A Musicians Review: Apogee One for Mac
Its no secret Apogee makes some of the best audio interfaces in the world. I have been using a original firewire Apogee Duet to record with since the beginning of Sunsets and Hearts. One of the things that stuck out to me was the prestine sound quality. They are night and day compared to other audio interfaces created for the Mac. Honestly I'm surprised Apple hasn't purchased them, they are an amazing company and have been making quality products for decades.
In December of this past year my schedule was pretty booked (having to plan a wedding with my wife does that to you) so the little time I did have had to be used for mixing and editing Unknown Futures to get it ready for a January Release. So I decided I needed to purchase an Apogee ONE to do some mixing and editing on the go with my Macbook. Luckily I was able to score one from a craigslist ad for a easy $100. When I met up with the seller at my local Starbucks, (I discovered that he had never even used the device) it was in near perfect condition.
I wanted something very similar to my Duet (function & quality) that is one of the main reasons I chose the Apogee ONE because of the legendary sound quality it produces, (24 bit audio at sample rates of 44.1 kHz or 48 kHz for pristine sound quality) The main #1 reason was the portable form factor. It fits in any bag and only has one cord for power and connectivity. (thats amazing) It features a one touch interface reminiscent of a iPod. All of Apogee ONE’s features are selectable and adjustable with just a click and a turn. You have complete control of the internal microphone, external microphone, instrument and output functions for input level and volume adjustment. The combination of Apogee ONE, Logic Pro X and Studio Quality Headphones makes this the complete on the go mixing & editing solution.
The exciting thing is I can also record with the Apogee One, its perfect for guitar, bass, and keyboard. It includes a instrument and microphone breakout cable. (its not nearly as clunky as the Apogee Duet) The great thing is the instrument input has extremely low noise and a transparent signal path. (so no hissing or crackling, an AMAZING feat on such a small device) An added bonus is that it does have a built in Condenser/Omnidirectional microphone on the outside of the Apogee ONE which features a world-class microphone preamp with phantom power and a gain range of +10 to 63 dB. (according to Apogee it is based on the award winning mic preamps in Apogee‘s Ensemble and Duet)
I actually used the built-in internal microphone for one of Unknown Futures vocal tracks on Inertia (Debt Slavery)
To my surprise it worked flawlessly and I left it in the final mix.
Honestly I'm not surprised by how much of a workhorse this little interface is. Every Apogee product I have ever used always lives up to the bar it sets for itself. To this day I still use my Apogee Duet for tracking when I'm recording new songs in my bedroom studio. I have had that Duet for almost 8 years and its still running great. I foresee the Apogee ONE lasting years as well. As for now I'm still going to use my Apogee Duet to create the next album (why fix whats not broken) but I definitely have my eyes on the Apogee Quartet becoming my next audio interface the day my Duet decides to fly to audio heaven.