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The Duet is a 2-channel FireWire audio interface that features the amazing sound quality that made Apogee Electronics famous. With control functions built directly into Apple's Logic Pro, Soundtrack P... Click To Read More About This Product

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The Duet is a 2-channel FireWire audio interface that features the amazing sound quality that made Apogee Electronics famous. With control functions built directly into Apple's Logic Pro, Soundtrack Pro and GarageBand software, Duet empowers you to create professional recordings effortlessly on your Mac.

With Duet, you can plug in guitars, keyboards, and microphones to record your music, or simply experience how much better your favorite tracks in iTunes sound. Duet is compact and powered by FireWire, so you can pack up your studio and go anywhere your music takes you.

Its dual, 1/4" high impedance inputs allow you to combine and record your two favorite instruments, whether it be two guitars, one bass, one guitar, etc., simultaneously using your favorite Core Audio-compatible application. You can also capture vocals with two microphone inputs that have phantom power and 75dB of gain. Whether you're noodling out new ideas, completing a personal tune, documenting a podcast, or recording a live performance, your new little buddy can handle it. The flexible breakout cables come with icons to make it easy to know what goes where, keeping everything in order, out of the way, and properly connected for maximum input and output, with minimal mess.

Duet's bus-powered FireWire interface frees you from the traditional four-wall studio setting. So grab your laptop, find a spot where inspiration takes you, whether it's in the solace of a park or in the echoey confines of a subway tunnel, turn it on, and start doing your thing.

If you don't have Logic Pro, Soundtrack Pro, Garageband, don't panic. Apogee's includes it's own Maestro software, so you'll still be able to work with any Core Audio-compatible application. Maestro allows you to turn the Duet's multifunction control knob into a one-click manager. Maestro will help you manage all of Duet's capabilities and settings, including I/O level, source selection, muting, mic/instrument gain mode, assign MIDI function controls to the controller knob, assign meter display, and more. Speaking of meter display, Duet comes with LED I/O meters to help you monitor your levels for maximum effectiveness.

Duet is not only great for it's input and interface functions, but it delivers amazing sound quality as well. Whether you're listening to your iTunes collection or latest composition through powered speakers connected to the 1/4" outputs or via the headphone jack, you'll not be disappointed by the crystal clear, playback performance.


  • Two channels of professional-quality 24-bit/96kHz audio input and output
  • Two balanced XLR inputs, with selectable 48V phantom power on each input
  • Two unbalanced high impedance instrument inputs
  • One high-level stereo headphone output
  • Two unbalanced -10 dBV line outputs for powered speakers
  • Multi-function controller knob for volume and input gain control and assignable MIDI control
  • Multi-segment LED meters to display input or output levels
  • FireWire 400, compatible with Mac OS X Core Audio
  • Control functions built directly into Apple's Logic Pro, Soundtrack Pro and GarageBand
  • Compatible with any Core Audio-compliant audio application
  • Apogee's Maestro software for advanced control and low latency mixing
  • Breakout Cable
  • FireWire Cable
  • Apogee Software CD
  • User's Guide
System Requirements
  • Computer: Mac G4 1GHz or faster, G5 or Intel CPU
  • Memory: 1 GB RAM minimum, 2 GB recommended
  • OS: 10.4.10 or greater
  • (fully compatible with Leopard)
  • Connection: FireWire 400 port
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Hardware warranty:

APOGEE ELECTRONICS CORPORATION warrants this product to be free of defects in material and manufacture under normal use for a period of 12 months. The term of this warranty begins on the date of sale to the purchaser. Units returned for warranty repair to Apogee or an authorized Apogee warranty repair facility will be repaired or replaced at the manufacturer's option, free of charge.

All units returned to Apogee or an authorized Apogee repair facility must be prepaid, insured and properly packaged. Apogee reserves the right to change or improve design at any time without prior notice. Design changes are not implemented retrospectively, and the incorporation of design changes into future units does not imply the availability of an upgrade to existing units.

This warranty is void if Apogee determines, in its sole business judgment, the defect to be the result of abuse, neglect, alteration or attempted repair by unauthorized personnel.

The warranties set forth above are in lieu of all other warranties, expressed or implied, and Apogee specifically disclaims any and all implied warranty of merchantability or of fitness for a particular purpose. The buyer acknowledges and agrees that in no event shall the company be held liable for any special, indirect, incidental or consequential damages, or for injury, loss or damage sustained by any person or property, that may result from this product failing to operate correctly at any time.

USA: Some states do not allow for the exclusion or limitation of implied warranties or liability for incidental or consequential damage, so the above exclusion may not apply to you. This warranty gives you specific legal rights, and you may have other rights which vary from state to state.

Software warranty:

Limited Warranty. Apogee Electronics warrants for a period of ninety (90) days from your date of purchase that (i) the media on which the Software is recorded will be free from defects in materials and workmanship under normal use, and (ii) the Software as provided by Apogee Electronics will substantially conform to Apogee's published specifications for the Software.

Apogee Electronics' entire liability and your sole and exclusive remedy for any breach of the foregoing limited warranty will be, at Apogee Electronics' option, replacement of the media, refund of the purchase price or repair or replacement of the Software.


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(49 of 63 customers found this review helpful)


One Word... Amazing

By Sam Smash

from Los Angeles

Comments about Apogee Duet Firewire Interface:

Duet... its a pocket studio, that records just as good as a professional studio. Imagine going around whereever you want and being able to have a studio. Welcome to the Apogee Duet, satisfies your wildest dreams and makes your dreams into reality. Don't believe me? Pick one up yourself. I just bought this product... when I pushed the record button on Garadge Band, and I heard what I recorded, all I was thinking was heaven. This product is the best recording equipment one can get to record on the go. I call this The Revolution of recording at home. I am truly happy I got this, and am completely satisfied.

(28 of 30 customers found this review helpful)



By Brian K.

from Denver/Aurora, CO

Comments about Apogee Duet Firewire Interface:

Two years ago, Apogee released the first truly professional sounding audio interface (The Ensemble) that boasted the same (if not better!) sound quality you could only previously attain using expensive protools HD systems. Now Apogee has done it again with the Duet. This is the first portable professional interface. For those people who wanted the clarity of professional recordings, but only needed one or two inputs, there hasn't been a good option on the market, until now! If you're a vocalist, or a singer/songwriter looking to cut tracks with the utmost of clarity. This is the product for you!

(24 of 24 customers found this review helpful)


Just What I expected and then some!

By Hector

from El Paso, TX

Comments about Apogee Duet Firewire Interface:

Looks can be deceiving. It looks like it can't do anything for you but I was blown away. I use this to do simple things like transfer my recordings or voice-over work for radio commercials. The sound quality is literally breath-taking. I was very happy. I only use Garage Band and listening to my projects makes me SMILE. The price is fair for a SUPREME 2 channel interface. I use this with a MacPro Laptop and I don't have problems with it. I only hear comments about how great and professional my recordings sound. The funny thing is, I'm a beginner when it comes to recording.

(16 of 17 customers found this review helpful)


Absolutely amazing

By joe

from towson,MD

Comments about Apogee Duet Firewire Interface:

This thing is amazing. It doesn't seem like its much and compared to what others can offer as far as inputs are concerned, but believe me the quality of the sound is huge. I have used : Fire box, ultralite, 896HD, Digimax lt running through the 896HD, and protools interfaces. This interface blows all of them out of the water. It truely needs to be heard to understand. If its your first interface you can rest assure that this is the best investment you will ever make. Its amazing that they can keep the price tag so cheap.

(15 of 16 customers found this review helpful)



By Ruben Carrillo

from Bakersfield, CA

Comments about Apogee Duet Firewire Interface:

First of all, this thing looks like it was made for a Mac! As soon as I installed the software this beast was ready to go. It's simple to use, the sound is not altered to as far as I can tell, and it's so easy to use. Apogee really followed Apple's idea that less is more. I really recommend this if you are using more software based instruments and only a few external instruments. One of my best investments so far.

(10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)


Apogee Excellence

By JL Workman

from Farmington Hills, MI

Comments about Apogee Duet Firewire Interface:

This device is the best piece of hardware that I have purchased alongside my microphone in a long time. The amount of quality that pumps out this thing is incredible. I record Hip Hop and R &B songs, and the leveling is really easy. This is a must have device if you work with Logic Pro like I do. I will recommend buying this over and over. This is the setup I have and it works great: Beyerdynamic DT 770 Pro 80 ohm Headphones, Sterling Audio ST59 Condensor Mic, Macbook Pro, Logic Pro 9 and APOGEE DUET. Songs play everywhere and the quality is crazy.

(7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)


un be lievable!

By Suren

from Palmdale,CA

Comments about Apogee Duet Firewire Interface:

I just got this last night, and I was up all night playing music through it, I wanted to take it too bed with me! I used logic 9 on a basic mac desktop. It installed just fine, and it worked even better! I still need a good condenser to record acoustic guitar, but my Les Paul studio sounded amazing through this device. I haven't tried other interfaces to compare, but if you are using mac and logic, I can tell you that you'll have an easy time setting this up and using it, and you will be satisfied with the sound especially if you are a beginner like me. thank you

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)


Buy some nice mic's too!

By Dan

from w.c.h., oh

Comments about Apogee Duet Firewire Interface:

Great product. Make sure you check what firewire port you have on your computer. This only comes with firewire 400. All so make sure you have some good mic's (Shure 57 or 58) cause the sound quality is amazing. I use in Afghanistan to mic my guitar amp and it sounds a million times better than my POD x3.

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


Best 2 channel interface for the money. Period.

By Keller

from New York, New York

Comments about Apogee Duet Firewire Interface:

I sold off my RME Fireface for something more portable for on location recording, thus, the Apogee Duet comes into play. Right out of the box I could hear the quality of the converters. Previous sessions had so much more clarity. Highly recommended for engineers of all levels.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


Amazing !

By Matt McKenna

from Los Angeles

Comments about Apogee Duet Firewire Interface:

I had been recording thru the original Motu 828 for years but suspected what was going in wasn't what was coming out. So I bought a duet and bingo I was right ! Everything sounds much tighter and way more crisp and clear. The pre amps in the 828 were flat out unusable. So I had bought a Ua 610/solo which I used for everything to get a good sound. Now I compared the Duet's Pre's and the 610 and like the sound of the Duet's pre's better. They sounded similar but the duet had punchier low mids. Great pre's /converter's and no latency. Amazing !

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


The Duet Simply Works

By Barry Anderson

from WI

Comments about Apogee Duet Firewire Interface:

It's easy to use and It's pure clear.You hear what you play.It sounds as good or better then anything out there at four times the price.If you got a Mac and you want to record a true pro sound get it.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Best Interface Ever Used

By Lucy

from Bristol, CT

Comments about Apogee Duet Firewire Interface:

This interface puts others to shame! The ease-of-use with the MAC is better than advertised. The sleek design is a bonus. The sound produced is clear and crisp. Not underwhelming like my M-Audio Fast Track Pro or the my FastTrack Ultra (that is when the Ultra actually worked, but that is another review entirely). Use my Duet with a Sennheiser MD-421 dynamic mic, and it brings out the best in it. Would give it 5 stars if the carrying case were included. But don't let that stop you. Outshines them all!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Sounds Like Heaven

By Kold (Fredrick Crittenden)

from St. Louis, MO

Comments about Apogee Duet Firewire Interface:

Made a complete professional sounding album from just the Apogee Duet and Logic Pro 9 (64-bit version) on a MacBook!!!! Prior to having the Duet I used a Mbox switched and never looked back... The audio quality tripled using the same mic Bluebird from Blue with the amazing mic preamp in Duet I could finally get vocal sound I so needed. As an Alternative rapper my range is low and mid. Needed something to catch me going super low laid back voice to loud almost screaming mid vocals. The mic preamp made it possible with out buying an expensive mic preamp. Great for artist and projects on low budgets without sacrificing high quality!!! Thanks to the manager that told me I should get it changed my life!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Professional results from a total rookie

By Steve Fischer

from New Brighton, MN

Comments about Apogee Duet Firewire Interface:

When I removed the Duet from the box I remarked how well it looked along side my computer. It has a very minimalist design and the look and feel of the product oozes quality. I am totally impressed with the ease of use and professional quality of the apogee duet. Along with my new Duet I own a MacBook Pro and a Shure KSM 32 condenser mic. I was so impatient to try out my new purchase that I invited one of my good musician friends to come and try out a recording. Being a typical male I did not care to read any directions regarding the Duet and I had never used Garage Band as well. The recording session went very well and when we got back to my Mackie studio monitors we where both blown away. My friend was thrilled with the professional sound that we achieved. He has done a lot of studio work and could not believe the quality of recording that I had produced especially with NO Working knowledge of any of the recording products I was using. He said that this recording was the best he has done to date and was excited to get a copy burned. I was encouraged so much that I have since upgraded Garage Band to Logic Studio 9 and upgraded my mic to the Shure KSM 44. I can hardly wait to hear the results as I actually learn how to utilize this awesome equipment. Apogee has a real winner here with the Duet!



By Leif

from oregon

Comments about Apogee Duet Firewire Interface:

This device is beautiful. Simple, elegant, and it does its Job amazing. I got it hooked up to a mac book pro and i use it live, perfect. sounds wonderful for recording. i could not be happier with it. If you use logic, do not buy anything else! this is the best 500$ you can spend!!!

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