Quick Review: Apogee Duet 2
The Mac-Enthusiast’s answer for a basic 2 input – 4 output high-quality quality audio interface.
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Apogee’s on-going exclusive love affair with Mac is no secret, that’s why everything made by Apogee works like a charm on every Mac operating system. It’s a hardcore mac-enthusiast’s answer for any audiophile. The highly appraised original Duet gets a completely new facelift & upgraded hardware as the new Duet 2.
As the name suggests, it’s a dual channel audio-interface. Adapting to the newer Macbook (Pro) laptop configurations, the Duet 2 is now powered by USB 2.0 rather than the Firewire 400 port that the original Duet had. From the engineers that worked on their flagship model: Symphony I/O, they’ve made sure the Duet 2 gets an audio quality upgrade that you can definitely hear. Speaking of the newer generation laptops, the Duet 2’s design reflects the post 2011 Macbook’s black & aluminium design. Instead of the LED level indicators, the Duet 2 gets a full OLED screen that delivers visual feedback for every indicator from metering to numeric values for input & output. With this high resolution screen, you can monitor all your changes made through the big multi-function controller knob, without having to look a the software at all. The Duet 2 is fitted with 2 assignable touch-pads for quick access to a desired function of choice. A technology called “Soft Limit” has been added to the channels, where it prevents digital clipping causing distortion by rounding off peaks before it hits the AD/DA converter. A lovely feature, especially for a product of this size. To get all your inputs & outputs connected, an audio break-out cable is provided, containing twin hybrid XLR/1/4″ jack inputs (Duet 1 featured XLR inputs only) as well as an optional power lead (the unit is otherwise bus-powered), 2 balanced ¼” jack outputs meant for the speakers and the all-important USB connection cable. The extra stereo output is the dedicated headphone jack located at the bottom of the Duet 2. Last but not least, the Maestro 2 software that provides all the settings & routing possibilities all done in a very user-friendly interface.
If you’re a heavy Mac laptop user and require a 2 in / 4 out audio interface with really, I mean really good sound, the Apogee Duet 2 is a great pick if you’ve got the budget. The seamless integration with Mac systems make it so easy to work and knowing that Apogee’s updated converters & improved microphone preamps are at the core, there’s no reason to break a sweat.
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