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I am looking for an unbiased opinion from people who have used the Apogee Duet firewire interface.

What are the goods? what are the bads?



RemyRAD Sun, 01/11/2009 - 02:21

I can't believe nobody replied to your question?

I don't have any APOGEE stuff. I do know however, it's great stuff. It's only pros. The cons would only be not having one. Like me. I have a lot of great equipment and it's the only manufacturer & piece of great equipment I don't have.

I know that in a conversation I had with Bob Clearmountain, October 2007, that he loves his SSL 4000E console & preamps & EQ (not the G series even though he uses those too). But he also told me that he had an old Apogee unit that contained a couple of microphone preamps. He really likes that unit. When talking about it's microphone preamps, he says he uses it for lots of overdubs. He thinks the newer units sound OK but likes his older unit best. He was laughing over the fact that he felt that a company known for its superior converters, treated their microphone preamps as a second thought, produced a mighty fine microphone preamp that nobody really knew about or knows about. In a funny twist, he told me he hated API microphone preamps. That he couldn't get his sound with those awful things. LOL! I cut my teeth on those things. I love those. So what does this mean? Go buy it.

At the Perogee of my career.
Ms. Remy Ann David

anonymous Sun, 01/11/2009 - 09:57

ive been hearing that the duet is amazing but the cost is a little too much for me. i bidded for one on ebay but the price got too high for me.

if im just trying to get the hang of recording should i try a cheaper two channel like the firebox just to start out with? or is it seriously worth saving up for the duet?


hueseph Sun, 01/11/2009 - 13:22

IF you're just getting started, don't concern yourself too much. Get something within your price range and save up for something better. Even if it takes a long time. It takes time for your ears to adjust and what you think sounds awesome today will show it's drawbacks in the months and years to come. The duet is a great sounding piece of gear. Very clean and transparent. (mac only btw). Until you can afford one get your foot in the door with something in your pricerange. Listen lots. Tweak, adjust, practice and once you've out grown it, it will be quite apparent to you.

vashuba Mon, 09/14/2009 - 21:27

bringin it back, looking at these as a possibility. Any more experiences?
I have been doing research and they say the converters are excellent.

I knpow its more of a simple device, but since it has good converters would it be worth to buy a nice pre amp for it later on? As of now i only record guitar and vocals so my needs are not too extensive, but i want to the best sound i can get.

maybe get a good pre and the duet VS getting the rme800?
any thoughts...