Apogee Duet 3: Portable World-Class Conversion, Preamps, and DSP

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Designed to be the audiophile-quality centerpiece of a mobile recording setup, the Apogee Electronics Duet 3 is a 2 x 4 USB Type-C audio interface bringing Apogee's legendary sonic performance and intuitive operability to an ultracompact, elegant, and durable form factor for musicians, producers, and songwriters in pursuit of their best sound no matter where they are. While the low-profile exterior combines an aluminum base with a Gorilla Glass top to make it durable and attractive, the internals boast built-in hardware DSP to power the optional Symphony ECS Channel Strip plug-in for signal sculpting and polishing without bogging down your computer or iOS device.

The Duet 3 features two world-class microphone preamps with phantom power and plenty of gain to ensure robust amplification, even for low-output ribbons, and classic dynamics such as the Shure SM7B. It can also accept line-level signals or direct connections from instruments such as electric guitar and bass. With two balanced analog 1/4" TRS line/monitor outputs and a stereo 3.5mm headphone output, the Duet 3 can feed a set of monitors and your favorite cans at the same time. The main and headphone outputs are independently addressable, giving the flexibility to route separate mixes to an artist in the studio, a performer on stage, or a house PA system.

With its audio breakout cable, versatile powering (bus powering via USB or use an optional external power supply), and included travel case, the Duet 3 is a truly capable companion for mobile audio production. Make the setup even classier with the Duet Dock (available separately), a desktop docking station that cradles the Duet 3 at an ergonomic angle and puts all I/O ports on the rear panel.

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