Apogee Stories January 22

Apogee has been one of the top names in digital audio in the music production world for years. It successfully jumped into the mobile game with its iOS friendly interfaces among other things a few years back, and recently launched the second generation MiC+ USB/Lightning Microphone. Apogee rarely opts for affordability over quality, but we had to give it a run for its money anyway.

We have now had a chance to go hands-on with the company’s latest portable mic over the last little while. Apogee has certainly stepped its game up here, but is it still worth the world-class price tag? Head below for our full review… expand full story

Apogee Stories May 12, 2016

expiredAudio Upgrades: Beyerdynamic DT-770 Over-ear Headphones $139 (Reg. $200), Apogee Groove DAC $235 (or less), more

Amazon offers the Beyerdynamic DT-770-PRO Closed Over-Ear Headphones for $138.55 shipped. That’s good for $61 off the original price and regular going rate and retailers like Adorama. Today’s deal is a saving of $31 off our previous mention and the best available. These headphones have a closed, diffuse-field design with 250 ohms of resistance and “adjustable, soft padded” ear-pads. Rated 4.5/5 stars by 555 Amazon customers. 

Adorama offers the Apogee Groove USB Digital-to-Analog Converter (DAC) for $235 shipped. That’s good for $60 off the original MSRP, down $15 from Amazon’s already low sale price and the best available. Even better, if you don’t mind a rebate, you can save an additional $25 by filling out the form on the page.

Improve your mobile or desktop audio setup with the Apogee Groove. Simply pair this with your MacBook at the coffee shop and you’ll be enjoying your music in a whole new light. Originally released last spring, this DAC is made from aluminum and offers a built-in amp, four converters, plus USB connectivity. It is capable of reproducing high-fidelity 24-bit audio at 192kHz, which is perfect for FLAC files. Rated 4.7/5 stars.

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Apogee Stories October 22, 2015

Podcasting/Home Recording: Focusrite Scarlett 2i4 interface + Sennheiser HD600 + Condenser Mic $400 shipped ($655 value)

Adorama has a very interesting podcasting/home recording bundle on sale right now. You can grab the Sennheiser HD600 Audio Dynamic Hi-Fi Stereo Headphones plus a Focusrite Scarlett 2i4 USB Audio Interface and a Samson MTR101 Condenser Microphone for $399.99 shipped. Combining all three items, that’s nearly $300 off the original listings, $255 off the current prices and the best we have seen.

Outside of the very expensive Apogee interfaces, the Scarletts are some of our favorites on the market. In combination with the MTR101 Condenser, your home recordings will certainly sound much better. While Sennheiser’s reputation as a headphone maker speaks for itself, the open-back HD 600s feature Kevlar reinforced cables and Neodymium ferrous magnets to offer a much more professional monitoring situation.

While reviews on this particular mic are scarce, just about all of the affordable Samsons have favorable reviews on Amazon. Both the headphones and the interface have 4+ stars from hundreds. 

Sennheiser HD600 Audio Dynamic Hi-Fi Stereo Headphones:

  • Lightweight aluminum voice coils ensure excellent transient response
  • Neodymium ferrous magnets maintain optimum sensitivity and excellent dynamics
  • Sophisticated design, elegantly finished in black and gray
  • High-quality open metal-mesh earpiece covers
  • Detachable, Kevlar-reinforced oxygen-free-copper cable with very low handling noise

Focusrite Scarlett 2i4 USB Audio Interface:

  • Two award winning Focusrite microphone pre-amps
  • Dual mic/line instrument inputs on combination XLR/TRS front-panel connectors
  • Precision, quality conversion at up to 24-bit, 96kHz sampling
  • Better than 105dB dynamic range on record and playback
  • Includes an authorization code for Ableton Live Lite, Scarlett Plug-in Suite (RTAS/AU/VST), Red 2 & Red 3 Plug-in Suite (AAX/AU/VST), Novation Bass Station, and 1GB of Loopmasters samples

Samson MTR101 Condenser Microphone:

  • Includes MTR101 Condenser Microphone, pop filter and shock mount
  • Large, 1-inch diaphragm studio condenser microphone
  • Internally shock-mounted capsule reduces handling noise and external vibrations
  • Rugged die cast construction

Apogee Stories May 19, 2015

Apogee’s new aluminum USB headphone amp and portable DAC is now available

Back in January Apogee unveiled its portable Groove USB headphone amp and DAC, and today the company is announcing its worldwide availability. Apogee has long since been known as a recording industry leader in digital-to-analog audio gear, and you’re going to be paying for it with Groove.

You’re getting a quad sum DAC (4 DACs per channel) that can reproduce high fidelity 24 bit audio at 192kHz and an interesting feature known as “Constant Current Drive”. This allows Groove to adapt to your particular set of headphones, adjusting the output wattage specifically for your set-up.

The USB connected DAC/amp is built from “premium” aluminum and will set you back $295. While certainly a steep price considering some headphones aren’t even that much, it will be interesting to see what a company like Apogee can do with a great pair of cans and some high quality FLAC/AIFFs or streaming from something like Tidal. We are starting to see the Groove pop up at retailers like Amazon and B&H, as well as on Apogee’s web store and at brick and mortar locations.

Apogee Stories December 6, 2014

Don’t worry, all of our favorite good looking accessories, iPad docks and Bluetooth speakers are on the way. For now its all about how to amplify your home Mac set-up and integrate it with iOS. Mainly geared towards Mac/iOS musicians, here are some of my favorite pieces of gear to crank your home studio/office up a notch:

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Apogee Stories November 26, 2014

Some of the best audio interfaces for your Mac, iPad and iPhone get deep discounts for Black Friday

Apogee, well known for its studio quality audio interfaces and converters, has kicked of its Black Friday 2014 sale today. Running from now through December 2nd, you’ll find as much 60% off its factory refurbished iOS/Mac interfaces and multi-channel flagship options.

Due to how rare it is for these interfaces to go on sale from any retailer, all of the deals are quite notable. Some standout options are the JAM studio quality guitar input interface for iPad, Mac and iPhone is available for $69 (Reg. $99), and the Duet USB interface for Mac and iPad for $475 (Reg. $595). Both are matching or beating the previous Apogee sale, between $30 and $100 under Amazon and other retailers and are the lowest prices available.

You can see more of what Apogee’s Black Friday sale has to offer below, and be sure to head over to Amazon’s pre-Black Friday Musical Instruments Store for ongoing discounts and lightning deals from now through Black Friday.

Apogee is offering incredible, limited-time deals on their award-winning products for recording and listening to music on iPad, iPhone and Mac. Starting on Wednesday, November 2014, save up to 60% on select products exclusively through Apogee’s US webstore. The sale continues through Black Friday and Cyber Monday, ending on Tuesday December 2. Supplies are limited so act fast!

Apogee Stories September 11, 2014

Avid and Apogee introduce new Pro Tools Quartet and Duet audio interfaces

Announced today, Avid and Apogee have teamed up to offer a new line of Avid Artist Suite interfaces. The new Avid branded Apogee Duet and Quartet feature the same awarding winning I/O and functionality as their non branded counterparts, but sport an all black exterior and come bundled with Pro Tools 11.

With the new interfaces we are getting full Mac and Windows support along with a bundled download of Pro Tools 11, over 60 virtual instruments/effects and an iLok key to authorize it all. There is also access to EUCON-enabled (Extended User Control) I/O software for direct control between the Pro Tools software and the new Apogee hardware.

As for the hardware itself, both the Duet and Quartet pack the same impressive specs and functionality with up to 24-bit/192 kHz recording resolution, a combination of mic/line/instrument/digital/analog I/O, and USB connection for a MIDI keyboard or DJ controller. These interfaces come with Apogee’s reputation for some of the best sounding converters in pro audio, industry standard Pro Tools software, and are priced accordingly:

The new Pro Tools Quartet pre-order will run you $1,899 and the Duet is going for $1,099. If you aren’t interested in Windows support or the bundled Pro Tools software, both the Quartet ($1395) and Duet ($595) can be had at nearly half the price with iOS support included. Apogee has a couple nice charts outlining the differences between each model in detail.

Full Press Release below:

Apogee Stories July 2, 2014

Music Production Deals: $300 off Native Instruments Komplete 9, up to 44% off Apogee interfaces, 60% off Waves, more

Update: Korg has put a number of its iOS apps on sale:

iOS Universal: KORG iKaossilator: $10 (Reg. $20) iPad: KORG iPolysix: $20 (Reg. $30) iPad: KORG iELECTRIBE: $10 (Reg. $20) iPad: KORG iELECTRIBE Gorillaz Edition: $10 (Reg. $20) iPad: KORG Gadget: $29 (Reg. $39) iPad: KORG iMS-20: $20 (Reg. $30)

We’ve spotted some great music production deals today starting with up to $300 off Native Instruments Komplete 9 as well as deals from Apogee, Akai, Waves, McDSP and more. Amazon is offering Native Instruments Komplete 9 for $399 shipped ($100 off) and Komplete 9 Ultimate for $699 shipped ($300 off). These are matching the best price we have ever seen on either bundle from Amazon and matching the lowest current price anywhere.

Komplete 9 is widely considered to be one of the best synth, sample and effects packages out there and is about as complete as the name suggests.

The Ultimate edition packs over 65 different NI products, 370GB of samples and more than 16,000 sounds crafted by professional sound designers (every product you see above). It is also an ever expanding platform with new sample packs and instruments being made available on a very regular basis, and is compatible with just about every DAW out there.

Some stand out products that come in both versions above include: Kontakt 5, Reaktor 5, Massive, Fm8, Absynth 5, Guitar Rig 5 Pro, Monark, Battery 4 and more.

Apogee, who makes arguably the best audio interfaces on the market, is having a large 4th of July sale right now offering up to 44% off select manufacturer refurbished units. The sale will run from now through July 8th and is only available to those in the US.

While you’ll find some great prices on Apogee’s high end professional interfaces, there also some notable deals on its mobile and more affordable options as well. The Apogee JAM Studio quality guitar input (with Lightning) for iPad, Phone and Mac is available for $76 down from the usual $99 new price tag (a refurbished unit on Amazon is $79 right now). It includes Apogee’s FREE 2-year extended warranty and has received 4.2/5 star rating on Amazon.

More notable deals:

  • IK Multimedia iRig Guitar Recording Studio $55 shipped (Reg. $99)w/ iRig Guitar Interface, iKlip Studio desktop iPad stand, headphones, guitar cable, more
  • Nord Electro 4D SW61Keyboard $1799 shipped (Reg. $2199)w/ B3 tone wheel simulation, 85 MB of memory dedicated to Nord Piano Library sounds, more

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