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点评:远DUET 2
Rounik Sethi on Tue, December 13th 8 comments
What makes a 2nd generation audio interface even better than its highly-acclaimed predecessor? Rounik Sethi takes a look at just how impressive the Apogee Duet 2 really is.

当远发布了原有的二重奏,2,2出音频接口,它创造了在专业音频领域的涟漪。随着优秀的施工,巨大的声音质量和合理的价格,其便携性流行的选择,它为基于Mac的音乐家和音乐发烧友的一致好评。那么大的问题,DUET 2时宣布,远地点将如何改进原有的品质和保持一个紧凑和吸引人的外形。


第一印象

二重奏2华丽的外表。 Mac用户将欣赏到干净的线条,圆润的边角和多功能旋钮把代价。很难不爱的时尚和性感的铝制车身和较深的二重奏2将混合与当前的MacBook Pro和iMac产品线很好的面板。以及添加样式到你的办公桌,它也是一个高度便携设备。重量轻,能够携带,但坚固,足以承担生活的要求和严格的道路上。

The Duet 2 angle


取得连接

包装盒中有没有驱动程序,所以访问的Apogee网站透露OS X的10.7狮准备安装,其中包括新的大师2控制软件。安装过程快速,无痛的,给我时间来研究新设计的分支电缆。远已二重奏用户反馈内建在许多领域和此电缆反映了这一理念。它具有2个连击XLR

在回应反馈,有4个是平衡的模拟输出。额外的输出将使2二重奏现场演出时特别有用,例如,当发送一个点击跟踪内部前端或耳机鼓手或混合。

二重奏1车主可能会惊讶地得知,第二代设备是USB 2.0设备,不火线。我相信关于火线的数据流的首选,并因此降低2比USB延迟,似乎一切都已经在它的头转向。据远,在64缓冲区的大小和44.1kHz的采样率,DUET 2诱导仅5.8毫秒的延迟相比,双人舞7.23毫秒。在我的现实世界(虽然非科学)的测试,我发现在这方面的明显改善,在Logic Pro和GarageBand录制时。

Duet 2 with break out cable


它的所有声音

多年来,我一直在使用原二重奏,并已超过满意的话筒前置放大器和AD / DA转换。所以,我没想到要注意许多二重奏2S音质的改善... ...不过,我留下巨大的深刻的印象。话筒前置放大器,更清洁,更顺畅,有更多的增益发挥。我尝试了一些电容式麦克风,每次由低噪声和详细的记录惊呆了。口语录音,我需要申请很少,如果有的话,纠正EQ带出的声音。

整体音质二重奏2轻松击败其价格支架内类似的设备,甚至那些花费两到三倍更多。它提供了一种声波结果youd期望从远交响乐团。


更多的控制

除了美丽的OLED显示屏(这使得从你的屏幕更容易监测和记录),现在有两个以上的多功能控制器旋钮触摸板。都可以被用户指定的范围内大师2。我个人发现优秀的总和为单声道切换耳机源分配有一天,然后昏暗的另一个项目的产出和清除仪表。您需要访问的所有主要功能,可以直接从触摸板或硬件控制器旋钮控制,切换幻象电源或选择的输入类型必须设置大师2例外。

Duet 2 standing up


结论

远是众所周知的创造都设计精美,功能,音质纯净的专业音频人群的产品。二重奏2继续这一传统,其优异的话筒前置放大器,低延时,额外的输出,彩色显示屏,并分配触摸界面。任何一台Mac音乐家考虑新的2和4 - out接口(24位和高达192kHz),会发现DUET 2一个很好的选择。和现有的二重奏业主也会发现这些额外的功能非常令人信服的理由升级。

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  • lostnthesound
    Bought it. Own it. Love it. Well worth the price of admission.
    • 7 years ago
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  • Rounik Admin
    That pretty sums up what I feel about the Duet 2. A truly excellent audio interface.
    • 7 years ago
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  • codedwire
    I have an original Apogee Duet but after several months of light use it began developing noise problems (after I did some research I discovered I was not the only one with this problem). Apogee support was not helpful and the whole experience (especially after contacting support) left me disinclined to purchase another Apogee product. Some people have reported problems with the cable harness (there is at least one third party replacement that is better if you want to spend the money), however the harness was not the cause of my problems. Maybe they've improved the Duet 2, but I recommend looking at other options first.
    • 7 years ago
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  • Rounik Admin
    Hi codedwire, I haven't had any bad experiences with my Duet v.1. But, I have to say, having spoken to some of the people at Apogee, that the Duet 2 has been completely redesigned. Sorry to hear you had bad experiences at all... though I'd still recommend checking out the Duet 2. It is simply awesome! Best Rounik
    • 7 years ago
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  • GaryHiebner
    This is definitely going to be my next audio interface. Will look so nice next to my Macbook instead of my big blue MBox.
    • 7 years ago
    • By: GaryHiebner
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  • Hello, bad news here, so I'm running the DUET 2 with my iMac (2.8 i7 8gb ram) OsX 10.8.1 (latest Mountain Lion update), a disaster, clicks and pops are unbearable. I can't find a working flow because of this, I've been in contact with Apogee for more than 2 weeks now and I think we're just exchanging e-mails for nothing really. I'm pretty sure they know what's wrong but there's probably bureaucratic stuff going on with Apple. What I mean is that the tech from Apogee told me they don't even do DRIVERS anymore, their units now depend on Apples DRIVERS!!! so they say. It's quiet amusing that they advertise so much about catching creativity and whatnot, yet I'm not even able to concentrate on my work. BTW I didn't have any clicks at all with my Mbox Pro, right before changing for the Duet 2, and I was using the same system. Clicks may not appear right when you open a fresh new session, but they will happen, the you'll have to reboot over and over. You simply can't work like this.
    • 6 years ago
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  • Rounik, What's the preferred way to setup gain levels on the mic settings on Duet 2 when working with tools such as garageband. It comes out the levels are either too low or too high (clips). There are 2 places one can configure: on duet2 and the software. Type of music is softer Indian period music with few graduated high notes. As you can see I'm a novice. Thanks! Jay
    • 6 years ago
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  • Rounik Admin
    Hi Jay, When recording audio through a device like the Duet 2 into software which supports 24-bit depth you don't need to record at a very high level. Basically, never ever let the signal clip (go into the red). Clipping will cause distortion which you certainly don't want. If the recorded level is low then either re-position the microphone to suit, or once recorded increase the level of the volume using a gain plug-in. Most professional recording engineers record electric or acoustic sources between -18 to -12dB. This gives plenty of headroom (the space between your recorded level and 0dB - where the audio signal will begin to clip). I'd highly recommend watching this tutorial on basic recording techniques: http://www.macprovideo.com/tutorial/introduction-to-recording There's so much good info there which will help you now and as you gain more experience. In essence, with the current audio hardware and software, there's no need to record so the level hits 0dB. You can record at a lower level and boost the gain later on in the process. Hope this helps, Rounik
    • 6 years ago
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