I was fortunate enough to get an Apogee Duet 2 recently. This device hooks up to your computer's USB port (and is powered from there) and allows you to monitor audio. I'm not gonna go into all the details, see our review of the original Duet. At first I thought I'd never really need it, but after a few rounds of stem mixing and editing in Pro Tools on my laptop via the headphone jack it became obvious that something had to give. I set it up on my desk and hooked up my tiny Tascam VL-M3 monitors. Even my wife noticed the change in sound when we put on music in the background. And the nice big volume knob made turning listening levels up and down much nicer than buttons on a laptop. But this week the Duet 2 hit its stride. During a recent mix sesion my laptop became the "nitpicky editing suite" on the producer's desk, and man, did the Duet make this job a lot easier. And this weekend I'm taking it, along with a tube mic and headphones, to a client's house to retrack some vocals (it even has built in mic pres!) as my studio is booked up. I love my Dangerous D-Box, but it's currently in another state, sitting in a rack and doesn't feature the handy remote like its big brother the Dangerous Monitor ST. Having the small Duet on the desk with excellent sounding converters and headphone jack and a big volume knob saved my ass. An excellent tool... Good job Apogee. 

 

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Sun, Jan 22, 2012 - 7:02AM
Chandler Lewis said about this:

Aaaaah... thanks, kinda, for this. I want one so bad, but I keep reading about all the problems the Duet 2 has: static, restarting from sleep, button issues... Sigh. I should just do it, right?

 
Thu, Feb 2, 2012 - 8:39PM
John Tiller said about this:

Sounds great. I am interested in how the vocal tracking went with this Duet? Another pre or comp needed? Hope a review is forthcoming! Great post! Thank you!

 
Tue, Mar 6, 2012 - 11:26PM
Tina Trinh said about this:

I am currently a student at the School of Rock in Texas. For our recording sessions, we would use the duet 2 also!!! i find it so fascinating and cool! instead of getting the duet two, i was planning on getting an apogee one usb for myself??? I'm pretty sure it's the same thing as duet 2, but it can only record one channel ? at a time. i'm still learning on my recording music vocab. hahaa what do you guys think on the apogee one usb?

 
Fri, Mar 9, 2012 - 3:13PM
Larry Crane said about this:

The preamp on the Duet sounded great for the vocal tracking we did, though it was with a new Telefunken U47! I used a UAD-2 plug-in for compression and mixed the vocal down with an instrumental stem. Sounded great. I do get issues with the Duet 2 turning itself off when my laptop is put to sleep. A simple unplug/replug fixes that, but it get annoying. But man, this box is so handy!

 
Thu, Mar 15, 2012 - 12:20AM
bruno said about this:

This little fellow sounds great but drivers are abysmal. Save your time, buy something else. Lots of options out there...

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