The Apogee ONE is a portable audio interface with built-in microphone. Unlike other portable audio interfaces, the Apogee ONE has two inputs in addition to the built-in microphone. Plus, it has a
very slick design and, most importantly, audio quality second to none amongst portable audio interfaces. Thanks to a recent product update, it now comes with a Lightning adapter cable, making it
compatible with nearly all of your iOS devices. But does all of this justify the steep entry price of $349?
While the Apogee ONE for iPhone, iPad and Mac is an audio interface, the two inputs set it pretty far apart from the most similar offerings from other companies. (I know, the name makes it seem
like there’s only one input. Perhaps they should have named it the Apogee SOLO.) The first input is an XLR connection for microphones, and the second is a standard instrument connection (1/4 inch)
for guitars and the like. But even if you don’t have an instrument or microphone within arm’s reach, the ONE has a built in microphone, which makes it a very versatile accessory indeed.
Included with the Apogee ONE are the input adapter, USB cable, Lightning cable, 30-pin
cable, microphone mount, and AC power adapter. If you want the One to be truly portable, you’ll have to supply two of your own AA batteries. It’s not a big deal really, but it might suggest the
portability of this device isn’t really on the top of the feature…