Apogee Duet 3 USB C Audio Interface
Apogee Duet 3 USB C Audio Interface
Overview by GAK
The Apogee Duet 3 is a premium USB C audio interface that packs world-class preamps, top-notch AD/DA converters & powerful onboard processign into a sleek, sophisticated & compact form factor. This third revision continues the legacy that was set by the original Duet in 2007, which took our notions of what a home studio interface could be to the next level. Boasting a revitalised performance, a beautiful design and USB bus power, there’s no doubt that this latest Duet more than lives up to its predessecors.
Exceptional Sound Quality
Since 1985, Apogee have developed a fierce reputation in the world of digital audio due and have become of the most respected names out there. The Duet 3 encapsulates Apogee’s decades of engineering experience and innovation, combining their trademark AD/DA converters, analog circuitry, digital clocking and power management technology with carefully selected components. The result is an audio interface with a level of sound quality that’s truly a cut above.
The cornerstone of any high-quality interface is its preamps and the Apogee Duet 3’s are among the finest, with up an impressive 60dB of gain on tap and 48v phantom power for your condenser mics. When it comes to capturing clean, crisp and clear audio - the Duet 3 easily delivers the goods thanks to Apogee’s state-of-the-art engineering. If you’re using a demanding microphone that requires a lot of gain, the Duet 3’s world-class preamp’s prevent noise and distortion from colouring your signal.
Legendary AD/DA Conversion
Apogee have equipped the Duet 3’s two inputs and four outputs with their legendary AD/DA conversion, making it an excellent companion for your professional or studio. Whether you’re running your microphone, guitar, keyboard, synth or other line-level instruments through the Duet 3, every sonic nuance will be precisely captured.
If you prefer to listen back and mix using studio monitors, you can connect them to the Duet 3 and experience the complete depth and detail of your sound via the dual balanced, line-level analogue outputs. For quiet monitoring, you can power your headphones with the onboard zero-ohm headphone output for an individual headphone mix.
Powerful DSP FX
A key advantage of the Duet 3 is its onboard DSP, which allows you to instantly dial in an inspiring sound when tracking - latency-free. The Duet 3’s internal DSP has been specially allocated for FX processing alongside the Symphony ECS Channel Strip. This powerful software, which was tuned by legendary engineer Bob Clearmountain, gives you access to powerful EQ, Saturation and Compression tools that can be used when recording vocals or instruments. With a selection of meticulously crafted Clearmountain presets at your disposal, creating a fantastic sound couldn’t be easier.
Because these channel FX are powered by Duet 3’s built-in hardware DSP, you can tailor your input sound as if you were at a professional recording studio while experiencing zero-latency recording.
Register your new Duet 3 on the Apogee website and receive a 50% discount when purchasing the native Symphony ECS Channel Strip plug-in.
The Duet 3 can be used alongside the newly-designed Apogee Control 2 software, which provides you with direct control over all of the Duet’s internal functions (including the Symphony ECS Channel Strip FX). Plus, Apogee 2 can be used to enusre your Duet 3 can react to future macOS and Windows updates, ensuring tight compatibility with your recording setup in the future.
Apogee have designed the Duet 3 to look as good every bit as it performs, bestowing it with a classy and elegant design that’s also easy to manoeuvre. Tweaking monitor levels and adjusting mic pre gain is a breeze with the robust multi-function digital controller knob, a signature feature of the Duet family. This intuitive knob provides a luxurious action that, alongside the durable low-profile body and scratch-resistant cover glass, cements the high-end feel of this audio interface.
Part of what makes the Apogee’s Duet so appealing is its compact and portable footprint, which has made it a top choice for producers and engineers on the move. With the Duet Dock, you can transform your Duet 3 and optimise it for when you’re based at your studio. The Dock ergonomically positions the Duet’s chassis to facilitate effortless adjustment of the controls and positions it at an angle where the input meter is more visible. In addition, the Dock adds new rear panel connectors, which make organising & connecting cables a lot easier.
There’s so much to love and practically nothing to dislike about the Apogee Duet 3 audio interface. It looks beautiful, sounds excellent and is incredibly easy to use. Throw in the inspired onboard DSP FX processing and you have a pro-quality interface that’s sure to become a classic.
- Best-in-class Apogee AD/DA conversion
- 2 world-class preamps
- 2×4 USB Type C audio interface
- Low profile design with aluminium body
- Scratch resistant top
- Precision balanced backlit knob
- On-board hardware DSP powers Symphony ECS Channel Strip* FX for low-latency recording with FX
- 2 USB Type C ports for connection and external power as needed
- Bus powered
- macOS and Windows 10 compatible
- Optimized for Apple Logic Pro X and compatible with all popular audio software
- Add the Duet Dock* accessory for the ultimate desktop studio experience
- Stylish, padded travel case included
- *Symphony ECS Channel Strip plugin and Duet Dock sold separately
- 2x ¼” Instrument inputs
- 2x Mic/line inputs
- 2x ¼” Balanced outputs
- ⅛” Stereo headphone output
No upgrades available