Apogee Duet

Discussion in 'Digital Audio' started by Codeseven, Nov 27, 2009.

  1. macrumors 6502

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    Is the Apogee Duet the ultimate, sub-$500, audio interface for Mac users? I have a MBP that I want to do home recording with. The Apogee Duet for MAC's only seems to be 'the' AI to get. right?
     
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    pkoch1

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    It's got great A/D and D/A, but remember that it doesn't have any MIDI ports on it, and it only has one stereo output. How many tracks do you need to record at once?
     
  3. thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Hi Pkoch1,

    Probably two at the most. The customer reviews on this thing are over the top. Is it really that good?
     
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    pkoch1

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    I have one and it sounds great. Portable too. To be honest, I think that many people wouldn't be able to tell a difference between the Duet and a cheap M-Audio or Tascam unit, but the Duet really is nice. The way it plays with OS X is really nice too. I got one from Musicians Friend scratch n dent for $375 and it didn't have a scratch on it. Works like a charm!
     
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    Luap

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    I've had one for a while and think it's very good :)
     
  6. thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Hey, I never thought about going that route. Thanks for the heads up, I'll check it out.
     
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    musio

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    No digital i/o
    no MIDI

    no buy
     
  8. macrumors 603

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    As an alternative, with more inputs, you might look into the Echo AudioFire4.

    For the cost of the Duet, you could even buy an AudioFire8.

    - John
     
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    musio

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    M-Audio Fast Track Pro. An audio interface with all the i/o the duet lacks plus possibility to run protools all on a USB port
    http://www.m-audio.com/products/en_us/FastTrackPro.html

    DRIVERS are what count - maudio just released some snow leopard ones. Apogee have great drivers too but you pay the price.
    Don't get a device without the support otherwise your asking for it.
     
  10. macrumors regular

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    yes it infact is. sure MIDI and digital input would be very welcomed. but if you want reliability, and quality. theres nothing better.
     
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    pkoch1

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    Sure, you can get an interface with MIDI and digital I/O but then you will be trading features for preamp and A/D/A quality.
     
  12. thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks
     

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