By Keith Clark • September 4, 2012 The new Apogee Quartet audio interface/control center for Mac Apogee Electronics has unveiled Quartet, a desktop audio interface and control center for Mac offering four inputs, eight outputs, MIDI, top panel display and control. 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 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: * Best-in-class sound quality with Apogee AD/DA converters * 4 Analog inputs with world-class mic preamps * Monitor control – up to 3 speaker sets * USB 2.0 High-speed Mac audio interface * ADAT/SMUX digital inputs * MIDI input (USB-A type connector) * 8 Analog Outputs: ——6 Balanced line outputs, +20 dBu maximum output level ——1 independent 1/4-inch stereo headphone output * 2 top panel high-resolution OLED displays * Controller knob * 6 touchpads for direct selection of inputs and outputs * 3 assignable touchpads * Quartet works with any Core Audio compatible application including: Logic, Pro Tools 9 and 10, Final Cut, Ableton Live * Made in the U.S.A. Features & Specifications: * 4 Analog Inputs: Combination line (balanced +20 dBu max), Mic/Instrument (+20 dBu/+14 dBu max) * 4 Microphone preamps with up to 75dB of gain * 8 Digital Inputs: ADAT/SMUX Input, 2 Toslink connectors, 44.1kHz to 96kHz * 8 Analog Outputs: 6 Balanced line outputs, +20 dBu maximum output level, 1 Independent 1/4-inch stereo headphone output * MIDI I/O (USB-A type connector) * Word clock output * USB 2.0 High-speed Mac audio interface * A/D and D/A conversion: 24 bit/192 kHz * 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) Price: $1,295 US, €1,295 EUR. Worldwide availability: September 2012 Apogee About Keith Keith Clark Editor in Chief, ProSoundWeb & LiveSound International Keith is Editor in Chief of LiveSound Internation magazine and ProSoundWeb website. Keith is a pro audio writer who lives in Michigan. Comments Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Tagged with: Apogee DAW Interfaces New Products · all topics Subscribe to Live Sound International Live Sound International brings you information on a wide range of pro audio topics. Stay up-to-date, get expert tips, industry news, new products and technologies delivered. Discover how to make smart use of today’s sound technology, Subscribe Today!