Duet Stories April 5, 2016

Apogee, one of the leading audio interface companies in the business, has just released its most affordable option for Mac yet. The new ONE for Mac is very much based on the company’s small-footprint ONE interfaces, but this time with a more focused approach just for Mac users. While you wont get the dual functionality of the previous generation iOS/Mac options, the new interface also won’t reach into your pocket quite as deep.

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Duet Stories October 11, 2015

expiredDaily Deals: Aukey 39W 5-port USB Travel Charger $7, Protag Duet Bluetooth Tracker Kit (Two Pieces) $35, more

In this morning’s Daily Deals we have from Amazon the Aukey 39W 7.8A 5-port USB Travel Charger for $6.99 Prime shipped. That’s $23 off the original list price and the lowest we’ve seen it go. It has smart charging ports that automatically match device input current to maximize charging speed. Also, there is one OTG Port that allows for instant read/write/view access to any USB storage from Android devices. It received 4.3/5 stars from Amazon shoppers.

More new deals for today:PROTAG Duet Bluetooth Tracker Kit (Two Pieces) $35 (Orig. $60) | B&H

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Duet Stories June 10, 2015

Apogee now offers free Waves plug-in bundles worth up to $600 w/ its iOS/Mac audio interfaces

Apogee, an industry leader in digital audio, is now offering some serious software packages with its stellar home audio interfaces. Apogee’s Duet, Quartet and the professional Ensemble interfaces, now come with a free Waves plug-in bundle. While you will be paying regular price for the interface itself, these Waves packages are regular $600 for the Silver bundle and $800 for the Gold package.

You can grab a Duet or Quartet on Amazon right now for $100 less than the new Waves bundles, and you can get these particular plug-in packages for about $200 under their regular price on Amazon. But we rarely see Apogee interfaces go for much less than that outside of special holiday events, and it’s usually manufacturer refurbished models. Anyone in the market for a new Apogee will likely see a lot more value (between $300 and $600 depending on the model) with the new Waves bundle offerings.

These Waves plug-in bundles come with a number of very popular products among professional audio engineers/producers including complete EQ and compression suites for Logic Pro X or Pro Tools etc:

  • Over 30 essential audio plugins for mixing and mastering
  • Great introduction to the world of Waves
  • V5 features new versions of Enigma, MondoMod, Super Tap,
  • Includes compressors, equalizers, reverbs, effects and more

Be sure to check out our new weekly series: The Logic Pros, where we explore all the most interesting gadgets and software for making music on your Mac/iOS devices.

Duet 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!

Duet 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:

Duet 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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