Talkback through your Mac
A new software update for Apogee’s Element Control App for Mac and iOS has added a Talkback function that lets users use their built-in Mac microphone or any Coreaudio input device to communicate with artists through their connected headphones. The update also reportedly provides compatibility between all Element audio interfaces and the Apogee Control hardware remote accessory.
While tinkering with Macs, the interface manufacturer has also released its Symphony Control software for the Apple machines. Symphony Control is designed especially for Symphony I/O Mk II audio interfaces and has been developed from scratch to replace Apogee’s existing Maestro software. Offering all of Maestro’s functionality, the new control software provides a customisable user interface as well as several extra features, such as
Talkback functionality, the simplified Essentials control window and the FX Send mixer utility that was recently introduced as part of the Element Control software.
Using Symphony Control, users are now reportedly able to use two Symphony I/O Mk II interfaces at once, making up to 64 channels of I/O available on a Mac via a Thunderbolt connection. Mac users can also use Symphony I/O Mk II in combination with Logic Pro.
On the hardware side, the manufacturer recently unveiled Apogee Control, a remote control designed for use with the Element Series and Symphony I/O Mk II interfaces that connects to a Mac via USB. It provides access to input and output levels using its large ‘Symphony-inspired’ control knob and three control knob focus buttons. A set of eight configurable buttons deliver access to a variety of functions.
Compatibility between the Apogee Control remote and Symphony I/O Mk II audio interfaces is facilitated by the Symphony Control software.