Apogee Ships Quartet Desktop Audio Interface for Mac
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November 13, 2012
Apogee Electronics announces Quartet, the ultimate desktop audio interface and control center for Mac, is now shipping worldwide. Featuring four inputs, eight outputs, MIDI, top panel display and control, Quartet sets a new standard in performance and connectivity for the modern studio.With ample input and output connections, the signature single controller knob, QuickTouch pads, and Apogee’s conversion technology, Quartet delivers where it counts; sound, functionality and usability.Quartet connects to any Mac via USB 2.0 high-speed for extremely low-latency and stellar performance. From MacBook Air to Mac Pro, Quartet easily connects at amazingly high-speeds no matter the machine or sample rate; 44.1-192kHz.Quartet’s four combination inputs offer microphone, instrument and line input with an exceptional gain range of up to 75 dB, leaving plenty of headroom for demanding microphones and sound sources. For additional channels, Quartet’s eight digital inputs create the option of connecting an external interface, like the Apogee Ensemble. Quartet’s six balanced outputs deliver options for the video producer to mix in surround, the live performer to send multiple mixes to monitors and front-of-house and the mixer to send a mix to outboard compressors and EQs. Using Apogee’s Maestro software, the outputs will also split into three stereo pairs for connecting three speaker sets for auditioning mixes across various types of studio monitors.A first for an Apogee audio interface, Quartet includes a USB MIDI connection for connecting a keyboard, synth or DJ controller. This feature consolidates all gear connections away from the Mac, making Quartet the control center for any studio.“We are excited to announce Quartet”, says Apogee CEO and Co-Founder Betty Bennett. “Quartet offers a highly requested I/O configuration, award-winning sound and sleek design, all at an affordable price. We have listened to our customers and have designed Quartet with their requests in mind. At Apogee, we are all about delivering the absolutely best in sound, design and functionality and believe Quartet is a winner on every front.” Quartet Highlights:Apogee AD/DA audio conversion and microphone preamps4 analog inputs8 digital inputs6 analog outputsStereo headphone outputUSB MIDI connectionUSB 2.0 high-speed connectivity24-bit/192kHz recordingFull color OLED displaysConfigurable QuickTouch padsMaestro 2 softwareSoft LimitFeatures & Specifications:4 Analog Inputs: Combination line (balanced +20dBu max), Mic/Instrument (+20dBu/+14dBu max)4 Microphone preamps with up to 75dB of gain8 Digital Inputs: ADAT/SMUX Input, 2 Toslink connectors, 44.1kHz to 96kHz8 Analog Outputs: 6 Balanced line outputs, +20 dBu maximum output level, 1 Independent 1/4” stereo headphone outputMIDI I/O (USB-A type connector)Word clock outputUSB 2.0 High-speed Mac audio interfaceA/D and D/A conversion: 24 bit/192kHz2 top panel high resolution OLED displaysController knob6 touchpads for direct selection of inputs and outputs3 assignable touchpads to control:Mute OutputsDim Outputs Sum to MonoClear MetersEngage Speaker Set (allows monitoring of up to 3 pairs of speakersThe Quartet retails for $1,295. Check out Quartet in action HERE.