Feature Preview: Apogee Duet 2

With the recent slew of exciting hardware announcements from Apogee (Jam and Mike) you might be forgiven for thinking that Christmas has come early! Add to that, their latest product announcement, the  

Mit der jüngsten ganze Reihe von spannenden Hardware Ankündigungen von Apogee (Jam und Mike), die Sie vielleicht zu denken, dass Weihnachten ist früh kommen vergeben werden! Hinzu kommt, dass, ihre neuesten Produktentwicklungen Ankündigung, die Duet 2 , und meine Erwartungen für meine nächste portable Audio-Interface wurden erhöht.

Ich bin der stolze Besitzer eines Apogee Duet (Version 1), die meine bevorzugte Audio-Interface wurde sowohl im Studio als auch auf dem Feld für die letzten drei Jahre. Es bietet bereits hervorragende Klangqualität, zwei Ein-und Ausgänge, eine schlanke, sexy Design und super einfache Steuerung von rechts in Logic, Soundtrack Pro, Mainstage und GarageBand.

So how can Apogee possibly improve on one of my favorite pieces of studio kit? Let's take a closer look...

Weitere Ausgänge

Die Duet 2 hat nun 4 analoge Ausgänge, die es besser geeignet für DJs auf separate Mischungen zu überwachen oder nach ein Click-Track zu einem Schlagzeuger oder ein Sub-Mix Front of House zu senden, wenn live spielen sollte. Im Studio würde dies ermöglichen es Ihnen, zwei Paar Monitore zu verwenden. Diese zusätzliche Flexibilität wird sehr von den meisten digitalen Musiker willkommen!

Es ist erwähnenswert, dass die Duet 2 mit symmetrischen Ausgängen und nicht die unausgewogene Auswahl der Duet 1 kommt.

Bessere Audioqualität

Apogee have redesigned the preamps and AD/DA converters from the ground up and this, along with using technology from their flagship Symphony I/O system, should result in better sound quality. For those who are interested in recording audio at sample rates above 96kHz, the Duet 2 supports sample rates up to a staggering 192kHz (at 24 bit).

OLED-Display mit Touch-Pads

Die Duet 2 wäre nicht fehl am Platz auf einem High-Budget-Sci-Fi Film gesetzt. Abgesehen davon, dass große Augenweide, sieht die volle Farbe hallo-res-OLED-Display wie eine sinnvolle Ergänzung bei der Bereitstellung von visuellem Feedback für Mess-, Eingangs-und Ausgangspegel, Stummschaltung und sogar Phase.

Sitting just below the futuristic display are two configurable touch pads. These can be setup to provide a number of functions such as to mute outputs, toggle headphone source, clear the meters and more.

I love this idea as it means less time mousing around menus in software and more hands-on control without unwieldy buttons and hard to reach switches.


It's no secret that the Breakout cable included with the Duet (v1) didn't win over everyone. Personally, I found it to be stable, secure and easy to use, but you can't please everybody! The Duet 2 has a newly designed breakout cable which looks more refined than the original.

Additionally, in Apogee have responded to customer feedback and made a Breakout Box accessory available for those who need something even more robust!

Latency, Konnektivität und mehr ...

Obwohl die Duet 2 ist ein USB 2.0-Bus-Schnittstelle, irgendwie Apogee haben es geschafft, die Leistung zu verbessern (Verringerung der Latenz). Weitere Einzelheiten zu den Duet 2, darunter ein Duett vs Duet 2 Vergleichstabelle, finden Sie hier .

Ich kann es kaum erwarten, Hand-on bekommen können mit der Duet 2, und mit dem Versand für irgendwann im April 2011 gebunden, könnte ich nicht zu lange warten. Mein Rat an alle angesichts einer neuen Audio-Interface, wo Sie benötigen 2 gleichzeitige mic pre / analoge Eingänge und 4 symmetrische Ausgänge? Warten Sie, bis die Duet 2 ankommt.

Bis dahin, ob jemand in den Kauf eines treuen Duet (Version 1) in tadellosem Zustand interessiert ist, schickt mir einen Kommentar unten!?

Rounik is the Executive Editor for Ask.Audio & macProVideo. He's built a crack team of professional musicians and writers to create one of the most visited online resources for news, review, tutorials and interviews for modern musician and producer. As an Apple Certified Trainer for Logic Pro Rounik has taught teachers, professional... Read More


Sarah Lohan
Will this run on windows 7?

Rounik Sethi
Hi Sarah,

No. The Apogee Duet2 is exclusively for the Mac. It will work with software like Cubase, Pro Tools, Logic, Garageband, Ableton, etc on the Mac but not PC.
I'm very interested in your Duet v1.. I have a few questions regarding duet and audio interfaces in general and you seem very knowledgeable.. please email me at the address that i have listed below.
Rounik Sethi
Hi Tom,

Please feel free to ask any questions here in these comments or even better you can start a new thread on our forums:

My question is this: Will this be sufficient for creating beats/songs and recording high quality vocals over it?
-Software:Logic Studios
-Mic: AT2020 XlR
-Duet or Duet 2(is the duet 2 worth the +$100?)
-M-Audio UNO to plug keyboard into laptop
-Mini keyboard (Akai MPK)
My budget is around $1000 and this list adds up to about that if I buy the Duet v1.. are you serious about selling your duet? the reason i wanted to discuss via email was for that reason.
Rounik Sethi
Hi Tom,

Definitely will be. The Duet (and I assume Duet 2) have very high quality - best in class - preamps and AD/DA converters.

I've yet to get hands-on with a Duet 2, as it's not shipping yet... but from the specs I would go for the Duet 2.

Which keyboard are you using that you need the M-Audio Uno?

OK. I'll write you a quick email about the Duet 1.

this is the keyboard I am looking to purchase... http://www.google.com/products/catalog?hl=en&rls=com.microsoft:en-us:IE-Address&q=mini+midi+keyboard&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.&wrapid=tlif130201724412010&um=1&ie=UTF-8&cid=17533989842456050907&sa=X&ei=6DSbTaOfDoOEtgfLgpDIBw&ved=0CDMQ8gIwAA#
I just realized that the keyboard above is USB powered... Is that going to effect the quality or become any bit of a problem?
Rounik Sethi
No, not at all. I use a USB MIDI Controller without any issue whatsoever.

The one you've chosen is by all accounts a very capable MIDI Controller.

so - no need for the M-Audio Uno!

Great! Thank you so much for all of your help. Last question.. I PROMISE!
is this a trusted website?
the reason I ask is because their prices beat everyone else's for every product I am looking for... including Logic Studios for $100 less than the Apple Store!
Once again, Thank you for all of your insight, advice and guidance. Much appreciated.
Rounik Sethi
Hey Tom,

It doesn't have to be the last question ;-)

Just the forums are a great place to post questions like this - just more suited and we can add pics and links easily there.

Anyway, I'm based in the UK (did you get my email)... so I'm not sure about B&H. I've heard of them... but no experience with them - so I couldn't advise one way or the other.

It's not unusual to find Amazon and other retailers selling Logic Studio cheaper than direct from Apple.

You're very welcome to pop by the MPV forums and ask away on any question, no matter how big or small... and myself and other Audio guys will do our best to help and offer any advice we can :)
Hey Tom,
I started working with Logic & Got ahead of the book..How can I get back into the book & start again?
Rounik Sethi
Hi Bobbye,

Not sure I understand your question. Is it related to Tom's questions above?

Anyone have any experience using this with Avid Media Composer?

Want to join the discussion?

Create an account or login to get started!