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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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Apogee Duet FireWire Interface

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
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zZounds has verified that this customer bought this product from us. "Clean Preamp, Clean Gain, High Quality sound, This IS the Centerpiece for Recording!"
Sound: The only thing you need to know about Apogee is that they have been the industry standard for years. The Apogee Duet has some of the cleanest gain for preamps, and the sound quality is so stellar you'll be amazed by your recordings. Feature: Loved Everything about it. Ease of Use: I was recording within 5 minutes of pulling it out of the box... without reading any manuals. Quality: Pretty Solid, I bought a special carrying case that was made for it, but it definitely feels like it has some solid construction going on. Value: Definitely worth more than what I paid for... Easily, and with zZounds price beating system I was able to afford it. Before I buy anything I always look for a low price, and end up back here at zZounds! Manufacturer Support: Never had to deal with them, which tells me it's a good product. The best support you can get from a company is a product that does what it claims! The Wow Factor: This is practical, every studio should have one. Overall: Completely satisfied, if I went to another product it would be a newer version of this product which has already been released, but knowing what kind of a sound comes from this, I jumped on it when the Duet2 was released knowing that the release would drive down the prices of the Duet 1.
Style of Music: Rap, Rock, Pop
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zZounds has verified that this customer bought this product from us. "If you want an interface to match your Macbook Pro"
Sound: honestly, after reading all the hype about this interface with Mac/Logic.....I was expecting to orgasm over the clarity and crispness over the sound. I can't even tell the difference without it, people say their iTunes come alive and all this and that.......not true, it does what its supposed to do but its no miracle worker Feature: breakout cables are actually pretty nice because they hang behind my desk and limit some of the clutter.........besides that its just a big knob Ease of Use: had to install the software....which was outdated......and the update still doesnt download for some reason Quality: looks sick.....my friends think its really expensive, and it is Value: I wish I had demod some other interfaces first......cuz I can't return this thing Manufacturer Support: was on hold for about 10 minutes before someone just disconnected me..............tried again for another 10 and reached someone The Wow Factor: they did a great job adversiting but not performing
Style of Music: Hip hop, House, Rap, Movie Scoring
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