Here are the steps to interface an Apogee Ensemble in Standalone mode to an Avid 002 or 003. Please be aware that, starting with Pro Tools 9.0, it’s possible to interface Ensemble with Pro Tools without any Avid hardware at all.

Hardware Connections:

  1. Using two Toslink optical cables, connect Ensemble’s optical output to the 003’s optical input and the 003’s optical output to Ensemble’s optical input.
  2. Connect Ensemble and the 003 to your Mac’s Firewire ports. If you’re using a Mac with only 1 Firewire port, connect Ensemble to the 003, the 003 to the Mac. Once Ensemble’s settings are made in Maestro, you’ll remove the Ensemble firewire connection.

Software Settings – Maestro 2

  1. Open Maestro 2
  2. In the System Setup tab window, set Clock Source to Internal and set the sample rate to the rate at which you usually run Pro Tools. Keep in mind that the 003’s ADAT inputs and outputs only support 44.1 or 48 kilohertz sample rates.
  3. In the Device Settings tab window, ensure that Optical In  and Optical Out are set to ADAT/SMUX
  4. In the Standalone Routing tab window, route analog inputs to ADAT outputs and ADAT inputs to analog outputs. See the diagram below.
  1. Make other desired Maestro settings, such as configuring inputs 1-4 as Mic inputs.

Software Settings – Pro Tools

  1. Open Pro Tools and choose Setup > Hardware.
  2. Set Optical Format to ADAT.
  3. Set Clock Source to Optical.

Ensemble Standalone mode

  1. Once Maestro settings are complete, remove Ensemble’s Firewire connection. Ensemble’s front panel Status LED will turn  green to indicate that the unit is now in Standalone mode.
  2. The gain of each mic pre may be controlled from the front panel by pressing the left hand encoder to select a pre and turning the encoder to the desired setting. The analog and headphone outputs may be controlled with the right hand encoder in a similar fashion.