Universal Audio Apollo Interface w/ DUO Core Processing
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High-resolution audio interface with real-time UAD processing - DUO Core
Meet Apollo. The High-Resolution Audio Interface with Classic Analog Sound.
Apollo is the first professional, high-resolution computer audio interface that delivers the sound, feel, and flow of analog recording. This 18 x 24 FireWire/Thunderbolt- ready interface combines genuine UA analog design with class-leading 24-bit/192 kHz sound quality and onboard Realtime UAD Processing. Using Apollo, music producers and performers can finally track audio through a range of classic UAD analog emulation plug-ins — from Neve, Studer, Manley, Lexicon and more — in real time, and with a sleek, elegant workflow on both Mac and PC.*
|Apollo High-Resolution Audio Interface with Realtime UAD Processing
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.
Elegant Hardware Design and Workflow
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.
Sample rates up to 192 kHz at 24-bit word length 18 x 24 simultaneous input/output channels: Eight channels of analog-to-digital conversion via mic, line, or high-impedance inputs14 channels of digital-to-analog conversion via: Eight mono line outputs , Stereo monitor outputs, Two stereo headphone outputs 10 channels of digital I/O via: Eight channels ADAT Optical I/O with S/MUX for high sample ratesTwo channels coaxial S/PDIF I/O with sample rate conversion Two FireWire 800 ports for daisy-chaining other FireWire devices 32-bit and 64-bit device drivers
Four high-resolution, ultra-transparent, digitally-controlled analog mic preamps Front panel and software control of all preamp parametersSwitchable low cut filter, 48V phantom power, 20 dB pad, polarity inversion, and stereo linking
Stereo monitor outputs (independent of eight line outputs)Digitally-controlled analog monitor outputs maintains highest fidelityFront panel control of monitor levels and mutingTwo stereo headphone outputs with independent mix busesIndependent front panel analog volume controls for headphone outputsFront panel pre-fader metering of monitor bus levelsS/PDIF outputs can be set to mirror the monitor outputs
Onboard UAD-2 Processing
DUO and QUAD models featuring two or four SHARC processorsRealtime UAD Powered Plug-Ins processing on all of Apollo’s analog and digital inputsSame features and functionality as other UAD-2 products when used with DAWCan be combined with other UAD-2 devices for increased mixing DSPIncludes UAD Powered Plug-Ins “Analog Classics” bundleComplete UAD-2 Powered Plug-Ins library is available online 24/7
Console application: Enables Realtime UAD Powered Plug-Ins processingDSP mixer for realtime monitoring and trackingRemote control of all Apollo features and functionalityConsole Recall plug-in: Saves Apollo configurations inside DAW sessions for easy recalEnables control of all front panel parameters from within the DAWVST, RTAS, and Audio Units plug-in formats UAD Meter & Control Panel application: Configures global UAD-2 and Powered Plug-Ins settings and monitors system usage
I/O Complement Microphone Inputs 4High-Impedance Inputs 2Analog Line Inputs 8Analog Line Outputs 8Analog Monitor Outputs 2 (1 stereo pair)Headphone Outputs 2 stereo (independent mix buses)ADAT Up to 8 channels via dual I/O ports with S/MUXS/PDIF 1 stereo input, 1 stereo outputFireWire 800 (IEEE 1394b) Dual portsThunderbolt (via Option Card) Dual portsWord Clock 1 input, 1 outputA/D – D/A Conversion Supported Sample Rates (kHz) 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4, 192A/D Bits Per Sample 24Simultaneous A/D conversion 8 channelsSimultaneous D/A conversion 14 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
Microphone Inputs 1 – 4Jack Type XLR FemalePhantom Power +48V, SwitchableDynamic Range 118 dB (A–weighting)Signal-to-Noise Ratio 118 dB (A–weighting) Total Harmonic Distortion + Noise –110 dB Hi–Z Inputs Jack Type ¼” Male (Mono TS plug required)Dynamic Range 117 dB (A–weighting)Signal-to-Noise Ratio 117 dB (A–weighting)Total Harmonic Distortion + Noise –103 dBLine Inputs 1 – 4 Jack Type ¼”Male TRS BalancedDynamic Range 117 dB (A–weighting)Signal-to-Noise Ratio 117 dB (A–weighting)Total Harmonic Distortion + Noise –107 dB Line Inputs 5 – 8 Jack Type ¼” Male TRS BalancedDynamic Range 117 dB (A–weighting)Signal-to-Noise Ratio 117 dB (A–weighting)Total Harmonic Distortion + Noise –107 dLine Outputs 1 – 8 Jack Type ¼” Male TRS BalancedDynamic Range 118 dB (A–weighting)Frequency Response 20 Hz – 20 kHz, ±0.1 dBSignal-to-Noise Ratio 118 dB (A–weighting)Total Harmonic Distortion + Noise –106 dBMonitor Outputs 1 – 2 Jack Type ¼” Male TRS BalancedFrequency Response 20 Hz – 20 kHz, ±0.1 dBDynamic Range 115 dB (A–weighting)Signal-to-Noise Ratio 114 dB (A–weighting)Total Harmonic Distortion + Noise –103 dBStereo Headphone Outputs 1 & 2 Jack Type ¼” Male TRS Stereo/UnbalancedFrequency Response 20 Hz – 20 kHz, ±0.1 dBDynamic Range 113 dB (A–weighting)Signal-to-Noise Ratio 113 dB (A–weighting)Total Harmonic Distortion + Noise –101 dB
S/PDIF Jack Type Phono (RCA), Format IEC958ADAT Jack Type Optical TOSLINK JIS F05Format ADAT Digital “Lightpipe” with S/MUXChannel Assignments @ 44.1 kHz, 48 kHz Port 1 = Channels 1 – 8, Port 2 = 1 – 8 (mirrored)Channel Assignments @ 88.2 kHz, 96 kHz Port 1 = Channels 1 – 4, Port 2 = Channels 5 – 8Channel Assignments @ 176.4 kHz, 192 kHz Port 1 = Channels 1 – 2, Port 2 = Channels 3 – 4Word Clock Jack Type BNCLock Range ±0.5% of any supported sample rateWord Clock Input Termination 75 Ohms, switchableSynchronization Sources Internal, Word Clock, S/PDIF, ADAT
Power Supplies External AC to DC Power Supply Brick, Internal DC to DC Power SupplyAC 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 6.5 amperes
Dimensions 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”Weight Shipping Weight (with box & accessories) 18 poundsWeight (bare unit) 9.1 pounds