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Digital Subscriptions > MusicTech > Apr 2019 > APOGEE FX Rack


Apogee has an impressive reputation with pro-audio hardware, but will its new venture into software maintain it? Adam Crute plugs into FX Rack


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Using external DSP to support your DAW is nothing new. Pro Tools has had that trick up its sleeve for years and Universal Audio has gone all-in on this approach, doing great business from selling plug-ins for the platform via its online store. Now Apogee, a company with a formidable reputation in the pro audio world, is getting into the onboard DSP arena with its Symphony, Ensemble Thunderbolt and Element series audio interfaces, with an accompanying foray into producing plug-ins for the platform. However, unlike Pro Tools, which requires different versions of a plug-in for DSP or native processing, and Universal Audio, whose plug-ins only run on UAD hardware, Apogee’s approach allows its plug-ins to run on either its external DSP or on the host computer. This means you don’t need Apogee hardware in order to run the plug-ins (although you do at present need a Mac computer – Windows support is on its way). This inaugural release is a suite of four plug-ins comprising two EQ and two dynamics processors.

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