Apogee unveils Quartet, The New Professional USB Audio Desktop Studio Interface

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Apogee unveils Quartet, The New Professional USB Audio Desktop Studio Interface

Apogee has announced Quartet, their latest addition to USB Audio Interfaces family . As the press release says Apogee Quartet “delivers the ultimate desktop recording experience to the Mac-based studio. Featuring 4 inputs and 8 outputs of Apogee’s industry-leading AD/DA conversion technology as well as 4 world-class mic preamps, Quartet bridges the gap between the 2-channel Apogee Duet and the 8-channel Apogee Ensemble.”

With Apogee Duet, you can connect up to 4 microphones, instruments, keyboards or line inputs. You can monitor and mix it all in stereo, with up to 3 sets of speakers or 5.1 surround. Apogee Quartet was designed to become the center of the modern studio and the highlights below shows this.

Apogee Quartet Audio Interface Highlights# Best-in-class sound quality with Apogee AD/DA converters

# 4 Analog Inputs with world-class mic preamps
# Monitor control – up to 3 speaker sets
# USB 2.0 High-speed Mac audio interface
# ADAT/SMUX digital Inputs
# MIDI input (USB-A type connector)
# 8 Analog Outputs:
–  6 Balanced line outputs, +20 dBu maximum output level
–  1 Independent 1/4” stereo headphone output
# 2 top panel high-resolution OLED displays
# Controller knob
# 6 touchpads for direct selection of inputs and outputs
# 3 assignable touchpads
# Apogee Quartet works with any Core Audio compatible application including: Logic, Pro Tools 9 and 10, Final Cut. Ableton Live
# Made in the U.S.A.

Apogee Quartet Audio Interface Specifications

Mic Pre:

# EIN: 128dB (un-weighted) @ 60dB, 150Ohm input
# Max input level: +20dBu
# Input impedance: 3KOhm

Hi-Z:

# Max input level 14 dBu
# Input impedance: >2MOhm

A/D conversion:

# Max input level (+4dBu ref): +20dBu
# Max input level (-10dBV ref):  +6dBV
# Input impedance: 5KOhm
# Freq resp 20 Hz -20Khz: > +/-0.2dB (@44.1Khz)
# Rel. THD + N: -106dB (@ 96Khz)
# Dyn. Range: 114dB (A-weighted)

D/A conversion:

# Max output level (+4dBu ref): +20dBu
# Max output level (-10dBV ref): +6dBV
# Line output impedance: 90 Ohm
# Max output level headphones: 19dBu
# HPH output impedance 30 Ohm.
# Freq resp 20Hz -20 Khz: > +/- 0.05dB (@44.1Khz)
# Rel. THD+N : -113dB (@96Khz)
# Dyn Range: 123dB (A-weighted)

System Requirements:

# Computer: Intel Mac 1.5GHz or faster
# Memory: 2 GB RAM minimum, 4 GB recommended
# OS: 10.6.8, 10.7.4 or greater
# Connection: Any available USB port on a Mac
# Power: DC Power supply included

Features:

#USB 2.0 High-speed Mac audio interface
# 4 Analog Inputs:
Combination line (balanced +20dBu max)
Mic/Instrument (+20dBu/+14dBu max)
4 Microphone preamps with up to 75dB of gain
Selectable 48v phantom power, Soft Limit and phase invert
# Digital Inputs:
ADAT/SMUX Input, 8 channels, 2 Toslink connectors, 44.1kHz to 96kHz
MIDI input (USB-A type connector)
# 8 Analog Outputs:
6 Balanced line outputs, +20 dBu maximum output level
1 Independent 1/4” stereo headphone output
# Digital Outputs:
MIDI output (USB-A type connector)
Word clock output on BNC connector
# 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)

In the box:

# Quartet
# 2 meter USB Cable
# Universal power supply for US, UK and EU
# QuickStart Guide
# Instructions for download of software and complete documentation

Compatible Software:

Quartet works with any Core Audio compatible application including:

# Logic
# Pro Tools 9 and 10
# Final Cut
# Ableton Live
# GarageBand
# Studio One
# Cubase
# Digital Performer
# Nuendo

The announced price for Apogee Quartet is $1,295. The interface will be available at the end of September. More details you can find on the product page on the official site.

Source: Apogee

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