Apogee and its range of recording interfaces and software has certainly turned heads over the years, and with very good reason.
The Apogee Duet 2, for instance, is a hugely respected portable audio interface that makes use of USB 2.0 connectivity to deliver much-admired levels of quality audio through a 4x2 IO, controlled by a single main control knob sitting in the middle of the gorgeous-looking unit. The original Duet performed similarly, but had a connection for Firewire – both ideal choices for Mac users. The Apogee One was a cute take on recording in itself, allowing you to deliver a single channel of audio either from a mic/instrument/line input of choice or using the onboard microphone built into the snugly-hand-held unit.
That’s not to say that it’s all about the compact – the Apogee Ensemble certainly doesn’t hold back with 36-channels, eight of which are pushed through the company’s famous AD/DA conversion and four of which can be used in conjunction with the digitally-controlled transparent preamps. For the engineer who needs more options, this is a perfect choice.
Guitarists can always plug their axe straight into an iPad or iPhone with the Apogee Jam, an interface designed to give the same high-spec audio reproduction for Apple users, or use the Apogee Mic to similarly track direct to tablet or touchscreen. Apple fans will also be happy to make use of the Gio, an interface and controller built to the company’s typical high standards to be used specifically with the Logic DAW.
If you prefer Pro Tools, now that it’s gone native you could quite happily pair up with the Apogee Symphony system of cards, which will enable your interfaces to run at 1.8 millisecond latency brilliance via PCIe from the Symphony IO or Rosetta series of interfaces.