Apogee have been busy expanding their super premium product range into new, more accessible waters over the past few years. Which way will the Quartet fall?
Back when we reviewed the Apogee ONE, I was about as impressed as I’ve ever been with the sublime quality of the Apogee sound. Transparency be damned for a second, the Duet 2 is on my personal shopping list. The Quartet appears in many ways to be two Duet 2s with the connectivity breakouts attached in a (somewhat gorgeous) box, along with a dedicated wordclock and USB port for a controller to pass through. It does cost roughly the same as buying two Duets though, so the use case is pretty clear; If you need four inputs simultaneously along with six (plus discrete headphone) outputs but don’t need any more, the Quartet sits snugly between the Duet 2 and the ageing Ensemble in both price and portability stakes.
Here are the main specs:
- Price: $1295
- System: Mac only
- Inputs: 4x combi with 75dB of mic gain, 2x 4 channel optical
- Outputs: 6x TRS, stereo headphone
- Word clock
- USB thru
- OLED surface with touch controls
- Aggregation with Duet 2 possible for combined I/O
We’re interested in where you guys stand on the Quartet. Is it just too far outside the realms of what you do to be able to justify its purchase, or are there those of you out there that regularly record more than two channels simultaneously and wish there was a middle ground between crazy expensive pro-studio and pro-sumer gear? The more we know, the more we’ll be able to tailor to you…
Oh, here’s a nice little intro video: