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22 Oct 2018

Review: Apogee One for Mac 'All you need as a singer-songwriter'

22 Oct 2018
producer/hardware Review Apogee One for Mac 'All you need as a singer-songwriter'


The Apogee Quartet, Apogee Duet and Apogee ONE are available now with USB-C to USB Mini cable connection. This will make sure that all three products can connect directly to USB Type-C equipped computers – great news! Also, al three Apogee devices are now compatible with Windows starting at Windows 10. Good reason to check them out and have a closer look at three stunning looking devices.

APOGEE Quartet

Perfect for music producers in a recording studio that need multiple inputs and hear sound on multiple speakers when mixing. An all-in-one studio and monitor controller with high-quality hardware.

Professional audio interface & studio control 12 in X 8 out USB Audio Interface for Mac and PC with two displays.

Read the review here.

APOGEE Duet

A great interface for every desk in a medium or small sized studio and on the road. Including a screen and split-cable to easily connect two inputs and two outputs. 

Professional audio interface 2 in x 4 out USB Audio interface for Mac and PC with one display.

Read the review here.

APOGEE ONE

A small device to record jam-sessions with the built-in microphone or plugin two instruments and playback via computer or headphones. Perfect for singer-songwriters or other live musicians that want a plug-and-play experience.

2 in x 2 out USB audio interface/microphone for Mac and PC.

The Apogee One is a small audio interface that is capable of a lot. Apogee calls it the Swiss Army Knife for Personal Recording. It’s an all-in-one and portable USB Audio interface perfect for on the go. The great thing about this audio interface is that is has a built-in omnidirectional microphone which is perfect to record a jam-session while you’re also recording direct instruments. The Apogee One is compatible with Mac and Windows 10 devices and integrates also with iPhones and Ipads. If you compare the One with the other Apogee devices, the price is definitely a game-changer. 

Input and outputs

There are several possibilities with the Apogee One this due to the Breakout cable that Apogee also uses on the Duet. Built-in omnidirectional condenser microphone, perfect for podcasts, interviews or capture song ideas and jam-sessions. 

Inputs

The included breakout makes it possible to connect a microphone with an XLR cable and an electric guitar, bass or acoustic guitar with pickup to the Jack input. It lets you record two channels at the same time (instrument + built-in or external mic)

Outputs

You can connect headphones or powered speakers. With quality D/A conversions.

Specs and details overview

Just like the other Apogee devices the Apogee One has a die aluminium cast. Equipped with a big knob in the middle and small lights which are indicating the level if the inputs. The Apogee One comes with a holder so you can immediately assemble it to a microphone stand.

  • 2 IN x 2 OUT Audio interface with built-in microphone
  • USB 2.0 connection for Mac or PC with 24-bit/96kHz AD/DA conversion
    • iOS connectivity kit available
  • 2 Analog Inputs:
    • Built-in omnidirectional condenser microphone
    • XLR microphone and 1/4” instrument connector on breakout cable
    • 2 simultaneous inputs (instrument + built-in or external mic)
    • Mic preamp with up to 62dB of gain
  • 2 Analog Outputs:
    • 1 1/8” stereo output for headphones or powered speakers
  • Direct monitoring, complete input/output control with Apogee’s Maestro software
  • Die-cast aluminium chassis
  • Legendary Apogee sound quality
  • Designed in California – Built in the U.S.A.

Our experience

The sound quality is clear and uncolored. We tested it with the loved Adam T5V speakers and the quality is outstanding. It’s a small device so we won’t use it as the main audio interface in the studio, but it would perfectly on every studio desk. We would recommend it to singer-songwriter or other artists that need to record two channels or one channel at the same time and work from time to time with a DAW. It a device that can be used in multiple ways perfectly on the road. Also, price-wise it’s a very interesting audio interface to have!

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