Today is the third day of the Apogee BOOM offering. 22 Mac/iPad audio interface with DSP FX

Today is the third day of the Apogee BOOM offering. 22 Mac/iPad audio interface with DSP FX ...

Apogee, a pioneer in the digital music industry, is unveiling one of its most impressive and powerful entry-level pieces of kit today, the Apogee BOOM audio interface. While not exactly known as the most affordable solution out there, they are well-known in professional circles for their high-end consumer recording studio models; the company has also been providing excellent interfaces and USB mics for content creators over the years now, with gear like its Duet line and MiC Plus. However, things are getting really interesting

Apogee BOOM audio interface review

Apogee BOOM is the first audio interface in its class to offer hardware DSP + Native plugin workflow. It is a 22-channel interface for home music producers, podcasters, streamers, and anyone wanting to connect an XLR microphone or instrument to a Mac, a Windows machine, an iPad, or a smartphone. (An additional Lightning adapter is required here as usual.) The new Apogee BOOM will retail for $299.

I/O and Controls

BOOM also has a 1/4-inch instrument/line input. Along with the USB-C power/data port, youll find one of these Kensington lock connectors.

The front panel also has a large multifunction control knob for adjusting input levels on both channels and speaker output volume. It''s simple, intuitive, and effective way to control the various functions, but it''s still quite capable of sharing that experience with the new setup.

Here are the spec ratings for the mic pre, Hi-Z input, and converters on Apogee BOOM for some of you technical folks.

Mic pre:

Hi-Z:

  • Max input level: 18dBu (active), 8dBu (passive)
  • Input Impedance: 3.2K ohm (active), 1M ohm (passive)

A/D conversion

  • Max input level +4dBu: +18dBu
  • Max input level (-10dBV ref): +6dBV
  • Input impedance: 6.4K ohm
  • Frequency response 20 Hz -20Khz: > +/-0.2dB (@44.1Khz)
  • Rel. THD + N: -100dB
  • Dynamic Range: 122dB (A-weighted)

D/A conversion

  • Max output level (+4dBu ref): +15dBu
  • Line output impedance: 100 ohm
  • Max output level headphones: 15dBu
  • HPH output impedance 0.5 ohm
  • Frequency response 20Hz -20 Khz: > +/- 0.05dB
  • Rel. THD+N : -107dB
  • Dynamic Range: 117dB (A-weighted)

Build

Apogee has never felt disappointed with its overall physical appearance for me, and the new BOOM interface is no exception. While the company has taken a break from many of its more entry-level devices in years previously, it is continuing to deliver a sturdy, rugged-feeling box that can handle road trips and looks great in your house.

The sort of two-tone black and vibrant purple paint job here scream Apogee around every curve of the more traditional form factor, while an angular, almost floating bottom plate gives a more modern appearance and feel. The subtle embossed logos on the machine are a nice touch.

The Apogee BOOM is surrounded in a purple metal chassis with rubberized padding on both ends, while the tabletop is supported. The large multifunction knob on the front panel, combination XLR, 1/4-inch input/output jacks, and inset bus power/data connection USB-C port are all solid and free of the annoying loose wiggle you might find on inferior items.

A Native plugin workflow for Apogee BOOM Hardware

The Apogee BOOM, which is now available, is designed to utilize a hardware DSP and native plugin workflow as it approaches. Apogees'' multi-fX Symphony ECS Channel Strip to record and record FX after the fact, and it also has a particularly sweet saturation to deliver everything from subtle warmth to full-on crunchy distortion.

The Symphony ECS Channel Strip, which has many more expensive interfaces, isn''t a surprise that experienced DSP customers have never seen before, but it is a fantastic example of these bread and butter multi-FX units, which sound fantastic to me.

This is a solid strategy for beginner-level users, which includes smooth compression that most podcasters and content creators are after through an interface that won''t overwhelm folks who don''t know or care about side-chain detection circuits, advanced attack/release settings, and verbiage sometimes encountered on purist vintage compression emulation. Several benefits include: a virtual environment for input gain, promoting the Symphony ECS Channel Strip, and increased phantom power. These and the quick-select presets

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Apogee has been a leader in the digital music industry for over 50 years, primarily because of its anti-aliasing filters to enhance early digital recording devices from Sony, Mitsubishi, and Yamaha. In addition, the brand has also established a standard for analog-to-digital and digital-to-analog applications, such as the Apogee HypeMic.

With its latest Duet 3 and Symphony Desktop capabilities, the brand also expanded into the realm of DSP processing, delivering its customers worldwide-class hardware-powered FX to further enhance its ability to access high-end digital recordings on Mac, iPad, iPhone, and Windows devices. Prior to today, the entry price for this technology would not exactly be considered affordable by average home studio owners, weekend recording warriors, or entry-level internet broadcasting setups. But here''s where the new Apogee BOOM comes in.

Some people who want the sound quality of a proper XLR microphone as part of their setup may be disappointed. I for one, love having a single interface that allows for all the audio coming in and out of my machine (not to mention a pair of physical 1/4-inch or XLR jacks to connect what I would consider appropriate speakers), however I prefer having a single interface that provides a complete control over my audio input/output devices.

Despite the fact that Apogees solutions have always been on my list, not everyone is willing to pay for the models that provide this capability. However, with the new digestible pricing and easy-to-use DSP sound enhancement capabilities, everyone in the 22 sub $300 interface market should have the Apogee BOOM on their radar if you ask.