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Apogee Duet for iPad & Mac Audio Interface   (Used)

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Professional stereo audio interface for iPad & Mac

Apogee Duet is an award-winning audio interface, headphone amp and MIDI interface making it easy to create professional recordings anywhere on your iPod touch, iPhone, iPad or Mac. With Apogee’s legendary digital audio conversion and world-class mic preamps, Duet is the best way to capture your music with incredible dimension and detail.

The new Duet for iPad and Mac features special circuitry designed to deliver professional performance for iPad use along with low latency USB 2.0 performance for Mac. And with the addition of MIDI I/O you can connect and power a Core MID compatible keyboard/controller while using Duet with your iPad or iOS device.

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.

iPad puts you in touch with your creativity
Interacting with iPad to make music is like playing an instrument. In fact, some apps like Apple’s GarageBand turn your iPad into a guitar or virtual instrument. Whether you are moving faders on a mixer, adjusting software parameters, or editing a waveform, iPad’s multi-touch interface is a more hands on environment and superior to mouse clicks or track pad swipes.

Setting up your studio has never been easier
iPad makes everything easier with a simplified user interface and plug and play connectivity for accessories like Apogee audio interfaces. You’ll be amazed by how simple it is to set up your studio.

Breakout Cable
Duet’s breakout cable includes 2 combination mic/instrument connectors (XLR and 1/4” built into a single connector) and 2 balanced 1/4” connectors for speakers. The elegant single cable-to-junction design allows for easy cable management and the locking connection to Duet is robust and stylish.

2 Analog Inputs
Duet’s 2 combination input connectors (XLR and 1/4”) allow you to connect microphones, guitars and keyboards or your favorite external mic preamps, compressors and EQs.

4 Analog Outputs
Duet 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.

With these 4 outputs it’s possible for a DJ to monitor a separate mix in headphones while sending a house mix to the club, a live performer to send a click track to in-ear monitors while sending a backing track to front-of-house, and a recording engineer to send a headphone mix to the performer while dedicating the main outputs to studio monitors.


MIDI
Duet provides a single USB MIDI connection for your CoreMIDI compatible keyboard, synth, or DJ controller. This eliminates the need for an external MIDI interface and promotes an all-in-one music creation solution where Duet and Maestro manage all audio and MIDI. On iPad, Duet’s MIDI connection allows both Duet and a keyboard or DJ controller to be connected at the same time to the iPad’s single connector (Lightning or 30-pin).

Full Color OLED Display
The high resolution OLED screen built into Duet’s top is the main control center for Duet, delivering visual feedback for multiple functions including metering, numeric value for input and output levels, input grouping, and phase, muting, phantom power and Soft Limit indication. With this display you know the status of any input and output at any given moment without having to refer to Maestro or your recording software.

Configurable Touchpads
Duet also introduces configurable touchpads. The 2 touchpads, located on either side of the encoder knob, allow you to quickly access output functions such as “Mute Outputs”, “Dim Outputs”, “Sum to Mono” or “Toggle Headphone Source”. Each are assignable using a drop-down menu within Apogee’s new Maestro 2. This unique feature allows you to select the function you want and access it directly from Duet without having to look at software.

Multi-function Controller Knob
Along with its sleek aluminum chassis, the multi-function controller knob is one of the most recognizable features of Duet’s design. This central control feature allows you to quickly and easily toggle through Duet’s inputs and outputs and set levels while looking at Duet’s dynamic OLED display.

Features

  • 2 microphone/instrument or line level inputs
  • 192kHz / 24 bit high-definition A/D D/A conversion
  • 2 professional mic preamps with up to 75dB of gain
  • Advanced Stepped Gain mic preamp technology
  • 2 balanced outputs, 1 stereo out
  • ESS Sabre32 32-bit Hyperstream DAC
  • Meets professional input and output specifications
  • Charges iOS device when connected

One of the best, just got better. Order the upgraded Duet 2 today.

 

Duet for iPad & Mac Audio Interface Specifications:

  • Mic Pre:
  • EIN: 128dB (un-weighted) @ 60dB, 150Ohm input
  • Max input level: +20dBu
  • Input impedance: 3KOhm
  • Hi-Z:
  • Max input level 14 dBu
  • Input impedance: >2MOhm
  • A/D conversion:
  • Max input level (+4dBu ref): +20dBu
  • Max input level (-10dBV ref): +6dBV
  • Input impedance: 5KOhm
  • Freq resp 20 Hz -20Khz: > +/-0.2dB (@44.1Khz)
  • Rel. THD + N: -106dB (@ 96Khz)
  • Dyn. Range: 114dB (A-weighted)
  • D/A conversion:
  • Max output level (+4dBu ref): +20dBu
  • Max output level (-10dBV ref): +6dBV
  • Line output impedance: 90 Ohm
  • Max output level headphones: 19dBu
  • HPH output impedance 30 Ohm.
  • Freq resp 20Hz -20 Khz: > +/- 0.05dB (@44.1Khz)
  • Rel. THD+N : -113dB (@96Khz)
  • Dyn Range: 123dB (A-weighted)
  • System Requirements:
  • Computer: Intel Mac 1.5GHz or faster
  • Memory: 2 GB RAM minimum, 4 GB recommended
  • OS: 10.6.4 or greater
  • Connection and Power: USB, powered by any available USB port on the computer (DC power optional)
  • In the box:
  • Duet 2
  • Breakout Cable with:
  • 2 Combination Line/Mic/Instrument Inputs
  • 2 Balanced Line Outputs
  • 2 Meter USB Cable
  • Universal Power Adapter for US, UK and EU
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Software download and installation instructions
  • Compatible Software:
  • Duet 2 works with any Core Audio compatible application including:
  • Logic
  • GarageBand
  • MainStage
  • Soundtrack Pro
  • Final Cut
  • Pro Tools 9 and 10
  • Ableton Live
  • Cubase
  • Digital Performer
  • Nuendo
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ApogeeDuet for iPad & Mac Audio Interface
 
3.6

(based on 7 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 4 Stars

     

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57%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (6)
  • Good audio (6)
  • Easy to use (5)
  • Versatile (5)
  • Durable (4)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur recording (6)
    • Home studio (6)
    • Professional recording (5)
    • Pro audio / DJ / mixing (4)
    • Outdoor events / games (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Professional musician (4), Experienced (3)

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    2.0

    It seems to crash...

    By Craig5678

    from Elgin, Il

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Sounds great

    Cons

    • Crashes
    • Power Supply Was Broken

    Best Uses

    • Events
    • Home Studio
    • Mobile DJ
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Apogee Duet for iPad & Mac Audio Interface:

    I loved the sound and ease. But the power chord seemed to be broken. It began crashing 10 minutes into using it. I had to send it back and i am going to try something else.

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    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Sounds amazing!

    By Particle

    from Milwaukee, WI

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Compact
    • Durable
    • Easy To Use
    • Great software
    • Lightweight
    • Versatile

    Cons

    • Expensive but Worth it

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Events
    • Home Studio
    • Mobile DJ
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Apogee Duet for iPad & Mac Audio Interface:

    I used to have a Presonus Firepod FP-10 that did the job for many years when I got into recording. After working in a few local studios and having access to Cranesong converters and Digi-HD equipment I became unhappy with the sound of the Firepod and wanted to get something more professional sounding. The Duet 2 was perfect for this.

    It's amazingly clear and the stereo field is huge and open. It's exactly what I was going for. I use some outboard pres (GAP73 is great) to get a warm, vintage sound but the built in pres sound great and are very clear and detailed. I can hear things in old mixes I didn't notice before. At this point I love it so much that I'll probably look into getting a Quartet if I need more channels.

    Oh, and the Maestro software is great and super easy to use. That's a huge thing for me. I recently borrowed a friends Saffire Pro to track some drums and the software was so confusing just to get the headphones to work. Made me really appreciate how easy the Apogee stuff is to use.

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Should be high on your list of iOS-based

    By H2K

    from Richmond, VA

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Compact
    • Durable
    • Easy To Use
    • Lightweight
    • Versatile

    Cons

    • Proprietary

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Events
    • Home Studio
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Apogee Duet for iPad & Mac Audio Interface:

    Once I bought the iPad for work functions, I could envision more musical applications. I started slow - Garage Band, playing MP3s, etc. The audio is actually pretty good native to the iPad, but I needed something to connect a good phantom powered condenser. There are several good choices out there for iOS-based audio. Apogee interconnects exclusively with Apple products. That's good because they are proactive with integration to new iOS and Mac OSX releases. That's bad because if you want to use this in a Windows environment, you are out of luck. I use both platforms. But I thought that iPad, Mac OSX, and iPhone integration was important. Installation was easy and well documented. You'll need a free Apogee app to control the Duet. One of the first things you will do is upgrade firmware. Nice. Easy, too. Also the sound quality is fantastic. I use Shure SM81s and KSM44 microphones. The Duet phantom powers them and the D/A converters are very good and support hires audio as well. Also note that you can charge your iOS device thru the Duet - which eliminates concerns with battery life when you record a 4-hour show. GarageBand is fine, but it doesn't do the iPad or the Duet justice. I'm looking a popular 24 and 48 track App to do multitrack which will make recordings made on the iOS platform portable with Pro Tools. This is a pricey sound card, but I think it will be functional for a long time.

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    (6 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    Good Product Bad Customer Service

    By Consumer X

    from California

    About Me Professional Musician

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    Pros

    • Compact
    • Easy To Use
    • Versatile

    Cons

    • Bad Customer Support
    • Breaks Easily
    • Mic Amps Go Out

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording

    Comments about Apogee Duet for iPad & Mac Audio Interface:

    The mic preamp on mine went out very quickly but the second channel lasted a few years. Once that went out I went to the company for support. I typed out my whole story and the issue and then received a reply to sign up for their support web site. I did that told the story again and then again and again for another 2 or 3 automated passes until I lost my patience but their automated system informed me "all I had to do" was give them nearly half of what I paid for it new and ship it to them and they'd fix it and send it back to me in 6 weeks or so. Not a single human responded to my issues despite my attempts at getting them to and it was extremely inconvenient to deal with. I was in the middle of recording an EP when this thing went out and Apogee left me and my crew high and dry so I had to use my old Steinberg to complete the task. I would have spent the money to get the unit fixed if a human would have told what they were going to do and why it cost so much but I can't stand companies that think they can make customer support completely inconvenient for the user and completely convenient for themselves through an automated computer system, so great job Apogee management with cutting costs on customer support and leaving your professional users to spend over an hour going jumping through hoops.
    I buy from companies with good value and good customer support; 50% is still an F on my grading scale. The unit itself is pretty good for the money but the support is non-existant so this company is a non starter for me and my needs as a professional musician. There are better products that actually offer support that are in the same price range these days so I recommend shopping around before you give this company your hard earned money. Apogee had a good run but they clearly are not interested in return users. It does make a nice paper weight after it stops working though but then again there less expensive paper weights out there too aren't there?

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    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    The Duet 2 is Great!!!

    By SoniaD

    from sherrill, Arkansas

    About Me Professional Musician

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    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Compact
    • Durable
    • Easy To Use
    • Lightweight
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio
      • Mobile DJ
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Apogee Duet for iPad & Mac Audio Interface:

      The Duet is a great sounding interface. The preamps are crystal clear with no noise. It work great with My MacBook. The software driver was easy to install and to less than 2 minutes. This is my very first apogee interface and I like it so much I am considering getting 2 apogee symphony as my recording setup when I am ready to depart from my two UA apollos. I primarily bought the duet 2 as a portable solution for recording and mixing on the road. The only drawback to the duet is that it does not have daw control like my forte and you will need the breakout box if you want to connect at least four devices simultaneously. Other than that the duet 2 sound surpassed my expectation. I can't believe how great the preamps sound.

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      (0 of 31 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      Be Warned...

      By mleb

      from Moncton, NB

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Compact

      Cons

      • Can't Use Computer Ios

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio
      • Mobile DJ

      Comments about Apogee Duet for iPad & Mac Audio Interface:

      If you're thinking of adding your iOS device to your current set up - don't.
      This substitutes your computer in order to use your iOS device. You can record TO your device but not from.
      Thoroughly dissapointed.

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great Preamps!!!

      By SoniaD

      from sherrill, Arkansas

      About Me Professional Musician

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      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Compact
      • Durable
      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Apogee Duet for iPad & Mac Audio Interface:

        The Apogee Duet 2 is a great sounding audio interface. I was shocked at the quality of the mic preamps because the sound excellent for the low price tag of the unit. The interface control software is easy to use and the unit works great with pro tools 10. I like this unit so much that I am considering 2 apogee symphonies as my next studio interfaces.

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