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USB audio interface from Apogee belonging to the Duet series.

Public price: $595 incl. VAT
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The Duet at its Apogee?

Apogee Duet 2 Review

8/10
About four years ago, Apogee launched a digital audio FireWire interface called Duet that offered two analog ins and outs. In the meantime, competitors have brought out some very interesting products, especially RME with its attractive Babyface. The brand with the violet logo couldn't keep its arms crossed so they launched an improved version 2. The verdict? Read more…
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  • Anonymous

    Apogee Duet 2Published on 11/27/12 at 04:56
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    no time to write an expos on the subject I leave a simple note.

    USE

    ok

    IMPLEMENTATION

    ok

    NOTICE GLOBAL

    ok
  • Love it

    Apogee Duet 2Published on 07/16/14 at 18:25
    Apogee Duet 2 is an amazing usb audio interface, very portable i travel with it all the time, its also very sturdy, it comes with a breakout cable connects instruments, cables, microphones and speakers, has 2 ins and 4 outs, features XLRs plus original 1/4 inch inputs/outputs, also has a headphone port. Has awesome OLED display screen i think thats the biggest improvement from the last duet interface, its small screen but its easy to read. Also i like how it has a usb 2.0 connection on my old Duet i had to use the firewire, the usb helps bring lower latency . It also come with external power if you needed it to use for phantom power option. It comes with a Maestro 2 software you can also......
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    Apogee Duet 2 is an amazing usb audio interface, very portable i travel with it all the time, its also very sturdy, it comes with a breakout cable connects instruments, cables, microphones and speakers, has 2 ins and 4 outs, features XLRs plus original 1/4 inch inputs/outputs, also has a headphone port. Has awesome OLED display screen i think thats the biggest improvement from the last duet interface, its small screen but its easy to read. Also i like how it has a usb 2.0 connection on my old Duet i had to use the firewire, the usb helps bring lower latency . It also come with external power if you needed it to use for phantom power option. It comes with a Maestro 2 software you can also download it on the apogee site lets you manage and control the duet from within, the duet 2 has two small knobs in from and one big wheel, the two small ones can be set to any setting for example you can make it be the mute button, and the the big wheel is your main control of volume for each channel. I use it with my 15 inch macbook pro with 8GB RAM, by the way the apogee Duet 2 runs ONLY ON THE MAC OSX PLATFORM.

    UTILIZATION

    I mainly use Logic Pro and Pro Tools with it works out for me, I recently had some poping sounds come out when i was moving the volume knob, but after a quick restart it went away, I also remember one time it shut off randomly on me, just some small glitches that don't occur repeatedly. I use it on the daily basis so it has put it a good amount of hours.

    GETTING STARTED

    I had no compatibility issues everything connected well, I used the manual to figure out the start up but overall its a simple audio interface compare to other ones. The functions are easily accessible and controlled.

    OVERALL OPINION

    I also have the Apogee Duet which gave me some problems so i had to switch to the Duet 2 and I love it, if it broke down on me i would get it again its so portable and the sound is clear, its the best sounding interface I ever heard for that price, the price is fair . Apogee is know for quality and I approve .
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  • Upgrade from the original

    Apogee Duet 2Published on 10/08/12 at 20:10
    With 2 in and 4 out, this USB Audio Interface has 2 mic preamps in this little device by Apogee, it is called the Duet 2. I have not been using the Duet 2 that long (less than 1 year). But my time with it has been really good. It comes with Maestro 2 which is a software. The special thing about this interface is that its just plug and play. There were no issues with installing it, with me being a musician and songwriter I needed to have something that I could easily just plug in and it work right away.


    UTILIZATION

    The sound is really good, and the unit is very easy to use. This unit does have phantom power and it is Bus Powered. The audio output types are 2 TRS, 1 ¼ headphone jack.......
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    With 2 in and 4 out, this USB Audio Interface has 2 mic preamps in this little device by Apogee, it is called the Duet 2. I have not been using the Duet 2 that long (less than 1 year). But my time with it has been really good. It comes with Maestro 2 which is a software. The special thing about this interface is that its just plug and play. There were no issues with installing it, with me being a musician and songwriter I needed to have something that I could easily just plug in and it work right away.


    UTILIZATION

    The sound is really good, and the unit is very easy to use. This unit does have phantom power and it is Bus Powered. The audio output types are 2 TRS, 1 ¼ headphone jack. If you have a bunch of different audio you need to get into your computer at the same time or you want it to be hooked up at the same time then this interface is not for you. It is a simple interface and it works just like that, simple! It is on the higher priced side of interfaces for such a small unit though.


    GETTING STARTED

    The 2 mic preamps are really good. and they can capture some great sound from your source or instrument in stereo. With this interface it all depends on which Mac you will be using with it. If your computer does not have the requirements with the OS then you will have major driver issues with this interface.


    OVERALL OPINION

    This interface is small but powerful, you can pack it with you and take it anywhere you need it to go which is a huge plus for my setup which I try to keep pretty small. The display on the front of the Duet 2 doesn’t really have too much just some LED’s that let you see the input and output levels of what you have going through it. The quality of the Duet 2 is great, and it is small. If you can overlook the price you will be 100 percent happy with this purchase.
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  • Warning: Duet 2 driver nighmare!

    Apogee Duet 2Published on 09/02/12 at 13:13
    Conversion quality is great. I use the Mike e preamp. iMac 2.8 i7, 8gb ram

    UTILIZATION

    So, no drivers from Apogee (it's Apple), Drivers extremely UNSTABLE, I use Live,any number of tracks could create problems.

    GETTING STARTED

    Clicks and pops ALL THE WAY!

    OVERALL OPINION

    Hello, bad news here, so I'm running the DUET 2 with my iMac (2.8 i7 8gb ram) OsX 10.8.1 (latest Mountain Lion update), a disaster, clicks and pops are unbearable. I can't find a working flow because of this, I've been in contact with Apogee for more than 2 weeks now and I think we're just exchanging e-mails for nothing really. I'm pretty sure they know what's wrong but there's probably bureaucratic stuff going on......
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    Conversion quality is great. I use the Mike e preamp. iMac 2.8 i7, 8gb ram

    UTILIZATION

    So, no drivers from Apogee (it's Apple), Drivers extremely UNSTABLE, I use Live,any number of tracks could create problems.

    GETTING STARTED

    Clicks and pops ALL THE WAY!

    OVERALL OPINION

    Hello, bad news here, so I'm running the DUET 2 with my iMac (2.8 i7 8gb ram) OsX 10.8.1 (latest Mountain Lion update), a disaster, clicks and pops are unbearable. I can't find a working flow because of this, I've been in contact with Apogee for more than 2 weeks now and I think we're just exchanging e-mails for nothing really. I'm pretty sure they know what's wrong but there's probably bureaucratic stuff going on with Apple. What I mean is that the tech from Apogee told me they don't even do DRIVERS anymore, their units now depend on Apples DRIVERS!!! so they say. It's quiet amusing that they advertise so much about catching creativity and whatnot, yet I'm not even able to concentrate on my work. BTW I didn't have any clicks at all with my Mbox Pro, right before changing for the Duet 2, and I was using the same system. Clicks may not appear right when you open a fresh new session, but they will happen, the you'll have to reboot over and over. You simply can't work like this.
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  • It fits like a glove

    Apogee Duet 2Published on 04/13/12 at 10:37
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    I needed a sound card quality, to enable me to make the mix and occasionally record a source (guitar, bass or voice).

    I record my bass mainly.

    It is connected to a Mac Pro (early 2009) with 6GB of RAM and 2TB of hard drives over the four bays.

    UTILIZATION

    Since the beginning, the sound card still does not connect at start of the MAC. This problem is known and Apogee seems to work on it. There is a temporary solution which limits the sample rate to 96Khz.

    GETTING STARTED

    Quick installation, driver installation, connection and immediately recognized in Logic

    OVERALL OPINION

    I've had it 8 months and I am very satisfied.

    I had the opportunity to test multiple cards......
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    I needed a sound card quality, to enable me to make the mix and occasionally record a source (guitar, bass or voice).

    I record my bass mainly.

    It is connected to a Mac Pro (early 2009) with 6GB of RAM and 2TB of hard drives over the four bays.

    UTILIZATION

    Since the beginning, the sound card still does not connect at start of the MAC. This problem is known and Apogee seems to work on it. There is a temporary solution which limits the sample rate to 96Khz.

    GETTING STARTED

    Quick installation, driver installation, connection and immediately recognized in Logic

    OVERALL OPINION

    I've had it 8 months and I am very satisfied.

    I had the opportunity to test multiple cards according to my current needs. M-Audio Firewire 410, M-Audio Profire 2626 and it is difficult to compare with them, except perhaps with the Firewire 410 which is obviously below in terms of converters.

    No negative points raised except that the problem of reconnection, but under treatment at Apogee.

    It suits my needs so I would do this choice without hesitation.
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  • Simple and efficient

    Apogee Duet 2Published on 03/21/12 at 07:54
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    I bought this new version of the Duet to replace the older version of the same brand since sold.

    I use it with an apple macbook pro 15 '(first generation) Mac OSX 10.7.3 Lion 2.33 GHz / 4 GB of Ram. Uninstall the old version of Apogee Maestro was necessary before installing the new driver.

    I connect various guitars: Gibson, G & L, Taylor, Fender Precision bass and to a lesser extent with my microphone AKG 880S.

    Faisseau the connectivity of this new version has been modified to use common XLR / Jack male 6.5, it is no worse ...

    Another major change: the abandonment of Firewire in favor of USB that I will detail later.

    UTILIZATION

    My purpose is that of an amateur although......
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    I bought this new version of the Duet to replace the older version of the same brand since sold.

    I use it with an apple macbook pro 15 '(first generation) Mac OSX 10.7.3 Lion 2.33 GHz / 4 GB of Ram. Uninstall the old version of Apogee Maestro was necessary before installing the new driver.

    I connect various guitars: Gibson, G & L, Taylor, Fender Precision bass and to a lesser extent with my microphone AKG 880S.

    Faisseau the connectivity of this new version has been modified to use common XLR / Jack male 6.5, it is no worse ...

    Another major change: the abandonment of Firewire in favor of USB that I will detail later.

    UTILIZATION

    My purpose is that of an amateur although the level is actually the product of professional quality.

    I use it with software Garageband and Logic Express, Audacity, etc.

    The contribution levels of settings on the device greatly facilitates its use.
    My moderate use, I did not notice any defect or improvement on latency.

    Level of stability, I noticed an increased sensitivity to static electricity (I explain: if I touch the device after having circulated in the room without getting grounded, there is a residual electric charge which when I touch the Duet 2 disrupts it, then a reset is often necessary. I seldom met this problem on the card with Firewire. Is this related to this case or at least well insulated, I do not know nothing ...)

    The impact on the clarity of the sound seems to me obvious and profitable against this new version. I do not see how we could improve on the previous one by passing on the news is to me a level still above in terms of performance despite the USB I thought slower than the FireWire, what I ' hear with the new card I was reassured to have reached the milestone of 2 Duet.

    GETTING STARTED

    An ultra-simple: a button by running multiple support to pass in turn change the preset you want: you can not easy! This is what I wanted to keep.

    The contribution of the LED to indicate the level of adjustment on the device is very interesting.

    Some regret that the duet can be noon, personally, I do not use and do not see much use ...

    The connector allows the connection of HP and headphones with independent adjustability is nickel.

    OVERALL OPINION

    Purchased since early 2012, after having used the old lot, I do not regret my purchase.

    Simply, as stated above, I have to watch the effect associated with static electricity (if I remove a sweater and I touch the card immediately after such ...).

    A small regret of the old version is associated with the use of my MacBook Pro: I no longer have a USB input available with Firewire while before this is not the case.

    The performances are sound in my "top level" better than the old version. The LED display is definitely a plus in its daily use.
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  • Very good stuff!

    Apogee Duet 2Published on 03/16/12 at 01:28
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    I wanted this card for the Apogee sound in my home studio, at an affordable price for the Apogee. I use Logic Pro for style house, tech-house.

    The card design is very functional e sublime (eg you press the big button to change the line / headphone / input etc.), very handy!

    UTILIZATION

    The drivers are on my iMac i7, 8 gigabytes of RAM, not always very stable. Disconnects the map alone, the computer recognizes it more. I am obliged to the disconnected and reconnected, sometimes repeatedly.

    In six months I had a single update, not very effective.

    GETTING STARTED

    Easy installation / quick
    Config no prob
    The manual is primarily on the internet and with Maestro software
    No......
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    I wanted this card for the Apogee sound in my home studio, at an affordable price for the Apogee. I use Logic Pro for style house, tech-house.

    The card design is very functional e sublime (eg you press the big button to change the line / headphone / input etc.), very handy!

    UTILIZATION

    The drivers are on my iMac i7, 8 gigabytes of RAM, not always very stable. Disconnects the map alone, the computer recognizes it more. I am obliged to the disconnected and reconnected, sometimes repeatedly.

    In six months I had a single update, not very effective.

    GETTING STARTED

    Easy installation / quick
    Config no prob
    The manual is primarily on the internet and with Maestro software
    No incompatibility

    OVERALL OPINION

    I use it for 6 months. I would say the sound is simply stunning, extremely clear and well known with an atmosphere of Apogee. I had a lot of sound cards before, nothing compares. Here I feel my speakers, KRK Rockit, sing the tracks I play, the sound is addictive. Difficult to move on after the Apogee.

    The two lower wholesale are: the number of inputs and outputs (2)
    the price. I think it is very expensive for a card with only 2 inputs / outputs.

    I would do this but with more choices of entry, the Apogee Ensemble for example, the day the budget will be there ...
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  • A small wonder

    Apogee Duet 2Published on 12/22/11 at 03:41
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    1-What characteristics have motivated your choice?

    I bought the DUET 2, because I was happy with my DUET 1 (Firewire) and I wanted to have the same sound quality with my MacBook Air that I take on holiday for reasons of weight on the plane.

    2-For what purpose?

    To listen to quality music through iTunes and possibly to record some bass lines.

    3-Configuration

    I use a MacBook Pro and MacBook Air.

    4-Instruments

    I record my bass and my various synths

    UTILIZATION

    After exchange for my first purchase did not work, I have a true wonder connected to my Mac. With LogicPro is a real treat. The drivers do not seem to be a problem and I have almost zero latency. With LogicPro......
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    1-What characteristics have motivated your choice?

    I bought the DUET 2, because I was happy with my DUET 1 (Firewire) and I wanted to have the same sound quality with my MacBook Air that I take on holiday for reasons of weight on the plane.

    2-For what purpose?

    To listen to quality music through iTunes and possibly to record some bass lines.

    3-Configuration

    I use a MacBook Pro and MacBook Air.

    4-Instruments

    I record my bass and my various synths

    UTILIZATION

    After exchange for my first purchase did not work, I have a true wonder connected to my Mac. With LogicPro is a real treat. The drivers do not seem to be a problem and I have almost zero latency. With LogicPro I can use up to 20 tracks without any problems.

    GETTING STARTED

    No problems at all since the installation is fast and reliable

    OVERALL OPINION

    An outstanding product!!
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  • Anonymous

    Apogee Duet 2Published on 10/31/11 at 13:31
    Apogee's famous audio interface, the Apogee Duet, has just recently received an overhaul, and the overhaul is fantastic. Apogee is known in the industry for fantastic analog to digital or digital to analog conversion; in fact, they are considered the best in the business. Compared to the original Duet, the Duet 2 has some changes that many owners have been jonesing for for quite some time, and for some, the improvements are only incremental and not worth it. Find out which one you are! The nice thing is that it has two more outputs than the original Duet, which makes it much more useful all in all. It still is not terribly good at dealing with outboard gear though.

    UTILIZATION

    The Duet......
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    Apogee's famous audio interface, the Apogee Duet, has just recently received an overhaul, and the overhaul is fantastic. Apogee is known in the industry for fantastic analog to digital or digital to analog conversion; in fact, they are considered the best in the business. Compared to the original Duet, the Duet 2 has some changes that many owners have been jonesing for for quite some time, and for some, the improvements are only incremental and not worth it. Find out which one you are! The nice thing is that it has two more outputs than the original Duet, which makes it much more useful all in all. It still is not terribly good at dealing with outboard gear though.

    UTILIZATION

    The Duet 2 is just as simple to use as the original Apogee Duet. The interface is incredibly simple, as Apogee makes using the preamp headphone monitor levels very easy to access for the end user. The manual is incredibly concise, but the truth is, the device is just so simple to use that most people should not at all have a hard time getting into learning how to use the Duet 2 at all. And for beginners, I could not think of an easier interface to start on.

    GETTING STARTED

    Everything that the Duet 2 is is fantastic. The preamps are absolutely pristine and offer an absurd amount of gain. Ribbons can be run through this thing without having to kill the knobs or the levels. What is more amazing is that these preamps are part of the interface, and that the interface's converters are so good that they appear completely seamless. The sound is completely professional, and you can get it well before you hit the 4 digit prices with the Duet 2.

    OVERALL OPINION

    If you are doing most of your work inside the box, this is pretty much the quintessentially perfect interface for you. There really is nothing much more to say. The Duet 2 is perfect for what it tries to be.
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  • Perfect for a mobile studio

    Apogee Duet 2Published on 09/23/11 at 09:02
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    MOTU Ultralite with a number of years, I was looking for a card with perhaps less I / O converters, but very good quality.
    Having a FW 800 connector on my MacBook Pro, I did not want to put a 800/400 converter end of the chain. So I ruled out the Duet until the arrival of Duet2. I also wanted absolutely balanced outputs for my listening Genelec.

    I use the card with a MacBook Pro 2.3 Core i7 GHz/8Go/256 2011 GB SSD in Leo. I mainly use Logic and GarageBand sometimes. It is connected directly to my Genelec 8040 and to listen to my headphones Beyer DT-880 Pro.

    UTILIZATION

    The drivers, as well as Beta Lion are very stable. I had some trouble when sleep with the first pilots but no......
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    MOTU Ultralite with a number of years, I was looking for a card with perhaps less I / O converters, but very good quality.
    Having a FW 800 connector on my MacBook Pro, I did not want to put a 800/400 converter end of the chain. So I ruled out the Duet until the arrival of Duet2. I also wanted absolutely balanced outputs for my listening Genelec.

    I use the card with a MacBook Pro 2.3 Core i7 GHz/8Go/256 2011 GB SSD in Leo. I mainly use Logic and GarageBand sometimes. It is connected directly to my Genelec 8040 and to listen to my headphones Beyer DT-880 Pro.

    UTILIZATION

    The drivers, as well as Beta Lion are very stable. I had some trouble when sleep with the first pilots but no longer the case.

    The updates are quite frequent and there is no particular problem on this point.

    I use Logic and GarageBand, and I've never had stability problems, latent or otherwise.

    GETTING STARTED

    The installation are very simple. The Maestro software is very well done and there is no real need to understand manual.

    Integration with the OS and Apple software is just perfect!

    OVERALL OPINION

    I use the card for 3 months without any problems. I had a MOTU, RME's ... This card is very good job.

    The converters are really great! The momentum and heat are awesome! I must say that I did not too much difference between RME and Apogee but it means. RME is good too but Apogee's just warmer and it is better suited to my work on the blues / rock blues.

    The overall build quality is excellent.

    What I like most: ease of use and SOUND ...
    What I like least: The size of the XLR! I do not think having seen bigger!

    In conclusion, the value for money is excellent. I would do without hesitation that choice and I would advise anyone not needing more than 2 / O
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