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Apogee Duet Audio Interface for iPad and Mac

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Product Description

Now designed for use with iOS devices including iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch, the Apogee Duet Audio Interface for iOS makes it easy to create professional recordings anywhere. Fitted World Class Preamps and Apogee’s legendary digital audio conversion the new Duet for iPad and Mac features special circuitry designed to deliver professional performance with low latency USB 2.0 performance and an added MIDI I/O you can connect to a MIDI compatible keyboard or controller.

Apogee Duet Audio Interface 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 inch stereo headphone output
  • Ships with Lightning iOS cable and USB Mac cable
  • Legendary Apogee sound quality
  • Designed in California - Made in the U.S.A.
Legendary Sound Quality
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.

A difference you will hear.
From the mic preamps to the AD/DA converters and the clocking, Duet is best-in-class and cutting-edge Apogee technology. With components carefully selected in critical listening tests and a highly efficient circuit design, Duet was built by Apogee engineers to make a difference you can hear.

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.

Soft Limit: 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 Duet 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.

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.

Share your music
Sharing functionality is built-in to most apps, making it easier then ever to move files and collaborate on different devices including iPad to Mac.

Breakout Cable
Duet’s breakout cable includes two combination XLR-1/4 inch mic/instrument connectors and two balanced 1/4 inch 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 two XLR-1/4 inch combination input connectors 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. Two 1/4 inch balanced outputs for connection to speakers or outboard equipment and a separate, independently controlled 1/4 inch 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.

Full Color OLED Display
The high resolution OLED screen built into Duet’s top is the main control center for Duet, delivering visual feedback for multiple functions including metering, numeric value for input and output levels, input grouping, and phase, muting, phantom power and Soft Limit indication. With this display you know the status of any input and output at any given moment without having to refer to Maestro or your recording software.

Multi-function Controller Knob
Along with its sleek aluminum chassis, the multi-function controller knob is one of the most recognizable features of Duet’s design. This central control feature allows you to quickly and easily toggle thru Duet 2's inputs and outputs and set levels while looking at Duet 2’s dynamic OLED display.

Configurable Touchpads
Duet features configurable touchpads. The 2 touchpads, located on either side of the encoder knob, allow you to quickly access output functions such as Mute Outputs, Dim Outputs, Sum to Mono or Toggle Headphone Source. Each are assignable using a drop-down menu within Apogee’s Maestro. This unique feature allows you to select the function you want and access it directly from Duet without having to look at software.

All new Maestro developed for iPod touch, iPhone and iPad
Apogee’s new free Maestro app for iOS brings total hardware control to iPad. Designed to create a seamless transition between Mac and iOS, Maestro’s design was customized for each device; iPhone, iPad and Mac, ensuring an intuitive user interface across every platform. The app includes all the same essential functions available on the Mac including low latency monitoring. Maestro can be downloaded for free from the Apple App Store on your iPod Touch, iPhone, or iPad.

In the box:
  • Duet or iOS
  • Breakout Cable with:
    • 2 Combination Line/Mic/Instrument Inputs
    • 2 Balanced Line Outputs
  • USB Cable
  • 30-pin iOS cable
  • Lightning cable
  • Universal Power Adapter for US, UK and EU
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Software download and installation instructions

Product Specifications
Apogee Duet Audio Interface Specifications
  • Mic Pre:
    • EIN: 128dB (un-weighted) @ 60dB, 150Ohm input
    • Max input level: +20dBu
    • Input impedance: 3KOhm
  • Hi-Z:
    • Max input level 14 dBu
    • Input impedance: >2MOhm
  • A/D conversion:
    • Max input level (+4dBu ref): +20dBu
    • Max input level (-10dBV ref):  +6dBV
    • Input impedance: 5KOhm
    • Freq resp 20 Hz -20Khz: > +/-0.2dB (@44.1Khz)
    • Rel. THD + N: -106dB (@ 96Khz)
    • Dyn. 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.
    • Freq resp 20Hz -20 Khz: > +/- 0.05dB (@44.1Khz)
    • Rel. THD+N : -113dB (@96Khz)
    • Dyn Range: 123dB (A-weighted)
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 ncluded)
iOS:
  • iOS version: 5.1.1 and later
  • Connection: 30-pin dock connector
  • Power: DC Powered (Power Supply Iincluded)
  • iOS device compatibility (Lightning connector)
    • iPod touch* (5th generation)
    • iPhone 5*
    • iPad* (4th generation)
    • iPad mini*
    • * Requires Apple’s Lightning to 30-pin adapter. Sold separately.
  • iOS device compatibility (30-pin connector)
    • iPod touch (4th generation)
    • iPhone 4S
    • iPhone 4
    • iPad (3rd generation)
    • iPad 2
    • iPad
Helpful Info about the Manufacturer
Phone:  (310) 584-9394 Warranty:  30 Day Return Policy
Ian from NJ, USA
Overall Rating
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Great product horrible customer service.
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What is your overall opinion of this product?
Great sound for price but I received my unit with slight defect. Trying to get in touch with Apogee Customer support is a process that really needs to be streamlined. my i/o cable is being held in place with duct tape due to a defective i/o port. Most companies would say send it in and we'll take care of it, Apogee makes you fill out 2 forms and make you submit a CC for possible repairs that may not be covered under warranty. Your CC is also stored so they can ship your item back to you. May look to move away from Apogee all together.
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