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APOGEE DUET Audio interfaces Firewire

by Apogee
4 customer reviews

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Technical Details
Item Weight440 g
Product Dimensions16.1 x 10.2 x 3.9 cm
Item model number300719
Hardware InterfaceFireWire 400, Built-in flash memory
Additional Information
Best Sellers Rank 54,237 in Musical Instruments (See top 100)
Shipping Weight1.1 Kg
Date First Available16 Oct. 2007

Product Description

Meet your new partner...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. 

Yes Duet delivers... a professional portable audio interface with world class mic pres, Apogee-designed conversion, plus innovative, intuitive ease of use. But it's more: Duet is The Defining Moment? that captures your music, your performance...forever.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...

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Birdland on 16 April 2011
I'm using this in conjunction with Logic Express 9. It's ideal provided you're not trying to record a whole band simultaneously. It's portable, unobtrusive and united with Logic Express9 Logic Express 9 the results are superb. I'm using the setup on a MacBookPro with 4 GB RAM. I think 2MB is recommended but 4 seems realistic.

I have an established aging studio setup running Logic Platinum on a Mac G4 using MOTU and UNITOR hardware with Mackie 1604 desk and various other bells and whistles. While that setup is an excellent studio arrangement the combination of the Duet firewire and Logic Express are at least as good for smaller more intimate projects. This quality for under £500 is unlikely to be bettered anytime soon. You can carry the whole setup with the greatest of ease in a shoulder bag.

I have dedicated an external portable hard drive (slim Iomega 500GB - slips easily into in my pocket) Iomega eGo 500GB FW400/FW800/USB2.0 Portable Hard Drive Mac Edition - Red

to a boot disk=100GB (running Express9)ExpressMisc disc=100MB(.iso system files midi stuff etc) and LogicExpressData=300GB.

This means I can slip the boot disk into my inside jacket pocket and put the Duet gubbins and laptop in my bag. Light and powerful setup. The one dedicated 3 partition disc is a good idea in that no matter what machine you may happen to use (some other studio running logic) when out and about you have everything organised to your own requirements. Of course if you're just going to use it as a stand-alone setup at home none of these considerations matter but I particularly appreciate the portability and quality.

Am very pleased with the system and thoroughly recommend it. Enjoy :-)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. R. Patel on 15 May 2011
This is a superb simple piece of design. The audio converters are way ahead of anything else in the range and cut through mixes like a knife. I use the unit with a Mac in my living room to stream audio into my hifi which is a much cheaper option than the Naim or Linn units. If there is a one negative - I would say the software interface is a bit unimaginative and cumbersome. I also have a unit on my music production workstation and low ASIO works as quoted unlike some other manufacturers.

Other Audio interfaces used: RME, MOTU, Lynx Audio and TC Electronic Konnekt
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Amazing sound quality
Still using today even though it was bought quite a few years ago
Great with my iMac and MacBook Pro
Input and output options were unrivalled at the time
newer version from APOGEE available .. but you can still pick these up
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Marco Rossini TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 17 Mar. 2010
This tiny equipment would be essential if you'd like to create music and record sound from external sources, such as a guitar, a piano, a microphone, or any other musical instruments using an ordinary jack to jack guitar cable or a USB cable. Music creating software, such as Apple's Garage Band or Logic, for example, comes with thousands of sound source, and if you have a musical keyboard (with a USB connection), you can do many different things. But if you want to record the sound of external and accoustic instruments like a guitar or a piano, you'll need to find a way to connect it with your Mac. To record your singing, you could use the built-in microphone on your Mac, but as you can imagine it's not really built for a good quality music input - again you'll need a fairly good microphone which needs to be connected with your Mac.

So, here is one good solution - you can connect the microphone, the guitar, the synthesiser (with jack or USB). However, if your instrument is fairly old and doesn't have a USB port (or even if some instruments do have a USB port some of them can't transfer the MIDI info via the USB) so if you need a MIDI I/F, all you need to do is find yourself a MIDI-USB cable that Yamaha or Roland sell, and they're quite cheap. You can even record the classical instruments such as a classic guitar, a violin or a flute via a microphone with the Apogee Duet.

The other usage would be this: if you still have old dinosaur cassette tapes or LP vinyl records that you still can't throw away, you could connect the player via the Duet and could convert the sound to digital audio, so it's an excellent machine!

But, for some reason this equipment is very expensive! That's why I gave 4 stars, otherwise it would definitely deserve 5!
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34 of 38 people found the following review helpful
It can't be beat for features and quality at this price 6 Aug. 2008
By Greg A. Tirevold - Published on
I bought the Duet to use with my Aluminum iMac and Logic Studio 8 and have had zero problems with the unit. The interface is very streamlined so you have to get used to using a single, multi-function knob for everything. The quality of conversion between analog and digital is head and shoulders above anything else near this price level. It sounds as good as units costing 3 times as much due to the designers' emphasis on quality sound. To get the high quality conversion at this price you are limited to the line outputs and headphone output levels being permanently linked. Some people find this a drawback, so be aware before you buy if this feature is something that is a deal breaker for you.

The small form factor is nice because as anyone with a home studio can attest to, space is not a luxury we have. I didn't pick this for its portability but as it is the size of a paperback book I can imagine it being very easy to tote around with a macbook/pro.

The included Maestro management software is straightforward and lets you set the unit up in seconds with a very easy to understand user interface. Configuring my iMac to use this as the audio input and output took less than a minute from reading the instructions. Making Logic label its mixer to match is equally simple. One thing I found convenient is how OSX lets you still use the iMac's built in speakers for the system alerts so that an error message gong sound isn't sent out through your 100watt studio monitors. You can set the output level of the system alerts separate from the duet's outputs.

The breakout cable is securely attached and the plugs are labeled with big, clear markings so changing hook-ups is easy. It has phantom power if your mics require it, which is set using Maestro.

Most audio interfaces in this price range try to win you over with more I/O channels or other add-ons instead of making the best sound conversion. They trade quality for quantity with predictable results. Apogee decided on doing a simple 2 channel interface, a single physical control and top shelf A/D/A converters so the result is the best 2 channels you can get. When you want more channels without sacrificing quality then you can step up to their Ensemble line.
27 of 33 people found the following review helpful
Excellent: Apogee Duet + Logic8 = Your Studio 12 Feb. 2008
By C BUTLER - Published on
Wow, I've used alot of firewire interfaces (breakout boxes) and nothing came close to this, I have to start by saying that good preamps make the world of difference to your sound and I found that the ones in Maudio gear tend to be pretty noisy, but the Duet is really quiet and really loud, I put a telecaster into this and a tele is a noisy guitar but it's loud with this but there is no noise (hiss) the same with vocals, I don't have any hiss anymore.
24/96 that's pretty future proof because I don't imagine anybody recording any higher, sure they'll master higher for sacd dvd-audio etc.
Great build and I love the breakout cable, great idea !
With Logic 8 which is the greatest DAW of all time this works superb.
Lastly this was Born In The USA, yup this was made in the USA by a human being with rights.
Great Product, Future Proof and Fantastic Value For Money, don't hesitate buy one of these now.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Excellent little unit 21 Sept. 2009
By "Gimpy" Peach Johnson - Published on
I use the Duet for connecting a pair of Neumann TLM-103 mics to my MacBook Pro for home and on-the-go recording and I couldn't be happier. Set-up is a breeze and takes only a few moments. The Duet has only a FireWire 400 port, but they now include a FireWire 400-800 cable for connecting to newer Macs. The sound quality is excellent: clear and lifelike with amazing detail and no hiss. The Duet itself is built very solidly, yet "simply," and I can easily imagine this will hold up to years of use. The unit does warm up a bit after it's been on for a while, but mine never got truly "hot" -- even after hours of use. Although Apogee seems to be marketing this as a headphone amp, I wouldn't buy it for that purpose alone: it does do an excellent job, but there are plenty of other headphone amps offering comparable quality for a fraction oft he cost (I have a Total BitHead from HeadRoom that powers my Sennheiser HD-595s every bit as well for 300 bucks less). If you're looking for just a better listening experience from your Mac, you may want to look elsewhere and save yourself some money, but if you need a rugged, high quality microphone or audio input interface, look no further! I've had my Duet for a month now and I'm extremely happy with it.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
One versatile lil' interface 23 Jan. 2010
By Grinder - Published on
This is a great sounding and versatile interface in a small, convenient and beautiful package. I enjoy this little bugger in the following capacities:

- As an A/D converter to record my vinyl collection to digital format. Connecting the line level inputs to a good phono stage allows for great sounding digital recordings.
- As a D/A converter and pre-amp to powered monitors. I'm using Blue Sky MediaDesk setup as an affordable yet accurate small desk-based monitoring system.
- As a D/A converter and headphone amp. Hooking up a Sennheiser HD650 makes for great iTunes listening.
- As an A/D converter and mic pre-amp. Since it provides phantom power, it's easy to connect condenser microphones such as the Audio Technica 2020 to capture voice.
- As an A/D converter and guitar interface. Plug in a guitar, fire up Garageband and good to go.

Is the Apogee Duet the best solution in each of these individual categories? I'm sure one can come up with specific products that work better in specific areas, but as a package, this is tough to beat.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Best Audio Gear Purchase I've Ever Made 11 Jan. 2010
By Rob - Published on
I've been doing pro audio in various forms for twenty years. Never have I heard sound so good... so rich... so clean... so crystal clear at this price point (or even at two or three times this price, to be honest). The only, and I do mean only, downside of the Apogee Duet is that it's Firewire 400 instead of Firewire 800, meaning that you'll need a 9 pin to 6 pin firewire cable to connect it to a new Mac (my new Mini came with Firewire 800).

Seriously - the Apogee Duet is superb. I've owned mine for nine months. Even if the thing were ugly as the sort of sin one would never admit to, I'd STILL recommend it because the D/A converters are so so so good and the functionality of the device is so slick... but the Duet isn't ugly at all. In fact, it's as sexy as a piece of audio gear can be.

I can't recommend it highly enough.
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