Apogee’s Boom audio interface does DSP on the cheap

You may know Apogee for its Pocketable or . Or maybe it is. But ask any bedroom manufacturer and most will tell you they know the company for their audio interfaces and software tools. Today, the company ($300) is introducing a new 24-bit/192kHz desktop audio interface that has both studio and mobile developers in mind.

Like the popular , the Boom includes dedicated hardware, allowing Apogee’s Symphony ECS channel strip plugin to run directly on the UI. This can help free up your CPU and reduce latency as well. DSP-enabled interfaces aren’t uncommon, but the Boom is considerably cheaper than most entry-level offerings with similar onboard hardware. A copy of the ECS plugin is bundled with Boom via the companion software. You can also purchase a “native” (separate/DAW-friendly) copy for half the price of $50 when you register the device.

The Boom has a fairly standard 2-in/2-out configuration, with a combo XLR input and a 1/4-inch instrument input. For outputs, there are a pair of 1/4-inch outputs and a headphone jack on the back. The rear placement of a headphone jack always seems a little unhelpful when trying to find the port, especially if you use your headphones for other things and do so a lot. There’s a gap at the base of the boom that you can route the cable under, which makes things a little tidier, but a front port seems more convenient.

The new Apogee Boom audio interface is shown with the headphone cable running through the gap in the base.

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Thankfully, the Boom is USB powered, eliminating the need for a separate power supply. There’s iOS compatibility too, but as the USB port does dual duty for data and power, this is limited to the iPad Pro as the iPhone can’t drive it even with a camera connection kit. Of course, such a full-size interface doesn’t make much sense for a phone anyway, but in case you were wondering, now you know.

While there’s only one XLR input, the preamps are loud enough and can easily drive hungry mics like the SM7b. You can use the EQ and compressor of the Symphony plugin to fine-tune this sound (regardless of the microphone/instrument). There’s a range of presets that should cover the most common recording scenarios, but you can of course EQ and compress things to your personal preference.

For musicians, this can really help perfect a mix without having to mess with any plugins you might have running in your DAW. But for podcasters and streamers in particular, it means you can control how your voice sounds without running a DAW or other host application – your mic simply presents the EQ signal as the standard output. For now, it’s only Apogee’s ECS channel strip that works with the Boom, although the company has confirmed it’s entirely possible to bring its other plugins to the DSP side of things.

Apogee’s desktop products often have sleek designs, and the Boom is no different. The purple steel body gives it a reassuring weight, while the single knob is a nice solution for controlling multiple things (two gain channels and two effects).

At $300, it’s a shadow over some of the most popular interfaces like the Scarlett 2i2 and UA Volt – both of which cost under $200. However, with that DSP, Apogee could offer this as a simpler alternative to similar ($499) Universal Audio or ($595) units.

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