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Universal Audio Apollo Interface 18x24 FireWire Audio Interface w/ UAD-2 DUO DSP & Thunderbolt I/O Option Bay

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High-resolution UAD-2 Duo DSP audio interface with a classic analog sound.

The Apollo APD-DI from Universal Audio is a professional, high-resolution Duo DSP computer audio interface that delivers the sound, feel, and flow of analog recording. This 18x24 FireWire/Thunderbolt-ready interface combines genuine UA analog design with class-leading 24-bit/192kHz sound quality and onboard Realtime UAD Processing. Using the Apollo interface, you can have the ability to track audio through a range of available classic UAD analog emulation plug-in, from top-end recording companies such as Neve, Studer, Manley, Lexicon and more (sold separately). All of this processing is done in real time, and with a sleek elegant workflow on both Mac and PC environments.

24-bit/192 kHz Sound Quality for Pro Tools, Logic, Cubase & More
Apollo builds upon decades of UAs analog design heritage as an extremely well-built, high-resolution audio interface, featuring premium mic preamps and top-end converters for low THD and high dynamic range. Its Core Audio and ASIO drivers ensure compatibility with all major DAWs, including Pro Tools, Logic Pro, Cubase, Live, and more. Moreover, Apollos included Console application and companion Console Recall plug-in (VST/AU/RTAS) provides control and recall of all interface and UAD plug-in settings within individual DAW sessions, even months and years later.

Realtime UAD Plug-In Processing for Tracking, Mixing and Mastering
Apollo differentiates itself from other interfaces with its Realtime UAD Processing. Available with either DUO Core or QUAD Core processing onboard, this DSP Acceleration allows for recording and mixing through UAD Powered Plug-Ins ” with as low as sub-2ms latency ” so that you can quickly monitor, audition, and œprint audio using additional classic analog emulations that are available from Ampex, Lexicon, Manley, Neve, Roland, SSL, Studer, and more. In this way, Apollos sonic character and tonal options are nearly endless. The onboard UAD processing also frees up host computer CPU for other virtual instrument or mixing duties.

Thunderbolt I/O: The Next Generation of Connectivity
Apollo offers compatibility with Intels new Thunderbolt technology, as found on the newest iMacs, MacBook Pros, and MacBook Airs. Available via a user-installable 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.

Attention Windows Users:
UAD Version 6.4 now with Windows 7 Support for 64-bit plug-ins, UAD-2 Satellite and Apollo Interfaces -- requires Windows 7 64-Bit and qualified PCIe-to-FireWire adapter.

FEATURES
DUO Core processor
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 (Neve, Studer, Lexicon, Roland, SSL & more “ each sold separately)
Class-leading sonic performance via premium mic preamps, top-end converters, and uncompromising analog design
Front-panel controls for Preamp and Monitor levels, channel selection, mic settings, dual headphone outs, and other commonly used features
Instant recall of interface and UAD plug-in settings within DAW sessions via Console application and 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) for host connectivity and daisy chaining
Thunderbolt I/O Option Card for fast, high-performance connectivity to new Macs and PCs (card sold separately)
Includes œAnalog Classics plug-in bundle w/ LA-2A Classic Audio Leveler, 1176LN Limiting Amplifier, and Pultec EQP-1A Program Equalizer

The sound, the feel, the flow of classic analog recoding; now in your home studio. Order the Apollo today.

SPECIFICATIONS
Minimum System Requirements
Intel-based Mac computer
Mac OS X 10.6.8 Snow Leopard or 10.7.2 Lion (or higher)
UAD Powered Plug-Ins v6.1.1 (or higher)
Available FireWire 800 port
1024 x 900 minimum display resolution
1GB available hard drive space
CD-ROM drive or Internet connection for software installation
Internet connection for registration, UAD plug-in authorization, & updates
SYSTEM
I/O Complement
Microphone Inputs = 4
High-Impedance Inputs = 2
Analog Line Inputs = 8
Analog Line Outputs = 8
Analog 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/MUX
S/PDIF = 1 stereo input, 1 stereo output
FireWire 800 (IEEE 1394b) = Dual ports
Thunderbolt (via Option Card) = Dual ports
Word Clock = 1 input, 1 output
A/D “ D/A Conversion
Supported Sample Rates (kHz) = 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4, 192
A/D Bits Per Sample = 24
Simultaneous A/D conversion = 8 channels
Simultaneous D/A conversion = 4 channels
Analog Round-Trip Latency = 1.1 milliseconds @ 96kHz sample rate
Analog Round-Trip Latency with four serial UAD-2 plug-ins via Console application = 1.1 milliseconds @ 96kHz sample rate
ANALOG I/O
Microphone Inputs 1 “ 4
Jack Type: XLR Female
Phantom Power: +48V, Switchable
Dynamic Range: 118 dB (A“weighting)
Signal-to-Noise Ratio: 118 dB (A“weighting)
Total Harmonic Distortion + Noise: “110 dB
Hi“Z Inputs
Jack Type: 1/4 Male (Mono TS plug required)
Dynamic Range: 117 dB (A“weighting)
Signal-to-Noise Ratio: 117 dB (A“weighting)
Total Harmonic Distortion + Noise: “103 dB
Line Inputs 1 “ 4
Jack Type: 1/4 Male TRS Balanced
Dynamic 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: 1/4 Male TRS Balanced
Dynamic Range: 117 dB (A“weighting)
Signal-to-Noise Ratio: 117 dB (A“weighting)
Total Harmonic Distortion + Noise: “107 d
Line Outputs 1 “ 8
Jack Type: 1/4 Male TRS Balanced
Dynamic Range: 118 dB (A“weighting)
Frequency Response: 20Hz “ 20kHz, ±0.1 dB
Signal-to-Noise Ratio: 118 dB (A“weighting)
Total Harmonic Distortion + Noise: “106 dB
Monitor Outputs 1 “ 2
Jack Type: 1/4 Male TRS Balanced
Frequency Response: 20Hz “ 20kHz, ±0.1 dB
Dynamic Range: 115 dB (A“weighting)
Signal-to-Noise Ratio: 114 dB (A“weighting)
Total Harmonic Distortion + Noise: “103 dB
Stereo Headphone Outputs 1 & 2
Jack Type 1/4 Male TRS Stereo/Unbalanced
Frequency Response: 20Hz “ 20kHz, ±0.1 dB
Dynamic Range: 113 dB (A“weighting)
Signal-to-Noise Ratio: 113 dB (A“weighting)
Total Harmonic Distortion + Noise: “101 dB
DIGITAL I/O
S/PDIF
Jack Type: Phono (RCA)
Format: IEC958
ADAT
Jack Type: Optical TOSLINK JIS F05
Format: ADAT Digital œLightpipe with S/MUX
Channel Assignments @ 44.1kHz, 48kHz Port 1 = Channels 1 “ 8, Port 2 = 1 “ 8 (mirrored)
Channel Assignments @ 88.2kHz, 96kHz Port 1 = Channels 1 “ 4, Port 2 = Channels 5 “ 8
Channel Assignments @ 176.4kHz, 192kHz Port 1 = Channels 1 “ 2, Port 2 = Channels 3 “ 4
Word Clock
Jack Type: BNC
Lock Range: ±0.5% of any supported sample rate
Word Clock Input Termination: 75 Ohms, switchable
Synchronization Sources
Internal, Word Clock, S/PDIF, ADAT
ELECTRICAL
Power Supplies: External AC to DC Power Supply Brick, Internal DC to DC Power Supply
AC Connector Type: IEC Male
AC Requirements: 100V “ 240V AC, 50 “ 60Hz
DC Connector Type: XLR 4-Pin Locking Male (Neutrik P/N NC4MDM3-H)
DC Requirements: 12 VDC, ±5%
Maximum Power Consumption: 6.5 amperes
MECHANICAL
Dimensions (WxHxD): 19 x 1-3/4 x 12-1/8
Weight: 9.1 lb.
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5.0

The Best!

By jasunn

from Gilbert, AZ

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Easy To Use
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Universal Audio Apollo Interface 18x24 FireWire Audio Interface w/ UAD-2 DUO DSP & Thunderbolt I/O Option Bay:

      I have used just about every interface out there and this is the best. Very clear. Great preamps. Great A/D conversion. The ability to track with plug ins engaged is awesome! It's a little pricey but worth it.

      (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
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      This is the one you want

      By OldGuy

      from Virginia

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      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Durable
      • Easy To Use
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio

        Comments about Universal Audio Apollo Interface 18x24 FireWire Audio Interface w/ UAD-2 DUO DSP & Thunderbolt I/O Option Bay:

        Clarity is excellent & the on-board plugins take a load off my DAW. Installation was easy & integration with Logic was pretty amazing.

        The included vintage mastering software is adding a great new depth and warmth to my current album.

        The Digi002 Rack served me well for 8 years, but I know already that this
        is a good step up.

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