Aperçu Caractéristique: 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  

Avec le tua récente d'annonces de matériel passionnants de Apogee (Jam et Mike) que vous pourriez être pardonné de penser que Noël est arrivé tôt! Ajoutez à cela, leur annonce tout dernier produit, le duo 2 , et mes attentes pour mon interface audio suivante portables ont été soulevées.

Je suis l'heureux propriétaire d'une Apogee Duet (version 1), qui a été mon interface audio préférée à la fois dans le studio et sur le terrain pour les trois dernières années. Il offre déjà une excellente qualité sonore, deux entrées et les sorties, un design élégant et très sexy et super contrôle facile de la droite dans Logic, Soundtrack Pro et GarageBand Mainstage.

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

Plusieurs sorties

Le duo a maintenant 2 4 sorties analogiques qui devrait le rendre plus adapté pour les DJ de contrôler des mixages séparés ou pour envoyer une piste cliquez pour un batteur ou un mélange sous-Front of House en live. Dans le studio ce serait vous permettre d'utiliser deux paires de moniteurs. Cette flexibilité supplémentaire sera très bien accueilli par la plupart des musiciens numérique!

Il est intéressant de noter que le duo 2 est livré avec sorties symétriques et non la variété déséquilibrée de la Duet 1.

Une meilleure qualité audio

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).

Écran OLED tactile avec des coussinets

Les 2 Duo ne regarde pas à sa place sur un ensemble de haut-budget du film de science-fiction. En plus d'être une grande sucrerie d'oeil, la couleur pleine salut-res écran OLED ressemble à un ajout utile pour fournir une rétroaction visuelle pour le mesurage, niveaux d'entrée et de sortie, mise en sourdine et même 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.

Breakout

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!

La latence, de connectivité et de plus ...

Bien que le duo 2 est une interface USB 2.0 alimenté par le bus, en quelque sorte Apogee ont réussi à améliorer les performances (diminution de la latence). Plus de détails sur le duo 2, y compris un tableau de comparaison Duet Duet vs 2, peuvent être trouvés ici .

Je ne peux pas attendre pour obtenir la main sur le duo 2, et avec le port arrimé pendant un certain temps, en avril 2011, je ne pourrais pas besoin d'attendre très longtemps. Mon conseil à tous ceux qui envisagent une nouvelle interface audio où vous avez besoin de deux entrées micro simultanées pré / sorties analogiques et 4 sorties symétriques? Attendez que le duo 2 arrive.

Jusque-là, si quelqu'un est intéressé par l'achat d'un duo fidèle (version 1) en parfait état me laisser un commentaire ci-dessous!?

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Discussion

Sarah Lohan
Will this run on windows 7?

thanks!
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.
tom
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.
Thanks!
Tom
tmprender@gmail.com
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:
http://www.macprovideo.com/forum/

Thanks
Rounik
Tom
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.
Thanks,
Tom
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.

Thanks
Rounik
Tom
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#
Tom
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!

:)
Tom
Great! Thank you so much for all of your help. Last question.. I PROMISE!
is this a trusted website?
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/
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 :)
Bobbye
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?

Thanks
Rounik
Anyone have any experience using this with Avid Media Composer?

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