Test: Apogee Duet 3 2×4 USB audio interface

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Apogee is the market leader in converting analog signals to digital signals and vice versa. Their range of Apogee Duet, Ensemble, Element and Symphony interfaces are not only used worldwide, but also by professionals and amateurs. They range from Duos with 2 inputs to 32 inputs and outputs for large analog systems and studios. What they do share, however, is Apogee’s forward-thinking and professional design, along with features that make your workflow easier. They allow work to continue and maintain momentum, and this is the ideal function of interfaces or just converters.

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The Apogee Duet 3 2 × 4 USB Audio Interface is Apogee’s latest offering, a 2-in, 4-out audio interface for Mac and Windows. Designed to be easy to use on the go, the Duet has a powerful interface at your fingertips for world-class playback along with crystal-clear preamps and clear, precise measurement options. Apogee’s growing collection of professional work environment-oriented products speaks volumes about their reliability, crystal-clear sound, and company values, and the Apogee Duet 3 2 × 4 USB audio interface is a great entry into this world. It can be integrated into an existing configuration or used as your only ticket from analog to digital and vice versa.

In use, the Apogee Duet 3 gets up and running very, very quickly and is literally plug and play. Many modern products claim to be plug and play, but usually require a little bit of work, such as plugging in, downloading, installing, restarting, and then playing. The Duet 3’s audio playback is clear and comprehensive, and the clear measurement on the unit’s scratch-resistant screen is precise and convenient to help you keep incoming and outgoing levels under control.

The preamps sound transparent and honest, designed so that any color, grain, or noise is added to a stellar signal after the fact rather than along the way. For users of external preamps, the drop cable has line-in options. The headphone output is a 3.5mm connector, and again is crystal clear and very full range. All of these inputs and outputs are controlled by the large backlit knob that lets you fine-tune the input gain, as well as the speaker output (or any output!) And headphone level with the gentle push of a button. on the button to switch between them. The Apogee Duet 3 interfaces with Apogee’s Control 2 software and allows you to use the built-in DSP processing / plugins while you record with little to no discernible latency.

On paper, the Apogee Duet 3 is a USB interface with two inputs and four outputs via the convenient breakout cable (included). The Duet 3 also has a travel case and a USB cable, so you can get to work right away. It has built-in DSP processing to run Apogee’s Symphony ECS Channel Strip plug-in – Hardware DSP FX (tuned by Bob Clearmountain, husband of Betty Bennett, CEO of Apogee and mixing engineer for newcomers The Rolling Stones, Bon Jovi and The Church).

The Duet Dock is available separately which serves as I / O for mics and outputs as well as a small stand to tilt the Duet 3 slightly for more comfort. You can record at a maximum of 24-bit and 192kHz, and the unit is bus-powered, so there’s no need for unsightly power cables. Both preamps have phantom power, phase switch, and independent gain controls, but these can also be linked in the Control 2 software for stereo recording. It is compatible with macOS and Windows 10 and incorporates DSP processing for ultra-low latency recording.

Overall, the Duet 3 takes everything we loved about Apogee’s long line of stellar AD / DA conversions and bundles it into an even more usable package than the original Duet or Duet 2. It includes everything you need for work, and even a handy travel case to keep your Duet 3 safe while traveling or on the road.

Apogee are professionals, and they make products for professionals, so they cater to the wants, needs, and demands of professional sessions to make sure you’re ready to capture whatever an artist, be it their clients. or yourself, may be ready to quell. You can record up to 192 kHz and 24 bit, so high fidelity recordings are not a problem and you can monitor yourself with low latency even when using certain plugins. Unlike some smaller interfaces with coupled controls such as phase switch or phantom power, the Duet 3 has two completely independent preamps, controllable either from the sleek face of the unit or in the Control 2 d software. ‘Apogee.

Apogee is a professional audio outsider, but they are quietly found in a growing number of leading studios for their unprecedented audio conversion. Some companies use ecosystems of glitter, glamor, marketing, and nifty material to lock in, while Apogee only needs to rely on their stellar products, long history or pro-grade versions and the trust that professionals place in them every day. Some equipment can fail, tubes can explode, and drumsticks can cut microphones, but you can rest assured that if you have a Duet it won’t let you down.

For more information, visit the Apogee website. For local inquiries, contact Link Audio.