Apogee Quartet

USB audio interface with 24-bit/192kHz Resolution, 4 Mic Preamps, 2 Full-color OLED Displays, and Assignable Touchpads - Mac and iOS
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Your Ideal Mac- and iOS-based Studio Control Center

Apogee's Quartet professional USB audio interface gives you the ultimate desktop recording experience on your Mac or iOS device. Quartet juices your workflow with four inputs and eight outputs of legendary Apogee AD/DA conversion and four world-class mic pres. You also get up to eight digital inputs via Lightpipe. Two full-color screens keep you abreast of critical routing details, Quartet's QuickTouch pads make for easy I/O selection, and you run the entire show from a single controller knob. If you make music on a Mac, Sweetwater has your ideal studio control center: the Apogee Quartet.

Apogee Quartet USB Audio Interface at a Glance:
  • You've got the right connections
  • World-class mic preamps
  • Immaculate, next-gen AD/DA converters
You've got the right connections

The Apogee Quartet lets you connect up to four mics, instruments, keyboards or line inputs, plus you can plug in your MIDI controller or keyboard. Quartet is also expandable with up to eight digital inputs via Lightpipe. You can mix everything in stereo and monitor through up to three sets of speakers or even in in 5.1 surround. Designed to be the center of your modern Mac-based or mobile iOS studio, Quartet will help you take your projects to the next level.

World-class mic preamps

Quartet's four microphone preamplifiers incorporate cutting-edge technology, giving you seamless gradation throughout their incredible 75dB gain range. This lets you dial in your ideal level with the main controller knob (or from within the software), while enjoying amazingly low noise and stunning, lustrous detail. Quartet's mic preamps play nicely with all dynamic, condenser, and ribbon mics, letting you capture audio without compromise.

Immaculate, next-gen AD/DA converters

Much like its mic pres, the Quartet's AD/DA converters are the result of Apogee's no-compromise design, giving you the best possible audio and monitoring quality. Quartet's advanced circuitry and state-of-the-art components deliver a streamlined signal path. The result? Amazingly transparent-sounding recordings.

Apogee Quartet USB Audio Interface Features:
  • Four analog in, 8 analog out interface with four pristine mic preamps
  • Ideal for Mac, iPad, and other iOS devices
  • Up to eight digital inputs via Lightpipe
  • Apogee quality, 24-bit/192kHz AD/DA converters
  • Two top-panel high-resolution color OLED displays keep you informed
  • Stereo or 5.1 Surround monitoring
Take your projects to the next level with the Apogee Quartet!

Additional Media

Audio Interface Buying Guide
Quartet User Manual
iOS Update: Apogee and Steinberg
Hands On Review: Apogee Quartet
NAMM News: Apogee One, Duet, and Quartet
Can I Connect a USB Interface to Pro Tools?
How To Practice Effectively, Part 4 -- iPad
Can I use my Apogee Quartet With my iPad?
Can I Use an Apogee Quartet with my iPad 4?
Can the Apogee Quartet be Bus Powered by an iPad?
Apogee Duet, Quartet, and Ensemble Now Include Waves Bundles
Apogee Quartet

Tech Specs

Computer Connectivity USB 2.0
Form Factor Desktop
Simultaneous I/O 12 x 8
Number of Preamps 4
Phantom Power Yes
A/D Resolution 24-bit/192kHz
Analog Inputs 4 x XLR Combo
Analog Outputs 6 x TRS, 1 x 1/4" Stereo Monitor
Digital Inputs 1 x Lightpipe
Clock I/O 1 x Word Clock (Out Only)
Manufacturer Part Number Quartet

Customer Reviews

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Best audio interface for 2.1 or 5.1 speaker setup

After deciding that I needed a subwoofer (Rythmik Audio L22) for my home mastering/editing system I decided to update my Apogee Duet to a Apogee Quartet to be able to easily integrate it and I was no wrong. I tried for two months splitting the outputs out of my Duet interface but got a lot of static noise form time to time and I knew it was due all the adapters and splitters. So decided to pull the trigger on the Quartet and man, this thing rocks. Now I'm using outputs 1/2 to send signal to my Dynaudio BM5 mkIII studio monitors and outputs 3/4 to the Rythmik Audio L22, then you have to select 5.1 speaker configuration and voila, the volume knob controls all the outputs simultaneously. This is not even explained on Apogee FAQ. So if you are looking for a great audio interface capable to run a 2.1 or 5.1 speaker system then don't look more and get the Apogee Quartet!!


The best purchase I ever made I can't complain.
Music background: Producer, Engineer

A GameChanger

Coming 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!

Outstanding recordings interface

This Quartet is easy to set up, simple to use and provides professional level recording capability.


This 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!
Music background: Professional musician, 6 years experience in engineering, and 15 years experience playing in studios.

Sweetwater Advice

Mitch Gallagher

Apogee 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 Quartet, 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!
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See also: USB Interfaces, Apogee, Apogee USB Audio Interfaces, Apogee iPad/iPhone Interfaces