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Pro Tools / Quartet from Avid is a powerful yet portable music creation and audio recording solution. By combining the industry-standard Pro Tools software with the twelve input/eight output Quartet audio interface from Apogee, the bundle provides everything needed to create professional-level productions. The Avid branded USB audio interface features state-of-the-art A/D and D/A conversion and world-class microphone preamps, delivering the legendary Apogee sound quality.
Aside from functioning as an audio interface, the Quartet is also an efficient interface controller. Using the included EUCON-enabled Pro Tools IO Control software allows for taking direct control of recording and monitoring functions through the software control panel. Solidly built with die-cast aluminum, steel, and a scratch-resistant display panel, the interface provides a robust chassis with added protection against daily abuse and the unpredictability of travel. Plus, its compact size makes it easy to fit into any desktop studio environment, or placed into a bag or backpack for on-the-go creation.
Pro Tools from Avid, an industry standard software is now based on a 64-bit architecture. While there are several important enhancements, the software is now able to access as much RAM as is present on a computer system over the previous 4 GB limit. What this means is that virtual instruments that contain large sample file bases can now be fully loaded, while the number of instruments that can be simultaneously available in a session is also increased.
Another major feature that many have clamored for is offline bouncing. Now preparing intermediary or final mixes is much faster. Sound quality is maintained throughout due to the time-stamped automation while multiple files in different file formats can be created simultaneously. Record input monitoring has been enhanced with ultra-low latency even when routing through plug-ins. And those working with audio for picture will appreciate the ability to play Avid DNxHD files and other HD formats directly within the timeline without transcoding.
Note: Pro Tools IO Control EUCON-enabled software and the AAX plug-in bundle are available for download on product registration. The bundle also comes with a choice of two free Avid plug-ins, one from the company's Tier 2 plug-ins, and one from the Tier 3 plug-ins.
USB 2.0 audio interface
24-bit/192 kHz analog-to-digital and digital-to-analog conversion
Four microphone preamps deliver up to 75dB of gain
Four combo Line/Microphone/Instrument analog inputs
Two optical inputs for eight channels of ADAT/SMUX (44.1 to 96 kHz)
Six balanced line outputs with +20 dBu maximum output level
Independent 1/4" stereo headphone output
USB MIDI connection for CoreMIDI compatible keyboards, synthesizers or DJ controllers
Selectable 48v phantom power, Soft Limit and phase invert
Three configurable touchpads to mute outputs, dim outputs, sum to mono, clear meters, and engage speaker set (enables monitoring of up to three speaker sets or 5.1 surround)
Dual high-resolution OLED displays
Multi-function controller knob
Includes Windows drivers
Pro Tools Software
Fully optimized Avid Audio Engine
64-bit performance for access to larger RAM configurations, which in particular, benefits virtual instrument usage
Speed up mix delivery with faster-than-realtime off-line bouncing with time-stamped automation
Create mixes with up to 96 audio tracks (sample rate dependent)
Compose with virtual instruments and MIDI and Score Editors
Loop recording/track comping workflows
Elastic Time and Elastic Pitch processing
Automatic delay compensation
Multi-track Beat Detective
Play HD video directly in the Pro Tools timeline using the Avid Video Engine
Automate tracks while recording
AAF/OMF/MXF file interchange
Over sixty AAX effects plug-ins and virtual instruments (download)
In the Box
Avid Technologies Pro Tools / Quartet - Personal Music Studio with Perpetual Pro Tools License
Maximum Input Level: +20 dBu, referenced +4 dBu Maximum Input Level: +6 dBV, referenced -10 dBV Input Impedance: 5kΩ Frequency Response: 20 Hz to 20 kHz, > +/-0.2 dB @ 44.1 kHz Relative THD+N: -106 dB @ 96 kHz Dynamic Range: 114 dB, A-weighted
Maximum Output Level: +20 dBu, referenced +4 dBu Maximum Output Level: +6 dBV, referenced -10 dBV Line Output Impedance: 90Ω Maximum Headphone Output Level : 19 dBu HPH Output Impedance: 30Ω Frequency Response: 20 Hz to 20 kHz, > +/- 0.05 dB @ 44.1 kHz Relative THD+N: -113 dB @ 96 kHz Dynamic Range: 123 dB, A-weighted
4 x XLR/TRS combo connectors Maximum Input Level: +20 dBu
2 x TOSLink ADAT optical (44.1 to 96 kHz)
Gain: Up to 75 dB EIN: 128 dB (unweighted) @ 60 dB, 150Ω input Max Input Level: +20 dBu Input Impedance: 3kΩ
Max Input Level: 14 dBu Input Impedance: >2MΩ
6 x 1/4" TRS balanced Line/Speaker 1 x 1/4" TRS Headphone Line/Speaker Maximum Output Level: +20 dBu
1 x BNC Wordclock
1 x USB-A type MIDI I/O for connecting CoreMIDI-compatible keyboard, synthesizer, or DJ controller
48V phantom power selectable on analog inputs Soft Limit selectable on analog inputs Low-latency monitoring Control knob for setting input and output levels Three configurable touchpads Six QuickTouch pads for selecting inputs and outputs
Dual full color, high-resolution OLED display for viewing input and output levels and settings
DC power supply included
10.2 x 5.3 x 3.0" (259 x 135 x 76 mm)
3.1 lb (1.4 kg)
For Pro Tools Software
Mac Avid-qualified Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, 10.9 Mavericks 4 GB RAM minimum (8 GB for video playback) 15 GB free hard drive space for installation USB port for iLok (plus Internet connection for software download) iLok 2 (original iLok not supported)
Windows Avid-qualified PC Windows 7 or 8 Home Premium, Professional, or Ultimate (64-bit) 4 GB RAM minimum (8 GB for video playback) 15 GB free hard drive space for installation USB port for iLok (plus Internet connection for software download) iLok 2 (original iLok not supported)