Apogee Quartet - Sound Mixer

April 29, 2015 | Greg Astill

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If you’re interested in experimenting with audio production and mixing, come down to the Hub at the Toronto Reference Library and learn the tricks of the trade with some handy devices. For example, the Apogee Quartet serves as a mixer and allows users to come in and record vocals or plug in their instruments with the aim of recording at studio quality.

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Image Courtesy of Apogee

Apogee Quartet is a professional audio interface connecting to Apple computers via USB. The company Apogee has been instrumental in creating technology and setting standards in professional recording over the last 25 years. 

With the single controller knob design and a simple tap on the touchpad you can select your desired input or output and precisely dial in your level. This ultimate desktop recording experience can be easily plugged into an iPad to take your recording studio on the road with you.

The Quartet can handle a combination of up to four different analog inputs via an XLR and 1/4” cord, for connecting microphones, guitars and keyboards. In addition, the Quartet also includes eight channels of digital input via two optical connections (ADAT/SMUX) for connecting an additional analog-to-digital converter such as Apogee’s Ensemble.

Recording Music

Check out Apogee's YouTube channel where they've posted a nice selection of videos that showcase the Quartet and other products that make recording a lot easier and more mobile. 

This equipment is now available for use at the Toronto Reference Library’s Digital Innovation Hub, free with a valid library card. Also check out some of these great books to learn more about the trade.

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Practical recording techniques : the step-by-step approach to professional audio recording

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The science of sound recording

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Audio engineering 101 : a beginner's guide to music production

In addition, check out the recording studio at the Fort York Innovation Hub. There they have a bookable room that can be used as an amateur studio. The Media Lab is currently not sound treated and can be booked for up to two hours per day.

Have fun!!
Greg

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