Duet

2 IN x 4 OUT USB Audio Interface for Mac, PC & iPad

SRP £524.17 + VAT

The Most Popular Portable Audio Interface for Mac, PC and iPad

Apogee Duet sets the industry standard for portable professional audio recording on Mac and iPad. Made for the musician, producer and engineer that wants the ultimate sound quality and elegant simplicity, Duet features legendary Apogee AD/DA conversion, 2 world-class microphone preamps, USB MIDI I/O and ESS Sabre32 DAC technology.

USB High Speed, High Performance

The Apogee Duet features USB 2.0 High-speed connectivity to Mac or iOS device. USB 2.0 far exceeds the bandwidth Duet requires for its 2 inputs and 4 outputs, delivering exceptional audio performance without compromise.Duet is compatible with all of the latest Mac and Windows computers, including those with USB 3.0 and USB-C. Simply use the Apple USB-C to USB adapter to connect Duet to to computers with USB-C ports, or use the available Apogee official USB-C cable for Quartet.

Sound Quality. The Apogee Advantage

Apogee is an award-winning industry leader in digital recording technology with over 25 years of experience. Preferred by recording pros around the world, Apogee products like Duet, Ensemble and Symphony I/O have been instrumental in creating countless GRAMMY® and OSCAR® winning recordings and have set the industry standard in professional recording for over two decades. Duet is built solidly on this reputation.

ESS Sabre32 DAC Technology

While ESS Sabre32 DAC has been widely recognized and employed in the audiophile community as the next step in converter technology, Apogee is one of the first pro audio manufacturers to employ this DAC in an interface designed for audio and video professionals. ESS Sabre32 DAC technology, as employed in Duet 2, Duet for iPad & Mac, Quartet And Symphony I/O, is one ingredient in the Apogee Engineering Difference.

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.

Soft Limit for protection from digital overs

An Apogee technology first introduced in 1992 on Apogee’s AD-500 converter, Soft Limit can be heard on countless platinum selling records around the world. Once a technology exclusively reserved for Apogee’s most advanced audio converters, Soft Limit is included in Quartet and can be enabled in Apogee Maestro software. This superior analog design prevents the digital clipping that causes distortion by instantaneously rounding off transient peaks before they hit the analog-to-digital converter. Soft Limit allows several more decibels of apparent level to be recorded while subtly providing an analog-like warmth to the sound.

Apogee Maestro Software, Application For Low Latency Monitoring And ControlOf Apogee Interfaces on Mac, PC, And iOS.

Access all control functions and settings with Maestro, Apogee’s comprehensive software control application. Maestro features a single window interface with quick access to all Apogee device settings. Select your input type, enable Soft Limit on mic and instrument inputs, and use the mixer for low latency monitoring. Maestro lets you easily configure your Apogee interface to fit your workflow. Maestro is included in the Duet software installer for Mac/PC. Maestro is also available for free from the App store.

Logic Pro X Integration

If you are using an Apogee interface, you can adjust hardware input parameters directly from the Mixer view in Logic Pro X, including mic pre gain, input type selection, 48V phantom power and more. This simplified user experience helps you focus on a single session window when recording, and offers comprehensive visibility and control of input parameters. Duet is also compatible with Logic Remote for iPhone and iPad which allows you to wirelessly control input type, adjust preamp gain, phantom power and more when Duet is connected to a Mac running Logic Pro X.

  • USB Audio Interface for Mac, PC or iOS
  • AD/DA conversion for recording up to 192kHz / 24-bit
  • Advanced Stepped Gain preamps for high gain and low noise
  • Soft Limit prevents digital clipping
  • Top panel high resolution OLED display
  • Controller knob selects function, sets input and output level
  • 2 analog inputs with world-class mic preamps and selectable 48v phantom power for connecting microphones,
  • instruments or line-level devices
  • 4 analog outputs – 2 balanced 1/4” mono outputs for speakers or outboard gear, 1/4” stereo headphone output
  • Direct digital connection with iOS devices (iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. 30-pin cable sold separately)
  • Software control of hardware parameters including input selection and low latency monitoring
  • MIDI connection (Core MIDI compatible; USB-A type connector)
Mac OS
ComputerIntel Mac 1.5GHz or faster
Memory2 GB RAM minimum, 4GB recommended
OS10.6.8, 10.7.5 or greater
Connection and powerAny available USB port on a Mac (USB bus powered; DC power optional)
Windows
OSWindows 10 Enterprise, Pro or Home Editions (64-bit) - Anniversary Update or greater
DriverApogee Maestro & Apogee USB ASIO driver
ComputerWindows PC with Intel Core i3 processor or greater
Memory4 GB RAM minimum, 8GB Recommended
ConnectionUSB port on computer
PowerExternal power supply (included)
iOS
iOS version6 or greater
Connection30-pin or Lightning connector (sold separately)
 DC power required (DC power supply included)
iOS device compatibility
iPhoneiPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 7,iPhone SE, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5
iPadiPad Pro (9.7-inch), iPad Pro (12.9-inch), iPad Air 2, iPad Air, iPad (4th generation), iPad mini 4, iPad mini 3, iPad mini 2, iPad mini, iPad (4th generation), iPod touch (6th generation), iPod touch (5th generation)
In the boxDuet
 Breakout Cable with 2 Combination Line/Mic/Instrument Inputs & 2 Balanced Line Outputs
 USB Cable (Lightning, 30-pin, USB-C cables sold separately)
 Universal Power Adapter for US, UK and EU
 Quick Start Guide
Apogee Duet for iPad & Mac
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Apogee Duet for iPad & Mac
Learn more about Apogee Duet: http://www.apogeedigital.com/products/duet Duet is the first professional stereo audio interface for iPhone, iPad, and Mac. Duet has two inputs with two Pristine 75 db mic preamps, that give you the freedom to record with any microphone. You can also bypass Duet's mic pre-amps for true professional line level input that is unheard of in a portable recording device in this price range. Giving you the ability to connect other professional-grade equipment without signal loss. Or choose Duet's two instrument inputs and capture the true tone of your guitar, bass, or keyboard to your recordings. Duet has four outputs Two professional line level main outputs, and a stereo headphone output making Duet ideal for live Synth rigs and backing tracks. Duet's powerful headphone amp can drive even the most demanding pair of audiophile headphones So you truly hear what you are recording and mixing. Or listen to your music library with the same elite sound quality found only in the best audiophile DACs and stereo systems. Only Apogee makes recording on iPhone and iPad truly a professional reality. When connected to power, Duet charges the iPad or iPhone while recording. The included Maestro software gives you complete control of  Duet  and ensures low latency recording. Apogee has been an industry leader in digital audio for close to 30 years. Pros rely on Apogee gear everyday to record hit songs and Apogee engineers have been able to pack the same award-winning technology into Duet. Now you can have the same professional audio quality at home or on stage and turn your iPhone, iPad, or Mac into a professional studio. Watch 
Apogee Duet - Connecting Microphones and Instruments
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Apogee Duet - Connecting Microphones and Instruments
Learn more about Apogee Duet: http://www.apogeedigital.com/products/duet In this tutorial we will discuss how to connect different microphones to take advantage of Duet's 75db internal mic preamps, We will then go over connecting instruments to Duets 1/4" Instrument D.I. that was designed to deliver the most transparent sound of your guitars and keyboards. We will demonstrate this on the Mac, but the steps are the same if you have Duet connected to iPad or iPhone Maestro looks a bit different on the iPad and iPhone, but functions the same in both versions. Connecting Microphones Open Maestro... Duet's companion software Select the Input tab You will see a Drop down menu under Mic 1. You have four choices... +4, -10, Mic, and Instrument. Since we want to use Duet's mic pre amps... Choose Mic. Mic is actually the default... So if you have never changed it... it should be set to Mic already. Now connect your microphone to Duet's XLR input with the appropriate cable. If you are using a Dynamic or Ribbon mic simply turn up the gain until you see and hear the appropriate level in your recording app. If you are using a condenser mic, you will also have to turn on Phantom power by clicking on the "48" button. Now turn up the gain until you see and hear the appropriate level in your recording app. If you are using both channels of Duet, you can select group to adjust the gain equally for both channels at the same time... even if they are set to different levels. When using two microphones on the same source... the Phase flip button can come in handy. Sometimes reversing the polarity of one mic may result in a fuller sound. Connecting Instruments If you are connecting a guitar, bass or keyboard directly to Duet, you will want to connect to the 1/4" input that is in the center of the XLR connector. Now change the menu in Maestro's input page to "Instrument" and adjust the level so that you see and hear the appropriate level in your recording app. Watch 
Apogee Duet - How to use the Low Latency Mixer
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Apogee Duet - How to use the Low Latency Mixer
Learn more about Apogee Duet: http://www.apogeedigital.com/products/duet In this tutorial we will discuss using Maestro's low latency mixer with Duet. When to use it, and how to use it when it's needed. We will demonstrate this with Duet on the Mac, but the steps are pretty much identical if you have Duet connected to iPad or iPhone. Maestro looks a bit different on the iPad or iPhone, but functions the same way in both versions. If you are currently monitoring through your recording software... and you experience a delay between the signal you input and what you hear through the monitors or headphones... the first thing to do is adjust the buffer in your recording application. If you are not certain on how to change this in the software you are using, you can check out our getting started tutorials we have on our YouTube page or contact your software manufacture. The Lower the buffer, the lower the latency. However, If you set the buffer too low and you hear distortion or crackling, the buffer needs to be raised. If your system gets over taxed by either the session being too large or the computer is perhaps older and slower, you may end up having to raise the buffer to a size that will cause audible latency... And this can vary greatly depending on the system you are working on, and the session you are working on...This is when you will need Maestro's low latency mixer. First turn off "Software Monitoring" in your recording application. Open Maestro and click on the "Output" tab. Click on the drop down under the Speaker output and select "Mixer" This sends the signal from the Maestro mixer to Output 1&2 where you would typically have your speakers connected. Now click on on the drop down under the headphone out and select "Mixer" here as well. Now select the "Mixer" tab. The Software return fader provides level control for the signal coming from the master output of your audio application The faders on the left represent the inputs of Duet and control how much you want to hear of the microphone or instrument you are currently recording These channels have nothing to do with level being recorded... they are simply for monitoring purposes. As you can see here... when the levels are turned down in the Maestro mixer... the level going to the recording app is still the same. Now just simply adjust the level between "Software return" and the Inputs. And begin recording latency free. Watch 
Apogee Duet - How to begin recording in Logic Pro X
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Apogee Duet - How to begin recording in Logic Pro X
Learn more about Apogee Duet: http://www.apogeedigital.com/products/duet In this tutorial we will show you how to set up Apogee Duet in Logic Pro X and begin recording quickly To follow this tutorial, you need to have Duet 2, Mac OS 10.6.7 or greater, and Logic 9Open Logic and create a new session.Click on "Preferences", "Audio" Choose "Duet" for your Output and Input deviceFor now set the buffer to 64. For best latency you can set the buffer lower, but you may need to adjust the buffer higher depending on the size of the project you are working on.Make sure that "Software Monitoring" is selected.Click on "Apply Changes" and close the preferences window.Open Maestro 2, found in the applications folderHere you can select from the different Duet input choices+4 and -10 bypass Duet's mic pre amp and is a direct line level connection to the A to D converter. "Mic" is for connecting a Dynamic, Ribbon, or Condenser Mic to Duet's XLR breakout cable.If you are connecting a Condenser mic, you will need to click on the "48" button to turn phantom power on. "Instrument" is for connecting a guitar, bass, or keyboard to the 1/4" instrument input.Now click on "Output"In the Output section you can select how you want to route Duet's four outputs, assigning them to the Main or Headphone outputs. After connecting your headphones or monitors to DuetClick on Logic's "Record Enable button" Adjust your input level with Duet, or in Maestro you will now hear the input source you have plugged in.You are now ready to record. Watch