Apogee Duet 2
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Apogee Duet 2

Duet 2, USB audio interface from Apogee in the Duet series.

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Average Score:4.2( 4.2/5 based on 15 reviews )
 10 reviews67 %
 3 reviews20 %
 1 user review7 %
Value For Money : Excellent
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  • 08/26/11Apogee Duet 2 Review

    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?

Users reviews
tom80807/16/2014

tom808's review"Love it"

Apogee Duet 2
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 .
10/31/2011

Anonymous 's review

Apogee Duet 2
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.
moosers08/29/2011

moosers's review

Apogee Duet 2
The Apogee Electronics Duet 2 is a latest audio interface from Apogee, widely considered one of the best in the business when it comes to anything to do with analog to digital and digital to analog conversion. There are some changes here when you compare this to the original Duet, all of which make it a more useful device. The Duet 2 is great for home studio owners who are looking for a simple but very high quality audio interface to use with their DAW. The Duet 2 comes with software to set up everything with and a digital interface directly on it for controlling it. It's got two inputs and four outputs in the breakout cable, which is different from the original Duet in that you've got two more outputs, although still not ideal for using any outboard gear. It's got the same converter and preamps as the Apogee Ensemble as far as I know...

UTILIZATION

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.

GETTING STARTED

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.

OVERALL OPINION

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!
yoTrakkz08/05/2011

yoTrakkz's review"great interface.."

Apogee Duet 2
The Apogee Electronics Duet 2 is a GREAT. I used this with my Macbook and Logic Pro 9. It has very low latency and works great with my software and operating system. This is a flawless audio interface that you must have for your Macbook’s. It connects right to your computer through usb connections. The manual for this product is very clear and easy to understand, you wont have any problems getting started using this interface. But if you don’t understand your recoding soft where and configuration you might have a hard time getting started. So make sure you keep your manual handy.



UTILIZATION

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.



GETTING STARTED

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.

OVERALL OPINION

I am very happy with my purchase and recommend this to everyone!
synfactory07/19/2011

synfactory's review"Amazing quality in a small package!"

Apogee Duet 2
Apogee Duet “2”, 2in x 4Out Usb Audio Interface for Mac.

24 Bit/192 KHZ

Maestro 2 Software

2 Mic/Instruments preamps, that can be phantom powered

Balanced Outputs

4 indipendents Outputs, speaker and headphone out

Breakout Cable
Full Color Oled Display

2m Usb Cable

Core Audio Compatible

Universal Power Supply Included (UK, EU an US)

UTILIZATION

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.


GETTING STARTED

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

OVERALL OPINION

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!
rombautsdidier04/13/2012

rombautsdidier's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" It fits like a glove"

Apogee Duet 2
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.
fanzic03/21/2012

fanzic's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Simple and efficient"

Apogee Duet 2
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.
roska12/22/2011

roska's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" A small wonder"

Apogee Duet 2
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!!
Titi150609/23/2011

Titi1506's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Perfect for a mobile studio"

Apogee Duet 2
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
neuroblaste09/10/2011

neuroblaste's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Very good first impressions"

Apogee Duet 2
I needed something portable, two entries wide enough, with the possibility of phantom power for sounds made with a condenser microphone ... and all without the fuss of ASIO drivers or other fantasies. And a simple connection. Two TRS outputs, two inputs "Swiss knife" accepts jacks or XLR: You can plug in microphones (static or not) an electric guitar or bass, which effects a milter (Pod, boss ... etc.) and everything fits in impedance and input level.
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.

UTILIZATION

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.

GETTING STARTED

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.

OVERALL OPINION

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.