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Item: Apogee Duet
US $495 – $496
GB £339 – £389
At a Glance: About the size of a small videocassette, the Apogee Duet is actually a portable stereo DAC, or Digital to Analog Converter, powered and connected simply by hooking up to your Mac. You can plug in microphones, guitars and keyboards and make quality recordings of your music wherever you choose to play—tied into Apple’s Logic Pro, Soundtrack Pro and GarageBand software.
High Notes: Apogee has created a hard to beat two-channel interface that is perfect for roving musicians and home studio setups alike. Compact and powered by FireWire, you can pack up your studio and go anywhere your music takes you.
Off Pitch: The “lumpen clutch” of connector jacks and plugs unquestionably spoils the Duet’s graceful lines; the cable is heavy and cumbersome, causing the unit to annoyingly slide around the table. Also the connector plug can suffer serious strain when gravity takes hold. One reviewer noted that they’d be happier to have the Duet an inch taller, wider and deeper if it meant accommodating the jacks internally.
A Singer Says: “It is working just the way it should, fine. But no one on earth can convince me that the break out cable is a wise and user-friendly way to get use of this product.” (Tumer)
More: “Aesthetics- 10! God damn, this thing is sexy” (Mus0r); “Probably the most reliable and intelligent piece of hardware I own.” (Joko)
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