Apogee Turns The iPad Into A Recording Monster With Updated One, Duet And Quartet


Apogee is the first name that pops into my head when I think “mobile, Mac-powered music-making studio.” Today, the company has revamped three of their user-friendly recording devices: the One, the Quartet and the Duet, upgrading their capabilities and making them all iPad-compatible.

The battery-powered One microphone has three input options — a built-in condenser mic, and XLR input and a 1/4-inch jack — and now has the ability to record simultaneously from two of those inputs (though one of those inputs must be the 1/4-inch jack). The gadget also doubles as a digital-audio converter, but prior to the new version the DAC only added sparkle to music played via a Mac; now the One will work with iOS devices too. Available in March for $350.

Then there’s the Duet, a powerful MIDI input/output device that can now plug into an iPad as well as a Mac. The Duet works with most serious iPad music-creation apps like GarageBand, or Apogee’s own Maestro, which has yet to hit the App Store. Available in February for $595.

Finally, Apogee has added 30-pin cable-compatibility to its $1295 Quartet, a beautiful brute of a device, with four-inputs and eight-outputs. The updated Quartet will be available in February.

Note that all these guys require the Lightning adapter to work with new iDevices.


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Eli MilchmanWhen he was eight, Eli Milchman came home from frolicking in the Veld one day and was given an Atari 400. Since then, his fascination with technology has made him an intrepid early adopter of whatever charming new contraption crosses his path — which explains why he's Cult of Mac's test editor-at-large. He calls San Francisco home, where he works as a journalist and photographer. Eli has contributed to the pages of Wired.com and BIKE Magazine, among others. Hang with him on Twitter.

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