Apogee Preparing to Launch 'Quartet' Portable Audio Interface for Mac Music Professionals

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Apogee Electronics has long been one of the most highly-regarded manufacturers of professional audio equipment for Mac users, with the company's Duet 2 portable recording interface being one of its key products. The Duet 2 features dual inputs and an OLED display to help users make studio quality recordings in a wide variety of settings.

Apogee is now teasing an announcement for September 4 with the tagline "It's what you've been waiting four" hinting at a quad-input product. The partly shadowed image of the device on the teaser page appears to show a device larger than the Duet 2 but still carrying the same iconic controller knob seen on the company's portable interface boxes.




While full details on the product have yet to be revealed, the company appears to have briefly leaked an unmasked image of the device on its site yesterday. Controls on the box hint at four separate inputs, as well as some likely user-assignable touchpad keys as seen on the Duet 2.

A listing for the Apogee Quartet has appeared on Musician's Friend with a price of $1395 and an expected availability date of September 11.

Article Link: Apogee Preparing to Launch 'Quartet' Portable Audio Interface for Mac Music Professionals
 

kevinfulton.ca

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How much?!
I could get a Protools HD rig for that money!
You're absolutely right! However, if you've ever heard the results that you get from the Duet then you'd know that this is definitely worth a look. The quality of DA conversion in Apogees products is quite staggering IMO.
 

Amazing Iceman

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I paid less than $500 for a brand new USB/Firewire 12-Channel Mixer that works perfectly with my Mac, allowing it to record from all 12 channels simultaneously.

It may not have an oLed display, but still it has nothing to envy the 'Quartet'.

I think the 'Quartet' is way too overpriced at this point.
 

519tbarr

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why even consider one of these at that price. a UA apollo is about $2000. if your going to spend a grand plus might as well save for the best i/o box on the market right now.
 

nt5672

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Sad to say, but it's impossible to know if it is worth the money until you hear it. I know this seems odd to some, but the value in a audio interface is the audio quality. Geez, can't believe this is such a hard concept (unless of course if you can't hear the differences.)
 

spoonie1972

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if this doesn't have 3x adat in and out, AES/EBU jacks, wordclock ... that's a lot of dough.

does it have inserts post-pre's/pre-A/D for hardware eq/compression should someone want to do that?

that's a bizarre price-point for a 4-in.
 

gnomeisland

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why even consider one of these at that price. a UA apollo is about $2000. if your going to spend a grand plus might as well save for the best i/o box on the market right now.
I'm a big Apogee fan but I have to agree about the Apollo. I can't imagine there's enough of a quality difference to warrant the difference.
 

GBrooks

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You're absolutely right! However, if you've ever heard the results that you get from the Duet then you'd know that this is definitely worth a look. The quality of DA conversion in Apogees products is quite staggering IMO.
I have a couple of Apogee Rosetta AD/DA's which sound phenomenal.. No doubt this will too!
 

Wild-Bill

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Looks nice, very expensive though. But it seems Apogee prices their products rather high to begin with, so not that surprising.

I just bought a UAD Apollo Quad interface for $2499. Sweetwater had a three-payment special, no tax, and free shipping, so I went for it.


Still getting used to the unit. I'm coming from a MOTU Ultralite (original, from 2007). So far, so good though.
 

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FrizzleFryBen

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Looks nice, very expensive though. But it seems Apogee prices their products rather high to begin with, so not that surprising.

I just bought a UAD Apollo Quad interface for $2499. Sweetwater had a three-payment special, no tax, and free shipping, so I went for it.


Still getting used to the unit. I'm coming from a MOTU Ultralite (original, from 2007). So far, so good though.
Praise Sweetwater! I'm also from Fort Wayne, so I'm a bit partial. :) Even an order under $100, I still get a personal email asking how things are going in the Carolinas.
 

vpro

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this is so funny!

mac is going smaller, thinner, lighter - faster. apogee is going wider, bulkier, pricier and not catching up with the need for speed. they don't have a usb 3.0 interface, this might be thunderbolt - judging by the price tag. still - this is sexy so i hope it is portable, loved my apogee duet (firewire) but when i upgraded my macbook pro, with no firewire 400 - i wasn't about to buy a bunch of more cables and adapters - so i sold it. all the other similar price range interfaces look too bulky and don't sound worthy at all. *sigh*

so i'm going back to mixers and creative ways to convert to usb to communicate with my rMacBook pro 2.7Ghz, 16GB monster.

let there be awesome music,

Vi An