September 10, 2012

The Apogee Quartet Interface Is Here

USB Interface

Your Mac-Based Studio Control Center

This past week Apogee revealed the Quartet,  a four input/eight output USB interface, studio control center.   It’s no secret that we have a fondness for Apogee gear here at UniqueSquared.  Their streamlined design, combined with great audio quality, and ease of use, makes their products stand out from the competition.  You can listen to our Podcast, which we record through the Apogee Duet 2 or, check out our reviews of the Apogee MiC  and Apogee Jam.

You can add other Apogee interfaces to the Quartet to expand your input options.

The Quartet gives you four inputs for your microphones and instruments with 75 dB of gain to get your signals sounding great.  You also have eight digital inputs that allow you to connect your Duet 2 or Ensemble if you wanted to expand your tracking capabilities.  The output section is just as robust, with eight analog outputs.  You can configure your inputs and outputs quite easily through the Maestro software that has been used with Apogee’s previous interfaces.  Quartet will function with any Core-Audio compatible program, which includes, Logic, Pro Tools 9, and 10, Final Cut, and Ableton Live.  The price comes in at $1,295.


Features & Specifications:

  • 4 Analog Inputs: Combination line (balanced +20dBu max), Mic/Instrument (+20dBu/+14dBu max)
  • 4 Microphone preamps with up to 75dB of gain
  • 8 Digital Inputs: ADAT/SMUX Input, 2 Toslink connectors, 44.1kHz to 96kHz
  • 8 Analog Outputs: 6 Balanced line outputs, +20 dBu maximum output level, 1 Independent 1/4” stereo headphone output
  • MIDI I/O (USB-A type connector)
  • Word clock output
  • USB 2.0 High-speed Mac audio interface
  • A/D and D/A conversion: 24 bit/192kHz
  • 2 top panel high resolution OLED displays
  • Controller knob
  • 6 touchpads for direct selection of inputs and outputs
  • 3 assignable touchpads to control:
  • Mute Outputs
  • Dim Outputs
  • Sum to Mono
  • Clear Meters
  • Engage Speaker Set (allows monitoring of up to 3 pairs of speakers)

Check out this recording of electric guitars with the Apogee Quartet.

What do you think?  Is the Apogee Quartet the audio interface that you’ve been waiting for?