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
 
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        5.0

        Game changer

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        from Queens, NY

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Pro Quality
        • Rugged build

        Cons

        • No Built In Inputs

        Best Uses

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

          You've gotta realize, when it comes to selecting interfaces, unless you're going for the larger and rather pricey ones, its almost always quality vs. features. Forever, I've worked with bottom end interface with tons of features and inputs. But the sound was never that great. I know because I had so many problems mixing my music and the mixes themselves never translated well into the real world. Pre-amps, cables, microphones etc... I bought so many of each to get a better sound and it just never seemed to pay off. So I did some research and came to the conclusion that my problem was the interface. Hundreds of dollars spent on the luxuries of more inputs to have more of my gear conveniently plugged in... and as great as that is Its less focus on the actual conversion of audio to digital and vice versa. So I invested into this duet, only 2 in and 2 out. You could get the same features from a bottom end interface. But the difference is the noticeably amazing sound quality. Apogee is world famous for its ad/da conversion, which pushed me in its direction. After playing one of my favorite songs on it, just one, I heard the difference. Right away there was more clarity and a wider image. I couldn't believe it. My recordings started sounding better than ever and no longer was I spending hours doing repair work on audio. My mixing got a lot more confident and I was more sure of what I wanted to do than wondering what I needed to. Now I actually enjoy mixing more than ever and I can honestly thank apogee for such a great product. And even though its only got two inputs, running all my gear through a mixer into the apogee still sounds a million times better than an interface in the same price range with multiple inputs. If you ever wanted to make an investment in your craft and push your quality to a higher level without going to crazy on the price, the duet is the way to go.

          This is a real hands on product review from Will @ Sam Ash Queens

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          5.0

          Best Mac OS Interface !

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          from Tampa, FL

          Pros

          • Convienent design
          • Easy to use
          • High Quality
          • Smooth Mic Pre Amps
          • Strong build

          Cons

          • none

          Best Uses

          • Home Studio
          • Professional Studio

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

          As someone who personally owns this interface i can tell you that for a Mac OS - it doesnt get any better than this. With the strong smooth mic pre amps this interface delivers as well as the convienent design on the breakout cable and control interface software with the interface using this with any application makes it a grade A interface. this is a hands on review from Danny at Sam Ash #48

           
          5.0

          Gotta love technology!

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          from Ontario, CA

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Affordable
          • Durable
          • Portable
          • Powerful
          • Stylish

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Recoding

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

            I never imagined that someday I would be recording on something called an iPad or iPhone. When I heard the recordings I have made with a DUET on my iPad, using good to great microphones, from an SM-58 to a Neumann U87(yes theres phantom power!), I was completely amazed. I still can't believe this is happening. I have used so many different converters over the years and nothing has compared to Apogee. The stereo Mic Pre alone is worth more than the cost to purchase this interface. I would suggest this over many of the $2K plus pre's I have in my rack... I wish there were 7 stars!

            A hands on reiviewer, Sam Ash#41

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            5.0

            I love technology!

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            from Ontario, CA

            Pros

            • Compact
            • Great sound
            • Powerful
            • Stylish
            • Versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • For travel
              • Recording

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

              I never imagined that someday I would be recording on something called an iPad or iPhone. When I heard the recordings I have made with a DUET on my iPad, using good to great microphones, from an SM-58 to a Neumann U87(yes theres phantom power!), I was completely amazed. I still can't believe this is happening. I have used so many different converters over the years and nothing has compared to Apogee. The stereo Mic Pre alone is worth more than the cost to purchase this interface. I would suggest this over many of the $2K plus pre's I have in my rack... I wish there were 7 stars!

              A hands on reiviewer, Sam Ash#41

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              5.0

              Great Versatility!

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              from Cinti, OH

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

                    Compact workhorse, the Apogee Duet is great for a headphone amp, MIDI & Audio interface! If you're doing personal or professional recording, this is a GREAT product! I am a reviewer at Sam Ash Music.

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                    4.0

                    Excellent interface in a small package

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                    from New Haven, CT

                    Verified Reviewer

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

                    This interface is awesome! Super portable, MIDI, great drivers, excellent sound and Apple reliability. The cost may seem high, but, you certainly get your money's worth with this great product from Apple. Turn any computer into a mobile studio. I am a staff reviewer at Sam Ash Music.

                     
                    5.0

                    Power the size of a smart phone!

                    By 

                    from New York

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • Clean Sound
                    • Easy to use
                    • Simple

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Home Studio

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

                      Simple and easy to use interface with extremely good quality.
                      I run mics and keyboards for direct recording into Pro-Tools
                      Very satisfied!
                      "This is a real hands on product review from Mike@  Sam Ash Paramus"

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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.