Yes, it is perfectly fine for any of our devices to remain plugged in and connected to your Mac (or iOS device). There is no harm in the device remaining powered up while you’re not using it.
- If youʼre installing this release over a previously installed version of Symphony 64/Maestro 1, you should run the Symphony64 Uninstaller before updating to the current Symphony Release installer. If youʼre installing this release over a previously installed version of Symphony I/O software, you should run the Symphony Uninstaller included with the current Symphony Release installer package. If youʼve installed both versions, you should run both uninstallers.
- Double-click the Symphony System Software Installer and follow the instructions provided by the installation application.
- No firmware updates are required – the Symphony IO Firmware Updater is for Symphony I/O users only.
- You will be required to re-start your computer once installation is complete.
After updating – After updating, verify that the Symphony Source setting (found in the Maestro 2 > System Setup tab and Audio MIDI Setup) is set to the appropriate Port setting:
- If interfaces are connected only to Port 1, set Source to Port 1 Chs 1-32.
- If interfaces are connected to both Ports 1-2, set Source to Ports 1-2 chs 1-64.
New Features – Legacy interfaces
- The “A” icon that previously appeared in the Apple Menu bar has been removed – Look in Maestro 2ʼs Toolbar System Status display for system information.
- To distinguish between an AD16X and DA16X when the interface is set to Advanced routing mode or a Rosetta 800 and 200, the setting Device Type is provided in Maestro 2 (Device Settings tab). This ensures that audio paths displayed in the Input and Output Routing tabs correspond to the actual hardware I/O. If neither a 16X Series in Advanced routing nor a Rosetta is connected, the Device Type drop down is not displayed.
Known issues – Legacy DA16X Interface
- When a single DA16X is connected in Advanced routing mode, it will initially appear as an AD16X. Simply choose DA16X under Maestro 2ʻs Device Settings > Device Type drop down menu for the interface to be correctly detected.
- When using Symphony I/O and legacy interfaces together, Routing tabs may not display the proper number of inputs and outputs. To work around this issue, restart the computer.
- The AD16X may initially be detected as a Rosetta 800. Workaround – restart the computer.
Using Legacy Apogee Interfaces with OS X Lion & Maestro 2
- Note that at the current time, the use of only 1 Symphony 64 card is supported regardless of the interface connected.
- When connecting legacy Apogee interfaces to a Symphony 64 PCIe card or Thunderbridge, ensure that the interfaces are connected in a supported hardware combination, as listed below. With a Symphony 64 PCIe card or Thunderbridge, itʼs possible to connect one supported combination to each port.
- When connecting both Symphony I/Os and legacy Apogee interfaces to a Symphony 64 PCIe card or Thunderbridge, connect the Symphony I/O to Port 1 Channels 1-32 port and legacy interfaces (in a supported combination) to the Port 2 Channels 1-64 port.
- Legacy Apogee interfaces donʼt include Loop clock functionality (as found on Symphony I/O). Thus, when legacy interfaces are connected to a Symphony 64 PCIe card or Thunderbridge, the “Use Loop Sync” checkbox does not appear and Loop sync functionality is defeated on the Symphony I/O. Use one of the clock configurations described on pages 6-7 of the Symphony 64 Userʼs Guide v1.1.
Legacy Interface Supported Combinations
See the Symphony 64 Userʼs Guide v1.1 for connection diagrams
1 to 4 Rosetta 800s
1 to 4 Rosetta 200s
1 AD16X (standard routing) 1 AD16X (advanced routing) 2 AD16X (standard routing) 2 AD16X (advanced routing)
1 DA16X (standard routing) 1 DA16X (advanced routing) 2 DA16X (standard routing) 2 DA16X (advanced routing)
1 AD16X (standard routing) + 1 DA16X (standard routing)
1 AD16X (standard) + 1 DA16X (standard) + 1 AD16X (standard) + 1 DA16X (standard) 1 AD16X (advanced routing) + 1 DA16X (advanced routing)
1 Rosetta 800 + 1 AD16X (standard routing) 1 Rosetta 800 + 1 AD16X (advanced routing) 1 Rosetta 800 + 1 DA16X (standard routing) 1 Rosetta 800 + 1 DA16X (advanced routing)
1 AD16X (standard routing) + 1 Rosetta 800 1 AD16X (advanced routing) + 1 Rosetta 800 1 DA16X (standard routing) + 1 Rosetta 800 1 DA16X (advanced routing) + 1 Rosetta 800
1 AD16X (standard routing) + 1 DA16X (standard routing) + 1 Rosetta 800
The X-Firewire card is an option card that can be installed in supported Apogee converters. It turns the Apogee converter into an audio interface.
Q: What devices can use the X-Firewire option card?
A: The X-Firewire option card can be installed in the AD-16x, DA-16x, Rosetta-800, or Rosetta-200.
Note: Though mentioned in the Big Ben User’s Guide, X-Firewire is not supported in that product.
Q: What computer and operating systems can I connect to an X-Firewire equipped device?
A: You can connect an X-Firewire equipped device to any Mac computer from OSX version 10.3.9 and up, or a PC computer running 32-bit versions of Windows XP SP1 & SP2 (SP3 and later versions of Windows are not supported).
Q: How do I update the firmware?
A: Installation instructions are included with the firmware download file on our website (X-Firewire).
NOTE: There are different firmware versions depending in which product the X-Firewire card is installed. Make sure you download the correct one from our website.
-Special Note for AD-16x & DA-16x: Since these units can operate in a Standard or Advanced routing mode (Users Guide pg 8), each mode requires a different firmware version. See [this KB article] for more information on the Advanced Routing mode firmware.
The update is performed through the standard firewire connection to the computer.
- On a mac, the firmware can only be updated via OSX 10.6.7 or earlier. If you are running OSX 10.6.8 or higher you will not be able to run the firmware updater application.
- On a PC, you must have Windows XP SP2-32bit or earlier (SP3, 64-bit, and later versions of Windows are not supported).
Q: Will there be new software at some point that works with the newest version of OSX and Windows?
A: The X-Firewire option cards are discontinued & there is no further Apogee software development for it. That said: although there are some graphical (GUI) anomalies Maestro 1.9.13 appears to still be functional on newer versions of OSX.
NOTE: Currently, you can connect an X-Firewire equipped device to a mac computer and have it automatically work as an audio interface. This is because the X-Firewire card is class-compliant and doesn’t require the installation of additional software or drivers. This will continue to work as long as Apple maintains the Firewire CoreAudio Driver in their OS releases.
Input = 100k Ohm
Output = 25 Ohm
To reset the Rosetta 200, power up the unit while holding down the SAMPLE RATE button. This provides a quick method to return to factory default settings (including CAL levels).
The Rosetta, by default, is calibrated for -16 dBFS. To calibrate the Rosetta, press and hold the SoftLimit button until it begins to flash. Send a +4 analog tone into the analog inputs. The metering in calibration mode now reflects -21 dBFS to -11 dBFS. To calibrate to -12 dBFS, turn the A/D calibration trimpots. As the level increases one LED, which equals one dBFS, the over light will turn on indicating you have achieved the next level up in dBFS. Each LED you light up will cause the over light to come on and as you increase the gain the over LED will go off until the next LED is lit up. When you get to the desired level, stop as soon as the over LED lights up.
Because of the design of the original Mix plus system, this card will only work with the Rosetta 800.