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USB audio interface from Apogee belonging to the Duet series

Public price: $595 incl. VAT
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  • ericthegreatericthegreat

    Apogee Duet 2Published on 09/21/11 at 22:25
    The apogee Electronics Duet 2 is a very compact device, very modern and up to date. It can fit anywhere and you can take it anywhere.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. When you use the Apogee electronics Duet 2 you will be surprised how good it works with your software and how it just syncs its self up.


    UTILIZATION

    You're gonna hear things in your music that you never paid attention to before. Its preamps are currently driving a Royer 101 for me and my results are astounding. I'll sum it up like this... We're i…
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    The apogee Electronics Duet 2 is a very compact device, very modern and up to date. It can fit anywhere and you can take it anywhere.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. When you use the Apogee electronics Duet 2 you will be surprised how good it works with your software and how it just syncs its self up.


    UTILIZATION

    You're gonna hear things in your music that you never paid attention to before. Its preamps are currently driving a Royer 101 for me and my results are astounding. I'll sum it up like this... We're in a bad economy where companies are struggling to stay afloat. Music gear is a luxury and not a necessity when it comes to family needs, etc. So in order for companies to stay afloat they have to introduce gear that exceeds the expectations of those with champagne taste on a beer budget. I've heard the shootouts on Myteks, Prisms, Lavry's, etc. and this 600 dollar interface can stand toe to toe with them. You will NOT be disappointing in sound quality... This unit will be honest, and you will make mixes (with the right ears), that compete with the radio all day. Don't be swayed by a higher dollar item... If your music and talent is good, get this little guy and get off the pot. You will finally have no more excuses to make a pro album. Hell, the guy from Gorillaz made the last album with an Ipad.... So it's on you!


    GETTING STARTED

    Easy to get started up and running , you wont even need the manual.

    OVERALL OPINION

    Overall, Being a proud owner of the original Duet, I saw the upgrade as an Ipod Touch version of the original. (come on, it looks like an Apple product.) I actually did A/B the two just to see what the differences were and my conclusions were that this interface was not a slight step up. It has been revered, via the tech support guy at Apogee no less, as a Rosetta 200 mobile.
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  • neuroblasteneuroblaste

    Very good first impressions

    Apogee Duet 2Published on 09/10/11 at 08:05
    (This content has been automatically translated from French)
    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…
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    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.
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  • moosersmoosers

    Apogee Duet 2Published on 08/29/11 at 13:32
    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 …
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    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!
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  • yoTrakkzyoTrakkz

    great interface..

    Apogee Duet 2Published on 08/05/11 at 12:49
    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 anywhe…
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    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!
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  • synfactorysynfactory

    Amazing quality in a small package!

    Apogee Duet 2Published on 07/19/11 at 04:21
    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…
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    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!
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