Apogee ONE : The capslock means it’s serious

June 24, 2009 | 4 Comments

Apogee ONE

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.

Apogee ONE via CreateDigitalMusic

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  1. Peter Kirn says: June 24, 2009

    Yeah, exactly — glad I’m not alone here. I mean, obviously, if the I/O configuration isn’t what you need, it’s a non-starter — so that’s the easy part of this question. 😉 But I have tremendous respect for the engineers at Apogee; they really do seem to know what they’re doing.

  2. Sebastien Orban says: June 24, 2009

    The future RME on USB (in fact a fireface 400, more or less) will have a low latency, and 192khz. Seem that the time of rethinking about how usb work is coming. And FAST.

  3. Sean says: June 24, 2009

    @Peter Kirn : I haven’t had too much experience with the brands people purport to be better than Apogee for conversion, but I suspect some of the animosity is due to the anti-fanboyism of whatever is perceived to be “the standard”. Sort of like people who constantly rag on Apple. Honestly, they’re all just tools…people can use whatever they want.

    @Sebastien Orban : Cool…I haven’t seen any USB cards that can handle that high sample rates yet. Good to see that companies are expanding on USB. Can’t wait to see what they do with USB 3.0

  4. Sebastien Orban says: June 26, 2009

    A link about it : http://rme-audio.de/products_fireface_uc.php

    And I do think other interface can already it 192khz (can’t find one from Motu nor Presonus, so you’re probably right ! Wow ! I was not even aware of that…). Even if, as you’ve devellop in the next post, it’s not of signifiant use for most people.


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