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.
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.