Apogee Duet USB Audio Interface for iPad & Mac

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Impeccable audio quality and performance in an elegant, highly-mobile 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 new 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:

    Breakout Cable
    2 Balanced Line Outputs
    USB cable
    30-pin iOS cable
    Universal Power Adapter for US, UK and EU
    Quick Start Guide
    Duet

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ApogeeDuet USB Audio Interface for iPad & Mac
 
4.9

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (4)
  • Good audio (4)
  • Portable (4)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home studio (5)
    • Recording (3)
    • Studio (3)
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    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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      • No
       
      5.0

      Hands down, top 3 interfaces for iPad

      By 

      from LV, NV

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

      mind blowing sampling rate for the iPad afficionado

       
      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.

         
        4.0

        Excellent and Portable

        By 

        from Long Beach, Ca

        Pros

        • Great Convertors
        • Supreme Audio Quality
        • Very portable

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Home Recording
          • Studio

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

          Recording tracks at Home
          Recording tracks at other musician's home

          I'm a sales assocuate at Westminster, Ca

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          • No
           
          5.0

          Best Portable Interface

          By 

          from Canoga Park, CA

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            Cons

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

                This will turn your ipad or even iphone into a tiny recording studio. It's great for recording speech, or even recording live feeds from a mixer board. You can even use it to suppliment your less mobile studio. I think it would be great for foley artists who can't always get the sounds they need in the studio, and need to go in search of sound.

                This is a real hands-on review from Josh @ Sam Ash, Canoga Park, CA.

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                5.0

                Great for dj's

                By 

                from Cincinnati, OH

                Verified 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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                  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

                  Verified 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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                    • No
                     
                    5.0

                    Compact high quality

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                    from Anahiem, CA

                    Pros

                    • 2 channels
                    • Compact Size
                    • price
                    • Quality

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Event Recording
                      • Home Studio
                      • Live Recording
                      • Recording

                      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. May be Pricey compared to other 2 channel interfaces but you get what you pay for! This is a real hands on product review from John @samash.com

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                      • No
                       
                      5.0

                      A product that delivers...

                      By 

                      from New York

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                        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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                            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.