Apogee Duet 2
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Apogee Duet 2

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

public price: 509 € +IVA
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synfactory 19/07/2011

Apogee Duet 2 : la opinión de synfactory (content in English)

"Amazing quality in a small package!"
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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!