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

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



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.”

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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

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

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