June 24th, 2009 – I’ve wanted to get an Apogee Duet for quite some time to replace my M-Audio Firewire410. It’s not that I don’t like the FW410, but I’m looking for something a little simpler, and a little more compact for mobile recording. If I’m out on the road, I usually need two inputs max, so the Duet is the perfect solution.
The only problem is that it’s a little on the pricey side for only two inputs. Because they’re so desirable, the prices on the used market aren’t much lower than new. Apogee will be releasing a new lower priced product this July called the Apogee ONE. Sporting the same form factor as the Duet, albeit a little bit smaller, the ONE features 24bit 48khz maximum resolution on one input at a time.
As with all Apogee products from the Ensemble on, the ONE is only Mac compatible. I’m not sure if it has the same converters as the Duet and Ensemble, but if it does, it’s incredible value at $250. I suspect not though, judging by its maximum of 48khz while the Duet and Ensemble support up to 96khz. But perhaps that is more a limitation of the USB that the ONE uses rather than the Firewire the Duet and Ensemble use.
I know a lot of gear enthusiasts harp on Apogee products as over-hyped, but I like the way their conversion algorithms sound. When I found out about the Duet, I was thrilled that I could get at least part of their sound without dropping big bucks on Apogee’s Rosetta series. Even if the Apogee SOLO only records at 48khz and has one input, if the sound is as good as the Duet, it’ll be a smoking deal.