As an amateur recording artist, I took my musically experimental inclinations to the Duet 2. On my album The Eventual Transgressor I solely used this device and it produced high quality sound waves. The issue is what I can do with those sound waves from an engineering standpoint. But that is a side topic.
What I am doing here today for this review of the Apogee Duet 2 is provide you with insight into its functionality. What can this product do for your studio? It can rock! Can it give me error free recording? I noticed after a couple hours of use the device would heat up and go awol until it cooled down, so that may be an indicator the company used cheap metals and bad solder. This may be because I am an obsessive creator when I’m at it as indicated in my article titled Depression and Obsession.
Other than the over-heating factor I found the mic preamp’s were unparalleled in my recording experience. I couldn’t hear a hum to any degree. It was blissful. The tracks were so raw I believe I could with sound engineering knowledge make a professional album. My concern is not with professionalism though, but with expressing my ideas. Accomplishing this by fiddling with my fiddle, my guitars, and my drum machine the recordings were produced. Regardless of their professional end product or the song writing value the Apogee Duet 2 was a Ken in Barby land, and Obi Wan in the Star Wars universe. It was a Hitler in Tyrannical rule. It was a…okay it was the finest product I’ve tried out of the U.S.A.
Would I buy this product again? I would and I did when I downgraded to the Apogee One on an interim cheapskate recording binge. I needed an outlet, and with my big white Macbook from the early new millenia I’ve done my best with the Apogee lower end products and dreamt of a rig I manifest destined myself to have, which includes the Apple Tower with 16 GB of Ram, an Apogee Symphony I/O, and an expensive full toned ribbon mic of choice that I wouldn’t want you to know I have, because I’d be paranoid you would steal it from me in the night.