Released in 2009, the original Duet was something of a game changer in the audio interface world. This was a case of a company best known for making expensive, high-end interfaces turning their hand to something much more simple. But whereas the typical two-in, four-out interface at the time was most likely to be a pretty basic affair, Apogee didn’t cut any corners with the Duet. So while you didn’t get a lot of inputs and outputs for your money, you did get sound quality on a par with Apogee’s more expensive units.
The Duet proved popular with musicians who wanted to record in high quality while travelling, but it also fit the needs of a lot of electronic music producers, many of whom simply don’t need the number of inputs you might need if you’re recording a full band.
The updated Duet 2 has a slightly brighter, more detailed sound thanks to redesigned preamps and converters, but also introduces a handful of welcome smaller features such as an OLED screen for much-improved front panel feedback.
If you only ever record one or two audio tracks at a time, or if you’re willing to multi-track your parts rather than record everything simultaneously, the Duet gives you superior sound quality to most other two-input options.