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Apogee Quartet Audio Interface for iPad & Mac

4 In x 8 Out USB audio interface and studio control center for iPad & Mac
Part No: QUARTET-IOS-MAC

Apogee Quartet is a professional USB audio interface designed to deliver the ultimate desktop recording experience to the iPad and Mac-based studio. Featuring 4 inputs and 8 outputs of Apogee’s industry-leading AD/DA conversion technology as well as 4 world-class mic preamps, Quartet bridges the gap between the 2-channel Apogee Duet and Apogee’s flagship interface, Symphony I/O.

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Product Description

Details

Apogee Quartet is a professional USB audio interface designed to deliver the ultimate desktop recording experience to the iPad and Mac-based studio. Featuring 4 inputs and 8 outputs of Apogee’s industry-leading AD/DA conversion technology as well as 4 world-class mic preamps, Quartet bridges the gap between the 2-channel Apogee Duet and Apogee’s flagship interface, Symphony I/O. 

Quartet for iPad and Mac features special circuitry designed to deliver professional performance for iPad use along with low latency USB 2.0 performance for Mac. Quartet's MIDI I/O connector lets you connect and power a Core MIDI compatible keyboard/controller while using Duet with your iPad or iOS device.

Legendary Sound Quality

Why Apogee Quartet is the best choice for your studio 

Apogee is an award-winning industry leader in digital recording technology with over 25 years of experience. Preferred by recording pros around the world, Apogee products like Duet, Ensemble and Symphony I/O have been instrumental in creating countless GRAMMY® and OSCAR® winning recordings and have set the industry standard in professional recording for over two decades. Quartet is built solidly on this reputation.

Features

Sound Quality - The Apogee Advantage, a difference you will hear

From the mic preamps to the AD/DA converters and the clocking, Quartet is best-in-class and cutting-edge Apogee technology. With components carefully selected in critical listening tests and a highly efficient circuit design, Quartet was built by Apogee engineers to make a difference you can hear.


Pristine, next generation AD/DA converters

Quartet’s AD/DA converters are designed to deliver the purest recordings and best listening experience possible. Quartet’s efficient circuitry and state-of-the-art components provide a simplified signal path resulting in incredibly transparent recordings.


Smooth, detailed world-class mic preamps

Much like the AD/DA converters, Quartet’s mic preamps feature the latest components and offer seamless click-free transitions as the gain increases and decreases throughout the incredible range of 0-75dB. This unprecedented feature allows you to dial in the perfect level, either with the controller knob or from within software, while delivering ultra-low noise and smooth, crisp detail. Quartet’s mic pres are suitable for all dynamic, condenser or ribbon microphones, allowing you to capture any sound without compromise.


Soft Limit for protection from digital overs

An Apogee technology first introduced in 1992 on Apogee’s AD-500 converter, Soft Limit can be heard on countless platinum selling records around the world. Once a technology exclusively reserved for Apogee’s most advanced audio converters, Soft Limit is included in Quartet and can be enabled in Apogee Maestro software. 

This superior analog design prevents the digital clipping that causes distortion by instantaneously rounding off transient peaks before they hit the analog-to-digital converter. Soft Limit allows several more decibels of apparent level to be recorded while subtly providing an analog-like warmth to the sound.


  • Charges iOS device. Quartet charges the iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad when connected so your work is not interrupted
 
  • 4 analog inputs with world-class mic preamps and selectable 48v phantom power for connecting microphones, instruments or line-level devices
 
  • Works with iOS and Mac. Direct connection with Lightning or 30-pin iOS devices (iPhone, iPod touch, iPad) and USB connection to Mac
 
  • Maestro app for iOS and Mac. Software control of hardware parameters including input selection and low latency monitoring
 
  • iOS 7 & OS X Mavericks compatible. Works with OS X 10.9 Mavericks. Works with iOS 7 on iPad, iPhone, iPod touch

Specifications

Additional Information

Specification

System Requirements:


Mac OS

  • Computer: Intel Mac 1.5GHz or faster
  • Memory: 2 GB RAM minimum, 4 GB recommended
  • OS: 10.6.8, 10.7.4 or greater
  • Connection and power: Any available USB port on a Mac
  • Power: DC Power supply included


iOS

  • iOS version: 5.1.1 and later
  • Connection: 30-pin or Lightning connector
  • DC Power supply included

 

iOS device compatibility

  • iPod touch (5th generation), iPod touch (4th generation)
  • iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5
  • iPhone 4s, iPhone 4
  • iPad (4th generation), iPad (3rd generation), iPad 2, iPad
  • iPad mini


Compatible Software

Mac

  • Any Mac Core Audio compatible application
  • Recommended apps: Logic, GarageBand, MainStage, Final Cut, Pro Tools, Ableton Live, Digital Performer, Studio One, Cubase, and Nuendo


iOS

  • Any iOS Core Audio compatible app. Recommended apps: GarageBand, Auria


In the box

  • Quartet
  • USB Cable
  • Lightning iOS cable
  • 30-pin iOS cable
  • Universal Power Supply with standard 3 pin-IEC cable
  • QuickStart Guide
  • Instructions for download of software and complete documentation


Features

  • First professional multi-channel audio interface for iPad
  • Direct digital connection to iPod touch, iPhone, iPad
  • Works with GarageBand, Auria, MultiTrack and any Core Audio compliant app on iOS
  • Works with GarageBand, Logic, Pro Tools, Ableton and any Core Audio compliant app on Mac
  • Low latency monitoring, complete input/output control with Apogee’s Maestro software (iOS & Mac)
  • USB 2.0 High-speed Mac audio interface


4 Analog Inputs

  • Combination line (balanced +20dBu max)
  • Mic/Instrument (+20dBu/+14dBu max)
  • 4 Microphone preamps with up to 75dB of gain
  • Selectable 48v phantom power, Soft Limit and phase invert


Digital Inputs

  • ADAT/SMUX Input, 8 channels, 2 Toslink connectors, 44.1kHz to 96kHz
  • MIDI input (USB-A type connector)
  • 8 Analog Outputs:
  • 6 Balanced line outputs, +20 dBu maximum output level
  • 1 Independent 1/4” stereo headphone output


Digital Outputs

  • MIDI output (USB-A type connector)
  • Word clock output on BNC connector
  • A/D and D/A conversion: 24 bit/192kHz
  • 2 top panel high-resolution OLED displays
  • Controller knob
  • 6 touchpads for direct selection of inputs and outputs
 

3 assignable touchpads to control:

  • Mute Outputs
  • Dim Outputs
  • Sum to Mono
  • Clear Meters
  • Engage Speaker Set (allows monitoring of up to 3 pairs of speakers)
 
  • Legendary Apogee sound quality
  • Designed in California - Made in the U.S.A.


Mic Pre

EIN: 128dB (un-weighted) @ 60dB, 150Ohm input

Max input level: +20dBu

Input impedance: 3KOhm


Hi-Z

Max input level 14 dBu

Input impedance: >2MOhm 


A/D conversion

Max input level (+4dBu ref): +20dBu

Max input level (-10dBV ref):  +6dBV

Input impedance: 5KOhm

Freq resp 20 Hz -20Khz: > +/-0.2dB (@44.1Khz)

Rel. THD + N: -106dB (@ 96Khz)

Dyn. Range: 114dB (A-weighted)


D/A conversion:

Max output level (+4dBu ref): +20dBu

Max output level (-10dBV ref): +6dBV

Line output impedance: 90 Ohm

Max output level headphones: 19dBu

HPH output impedance 30 Ohm.

Freq resp 20Hz -20 Khz: > +/- 0.05dB (@44.1Khz)

Rel. THD+N : -113dB (@96Khz)

Dyn Range: 123dB (A-weighted)

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