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Universal Audio Apollo Twin High-Resolution Thunderbolt Interface with Realtime UAD SOLO Processing
- 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.
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 SOLO 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 SOLO 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.
Top Customer Reviews
I wanted to love the Apollo Twin so bad but sadly, after two months of ownership, I'm a fairly disappointed overall. I got this as a replacement for my Mackie 1640i because my new Macbook doesn't have firewire and needed a Thunderbolt interface. Plus, it's portable. Overall, the Apollo itself is very well built, looks and feels great, sounds great but there are some annoying issues that are dealbreakers for me to continue using this.
To begin with, Universal Audio installs all the demo plugins right alongside your purchased plugins. This is extremely counter-intuitive to workflow and it is extremely annoying to look for a plugin I own, only to have to sift through a list of demo plugins I don't even need/want to see. Even worse, if you hide the demo plugin files on your hard drive by moving them to another folder, after an update, they are all back again. I understand UAD wants to sell plugins but this is a major dealbreaker for me.
The other issue I've run into is the DSP getting overloaded and refusing to load plugins. Sorry, but I can load multiple instances of most Waves plugins and have never had an issue such as this using my computers memory. For this to happen on a dedicated DSP box is poor execution.
As for sound quality, the Apollo just doesn't compare with the Mackie when recording live instruments such as bass, guitars or vocals, especially considering the channel strip is at your fingertips on the Mackie standard console and with the Apollo the console is software based.
Lastly, I was mostly interested in the Ampex or Studer tape plugins but after testing them side-by-side against Waves J37 Tape plugin, the Waves plugin won hands down and is what I ended up purchasing. Plus, the Waves plugins work right off the hard drive and don't require the Apollo unit to be plugged in which is handy if you want to work on some mixes on a laptop while sitting on the couch, etc without wires all over the place.
I wrote this review just to give some of the critical aspects of this device and not to sugar coat it as an all-in-wonder. The Apollo does have some great features and I'll definitely find a place for it in my studio or live rig but I expected more for the price.
•Fact: It has onboard UAD digital signal processing
•Fact: It's has Professional, not consumer grade conversion
•Fact: The ADAT optical input allows you to independently mic a drum set, a whole band, or even a rap group, if that floats your boat
Listen to the FACTS and not the disgruntled opinions of others, whether or not this interface has a high learning curve, or looks like the parts are inexpensive or some the unit isn't good because of the OS it operates on is purely subjective. The bottom line is professionals swear by this portable but powerful device everyday, I don't own one, but I've used it on several different sessions, and the plugins, headroom and conversion blew me away
Fact:I will build a B room centered totally around this small incredible interface
- a Mac user
- a dance, rock, folk, pop music producer
- a mix engineer
- someone who loves producing music
The Apollo series, the whole line, are absolutely fantastic. I've worked on SSL consoles, trident boards, and used countless pieces of outboard gear. Let's be clear, nothing beats the sound of the real thing, BUT these come incredibly close. For someone like myself who values session recall and ease of integration - the apollo line is the best. It's also wonderful to be able to record in the box with almost zero latency.
In March, Universal Audio is going to release an update to their Console application that will allow this unit to link with another Apollo unit. You could control the system volume via this unit and also utilize the DSP chips and I/O from another. Can't wait!
One thing I do recommend is considering the DUO version of this unit, you're going to want the extra processing power: http://www.amazon.com/Universal-Audio-High-Resolution-Thunderbolt-Processing/dp/B00I0RHU8K?tag=watitstr-20
And don't forget the Thunderbolt cable: http://www.amazon.com/Apple-MD861ZM-Thunderbolt-Cable-VERSION/dp/B00B3Y4FAS/?tag=watitstr-20
Yep. This alone made it worth it for me.
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