All user reviews of 5/5 for the Apogee Duet 2
Apogee Duet 2 Review - The Duet at its Apogee?
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?
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.
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.
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 .
Anonymous 's review
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.
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.
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.
Using and setting up the Apogee Electronics Duet 2 isn't difficult, as the software it comes with makes it easy to route and control everything inside the box. The digital interface on the actual device is easy to use as you can scroll through different screens to controls your preamp, headphone, and monitors levels. There's not too much to get acquainted with here as I think users will be able to get used to it rather quickly, although the manual might be a good idea for beginners.
The sound of the Apogee Electronics Duet 2 is quite stellar and is everything you would expect from Apogee. The conversion quality is top rate and the preamps sound pretty darn good to me although I haven't had a chance to shoot them out with other audio interfaces' preamps. The sound is by far the best thing about the Apogee as it gives you a pro's sound in a small box for a fraction of the price of other pro interfaces and converters.
The Apogee Electronics Duet 2 is the perfect audio interface for the home studio owner who is doing most of their work inside the box. For producers working primarily in Logic, you can't find a better deal. If you need more inputs and outputs and are using Pro Tools primarily, it may not be your best bet, but for those looking for something with great converters and a few nice preamps, the Duet 2 is a can't miss. The price is great considering what you're getting. The Duet 2 is very popular for good reasons!
yoTrakkz's review"great interface.."
The apogee Electronics Duet 2 is a very sleek device, very modern. It can fit anywhere and you can take it anywhere. The price is the downside to me though, I feel like 600 dollars for this was a little too high, when its competitors have audio interfaces at around 400 which are virtually the same thing. I didn’t use this with anything except for Logic so I am not sure how it works with other software’s. But its perfect with logic and Logic is perfect for it. it’s a perfect fit. The Drivers are very stable.
I used this Apogee to record vocals and instrumentals, along with drums and everything else. It records great, no glitches or lagging while recording. Take this everywhere with you , right along with your Macbook. You can record anywhere at a high quality. There are enough ins and outs to have several things recording together. The buffer is between 4 and 5ms which is great. Definitely give this apogee Duet 2 a try you wont be disappointed. I never used the original Duet, I purchased the Duet 2 right off the bat. I didn’t even know about the Duet until the second one came out.
I am very happy with my purchase and recommend this to everyone!
24 Bit/192 KHZ
Maestro 2 Software
2 Mic/Instruments preamps, that can be phantom powered
4 indipendents Outputs, speaker and headphone out
Full Color Oled Display
2m Usb Cable
Core Audio Compatible
Universal Power Supply Included (UK, EU an US)
I’ve used this as my main home and portable Audio Interface for Logic Pro 9.
I have a Mac Pro 2.66 Quad Core with 8 GB of ram and a White Macbook with Intel Core 2 Duo Cpu with 4 GB of Ram.
The drivers and the Maestro software (to control and choose the device system settings and connections) are quite stable. However I found that with my Mac Pro, sometimes I have to reboot it to make it work. I’m sure this will be fixed soon, Apogee is a top notch manufacturer.
Latency at 32 and 64 buffer is between 4 and 5 ms
The 2 added touchpads are a great improvement. They are 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.
I had an original Apogee Duet, but upgraded for this for the USB connection and the added outputs.
I’ve used it in various circumstances.
I’ve recorded vocals and instruments.
I’ve reamped guitar tracks with an added Radial X-Amp (the outputs can assigned to be mono, stereo or in dimmed modes).
I’ve used it to send click tracks to my drummer, and I can say that this interface never disappointed me.
Pristine preamp quality (up to 75dB) , and the Apogee D/A and A/D converters are well known for their quality.
It also have a soft limit function (previously available only on advanced systems) that let you add several apparent decibels without clipping the signal, and giving it an analog like warmth.
The manual is really clear and precise
It can be a bit pricey, but if are on Mac and demand great quality in a small package, this is the only interface you will ever have to buy!
rombautsdidier's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" It fits like a glove"
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.
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.
Quick installation, driver installation, connection and immediately recognized in Logic
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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fanzic's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Simple and efficient"
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.
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.
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.
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.
5 of 6 people found this review helpful
roska's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" A small wonder"
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.
I use a MacBook Pro and MacBook Air.
I record my bass and my various synths
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.
No problems at all since the installation is fast and reliable
An outstanding product!!
1 of 2 people found this review helpful
Titi1506's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Perfect for a mobile studio"
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.
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.
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!
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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neuroblaste's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Very good first impressions"
The A / D and D / A are really good.
Pity She's USB and not firewire, I wish I had a choice.
Compatible with Mac only (bon. ..) connected to a MacBook Pro 2009 - Core 2 Duo 2.53 GHz - 4GB RAM
Snow Leopard 10.6.8
The goal is to make registration for computer music my stuff solo, make the film music (short films), but not necessarily at home.
Drivers: stable, solid.
computer music software Logic Express 9, and Itunes too. No worries
my biggest project currently has 12 virtual instruments including three multi-midi (batteries 8 outputs), with lots of effects and 14 audio tracks, half in stereo, and buses and other submix: for record two tracks or a stereo, with the backing we feel the latency, but no cracks or stall. With "low latency" of logic that disables the effects too CPU-intensive (pitch or convolution reverbs), there is no audible latency at all.
Updates in the air frequently, there is already a driver for Leo, the new OS from Apple, released in July 2011. Since I have not made the upgrade to Leo, not tested.
For the moment, with the buffer recommended to 128 samples, it displays a latency to 8.7m. I did not realize if it's a lot, or not. Anyway, I do not feel at all, and it allows me to play up.
Simple installation, including download: 15 minutes.
General configuration in the blink of an eye, Maestro software to configure everything.
The object displays the input levels of the two sources, and the output level of headphones and hand out.
A big wheel "clickable", which manages the volumes of output and input gains (one click to switch to another input and then output to another). It can not be used for something else, but two touch buttons are assignable to various functions (mute a particular output, reduce the output level of 15dB, or other stuff)
No incompatibilities with return, would have a peak.
Manuel very concise, but sufficient for the implementation of two two. On the site of apogee, there is the rest if you really want to get all of the beast.
I've had a good week, which is low, but I'm in love.
I had an entry-level product, the Line6 TonePort UX1. Of course, nothing to do in versatility (the Line6 has no phantom power) and audio quality, especially in terms of the dynamics in the low end ... is deeper with the Duet. The drivers are up to date with the Duet, Line6 drags a bit for my taste. And update for OSX are often buggy at Line6. I had two kernel panic because of their drivers.
Latency is less with the Duet.
The baby face gave me the eye, but I was nervous that the drivers are less "linked" to OSX than apogee, and she had lair more complete but also more complex to manage. And nothing annoys me more than having to spend the little time I have for making music to understand why there is latency, or why it cracks.
I love simplicity, simple side (in the disign, as in features), and the fact that it works right away and all the time. I also like to have a different mix in the hand outs and headphones.
What I like least is that it is USB and not firewire, that's about all.
The value for money: it's expensive, probably too much for what's inside. But I'm glad it is so simple: I print to save time and it comes at a price likely too.
I do not have enough experience to say, but it is a choice I do not regret at all.