Apogee was there from the beginning. The origins of digital audio were met with certain problems, particularly distortion artifacts. Apogee was one of the first innovators that pursued the advancement of digital audio while chasing a sound that was reminiscent of analog warmth. The company founders succeeded in finding a solution to this problem by designing the first anti-aliasing filters. The 924 and 944 anti-aliasing filters were used in high-end Sony and Mitsubishi digital recording systems to make the CD format sound warmer and more like analog. This same technology became the fuel for other industry firsts, like the AD-500 and DA-1000. These landmark A/D D/A converters revealed what digital systems truly have to offer.
During the late ‘90s, Apogee introduced the AD-8000 along with the AmBus HD card for Pro Tools integration. These developments sparked the shift towards more efficient workflow for computer-based recording, particularly during a time when developers were still pushing the limits of digital audio. The AD-8000 was the first multi-channel 24-bit audio interface. It pushed the envelope of digital audio quality, establishing Apogee as a key innovator in the field of professional audio. What followed was a range of high-resolution converter/preamps, digital master clocks, and class compliant FireWire interfaces. Today, Apogee audio interfaces are regarded as the reference standard in the audio industry.