Premium 192kHz Apogee conversion with built-in "Big Ben" clocking technology.
The AD-16X analog to digital converter applies an advanced conversion system, taking the legendary quality of Apogee a huge step forward. Features such as a redesigned power supply, standard 192kHz sampling rates, the C777 clocking technology found in Big Ben, and optional Pro Tools HD and FireWire expansion cards, make the AD-16X and DA-16X (sold separately), the most powerful and flexible conversion combination ever. Not only does the X-Series hardware offer unequaled groundbreaking technology but it also makes superior ADA conversion available at a fraction of the cost associated with previous, premium Apogee gear. And now it's approved for use with Pro Tools HD 8 hardware and software running on MAC OS X 10.5.5 or Windows XP SP 2.
Advanced High-Definition Conversion
The most critical component in the digital recording environment is proper, high-quality conversion, and since the dawn of digital recording, the most desired converters have been made by Apogee. With up to 192k standard sample rates, the rackmountable AD-16X combines Apogee's legendary conversion quality with the very latest in high-definition digital to provide unrivaled flexibility and quality.
Redesigned Power Supply
Enabling optimum conversion requires a state of the art power supply. The fully redesigned power system of the AD-16X converter incorporates a specially designed Synchronous Switching power supply that works in conjunction with Apogee's very stable low jitter clock and filtering technology to provide superior heat and noise performance and an improved transient response over our previous linear power supply. This creates a power system that delivers total efficiency and provides an ideal environment for premium conversion.
Redesigned Analog Section
Incorporated in the Apogee AD-16X are the very latest developments in Apogee's groundbreaking analog circuit design. Through sophisticated implementation and optimal configuration, the selection of premium, contemporary opamps allows the X-Series to deliver conversion performance never before heard, while maintaining the signature Apogee sound: Clear, transparent, focused and punchy.
C777 Clocking used by Big Ben
The AD-16X converter use Apogee's C777 clocking technology. Famous for keeping Big Ben on time, the C777 utilizes an entirely digital process that Apogee has developed with the most advanced Direct Digital Synthesis (DDS) technology and DSP-based digital filtering. With a stable, crystal based digital PLL handling the clocking, AD-16X is able to intelligently manipulate incoming signals and adapt to them accordingly. The result? The most aggressive jitter reduction ever and an astonishing and noticeable difference in sound quality.
Connect Directly to Pro Tools HD or any FireWire Enabled Computer
Like the Rosetta 800, the AD-16X converter offers an expansion card slot that greatly increases connectivity possibilities. Add an optional X-Series HD card (sold separately) and connect AD-16X directly to your computer via your HD Core Card. Using Logic, Nuendo or any of the many native DAW's? Add an X-FireWire card (sold separately) to your X-Series hardware. With the optional X-FireWire card installed, you'll be able to connect AD&DA-16X natively to any FireWire input device, with low latency and without the need for additional hardware.
SoftLimit: Maximize Levels, Minimize Overs
One of the greatest difficulties in digital recording is getting an adequate level without clipping and unwanted distortion. Soft Limit is an analog peak limiter that enables the capture of an additional 4-6 dB of level without going into an 'over' condition. Short of purchasing a very expensive stand-alone compressor/limiter, there is currently no product on the market that handles this process better than SoftLimit.
UV22HR: Dither Down with 24-bit Detail
UV22HR is Apogee's industry standard technology for reducing the word-length of a high-resolution digital signal to 16 bits for the CD mastering. UV22HR is also being employed to produce dramatically improved internet and computer audio content without increased file sizes or data rates. It is estimated that 8 out of 10 hit records are mastered using Apogee's UV22HR technology.
IMPORTANT NOTE for OS X Leopard compatibility
To ensure your Apogee product works well with Mac OS X Leopard v10.5, it is critical that you follow the instructions provided at the Apogee website address below.
If you have an existing Apogee software CD or a previously downloaded installer, please do not use it with Leopard. Only use the software and driver versions provided by Apogee.