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Apogee Duet

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Inspiration is a gift that can come to you anywhere and at anytime. As an artist you need to be prepared. And, you need a collaborator to help you capture it with ease and without compromise... Meet Duet.

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Inspiration is a gift that can come to you anywhere and at anytime. As an artist you need to be prepared. And, you need a collaborator to help you capture it with ease and without compromise... Meet Duet.

Duet is a portable audio interface that features the amazing sound quality that made Apogee Electronics famous. With control functions built directly into Apple’s Logic Pro, Soundtrack Pro and GarageBand software, Duet empowers you to create professional recordings effortlessly.

With Duet, you can plug in guitars, keyboards and microphones and record your music, or simply experience how much better your favorite tracks in iTunes sound. Duet is compact and powered by FireWire, so you can pack up your studio and go anywhere your music takes you.

What can you do with Duet?

  • Sing - Duet features two superb microphone inputs, each with phantom power and up to 75dB of gain. With Duet, you can record a pristine vocal track while playing your guitar or keyboard, stereo mic your acoustic or even capture a live concert.
  • Play - Duet’s dual, 1/4” high impedance inputs are ideal for any combination of two instrumentalists: guitar and bass, bass and keyboard, guitar and guitar, etc. Simply plug into the breakout cable inputs labeled with the corresponding instrument icons and jam or record using your favorite Core Audio-compatible application.
  • Listen - Whether it’s through the 1/4” outputs to your powered speakers or via the headphone jack, Duet delivers the amazing sound quality Apogee is known for. With Duet’s multi-function controller knob, you can easily toggle back and forth between your monitors and headphones, control the volume and mute playback. Duet’s studio reference-quality sound combined with simple and powerful control features make it an ideal choice for creating music or simply delivering the ultimate iTunes listening experience.
  • Record and Podcast - Along with exceptional sound quality and powerful control features Duet also offers incredible ease-of-use for recording. With software integration into Apple’s OS X, GarageBand, Logic and Soundtrack Pro, Duet empowers you with an interface designed exclusively for the Mac, making the technology of recording easy and elegant so you can focus on creating great music. And, with its unique GarageBand integration, Duet makes creating high-quality audio for Podcasting easy.

Duet is directly integrated into GarageBand , Logic Pro and Soundtrack Pro.

Mastering Duet: Take Control with Maestro

Duet is the first two-channel audio interface with control functions built directly into Apple’s Logic Pro, Soundtrack Pro and GarageBand... But what if you want to use Duet with another audio application on your Mac? Enter Apogee's Maestro software. With Maestro, you can control all of Duet’s capabilities and settings and use Duet with any Core Audio-compatible application. Everything Duet is capable of and more is easily controlled and configured within Maestro.

Additionally, Maestro lets you assign MIDI function controls such as level adjustment, panning and song position to Duet’s controller knob. You can also configure the controller knob to mute your headphones or monitors with a simple click. No matter what software you use with Duet, Maestro will give you the control you need.

Maestro's settings, controls and functions:

  • Input source selection
  • Input level control
  • Input source grouping
  • Output level and type
  • Output muting
  • Mic/instrument gain mode
  • Assigning meter display
  • Over hold parameters
  • Assignable MIDI device control
  • Song position access
  • Low latency mixing

Dialing in Duet: The Multi-function Controller Knob

Ensemble introduced advanced software control with Maestro and its dual, multi-purpose control knobs, and Duet refines and expands the control knob feature. With the assignable MIDI and selective muting options in Maestro, Duet’s control knob becomes a one-touch manager of all your I/O functions while totally simplifying the process of recording and listening.

Break Out: Duet’s Input and Output Connection Cable

The I/O breakout cable that comes with Duet makes connecting microphones, instruments and speakers easy and elegant. Each high-quality connector is clearly labeled with the corresponding icon and the speaker connectors are distinguished by a unique purple slider.

The separation of the connectors allows you to direct and group your inputs and outputs anyway you want to, while providing a natural strain relief between Duet and the items connected. The breakout cable also greatly reduces Duet’s footprint on your desktop and makes its sleek, low profile design, ergonomic and comfortable to use.

Duet's Break out cable is flexible and easy to use with input and output icons for your instruments, microphones and powered speakers.

On the Level: Input and Output LED Metering

You wouldn’t expect it on a box this small, but Duet has it; Input and output LED meters. With a simple setting in Maestro, Duet lets you monitor your instrument and mic input levels or the output level going to your powered speakers and headphones.

Fired Up: Bus Powered FireWire Let’s you Take Duet Anywhere

Duet is the first bus powered FireWire interface in the Apogee family. Which means your computer powers Duet, liberating you from a wall socket. So with Duet, a laptop and a little gear, you can roam to wherever your creativity takes you and make incredible sounding recordings in an inspired space.


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  • Two channels of professional-quality 24-bit/96kHz audio input and output
  • Two balanced XLR inputs, with selectable 48V phantom power on each input
  • Two unbalanced high impedance instrument inputs
  • One high-level stereo headphone output
  • Two unbalanced -10 dBV line outputs for powered speakers
  • Multi-function controller knob for volume and input gain control and assignable MIDI control
  • Multi-segment LED meters to display input or output levels
  • FireWire 400, compatible with Mac OS X Core Audio
  • Control functions built directly into Apple’s Logic Pro, Soundtrack Pro and GarageBand
  • Compatible with any Core Audio-compliant audio application
  • Apogee’s Maestro software for advanced control and low latency mixing

System Requirements

  • Computer: Mac G4 1GHz or faster, G5 or Intel CPU
  • Memory: 1 GB RAM minimum, 2 GB recommended
  • OS: 10.4.10 or greater
  • Connection: FireWire 400 port

Package Contains

  • Duet
  • Breakout Cable
  • FireWire Cable
  • Apogee Software CD
  • User’s Guide
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Apogee Duet - Perfect Partner

Aesthetics: It looks great, very similar design and finish to my MacBook Pro (running Logic 9), good solid minimalist design.

Ease of use: Out of the box it was not so easy for me to use because it only comes with a FW400 cable and newer MBs dont have FW400. However I had read somewhere that Apogee were offering a free 400-800 cable for people who register this product so I contacted UK Apogee (Sonic Distribution Ltd) and received the cable 2 days later!
(In the meantime I managed to use it by daisy chaining it onto the end of my Lacie hard drive).

Latency: I experienced terrible latency slap back when recording so did some research and discovered that if you go to Preferences > Audio > General >Plug-in Latency and turn \'compensation off\' and uncheck the low latency mode it sorts it out.
Sound Quality: is better than my Maudio FW410, low noise, vocals sound better and bass and electric guitar signals are very strong. It is easy to get a good accurate level using the input gains.
Overall I am very impressed with this product and recommend it for use with Logic 9.


Phew - Great sound at last!

For the last 6 years I have worked on a PC with MAudio 24/96 soundcard and Cubase. Used a variety of mic preamps for vocals and acoustic instruments, and digital guitar sim thingies for er.. guitar. Just upgraded to a Macbook with Logic Pro. Checking round the forums it was clear the Apogee Duet was considered the best partner for this setup - and I\'m not disappointed. I\'d persuaded myself that both my mic collection and my monitors were crap. Now I\'m getting breathtaking results. Even my singing sounds good! And the whole kit, including ext HD and Korg nano keyboard fit into a laptop case. I can go anywhere I like and still get a great sound! It seems like a lot of money to spend compared with some of the competition, but I\'d say grit your teeth and go for it - you\'ll only regret it if you try cheaper stuff.


Using Logic or Garageband ? Get this !

awesome and worth every pound, great build and the breakout cable is genius ! some people would rather everything was built in but it would be alot bigger.
For the singer/Songwriter this is perfect, my very noisy fender telecaster is now quiet thanks to the great quiet but loud preamp built in.
I can't recommend this enough.
It's a no-brainer purchase you won't regret it guaranteed.


impressive unit

i really like this item, sound quality is great, the converters are quite a bit better than my Motu 828MKII. it would score a lot higher but the lack of balanced outputs really puts a damper on it as you system needs to be wired very well to prevent ground loops, etc. i encountered this immediately. apparently it would\'ve required a lot more power to drive the unit but i think it would've been good to have an option!

i haven't tried the preamps yet but i got it mainly as a DA for on the road editing and mixing with logic but i'm sure i'll try out the preamps soon enough.

i managed to set it up as an aggregate device with my motu after some fiddling which made for a flexible system.

overall it's great but i couldn't get the encoder to work in logic for song position but that may be due to logic 8 compatibility issues - i need to research this more!


It's so nice!!

I recently bought this guy and I was surprised at his ability!!
I had already Focusrite Saffire Pro 26 I/O for my interface.
But I can't wait to buy this guy as I saw him in the web.
Actually I'm a vocalist, so I don't have so many I/O like Saffire Pro.
The only reason I bought Saffire pro is for mic pre.

Apogee Duet gives me confidence for the first time because he
made from USA!! not China.
It's very simple and easy to record, play, control(including Midi).
And his mic pre is great!! I love my Duet. You'll love it, too!

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