Overview of the Apogee One
Introduction to the Apogee One:
the Apogee ONE is a pocket-sized USB microphone and music interface that plugs straight into a mac laptop or desktop computer. It is designed to record a single channel of audio via the built in microphone or the line in for guitar.
Apogee primarily focuses on producing analog to digital converters and are known for their exceptional quality and what they have produced here is something really special.
The interface works with most mac compatible software including Garageband, Logic, Cubase, Pro Tools, Abelton Live, Digital Performer, Nuendo and Soundtrack Pro. The unit requires Mac 10.5.7 (Leopard) or higher to run.
The One records at 24 bit audio at sample rates of 44.1 kHz or 48 kHz for excellent sound quality. The built in microphone provides a portable recording solution for quickly capturing musical ideas, recording high quality demos, rehearsals, podcasts, lectures, interviews, voice-overs etc.
You also have the option of plugging in your own microphone if you prefer since there is an included on board preamp which can be set via the rotary knob to the exact level you want giving complete control of the internal or external microphone, instrument and output functions for input level and volume adjustment. A breakout cable is also included to give you more flexibility.The output of the Apogee One is supplied by the 1/8″ jack on the front allowing connection to either headphones or powered speakers.
With a footprint slightly larger than an iPhone, ONE’s compact size is travel friendly and this is one feature that makes it very appealing since inspiration often happens out of town and away from the studio. It is possible to lay down a track or two virtually anywhere.
Buying Advice for the Apogee One.
There is a lot to like about this unit. As a personal recording interface it is highly portable, sounds great and opens up many possibilities for the musician who wants to put down tracks on the go. Team this up with an apple laptop and headphones and you will have a great little system for recording demos etc. As mentioned previously it is not designed to take a stereo line in (in which case the Apogee Duet 2 would be the next step up). For guitarist/vocalists though, it would be a great choice.