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Apogee Duet FireWire Audio Interface (Macintosh)

Made specifically for Mac, the Apogee Duet firewire interface features two channels of professional-quality 24-bit/96kHz audio input and output. (24) Read 7 reviews for this product | Rate and review this product
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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(TM) that captures your music, your performance... forever.

Features
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

Integration and control with Apple's GarageBand, Logic Pro, Logic Express and Final Cut Studio (Soundtrack Pro)

Compatible with any Core Audio-compliant audio application

Apogee's Maestro software for advanced control and low latency mixing

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 inch 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 inch 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.

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.

Breakout: Duet's Input and Output Connection Cable
The I/O breakout cable that comes with Duet makes connecting microphones, instruments and speakers simple and clear. 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 breakout cable
Duet's Breakout 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 Lets 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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Ins/Outs:
- 2 x balanced XLR inputs, with selectable 48V phantom power on each input
- 2 x unbalanced high impedance instrument inputs
- 1 x high-level stereo headphone output
- 2 x unbalanced -10 dBV line outputs for powered speakers

System Requirements
Computer: Mac G4 1GHz or faster, G5 or Intel CPU (PCs not supported)

Memory: 1 GB RAM minimum, 2 GB recommended

OS: 10.4.10 or greater

Connection: FireWire 400 port or 800 port**

Dimensions (WxLxH): 4 x 6.3 x 1.5 in.

*Duet will work with any Core Audio compatible Mac software.

**A special FireWire 400 to 800 conversion cable is required.

Package Contents
Duet

Breakout Cable

FireWire Cable

Apogee Software CD

User's Guide
If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 310-584-9394
Customer Reviews
4.5 out of 5 (24 ratings) Rate and Review This Product
zZounds has verified that this customer bought this product from us. Written by one of our gear experts! "Wonderful interface at a very reasonable price."
Sound: Apogee has been making high end AD/DA converters since the 1980's. They have built a good reputation for themselves with such units as the Rosetta 800/200, AD16/DA16, etc. That being said, the converters aren't the same as on their higher end units, but they do sound quite good. Out of many interfaces that I have used (PreSonus, Digidesign, and others), the Apogee would definitely get my pick for best under $500.00. Great clarity and depth, with good stereo imaging. The preamps in the unit are very clean and provide 75 db of gain. They aren't going to give you much character (like some higher end pre's), but they will give you a very clear signal from your microphones. I have used many different microphones with this unit, and have gotten good results from almost all of them. Even the SM7B, which is rather gain-hungry proved to be a pretty good match with the unit. DA is also very good. The only concern is that the outputs of the unit are unbalanced, so you may experience a slight hum (very slight), but nothing that would prevent you from accurately hearing everything. For the sound quality that you get from the unit, it is a worthy trade off. Feature: I will be honest. There are other units around the same price range as the Duet that contain many more features, such as digital in/outs, MIDI capability, multiple headphone outs, etc. The Duet is rather light in the feature range. However, if you only require two simultaneous inputs and outputs, then the unit is perfect. MIDI gear typically interfaces via USB with many units, and MIDI interfaces are pretty affordable now. Digital in/out would have been nice, but the Duet's converters are wonderful, so I don't think I will miss that feature too much. Mac compatible only, but that's no problem for me. Ease of Use: Couldn't be any simpler. If you are familiar with any other unit in the same vein, you should have no problems at all. Interface is very, very intuitive and straightforward. I had the unit installed, running, and recording in under ten minutes. The Duet has a wonderfully simple, yet very capable control scheme. You can also push in the rotary encoder to select volume control for input one, input two, master output, or each of the four assignable MIDI controllers. Quality: The quality of the Duet seems to be quite good from my initial impressions. Unit is sturdy, and the drivers are well made. Some have complained of the breakout cable breaking, but I don't think this will be a rampant issue with the unit (I would only think this would be a problem if you are traveling quite frequently with the unit). Anyways, there is currently a breakout box for the Duet available made by a small, third party company if you are concerned. The Duet itself is very well constructed. Value: If one thinks about it, many high-end two channel converters are anywhere from the same price to thousands of dollars (Mytek, Benchmark, other Apogee). While the Duet isn't necessarily in the same league, it still compares quite favorably with these more expensive units. Add in the fact that one can get two wonderfully clean, transparent preamps, plus a great headphone amp and both AD and DA, and the value of the unit becomes very apparent. Manufacturer Support: I haven't had to contact Apogee for service work yet, but they seem to be pretty easy to work with if one understands their policies and is a reasonable customer. Like every manufacturer, some have wonderful experiences, and some have awful experiences. Keep in mind, people who have negative experiences are more likely complain than people who have positive experiences that they can praise. The Wow Factor: The unit is quite pleasing aesthetically. The Duet was designed very well, and it is a great match for my MacBook Pro (the finishes match up nicely). Features and sound quality aside, the Duet is very visually attractive. Overall: Overall, I feel that the Duet is the best sounding interface of anything $500.00 and below, and beats many other units that cost more. However, this superb sound quality is balanced by a relative lack of features (as compared with other interfaces at the same price point). If you are only tracking one instrument at a time, and do not need MIDI capability in your interface, then I would definitely suggest taking a closer look at the Duet. For my application (recording only solo instruments), it's a perfect fit.
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"Nothing can touch this in terms of sound quality for its price."
Sound: Nothing better for the price. I have some decent PRE's and I have to say this thing keeps up with them, its nice characterful but compared to RME preamps it rules! Feature: One has to mention that the main feature is that it sounds GREAT. The breakout cable may upset some but have you seen how easy it is to make your own cables for this device? The PRE's are brilliant. The software is perfect. The integration with a MAC is brilliant. Its firewire powered, needs no additional power and works well. The knob is a midi controller that works in logic really well. The thing to mention about the features is this, they have not given you 100 inputs, SPDIF, MIDI (except the controller), ADAT etc, they have concentrated the product design to suit a bloke and his instrument for analog recording. And if you need the midi but, you can always add some aggregate midi usb input and keep the apogee for its fine A/D D/A convertors. Ease of Use: If you can't use this you shouldn't be recording. I used to own the RME fireface 400. Compared to that its simple, really simple, the single knob is a real joy to use. Quality: There is nothing to dilike about this device, most MIDI has gone the way of plug ins and USB keyboards fill the gap. If you are a singer songwriter or sound engineer looking for a small perfect interface this is the only one to buy. Value: Find me a product this good for this price. I guarantee you won't. Manufacturer Support: I haven't dealt with Apogee but the site is great and from what I hear the are a good bunch. The Wow Factor: Simple answer as I got one and ive used plenty of low end and high end kit. This is a prosumer aimed device that is professional in its build, there is very little on the market that could touch this baby. Overall: There is nothing to touch this kit for the price, Apogee knows this, if you take it back to your store as you are unhappy then this is not the device for you, not because the service or quality is bad.
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