5 reasons why Apogee’s Duet 2 makes sense

Written by Elliott Clarke. Posted in Studio Gear, Videos

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Published on March 08, 2012 with 1 Comment

The Apogee name has been synonymous with top-end quality for years – and the list of its flagship users is truly impressive.

The Duet has been instrumental in the creation and production of more than one Grammy-winning album, so at only around £40 more than the original, what can we expect from Duet 2?

1. Sleek & stylish design.

Like the MacBook systems it’s designed to work with, the Duet 2 is a beautiful thing to behold. Building on the minimalism of its predecessor, the Interface features a multi-function controller knob, 2 brand new configurable touchpads, and OLED display for input/output meter readings and other options such as phase,mute, and phantom power.

2. Streamlined breakout cable.

I’d say if you’re in the market for an Audio Interface of this size, that space is at an absolute premium. With this in mind, Apogee have designed a new breakout cable with 2 combi XLR/Jack inputs, and balanced Jack outputs (independent of the stereo headphone out). This economy of space is not at the cost of quality, however – the locking connection to the Duet 2 unit is as sturdy as ever.

3. CoreAudio compatibility.

Like the original Firewire Duet, the Duet 2 is 100% compatible with Apple CoreAudio, meaning integration with Logic and Garageband is seamless, and connection to ProTools, Cubase etc. is no more difficult. You can even play your iTunes library back through the Duet for audiophile luxury.

4. Soft limiting.

Once reserved for the super top-end products, Apogee’s unique soft limiting technology rounds off transient peaks before the A/D conversion, leading to a much warmer clip (reminiscent of that elusive “tape” distortion).

5. Unparalleled sound quality.

More important than any of these (admittedly excellent) points is the sound quality. Coming from Apogee you know it’s going to be good, but their engineer’s have spent real time ensuring this product is the very best on the market. The mic preamps feature a new design, all new components, and seamless click-free transitions – with a gain range of 0-75dB. The Duet 2 AD/DA converters are an all-new design and deliver the purest recordings and best listening experience possible.

This is professional sound quality you can take anywhere.

Features:

  • USB 2.0 Mac audio interface
  • 2 analog inputs: Combination Line (balanced +20dBu max)
    Mic/Instrument (+14dBu max)
  • 4 analog outputs:
    • Balanced line outputs, +20 dBu maximum output level
    • 1 Independent 1/4” stereo headphone output
  • 2 Microphone preamps with up to 75dB of gain
  • A/D and D/A conversion at 24-bit/192kHz
  • Top panel high resolution OLED display
  • Multi-function controller knob
  • Two assignable top panel touchpads:
    • Mute speakers, headphones or all outputs
    • Assign headphones to outputs 1-2, 3-4 or low latency mixer
    • Dim speakers, headphones or all outputs
    • Sum to mono speakers, headphones or all outputs
  • Selectable 48v phantom power, Soft Limit and phase invert

Join the conversation:

With so many small interfaces on the market, is there enough demand for such a professional product – with the accompanying £400 price tag?

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