M-Audio Duo Usb

M-Audio Duo Usb

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Duo Usb, USB audio interface from M-Audio.

11 user reviews
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M-Audio Duo Usb tech. sheet

  • Manufacturer:M-Audio
  • Model:Duo Usb
  • Category:USB audio interfaces
  • Added in our database on: 09/28/2002

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M-Audio Duo Usb user reviews


theaudioandvideoguy's review"Nice little device, powerful "

M-Audio Duo Usb
The M Audio USB is a very small audio interface device that is very well built. I have taken this thing everywhere with me and I have dropped it so many times and almost lost it once and it keeps on ticking and working perfect. I have used this device to record vocals as well as some instruments and it has no problem with anything. As long as you have a good mic to plug into it, it will get the audio right into your DAW setup so you can finish your session. At first when I started using it, I was having a slight humming sound coming from the speakers. I really thought that it was a defective unit or that it just wasn’t a very good unit. But it was because I didn’t have one of my mic cables plugged all the way in. I wish I would have checked that first and that would have saved me a lot of time , and a lot of time on the phone with one of the techs from M Audio trying to figure out why I was getting this humming sound coming from my KRK monitors.


Using it was easy and setting it up was extremely easy. There really isn’t anything too it except making sure that your drivers are installed then you can plug it in via USB and as long as you have a 2.0 USB port you will be ok, most all newer stuff made in the last 7 years or so has 2.0 USB ports so you don’t really have to worry unless your system is really that old.


You wont need a manual to use this at all, maybe you will if its your very first time every having an interface.


I think this unit is great, its very small and compact and does such a great job. I do with that it had more ins when I purchased it though, but that’s why I got rid of it and upgraded. But for the laptop computer musician , this is perfect.

MGR/Bucky's review"M-Audio Duo"

M-Audio Duo Usb
Bought used for $150 to record onto my iBook via USB.

Clean signal, nice headphone amp. 24 bit/96kHz possibility. can work as a stand-alone A/D converter, but that's not what i've used it for.

took a while to get the bit rate and latency settings right to record blip-free in OS X (10.2.6). i was hoping to find a unit that could record 4 tracks simult., but i can live with 2, especially at this price.

durable, metal chasis. solid construction. wall wart power converter is a little annoying, but hard to get around those.

this thing does exactly what i need it to. it has two inputs, two outs (stereo outs, for monitors), and even has phantom power to power your mics. i chose this USB device over the digidesign mbox, figuring for the price difference i could live with some minor complaints, but i don't really have any, and it's worked out well. i've heard horror stories about OS X and USB input devices, but i just had to find the right settings between the OS X sound preferences, the provided driver settings, and the recording software settings.

This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com

Hatsubai's review"Works in a pinch"

M-Audio Duo Usb
M-Audio has been one of the leaders in developing practical and nicely priced interfaces. Among those was the M-Audio Duo USB. This devices is a mic pre that plugs into your USB port to allow to you record music or other types of audio. There are two mic inputs and two balanced TRS inputs to make sure you can always be able to connect up your peripherals to this device. Its first gain stage is 40 dB, and the second one is 30 dB, it features phantom power, has a -20 dB button for each mic input so you don't overdrive the converters, and it does this all in one small package.


M-Audio did a pretty good job setting this whole thing up. The interface itself is nicely laid out, and everything is easy to use. There are no annoying breakout cables that cause a tangled mess. However, there is one very major problem. This is USB 1.1. It is slow and is plagued with latency. In today's world where latency means everything, it can be almost unusable unless you turn off all of your plugins and track 100% dry. M-Audio has also dropped support on this, so I question how long this'll last.


Setting up is very easy, just like any other M-Audio device out there. Simply plug in the devices to their corresponding ports, and you're good to go. I didn't experience any compatibility issues, and that's a great thing. This works with both PC and Mac, so nearly anybody can use it without a problem. I never read the manual, but I can't imagine a real need to unless you're trying to figure out how certain connections work. Anybody who has used an interface before should know exactly how everything works.


Chances are, if you bought this, you bought it second hand. It's not on the market anymore, and it's mainly because of the major USB 1.1 flaw. It's simply not acceptable when it comes to today's standards, but the device itself is old, so it's hard to fault the actual device for not being ahead of the curve when it comes to the latest I/Os. If you have a chance to buy one, I'd pass unless you need something real cheap.

Patotripack's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

M-Audio Duo Usb
Pramps + USB + display resolutions 16 and 24 bit-96khz + 44.1

Taken voice and acoustic guitars

PC: Athlon XP 1500 - 256 Mb

Configuration uses: XLR + headphone jack + live on the USB port of my PC and Cubase 5.1 16 bit 44.1khz


Installation and Configuration Using simple trs

All versions of Windows drivers provided

English manual (may be a VF today)


The M-audio driver into the road, no significant problem. On the other ct it is that a system that the two pathways.

Use with cubase or any software ... why not a game (humm!)

No information about the update

Best latency achieved (12 ms)

you can record two tracks at the same time, for reading, as many tracks as your system allows broadcasts Stereo or 2 channel spars


The duo of M-Audio is one of those cards that has a flexibility and exceptional for several reasons. On the one hand you have a card that plugs into the USB port with a driver and a module paramtrage very simple and effective to juggle diffrent display resolutions 16 and 24 bit and 44.1 - 48 -96 kHz.
Attention as many products of this type, the ACCS at 96 khz is brid as a choice between 2 inputs or 2 outputs. On the other hand we have a good quality pramplification that does not blow! I use (3 months) taken primarily for voice and guitar with Deutsche AT 3035 and an Oktava 12 with cubase 5.1 - Win XP - athlon 1500, your exact APRS is me trs convincing given the price 390. Good dynamic precision of mdium and acute. However, all lack a little warmth from the hardware trs pro but did not envy the quality of decision-02R sounds of a 1st gnration or a D8B (console audionumriques most rpandues). Last, a stand-alone switch that allows you to use it as a couple of extra pramps rptition to record an example of an MD. A dernire remark is important for the headphone jack who has a circuit of lower quality even with a good headphone trs (MD 7506 Sony) monitoring with headphones is dangerous if you finalize your mix This Manir.
In résumé: price - flexibility - pramps only correct but we remain in the register of the home studio ...

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