Apogee Introduces Quartet: 4-In, 8-Out Audio Interface

Following on from the tease announcement last week by Apogee, the Quartet has been officially unveiled. With these specs the Quartet is going to find its way onto many musicians gear lust lists!  
Following on from Apogee's teasing introduction of a "new product" last week, the team from Santa Monica, California, today unveiled the Quartet. In fact, Twitter, Facebook and online forums have been buzzing with guesses on this product's feature set '

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Quite a lovely bit of kit, though I'll be sticking with my trustee Duet 2 for a bit. Nontheless, Apogee proves once again that they're the best in the business when it comes to quality and aesthetics with regards to their audio interfaces. Cheers.
G.F. Big
I am in the market for a 4 mic pre interface, but the USB connection is really dumb, imo. So, I'll pass.
why do you think the USB connection is dumb?

I've had extremely good results with USB 2.0 on my Duet 2 than firewire 400/800 on Duet 1 and other devices...

Apple actually improved the performance of USB 2 on Mac OSX a couple of years back, which has resulted in it being much more robust and usable for pro audio interfaces IMO.

Now, while I haven't got hands on with the Quartet myself, I'd be surprised if Apogee haven't tested it thoroughly and found that USB 2.0 will do the job on this device... can't wait to find out for certain!

G.F. Big
What buffer size can you use for tracking audio? Why not a Thunderbolt connection? Seems backward looking.
I usually use 128 or 64 on Duet 2 no problems.

Personally, if USB 2.0 works well I'd rather use that than have a more expensive Thunderbolt interface that might be overkill for a 4 channel interface.

USB 2.0 is compatible with USB 3.0 too...
Agreed. The Duet 2 is outstanding in terms of speed, A/D D/A quality and that dreaded "L" word "Latency."

Furthermore, when they tested the Firewire connection of the Original Duet vs. Duet 2's USB, Apogee found that the USB transfer rate was actually higher than that of Firewire.

Yes, Thunderbolt–while in theory would be great–would be cause for an increase in retail cost in addition to alienating consumers who do not own a thunderbolt equipped Mac. I do believe the higher end Apogee products are Thunderbolt equipped.

USB 3.0 is great, but suffers when it comes to performance/compatibility with regards to peripherals outside of the realm of hard drives.
Apogee has the bandwidth specifics on their website explaining why they went with USB. It's far from "dumb."

G.F. Big
How does it work with a bunch of other peripherals plugged into the USB jacks? I am generally hard-pressed for USB inputs.
I've only tried my Duet 2 plugged direct into my Mac's USB 2 port... wouldn't suggest connecting it to a USB hub which is bus powered!

I generally have about 2-3 USB devices connected (inc. duet 2) and haven't noticed any issues.
G.F. Big
Huh. Just about everything I read says to avoid USB2 for an audio interface. Anyways, thanks for informing me otherwise.

How many audio tracks do you usually record simultaneously?


G.F. Bigggggg
There are options if you're running short on USB real estate. If you have a MacBook Pro (2011 or better), there is now a high speed hub that runs from your Thunderbolt port and has USB and other connections. Since it's hubbed via Thunderbolt, there is no noticeable loss of signal/latency when using it drive your USB devices. A generic Google search will give you some options to pick from.

As far simultaneously recording multiple tracks, I'm afraid I don't have a number as I personally produce electronic music, so I usually only record one track at a time whether it's for sampling purposes or to record midi data from my keyboard. In terms of total number of tracks within a project, I've pushed upwards near 60 or so (20 of which were soft synths) and didn't experience much slow down.


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