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Apogee Electronics Duet USB Audio Interface for iPad & Mac

You Pay: $595.00
Product Highlights
  • 2 Input / 4 Output
  • 2 High-Gain Microphone Preamps
  • Phantom Power
  • Soft Limit
  • Full Color OLED Screen
  • Multi-Function Controller Knob
  • Maestro 2 Software for Mac
  • Free Maestro App for iOS
  • Bus Powered

The Duet USB Audio Interface for iPad & Mac from Apogee is a portable audio interface that builds on the success of the Duet 2 by adding compatibility with iOS in addition to Mac. It provides a direct digital 30-pin connection that allows for DC charging of the Apple device.

This interface is more than capable of making studio quality recordings of vocals, guitars, bass, keyboards, drums, and anything musical. Because of its portability, you are ready to create at any time. And while the high-gain microphone preamps capture performances with clarity, the outputs are also capable of presenting incredibly detailed and dimensional sound.

The dual microphone preamps feature enhanced components and seamless, click-free transitions throughout the 75dB of gain. The preamps are optimized for any sound source, so no matter what's being recorded, it get's captured in every detail. The AD/DA converters are also an all-new design, delivering the purest recordings and best listening experience possible.

A full color, high-resolution OLED display is the main control center for the Duet, providing visual feedback for multiple functions including metering, numeric value for input and output levels, input grouping, phase, muting, phantom power and Soft Limit indication. The display provides immediate status of the inputs and outputs without having to refer to Maestro or the host recording software.

Stereo headphones or left and right mono speaker outs can be assigned in pairs to output 1-2 or 3-4 or the low latency mixer, and each can be placed in stereo, mono, muted or dimmed modes. It is 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.

Direct digital connection to iPad 1st, 2nd, 3rd Gen; iPod touch 4th generation or iPhone 4/4S; works with iPhone 5, iPad 4th Gen, iPad mini (Lightning adapter sold separately)
DC power charges your iPad, iPod touch or iPhone when it's connected
USB 2.0 audio interface with completely redesigned microphone preamps and converters
Two microphone preamps deliver up to 75dB of gain
Two combo Line/Microphone/Instrument analog inputs
Two balanced line outputs with +20dBu maximum output level
Independent 1/4" stereo headphone output
Single USB MIDI connection for CoreMIDI compatible keyboards, synths or DJ controllers
24-bit/192kHz analog-to-digital and digital-to-analog conversion
Selectable 48v phantom power, Soft Limit and phase invert
Maestro 2 software for Mac; free downloadable Maestro app for iOS
Top panel, high-resolution OLED display
Multi-function controller knob
An optional aluminum breakout box with studio quality I/O connectors is available separately
Two Assignable Top Panel Touch Pads:
  • 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
Compatibility iPod touch 4th generation
iPhone 4/4S
iPad 1st, 2nd, 3rd Gen
Interface USB 2.0
Analog Input 1 x XLR Microphone (on breakout cable)
1 x 1/4" TS phone Instrument (on breakout cable)
Analog Output 2 x balanced line outputs, +20 dBu maximum output level
1 x independent 1/4" (3.5 mm) stereo headphone output
Digital Input No
Digital Output No
MIDI In/Out Yes
Sync In/Out Not applicable
Headphone Output Yes
A/D Conversion Max input level (+4dBu ref): +20dBu
Max input level (-10dBV ref): +6dBV
Input impedance: 5KOhm
Frequency respponse 20 Hz -20Khz: > +/-0.2dB (@44.1Khz)
Relative THD + N: -106dB (@ 96Khz)
Dynamic range: 114dB (A-weighted)
D/A Conversion Max output level (+4dBu ref): +20dBu
Max output level (-10dBV ref): +6dBV
Line output impedance: 90 Ohm
Max output level headphones: 19dBu
HPH output impedance 30 Ohm.
Frequency response 20Hz -20 Khz: > +/- 0.05dB (@44.1Khz)
Relative THD+N : -113dB (@96Khz)
Dynamic range: 123dB (A-weighted)
Power Requirements USB bus powered
System Requirements Mac OS:
Computer: Intel Mac 1.5GHz or faster
Memory: 2 GB RAM minimum, 4 GB recommended
OS: 10.6.8, 10.7.5 or greater
Connection and power: Any available USB port on a Mac
USB bus powered; DC power optional
(DC power supply included)

iOS:
iOS version: 5.1.1 or greater
Connection: 30-pin dock connector
DC power required (DC power supply included)
Dimensions (WxDxH) Not specified by manufacturer
Weight Not specified by manufacturer
Apogee Electronics Duet USB Audio Interface for iPad & Mac
  • Breakout Cable
  • USB Cable
  • 30-pin iOS Cable
  • Universal Power Adapter for US, UK and EU
  • Quick Start Guide
  • 1-Year Warranty
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    Apogee ElectronicsDuet USB Audio Interface for iPad & Mac
     
    5.0

    (based on 6 reviews)

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        5.0

        Great Audio Interface

        By Rob55

        from NJ

        About Me Multimedia Professional

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy to operate
        • Excellent Sound Quality
        • Premium Build Quality

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

            I've had the Duet for a month now and I love the way this thing sounds! The build quality is exceptional and the unit is very easy to use. Whether I'm using it to listen to iTunes or recording voiceovers for my radio show, the Duet has lived up to all my expectations. Kudos to Apogee for having Mavericks drivers on day one. Next, I'll have to try it out with my iPad. Just wish it would have shipped with a Lightning cable.

            • Primary use:
            • Personal
            • Computer Platform:
            • Mac

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            5.0

            AWESOME SOUND!

            By GaboBassMan

            from México City

            About Me Professional Musician

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Awesome Sound

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Home Studio

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

              I've been working with daw's for a long time and this is the best audio interfase i've ever seen. Awesome sound for recording instruments and voices plus, you can used with your iPad!

              • Primary use:
              • Personal
              • Computer Platform:
              • Mac

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              5.0

              Nice a2d

              By Jew

              from NYC

              About Me Video Professional

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Collaborate Across Programs
              • Easy to Customize
              • Easy to Navigate
              • Versatile

              Cons

              • Expensive

              Best Uses

              • Multimedia

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

              Works nicely. Expensive though.

              • Primary use:
              • Business
              • Computer Platform:
              • Mac

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              5.0

              Just what I wanted

              By OS

              from Glenview, IL

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

                  I had the Duet 2 before this newer version and was disappointed that it was not compatible with the iPad so I sold it. When the new Duet for iPad / Mac became available I ordered it right away. I'm trying to record backing tracks with the Duet and Auria and play them through a small PA system at home. Everything can be controlled right in front of me. For now, having 2 recording inputs is enough and I'm pleased with the sound quality of the Duet. Seems to have a warmth to it which is pleasing and it can always be tweaked with some EQ. Another great feature is that the iPad gets charged while connected to the Duet. Maestro is now available for the iPad as an app so no need to connect the iPad to the computer to change the settings. Everything is set on the iPad!!

                  • Primary use:
                  • Personal
                  • Computer Platform:
                  • Mac

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                  5.0

                  Duet USB Audio Interface for iPad & Mac

                  By Schmirk

                  from Spring Valley

                  About Me Sound Engineer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Collaborate Across Programs
                  • Easy to Customize
                  • Easy to Navigate

                  Cons

                  • None

                  Best Uses

                  • Multimedia
                  • Sound Engineering

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

                  Work flawlessly, install the software updates, and everything works as it supposed to. Great sound quality, and specially with the iPad 3...

                  • Primary use:
                  • Personal
                  • Computer Platform:
                  • Mac

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                  5.0

                  For on the Desk or on the Go!

                  By Jsean (JseanSSent)

                  from Baltimore, MD

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Build
                  • Size
                  • Sound quality

                  Cons

                  • Messy Breakout Cables
                  • Weak Headphone Amp

                  Best Uses

                  • Ada Converters
                  • Personal Sound Card
                  • Portable Studio
                  • Quality Brand

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

                  Great device. It replaced my bigger Digi 003 board. Converters are better and the size makes it portable while still opening up more space on my desk in the office. I already owned a apogee A/D converter and this is close to it in quality. Anything dedicated will be better in my opinion. I have herd the duet 2 sounds more harsh than the duet 1 but I find this to sound more full and bass like. It makes me wonder if they changed something within this and the duet 2. I have only used this duet so I would not know. Size is a plus, the pushing of the knob to get to the next option can be annoying but not a problem. It's to be expected with such a small device. It was compatible with mountain lion without problems. The only thing I did not really like was the headphone amp gain. Seems pretty weak. I have to turn it to max to hear anything at listening levels with both of my ultrasones. Build quality is nice and I'm assuming this is the same set up as the Duet 2 minus the ipad/iPhone/iPod compatibility. I don't care for that feature as of yet but because the price is the same as the duet 2 I decided to get this instead. Later I may pair this with a Quartet so I can have one at home. Last thing is part of the reason I got this was for space saving reasons. That being said the break out cables can be a little messy. I might have to invest in the breakout box.

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                  • Business
                  • Computer Platform:
                  • Mac

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