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Max 6th September 2007 11:26 PM

Apogee Duet, professional two-channel firewire audio interface for the Mac
 
APOGEE INTRODUCES DUET, PROFESSIONAL TWO-CHANNEL FIREWIRE AUDIO INTERFACE FOR THE MAC

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Santa Monica, CA, September 6th, 2007 - Apogee Electronics introduces Duet, a revolutionary FireWire audio interface designed specifically for Apple’s Mac computers. Duet is the first two-channel audio interface with control functions built directly into Apple’s Logic Pro, Soundtrack Pro and GarageBand software, creating a powerful yet simple personal audio system for professional production on a Mac.

Duet’s inputs and outputs feature two channels of Apogee’s legendary A/D and D/A conversion. The inputs offer two premium, digitally controlled microphone preamps with 75 dB of gain and two unbalanced high impedance instrument inputs. The two channels of reference quality output are available via the 1/4” powered speaker connections and studio quality headphone jack.

Duet is designed for ease of use and portability. Its sleek, ultra-compact chassis gives it a small footprint in the workspace and its bus-powered FireWire connection makes it possible to create professional recordings anywhere. Duet‘s multi-function controller knob can select the input or output source and set gain or level. Duet is also capable of controlling MIDI devices with a simple setting in Apogee’s Maestro software application.

“We are excited to advance the Native recording revolution with Duet,” said Betty Bennett, CEO of Apogee Electronics. “Apogee has worked very closely with Apple to produce the finest integrated audio solutions for the Mac. Duet is the personal version of our Ensemble interface and brings a level of quality and capability never before available at this price point.”

Features & Specifications
• Two channels of professional-quality 24-bit/96kHz audio input and output
• Two balanced XLR inputs, with selectable 48V phantom power on each input
• Two unbalanced high impedance instrument inputs
• One high-level stereo headphone output
• Two unbalanced -10 dBV line outputs for powered speakers
• Multi-function controller knob for volume and input gain control and assignable MIDI control
• Multi-segment LED meters to display input or output levels
• FireWire 400, compatible with Mac OS X Core Audio
• Integration and control with Apple’s GarageBand, Logic Pro, Logic Express and Final Cut Studio (Soundtrack Pro)
• Compatible with any Core Audio-compliant audio application
• Apogee’s Maestro software for advanced control and low latency mixing

System Requirements
• Computer: Mac G4 1GHz or faster, G5 or Intel CPU
• Memory: 1 GB RAM minimum, 2 GB recommended
• OS: 10.4.10 or greater
• Connection: FireWire 400 port

Availability: September 2007
MSRP: $495.00 US

For more information: http://www.apogeedigital.com/products/duet.php

Broken 6th September 2007 11:35 PM

At that price you guys will sell boat loads me thinks

Ghost Logic 6th September 2007 11:53 PM

Max, how does sound quality (specifically the D/A converter and the headphone amp) compare to those in the Mini DAC?

jacko 6th September 2007 11:53 PM

bloody hell... that's a decent price
will it support new Logic? diddlydoo

Max 6th September 2007 11:55 PM

Duet is the same quality converters and mic pres as Ensemble.

Logic G5 6th September 2007 11:58 PM

Cool!!

Does Duet mean that Logic 8 will be out soon??

Schmacko 7th September 2007 12:36 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Max (Post 1482092)
Duet is the same quality converters and mic pres as Ensemble.

This looks really nice for 'on-the-go'. Deductively, since you've stated that Ensemble's AD/DA conversion is superior to the MiniMe, this would indicate the Duet as a superior converter to the MiniMe, no?

Finally, as an Ensemble user, besides using the Duet for ultimate portability, will it play nicely as an aggregate device with Ensemble (bumping up 2 more channels of conversion and 2 more mic pre's or inputs)?

PS - Will the Duet's come with the pictured carrying case?

Thanks!

Max 7th September 2007 12:50 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Schmacko (Post 1482201)
This looks really nice for 'on-the-go'. Deductively, since you've stated that Ensemble's AD/DA conversion is superior to the MiniMe, this would indicate the Duet as a superior converter to the MiniMe, no?

Correct. Duet's converters and mic pres are better than the Mini-Me

Quote:

Finally, as an Ensemble user, besides using the Duet for ultimate portability, will it play nicely as an aggregate device with Ensemble (bumping up 2 more channels of conversion and 2 more mic pre's or inputs)?
That's the plan.

Quote:

PS - Will the Duet's come with the pictured carrying case?
The carrying case will be sold separately.

Silver Sonya 7th September 2007 01:32 AM

smart move, apogee!
- c

littledoodler 7th September 2007 01:49 AM

sold...

ButchP 7th September 2007 02:53 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Max (Post 1482029)
APOGEE INTRODUCES DUET, PROFESSIONAL TWO-CHANNEL FIREWIRE AUDIO INTERFACE FOR THE MAC

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Availability: September 2007
MSRP: $495.00 US

THANK G-D!! ....now I don't have to settle for a Firebox instead of a FF400... mezed
this is a slam dunk so far...now if only there was a "Trio" Symphony card...cooge

Mac & Apogee kfhkh..go get em!!!

BP

BryanGamet 7th September 2007 03:06 AM

wow! i just got a rosetta 200 and will now be getting this!

umm...

anyone want to buy a rosetta 200?

semtek 7th September 2007 03:33 AM

Max, this looks great!

I'm excited. I just have one question. Can you send different mixes to the headphone out and main outs? If so I'm there, if not makes it really difficult as a portable performance tool, which wouldbe a shame,

Thanks
S

IIIG 7th September 2007 04:22 AM

Yep, this is my next purchase. Exactly what I've been looking for. Actually a little more.

D®...

Lwilliam 7th September 2007 04:44 AM

I hope you guys have a boatload of these available come AES...Now I won't have to use my 002R for Logic. I know what Santa will be getting me....boing

What is the latency? It probably isn't in the same league as Symphony (because of the PCI-E), but I hope it's at least as good as Ensemble.

Tabnetic 7th September 2007 05:04 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by semtek (Post 1482569)
Max, this looks great!

I'm excited. I just have one question. Can you send different mixes to the headphone out and main outs? If so I'm there, if not makes it really difficult as a portable performance tool, which wouldbe a shame,

Thanks
S

i would also like to know this as i am thinking of permanently keeping my Metric Halo ULN-2 bolted into my rack now and using the Duet for performances. the separate hdphn mixes would be crucial however....

thanks
T

Dr Gruv 7th September 2007 06:50 AM

max - great product! i was trying to fish out from you if a two channel version was coming ;)

i really like the quick start vid...

downloaded the manual - no specs?

and this may (just be me) no spdif? damn... i have tons 'o dats to convert ;)

-mike

Stiff 7th September 2007 06:57 AM

Oh my god, this could be a real killer. I'm getting one the day it's released. kfhkh

Stiff 7th September 2007 07:00 AM

I'm interested in the whole "integration with Logic" thing. Is it too far fetched to believe that they're planning for something similar but BIGGER for the Logic 8 release?

kaki putih 7th September 2007 07:27 AM

This is what I was waiting for... Apogee, I love you... only wish it had 2 headphone outs... jkthtyrt

audiothings 7th September 2007 07:57 AM

Hello Max

Does the Maestro software make room for M/S decoding for the headphone/speaker outs?

Thanks, and congrats on the first product that makes me want to go mac wards.

Lwilliam 7th September 2007 08:29 AM

I just spotted the OS version required: 10.4.10

I'd like to know if that's an absolute requirement, cause I have to stick to 10.4.9 until Digi "approves" the .10 version. [I use PT and Logic]

Jazzpunk 7th September 2007 08:33 AM

Apogee's obviously making a run at the PTLE crowd. Maybe Apple will finally join them!

WeAreMetroid 7th September 2007 08:33 AM

this seems quite interesting product:)
...but if working with my Macbook with an external Firewire-HD,
does Duet work thru a firewire-hub?

H-Rezz 7th September 2007 08:34 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by kaki putih (Post 1482950)
This is what I was waiting for... Apogee, I love you... only wish it had 2 headphone outs... jkthtyrt

$100 Powerplay Pro by Behringer can sort that out ;)

Another great product by Apogee, might buy one just because it looks so damn cool heh

ButchP 7th September 2007 08:41 AM

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Is it just me or does the Duet look like a Mac design?.......Maybe they'll go down $200 in a couple of months.heh

BP

dlmorley 7th September 2007 08:50 AM

I was looking for an interface for my iBook.....maybe I'll wait for this!

kaki putih 7th September 2007 09:26 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by H-Rezz (Post 1483030)
$100 Powerplay Pro by Behringer can sort that out ;)

Of course, I just wouldn't like to carry another box around... well, maybe a Y-adapter migth just do it in emergency...

Stiff 7th September 2007 10:38 AM

Oh, and another question... Seeing that this resembles a small Ensemble, will there be a stand-alone mode? Please let it have a stand-alone mode! hooppie

tengu 7th September 2007 11:09 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Stiff (Post 1483138)
Oh, and another question... Seeing that this resembles a small Ensemble, will there be a stand-alone mode? Please let it have a stand-alone mode! hooppie

From what I can see there is no power supply. It can only be powered via firewire.