The Apollo 16 is Universal Audio's flagship 24-bit/192 kHz audio interface, delivering world-class conversion with 16 x 16 analog I/O - twice the analog I/O of the original Apollo.
World-Class 24-bit/192 kHz Conversion
Apollo 16 brings a true "no compromise" approach to every aspect of its audio signal path. Building upon decades of UA hardware expertise, it features meticulous analog circuit design, top-end converters, and DC-coupled outputs - providing the lowest THD and highest dynamic range of any converter in its class. Specifically, the Apollo 16's deep, wide soundstage, and its exceptionally open and transparent sound, makes it the ideal centerpiece for professional recording studios.
Realtime UAD Plug-In Processing for Tracking, Mixing, and Mastering
With its standard UAD-2 QUAD processing onboard, Apollo 16 allows recording in real time through UAD Powered Plug-Ins - with as low as sub-2ms latency - so you can monitor, audition, and "print" audio through stunning analog emulations from Ampex, Lexicon, Manley, Neve, Roland, SSL, Studer, and more.** Better still, Apollo 16's Realtime UAD Processing is also available during mixing and mastering, so that music producers can employ UAD plug-ins (VST, RTAS, AU, AAX 64) throughout the creative process.
High-speed Thunderbolt Connection to your Mac
Apollo 16 offers compatibility with Thunderbolt technology on Macs via a user-installable dual-port Thunderbolt Option Card (sold separately). Thunderbolt provides greater UAD plug-in instances, improved performance at high sample rates, and reduced UAD plug-in latency. Because Thunderbolt offers many times the bandwidth of FireWire, it allows studios to connect numerous devices in series with the Apollo interface - including hard drives, processors, and additional computer monitors - all with fast, flawless performance.
Hardware Design and Workflow
Apollo 16 boasts straightforward 16 x 16 analog I/O via convenient DB-25 connections - perfect for pairing with mixing consoles, outboard processors, cue/headphone systems, and more. Two Apollo 16 units can be cascaded over MADI for an expanded system with eight UAD processors and 32 x 32 simultaneous analog I/O, capable of handling large professional mixes. The Apollo 16's enhanced routing capabilities includes four stereo Cue mixes with individually assignable outputs, and a "Virtual I/O" feature that allows Realtime UAD Processing of DAW tracks and virtual instruments.
Apollo 16 boasts numerous design details that give you a fast, natural workflow. Its Monitor outputs are digitally controlled analog, so you don't lose audio resolution when you adjust gain. More than 195 high-visibility LEDs provide full input and output metering, and with zero "hot spots" or light bleed. Finally, standalone operation means that you can use Apollo's audio connections, and last-used DSP mixer settings, even without a computer connected.
Console Application and Console Recall Plug-In
The Console application is Apollo'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 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 settings, even months and years after you last opened your session.
Deeper Integration with Pro Tools, Logic, Cubase and More
Apollo 16's Core Audio and ASIO drivers ensure compatibility with all major DAWs, including Pro Tools, Logic Pro, Cubase, and more. The included Console application and companion Console Recall plug-in (VST, AU, RTAS, AAX 64) provide control and recall of all interface and Realtime UAD plug-in settings within your DAW sessions, even months and years later. A new "PT Mode" ensures that Pro Tools can take advantage of all 16 analog inputs/outputs for hardware inserts - and maximizes analog I/O in a multi-unit setup.
UA's flagship FireWire/Thunderbolt-ready audio interface for Mac and Windows 7*16 x 16 analog I/O via DB-25 connectors - ideal for mixing consoles, outboard preamps, etc.Realtime UAD-2 QUAD processing for low-latency (sub-2ms) tracking and mixing w/ UAD Powered Plug-Ins**Thunderbolt Option Card for next-generation connectivity to compatible Macs (sold separately)Four stereo Cue mixes with fully assignable outputsMulti-unit cascading over MADI merges two Apollo 16 units for 32 x 32 analog I/OPT Mode allows easy insertion of outboard analog hardware in Pro Tools**Virtual I/O feature for Realtime UAD Processing of virtual instruments and DAW tracksFull recall of interface settings in DAW sessions via Console Recall plug-in (VST/RTAS/AU)Full compatibility with UAD-2 DSP Accelerator systemsIncludes dedicated XLR monitor outs and stereo AES-EBU digital I/OIncludes "Analog Classics" plug-ins, featuring Legacy versions of the LA-2A Classic Audio Leveler, 1176LN Limiting Amplifier, and Pultec EQP-1A EQ
Thunderbolt cable sold separately
UAD Powered Plug-Ins version 8
Apple Mac computer with available Thunderbolt or Thunderbolt 2 portMac OS X 10.8.5 Mountain Lion, 10.9.x Mavericks, or 10.10.x Yosemite4 gigabytes available disk spaceInternet connection to download software and authorize UAD plug-insCompatible VST, Audio Units, RTAS, or AAX 64 plug-in host DAW softwareThunderbolt cable (sold separately)
Note: All specifications are typical performance unless otherwise noted, tested under the following conditions: 48 kHz internal sample rate, 24-bit sample depth, 20 kHz measurement bandwidth, with balanced output.
Analog Line Inputs 16Analog Line Outputs 16 (not including monitor outputs)Analog Monitor Outputs Two (one stereo pair)AES/EBU Two (Thunderbolt 1 compatible)Thunderbolt 2 ports Two (Thunderbolt 1 compatible)Word Clock One input, one output A/D - D/A Conversion
Supported Sample Rates (kHz) 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4, 192Bit Depth Per Sample 24Simultaneous A/D conversion 16 channelsSimultaneous D/A conversion 18 channelsAnalog Round-Trip Latency 1.1 milliseconds @ 96 kHz sample rateAnalog Round-Trip Latency with four serial UAD-2 plug-ins via Console application 1.1 milliseconds @ 96 kHz sample rate
Frequency Response 20 Hz - 20 kHz, ±0.1 dBLine Inputs 1 - 16Connector Type Two Female DB25, Tascam wiringDynamic Range 119 dB (A-weighting)Signal-to-Noise Ratio 119 dB (A-weighting)Total Harmonic Distortion + Noise -112.5 dB @ -1 dBFSCommon-Mode Rejection Ratio (CMRR) 75 dB (10' cable)Input Impedance 10K OhmsInput Reference Level +4 dBu (fixed)Maximum Input Level (+4 dBu setting) +20.2 dBuMaximum Input Level (-10 dBV setting) +6.2 dBV (unbalanced)
Line Outputs 1 - 16
Connector TypeTwo Female DB25, Tascam wiringDynamic Range 126 dB (A-weighting)Signal-to-Noise Ratio 126 dB (A-weighting)Total Harmonic Distortion + Noise -118 dBFS @ -1 dBFSStereo Level Balance ±0.01 dBOutput Impedance 100 OhmsMaximum Output Level +20.2 dBu
Monitor Outputs 1 - 2
Connector Type XLR MaleDynamic Range 124 dB (A-weighting)Signal-to-Noise Ratio 123 dB (A-weighting)Total Harmonic Distortion + Noise -117 dBFSStereo Level Balance ±0.01 dBOutput Impedance 100 OhmsMaximum Output Level +20.2 dBu
Connector Type XLRFormat IEC 60958 Type I
MADI (Not Implemented)
Connector Type Dual Optical SC-Plug (ISO/IEC 9314-3)Word Clock
Connector Type BNCLock Range ±0.5% of any supported sample rateWord Clock Input Termination 75 Ohms, switchable Synchronization Sources
Internal, Word Clock, AES/EBU
Power Supplies External AC to DC Power Supply, Level V compliantAC Input Connector Type IEC MaleAC Requirements 100V - 240V AC, 50 - 60 HzDC Connector Type XLR 4-Pin Locking Male (Neutrik P/N NC4MDM3-H)DC Requirements 12 VDC, ±5%Maximum Power Consumption 50 Watts
Width 19"Height 1.75" (1U rack space)Depth, Chassis Only 12.125"Depth, Including Knob & Jack Protrusions 13.5"Shipping Box (Width x Depth x Height) 24" x 17" x 8"
Shipping Weight (with box & accessories) 18 poundsWeight (bare unit) 8.7 pounds
Apollo 16 mkII Audio Interface UnitExternal Power SupplyAC Power Cable (IEC)Getting Started URL CardSet of (4) Rack-Mount Screws