Apogee Quartet – Outputs Overview
In this tutorial we will cover the Quartet outputs and how they can be controlled on both the front panel and in Maestro.
Quartet has a total of eight outputs
Six on the back that are balanced 1/4″
and headphone out on the side
On Quartet’s front panel you will notice 2 Soft Buttons
One with a Speaker icon and another with a Headphone icon.
When selected you can control either one with Quartet’s encoder knob.
Open Maestro Quartet’s companion software, and select the Output Tab.
Here you will also see “Speaker” and “Headphones”
These mimic Quartet’s hardware knob, so output can be controlled here in Maestro or on the Quartet’s front panel.
Right above the Speaker output, you will see a drop down menu
“Line” Bypasses Quartet’s Analog attenuation control.Do not set it to line if you have the outputs connected directly to powered speakers or Power amp.
“Stereo” is the Default and allows you to control the output volume going to your speakers connected to outputs 1&2
“2 Speaker sets” allows you to use outputs 1&2 and 3&4 to connect and control two sets of speakers.
If you select this you will now see another drop down menu is added.
When Speaker 2 is selected… you are now sending the stereo out to outputs 3&4 to monitor through a different set of speakers
“3 Speaker sets” is exactly the same only adding one more set to outputs 5&6
“5.1” is for surround. When set to this mode all six monitors in your surround set up can be turned up or down at the same time.
Keep in mind this is only for volume attenuation, actual surround mixing and encoding must be done in your audio application.
In Maestro you also have a separate Mute, DIM, and Mono for the Speaker out and headphone out.
When these are selected you will see indication in Maestro and on Quartet’s front panel
Next we see six meters with Faders
At the top you will see +4 dBu and if you click on it you will also see -10 dBV
Select + 4 when connecting Quartet’s outputs to a balanced Inputs, for instance most powered speakers and Power amps have balance inputs.
However, if you are connecting to an un-balanced input, you will typically select -10.
And Finally you will see Attenuation control for each of the six outputs… This allow you to attenuate each output -12 db. This comes in handy when connecting multiple sets of speakers to Quartet and you want to match levels perfectly between them.
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