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All-new Apogee Duet 3

New Duet has iPhone-style sex appeal, as well as hardware DSP and a new desktop Duet Dock for hooking up in the studio.


16 June 2021

The all-new Duet 3 brings next-generation Apogee performance and features to a beautiful ultra-low profile glass and aluminium case. Duet 3 includes on-board hardware DSP featuring the Symphony ECS Channel Strip for zero-latency recording with FX. Tuned by Bob Clearmountain, the ECS Channel Strip includes presets so you can dial in a pro recording sound instantly. Ideal for music creation, voice recording, streaming and even gaming, you can use Duet 3 with your Mac or Windows workstation in your studio or on the go.

With two inputs and four outputs of Apogee AD/DA conversion, plus two high-quality preamps, Duet is the perfect partner for your home and mobile studio. Connect microphones, guitars, keyboard and line level devices to capture every detail.

Monitor and mix with the full depth and dimension of your sound through two truly-balanced, line-level analog outputs for speakers. And, power your headphones with a zero-ohm headphone output for a dedicated headphone mix.

Duet 3’s preamps pack up to 60dB of gain and 48v phantom power for cleanly capturing any audio source with even the most demanding microphones, with low noise floor and . Meticulous Apogee engineering, keeps noise and distortion down, even as you crank up the gain.

Plug in to Onboard DSP

Getting a great performance recorded requires an inspiring sound, and no distractions. Duet gives you built-in DSP for Apogee FX processing to precisely your sound on input and give you great sounding tracks, all while eliminating the delay that can occur when recording.

Symphony ECS Channel Strip

The Symphony ECS Channel Strip (in-DAW native version not included), includes EQ, Compression and Saturation controls that let you create the optimal blend of channel FX for tracking vocals or acoustic instruments. Choose from custom Clearmountain presets and record with zero latency through Duet’s onboard DSP.

Apogee Control 2 Software

The all new Apogee Control software gives you complete control of all Duet functions and features including the Symphony ECS Channel Strip FX running on Duet’s hardware DSP. Apogee Control 2 is shared across all Apogee products and will enable Apogee support and engineering to quickly react to future macOS and Windows OS updates helping to ensure compatibility for your workstation.

With a slim aluminiun body and gorilla glass top, you’d be forgiven for thinking Duet was a smartphone. Though few of those come with a big knob. Duet’s control knob delivers a luxurious and dependable feel for dialling in monitor levels, mic pre gain, and navigating through functions. Contoured for ergonomic control on your desktop, the low profile body is topped with scratch-resistant gorilla glass for a modern look and resilient protection.

The all new Duet Breakout cable has been redesigned with streamlined connectors and a longer reach. You can keep everything connected and easily tuck it away off your desk for a clean and organised workspace.

When working in your studio, Duet 3 can be hooked up to the new Duet Dock (sold separately). The Dock positions Duet at the ideal angle for quick adjustments and meter and function visibility. The rear panel connectors on Duet Dock make it easier to organise and connect your cables to Duet.


  • Apogee conversion and mic preamps
  • 2×4 USB Type C audio interface
  • All-new low profile design with aluminium base and gorilla glass top and knob cover
  • Input and output connections via breakout cable:
    • 2x ¼” Instrument inputs
    • 2x Mic/line inputs
    • 2x ¼” Balanced outputs
    • ” Headphone output
  • Bus powered / External power optional via USB Type C port
  • Built in hardware DSP FX featuring the Symphony ECS Channel Strip tuned by Bob Clearmountain
  • macOS, Windows 10 compatible
  • USB Type-C and Type A cable included
  • Travel case included


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