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post #106 of 550
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Originally Posted by grawk View Post
It is a standard vga connector, and apogee will send the pinout to anyone who emails them.
Or, now to anyone who looks at their website . I think they just added a graphic of the pinout quite recently, which should save them lots of time with all the e-mail inquiries about the breakout cable.

post #107 of 550
Hi guys I just got my Duet yesterday. It's been on ever since and seems to be getting quite warm. Have any of you experienced any problems with keeping it on?
post #108 of 550
It runs warm. Not ever hot, in the case of mine.
post #109 of 550
Mine's not even warm to the touch.

Jaska, I think they only just added that to the Web site. Probably after getting a few emails asking.
post #110 of 550
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Originally Posted by Hopstretch View Post
Jaska, I think they only just added that to the Web site. Probably after getting a few emails asking.
Yes, I think so. You'll notice that I finished editing my post one minute before yours
post #111 of 550
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Yes, I think so. You'll notice that I finished editing my post one minute before yours
D'oh!

Please forgive my lack of technical savvy, but what exactly does that information do for those of us who would like to obtain a clean, simple, single-purpose interconnect between the Duet and a separate headamp?
post #112 of 550
It's everything you need to know to build the cable. Even if you're not able, you should be able to find someone willing to do it.
post #113 of 550
So after all the reviews from multiple sources on the DUET, I decided to take make my motu ultralight and trade it for a DUET. i got home plug it in and :
was initially disapointed.

I thought Itunes through my head phones listening to jedi mind tricks sounded weak without punch compared to my motu. that just about crushed me.

It also sure seemed that with the level al the way up in itunes it was bringing red lights on the duet,. I had to bring down the level in itunes to keep the sound better on the duet. I plugged in the speakers and played BJORk, i thoughtt he voice was very clear but the sound didn't have any punch.

Hmm, My new microphone is on the way so I haven't been able to record yet.
I was told by a thoushand sources that the duet woudl equal a grace 101 in sound yada yada yada. I dont know I did some guitar recording thorugh garage band and wasn't that impressed.

I sure hope when My mic gets her and I bust some vocals its better than the motu, if not by atleast 20% I will declare this thing a POS. overly hyped equipment for old farts listening to classical music and mac addicts that love mac but dont really record.

PLEASE PROVE ME WRONG DUET , I really want to like you!
post #114 of 550
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Originally Posted by kincept View Post
overly hyped equipment for old farts
That's definitely why I like my Duet.
post #115 of 550
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Originally Posted by kincept View Post
I sure hope when My mic gets her and I bust some vocals its better than the motu, if not by atleast 20% I will declare this thing a POS. overly hyped equipment for old farts listening to classical music and mac addicts that love mac but dont really record.

PLEASE PROVE ME WRONG DUET , I really want to like you!
You may want to consider keeping the derogatory statements out of your posts if you want continue to post here. This old fart, doesn't listen to classical music (rock, alternative, jazz) and I am not a mac addict. I don't record, nor did I buy it to record. I bought it to listen to music and before keeping it for that purpose I spent a great deal of time comparing to a more expensive dac. You may not like it which is certainly your right but there is no need to insult those that do. If it's a POS, return or sell it. Why even waste your time trying to like it. Keep your motu and be happy.
post #116 of 550
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It also sure seemed that with the level al the way up in itunes it was bringing red lights on the duet,. I had to bring down the level in itunes to keep the sound better on the duet.
This is based on the mastering of the recording you're playing back. If you're listening to something like Avril Lavigne, you'll get the red lights a lot. Most of the music I listen to does not cause the red lights to glow at all, including Nick Cave & Warren Ellis' "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford," which I've been listening to for about the last 40 minutes or so. I don't think the Duet has gone into the red zone even once during the whole album. Edit: Now that I'm listening to the last track, it's touched red a couple of times, but I certainly don't notice any audible problems with this.
post #117 of 550
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Originally Posted by Jaska View Post
This is based on the mastering of the recording you're playing back. If you're listening to something like Avril Lavigne, you'll get the red lights a lot. Most of the music I listen to does not cause the red lights to glow at all, including Nick Cave & Warren Ellis' "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford," which I've been listening to for about the last 40 minutes or so. I don't think the Duet has gone into the red zone even once during the whole album. Edit: Now that I'm listening to the last track, it's touched red a couple of times, but I certainly don't notice any audible problems with this.
I have noticed my Duet hitting the red lights a lot also and was concerned about this. To keep it out of the red lights I have to turn down the master volume until it is lower than I would like it, so I just ignore the red lights instead. I thought I read somewhere that the volume control in iTunes must be set to full volume and left there to achieve bit-perfect sound from iTunes.
post #118 of 550
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Originally Posted by Jeremy View Post
I have noticed my Duet hitting the red lights a lot also and was concerned about this. To keep it out of the red lights I have to turn down the master volume until it is lower than I would like it, so I just ignore the red lights instead. I thought I read somewhere that the volume control in iTunes must be set to full volume and left there to achieve bit-perfect sound from iTunes.
Not any more. Earlier versions weren't great, but iTunes 7.x reportedly has accurate 24-bit volume control and using it should not degrade the source. I'd be interested to know what the red zone signifies on the Duet. Clipping, presumably, though I can't hear it.
post #119 of 550
The red lights indicate the recording is approaching 0db. Turning down the master volume control doesn't fix that, unless you're recording. So you just lower your dynamic range available while still hearing a brickwalled recording.
post #120 of 550
So what's best practice? iTunes master volume max, Mac system volume/Duet gain max, output volume regulated through amp?
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