Apogee Duet USB Audio Interface for iPad & Mac

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The Apogee Duet features impeccable audio quality and performance in an elegant, highly-mobile, iOS ready solution!

Meet Duet
One of the most highly regarded and award winning audio devices ever. It combines an audio interface, headphone amp and MIDI interface making it easy to create professional recordings anywhere on your iPod touch, iPhone, iPad or Mac. With Apogee’s legendary digital audio conversion and world-class mic preamps, Duet is the best way to capture your music with incredible dimension and detail.

The  Duet for iPad and Mac features special circuitry designed to deliver professional performance for iPad use along with low latency USB 2.0 performance for Mac. And with the addition of MIDI I/O you can connect and power a Core MID compatible keyboard/controller while using Duet with your iPad or iOS device.

Pristine, next generation AD/DA converters
Duet’s AD/DA converters are designed to deliver the purest recordings and best listening experience possible. Duet’s efficient circuitry and state-of-the-art components provide a simplified signal path resulting in incredibly transparent recordings.

Smooth, detailed world-class mic preamps
Much like the AD/DA converters, Duet’s mic preamps feature the latest components and offer seamless click-free transitions as the gain increases and decreases throughout the incredible range of 0-75dB. This unprecedented feature allows you to dial in the perfect level, either with the controller knob or from within software, while delivering ultra-low noise and smooth, crisp detail. Duet’s mic pres are suitable for all dynamic, condenser or ribbon microphones, allowing you to capture any sound without compromise.

iPad puts you in touch with your creativity
Interacting with iPad to make music is like playing an instrument. In fact, some apps like Apple’s GarageBand turn your iPad into a guitar or virtual instrument. Whether you are moving faders on a mixer, adjusting software parameters, or editing a waveform, iPad’s multi-touch interface is a more hands on environment and superior to mouse clicks or track pad swipes.

There’s a music app for everything
There are hundreds of music apps for iOS and iPad. With multi-track recording DAWs like GarageBand and Auria, synths and drum machines like Animoog and DM1, utilities and guitar effects like Audiobus and JamUp Pro, the music creation offering for iPad is vast and varied. And most apps are more affordable than their Mac based counterparts.

Setting up your studio has never been easier
iPad makes everything easier with a simplified user interface and plug and play connectivity for accessories like Apogee audio interfaces. You’ll be amazed by how simple it is to set up your studio.

Breakout Cable
Duet’s breakout cable includes 2 combination mic/instrument connectors (XLR and 1/4” built into a single connector) and 2 balanced 1/4” connectors for speakers. The elegant single cable-to-junction design allows for easy cable management and the locking connection to Duet is robust and stylish.

2 Analog Inputs
Duet’s 2 combination input connectors (XLR and 1/4”) allow you to connect microphones, guitars and keyboards or your favorite external mic preamps, compressors and EQs.

4 Analog Outputs
Duet includes 4 analog outputs. 2 1/4” balanced outputs for connection to speakers or outboard equipment and a separate, independently controlled 1/4” stereo headphone output.

With these 4 outputs it’s possible for a DJ to monitor a separate mix in headphones while sending a house mix to the club, a live performer to send a click track to in-ear monitors while sending a backing track to front-of-house, and a recording engineer to send a headphone mix to the performer while dedicating the main outputs to studio monitors.

MIDI
Duet provides a single USB MIDI connection for your CoreMIDI compatible keyboard, synth, or DJ controller. This eliminates the need for an external MIDI interface and promotes an all-in-one music creation solution where Duet and Maestro manage all audio and MIDI. On iPad, Duet’s MIDI connection allows both Duet and a keyboard or DJ controller to be connected at the same time to the iPad’s single 30-pin dock port.

Breakout Box Accessory
Available as a separate accessory for Duet is a solidly built, aluminum breakout box with 2 1/4” inputs, 2 XLR inputs (for 2 simultaneous channels of input) and 2 balanced XLR outputs. The Duet breakout box features studio-quality I/O connectors and includes a 2 meter cable allowing you to extend your input and output connections away from your desktop and minimize cable clutter.

Features:
  • First professional stereo audio interface for iPad
  • Direct digital connection to iPod touch, iPhone, iPad
  • Works with new iPhone 5, iPad (4th generation), iPad mini (Apple’s Lighting to 30-pin adapter required - Sold separately)
  • Works with GarageBand, Auria, MultiTrack; Any Core Audio compatible app on iOS
  • Works with GarageBand, Logic, Pro Tools, Ableton; Any Core Audio compatible app on Mac
  • Low latency monitoring, complete input/output control with Apogee’s Maestro software (iOS & Mac)
  • MIDI input/output (USB-A type connector)
  • DC power supplies charge to iPod touch, iPhone or iPad
  • USB 2.0 audio with 24-bit/192kHz A/D and D/A conversion
  • 2 Analog inputs with world-class mic preamps and selectable 48v phantom power
  • 2 Balanced analog line outputs
  • 1 Independent 1/4” stereo headphone output
  • Legendary Apogee sound quality
  • Designed in California - Made in the U.S.A.

Please note the breakout box does not enable extra inputs or outputs. Whether you are using the breakout cable or breakout box Duet is capable of 2 channels of analog input (mic, line, or instrument) and 4 channels of analog output (left/right headphones and left/right monitor outputs).

Things You Will Get:

    Duet USB Audio Interface
    Breakout Cable
    USB Cable
    Universal Power Adapter for US, UK and EU
    Quick Start Guide

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ApogeeDuet USB Audio Interface for iPad & Mac
 
4.9

(based on 16 reviews)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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  • Portable (3)

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    • Home studio (3)
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    5.0

    Great Interface for DJ/Production!

    By 

    from Torrance, CA

    Verified Reviewer

    Comments about Apogee Duet USB Audio Interface for iPad & Mac:

    This is the perfect interface that will get a lot of use. I personally use this to record vocals for DJ mixes, as well as acoustics from friends. In addition, I will take this on the road as a backup DJ interface in case my others malfunction. Overall, very satisfied with the ease of use & quality Apogee delivers. 10/10

     
    4.0

    Great sound at a great price!

    By 

    from San Antonio, TX

    Staff Reviewer

    Pros

    • Hd Quality Lightweight

    Cons

    • Apogee Support

    Best Uses

      Comments about Apogee Duet USB Audio Interface for iPad & Mac:

      I simply can't believe all features and quality you get for this kind of price! Great sound and lightweight... It's all here!
      This is a real hands on product review from Roland @ Sam Ash San Antonio

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      • No
       
      5.0

      Duet only gets better!!

      By 

      from Columbus, OH

      Staff Reviewer

      Comments about Apogee Duet USB Audio Interface for iPad & Mac:

      For those that prefer Apple products, the Apogee Duet is the perfect recording compliment to iPads and Mac computers. Extremely mobile, the Duet can easily be transported with your iPad or Mac to the studio, or to the recording space to record demos and pre-production. 2 analog inputs and selectable 48v phantom power keeps everything pure. Sounds quality is unmatched at this size and price. Do your band a favor and grab a Duet.

      This is a real hands on product review from Christian @ Sam Ash Columbus.

       
      5.0

      Small size High Quality

      By 

      from Columbus, Ohio

      Staff Reviewer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Excellent sound

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home Studio
        • Portable recording

        Comments about Apogee Duet USB Audio Interface for iPad & Mac:

        Featuring the famous Apogee converters, this is the ultimate small interface for a mobile recording studio. Paired up with a Macbook Pro or even an Ipad,this will be a great core for the aspiring independent or pro producer. This small sized unit features a break-out cable to accept your inputs.
        The USB 2.0 is lighting quick with no noticeable latency issues snd will lock up flawlessly with your mac computer.
        This is a hands-on review from Sam Ash #36

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        5.0

        Ideal for Ipad

        By 

        from Southern California

        Staff Reviewer

        Pros

        • Features
        • Size
        • Weight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Live
          • Practice
          • Studio

          Comments about Apogee Duet USB Audio Interface for iPad & Mac:

          Finally an interface that is Ideal for use with an Ipad since it is compatible with your 30 pin connector. Dual inputs with 2 with 48v phantom power and 2 balanced outputs. Works great with Garageband and many other IOS apps. This is a real hands-on review from David @ Sam Ash Ontario.

           
          5.0

          Great for dj's

          By 

          from Cincinnati, OH

          Staff Reviewer

          Pros

          • Ease of Use
          • Sound

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • DJ
            • Personal Sound

            Comments about Apogee Duet USB Audio Interface for iPad & Mac:

            This is a great interface for ipod. It doesn't get any simpler and the quality is amazing. Great for simple home recordings.An amazing usb interface. I am a staff reviewer at Sam Ash Music.

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            • No
             
            5.0

            Great portable interface

            By 

            from N.J.

            Pros

            • Midi
            • Portable
            • Sound quality

            Cons

            • Breakout Cable

            Best Uses

            • Field recording

            Comments about Apogee Duet USB Audio Interface for iPad & Mac:

            This product is great for recording on the go excellent for teachers music students to record onto their ipad! or Mac laptop!
            the mic preamp provide a very clean sound
            this is good for creating demos!
            the d/a conversion is good so for portable mixing it is perfect as it provides accurate listening playback and has a good soundstage.
            anything you use the duet for will be accurate when you get into a larger studio
            Review is done by Steve @ sam ash store 21

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            • Yes
             
            5.0

            High Quality Portible interface

            By 

            from Anahiem, CA

            Staff Reviewer

            Pros

            • 2 channels
            • Afordible
            • High Quality
            • Portible

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Home Studio
              • Live Shows
              • Recording
              • Studio

              Comments about Apogee Duet USB Audio Interface for iPad & Mac:

              Pristine sound quality. Transparent, warm-sounding mic preamps. Easy-to-control interface. Useful OLED screen and front-panel metering. Maybe a little pricey compared to other 2 channel interfaces but you pay for the quality. This is a real hands on product review from John@samash.com

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              5.0

              A product that delivers...

              By 

              from New York

              Pros

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Apogee Duet USB Audio Interface for iPad & Mac:

                    I use this product mainly for my final mixes on the go.

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                    5.0

                    Incredible Quality

                    By 

                    from Sam Ash Music Ontario, Ca.

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • Compact
                    • Durable
                    • Excellent sound
                    • Portable

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Home Recording
                      • Mobile Recording

                      Comments about Apogee Duet USB Audio Interface for iPad & Mac:

                      The future is now! Incredible sound quality for a compact interface. Awesome preamps, easy to use and you can use it with your iPad! Use it in your studio, or take it on the road- the possibilities are limited only to your imagination and creativity. Nice that it is still one of the few technology products designed and built in the USA! "This is a real hands on product review from EpR@ Sam Ash Ontario".

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                      The manufacturer's warranty covers parts for one year and labor for one year from date of purchase. The warranty excludes damage from misuse, abuse, and contains other exclusions.