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Apogee Digital Duet 2 USB Audio Interface  From Apogee

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Apogee Digital

Recording Drums with Apogee Duet 2

Taken from Apogee's video description, "When it came time to add music to the Apogee Duet 2 launch video, I asked Jingle Punks to write it. When initially talking to Jingle Punks, we discussed the idea of sending the track to us and recording live drums at Berkeley St. Studio. When they finished writing an amazing track, they sent it from the Jingle Punks studio in New York to the Berkeley St. studio in Santa Monica, so that live drums could be recorded using Duet 2. The drummer I asked to play on the track is an excellent drummer out of Los Angeles named Brian Zarlenga, and the engineer was non other than Bob Clearmountain. Both Brian and Bob were very excited to work on the song and be part of the Duet 2 launch. I then, however, mentioned to Bob that I really wanted the drums to be recorded with only Duet 2 and with only 2 microphones. No external mic pre amps, mixer, etc. Just two microphones into Duet 2, connected to a Mac Book Pro, and recorded into Logic. I thought for sure he would kick me out of his studio and would never allow me back in again. But, being the true pro that he is, he was up for it.Here is a great behind the scenes video of Bob Clearmountain recording drums with Duet 2 and only two microphones."

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Manufacturer's Description from Apogee

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.

 

Better sound quality. 

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.

 

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.

Apogee Digital

About Manufacturer

Apogee was founded in 1985 and initially made its name designing filters. Later, Apogee's complete conversion systems pushed the envelope of digital audio quality and solved many of the early problems with digital audio technology. Apogee converters have become regarded as the reference standard for digital audio conversion. Products such as the award-winning Rosetta 800, AD16x and DA16x  have become the modern benchmark by which digital audio conversion is judged. A new generation of Apogee products including the revolutionary Symphony I/O, with its modular design and flexible connectivity,  promise to extend the Apogee legacy and further advance the art of digital audio.

Specifications

Mic Pre:

  • EIN: 128dB (un-weighted) @ 60dB, 150Ohm input
  • Max input level: +20dBu
  • Input impedance: 3KOhm
 

Hi-Z: 

  • Max input level 14 dBu
  • Input impedance: >2MOhm  

 

A/D conversion:

  • Max input level (+4dBu ref): +20dBu
  • Max input level (-10dBV ref):  +6dBV
  • Input impedance: 5KOhm
  • Freq 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): +20dBu
  • Max output level (-10dBV ref): +6dBV
  • Line output impedance: 90 Ohm
  • Max output level headphones: 19dBu
  • HPH output impedance 30 Ohm.
  • Freq resp 20Hz -20 Khz: > +/- 0.05dB (@44.1Khz)
  • Rel. THD+N : -113dB (@96Khz)
  • Dyn Range: 123dB (A-weighted)
 

Features: 

  • USB 2.0 Mac audio interface
  • 2 analog inputs: Combination Line (balanced +20dBu max)
  • Mic/Instrument (+14dBu max)
  • 4 analog outputs:
    • Balanced line outputs, +20 dBu maximum output level
    • 1 Independent 1/4” stereo headphone output
  • 2 Microphone preamps with up to 75dB of gain
  • A/D and D/A conversion at 24-bit/192kHz
  • Top panel high resolution OLED display
  • Multi-function controller knob
  • Two assignable top panel touchpads:
    • Mute speakers, headphones or all outputs
    • Assign headphones to outputs 1-2, 3-4 or low latency mixer
    • Dim speakers, headphones or all outputs
    • Sum to mono speakers, headphones or all outputs
  • Selectable 48v phantom power, Soft Limit and phase invert
 

In the box:

  • Duet 2
  • Breakout Cable with:
    • 2 Combination Line/Mic/Instrument Inputs
    • 2 Balanced Line Outputs
  • 2 Meter USB Cable
  • Universal Power Adapter for US, UK and EU
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Software download and installation instructions
 

Compatible Software: 

Duet 2 works with any Core Audio compatible application including:
  • Logic
  • GarageBand
  • MainStage
  • Soundtrack Pro
  • Final Cut
  • Pro Tools 9 and 10
  • Ableton Live
  • Cubase
  • Digital Performer
  • Nuendo