Audio Interfaces

Apogee Duet

Product Code: AE-DUET

Brand
Apogee
 
Unit of Measure
EACH

 

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Apogee Duet is the benchmark portable Audio Interface for Professional Quality Recording

Apogee Duet is an exceptional combination of sleek and elegant design together with legendary Apogee AD/DA conversion, 2 world-class microphone preamps, USB MIDI I/O and ESS Sabre32 DAC technology. The Duet is the original and still the best. Duet’s 2 combo inputs allow you to connect microphones, guitars, keyboards or line level devices such as external mic preamps or even a mixer. Duet also includes 4 analog outputs – 2 1/4” balanced outputs for connection to speakers or outboard equipment and a separate, independently controlled 1/4” stereo headphone output.

 

Apogee Duet Highlights

•AD/DA conversion for recording up to 192kHz / 24-bit.

•2 analog inputs with world-class mic preamps and selectable 48v phantom power for connecting microphones, instruments or line-level devices.

•4 analog outputs – 2 balanced 1/4” mono outputs for speakers or outboard gear, 1/4” stereo headphone output.

•USB 2.0 High Speed connection to Mac or Windows PC

•Direct digital connection to iPad and iOS devices (iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Lightning and 30-pin cable sold separately).

•Software control of hardware parameters including input selection and low latency monitoring.

*Apogee products are built in the U.S.A. using domestic and foreign parts and components.

Customer Reviews

GoldStars
“I had been using the Focusrite Saffire and was beginning to think my Mackie 824s were dying. Well, with the Apogee Duet they have resurrected. Clarity and deep base. The recording of my guitar sounded better than in the studio. Midi connected with ease. This product is very intuitive and makes sense. Nothing complicated, just pristine input and output. I am very impressed in a good way with this product. Yes, expensive, but my oh my, very perceivable upgrade from the Saffire.”

jiagap from Washington State

From Guitar Center

GoldStars
“One of the Best audio interfaces on the market, period. Paired with a pair of Dynaudio BM5 MKIII is just Audio Nirvana!! Sound is clear, accurate a detailed. I bought it mostly for music listening because the ESS Sabre 32 DAC but also to use with my Pro Tools 12 rig. One of my best audio purchases ever!! 1000% recommended.”

E. Castagnetti

From Amazon

GoldStars
“This is my first Apogee device. Everything about it is amazing. It’s low latency it can go down to and the converters on this little guy are mind blowing. The preamps are super clean and sound awesome when you drive them hard with the soft limit on. Def the best small interface I have ever owned. This bad-boy is going to be part of my mobile rig for a long time to come.”

 

Phil “The Beard” from Cape Coral, FL USA

From Sweetwater

 

Why Apogee Duet is the best choice for your studio
Apogee is an award-winning industry leader in digital recording technology with over 25 years of experience. Preferred by recording pros around the world, Apogee products like Duet, Ensemble and Symphony I/O have been instrumental in creating countless GRAMMY® and OSCAR® winning recordings and have set the industry standard in professional recording for over two decades. Duet is built solidly on this reputation.

A difference you will hear
From the mic preamps to the AD/DA converters and the clocking, Duet is best-in-class and cutting-edge Apogee technology. With components carefully selected in critical listening tests and a highly efficient circuit design, Duet was built by Apogee engineers to make a difference you can hear.

Pristine, next generation AD/DA converters
Duet’s AD/DA converters are designed to deliver the purest recordings and best listening experience possible. Duet’s efficient circuitry and state-of-the-art components provide a simplified signal path resulting in incredibly transparent recordings.

Smooth, detailed world-class mic preamps
Much like the AD/DA converters, Duet’s mic preamps feature the latest components and offer seamless click-free transitions as the gain increases and decreases throughout the incredible range of 0-75dB. This unprecedented feature allows you to dial in the perfect level, either with the controller knob or from within software, while delivering ultra-low noise and smooth, crisp detail. Duet’s mic pres are suitable for all dynamic, condenser or ribbon microphones, allowing you to capture any sound without compromise.”

Soft Limit – Protection from digital overs
An Apogee technology first introduced in 1992 on Apogee’s AD-500 converter, Soft Limit can be heard on countless platinum selling records around the world. Once a technology exclusively reserved for Apogee’s most advanced audio converters, Soft Limit is included in Duet and can be enabled in Apogee Maestro software.

This superior analog design prevents the digital clipping that causes distortion by instantaneously rounding off transient peaks before they hit the analog-to-digital converter. Soft Limit allows several more decibels of apparent level to be recorded while subtly providing an analog-like warmth to the sound.

ESS Sabre32 DAC Technology
ESS Sabre32 32-bit Hyperstream DAC with Time Domain Jitter Eliminator offers unequalled dynamic range, ultra-low distortion, and unmatched audio clarity free from input jitter.

ESS-Sabre-32
While ESS Sabre32 DAC has been widely recognized and employed in the audiophile community as the next step in converter technology, Apogee is one of the first pro audio manufacturers to employ this DAC in an interface designed for audio and video professionals. ESS Sabre32 DAC technology, as employed in Duet 2, Duet for iPad & Mac, Quartet and Symphony I/O, is one ingredient in the Apogee Engineering Difference. The benefits of the ESS Sabre32 DAC include:

32-bit DAC Architecture – Compared to older 24-bit technology, the Sabre32 DAC’s 32-bit filter processing results in significantly lower noise and distortion, for a pure listening experience free from artifacts. 32-bit digital attenuation ensures that sonic purity is maintained at any listening level.

Time Domain Jitter Elimination removes clock inconsistencies from the incoming digital data, so the converted analog output preserves the clarity and soundstage detail of the original recording.

Apogee Maestro Software
Application for low latency monitoring and control of Apogee audio interfaces on Mac, PC or iOS.

Apogee Maestro Software
Access all control functions and settings with Maestro, Apogee’s comprehensive software control application. Maestro features a single window interface with quick access to all Apogee device settings. Select your input type, enable Soft Limit on mic and instrument inputs, and use the mixer for low latency monitoring. Maestro lets you easily configure your Apogee interface to fit your workflow. Maestro is included in the Duet software installer for Mac/PC. If you’re connecting Duet to an iPhone or iPad (iOS cable sold separately), Maestro is available for free from the App store.

Apogee hardware control is integrated directly into Logic Pro X
If you are using an Apogee interface, you can adjust hardware input parameters directly from the Mixer view in Logic Pro X, including mic pre gain, input type selection, 48V phantom power and more. This simplified user experience helps you focus on a single session window when recording, and offers comprehensive visibility and control of input parameters.

Control Apogee hardware and Logic Pro X from an iOS device
Apogee hardware input controls are also accessible through the Logic Remote App on iPhone or iPad, enabling Apogee users to wirelessly adjust their input levels and settings from anywhere in the studio. Drummers can adjust mic pres without having to get up from behind the kit, engineers can do a line check while still setting up mics, and home musicians recording themselves can switch between a microphone and directly connected instrument without having to be in front of their computers.

Control Apogee hardware and Logic Pro X from an iOS device

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