For someone who bought the Apogee Duet on the day it arrived in stock, there are some things about the ‘One’ that are worth pointing out. Firstly, it does feel fairly robust, although its plastic casing and the black glossy finish on its top would leave me feeling a little worried about dropping or scratching it. Nevertheless, the style that this design delivers is as modern as it gets.
Secondly, despite Apogee’s support documents stating that you can use the One “on the same Mac as other Apogee interfaces”, a hands-on test indicates that, like the Duet, the One cannot be used to create an aggregate device, meaning users won’t be able to chain it to other interfaces simultaneously. This is slightly disappointing, as it would have been a neat addition for users to be able to combine the One with the built-in I/O of, for example, a MacBook. But again, it’s a small gripe.
Indeed, with all of the great and unique features that the One has to offer, it’s fair to say that the interface exceeds expectations. While it could have felt like a cheap audio interface bearing the Apogee logo but little of the quality that brand suggests, instead users will be treated to a product capable of living up to the badge it wears. It’s no exaggeration to say that this product could make buyers look right past other alternatives in the same price bracket, including those which offer more inputs and outputs. If you’re looking for an inexpensive way to combine high quality audio with ease of use, then you may have found the One.
Guest Author: Kevin Mugadza