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Universal Audio Apollo Twin MKII Duo (APLTWDII)
- Desktop 2x6 Thunderbolt audio interface for Mac and Windows with world-class 24-bit/192 kHz audio conversion, uncompromising analog design, superior components, and premium build quality
- Real-time UAD processing for tracking through vintage compressor, EQs, tape machines, mic preamps, and guitar amp plug-ins with near-zero (sub-2ms) latency*
- 2 premium mic/line preamps; 2 line outputs; front-panel Hi-Z instrument input and headphone output, 2 digitally controlled analog monitor outputs, 8 channels of digital input via Optical connection. Apollo Thunderbolt System Requirements MAC- Apple Mac computer with available Thunderbolt port.macOS 10.11 El Capitan, 10.12 Sierra, 10.13 High Sierra, or 10.14 Mojave. WINDOWS- PC computer with built-in Thunderbolt 3 port. Windows 10 Fall Creators Update (64-Bit Edition). Qualified Thunderbolt 3 to Thunderbolt 2 adapter (sold separately)
- Real-time analog Classics UAD- plug-in bundle: Legacy versions of the LA-2A, 1176LN, Pultec EQP-1A, plus Softube Amp Room Essentials, Raw Distortion, 610-B Tube Preamp & EQ, and more
- Console 2.0 software features channel strip presets, drag & drop functionality, dynamically resizable Windows, Runs UAD powered plug-ins via VST, RTAS, & AAX 64 in all major DAWs
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Universal Audio Apollo Twin MKII
Next-Generation Desktop Record-Making Machine for Mac and Windows
Apollo Twin MkII Is Born To Make Records
Apollo Twin MkII Duo and Quad are hugely popular professional desktop recording interfaces for Mac and Windows that deliver enhanced audio conversion with the tone, feel, and flow of analog recording. Built upon UA’s 60-year heritage of audio craftsmanship, Apollo Twin MkII interfaces features two Unison-enabled mic preamps, next-generation A/D and D/A conversion, and the Realtime Analog Classic plug-in bundle, allowing you to track in real time with near zero latency.
Better yet, all Thunderbolt equipped Apollo and Arrow users can download LUNA Recording System for FREE! LUNA Recording System includes the LUNA Application, LUNA Instruments, and LUNA Extensions, and transforms Thunderbolt-equipped Apollo and Arrow interfaces into a full-featured music creation, recording, and analog-style production system for modern Macs running macOS Mojave or Catalina, giving users the most natural, inspiring, analog-sounding music production environment available.
Apollo Twin MkII Features
Record with pro quality Apollo A/D and D/A conversion — as heard on hundreds of hit records.
Mix with UAD plug-ins like the included Teletronix LA-2A and 1176 compressors, Pultec EQs, and 610-B Preamp.
Cascade up to 4 Apollo interfaces and 6 UAD-2 devices over Thunderbolt, adding DSP and I/O as your studio grows.
Track with near-zero latency through preamp emulations from Neve, API, Manley and more using Unison technology.
LUNA Recording System
LUNA transforms Apollo and Arrow interfaces into the most inspiring and fully‑integrated Mac‑based recording systems on the planet. LUNA gives Apollo owners the fastest recording environment for music production, editing, and mixing. In addition to seamless hardware‑software integration with Thunderbolt‑equipped* Apollo and Arrow interfaces, LUNA captures audio through DSP‑powered UAD plug‑ins with no discernible latency, as well as offering new Accelerated Realtime MonitoringTM — which provides analog‑style tracking and overdubbing workflows using Apollo’s onboard DSP acceleration.
Key LUNA features include LUNA Extensions and LUNA Instruments. Far beyond plug-ins, LUNA Extensions are built into the fabric of LUNA's mixer, giving you authentic analog sounds without having to manage multiple plug-in windows. LUNA Instruments are designed to fuel your Inspiration by bringing UA's expertise in modeling, sampling, and synthesis to software instruments, creating a new level of realism.
Desktop 2 x 6 Thunderbolt Audio Interface w/ Realtime UAD-2 QUAD, DUO, or SOLO Core Processing for Mac and Windows.
The New Apollo Twin is a Next-Generation Desktop Record-Making Machine with LUNA Recording System integration — for Mac and Windows.
Apollo Twin MkII is a ground-up redesign of the world’s most popular professional desktop recording interface — delivering enhanced audio conversion with the tone, feel, and flow of analog recording. This 2x6 Thunderbolt audio interface for Mac and Windows features onboard UAD-2 QUAD Core processing, Unison™ technology, next-generation A/D and D/A conversion, and full LUNA Recording System integration (Mac).
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The included plugins are enough to cut an album along with what your DAW has to offer. I can't think of much more to say, I mean... separate monitor and headphone volumes, talk button, mono button, HP filter, hiZ guitar jack, mute button, lightning fast thunderbolt, incredible software, 1.something ms of latency?!? It's a million dollar recording studio squeezed into a very solid stylin' metal box.
And yes it aint cheap but trust me - I went way over budget and I'll be hurting for a while but it's for my art so it's totally worth it.
The console application was (and continues to be) very unintuitive for me. I'm actually afraid to use it after ruining a pair of studio monitors on account of the so-called CTRL ROOM mic. Fortunately, I was able to replace the monitors with the manufacturer who were very understanding. So, you might simple write this review off as I'm an idiot; but buyer beware, I don't typically have problems with tech stuff, I'm a GenX'er who went to university after military service, so I run with Millennials, but can tell them about getting an Atari VCS for Xmas as a kid. I'm used to being able to figure stuff out intuitively, but I will absolutely read manuals when necessary.
So, UAD needs to produce some basic and advanced tutorials for using the console app with the Apollo Twin (not the Apollo 8 series because the console app looks and works differently for the rack mounted Apollos). These need to show how to setup the console to work with a DAW for music production, with routing examples that do not feature an electric guitar. One popular UAD video on YouTube presents a female singer and a famous producer working with an Apollo Twin, but they focus on recording external audio, gloss over the console, and instead mention UAD plug-ins at every possible junction. In fact, all the so-called tutorials are nothing but a chance to push UAD plug-ins. It's borderline insulting to watch. If Amazon allowed hyperlinks in these reviews, I would include several examples so you could judge for yourself. Nobody wants to sits through lightly veiled marketing bs when they already own the product and are simply trying to make it work.
I've waited a long time to repost this review, as it was originally blocked because I had included YouTube links. I want to say that I've gone on to invested even more in the UAD ecosystem by now, and I'm appreciative of the products and plug-ins. However, everything I've said above still applies. The UAD documentation is horrible. I'm still completely put off by the continued pattern of mixing over-the-top marketing bs with way-too advanced technical descriptions, descriptions only someone who wouldn't need the manual could understand. They go from one extreme to the other, as if no one at UAD can understand the perspective of someone like myself. There's just one manual for all the plug-ins and it's really impossible to find anything useful reading it. They've mixed the documentation for the so-called Legacy versions of the plug-ins right in-line with the MK2 versions, so no matter which version you have, you're forced to sift through the same marketing text from the website sales page, all while trying to comprehend and mentally process whether what you are reading applied to the plug-in you are trying to learn something about.
TL;DR The UAD Apollo Twin is perhaps not for everyone. The company seems to be clueless to the obligation to support a new generation of non-professional producers with DIY home studios making mostly electronic music "in the box" without much more than a computer. I don't think there's a better product but I'm not a happy customer.
So In Summary: AMAZING if you want that studio sounding quality. I've created some stuff with this that is pretty close to what you would get out of an actual studio & I'm only a few months into learning this stuff. A couple tutorials and you'll be setup without having to tweak anything after that. Just understand the very specific specifications required to run this thing. You need an i7 Processor at a minimum & a Thunderbolt connection. I had a windows desktop and upgraded my Processor & had a Thunderbolt plug installed which I don't recommend anyone does lol If you can just get a macbook with the port it'll save you a ton of trouble and headache. Overall this purchase was the single best one I've made in regards to my audio setup. This thing paired with a decent microphone is a game changer!! Couldn't recommend enough!!
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all are the best in the world.There is no substitute for UAD DAWS,
I just did not rate it with five stars because it could come with more plugins.