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The Most Popular Portable Audio Interface for Mac and iPad

Apogee Duet sets the industry standard for portable professional audio recording on Mac and iPad. Made for the musician, producer and engineer that wants the ultimate sound quality and elegant simplicity, Duet features legendary Apogee AD/DA conversion, 2 world-class microphone preamps, USB MIDI I/O and ESS Sabre32 DAC technology.

Now, Duet includes the Waves Silver Plugin Bundle, a $600 value comprising 16 essential plugins for reverb, compression, equalization, and more. Take advantage of Duet’s low latency USB connection and powerful native Mac processing to join the ranks of top engineers and producers who count on Waves and Apogee to deliver hit after hit.

With Duet’s 2 Combo inputs you can connect microphones, guitars, keyboards or line level devices such as external mic preamps or a mixing board. Duet also includes 4 analog outputs – 2 1/4” balanced outputs for connection to speakers or outboard equipment and a separate, independently controlled 1/4” stereo headphone output.

See what Wayne Wilkins (Composer, Producer – Beyoncé, No Doubt)
and Sam Farrar (Musician – Maroon 5, Phantom Planet) say about Duet.

Apogee Duet Highlights

  • AD/DA conversion for recording up to 192kHz / 24-bit.
  • 2 analog inputs with world-class mic preamps and selectable 48v phantom power for connecting microphones, instruments or line-level devices.
  • 4 analog outputs – 2 balanced 1/4” outs for speakers or outboard gear, 1/4” stereo headphone output.
  • Includes Waves Silver Bundle (reg. $600) – 16 audio plugins
  • USB 2.0 High Speed connection to Mac.
  • Direct digital connection with iOS devices (iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Lightning and 30-pin cable sold separately).
  • Software control of hardware parameters including input selection and low latency monitoring.

Songs Recorded with Apogee Duet

Dierks Bentley - "Here on Earth"

Apogee User: Ross Copperman

Role: Producer/Songwriter

Duet Used For: Recording Dierks Bentley’s vocals (from his tour bus)

Additional Gear Used: Shure SM7 microphone, used Duet’s internal mic preamp

Matt and Kim - "Hey Now"

Apogee User: Lars Stalfors

Role: Producer/Engineer

Duet Used For: Recording all vocals

Additional Gear Used: Used Duet’s built-in mic preamps

Pink - "Are We All We Are"

Apogee User: Butch Walker

Role: Producer

Duet Used For: Recording all instruments and vocals

Additional Gear Used: Neve 1073LB mic pre, Neve 2264a compressor, Telefunkin U47

Rick Ross feat. JAY Z - "The Devil is a Lie"

Apogee User: Major Seven

Role: Producer/Engineer

Duet Used For: Recording guitar and playback

Aloe Blacc - "The Man"

Apogee User: Dontae Winslow

Role: Musician

Duet Used For: Recording trumpet

Biffy Clyro - "Accident Without Emergency"

Apogee User: Bill Reynolds

Role: Engineer

Duet Used For: Recording Ben Bridwell’s vocals

Palms - "Patagonia"

Apogee User: Aaron Harris

Role: Artist/Engineer/Mixing

Duet Used For: Recording Chino Moreno’s vocals

Additional Gear Used: Empirical Labs “Mike-E” mic pre, Shure SM7, Macbook Pro, Pro Tools

Legendary Sound Quality

The Apogee Advantage

Apogee Duet

Why Apogee Duet is the best choice
for your studio.

Apogee is an award-winning industry leader in digital recording technology with over 25 years of experience. Preferred by recording pros around the world, Apogee products like Duet, Ensemble and Symphony I/O have been instrumental in creating countless GRAMMY® and OSCAR® winning recordings and have set the industry standard in professional recording for over two decades. Duet is built solidly on this reputation.

A difference you will hear.

From the mic preamps to the AD/DA converters and the clocking, Duet is best-in-class and cutting-edge Apogee technology. With components carefully selected in critical listening tests and a highly efficient circuit design, Duet was built by Apogee engineers to make a difference you can hear.

Pristine, next generation
AD/DA converters

Duet’s AD/DA converters are designed to deliver the purest recordings and best listening experience possible. Duet’s efficient circuitry and state-of-the-art components provide a simplified signal path resulting in incredibly transparent recordings.

Smooth, detailed world-class
mic preamps

Much like the AD/DA converters, Duet’s mic preamps feature the latest components and offer seamless click-free transitions as the gain increases and decreases throughout the incredible range of 0-75dB. This unprecedented feature allows you to dial in the perfect level, either with the controller knob or from within software, while delivering ultra-low noise and smooth, crisp detail. Duet’s mic pres are suitable for all dynamic, condenser or ribbon microphones, allowing you to capture any sound without compromise.

Soft Limit – Protection from digital overs

An Apogee technology first introduced in 1992 on Apogee’s AD-500 converter, Soft Limit can be heard on countless platinum selling records around the world. Once a technology exclusively reserved for Apogee’s most advanced audio converters, Soft Limit is included in Duet and can be enabled in Apogee Maestro software.

This superior analog design prevents the digital clipping that causes distortion by instantaneously rounding off transient peaks before they hit the analog-to-digital converter. Soft Limit allows several more decibels of apparent level to be recorded while subtly providing an analog-like warmth to the sound.

ESS Sabre32 DAC Technology

ESS Sabre32 32-bit Hyperstream DAC with Time Domain Jitter Eliminator offers unequalled dynamic range, ultra low distortion, and unmatched audio clarity free from input jitter.

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While ESS Sabre32 DAC has been widely recognized and employed in the audiophile community as the next step in converter technology, Apogee is one of the first pro audio manufacturers to employ this DAC in an interface designed for audio and video professionals. ESS Sabre32 DAC technology, as employed in Duet 2, Duet for iPad & Mac, Quartet and Symphony I/O, is one ingredient in the Apogee Engineering Difference. The benefits of the ESS Sabre32 DAC include:

32-bit DAC Architecture – Compared to older 24-bit technology, the Sabre32 DAC’s 32-bit filter processing  results in significantly lower noise and distortion, for a pure listening experience free from artifacts. 32-bit digital attenuation ensures that sonic purity is maintained at any listening level.

Time Domain Jitter Elimination removes clock inconsistencies from the incoming digital data, so the converted analog output preserves the clarity and soundstage detail of the original recording.

Inputs & Outputs

Breakout Cable

Duet’s breakout cable includes 2 combination mic/instrument connectors (XLR and 1/4” built into a single connector) and 2 balanced 1/4” connectors for speakers. The elegant single cable-to-junction design allows for easy cable management and the locking connection to Duet is robust and stylish.

2 Analog Inputs

Duet’s 2 combination input connectors (XLR and 1/4”) allow you to connect microphones, guitars and keyboards or your favorite external mic preamps, compressors and EQs.

4 Analog Outputs

Duet includes 4 analog outputs. 2 1/4” balanced outputs for connection to speakers or outboard equipment and a separate, independently controlled 1/4” stereo headphone output.

With these 4 outputs it’s possible for a DJ to monitor a separate mix in headphones while sending a house mix to the club, a live performer to send a click track to in-ear monitors while sending a backing track to front-of-house, and a recording engineer to send a headphone mix to the performer while dedicating the main outputs to studio monitors.

MIDI

Duet provides a single USB MIDI connection for your CoreMIDI compatible keyboard, synth, or DJ controller. This eliminates the need for an external MIDI interface and promotes an all-in-one music creation solution where Duet and Maestro manage all audio and MIDI. On iPad, Duet’s MIDI connection allows both Duet and a keyboard or DJ controller to be connected at the same time to the iPad’s single connector (Lightning or 30-pin).

Control

Full Color OLED Display

The high resolution OLED screen built into Duet’s top is the main control center for Duet, delivering visual feedback for multiple functions including metering, numeric value for input and output levels, input grouping, and phase, muting, phantom power and Soft Limit indication. With this display you know the status of any input and output at any given moment without having to refer to Maestro or your recording software.

High-resolution display shows all input and output details

Configurable Touchpads

Duet also introduces configurable touchpads. The 2 touchpads, located on either side of the encoder knob, allow you to quickly access output functions such as “Mute Outputs”, “Dim Outputs”, “Sum to Mono” or “Toggle Headphone Source”. Each are assignable using a drop-down menu within Apogee’s new Maestro 2. This unique feature allows you to select the function you want and access it directly from Duet without having to look at software.

Multi-function Controller Knob

Along with its sleek aluminum chassis, the multi-function controller knob is one of the most recognizable features of Duet’s design. This central control feature allows you to quickly and easily toggle through Duet’s inputs and outputs and set levels while looking at Duet’s dynamic OLED display.

Waves Silver Plugin Bundle Included

Audio professionals and artists have chosen Apogee and Waves products to make countless hit recordings. Now when you buy Apogee Duet, the most popular portable audio interface for Mac, you also get the Waves Silver plugin bundle (a $600 value). These industry standard tools for recording, mixing and mastering audio offer everything you need to complete your project on Mac, no matter what recording software you use.

Waves plugins are incredibly CPU efficient, allowing you to harness the power of your Mac to run more plugins at lower buffer sizes while still maintaining low latency monitoring through Duet. Apogee’s measurably superior mic preamps and transparent AD/DA conversion lets you get the best possible quality from your Waves plugins. With an open native platform and recording software like Logic Pro X, you are free to expand your studio capabilities by adding more plugins from any manufacturer.

Waves Silver plugin bundle is available to qualifying
Duet users upon product registration

Waves Silver Plugin Bundle Includes:

  • C1 Compressor
  • DeEsser
  • Doubler
  • Enigma
  • IR-L Convolution Reverb
  • L1 Ultramaximizer
  • MaxxBass
  • MondoMod
  • PAZ Analyzer
  • Q10 Equalizer
  • Renaissance Axx
  • Renaissance Compressor
  • Renaissance Equalizer
  • S1 Stereo Imager
  • SuperTap
  • TrueVerb

Note: Waves Plugins are not compatible with iOS devices.

Pro I/O Meet iOS

Music Creation on iPad with Duet

A revolution in personal & professional recording

Apple’s iPad and iPhone can be incredible tools for audio recording and music creation. Whether you are moving faders on a mixer, playing a virtual instrument, adjusting software parameters, or editing a waveform, creating music with iPad’s multi-touch interface is simply intuitive. With plug and play connectivity to Apogee Duet, you’ll be amazed by how simple it is to set up your studio.

Apogee. The first to make professional recording on iPad a reality.

Apogee pioneered studio-quality recording on iPad with JAM, the first digital guitar input and MiC the first professional digital microphone for iPad. JAM was featured in Apple’s iPad 2, GarageBand launch video. Now with ONE, Duet and Quartet, Apogee is the first to introduce professional multi-track recording interfaces to the world of iPad and iOS. These products complete this amazing platform by offering musicians, producers and engineers professional tools for music recording, production and listening.

Direct digital connection to iPad

Apogee ONE, Duet and Quartet for iPad and Mac feature special circuitry that makes a direct digital connection to iPad and iOS devices and is certified by Apple’s MFi (Made for iOS) program.

DC power charges iPad

In audio, adequate power is essential for excellent sound quality. With a direct digital connection and an external power source, ONE, Duet and Quartet are able to charge your iPad while you record so your work will not be interrupted.

Apogee Maestro Software

Mac and iOS application for low latency monitoring
and control of Apogee audio interfaces

Advanced Software Control
for Advanced I/O

Access all control functions and settings with Maestro, Apogee’s comprehensive software control application. Maestro features a single window interface with quick access to all device and system settings. Select your input type, enable Soft Limit on mic and instrument inputs, and use the mixer for low latency monitoring. Maestro lets you easily configure your Apogee interface to fit your workflow.

All new Maestro developed for
iPod touch, iPhone and iPad

Apogee’s new free Maestro app for iOS brings total hardware control to iPad. Designed to create a seamless transition between Mac and iOS, Maestro’s design was customized for each device; iPhone, iPad and Mac, ensuring an intuitive user interface across every platform. The app includes all the same essential functions available on the Mac including low latency monitoring. Maestro can be downloaded for free from the Apple App Store on your iPod Touch, iPhone, or iPad.

USB 2.0

High Speed, High Performance

Faster than FireWire

Duet features USB 2.0 High-speed connectivity to Mac. Advances in the Mac’s Core Audio driver have made USB faster than FireWire 400 with incredible latency performance. And there’s a USB port on every Mac.

…and as fast as USB 3.0

While USB 3.0 offers approximately 10x the bandwidth of USB 2.0, USB 2.0 far exceeds the bandwidth Duet requires for its 2 inputs and 4 outputs, delivering exceptional audio performance without compromise.

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Artists

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Sara Quin - Artist, Songwriter, Musician

Recent Projects: Heartthrob, Sainthood, The Con
“Tegan and I create demos in our home studios that end up being the blueprint for our albums. The Apogee Duet allows us to record very high quality audio, which makes it easy to get our vision for each track across when collaborating remotely.”
Behind the scenes with Saturday Night Live musical director Eli Brueggeman with the Apogee Duet

Eli Brueggemann - Musical Director of Saturday Night Live

Recent Projects: Saturday Night Live
"I can’t stress enough how important the workflow is in this kind of environment. If you can’t figure it out in a couple minutes, find another path. And my Duet is my trusty machete through this jungle of last minute changes. My workflow has to be so fast right now that it demands stable products which deliver the same result every time, anywhere. Apogee’s products have always given me the peace of mind to do what I have to do."
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Ilan Rubin - Musician, Producer, Songwriter

Recent Projects: 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.”

Customer Reviews

Love this Duet !

GoldStars

“This small little box sounds better than my old ProTools Rig ! As a songwriter/ producer I only record single instruments or vocals at a time so no need for a huge interface with tons of inputs and outputs. The sound is spectacular even if you just listen to iTunes through it, you miss it when you are not listening through it. I also have done several remote sessions at a singers house and used my iPhone 5S and Garageband, works perfectly !”

Meez
From Amazon

Gives Your Music That Big Studio Edge

GoldStars

“The Apogee Duet is a wonderful product. I’ve been recording for years and have sung on many records, commercials and films. Apogee was part of just about every studio that I’ve recorded around the world. To take that same technology and put it in a portable unit where now it can be used with the technology of today is pretty amazing. Today’s technology with ProTools, LOGIC, Digital Performer, Reasons, etc having the Apogee Duet as a companion is well worth it. It will make your music ‘radio ready’. I’ve done many duets in the course of my career, and I’m happy to now have this ‘duet’ interface as one of my studio companions. :-)”

Philing
From Amazon

The Apple of Audio Interfaces: A Review For Beginners

GoldStars

“I started with a $250 audio interface believing I needed 4 inputs. The unit worked well enough but the included software was dated and the instructions were incredibly tedious. Then I went to a $400 model, still believing I “needed” 4 inputs (stereo guitar in inputs 1/2 and stereo synth/keyboard in lines 3/4). The included software was better but the manual was over 100 pages (100 pages for a digital audio interface??).

After purchasing two mid-level audio interfaces I decided I would trade 4 inputs for just 2 if it meant I could have easy-to-use equipment and software that nearly guaranteed the highest quality. I decided to purchase the “Apple-equivalent” company and splurged for the Apogee. When I say Apple-equivalent I mean the following: 1. simple & intuitive interface, software, and manual. 2. high-quality 3. sleek design.

I’m using a 2.4GHz Intel MacBook Pro (Late 2012) running LogicPro X. I plugged in the Apogee Duet and Logic recognized the Duet immediately. I spent the next 10 minutes figuring out the correct/desired settings within the Apogee Software using the help of other users after Googling “Apogee and Logic” etc. Within 20 minutes of opening the Apogee Box I was up and recording in stereo.

Now, after using the product for nearly a month, I’m pleased with my decision. Sure, this interface is nearly 2-3 times the price of others BUT I (the novice) immediately noticed the sound quality in my recordings between this and my previous, less-expensive interfaces. Recordings felt richer, thicker, and with greater depth. I doubt I will use all the features of the Duet, but I’m pleased to know I’ve got the best-sounding portable device without the additional complications. DAW’s and home-recording is complicated enough — you don’t want to spend hours upon hours WASTED on a component designed to simply get your recordings into the DAW.”

D. Johnston from San Francisco
From Amazon

Sounds INCREDIBLE

GoldStars

“When I began in Pro Audio back in the 80’s…I never imagined that someday I would be recording on something called an iPad or my Phone…!

but…when I heard the recordings I have made with a DUET on my iPad… using good to great microphones, from an SM-58 to a Neumann U87 (yes theres phantom power!)….I was completely amazed…I still can’t believe this is happening…I have used many many converters over the years…nothing compares to Apogee… The stereo Mic Pre alone is worth more than the cost…and I use them over many of the $2K plus pre’s I have in my rack… I wish there were 7 stars! THANKS APOGEE”

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From Amazon

I want to marry this thing I love it so much!

GoldStars

“I’m an audiobook narrator with a home studio. I was having trouble with an M-Box that was on its last legs, and my Sweetwater rep suggested this little unit. WHOA. Easy to set up, I love the Maestro software that comes with it, love the simplicity of the design and controls, and the sound…with my Neumann TLM102 hooked up to the Duet, there is SO much more headroom!! I didn’t know there would be such a difference. After hearing what this unit can do all by itself, I not only got rid of the M-Box, I also sold a tube preamp that had been helping the M-Box limp along. The Duet is all I need for great-sounding recordings. This is one hot little piece of equipment…I am in love…you should totally get this thing. Absolutely worth the price and then some.”

Andy from Virginia, USA
From Sweetwater

Apogee Duet for iPad and Mac

GoldStars

“I was going to ask Marcos Sanchez, my Sweetwater guy, why the Apogee Duet was so expensive, but after we brought it in and set it up I knew the answer. The quality is second to none! It’s well built and enhances playback as well as recording. And frankly, I’ve never seen preamps with so much headroom. This little unit has truly revolutionized the way that we record and play back.”

Keith from Terre Haute, Indiana
From Sweetwater

Rock Solid

GoldStars

“This my first apogee interface. I own the Scarlett 2i2, Audiobox, 2 firebox, 2 Apollos, and more. I must say that this interface works great and sound good. It is easy to use and the drivers are rock solid. I bought my Duet as a portable solution with my MacBook. I’m using it with pro tools 10 and it functions well. I love my Duet and I am glad that I exchanged my Forte..”

LaSonia from Sherrill, AR
From Sweetwater

Press Reviews

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The Next Web - Truly pro audio comes to your Mac AND iOS devices

"In short, the Duet truly is a professional level audio interface. But it’s more than that; it’s somewhat future-proofing yourself. If we’re truly entering the post-PC era, then it’s time that we take our mobile devices seriously as equipment that is completely capable of (and in many cases preferred) producing incredible results that we’ve previously only seen in desktop machines. The Duet makes this possible, and right now it’s the only machine on the market of its caliber."
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PC Magazine Product Review - Apogee Duet for iPad & Mac

"The Duet for iPad & Mac gives you your money's worth, thanks to its beautifully detailed audio quality, software integration, and ease of operation; you almost can't put a price tag on this level of performance."
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DJ Times - iOS Platform Solutions for DJs - featuring Duet for iPad/Mac

"The device just works, works well and with its intuitive design and diminutive form factor, its not in the way - literally or figuratively. What I find most compelling about Duet for iPad and Mac, however, is the utility, and the ability to leverage one investment across multiple use cases. I'm planning to keep Apogee's breakout box connected and wired up on my desktop studio Mac, while using the "octopus-style" breakout cable for mobile use on both my MacBook Pro, and iPad. While the Duet represents true investment in your music making (with a street price of around $650), the ability to easily move the compact, lightweight "brains" of the system around amortizes the cost across three different work environments, letting me get creative literally anytime, anywhere. And with its awesome specs and performance, it ensures professional results no matter which approach I'm taking."

Accessories

Duet for iPad & Mac Breakout Cable

Lightning, 30-pin, and USB cables (longer lengths available)

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