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Apogee Announces Sleek New Duet 3 Audio Interface
Rounik Sethi on Tue, June 15th 0 comments
Back in 2007 Apogee introduced the original Duet, a highly-respected studio-quality, portable audio interface. Fast forward to 2021, the Duet 3 features on-board DSP in a sleek design.

In 2007, the original Apogee Duet shattered the expectations of what a home studio interface could be. Professional, personal and portable, Duet revolutionized independent recording and empowered musicians, producers and engineers with legendary Apogee sound quality, elegant design and effortless ease of use. Now, the all-new Duet 3 brings next-generation Apogee performance and features to a beautiful, ultra-low profile design. Duet 3 includes on-board hardware DSP that powers the Symphony ECS Channel Strip* for zero-latency recording with FX. Tuned by Bob Clearmountain, the ECS Channel Strip includes presets custom crafted by the legendary mixer so you can dial in a pro recording sound instantly. Ideal for music creation, voice recording, streaming and even gaming, you can use Duet 3 with your Mac or Windows workstation in your studio or on the go. Take your Duet 3 to the next level with the sleek Duet Dock accessory for the ultimate ergonomic desktop experience.

Superior Sound Quality

Achieving superior sound quality in a digital audio interface requires experienced engineering that artfully orchestrates AD/DA converters, digital clocking, analog circuitry and power management technology to achieve a harmonious blend of carefully selected components and thoughtful design. Duet is the result of decades of innovation and expertise and delivers sound quality unmatched in its class.

Legendary AD/DA Converters

With two inputs and four outputs of legendary Apogee AD/DA conversion, plus two world-class preamps, Duet is the perfect partner for your home and mobile studio. Connect microphones, guitars, keyboard and line level devices to capture every detail. Monitor and mix with the full depth and dimension of your sound through two truly-balanced, line-level analog outputs for speakers. And, power your headphones with a zero-ohm headphone output for a dedicated headphone mix.

World Class Preamps

One of the most critical components for high quality recording is your preamp and the pres in Apogee Duet are world-class. With up to 60dB of gain and 48v phantom power, you can cleanly and precisely capture any audio source with even the most demanding microphones. Meticulous Apogee engineering, keeps noise and distortion down, even as you crank up the gain.

Plug-in to On-board DSP

To capture your best performance, you need to dial in an inspiring sound quickly and easily. And few things are more distracting than latency when trying to record. Duet gives you on-board hardware DSP for FX processing with the Symphony ECS Channel Strip (sold separately) to precisely shape your tone on input and give you great sounding tracks, all while eliminating the delay that can occur while redording.

The Symphony ECS Channel Strip, tuned by legendary mixer Bob Clearmountain, includes EQ, Compression and Saturation controls that let you create the optimal blend of channel FX for tracking vocals or acoustic instruments. Choose from multiple hand crafted Clearmountain presets and record with zero latency through Duet’s on-board hardware DSP.

Receive 50% off the Symphony ECS Channel Strip from your Apogee dealer when you purchase Duet 3 or when you register on the Apogee website.

Apogee FX Plugins

Get up to 50% off Apogee plugins when you buy Duet 3

Obsessively crafted by the same team that designs all Apogee hardware and software products, Apogee FX and FX Rack plugins offer superior sound quality, and full bandwidth performance (44.1 to 192.kHz) for all DAWs on your Mac. From visually modern interfaces that allow you to precisely shape and contour your sound to meticulously modeled vintage hardware that is so accurate it has been endorsed by the hardware manufacturer, Apogee plugins will quickly find their way into your daily recording tool kit.

Sound quality comes first, but elegant design is a close second. After all, you’re always hands-on, controlling listening level and mic pre gain, so why shouldn’t the centerpiece of your studio have a high-end look and feel? The Duet multi-function digital controller knob delivers a luxurious-feel for dialing in monitor levels and mic pre gain, while also giving the desktop interface style accents backlit with purple LEDs. Perfectly contoured for ergonomic control on your desktop, the low profile body is topped with scratch-resistant cover glass for a modern look and solid feel.

Duet Dock

Duet set the standard for making music and recording on the go with its small footprint and flexible breakout cable. But when working in your studio, the best way to use Duet 3 is with the all-new Duet Dock*. The Dock positions Duet at the ideal angle for quick adjustments and meter and function visibility. The rear panel connectors on Duet Dock make it easier to organize and connect your cables to Duet too.

Features

  • Best-in-class Apogee conversion and mic preamps
  • 2x4 USB Type C audio interface
  • Low profile design with aluminum body
  • Scratch resistant top
  • Precision balanced back lit knob
  • Input and output connections via breakout cable:
  • 2x ¼” Instrument inputs
  • 2x Mic/line inputs
  • 2x ¼” Balanced outputs
  • ⅛” Headphone output
  • 2 USB Type C ports for connection and external power as needed
  • Bus powered / External power optional via USB Type C port
  • On-board hardware DSP for low-latency recording with Apogee FX
  • macOS, Windows 10 compatible
  • Travel case included

Symphony ECS Channel Strip Plugin Price: 50% off $99
Duet Dock Price: $149

Price: $599

Available: July 2021

Web: https://apogeedigital.com/products/duet

 

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