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.