Apogee’s new product announcements this year, Jam and Mike, have been focused on providing mobile markets with low cost, single input interfaces – until now, with the unveiling of the two in, four out Duet 2.
The Duet 2 takes Apogee’s beautiful design ethic to a new level with its sleek black and aluminium looks, and a full colour OLED display which shows off metering, grouping, muting, limiting and phantom power status. The large front encoder is now complemented by two touch sensitive pads, assignable in the newly updated Maestro software.
Redesigned converters and preamps that take advantage of Apogee’s research in their top end Symphony system now support ultra high quality 192kHz sample rate
Beauty’s only skin deep, of course, so it’s just as well that Duet 2 features totally revamped inner workings. Redesigned converters and preamps that take advantage of Apogee’s research in their top end Symphony system now support ultra high quality 192kHz sample rate, soft clip limiting promises to smooth out hot signals and provide warmth instead of nasty digital clipping, and fully balanced outputs.
Two final upgrades to the initial incarnation of the Duet may be of particular interest to music producers and live musicians; the interface has changed to USB2 from FireWire400, and yet achievable latency has been decreased, and outputs have been increased to allow a separately adjustable headphone output. A review of ONE is in the works, which will be shortly followed by Duet 2 – keep your eyes peeled! (until then, head over to the Apogee site for more information…)