Duet (iPad and Mac): How To's

How do I configure my Windows computer to play Youtube or Spotify audio via my Apogee interface?

First install the Apogee USB ASIO driver and Maestro software

  1. Open the Sound Control Panel using one of the following methods:
    1. Right-click the Taskbar Speaker icon and choose “Playback devices”.
    2. Type “Sound” in the System searchbar.
  2. Choose the Playback tab
    1. Click on the Speaker-Apogee Quartet (or ONE, Duet) entry, then click Set Default.

  1. Choose the Recording tab
    1. Click on the Line-Apogee Duet entry, then click Set Default.
  2. It’s highly recommended that the WDM driver sample rate is matched to your DAW sample rate (ASIO driver rate). To choose the WDM rate:
    1. In the Playback tab, click on the Speaker-Apogee Duet entry, click Properties.
    2. In the Properties window, click the Advanced tab, then choose the desired sample rate in the Default Format box.
    3. Repeat in the Recording tab.

Duet for iPad & Mac not showing up or being recognized on iPad or iPhone

If you’ve connected your Duet to your iDevice but it’s not being recognized on your iPad or iPhone, follow these steps:

 

* Connect Duet to external power supply

* Connect Duet to iPad with your Duet lightning cable

* Unplug the Duet’s power supply

* Plug back in the Duet’s power supply and wait 5 seconds

* Open Maestro on your iPad and wait a couple seconds until the Duet shows up

Now you are ready to use the Duet in your iDevice’s audio apps.

Video recorded with camera app has audio on one side only- how to fix (stereo to mono)

Note- if you are experiencing audio in one output channel only when using GARAGEBAND, please click here. The article below is for the CAMERA APP.

When you use a ONE for iPad & Mac, a Duet for iPad & Mac, or a Quartet as your audio interface on an iOS device and you record a video using the camera app, you might notice that when you play the video back, the audio is on only one side of the outputs. This issue is often misinterpreted as the audio being recording in mono, when what’s actually happening is Input 1 in a stereo input track is being hard-panned to the left (or right if you were recording with Input 2). This is because the Apogee device is being seen as a multi-channel device by the iDevice so it’s recording a stereo audio file while your input is only coming in on Input 1– the left side of the stereo input (or right if you were recording with Input 2).

Some apps (such as the camera app) do not give you the ability to set the input for mono recording, which is what you want if you want your audio to be coming out of both output channels. There are 2 different  workarounds for this. The first one is the easiest and requires using a Mac and QuickTime 7 Pro. The second one is more time-consuming and involves using a Mac and the Audacity and iMovie (or Final Cut Pro) apps.

 

 

WORKAROUND- OPTION #1 (QuickTime 7 Pro)

  • Export your video to the Mac that you will be using. The quickest way to do this is to plug your iDevice in to the Mac and launch the ‘Image Capture’ app on your Mac, select the video in ‘Image Capture’ (make sure you select ONLY the video you want to import) and click the ‘Import’ button (not ‘Import All’ !).

 

  • Once you’ve saved the video file to your desktop, you will need to open ‘QuickTime Player 7 Pro’. If you don’t already have ‘QuickTime Player 7’, you can download it by clicking here. You can keep your current version of QuickTime Player on your Mac and continue to use it for everything else. You only need version 7 for this file conversion.There is no need to delete the current version.
  • To unlock the ‘Pro’ functionality that you will need for converting the audio in the video file, you will need to get a Registration code. Once you have a Registration code, launch ‘QuickTime Player 7’ (it can be found in Applications > Utilities), click on the QuickTime Player 7 menu and select Registration.

1. QT File> Regist

  • In the Registration window, type in the correct name and registration code and hit Return on your keyboard. The QuickTime logo will now display the word Pro on it. Close the Registration window.

2. QT Pro Regis Code

  • Locate your video file that you imported from Image Capture. Control-click the file and open it with QuickTime Player 7. Make sure you’re not using the current version of QuickTime for this.
  • Once you have opened your video file with QuickTime Player 7, click on the File menu and select Export.

3. QT- File Export

  • Once the ‘Save Exported File As…’ window opens, go to the bottom middle of the window and click the Options button.

4. QT- Export Options

 

  • You should now be in the Movie Settings window. Go to the middle of the window and click the Settings button under the Sound checkbox.

5. QT- Sound settings

 

  • Once the Sound Settings window opens, click on the Channels drop-down menu and select Mono.

6. QT- Mono sound

 

  • Once you’ve selected Mono, click the OK button at the bottom of the window and then click the OK button at the bottom of the next window.
  • Once you’ve named the video file you’re about to save and chose where it will be saved on your Mac, click the Save button.
  • Find the new video file you just saved and open it in QuickTime (whichever version you want). The audio should now be coming out of both output channels!

 

 

 

 

 

 

WORKAROUND- OPTION #2 (Audacity + iMovie/Final Cut Pro)

  • Export your video to the Mac that you will be using. The quickest way to do this is to plug your iDevice in to the Mac and launch the ‘Image Capture’ app on your Mac, select the video in ‘Image Capture’ (make sure you select ONLY the video you want to import) and click the ‘Import’ button (not ‘Import All’ !).

  • Once you’ve saved the video file to your desktop, open it in ‘Quicktime’ and export the audio by clicking on File > Export > Audio Only.  Name this file and save it to your desktop.

2. QT- export audio only

  • If you don’t already have the ‘Audacity’ app, you will need to download it. It’s a free download:  Click here to download Audacity.
  • If you get a message saying that Audacity can’t be opened because it is from an unidentified developer, go to the Security & Privacy panel in your Mac’s System Preferences and click the ‘Open Anyway’ button at the bottom of the panel.

3. open anyway- System Prefs

 

  • Once Audacity opens, go to File > Import > Audio and select the audio file that you exported in Quicktime.

4. audacity- import audio

  • Once your file has imported, it should display one stereo track with audio waveforms on only one side. Go to Tracks > Stereo Track to Mono and it will convert the track to a mono track.

5. audacity- stereo to mono

 

  •  The track should now have only bar instead of 2:

6. audacity- mono track

 

  •  Go to File > Export Audio and choose what type of file format you want. It’s usually best to stick to WAV, which is what it should default to.

7. audactiy- export

 

  •  For this part you will need either the iMovie or Final Cut Pro app if you don’t already have one of them. They can both be downloaded on the App Store. Quit Audacity and launch iMovie or Final Cut Pro. Create a new project. Find your original video file that you imported from Image Capture and drag the file into the bottom of the iMovie/Final Cut Pro timeline at the bottom of the window.

8. drag video file into iMovie

 

  • Select the video file that you just put into the Timeline, making sure there’s a yellow line around it. Now Control-click the file and choose Detach Audio.

9. detach audio imovie

 

  • You should now see the audio track below the video track. It will be a green colored bar. Click on the audio track to select it and then hit delete on your keyboard to delete it.

10. audio detached- imovie

 

  • Once you’ve deleted the audio track, look for the mono audio file that you exported from Audacity. Find this file and drag it into the iMovie/Final Cut Pro timeline where the old audio track was. Make sure to line the audio track up with the video track so they have the same starting point.
  • Now you are ready to export. Go to File > Share > (whatever format you want), name the file, and save it to your desktop (or wherever you like). Open this new video file in Quicktime and the audio will now be coming out of both sides!

 

 

 

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).

 

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.

Why do I only hear the left output channel when recording with ONE or Duet in Garageband?

Note- if you are experiencing audio in one output channel only when using the CAMERA APP, please click here. The article below is for GARAGEBAND.

If you’re only hearing sound from the left output channel when recording with ONE for iPad & Mac or Duet for iPad & Mac in Garageband (or other apps), this is most likely because you’re using a stereo track when you need to be using a mono track.

 

If you create a MONO track in Garagband, it will send your input out both Left & Right output channels. When you create a stereo track in Garageband, it will hard-pan both inputs, so input 1 goes out only the left and input 2 goes out only the right. This is why you’re only hearing sound in 1 channel. Stereo tracks are typically used for stereo mic situations or if a keyboard has a stereo output.

 

Here are some videos on how to set up ONE with Garageband (you can also apply these videos to Duet):

 

 

For Mac:

 

 

 

 

 

For iPad/iPhone:

 

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.

What happens when I receive a call while recording with my Apogee interface?

Monitoring and recording is interrupted in Apple GarageBand and other Audio Apps from the ONE for iPad & Mac, Duet for iPad & Mac, Quartet, JAM, JAM96k, MiC, or MiC96k when a call is received. Once the call has ended or declined monitoring and recording is resumed.

Unless calls are more important than creativity? It is recommended that in the iPhone> Settings Do Not Disturb is turned On. This will prevent a call from interrupting that perfect take or inspired performance.

iPhone Settings

How to reset the Duet 2 or Duet for iPad & Mac

A hardware reset can be a useful way of calibrating your unit to its factory default settings.

  • A reset can be accomplished by disconnecting the USB cable from the unit and then reconnecting it while pressing and holding down the encoder knob. Do not let go of the knob until the Apogee logo clears and shows the level-meter screen.