Apogee Duet Special Edition USB Audio Interface (Mac and PC), Black (Ex-Display)
The Avid/Apogee Duet Special Edition is a high quality USB audio interface that works on both Mac and PC.
- Professional stereo audio interface for Mac and PC
- Low latency monitoring, complete input/output control
- USB 2.0 audio with 24-bit/192kHz A/D and D/A conversion
- 2 Analogue inputs with world-class mic preamps and selectable 48v phantom power
- 2 Balanced analogue line outputs and MIDI input/output (USB-A type connector)
- 1 Independent 1/4 inch stereo headphone output
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The Avid Duet (by Apogee) is an award-winning audio interface, headphone amp and MIDI interface making it easy to create professional recordings on your PC or Mac. With Apogee's legendary digital audio conversion and world-class mic preamps, Duet is the best way to capture your music with incredible dimension and detail. The Duet features special circuitry designed to deliver professional performance with low latency USB 2.0 performance on both Mac and PC.
Please note, this Duet has been de-bundled from the Avid Pro Tools Duet bundle, and although branded as an Avid Pro Tools Duet, does not come with, and does not require, Pro Tools software. It does, however, require the Pro Tools IO Control (PT IO Control) Software and Driver to function.
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.
Soft Limit for 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 the PT IO Control Panel software.
This superior analogue design prevents the digital clipping that causes distortion by instantaneously rounding off transient peaks before they hit the analogue-to-digital converter. Soft Limit allows several more decibels of apparent level to be recorded while subtly providing an analogue-like warmth to the sound.
Duet's breakout cable includes 2 combination mic/instrument connectors (XLR and 1/4 inch built into a single connector) and 2 balanced 1/4 inch connectors for speakers. The elegant single cable-to-junction design allows for easy cable management and the locking connection to Duet is robust and stylish.
2 Analogue Inputs
Duet's 2 combination input connectors (XLR and 1/4 inch) allow you to connect microphones, guitars and keyboards or your favourite external mic preamps, compressors and EQs.
4 Analogue Outputs
Duet includes 4 analogue outputs. 2 1/4 inch balanced outputs for connection to speakers or outboard equipment and a separate, independently controlled 1/4 inch stereo headphone output.
With these 4 outputs it's possible for a DJ to monitor a separate mix in headphones while sending a house mix to the club, a live performer to send a click track to in-ear monitors while sending a backing track to front-of-house, and a recording engineer to send a headphone mix to the performer while dedicating the main outputs to studio monitors.
Duet provides a single USB MIDI connection for your CoreMIDI compatible keyboard, synth, or DJ controller. This eliminates the need for an external MIDI interface and promotes an all-in-one music creation solution where Duet and and the PT IO Control Panel manage all audio and MIDI.
Full Colour OLED Display
The high resolution OLED screen built into Duet's top is the main control centre for Duet, delivering visual feedback for multiple functions including metering, numeric value for input and output levels, input grouping, and phase, muting, phantom power and Soft Limit indication. With this display you know the status of any input and output at any given moment without having to refer to the software Control Panel or your recording software.
Multi-function Controller Knob
Along with its sleek aluminium chassis, the multi-function controller knob is one of the most recognisable features of Duet's design. This central control feature allows you to quickly and easily toggle through Duet 2's inputs and outputs and set levels while looking at Duet 2's dynamic OLED display.
Duet also introduces configurable touchpads. The 2 touchpads, located on either side of the encoder knob, allow you to quickly access output functions such as 'Mute Outputs', 'Dim Outputs', 'Sum to Mono' or 'Toggle Headphone Source'. Each are assignable using a drop-down menu within the PT IO Control Panel. This unique feature allows you to select the function you want and access it directly from Duet without having to look at software.
Computer: Intel Mac 1.5GHz or faster
Memory: 4 GB recommended
OS: 10.8 or greater
Connection and power: Any available USB port on a Mac
USB bus powered, DC power optional
(DC power supply included)
Qualified Windows-based computer
Windows 7 (SP1) / Windows 8
Memory: 4 GB recommended
DC power supply required (included)
Duet Firmware update required (updater included in the PT IO Control Panel and driver download)
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Brand Apogee Condition Ex-display
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