Duet 2 (USB): General

Do Apogee USB products (Groove, ONE, Duet, GiO, MiC, JAM, Quartet) work with the latest MacBook?

Question:

Do Apogee’s current USB products (Groove, ONE for Mac, ONE for iPad & Mac, Duet 2, Duet for iPad & Mac, GiO, MiC, MiC 96k, JAM, JAM 96k, Quartet) work with the 2015/2016 12″ MacBook?

 

Answer:

Yes. The 2015/2016 12″ MacBook includes a USB-C port. Since USB-C uses a different size port and connector than traditional USB ‘Type A’, you will need to use an Apple USB-C to USB adapter to connect any USB device with a traditional ‘Type A’ connection, such as Apogee’s line of USB audio interfaces, to this port.

Apogee’s line of USB audio interfaces are also fully compatible with the 2016 MacBook Pro, as outlined in this post.

 

*It should be noted that Apogee’s Thunderbolt products will NOT work with the 2015/2016 12″ MacBook.

 

Click for information about compatibility with Apogee’s Thunderbolt products and the 2015/2016 12″ MacBook.

Click for information about compatibility with Apogee’s Thunderbolt products and the 2016 MacBook Pro.

Click for more information on the differences between USB-C ports and Thunderbolt 3 ports.

 

 

 

 

Do Apogee USB products (Groove, ONE, Duet, GiO, MiC, JAM, Quartet) work with the 2016 MacBook Pro?

Question:

Do Apogee’s current USB products (Groove, ONE for Mac, ONE for iPad & Mac, Duet 2, Duet for iPad & Mac, GiO, MiC, MiC 96k, JAM, JAM 96k, Quartet) work with the 2016 MacBook Pro?

 

Answer:

Yes. The 2016 MacBook Pro with Touch Bar includes Thunderbolt 3 ports, which can also be used to connect USB devices. Since Thunderbolt 3 and USB-C use the same size ports and cables, you will need to use an Apple USB-C to USB adapter to connect any USB device with a traditional ‘Type A’ connection, such as Apogee’s line of USB audio interfaces, to these ports.

Apogee’s line of USB audio interfaces are also fully compatible with the 2015/2016 12″ MacBook, as outlined in this post.

 

*It should be noted that Apogee’s Thunderbolt products will NOT work with the 2015/2016 12″ MacBook.

 

Click for information about compatibility with Apogee’s Thunderbolt products and the 2016 MacBook Pro.

Click for information about compatibility with Apogee’s Thunderbolt products and the 2015/2016 12″ MacBook.

Click for more information on the differences between USB-C ports and Thunderbolt 3 ports.

Is Duet compatible with Mac OS X El Capitan (10.11)?

Yes! Duet FireWire, Duet 2 and Duet for iPad/Mac are all fully compatible* with Mac OS X El Capitan (10.11 to current).  Please be sure to download and install the latest El Capitan compatible software package for your product from Apogee’s site.

*  Although Duet FireWire is not “officially supported” after OS X 10.10.5, it is still compatible with OS X 10.11 and should work just like it did on OS X 10.10. You can download the latest installer for Duet Firewire and use it on 10.11 even though it says “Mac OS X 10.10 and 10.9 only”.

 

Click to find the latest Duet FireWire Software Installer

Click to find the latest Duet 2 Software Installer

Click to find the latest Duet for iPad/Mac Software Installer

Is Duet compatible with Mac OS X Yosemite (10.10)?

Yes! Duet FireWire, Duet 2 and Duet for iPad/Mac are all fully compatible with Mac OS X Yosemite (10.10 to 10.10.5).  Please be sure to download and install the latest Yosemite compatible software package for your product from Apogee’s site.

 

Click to find the latest Duet FireWire Software Installer

Click to find the latest Duet 2 Software Installer

Click to find the latest Duet for iPad/Mac Software Installer

Is it ok to leave my Apogee device plugged in and connected to Mac?

Yes, it is perfectly fine for any of our devices to remain plugged in and connected to your Mac (or iOS device). There is no harm in the device remaining powered up while you’re not using it.

Duet, Quartet, and Ensemble Thunderbolt’s 1/4″ and XLR inputs explained

When using Duet2, Duet for iPad & Mac, Quartet, and Ensemble Thunderbolt, it is important to remember that any of the dual XLR-1/4″ combo jacks are set up so when the input is set to ‘Mic’ or ‘Line’ (+4dBu or -10dBV), only the XLR part of the jack will receive signal. This means that you will need to use an XLR cable or a cable with an XLR adapter connected to it.

The same is true in reverse- when the input is set for ‘Instrument’, only the 1/4″ part of the jack will receive signal.  This means that you will need to use a 1/4″ cable.

 

Here are some examples for setting up different types of input sources on Duet, Quartet, and Ensemble Thunderbolt:

 

Mics

Connect your Mic using only an XLR cable (no 1/4″ adapters or cables) to the XLR input jacks on your Apogee device.

Launch ‘Apogee Maestro’ from your Applications folder, go to the ‘Input’ tab and ‘Analog Level’ drop-down menu for whichever input you’re using to ‘Mic’.

If you’re using a condenser mic that requires phantom power, engage the ’48′ button on the input you’re using.

Gradually bring the input level in Maestro up until you get a good level from your input source. Make sure the meter isn’t going into the red.

 

 

Guitars, Basses, Keyboards, Hi-Z Mics that have 1/4″ cables, such as harmonica mics:

Connect your Instrument using only a 1/4″ instrument cable to the 1/4″  input jacks. (be sure that you’re connecting to the 1/4″ inputs on the combo XLR-1/4″ jacks and not the 1/4″ output jacks)

Launch ‘Apogee Maestro’ from your Applications folder, go to the ‘Input’ tab and ‘Analog Level’ drop-down menu for whichever input you’re using to ‘Instrument’.

Gradually bring the input level in Maestro up until you get a good level from your input source. Make sure the meter isn’t going into the red.

 

Sending Line-Level audio to your Apogee device and bypassing it’s mic-pres

Connect the output from your line-level piece of gear (such as a compressor or external mic-pre) to the XLR input jacks. If your Line-Level device only has 1/4″ outputs, you will need to use balanced 1/4″ to male XLR cables. You can’t use the 1/4″ input jacks on your Apogee device, as they are only used for guitars/basses/keyboards.

Launch ‘Apogee Maestro’ from your Applications folder, go to the ‘Input’ tab and ‘Analog Level’ drop-down menu for whichever input you’re using to ‘+4dBu’ (for use with professional audio gear) or ‘-10dBv’ (for use with consumer audio gear).

 

What is the ‘A button’ (device ID) in Maestro for?

Most Apogee products that use the Apogee Maestro 2 control application will include a ‘Device ID’ button that can be found in multiple Maestro tabs under a graphical icon for the connected Apogee device. You will usually see this button as an ‘A’.

Here is an example of what it looks like when you have a Symphony I/O connected:

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The purpose of this button is to quickly identify which Apogee device you’re adjusting parameters in Maestro for. When you click on the button, it will light up the front-panel of the corresponding Apogee device so you can see which device you are adjusting parameters in Maestro for. Click the button again and the device will no longer be identified.

Since multiple Apogee devices can be connected and appear in Maestro at the same time, it can sometimes be confusing to know which device you’re adjusting parameters for. Having more than one Duet or Quartet connected to a Mac may not be as common as having multiple Symphony I/Os or Ensembles connected, but the ‘Device ID’ buttons are there for each product, just in case.

 

A typical use-case:

You have 2 Symphony I/Os connected to one Mac and both are showing up in Apogee Maestro. You can go to the ‘Device Settings’ tab in Maestro and change the peripheral prefix of the 2nd Symphony I/O to ‘B’ (or any other letter you want). Now, when you click the ‘B’ button (Device ID) in Maestro, the 2nd Symphony I/O will become identified.  If you click the ‘A’ button, the 1st Symphony I/O will become identified.

 

How do I record audio from the internet or other app using my Duet?

Using Duet to record audio from the internet or other apps
To set up your Apogee Duet for iPad & Mac or Duet 2 to record audio from your internet browser (or other app) into your DAW, follow the instructions below.

 

 

– Connect Duet to Mac.

 

– Launch ‘Apogee Maestro 2’ from your Applications folder.

 

– Go to the Input tab in Maestro. Click on the ‘Analog Level‘ drop-down menus and set each input for ‘+4dBu‘.

 

– Go to the Output tab in Maestro. Make sure both output channels are set for ‘+4dBu‘ and not ‘-10dBv’. On the right side of the output tab, make sure the speaker output is set for ‘Out 1-2‘ and not ‘Mixer’. Turn the speaker output up all the way. Make sure the speaker output is not muted or set for Dim.

 

– In the Output tab in Maestro, set the Headphone output for ‘Out 3-4‘. Turn headphones up to around -30 or -20.

 

– Connect a balanced 1/4″ TRS to Male XLR cable from ‘Out L‘ on the breakout cable to ‘Input 1‘. Connect the other balanced 1/4″ TRS to Male XLR cable from ‘Out R‘ on the breakout cable to ‘Input 2‘.

 

– Launch ‘Audio MIDI Setup’ (Applications> Utilities> ‘Audio MIDI Setup’) and select ‘Duet USB’ in the left-side device column and make sure that it’s set for the default input and output of the Mac by clicking on the drop-down menu on the bottom of the device column with the gear and arrow icons and selecting ‘Use this device for sound input’ and ‘Use this device for sound output’. Quit Audio MIDI Setup.

 

– Launch your DAW and create a new session with one stereo audio track. Go to the DAW’s Audio Preferences and make sure Duet is set for the Output and Input device and that the buffer is set for 128 or higher. Set the sample-rate to 44.1k.

 

– Set the input for your stereo track to ‘Input 1/2‘ or ‘Line 1/2‘. Set the output of the track for ‘Out 3-4‘.

 

– Record-enable the track and then launch your internet browser (or whichever app you’re trying to record from). As soon as you’re ready to start playing audio from your internet browser, get ready to record in your DAW.

 

– Hit record in Logic and start playing audio from your internet browser (or whichever app you’re trying to record from). Monitor the audio from your headphones.

Not getting sound/no output from Duet

Please go through these steps to ensure that everything is set up properly:

 

Setting up Duet’s inputs:

 

Mics

Connect your Mic using only an XLR cable (no 1/4″ adapters or cables) to the XLR input 1 or 2 of Duet’s breakout cable.

Launch ‘Apogee Maestro’ from your Applications folder, go to the ‘Input’ tab and ‘Analog Level’ drop-down menu for whichever input you’re using for ‘Mic’.

If you’re using a condenser mic that requires phantom power, engage the ’48’ button on the input you’re using.

Gradually bring the input level in Maestro up until you get a good level from your input source. Make sure the meter isn’t going into the red.

 

Guitars, Basses, Keyboards, Hi-Z Mics that have 1/4″ cables, such as harmonica mics:
Connect your Instrument using only a 1/4″ instrument cable to the 1/4″  input 1 or 2 of Duet’s breakout cable. Make sure you’re plugging into one of the input connectors (the fat ones that are dual XLR and 1/4″) and not the 1/4″ output connectors.

Launch ‘Apogee Maestro’ from your Applications folder, go to the ‘Input’ tab and ‘Analog Level’ drop-down menu for whichever input you’re using to ‘Instrument’.

Gradually bring the input level in Maestro up until you get a good level from your input source. Make sure the meter isn’t going into the red.

 

Sending Line-Level audio to Duet and bypassing Duet’s mic-pres

Connect the output from your line-level piece of gear (such as a compressor or external mic-pre) to the XLR input 1 or 2 of Duet’s breakout cable. If your device only has 1/4″ outputs, you will need to use balanced 1/4″ to male XLR cables. You can’t use the 1/4″ input jacks on Duet’s breakout cable.

Launch ‘Apogee Maestro’ from your Applications folder, go to the ‘Input’ tab and ‘Analog Level’ drop-down menu for whichever input you’re using and set to ‘+4dBu’ (for use with professional audio gear) or ‘-10dBv’ (for use with consumer audio gear).

 

 

Setting up Duet’s outputs:

 

Using Duet with DAW or audio playback software:

– Launch ‘Apogee Maestro’ from your Applications folder, go to the ‘Output’ tab and set the Speaker output and Headphone output to ‘Out 1-2’ (the drop-down menus under the software output knobs)

– Confirm that the mute or dim buttons aren’t engaged in Maestro’s output tab.

 

Using Duet without any software- input directly to output:

– Launch ‘Apogee Maestro’ from your Applications folder, go to the ‘Output’ tab and set the Speaker output and Headphone output to ‘Mixer’ (the drop-down menus under the software output knobs)

– Confirm that the mute or dim buttons aren’t engaged in Maestro’s output tab.

My Duet 2 shows up as a Duet 1 in Apogee Firmware Updater

The Apogee Firmware Updater application For Duet 2 and Duet for iOS & Mac  assigns a numerical value to each Duet 2 connected to the Mac. I you have only a single Duet 2 connected it assigns the number 1 to it, so you see Duet 1 in the Device Select drop down menu. If you had 3 Duet 2 units connected to the same Mac you would see Duet 1, Duet 2, Duet 3 in the Device Select drop down Menu. We realize this is confusing and plan to change this to be clearer in a future update. For now just go ahead and Update it will be for the Duet 2 not the old Duet 1 Firewire version.