The Apogee One for iPad and Mac is the perfect way to turn your iOS device into a professional recording tool. This compact and ultra-portable interface lets you record audio to you Lightning-equipped iPad when you are on the go.
Versatility, thy name is —assuming, in this instance, that versatility is defined as a $249 microphone/USB audio interface made by Apogee. And it earns this label because this black ice-cream-sandwich sized interface allows you to connect a variety of audio devices to your Mac via USB as well as XLR- and quarter-inch connectors.
It supports both standard XLR microphones as well as those that require phantom power. And tucked inside is a quality mic preamp. Compatible with any Core Audio application (including Apple’s Logic, Logic Express, and GarageBand as well as Ableton Live and ProTools), the One also sports a very decent built-in microphone. How it works Inside the box you’ll find the One, Quick Start guide, software disc, USB cable, and breakout cable that holds an XLR input and a separate quarter-inch input. Install the software and restart your Mac. Attach the breakout cable to the top of the One and jack in a guitar or microphone cable. Regrettably, the box does not contain a microphone clip that fits the One.
Apogee sells such a clip separately for $20. Apple and Apogee have a close relationship so Apogee’s gear tends to “just work” out of the box. In the case of the One and GarageBand, this is exactly the case. To use it with GarageBand, string the included USB cable between the One and a USB port on your Mac. Fire up GarageBand and you’ll be asked if you’d like it to use One as an input and output device. Click Yes and you’re nearly there.
The One will now appear as the input source in any real instrument (digital audio) track and will also be used, by default, for guitar tracks. By default, its built-in microphone is the selected input. Also, by default, it will be GarageBand’s output device.
You can use it that way with headphones or powered speakers plugged into the Headphone port or change outputs and monitor from another device—headphones or speakers attached to your Mac, for instance. You can change its input by clicking on the Input Source button and a small Apogee One window appears.
In this window’s Source pop-up menu you can choose Internal Microphone, External Microphone, External 48V Microphone (a microphone that requires phantom power), or Instrument. Also within this window you can adjust the One’s input gain, select whether it’s connected to a line-level source or instrument amplifier, and switch muting on or off. When you switch inputs, the appropriate input icon on the front of the One lights up to tell you how the One is configured.
At this point you can use the One’s large single knob to adjust the device’s gain. A three-stage LED tells you how high that gain is. That large knob can control more than input gain. Press on it to toggle between the selected input and the output port.
Once you’ve selected the output port you use that knob for adjusting the One’s output volume. Press and hold on the knob for one second to mute the output.
Unmute by again pressing the knob for a second. The One supports both 44.1- and 48kHz sample rates (44.1kHz is selected automatically when you use GarageBand).
You must change the device’s sample rate within Apple’s Audio Midi Setup utility. Included in the software installation is Apogee’s Maestro Mixer application. If you find that your music software has too much latency—you’re monitoring your performance through headphones and that performance is delayed by the software—you can route it through Maestro Mixer, which introduces far less latency.
I didn’t have any latency issues recording with GarageBand on my 2010 MacBook Pro, but it’s nice to know that Maestro Mixer is there if you need it. How it sounds All the instruments and microphones I plugged into the One sounded great. I didn’t detect any added noise and the input was clean regardless of the gain level I chose. Sound from the headphone jack was just as clean. I conducted a couple of recording tests with the built-in microphone and was mostly pleased with the results. In a voice test I found that the One’s mic is a little brighter than I like my mics to sound. MXL’s USB.009 for example, produces deeper tones and plays down some of the sibilance that I heard from the One.
(It’s also a much more expensive microphone and doesn’t act as an audio interface.) I used two Ones to record my piano and I was impressed with the results. I was able to record the piano with GarageBand by creating an aggregate device in Apple’s Audio MIDI setup, recording two channels simultaneously, and assigning one One to the first track and the other to the second track. When mixing the two I panned the One over the low strings hard left and the other—hovering over the high strings—hard right. As a fairly bright mic, the Ones certainly picked up the ringing of the piano’s high notes, but the low notes were also evident. You can hear the result for yourself in the. Macworld’s buying advice I’m very impressed with Apogee's One (and more impressed with two when miking a piano). For the price, it provides a lot of flexibility, great sound from instruments and microphones plugged into it, and good voice quality from a device that isn’t designed to work only as a microphone.
If you’re a musician or podcaster who needs to record only one input at a time, the One is a very tempting interface.
Apogee One For Ipad Mac
The Apogee ONE is a 2 IN x 2 OUT USB Audio Interface/Microphone for iPad & Mac The all new Apogee ONE is the first studio quality microphone and USB audio interface for iPad and Mac. ONE is designed for easily creating professional and amazing sounding recordings on your iPod touch, iPhone, iPad or Mac.
Using Apogee’s premium AD/DA conversion, ONE produces pristine music, podcast, and voice-over recordings while also delivering audiophile quality sound to your headphones. The all new ONE for iPad and Mac features special circuitry designed to deliver professional performance for iPad use and low latency USB 2.0 performance for Mac. Legendary Sound Quality Why Apogee is the best choice for your studio Apogee is an award-winning industry leader in digital recording technology with over 25 years of experience. Preferred by recording pros around the world, Apogee products like Duet, Ensemble and Symphony I/O have been instrumental in creating countless GRAMMY® and OSCAR® winning recordings and have set the industry standard in professional recording for over two decades. Twice the Power. Charges iOS device. The only interface that charges iOS devices while in use and can also be battery powered.
Twice the inputs. Simultaneous microphone and instrument recording with internal mic or external mic and instrument input. Twice the Connectivity. Works with iOS and Mac. Direct connection with Lightning iOS devices (iPhone, iPod touch, iPad) and USB connection to Mac.
Twice the Control. Maestro app for iOS and Mac. Software control of hardware parameters including input selection and low latency monitoring. A difference you will hear ONE makes the legendary quality of Apogee’s mic preamps, AD/DA converters and clocking available in a portable form factor and at a great price. With components carefully selected in critical listening tests and a highly efficient circuit design, ONE was built by Apogee engineers to make a difference you can hear. Pristine, next generation AD/DA converters ONE’s AD/DA converters are designed to deliver the purest recordings and best listening experience possible. ONE’s efficient circuitry and state-of-the-art components provide a simplified signal path resulting in incredibly transparent recordings.
Smooth, detailed world-class mic preamps ONE features two microphone preamps with seamless click-free transitions as the gain increases and decreases throughout the incredible gain range of 0 to 63 dB. This unprecedented feature allows you to dial in the perfect level, either with the controller knob or from within software, while delivering ultra-low noise and smooth, crisp detail. ONE’s mic pres are suitable for all dynamic, condenser or ribbon microphones, allowing you to capture any sound without compromise.
The first to make professional recording on iPad a reality. Apogee pioneered studio-quality recording on iPad with, the first digital guitar input and the first professional digital microphone for iPad. JAM was featured in Apple’s iPad 2, GarageBand launch video. Now with, and, Apogee is the first to introduce professional multi-track recording interfaces to the world of iPad and iOS. These products complete this amazing platform by offering musicians, producers and engineers professional tools for music recording, production and listening. All new Maestro developed for iPod touch, iPhone and iPad Apogee’s new free Maestro app for iOS brings total hardware control to iPad.
Designed to create a seamless transition between Mac and iOS, Maestro’s design was customized for each device; iPhone, iPad and Mac, ensuring an intuitive user interface across every platform. The app includes all the same essential functions available on the Mac including low latency monitoring. Maestro can be downloaded for free from the Apple App Store on your iPod Touch, iPhone, or iPad. Recent Projects: Of Mice and Men 'I love my Apogee ONE! We're constantly writing new material on tour and finding an interface that is not only compact but also durable AND delivers a great sound can be quite difficult. The Apogee ONE is the perfect solution.
Plus the control knob is pretty handy!' 512 684 Brad Delava //www.apogeedigital.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/apogee-logo-hdr-2016.png Brad Delava 2014-05-23 15:-05-28 16:09:12 Alan Ashby - Musician. Recent Projects: Confluence and Amalgam 'I bring my Apogee ONE with me whenever I go out on tour with John Mayer, and it's helped me finish two distinctly different solo records in the process. The fact that it's so compact is an added bonus for the touring lifestyle - I would have brought this puppy in a rack unit if that's what it took!' 512 684 Brad Delava //www.apogeedigital.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/apogee-logo-hdr-2016.png Brad Delava 2014-04-08 17:-09-17 13:56:28 Zane Carney - Musician. Recent Projects: Slash, Alter Bridge “I've been a loyal Apogee user for years. I recently discovered ONE to be the perfect solution for any artist/songwriter who wants an interface that will not slow down the creative process while on the road.
Plug in the USB cable, fire up Logic or Garageband and you are ready.” 512 684 dylan //www.apogeedigital.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/apogee-logo-hdr-2016.png dylan 2014-01-15 17:-03-31 18:39:25 Myles Kennedy - Musician. “I’ve been recording on my I Mac for a couple of years, first using a MOTU 8 pre, and then picking up a used first generation Apogee Duet, I instantly fell in love with the sound I was getting from the Apogee, but felt limited to my studio, since purchasing the new Apogee One for my Ipad, I can record anywhere, the sound quality, is actually better than my Duet, and what’s phenomenal about that is I’m getting this quality on my Ipad. Well done Apogee, and thanks also to Ed Needler, (my Sweetwater salesman) For hookin me up. If you buy this, you won’t regret it.” Robert Leyden from Plymouth MA. 'The sound from the ONE is absolutely stunning. It has no trouble driving the headphones well beyond my comfort level, doing so with plenty of headroom to spare. The ONE has a, dare I say it, ruler-flat response.
Its performance is on par with some desktop DAC/amps that are many times more expensive.With the help of the ONE, I can listen to high-quality music files from my iPad - and it sounds great. It's a no-brainer for audiophiles who travel a lot and don't want to lug around their MacBook. Not a road warrior? Not a problem.
The ONE also works great as an audio engine for a clean and simple rig on your bedroom nightstand - or anywhere.' 107 277 David Podosek //www.apogeedigital.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/apogee-logo-hdr-2016.png David Podosek 2014-03-18 23:-04-01 18:56:32 Tone Audio Magazine - Hi-Fi Playback and Recording on the Go. 'If you’re a singer, guitarist, or any kind of solo musician who wonders why your recordings sound dull and muddy, wake up your music with the One. Its one quality input channel can certainly be a better buy than wasting money on eight mediocre ones.'
131 206 David Podosek //www.apogeedigital.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/apogee-logo-hdr-2016.png David Podosek 2014-03-18 23:-04-08 17:52:51 Mix Magazine Product Review - USB Audio I/O for iPad and Mac.