Walkthrough of the first steps after unboxing your Apogee hardware; including downloading and installing the necessary software, updating the hardware firmware, registering your product, and optionally assigning the hardware to be used by the Mac Operating system.
Explore the Mac OS X System sound preferences and see how to set your Apogee hardware up for use as either system audio input and/or output. Use the Audio MIDI Setup system utility to specify which outputs (on multi output hardware interfaces) are to be used for the Mac system audio. And learn about the assignments of each of the available input sources and output destinations on the Ensemble.
Discover how to use Maestro 2 to set the input source and adjust the gain for each hardware input; as well as how to enable soft limiting, set up groups, enable insert send/returns, invert the polarity, engage phantom power and enable a high pass filter for each physical input.
See how to use the Input select buttons and Input controller knob to select and adjust per channel settings including mic gain and other parameters.
Learn to set the nominal level for each physical output, as well as how to use the thru and “from software” modes on the dedicated Guitar outputs. See how to configure and manage multiple speaker sets as well how to mute, dim, and sum to mono the main, and headphone outputs.
See how to bypass the Maestro 2 software, and monitor the signal of your Apogee hardware through your DAW using core audio and software monitoring.
Discover how to use Maestro 2 to simultaneously route both hardware inputs and software returns from your DAW directly to selected hardware outputs using the Output Routing and Mixer pages.
Explore a common recording setup that has Maestro 2 mirroring the main output mix to the headphones. With software monitoring disabled in the DAW, input can easily be monitored through your Apogee hardware while simultaneously monitoring tracks coming from your DAW.
Learn how to get the best of both worlds, low latency direct monitoring, while monitoring software effects processing simultaneously.
Explore a more sophisticated setup where two separate headphone mixes are created to record two separate performers, each direct monitoring their own input signal.
Explore a couple of different strategies for balancing the level of software and/or hardware monitored signals when performers need to hear more of themselves.
See how your Apogee hardware, in conjunction with Maestro 2 software, can be conceived of and used as not only a stand alone mixer, but as a mixer with up to four discreet subgroups.
Learn how assign and route the Ensembles built in talkback mic, and how to set the four front panel assignable buttons for various tasks.
Explore a few different workflows for recording and re-recording an electric guitar both processed and unprocessed using the Gtr 1 and Gtr 2 inputs and outputs on the front panel of the Ensemble.
Learn how to set digital connection, clocking, and termination functions; and see how to control Input routing as well as the Ensembles meter hold times from Maestro.
Maestro 2 is Apogee's flexible and powerful OS X Mixer software solution that's included with all Apogee interfaces. Studio master Eli Krantzberg shows you everything you need to know about Maestro 2, as well as how to get the best performance out of your Apogee interface and improve your workflow.
To begin, Eli walks you through the installation and setup of Maestro 2, including OS X setup. From there, Eli explores adjusting the Input Settings on Maestro 2, and how you can use hardware controls like those on the Apogee Ensemble to directly control Maestro as well.
With input covered, Eli moves to Controlling Output Volume. You'll learn about Software Monitoring through your DAW vs. Routing Your Signal through Maestro 2 for Direct Monitoring, as well as how to combine the two.
Next, Eli explains how you can Combine Headphone Mixes with Direct Monitoring, and different strategies for Balancing the Level of Hardware and Software Signals for Different Performers. Then you'll learn how to use your Apogee hardware, in conjunction with Maestro 2, as a Standalone Mixer.
Moving on, Eli demonstrates how to use the Talkback Mic and the Assignable Buttons, along with how to Re-Amp Your Guitar through the Ensemble. Finally, Eli explores Advanced Maestro 2 Settings and Concepts like Digital Connections, Clocking, Termination, Meter Hold Times, and more.
If you own an Apogee interface and have never used the Maestro 2 mixer software before, or if youre an experienced user looking to get more out of it, don't miss "Apogee Maestro 2 Explained"!
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