“One of the Best audio interfaces on the market, period. Paired with a pair of Dynaudio BM5 MKIII is just Audio Nirvana!! Sound is clear, accurate a detailed. I bought it mostly for music listening because the ESS Sabre 32 DAC but also to use with my Pro Tools 12 rig. One of my best audio purchases ever!! 1000% recommended.”
I love Apogee!
“This is my first Apogee device. Everything about it is amazing. It’s low latency it can go down to and the converters on this little guy are mind blowing. The preamps are super clean and sound awesome when you drive them hard with the soft limit on. Def the best small interface I have ever owned. This badboy is going to be part of my mobile rig for a long time to come.”
Phil “The Beard” from Cape Coral, FL USA
“I upgraded from a low-level Focusrite and the difference is obvious in both my monitoring and recordings. What a difference! If you are on the fence about spending the extra hundreds I strongly suggest you find a way to make it happen. After 4 months of daily use I have yet to encounter any of the issues I was initially concerned about such as weak drivers, connection breaks, or the lack of inputs. With this interface I feel like I may be set for years to come.”
John from Southern California
“I use the Apogee Duet primarily as a simple mono/stereo preamp and ADC for live music, and as a high fidelity DAC. It excels at both. I Also use it to rip vinyl into high resolution digital files. I never really like digital sound all that much, and still prefer vinyl/tape, but the Apogee has been An ear opener…love it.”
Jared from Seattle, WA
“Man! What a differnce!” -80’s son of a gun commercial”
“This is a life changer for home studio use. Super clean recording. No buzzing like with my beginner level interfaces of the past. The instruments come alive now and punch me in the guts. Love this thing.. Can’t wait to try it with my PA for live shows.”
Jeff Hardesty from Owensboro, KY
The Duet for iPad and Mac
“I’ve been around music and recording technology for decades. I was also skeptical about any A/D converters that happened outside of the box (with a break-out cable). I’ve used Avid’s products since the AudioMedia III card and MOTU since the original 2408. So, I decided to check out Apogee. I was beyond impressed and completely blown away by the quality of the The Apogee Duet for iPad and Mac. First of all, it is build solidly and the construction is second-to-none. The ease of use with the front display is remarkable, and the Maestro 2 software is wonderful to navigate. The sound of the The Apogee Duet for iPad and Mac is pristine. This is the first review that I’ve felt compelled to do because of the quality of the unit. Apogee has surely earned its name — they are definitely at the apogee of the audio industry!”
Michael from NJ
Big Performance in a Little Package
“I record classical and acoustic performances from solo artists to large ensembles and choirs. I have the older Ensemble and thought that was marvelous, so when I needed a small interface for simple stereo recording I bought the Duet. What a great purchase. The preamps are even more nuanced than my older Ensemble and you can’t ask for a better DAC than what Apogee provides. I loved the performance so much I upgraded my Ensemble to the Duet’s newer sibling the Ensemble Thunderbolt. Great work Apogee!”
Karl Wicker from Lawrenceville, GA
“all the hype is exactly as it should be. got the duet, now i can’t wait to buy the quartet. i was a little skeptical about running maestro software and what that would be like, turns out you can totally record in pro tools without even opening maestro (it’s a neat and lightweight background program, not bad at all)”
Brandon from minnesconsin
Love this Duet !
“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 !”
Gives Your Music That Big Studio Edge
“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. :-)”
The Apple of Audio Interfaces: A Review For Beginners
“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
“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”
I want to marry this thing I love it so much!
“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
Apogee Duet for iPad and Mac
“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
“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