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Apogee Duet Reviews
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!