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Apogee Duet 2 Audio Interface for Mac

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  • USB 2, 0 audio with 24-bit/192kHz A/D and D/A conversion
  • 2 Analog inputs with world-class mic preamps and selectable 48v phantom power
  • 4 outputs, Independent speaker and headphone outs
  • Full color OLED display
  • Apogee Soft Limit Technology

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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 4 x 0.8 inches ; 1.1 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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  • Shipping Advisory: This item must be shipped separately from other items in your order. Additional shipping charges will not apply.
  • ASIN: B004W95TA6
  • Item model number: DUET-USB
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,127 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: May 21, 2011

Product Description

Product Description

Apogee's Duet is the most respected portable audio interface ever. Along with receiving many industry awards, Duet has also been instrumental in the creation of numerous GRAMMY winning records. While others have been trying to emulate its sound quality, ease of use and innovative design, we have been busy making an even better Duet. Duet 2 builds on the incredible success of its predecessor by incorporating customer feedback, adding advanced new features and delivering even better sound quality than the original. Apogee Duet 2 is the best solution for capturing your music to your Mac. With Duet 2, make studio quality recordings of vocals, guitars, bass, keyboards, drums, and anything musical. And because Duet 2 is portable you can take it anywhere your creativity takes you. When it's time to mix, Duet 2's output quality lets you hear your recordings with incredible detail and dimension allowing you to put the finishing touches on your musical project like a pro. Duet 2 sounds so amazing you won’t want to listen to your iTunes library without it. From the mic preamps to the AD/DA converters, Duet 2 offers the best of everything Apogee, allowing you to capture your audio with even more clarity and dimension than the original Duet. This is professional sound quality you can take anywhere. The Duet 2 mic preamps feature a new design, all new components and seamless click-free transitions as the gain increases and decreases throughout the incredible range of 0-75dB. This unprecedented feature allows you to dial in the perfect level while delivering ultra-low noise and smooth, crisp detail. Most importantly, the Duet 2 mic preamps are optimized for any sound source, so no matter what you are recording you’ll capture every detail.

From the Manufacturer

2 IN x 4 OUT USB audio interface for Mac

Apogee's Duet is the most respected portable audio interface ever. Along with receiving many industry awards, Duet has also been instrumental in the creation of numerous GRAMMY winning records. While others have been trying to emulate its sound quality, ease of use and innovative design, we have been busy making an even better Duet. Duet 2 builds on the incredible success of its predecessor by incorporating customer feedback, adding advanced new features and delivering even better sound quality than the original.

Apogee Duet Product Tour
Apogee Duet Product Tour
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Apogee Duet Breakout Cable
Apogee Duet input and output connections
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Turn your Mac into a professional recording studio

Duet 2 is the best solution for capturing your music to your Mac. With Duet 2, make studio quality recordings of vocals, guitars, bass, keyboards, drums, and anything musical. And because Duet 2 is portable you can take it anywhere your creativity takes you. When it's time to mix, Duet 2's output quality lets you hear your recordings with incredible detail and dimension allowing you to put the finishing touches on your musical project like a pro. Duet 2 sounds so amazing you won’t want to listen to your iTunes library without it.

A difference you will hear.

Using the very latest technology and drawing upon the experience of developing Apogee’s new flagship audio interface, Symphony I/O, Apogee engineers rebuilt Duet to achieve a difference you can hear.From the mic preamps to the AD/DA converters, Duet 2 offers the best of everything Apogee, allowing you to capture your audio with even more clarity and dimension than the original Duet. This is professional sound quality you can take anywhere.

Full Color OLED Display

New to Duet 2 is a full color OLED display. This high resolution screen is the main control center for Duet 2, delivering visual feedback for multiple functions including metering, numeric value for input and output levels, input grouping, and phase, muting, phantom power and Soft Limit indication. With this display you know the status of any input and output at any given moment without having to refer to Maestro or your recording software.

Configurable Touchpads

Duet 2 also introduces configurable touchpads. The 2 touchpads, located on either side of the encoder knob, allow you to quickly access output functions such as “Mute Outputs”, “Dim Outputs”, “Sum to Mono” or “Toggle Headphone Source”. Each are assignable using a drop-down menu within Apogee’s new Maestro 2. This unique feature allows you to select the function you want and access it directly from Duet 2 without having to look at software.

Apogee Duet + Apple MacBook Pro + Guitar
Turn your Mac into a professional recording studio
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Made for the Mac, Core Audio compatible

Designed exclusively for the Mac and Mac apps Logic, Final Cut and GarageBand, Duet 2 is the perfect centerpiece for any personal, Mac-based studio. Duet 2 is also Core Audio compatible making it ideal for other music creation applications like Pro Tools, Ableton Live and Studio One.

Highlights
  • 2 analog inputs: Combination Line (balanced +20dBu max)
  • Mic/Instrument (+14dBu max)
  • 4 analog outputs: Balanced line outputs, Independent 1/4” stereo headphone output
  • 2 Microphone preamps with up to 75dB of gain
  • Selectable 48v phantom power, Soft Limit and phase invert
  • A/D and D/A conversion at 24-bit/192kHz
  • Made in the U.S.A.

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Great product. easy to use.
Michel G.
When investing for this Apogee interface I was still not sure if it's gonna worth my money even though all my friends pretty much recommend it.
Haoyue
The D/A converters and mic pre's sound amazing.
Aaron Cisneros

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Orion Burdick on December 28, 2011
Style Name: New Verified Purchase
This beautiful device has exceeded my expectations in a huge way. I can now record anywhere using my mid-2011 Macbook Air, rather than being stuck in my garage studio. In my studio I use a PC with an Apogee AD16x for A/D conversion, with high-end outboard preamps (Neve 1272, Grace 201, and Telefunken V72), and vintage mics. I've been recording for over 20 years, and I've gotten better digital recordings plugging mics straight into the Duet 2 than using any other setup in the past. I am completely surprised that I don't even have to bring my bulky and expensive outboard preamps with me, because the Duet's are amazing.

+ Recording quality! I knew the Apogee converters would be great from past experience, but I am totally blown away by the mic preamps as well. Warm, smooth, clean, airy, and every other useless audiophile adjective I can summon.
+ Output quality. I plug my headphones in and listen to music all day while working, and the sound is dazzlingly smooth and dynamic. I no longer use my expensive tube headphone amp, because the direct headphone out of the Duet sounds so beautiful on it's own.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By TribalTech on November 13, 2011
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As you must've already read in many other glowing reviews, this review too will state the obvious that you will truly HEAR THE DIFFERENCE in the sound quality once you run your guitar tone or vocals through the Duet 2. The ad da converter and the limiter does an exceptional job at smoothening the audio input and enriching its overall sound and quality. You will be happy with how much better your tone, and textures sound. I was previously an M Audio Firewire 410 loyalist, but after the Duet 2, I wonder why I waited so long to get this baby. The difference in quality of sound seems every bit worth the $599 I paid for it. Plus, the unit with its OLED and build quality feels & looks very good

My only problem with this unit and the reason I could not give it a full 5 stars is because the on board touch sensitive buttons that can be user assignable are inconsistent and there is clearly something going wrong with them. I encountered the problem of being in the middle of recording session and have my monitoring output get completely cut off (in other words muted) on its own. I won't even be touching the unit or be anywhere near it and would be recording a part and all of a sudden, with a mind of its own, the Duet 2 mutes my output. I've metaphorically banged my head against a wall trying to figure out why this peculiar and rather stupid problem keeps occurring, and obviously went into Maestro to fix the issue (whichever way I could). BUt Maestro 2 is so minimal that it provides no real access to any component of the user defined buttons with which this problem could be truly corrected.
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful By no one on January 7, 2012
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I would agree with all the other reviews here that the unit really does sound amazing! I use this unit strictly as a D/A because it really does make that much of a difference. I primarily use the Focusrite ISA One as my single Mic Pre. Whenever I need to do stereo recordings, (rare), I then use the Duet 2 as my Pre. It does well here too, but the ISA does give me better tone as a Pre. I honestly think its the combination of the two -- but I digress.

The Duet 2 has a steep learning curve. There would be several sessions where I would literally spend an hour trying to figure out the signal flow, because I could see the signal getting to the unit and not getting into Logic Pro. On some occasions it was because some MAC update knocked out the drivers, and new drivers needed to be installed from Apogee. On other occasions, I had to reseat the USB -- regardless - it is NOT intuitive.

At this point, several months of use, bugs, and frustration, everything has been going smooth. I really love the sound quality I get out if this unit. I just hope it last longer than my Apogee One.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Ryan on October 25, 2011
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My first impressions were that it was a very small improvement over it's predecessor, but after a few weeks of using the Duet 2 I've really got to say that it's better in every way then the Original. I really like how much louder it is. I can crank everything up without worrying about noise at all. I mainly record Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, and Saxophone and I love how it doesn't color my recordings at all. I get a truly revealing sound through this little guy.

Screen/Buttons:
The OLED Screen is bright enough and the Buttons are extremely functional. Both have improved my workflow.

Headphone out:
Listening to music with a pair of Grado RS2i headphones is an amazing experience in general, but I've heard a marked improvement when I use them with the Duet 2. I love that you can separate the headphone out from the Monitor outs for two separate mixes (finally).

Latency/Stability/Software:
HUGE improvements from the old model. Much more stable drivers and lower latency. I've really enjoyed how much more power the Maestro 2 software gives you over the Duet 2. With my old Duet I often times encountered issue with hissing, pops and audio cutout. I would then have to reset my device or my system to resolve the issues. Traditionally in my experience USB has been more stable than Firewire. I had my doubts about the switch they made, but it's been much more enjoyable recording without the issues that firewire always had with the original Duet.

Breakout Cable:
The new Breakout Cable is fantastic because you'll only ever have two things connected at any given time so they reduced the amount of cable/clutter for that exact purpose and streamlined the XLR and 1/4" connectors into one. Less mess with the same functionality as before!
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