Apogee Quartet Reviews4.9/5.0 based on 13 customer reviews
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from Bettendorf, Iowa
May 15, 2013Music Background:
Musician, show producer, amateur recording engineer
Apogee QuartetMore great gear from Apogee. Awesome converters. Having four inputs/pres instead of two (I also have a Duet) creates lots of flexibility. Two channels is a little limiting if you move beyond the simplest recordings in a home studio. Being able to run four mics is a real plus. Sleek design, small footprint, well built, easily portable. Won't replace a 24 channel -- or bigger -- console, but it'll do the job for lots of smaller projects.
from Hartford, CT
April 17, 2013Music Background:
ExcellentThe best purchase I ever made I can't complain.
from San Francisco, CA
April 8, 2013Music Background:
Musician / DJ
Coming from Metric Halo and this thing is amazing!This is only the 3rd or 4th thing I have ever reviewed online because I generally think it is a waste of time. However when a product is this great it deserves recognition. I had been using a Metric Halo interface for the last 6 years and needed something new. I wanted it to be easy to use and not a lot of clutter or extra software. I rather use 1-2 quality plug-ins and outboard gear than 1,000 software bells and whistles I don't know how to use well. I like making music not reading manuals and talking to people on forums. The quartet is easy to use and I love their maestro mixer software. Very straightforward. I like it much better than MH mixer even though the MH is more powerful in other respects. The quartet sound is incredible. I make everything from dub to psych rock to house in different projects and the sound out of here and into the quartet is incredible. The touch surface is also brilliant with very good displays. I was worried about the lack of hands-on controls but the touch surface is really fluid. Apogee deserves some serious recognition for making this. And the outputs are set-up in a way that makes sense for me. Easy to use outboard gear or have multiple monitors. I am getting another one soon to have some more inputs. And use one on remote locations and one at home.
from Lexington Park , Md
March 25, 2013Music Background:
I Love it!!!I had doubts spending all this money at first, but after using it for a couple of months....I'm glad that I bought it. Best upgrade to my aging M-audio fastrack interface. Simple, reliable, great quality in build and sound,preamps are amazing and now it is compatible with IOS. I can't wait to try it on my Ipad mini once I get the cable from Apogee.
March 5, 2013Music Background:
Worth Every PennyThe sound quality is amazing and the functionality is better than any other interface I've ever used. It's big enough to have a presence in the lab, but small enough sit on my Avalon and still allow it to breath. I bought it as a backup and mobile solution when my Avid Omni went in the shop for repair and it hands down holds its own in comparison. It's also extremely stable. I have to reinstall Pro Tools HD to find my Omni and thunderbolt interface quite often, but I've only had to do one install with this box and its ran flawlessly ever since. I buy equipment all of the time and this is the first review I've ever been this compelled to write. I love my Avid Omni, but us creative enthusiasts tend to appreciate when a product has a solid price to quality ratio, and this box hit the nail on the head in that regard. The Quartet lived up to the hype and exceeded all of my expectations.
It is truly a beast....
January 5, 2013
AwesomeIt's not a toy. It's a real monster ~
October 9, 2012Music Background:
Love it!!!This unit is worth every penny. I upgraded from a Duet 2 to the Quartet largely to gain the two extra Apogee mic preamps (which sound excellent) as well as the ADAT inputs. Money well spent. My only pre-purchase concern was that this is still a USB unit which is obviously a fading format, however there will likely be Thunderbolt-to-USB adapters for years to come since Thunderbolt is still in its infancy. That being said, this Quartet runs smooth as butter at very low latency levels of 64 samples on my 2011 MBP...No complaints there. It's fast and furious. Also this unit is built like a tank and has some decent heft to it and I love how the I/O connectors are all on the back of the unit itself versus needing a breakout cable like the Duets. Also worth mentioning is the addition of dedicated touch-sensitive buttons that can be assigned to various tasks and add the ability to configure your workflow accordingly. I did have a little trouble figuring out how to set-up the buttons for switching between multiple monitors (Page 21 in the Quartet User's Guide) but once I read said manual instructions it was a cinch. All that being said, I'm really glad I bought this Quartet and the price was right for a unit of this quality. It sounds like an Apogee...
October 6, 2012Music Background:
Professional musician, 6 years experience in engineering, and 15 years experience playing in studios.
ExceptionalThis interface is exceptional. The pres and converters are crystal clear, and the functionality, build quality, ease of use, and features are all outstanding. If you have a budget interface, you WILL notice a huge difference with this piece of gear! I had it up and running in minutes, and it has performed flawlessly ever since. The assignable touch controls are a real blessing for those of us who don't have more feature-packed consoles, and the Maestro 2 software is a wonderful tool for managing signal flow - very easy to use. The addition of ADAT connectivity will allow me to use this interface to expand my little home studio in the future as well. I've tracked acoustic, electric bass, and electric guitar with this box and all of the tracks FAR surpass anything I've accomplished before in terms of clarity and overall sonic quality. My monitors sound better as well! I have been truly impressed by the clarity I've achieved when tracking electric bass with these preamps, and my acoustic guitar tracks have never sounded this good. The quality of the pres and converters have helped take my mediocre mics and extend their usefulness, until I can afford higher quality pieces in that department. This was a great purchase, and I'd highly recommend it for anyone with a project or home studio that wants to achieve exceptional results. Thanks to my sales engineer, Andrew for yet another wonderful recommendation! I feel like I can always count on the people at Sweetwater for honest recommendations to get the most out of my limited budget for gear. Thanks!
from Lahore, Pakistan
October 2, 2012Music Background:
Clear as Never Heard BeforeJustified, you will feel a true difference. you will hear what you were lacking don't think here and there just go for it !!!!! it worths your single penni !!!!!!! The converters are so damn good i don't believe that this small Machine can turn you Mixes Big ..........
September 29, 2012
A GameChangerComing from the Motu 828mk2 the Apogee One sounded amazing. However, mid day we received the Quartet and swapped out the One and was completely shocked at how detailed the low frequencies were. From top to bottom the Quartet is detailed, punchy, and super clean sounding. Operation is a pleasure with the touch screen, stereo to mono, dim, and much more. Worth every penny of the $1295. Apogee is quality!
from San Francisco
February 25, 2013Music Background:
Music production and composer
Is product sounds excellent better than the avid mbox pro 3I had an mbox pro 3 and had many connectivity issues. I traded up to the quartet and have never looked back. The sound quality is way better and it is worth every penny more. I cannot emphasize he differece in quality enough and despite all the forums you will read going both ways, they are all right about the sound quality of apogee.
from Lawrenceburg, IN
December 2, 2012Music Background:
Recording Engineer, Sound Designer
Don't be put off by the cute, small form factor; this is no toy.I admit I was a bit hesitant at first to take this interface seriously. I liked the concept of this all-in-one interface, but ultimately didn't think it would deliver the high end conversion and functionality I was wanting for my setup at home. I talked with my sales engineer (Jason x1389) and was assured that I'll get the same high quality conversion that people have come to expect of higher end Apogee products. The pres are great, and the simplicity of set up is absurd. Really does compliment an iMac functionally and visually as well. Very sturdy and well built product; made in the USA. Paired these with the Focal CMS 50s and it really is pristine, honest and transparent. Your mixes will be revealed! The price is very right for this as well.
from Destin, Fl USA
September 26, 2012Music Background:
Writer, producer, Artist
Very Happy.You know, the only issue I had with the Duet was the lack of functionality incorporating outboard gear. The Quartet does this super easy as well as deliver the sonics I've come to enjoy from using the Duet 2. Worth the money? For me, of course. That's all I'm concerned with...me, myself and I.
has long been known for making top-quality AD/DA converters and audio interfaces. Now they've unveiled a new interface, aimed squarely at those who need several simultaneous inputs, want to control multiple sets of monitors, want a desktop format, and expect pristine audio quality. That new interface, the , checks all of those boxes, and it offers not only excellent sound quality but also excellent ergonomics and a streamlined user experience.
The Quartet features four analog inputs, which can accept instrument-, line-, or mic-level signals. There are also eight digital inputs available on ADAT optical/SMUX format. Three pairs of analog outputs can be configured as three sets of stereo speaker outputs, and there is also a headphone output. MIDI I/O is available via a dedicated USB port. An additional mini USB port is used to connect the interface to your Macintosh.
The Quartet is controlled using a single large knob; it's function can be determined by using soft buttons to select any of the four inputs or the headphone or speaker outputs. Three additional soft buttons can be independently assigned to various functions, such as monitor dim, monitor mute, and others. All of the "under the hood" routing, control, setup, and low-latency monitoring are handled by Apogee's Maestro 2 software. The Quartet is housed in a heavy-duty aluminum chassis/enclosure that stays put on your desk and feels solid.
I was actually part of the beta-test team for the Quartet, so I've gotten to know this interface very well over the past several months. In that time, I've come to rely on it for fast and easy operation -- and for that legendary Apogee sound quality, of course! I used it with Pro Tools, Studio One, Digital Performer, and Peak. I even plugged it into my iPad, using the Apple Camera Connection Kit for playback of audio from iTunes as well as synth and recording apps. In every situation, the Quartet performed flawlessly.
If you've been looking to step up to a high-quality desktop audio interface for your Mac, look no further. The Quartet delivers!