Universal Audio Apollo Twin High-Resolution Thunderbolt Interface with Realtime UAD DUO Processing
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- Desktop 2x6 Thunderbolt audio interface with world-class 24-bit/192 kHz audio conversion
- Real time UAD Processing for tracking through vintage Compressors, EQs, Tape Machines, Mic Preamps, and Guitar Amp plug-ins with near-zero (sub-2ms) latency
- Unison technology offers stunning models of classic tube and transformer-based mic preamps
- Runs UAD Powered Plug-Ins via Audio Units, VST, RTAS & AAX 64 in all major DAWs
- Requires Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion or 10.9 Mavericks
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Universal Audio Apollo Twin
High-Resolution Desktop Music Production with Classic Analog Sound.
A Complete Analog Studio with Realtime UAD Plug-In Processing.
Imagine having access to a classic analog recording studio, right on your desktop. Apollo Twin lets you record and mix through the full range of UAD Powered Plug-Ins — including vintage EQs, compressors, reverbs, tape machines and more — at near-zero latency, regardless of your audio software buffer size. With award-winning UAD plug-ins from Ampex, Lexicon, Neve, Moog, Roland, SSL, Studer, and more (sold separately), Apollo Twin serves up authentic analog tone and warmth.
The key to its analog magic is onboard UAD-2 Solo or Duo DSP Processing, which powers the UAD plug-ins while reducing the strain on your host CPU. Apollo Twin includes the 'Realtime Analog Classics' plug-in bundle, featuring a choice selection of vintage compressors, EQs and reverb, plus guitar amps and tube mic preamp emulation. From there, you can choose from a vast and expanding collection of plug-ins in the UA online store.
Apollo Twin Features
Record and mix with stunning 24/192kHz audio conversion
With the highest dynamic range and lowest noise of any desktop interface, Apollo Twin gives you stellar 24-bit/192 kHz sound and breathtaking clarity.
Its premium mic preamps, input stage, and audio conversion are identical to the famed Apollo series, translating into rich three-dimensional recordings with exceptional depth and punch.
Digitally controlled analog monitor outputs provide full resolution audio (without digital scaling) at all listening levels — letting you create better mixes in real-world environments.
Mic preamp emulations, powered by Unison technology
Unison technology allows Apollo Twin’s mic preamps to sound and behave like the world's most sought-after tube and solid state preamps — including their all-important impedance, gain stage 'sweet spots', and circuit behaviors.
Based on breakthrough integration between Apollo’s digitally controlled analog mic preamps and its onboard UAD processing, Unison lets you track through colorful preamp emulations like the bundled UA 610-B Tube Preamp plug-in, with more emulations coming soon.
High-speed Thunderbolt connection to your Mac
Apollo Twin’s Thunderbolt connection features ultra-fast PCIe audio drivers for high-bandwidth, low-latency performance on all Thunderbolt-equipped Macs.
Because Thunderbolt offers 12x the bandwidth of FireWire 800, you can connect numerous devices in line with Apollo Twin — including hard drives and HDMI/USB3 hubs — all with fast, flawless performance.
Console application and Console Recall Plug-In
The Console application is Apollo Twin’s software control interface. Its intuitive, analog console-style design provides 'realtime' tracking and monitoring with UAD Powered Plug-Ins — a feature not found in any other interface.
Complete Apollo Twin Console setups can be saved as presets, or even saved within your sessions using the Console Recall plug-in (VST/AU/RTAS/AAX 64). This enables hardware recall of all Apollo Twin settings, even months and years after you last opened your session.
Apollo Twin reinvents desktop recording by delivering legendary analog studio sound, feel, and flow to music creators everywhere. This 2x6 Thunderbolt audio interface for Mac combines the same impeccable 24/192 kHz audio conversion of Universal Audio's acclaimed Apollo series with onboard Real time UAD DUO Processing. Plus it uses Unison technology, a breakthrough in classic mic preamp emulation. Record your music in real time (at near-zero latency) through the full range of UAD plug-ins - from Neve, Studer, Manley, Lexicon, API and more - putting racks of vintage EQs, compressors, mic preamps, tape machines, reverbs, and guitar amps at your fingertips . A Universal Audio breakthrough, Apollo Twin's Unison technology gives you the tone of the world's most sought-after tube and solid state mic preamps - including their all-important impedance, gain stage "sweet spots," and component-level circuit behaviors. Based on unprecedented hardware-software integration between Apollo's mic preamps and its onboard UAD plug-in processing, Unison lets you record through stunning emulations like the bundled UA 610-B Tube Preamp plug-in, with more emulations available at the UA Online Store. Apollo Twin's smart feature set includes two class-leading mic/line preamps, two analog line outputs, two digitally controlled analog monitor outputs for full resolution at all listening levels, and up to eight additional channels of digital input via Optical connection. Onboard UAD DUO Processing lets you use UAD plug-ins both during real-time tracking and for mixing within Pro Tools, Cubase, Logic, Able ton Live, Garage Band and more. With its ergonomic desktop design, rugged aluminum construction, and front panel headphone and instrument connections, Apollo Twin has all the right tools, all in the right place. Thunderbolt cable sold separately. Apollo Twin includes the "Real time Analog Classics" UAD plug-in bundle. All other plug-ins are sold.
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I'm a huge fan.
These are my favorite plugins. I've bought probably about 10.
610- A and B Tube Pre Amp
API Vision Strip
Shadow Hills Mastering
For video sound:
Pultec Passive EQ Collection (love love love)
Teletronix LA-2A Leveler Collection (love love)
I asked my friend that records and mixes for a living what top plugins he would suggest to me and most of these are from him.
The Apollo Twin Duo and accompanying software are very powerful tools, and they have uncluttered my desk tremendously. There are many additional processing plug-ins available from Universal Audio (albeit kind of pricey), but certainly a whole lot cheaper than attempting to purchase the hardware originals.