Advanced new features. Better performance. 
Better sound quality.

Apogee’s Duet is the most respected portable audio interface ever. Along with receiving many industry awards, Duet has also been instrumental in the creation of numerous GRAMMY winning records. While others have been trying to emulate its sound quality, ease of use and innovative design, we have been busy making an even better Duet. Duet 2 builds on the incredible success of its predecessor by incorporating customer feedback, adding advanced new features and delivering even better sound quality than the original.

Turn your Mac into a professional recording studio.

Duet 2 is the best solution for capturing your music to your Mac. With Duet 2, make studio quality recordings of vocals, guitars, bass, keyboards, drums, and anything musical. And because Duet 2 is portable you can take it anywhere your creativity takes you. When it’s time to mix, Duet 2′s output quality lets you hear your recordings with incredible detail and dimension allowing you to put the finishing touches on your musical project like a pro. Duet 2 sounds so amazing you won’t want to listen to your iTunes library without it.

Highlights

  • Professional mic preamps and converters
  • 4 outputs, Independent speaker and headphone outs
  • Balanced outputs
  • USB 2.0 high speed connectivity
  • 24-bit/192kHz recording
  • Full color OLED display
  • Configurable Touchpads
  • Maestro 2 software

Legendary Sound Quality

The Apogee Advantage

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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.

Using the very latest technology and drawing upon the experience of developing Apogee’s new flagship audio interface, Symphony I/O, Apogee engineers rebuilt Duet to achieve a difference you can hear.

From the mic preamps to the AD/DA converters, Duet 2 offers the best of everything Apogee, allowing you to capture your audio with even more clarity and dimension than the original Duet. This is professional sound quality you can take anywhere.

Smooth, detailed world-class mic preamps

The Duet 2 mic preamps feature a new design, all new components and 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 while delivering ultra-low noise and smooth, crisp detail. Most importantly, the Duet 2 mic preamps are optimized for any sound source, so no matter what you are recording you’ll capture every detail.

Pristine, next generation AD/DA converters

Much like the mic preamps, the Duet 2 AD/DA converters are an all-new design and deliver the purest recordings and best listening experience possible. This totally new design takes the personal studio to the next level with state-of-the-art components and next-generation conversion.

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.

Apogee Duet 2 Product Tour

Inputs & Outputs

Redesigned Breakout Cable

Duet 2’s new breakout cable is greatly streamlined with 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 2 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 -
Separate headphone and speaker outs

By very popular demand Duet 2 includes 4 analog outputs. Stereo headphones or left & right mono speaker outs can be assigned in pairs to output 1-2 or 3-4 or the low latency mixer and each can be placed in stereo, mono, muted or dimmed modes.

It is now 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.

(This feature is in response to customer demand)

Breakout Box Accessory

Available as a separate accessory for Duet 2 is a solidly built, aluminum breakout box with 2 1/4” inputs, 2 XLR inputs (for 2 simultaneous channels of input) and 2 balanced XLR outputs. The Duet 2 breakout box features studio-quality I/O connectors and includes a 2 meter cable allowing you to extend your input and output connections away from your desktop and minimize cable clutter. (This feature is in response to customer demand)

Please note the breakout box does not enable extra inputs or outputs. Whether you are using the breakout cable or breakout box Duet 2 is capable of 2 channels of analog input (mic, line, or instrument) and 4 channels of analog output (left/right headphones and left/right monitor outputs).

Control

Full Color OLED Display

The high resolution OLED screen built into Duet 2’s top is the main control center for Duet 2, 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 2 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 2 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 2’s design. This central control feature allows you to quickly and easily toggle thru Duet 2′s inputs and outputs and set levels while looking at Duet 2’s dynamic OLED display.

Apogee Duet Artists

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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.”
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Devendra Banhart - Musician

Recent Projects: "What Will We Be"
“Without your amazing interface, we would have absolutely never made the last record...”

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Skylar Grey - Artist, Songwriter

Recent Projects: "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."

Apogee Duet Image Gallery

Apogee Duet Customer Reviews

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

Apogee Duet Press Reviews

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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."
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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."

Duet 2 Accessories

Duet 2 Breakout Cable

Duet 2 Breakout Box

Duet 2 Power Supply

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