Musician, Producer, Songwriter
Nine Inch Nails, Angels and Airwaves
"The Duet is the most elegant and efficient interface I've worked with. I record wherever I go and its comforting to know that quality will never be sacrificed."
Maroon 5, Gomez, Sara Bareilles, Phantom Planet
"On a 2 month arena tour, with absolutely no room for error or glitches, the Duet 2 held up like a champ. A super clean, warm sound out to front-of-house every night. Apogeenuises over there."
"The Duet is pretty much all I need when I go on the road.. I can make great sounding recordings all thanks to this. No longer do I need to carry around a ton of other gear. This all just fits nicely in a backpack and I have it with me wherever I go....I set it up pretty much everyday. It makes life really easy and it's really changed how I work on my music."
"Duet 2 gives me the highest quality sound in a small and ludicrously functional piece of equipment. I don't mess around with the other stuff out there. Leave it to Apogee to lead the race in portable, professional sound."
DJ, Producer, Owner - Dim Mak Records
"I use Apogee for all my production needs. I have the Duet for when I travel and need to bring the best sound card anywhere I go, and in my studio in LA, I use the Ensemble. I'm a fan and supporter of Apogee and all their products. Tried, tested, and always stable."
Band of Horses, Avett Brothers, Lissie, Tyler Ramsey
"The Duet is rock solid. I did vocals on it with Ben Bridwell for the new Biffy Clyro record - it worked perfect. We built a vocal booth out of curtains in a hotel room. I also use it to play back 96k Flac files from HDtracks.com. I love it. I recorded a lot of of Lissie's record through the original Duet. Folks always ask me, "what did you use? a Neve? a Studer?" I'm like, "nope, a Duet.""
She Wants Revenge
"Having mixed almost all of our albums clocking to a Big Ben, I knew that Apogee products were reliable and had outstanding sound quality, but I had yet to own an Apogee of my own. So when I started shopping around for a small interface with a high-end sound for a home rig, right away I saw that there was nothing even remotely close to the Duet 2. It's size, ease of use, and crisp clean sound immediately became the centerpiece of my home studio, and because I could throw it in the small pouch of my backpack, it came on the tour bus as well.
What I didn't expect was how the (very expensive) HD rig at my studio started to sound dull and lifeless compared to this shiny little glass and metal box I'd grown accustomed to hearing. Soon the little Duet 2 was on the console and the fancy 16x8 interface with the big name was out of the rack and up for sale. Everything I was recording sounded better than ever and there was no turning back."
"What Will We Be"
"Thank YOU!!! Without your amazing interface, we would have absolutely never made the last record! It's perfect for me because I demoed the whole album alone using it and then, it being of high enough quality, I simply had my co-producer come over and record the actual album using the same gear... perfect home studio dreams come true!"
Musician, Producer, Songwriter
Madonna (Sticky & Sweet, MDNA World Tours), Jill Scott, Dessy Di Lauro
"I take a lot of pride in the sounds I program for my live performances, so why compromise anything on the back end with the audio interface I choose. I can actually hear the difference between my Duet 2 and other DAC's. You will too."
The Horrors, Lady Gaga, Connan Mockasin
"It's an improvement on the original Duet in every way, I love it! The display makes monitoring much simpler, the two assignable touch buttons are beyond useful and the two extra outs mean now I can do all the external processing I need. Well done guys, this really is a great bit of gear. I've already used it record a bunch of Horrors demos and it sits at the center of my set-up."
Korn, Hed P.E., The Damages
"I'm always on the road and the Duet 2 kicks ass for my mobile recording. Whether it's Protools or Ableton, I love it. And with the world renowned Apogee A/D converters it sounds killer anywhere."
DJ, Radio Personality
KIIS-FM, Sirius XM Radio, Skee.TV
"The Duet 2 has freed my ability to travel and do shows across the world while still being able to record with true studio quality on the road. The amazing compact design fits anywhere easily while still keeping an incredible level of quality- so much so we use it in our pre-production rooms at the Skee Lodge studios full time even though they could accommodate any size. Along with my computer, there is no more valuable piece of equipment on the road for me."
Josh "Budo" Karp
Producer, Artist, Musician
Grieves & Budo
"I'm a gearhead. A lot of things come and go, and I've had more soundcards than I can count. The Apogee Duet 2 stays. I will never travel again without it, and it's even replaced my previous studio card for light tracking duty. Life on the road has challenges galore, but re-engaging with the creative process is no longer one of them, and for this I'm truly grateful."
Grammy Nominated Musician
"With the Duet 2, I can be certain that every note I play on my Steinway concert grand will be captured without compromise as it gets recorded to my computer. It's become an important part of my home studio setup as well as my touring gear!"
Foster The People
"The Duet 2 is the most precise interface I've used. The clear sound and compact set up allows me to record high quality audio around the world whether I'm in a hotel room or a venue. I use it for everything, recording, performing and DJing."
"Invisible", Eminem, Rihanna, Dr. Dre, Diddy-Dirty Money
"I've been using Apogee gear for years in studios and it's always a part of my vocal chain. Excited to have my own Duet 2. Superior mic preamps and converters, small package, and great for working on the road."
Grammy Award Winning Producer, Engineer, Musician
Coldplay, Jay-Z, Portishead
"I've recorded the last 2 Coldplay albums through Apogee converters and always have a ONE and a Duet out on the road with me, enough said..."
Ray LaMontagne, Tom Waits, Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan
"Duet 2 is so good I feel obligated to call all the producers I've worked for and apologize for all the records I didn't use it on!"
Ali Shaheed Muhammad
A Tribe Called Quest
"I recently booked a studio in Punta de Mita, Mexico which was fairly equipped but I found the mix board there to be too noisy. I simply plugged my guitars and mics directly into my Duet 2 and my signals were clean and thumping. I spent one month in that studio and never did I break outside of the Duet 2. Next time instead of locking into an expensive studio for that amount of time I will find a spare room in a beach house and record, the interface is that reliable be it for portable recording or for something more substantial. I'm also ecstatic with the idea of unleashing the Duet 2's power and clarity on the dance floor at my next DJ gig."
"The Duet 2 has changed my writing and recording workflow. Being a touring musician, my typical creative process usually consist of writing a song, putting it down as an idea, with something like Gargeband and then waiting until I get back home to polish it in my home studio. With the Duet 2 and its amazing conversion and preamps, I can plug it in to my Mac in a hotel room, record guitars, bass, keys and vocals, and have the finished demo ready to go. Portable, rugged, and the best sounding little interface I've ever plugged in to."
Founder & CEO - Stadium Red
Ten Grammy Nominated Projects in 2010 including Eminem's "Recovery" and Drake's "Thank Me Later"
"Duet 2 is the perfect companion for me. Whether I'm mixing records or demoing artists' songs in my office, the quality and ease of use in such a small package is undeniable. Now that I have a Duet 2, I can't imagine ever using something else."
Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros
"The Duet 2 has become an indispensable part of my touring setup. It's easy, no fuss, and sounds kickass. My keyboard setup is pretty complicated and it sucks when some component thereof cuts out or dies in the middle of a song.... I get dirty looks from everyone in the band when that happens. Now, if something sounds weird on stage, I can usually glare back and say 'Yeah I can hear that but It's not me, bruh.' The Duet 2 has minimized my culpability factor, and is strong and consistent. Pretty pumped to be able to bring it home, pop the lid off my road case and plug it into my home recording setup also. Having the option for a dedicated power supply lightens the load on my computer. It sounds awesome."
Remixes & Production for Kid Cudi, Charlotte Gainsbourg & Beck, The xx
"The Duet 2 is the most well-designed interface I've ever used. It's perfectly integrated with OSX, and the USB detects a lot faster than firewire. I don't feel like I'm losing any quality when I'm recording on the road."
DJ Green Lantern
Nas, Ice Cube, Damien Marley, Eninem, Dead Pres
"The Duet is what I use at home and on the road.. Portable but professional!"
"Whether in a hotel or in the studio, the Duet gives me the sound I need. That's why I use the Apogee Duet!"
On tour with Colbie Caillat
"If I'm pleased with the sound, I play it differently. I play it with more intention...Duet makes every sound as clear and pristine as I want it. It sounds beautiful."
Producer, Songwriter, Composer
Macy Gray, Joe Solo "Brainchild", 'Brains of the Biz' Music Industry Lecture Series
"Whenever I'm recording remotely, whether it be in another studio, out in the field, or doing preproduction at a rehearsal space, I always have my trustee Duet with me. It's small footprint, built in phantom power & mic preamps, firewire power and versatile breakout cables make it a sinch for me take that wonderfully clear apogee sound when working abroad - I simply toss my laptop, a good mic, and the Duet in my backpack and I'm off to the airport - no fuss, no muss."
Composer, Producer, Violinist
"I love using the Duet for my audio production both at home and on the road. The sound quality is top notch and I get the benefit of portability. Maestro makes it super easy to use with Logic and I've had no problem adding lush strings to my commercial projects. A brilliant and easy to use device."
Remixes for Solange, Beyonce, Lady Gaga, Dan McKie productions, 1980 Recordings
"I've had sound cards before but Duet is the best one i have ever had. I was really surprised at the step up in sound. The crispness and professional sound you get from such a small box is amazing. I love the fact that I can produce on the move too, as the unit is very compact and robust. If you've heard about Apogee products before and always wondered if the rumors were true, this is definitely the best way to try the Apogee brand. Once you have, you will be hooked."
"Color Strip", "Deeper"
"Since switching to Apogee for my 'color strip' LP released on Warp Records in 2006, Apogee has been the center of my dancefloor design work. Whether I am recording with mics, analog synths, reel tape, or the lowest of fidelity signals, Apogee has lifted the veil from stale sound of my previous soundcards to pure pristine imagined SOUND. The Duet never leaves my side and is the best value for sound quality I could ever beg on my knees for... on the road it's a nonstop honeymoon, married to my macbook pro's. The sheer vitality of sound quality from Apogee convertors have brought life back into computer music for me and I'm not one to really endorse any particular products unless Ive fallen in love. Thank you Apogee eternal love."
Grammy Winning Musician
"I have a whole studio's worth of gear, but most of the time, the Duet is all I need. There's some weird magic in this box. Look at how beat up mine is; That's from literally traveling all over the world on tour. The set up is minimal; just plug in and go. If I'm inspired to record something, I need to do it right away; the Duet never gets in the way."
Ludacris, Twista, Mariah Carey
"The Duet is the best thing that has happened to my production business, ushering in a new era of portable recording. Now I can cut real records anywhere. I used it on both Twista's current and Ludacris's upcoming single! Thanks Apogee!"
Musician, Music Educator
Cassandra Wilson, Herbie Hancock, Freddy Hubbard, Dianne Reeves, Reba McEntire, Al Green, Kevin Eubanks
"Being a jazz musician I am accustom to hearing acoustic instruments in their purest form. However, when playing my electric bass, I am accustom to hearing the true sound of the instrument. When I plugged into my Apogee Duet to lay down a track I couldn't believe how true my bass sounded. Apogee and Logic work perfectly together and now I am hooked."
Gianni and Marcella Bella, Andrea Mingardi, Amy Stewart, Paola Folli and Enrico Ruggeri
"Duet is incredibly easy to use, with an extremely intuitive and user friendly interface. I even use it on stage while my computer is in stand-by mode!"
"Fabriclive 45", "Infinity +1", "Running Man", "Dirty South Dance", Kanye West
"I'm constantly on the road so I produce as much on my laptop in hotel rooms as I do in my home studio. The Duet is perfect for both settings. It sounds better than any other sound card I've used and I love how streamlined and intuitive it is."
President, Aderra Inc.
O.A.R., Zac Brown Band, Obama '08 Campaign, Warped Tour, Madness, Tom Morello
"When our team of engineers record live concerts directly to USB flash drives, we get one chance to get it right because the show is in the hands of the fans within seconds after the last note sounds. The DUET has been a critical piece of gear for us. It is tough enough to endure the rigors of recording every night on the road but gives our recordings the depth, warmth and clarity our clients demand."
The Helsinki Project
"I have just returned from a 3 week tour in the Middle East and Asia with my new Duet. The Apogee Duet has been a real gift, so easy to setup and reopen settings without worrying if the level knobs have changed in transit! The sound is balanced, detailed and clear, amazing for such a small and light interface! I do my studio recordings with the Apogee Ensemble but the Duet is great for adding ideas whilst on the road. It's also the perfect live tool alongside my MacBook Pro and MainStage, a marriage made in heaven!"
"I read and heard so many favourable things about the Duet, I decided to replace my existing interface towards the end of recording our new album. I never thought it could be half as good, the sound difference was remarkable and so massively improved and NO FREAKIN' LATENCY! Alright! It inspired me to write a new tune for the album straight away. Get one, do it."
Spring Songs From 52
"Since I began self-recording a couple of years ago, the Apogee Duet has been the single best purchase I've made. It's remarkably easy to use and quite portable, so I bring it on the road constantly and record whenever, wherever with great results."
"Apogee's Duet is so simple and sounds great . The combination of Duet and GarageBand allows us to make incredible recordings.The day I received Duet I couldn't wait to hear the demos. Some products aren't user friendly and we give up right away, but not Duet...We love it!"
"The Duet has put high-quality recording within reach, despite a rigorous touring schedule and my limited budget. Recently, while on tour, we needed to provide an alternate version of a song for a radio station. So, we hooked up the Duet in the dressing room, punched in a phrase and sent it to our producer John Fields. A week later it was on the radio with the new punch-in! Great job Apogee!"
"One of the keys to my success in Second Life is the sound quality that I deliver for my virtual performances. Apogee's Duet is an indispensable part of that equation, giving my voice and guitar all the warmth and clarity I need to ensure my fans get the most "real" listening experience possible."
Sound Designer, Mixer, Engineer
In Darfur, Southern Comforts, Dial "M" for Murder, The Less, Andy Rocker, IBM, CISCO, Avon, Syntellect
"I can't tell you how useful I find the Duet. I recently was the boom operator, composer and post production engineer on a short film. During a break in shooting, one of the actors busted out a harmonica to blow off some steam. I immediately grabbed my Duet and captured the performance at studio quality. These tracks made the film. I couldn't be happier with a 2 channel interface, let alone one that is mobile and in such a beautiful package."
Singer, Songwriter, Music Producer for TV
Extra, TMZ, Dr. Keith Ablow, Tyra and Ellen
"Never did I imagine that such high quality conversion would be available in such a small package. The Apogee Duet is the perfect companion for the mobile recording artist. The multi-function wheel is a breeze to use, and a genious innovation. The software integration with Logic, Garage Band and Final Cut is seemless and extremely user-friendly. The durable metal shell is beautifully crafted and bomb-proof. Apogee has taken mobile recording to another level of convenience and quality. I look forward to many more years of working with Apogee products."
Recording and Mixing Engineer
Bjork, Arcade Fire, Maroon 5, Natasha Bedingfield, Keane, Gwen Stefani
"Duet sounds as gorgeous as it looks! It's the first truly portable interface which allows me to leave the confines of my studio without sacrificing quality. It's brilliant!"
Songwriter and Member of Phantom Planet
Phantom Planet - Negatives
"I rely on GarageBand as my sole means to record my music. Its simplicity allows me to quickly translate my ideas into a great sounding recording with minimal effort. This has become integral in maintaining the momentum of writing a song and enables me to record and arrange immediately before the song loses any of its vital and initial creative spark. To get the professional sound quality that I need, I started using Apogee's Duet and I can't believe how amazing it is. Not only have my "demos" become as good as proper studio recordings, but Apogee did something special by making Duet's user interface extremely easy to use with controls that have been simplified to perfection. Recording is effortless and still as fast as ever, but with the superior quality of any pro studio I've ever been in. Towards the end of making my most recent album with my band PHANTOM PLANET, I played a home recording for everyone of a song I had recently finished using the Duet & GarageBand duo. Our producer, TONY BERG, was so pleased with the sound of the recording, he demanded I put it on the record just as it was. Success Duet... Here's to a job well done!
Guitarist for the band Fiction Plane
"The Duet is a smart and extremely practical partner to have on the road. The functionality is logical and seamless, and the sound quality is everything I expected from Apogee. With the added advantage of the Duet being powered by my mac, I have been recording in many different situations from my hotel room bed, to shower rooms in venues. Everything about the Duet is easy and pleasing. A must have for all."
Simon Dawes, Jakob Dylan, Pete Yorn, Bruce Hornsby, Phantom Planet
"Imagine traveling to Japan with a MacBook Pro, a couple of Neumann U87s, and a Duet as your "studio" in order to record the Yoshida Brothers, the world's great masters of the shamisen. Imagine recording in GarageBand with the confidence that your "demo" recordings might reap "master" quality performances. Now imagine that you're not imagining that."
Producer, Songwriter, Record Label Co-Chairman
Natasha Bedingfield, Ross Copperman, The Script, Delta Goodrem, and Kelly Rowland
"Duet is fantastic for me because it's the first time I've had the option to record with studio quality in any location. Recently, for times sake, I had one of my artists experiment with guitar parts upstairs in my main house with my 17" powerbook and the Duet, while my partners and I continued to work in the studio. Those parts recorded at my dinner table turned out to be the very ones we used on the final recording."