Apogee Quartet - USB Audio Interface - 4 Inputs with World-Class Apogee Mic Preamps and Professional Line Level Input, Made In USA
- AD/DA conversion for recording up to 192kHz / 24-bit.
- USB 2.0 High Speed connection to Mac or PC.
- Direct digital connection with iOS devices (iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. 30-pin/ Lightning cable sold separately).
- Monitor control for up to 3 sets of speakers or 5.1 surround.
- Software control of hardware parameters including input selection and low latency monitoring.
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From the manufacturer
12-In x 8-Out USB Audio Interface
Quartet is equipped with 4 combination input connectors (XLR and 1/4 inch) for connecting microphones, guitars and keyboards or your favorite external mic preamps, compressors and EQs.
Quartet’s 6 balanced 1/4 inch TRS outputs offer an impressive range of possibilities. Listen and compare stereo mixes on up to three sets of speakers.
Quickly Select I/O and Functions
Quartet makes it easy to access all important recording and monitoring functions. Simply tap a QuickTouch pad on Quartet’s top panel to select an input or output and easily adjust your level with the controller knob. All input and output touchpads feature an LED highlight ring. The highlight ring of the active touchpad is brighter so you can see at a glance which input or output is selected.
Dial It All In
Apogee’s Duet started an audio interface revolution with its single controller knob design. Quartet continues this tradition. A single machined aluminum knob completes Quartet’s control center. With a tap to the touchpad you can select the desired input or output and precisely dial in your level.
The Ultimate Desktop Audio Interface and Studio Control
Apogee Quartet is the ultimate desktop audio interface and studio control center for professional recording. Made for the musician, producer and engineer that wants the ultimate sound quality and studio control in a compact desktop form factor, Quartet features legendary Apogee AD/DA conversion, 4 microphone preamps, USB MIDI I/O, ESS Sabre32 DAC technology and monitor controls.
Designed in California and Made in the U.S.A
Our long standing commitment to manufacturing all Apogee products in the U.S.A. has remained essential to our mission. For nearly 3 decades, Apogee has been designing and engineering products in Santa Monica, California. Building products in the U.S. allows us to better communicate with our manufacturing partners, react quickly to technological advancements, and maintain a high standard of quality. We’re proud that our mission and products support the U.S. economy, create local jobs and contribute to the country’s manufacturing infrastructure.
Apogee Quartet is the ultimate desktop audio interface and studio control center for professional recording. Made for the musician, producer and engineer that wants the ultimate sound quality and studio control in a compact desktop form factor, Quartet features legendary Apogee AD/DA conversion, 4 world-class microphone preamps, USB MIDI I/O, ESS Sabre32 DAC technology and monitor controls. With Quartet’s 4 Combo inputs you can connect microphones, guitars, keyboards or line level devices such as external mic preamps or a mixing board. Expand your system with 8 additional inputs via Quartets optical (ADAT/SMUX) digital IN. Quartet also includes 8 analog outputs – 6 1/4” balanced outputs for connection to speakers or outboard equipment and a separate, independently controlled 1/4” stereo headphone output. You can control up to 3 pairs of speakers or set Quartet up for 5.1 surround monitoring.Computer: Intel Mac 1.5GHz or faster
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Most reviews have noted, sometimes somewhat dismissively, that this is a good looking product. Guilty as charged. This is completely, 100% unimportant in the act of creating music, BUT almost ever music creator who has seen my music station has commented on it, admiringly. It matches the appearance of my iMac and looks like it naturally belongs next to my iPad. Again, this is NOT important. Don't spend $1,500 because some visiting guitarist is going to give you a nodding approval at your good looking gadget. But I am human and it has been pleasing to me all the same.
The layout and organization of the buttons and functions is VERY Apple: efficient and minimal. It doesn't need an instructional manual. And like Apple, it doesn't offer a huge amount of options for customization. The three function buttons have one of six abilities to choose from, most of which I myself found pretty useless. Off the top of my head, I can't think of what I would have those buttons alternatively do, but it would be neat if those sharp minds found more than an audio dimmer and sum-to-mono function to offer. But just as with the appearance of the Quartet, this isn't hugely important. The main functions of an audio interface are very easy to access and control. I might even go so far to say that it is pleasing, in the way any well designed, well made car is pleasing to drive though they all go from Point A to Point B the same.
I use the Quartet both on my iMac and my iPad. I upgraded from an M-Audio ProFire 2626, giving up the eight tracks for four so that I would have the option to record on my iPad. That ability is the main reason I was interested in a new audio interface. Is this the right interface for just a desktop or laptop? I don't know. But for the iPad, it is probably the best you are going to get. Having to access a power source is a tiny bit limiting, but it's great that it charges the iPad as it's plugged in and you have the option to plug a USB MIDI controller into the Quartet and use that simultaneously as audio recording.
The ProFire was an excellent device that I used on many recordings and was about as profession as a novice like me would actually want. So I was surprised that the audio sounded better from the Quartet. Great tone and clarity. Thus far I have mostly used it for recording interviews for a podcast, and my partner in that endeavor says the switch has been like night and day. I don't note THAT big of a difference, but am very pleased in the clean sound that is so essential for recordings of just the human voice. Also, the in-device soft compression has been extremely helpful for upping the volume without worrying about the dynamic range the human voice can have. No more clipping out when soft speakers break out laughing, for example.
I also use the Quartet into my iMac with Logic Pro and it works as expected. Not quite plug-and-play, as you have to use the separate application of a Maestro for your first set up. It is frustrating that you have to go into that separate application to switch an input from a mic (XLR) to a instrument (1/4"). I've never had an interface that didn't know which was which without. It's strange you have to tell The Quartet via some separate application. The Maestro application, and all that it entails, is a slight ding against The Quartet, but it is very minor. It is the reason why I gave four stars instead of five.
Simply put, this device is the best I could hope for. It was worth the cost for someone who takes their non-professional recording projects very seriously and I doubt that there is any better interface for the iPad.
Although my Duet 2 had great D/A converts too, the quartet sounds even more 'warm' and 'analog' when it comes to tracking guitar and/or vocals. I just love how much head room the pre-amps gives me when it comes to compressing and mixing my audio files.
As very as features and button/switches layouts I can say those are very easy to figure out. I have 2 sets of studio monitors connected on my outputs and I am able to switch back and forth between them when I am referencing mixes... or I can use all 4 monitors all at once. Apogee has great software that comes with it's interfaces as well, leaving you total control as far as assigning input/outputs, adjusting levels, and assigning buttons A,B, and C for different tasks.
Overall I'm very impressed... I've been producing and recording music for 10 years and this is the best interface I have owned. It has made my workflow so much better. Works perfect in my home studio.
After receiving the new Quartet I can only say that this is an AMAZING equipment! Just Amazing!
Everything works perfectly from the hardware through the software and its integration with Logic Pro X.
The sound quality is incredible!