Does Apogee's Duet 2 Do it?
Yes it does !!! Apogees Duet 2 does everything I need it to do. From it's sexy design, to it's portability and of course, it's great sounding analog to digital/digital to analog converters. Now with an extra set of balanced TRS outputs, I can take it to another studio if I need to, and plug in. Apogee's reputation stays intact IMHO, and with a great lineup of affordable, yet great sounding products, seems poised to continue in that vein. 24 bit/192KHZ capable, the duet 2's software control ,Maestro2, is intuitive and extremely easy to navigate. Two touch sensitive recessed buttons on the left and right of the big knob allow you to switch between mute, peak reset, sum to mono, and dim.
Very handy when those late night sessions get a little high strung. The mic preamps are clear, and although Im not fortunate to have had access to anything better, these preamps are waaaay better than any product i've used thus far.
I used to be of the inclination that, "ähh these manufacturers are ripping us off"..... I thought conversion was math, and math was math. Apogee Duet 2 changed my perception of how digital audio could sound.
The soft limit feature, after the preamps is high on my list too, I don't need to buy a limiter!!!....would love too... but gotta eat.
So in conclusion, I would like anyone with an Apple rig and a spare usb 2.0 port to give it a whirl and support Apogee.