Apogee Preparing to Launch 'Quartet' Portable Audio Interface for Mac Music Professionals

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Apogee Electronics has long been one of the most highly-regarded manufacturers of professional audio equipment for Mac users, with the company's Duet 2 portable recording interface being one of its key products. The Duet 2 features dual inputs and an OLED display to help users make studio quality recordings in a wide variety of settings.

Apogee is now teasing an announcement for September 4 with the tagline "It's what you've been waiting four" hinting at a quad-input product. The partly shadowed image of the device on the teaser page appears to show a device larger than the Duet 2 but still carrying the same iconic controller knob seen on the company's portable interface boxes.


While full details on the product have yet to be revealed, the company appears to have briefly leaked an unmasked image of the device on its site yesterday. Controls on the box hint at four separate inputs, as well as some likely user-assignable touchpad keys as seen on the Duet 2.

A listing for the Apogee Quartet has appeared on Musician's Friend with a price of $1395 and an expected availability date of September 11.

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107 months ago
That price is pretty silly.
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107 months ago

why even consider one of these at that price. a UA apollo is about $2000. if your going to spend a grand plus might as well save for the best i/o box on the market right now.


You're aware that the beat i/io boxes cost a lot of money, right? You're also aware that many people think that Apogee makes some of the best interfaces, right?

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loved my apogee duet (firewire) but when i upgraded my macbook pro, with no firewire 400 - i wasn't about to buy a bunch of more cables and adapters - so i sold it.


You sold an Apogee Duet that you supposedly loved because you couldn't be bothered to buy a $6 adapter?
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107 months ago

loved my apogee duet (firewire) but when i upgraded my macbook pro, with no firewire 400 - i wasn't about to buy a bunch of more cables and adapters - so i sold it. all the other similar price range interfaces look too bulky and don't sound worthy at all. *sigh*,


You let go of one of the best portable stereo interfaces around just to avoid using a small $13 FireWire 800 adaptor (http://www.macfixit.com.au/shop/index.php?_a=viewProd&productId=645)?
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107 months ago
At that price I'll stick with my RME FireFace. It still works fine.
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107 months ago
if this doesn't have 3x adat in and out, AES/EBU jacks, wordclock ... that's a lot of dough.

does it have inserts post-pre's/pre-A/D for hardware eq/compression should someone want to do that?

that's a bizarre price-point for a 4-in.
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107 months ago
Sad to say, but it's impossible to know if it is worth the money until you hear it. I know this seems odd to some, but the value in a audio interface is the audio quality. Geez, can't believe this is such a hard concept (unless of course if you can't hear the differences.)
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