphony Desktop


Studio Desktop Interface

Symphony Desktop for Mac, iPad Pro and Windows packs the legendary sound quality of Apogee’s rack-mount Symphony I/O Mk II into an elegant and inspiring 10×10 audio interface that sits on your desk and fits in your bag. With Symphony Desktop, musicians and producers are empowered to record, overdub and mix with the music industry’s most respected AD/DA converters and mic preamps.

  • Flagship Sound Quality

  • Vintage Preamp Emulation

  • Hardware DSP with Premium Native Plugins

  • Immersive Touch Screen Interface

Symphony Desktop


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Put the Sound of a Symphony on Your Desk

Symphony I/O Mk II’s Converters

Capture Every Nuance

Like Symphony I/O Mk II, the Symphony Desktop features ultra-low distortion, high-slew rate, fully differential analog op-amps plus a cutting edge A/D converter in a performance-enhancing dual-sum configuration. On the D/A side, experience an ultra-low distortion, high-current, fully balanced output driver. Create with the confidence that every nuance of your analog input is faithfully reproduced in the digital domain.

Symphony Desktop and Symphony IO MK II audio interface

Dial in the Warmth and Tone of Iconic Analog Preamps

Apogee Alloy Preamps

Apogee Alloy Preamp emulation combines analog circuitry and DSP processing to create the richest, most authentic preamp modeling available in an audio interface. Critical aspects of the model such as input impedance, transient profile and distortion characteristics are first implemented in the analog domain, followed by precise and accurate refinement in DSP, for a hybrid result that’s greater than the sum of its parts.

Apogee Symphony AP-57 Preamp Plugin

Premium Native and Hardware DSP Plugins

Apogee FX Plugins

Obsessively crafted by the same team that designs all Apogee hardware and software products, Apogee FX and FX Rack plugins offer superior sound quality, and full bandwidth performance (44.1 to 192.kHz) for all DAWs on your Mac. From visually modern interfaces that allow you to precisely shape and contour your sound to meticulously modeled vintage hardware that is so accurate it has been endorsed by the hardware manufacturer, Apogee plugins will quickly find their way into your daily recording tool kit.

Purple-lit recording studio with Apogee Symphony Desktop

Access every critical setting from the touch screen

Touch Screen Control

Symphony Desktop’s Touch Screen Control application gives you complete access to all essential hardware and software features. From mic pre gain to mixer, to monitor output volume and plugins you can dial it in without touching your mouse. Touch Screen Control also gives Symphony Desktop more independence and stability across all platforms – macOS, iPad OS and Windows 10.

Apogee Symphony Desktop on studio desk with computer




Bundled Software

In The Box


  • Most affordable Symphony series interface ever
  • Cutting edge components and circuit design deliver flagship sound quality
  • Up to 24bit/192kHz digital audio
  • 2 Advanced Stepped Gain mic preamps
  • FET instrument input with electric guitar tube amp characteristics
  • Apogee Alloy Mic Preamp emulation (Analog processing + DSP modeling)
  • Built-in hardware DSP processing of Apogee FX plugins
  • Flexible, zero latency plugin workflows: Print, Monitor and DualPath Link workflows
  • Dynamic touch screen display for comprehensive hardware control
  • 2 fully balanced 1/4″ outputs
  • 2 assignable headphone outputs: 1 x 1/4″, 1 x 1/8”
  • 10 IN x 14 OUT simultaneous channels of audio
  • Digital I/O: 2 x Optical Toslink (ADAT,S/PDIF)
  • USB 2.0 over USB Type C connector
  • macOS: 10.14.6 Mojave or later
  • iOS/iPad pro: iOS 13
  • PC: Windows 10 Anniversary update or later
  • Clearmountain’s Spaces – macOS, Windows 10 – Native only
  • Symphony ECS Channel Strip – macOS, Windows 10 – Native and Hardware DSP

Preamp Emulations:

  • AP-66 – British Solid State
  • AP-57 – 50s American Tube


  • Gain: Up to 75 dB and advanced stepped gain circuit design
  • Selectable 48v phantom power, Soft Limit and polarity invert
  • EIN: 129dB (un-weighted) @ 60dB, 150 Ohm input
  • Max input level: +20dBu
  • Input impedance: 150 – 4K Ohm (default)
  • Max Hi-Z input level: 14dBu
  • Hi-Z input impedance: 220k/470k/>20M Ohm


D/A Conversion:

  • Max output level (+4dBu ref): +20dBu
  • Max output level (-10dBV ref): +6dBV
  • Line output impedance: 50 Ohm
  • Freq resp 10Hz -20 Khz: > +/- 0.05dB (@44.1Khz)
  • Rel. THD+N : -114dB
  • Dyn Range: 129dB (A-weighted)
  • Headphone Max output level:— 520mW into 30 Ohm — 90mW into 600 Ohm
  • Headphone Rel THD+N: -111 dB with 600 Ohm load
  • Headphone Dyn Range: 128dB (A-weighted)
User Guide PDF (19.36 MB)

Getting Started with Symphony Desktop

How many plugins can run on Symphony Desktop’s DSP? arrow down

The maximum numbers of individual plugins that can run on the DSP depends on which plugins you are using and the sample-rate.

Is the software with Symphony Desktop Free? arrow down

The Symphony Desktop Control software is always free. The Symphony Desktop also comes with the Symphony ECS Channel Strip plugin, Clearmountain’s Spaces, and Apogee Alloy Mic Preamp Emulation that is also free. All other plugins have a Trial period where you can test them out. Licenses for plugins you like can be purchased from your local Dealer or the Apogee webstore.

Many of these features will become available as we roll out new releases. You can see our Feature Release Schedule here: https://apogeedigital.com/support/symphony-desktop#schedule

*Note – All Free FX Plugin activation codes included with Symphony Desktop are to be considered Limited Time only.   Free FX Plugin activation codes included with Symphony Desktop require an original proof of purchase from an official dealer.  Used units do not quality for FX Plugin activation codes when registering.

Is there a recommended Thunderbolt 4 hub for Symphony Desktop? arrow down

Yes, there is!

We use CalDigit Thunderbolt 4 Hub and it has worked well for us on both Mac (Intel and Apple Silicon) and Windows PC.

Does Symphony Desktop provide power to iOS devices? arrow down

Symphony Desktop does not provide power to iOS devices and will not charge any iOS device it is connected to.

You will need to make sure your iOS device is fully charged when using Symphony Desktop.

Symphony Desktop also cannot be bus powered over a USB C or Lightning connection to any iOS device, it will always require the power supply and USB / Lightning connection.