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The Most Popular Portable Audio Interface for Professional Quality Recording

Apogee Duet sets the industry standard for portable professional audio recording. 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.


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.

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” mono outputs for speakers or outboard gear, 1/4” stereo headphone output.

USB 2.0 High Speed connection to Mac or Windows PC

Direct digital connection to iPad and 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.


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.

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.

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.

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.

Features:USB 2.0 audio interface for Mac, PC or iOS2 analog inputs:Combination Line (balanced +20dBu max)Mic/Instrument (+20dBu/+14dBu max)2 Microphone preamps with up to 75dB of gainSelectable 48v phantom power, Soft Limit and phase invert4 analog outputs:2 Balanced line outputs, +20 dBu maximum output level1 Independent 1/4 stereo headphone outputA/D and D/A conversion at 24-bit/192kHzMIDI connection (Core MIDI compatible; USB-A type connector)Controller knob selects function, sets input and output levelTop panel high resolution OLED displayTwo assignable top panel touch pads to control:Mute speakers, headphones or all outputsDim speakers, headphones or all outputsSum to mono speakers, headphones or all outputsAssign headphones to outputs 1-2, 3-4 or low latency mixerClear MetersApogees Maestro app (included in Mac and PC installer) for advanced controlAvailable for free from the App store, if connecting to iOS (cable sold separately)Legendary Apogee sound qualityDesigned in California Made in the U.S.A.Mic Pre:EIN: 128dB (un-weighted) @ 60dB, 150Ohm inputMax input level: +20dBuInput impedance: 3KOhmHi-Z:Max input level 14 dBuInput impedance: >2MOhmA/D conversion:Max input level (+4dBu ref): +20dBuMax input level (-10dBV ref): +6dBVInput impedance: 5KOhmFreq resp 20 Hz -20Khz: > +/-0.2dB (@44.1Khz)Rel. THD + N: -106dB (@ 96Khz)Dyn. Range: 114dB (A-weighted)D/A conversion:Max output level (+4dBu ref): +20dBuMax output level (-10dBV ref): +6dBVLine output impedance: 90 OhmMax output level headphones: 19dBuHPH output impedance 30 Ohm.Freq resp 20Hz -20 Khz: > +/- 0.05dB (@44.1Khz)Rel. THD+N : -113dB (@96Khz)Dyn Range: 123dB (A-weighted)
System RequirementsMac OS:Computer: Intel Mac 1.5GHz or fasterMemory: 2 GB RAM minimum, 4 GB recommendedOS: 10.6.8, 10.7.5 or greaterConnection and power: Any available USB port on a Mac(USB bus powered; DC power optional)Windows:OS: Windows 10 Enterprise, Pro or Home Editions (64-bit) Anniversary Update or greaterDriver: Apogee Maestro & Apogee USB ASIO driverComputer: Windows PC with Intel Core i3 processor or greaterMemory: 4 GB RAM minimum, 8 GB RecommendedConnection: USB port on computerPower: External power supply (included)iOS:iOS version: 6 or greaterConnection: 30-pin or Lightning connector (sold separately)DC power required (DC power supply included)iOS device compatibility:iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 7,iPhone SE, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5,iPad Pro (9.7-inch), iPad Pro (12.9-inch), iPad Air 2, iPad Air, iPad (4th generation), iPad mini 4, iPad mini 3, iPad mini 2, iPad mini, iPad (4th generation), iPod touch (6th generation), iPad touch (5th generation)made-for-ipod-iphone-ipad-logoCompatible Software:MacAny Mac Core Audio compatible applicationRecommended apps: Logic, GarageBand, MainStage, Final Cut, Pro Tools, Ableton Live, Digital Performer, Studio One, Cubase, and NuendoWindowsAny ASIO compatible application or DAWRecommended apps: Ableton Live, Pro Tools, Studio One, CubaseiOSAny iOS Core Audio compatible applicationRecommended apps: GarageBand, Music Memos, AuriaIn the box:DuetBreakout Cable with:2 Combination Line/Mic/Instrument Inputs2 Balanced Line OutputsUSB Cable (Lightning and 30-pin cables sold separately)Universal Power Adapter for US, UK and EUQuick Start Guide
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