Apogee Electronics Duet USB Audio Interface for iPad & Mac

Apogee Electronics Duet USB Audio Interface for iPad & Mac

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Apogee Electronics Duet USB Audio Interface for iPad & Mac

The Duet USB Audio Interface for iPad & Mac from Apogee is a portable audio interface that builds on the success of the Duet 2 by adding compatibility with iOS in addition to Mac. It provides a direct digital Lightning connection that allows for DC charging of the Apple device.

This interface is capable of making studio quality recordings of vocals, guitars, bass, keyboards, drums, and other sources. The unit's portability and option of being USB bus powered allows you to create music any time. The microphone preamps offer high-gain amplification for capturing performances clearly, and the outputs are capable of presenting detailed and well imaged sound for mixing and mastering.

The dual microphone preamps feature enhanced components and seamless, click-free transitions throughout the 75dB of gain. The preamps are optimized for any sound source, so no matter what's being recorded, it get's captured in detail. The interface utilizes an ESS Sabre32 32-bit hyperstream DAC with circuitry to eliminate time domain jitter and provide ample dynamic range and low distortion conversion. A full color, high-resolution OLED display is the main control center for the Duet, providing visual feedback for multiple functions including metering, numeric value for input and output levels, input grouping, phase, muting, phantom power and Soft Limit indication. The display provides immediate status of the inputs and outputs without having to refer to Maestro or the host recording software.

Stereo headphones or left and right mono speaker outs can be assigned in pairs to output 1-2 or 3-4 or the low latency mixer, and each can be placed in stereo, mono, muted or dimmed modes. It is 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.

The interface comes with a USB cable for connecting to your Mac as well as a Lightning cable for connecting to your iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch. A 30-pin cable for legacy iOS devices is available sold separately.


  • Direct digital connection to iPhone 5, iPad 4th Gen, iPad mini
  • Works with iPad 1st, 2nd, 3rd Gen; iPod touch 4th generation or iPhone 4/4S (30-pin adapter sold separately) 
  • DC power charges your iPad, iPod touch or iPhone when it's connected 
  • USB 2.0 audio interface with completely redesigned microphone preamps and converters 
  • Two microphone preamps deliver up to 75 dB of gain 
  • Two combo Line/Microphone/Instrument analog inputs 
  • Two balanced line outputs with +20dBu maximum output level 
  • Independent 1/4" stereo headphone output 
  • Single USB MIDI connection for CoreMIDI compatible keyboards, synths or DJ controllers 
  • 24-bit/192kHz analog-to-digital and digital-to-analog conversion 
  • Selectable 48v phantom power, Soft Limit and phase invert 
  • Maestro 2 software for Mac; free downloadable Maestro app for iOS 
  • Top panel, high-resolution OLED display 
  • Multi-function controller knob 
  • An optional aluminum breakout box with studio quality I/O connectors is available separately 

Two Assignable Top Panel Touch Pads:

  • 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 output


iOS Device Compatibility iPod touch (5th generation)
iPod touch (4th generation)
iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5
iPhone 4s, iPhone 4 (with optional 30-pin adapter)
iPad (4th generation)
iPad (3rd generation),
iPad 2 (with optional 30-pin adapter)
iPad mini
Compatibility Mac:
Any Mac Core Audio compatible application
Recommended apps: Logic, GarageBand, MainStage, Final Cut, Pro Tools, Ableton Live, Digital Performer, Studio One, Cubase, and Nuendo

Interface USB 2.0
Analog Input 1 x XLR microphone (on breakout cable)
1 x 1/4" TS phone instrument (on breakout cable)
Analog Output 2 x balanced line outputs, +20 dBu maximum output level
1 x independent 1/4" (3.5 mm) stereo headphone output
Digital Input No
Digital Output No
MIDI In/Out Yes
Sync In/Out Not applicable
Headphone Output Yes
A/D Conversion Max Input Level (+4dBu ref): +20dBu
Max Input Level (-10dBV ref): +6dBV
Input Impedance: 5KOhm
Frequency Response 20 Hz -20Khz: > +/-0.2dB (@44.1Khz)
Relative THD + N: -106dB (@ 96Khz)
Dynamic 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.
Frequency Response 20Hz -20 Khz: > +/- 0.05dB (@44.1Khz)
Relative THD+N : -113dB (@96Khz)
Dynamic Range: 123dB (A-weighted)
Power Requirements USB bus powered
System Requirements Mac OS:
Computer: Intel Mac 1.5GHz or faster
Memory: 2 GB RAM minimum, 4 GB recommended
OS: 10.6.8, 10.7.5 or greater
Connection and Power: Any available USB port on a Mac
USB bus powered; DC power optional
(DC power supply included)

iOS Version: 6 or greater
Connection: Lightning dock connector or 30-pin with optional adapter
DC power required (DC power supply included)

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