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Universal Audio know more than just a thing or two about studio outboard in the digital age: they wrote the book! The Universal Audio Apollo Quad is a firewire audio interface with a difference: it combines an 8 in 14 out (expandable) interface with Universal Audio's renowned UAD hardware acceleration. The result is all you need to record in the studio with real time UAD processing in a single rackmountable unit. The 4 digitally controlled mic pre-amps are completely transparent to allow you to use the UAD processing to apply the tonal qualities of your classic mic pres all in real time while you're recording it latency of less than 2ms!
Installation of the extra Thunderbolt card (not included) makes the UA Apollo the worlds first Thunderbolt audio interface
The Quad version features significantly more processing power than the more affordable Duo
Here's what Universal Audio say about the Apollo Duo
Class-Leading 24-bit/192 kHz Sound Quality Designed to play a central role in a modern Mac- or PC-based studio, Apollo incorporates a true "no compromise" approach to audio quality. Building upon decades of UA's analog hardware heritage, it offers extremely high-resolution sonics, with the lowest THD and highest dynamic range in its class. Apollo's premium mic preamps, top-end converters - and UA's meticulous attention to circuit design - translate into greater accuracy and depth in your recordings, from tracking and overdubbing, to mixing and mastering.
Realtime UAD Plug-In Processing for Tracking, Mixing and Mastering
While Apollo's "natural" sound is exceedingly open and transparent, it can quickly deliver a wide range of classic analog tones and color via its Realtime UAD Processing. Available with either DUO Core or QUAD Core processing onboard, this onboard DSP Acceleration allows for recording and mixing through UAD Powered Plug-Ins - with as low as sub-2ms latency - so that producers can quickly monitor, audition, and "print" audio using classic analog emulations from Ampex, Lexicon, Manley, Neve, Roland, SSL, Studer, and more.
Want to place multiple 1176 compressors on your drum inputs, or record vocals through a classic Neve 1073 EQ, or even track the entire band through a Studer A800 tape machine in real time- No problem. With Realtime UAD processing, Apollo's sonic options are virtually endless.Thunderbolt I/O: The Next Generation of Connectivity
Apollo offers compatibility with Intel's new Thunderbolt technology, as found on the newest iMacs, MacBook Pros, MacBook Airs, and next-generation PCs.
Available via a user-installable dual-port Thunderbolt I/O Option Card (sold separately), Thunderbolt provides lower latency, reduced audio buffer size, improved performance, and greater UAD plug-in instances versus FireWire. And because Thunderbolt offers many times the bandwith of FireWire, it allows music producers to connect numerous devices in series with the Apollo interface - including hard drives, processors, and additional computer monitors - all with fast, flawless performance.
Deeper Integration with Pro Tools, Logic, Cubase and more
Apollo's Core Audio and ASIO* drivers ensure compatibility with all major DAWs, including Pro Tools, Logic Pro, Cubase, Live, and more. Beyond this basic compatibility, Apollo's included Console application and companion Console Recall plug-in (VST/AU/RTAS) provide control and recall of all interface and UAD plug-in settings within individual DAW sessions, even months and years later. Read more about Apollo's included software here.
One key feature of Apollo isn't really a "feature" at all. It's the numerous design details that give you a fast, natural workflow - and better results. There are physical front-panel controls for all the most commonly used features, including Preamp and Monitor level knobs, channel selection, mic pad and low cut, phantom power, and even dual headphone outs with independent level control. Smart Hi-Z inputs on the front panel detect when you've connected your guitar or bass, and automatically enable hardware and software monitoring.
Sonically, Apollo's Mic inputs and Monitor outputs are digitally controlled analog, so you don't lose audio resolution when you adjust gain. High-resolution/high-contrast metering, derived from UA's legendary 2192 interface, is designed to be viewable at nearly any angle. Finally, standalone operation means that you can use Apollo's audio connections, and last-used DSP mixer settings, even without a computer connected.
- 18 x 24 FireWire/Thunderbolt-ready audio interface for Mac and PC*
- Realtime UAD Processing for low-latency (sub-2ms) tracking and mixing w/ UAD Powered Plug-Ins**
- Premium mic preamps, top-end converters, and uncompromising analog design
- Front-panel controls for all commonly used features
- Full recall of interface and UAD plug-in settings within DAW sessions via Console Recall plug-in (VST/RTAS/AU)
- 8 analog inputs: 4 digitally controlled analog mic preamps; 8 balanced line inputs; 2 front-panel JFET DIs
- 14 analog outputs: 8 balanced line outs; 2 digitally-controlled analog monitor outs; 2 dedicated stereo headphone outs
- 10 channels of digital I/O: 8 channels of ADAT; 2 channels S/PDIF; Wordclock I/O
- Dual FireWire 800 ports (standard)
- Thunderbolt I/O Option Card for connectivity to new Macs and PCs (card sold separately)
- Available in DUO Core and QUAD Core processor models
- Includes "Analog Classics"
- plug-ins: LA-2A Classic Audio Leveler, 1176LN Limiting Amplifier, and Pultec EQP-1A Program Equalizer
- Virtual I/O feature for Realtime UAD Processing of virtual instruments and DAW tracks
- Multi-Unit Cascading allows combining two Apollos for 16 analog inputs/outputs and 12 digital inputs/outputs
Anonymous review via Feefo | Purchase date: 05 October 2013
Simply stunning. Easy to setup and use and the sound is incredible.
Chris | Purchase date: 28 February 2013
Firstly, amazing service. Helpful, informed, and friendly staff in store. Easy to use website (always better experience for us punters!!)
Secondly, wanted the Apollo for ages, and being able to buy through 0% interest payment over 9 months really helps the finances!
Thirdly, what an amazing bit of kit. Straight out the box this feels like incredible quality, and the simple to use front end and intuitive console software make this high quality, and easy to use. Then you switch on the effects, and play your existing tracks through the audio converters. This is where the problems start - you realise how poor your previous audio interface was. This is a very honest piece of audio equipment, with huge capabilities, but it cannot mask 'noisy' microphones or poorly timed / tuned performances. This is a high end piece of equipment that will take your tracking and mixing to new levels - unfortunately it doesn't have a feature to improve the performance -but if you play well, and have a reasonably balanced room, and want to move into the professional end of audio interfaces - this is exactly what you need.
Amazing sounds, quality plugins, brilliant!