WNAMM13: UAD Apollo Enhanced

Audio interface gets key system features and new plug-ins   24-Jan-13

WNAMM13: UAD Apollo Enhanced


Universal Audio has unveiled numerous future enhancements for its Apollo High-Resolution Interface, which they say turn the popular unit into a scalable system capable of recording larger music projects on both Mac and Windows 7 machines.

UA CEO and Founder, Bill Putnam Jr. told Sonic State, "A year after its introduction, Apollo has become the top-selling audio interface in its class. We're committed to enhancing its creative possibilities, through ongoing software improvements and a growing roster of new plug-in titles from UA and Direct Developer partners like Softube."

Here's more details in UA's own words...

Among the new Apollo interface features slated for delivery in the first half of 2013 is multi-unit cascading, which combines two Apollo interfaces into a single elegant system via FireWire or Thunderbolt. Multi-unit cascading provides simultaneous use of 16 analog inputs / outputs, including eight Apollo mic preamps, plus 12 digital inputs and outputs -- perfect for tracking a full band.

The boost in Apollo connectivity is navigated via a redesigned Console application, offering better visual feedback, a new Mix-Merge mode, and a Pro Tools mode which greatly simplifies integration with Pro Tools systems.

Apollo owners will soon be able to play and record in real time through some of the world's finest guitar amp emulations, courtesy of the acclaimed Softube Amp Room plug-ins -- including Vintage Amp Room, Metal Amp Room, and Bass Amp Room. Softube Amp Room plug-ins will be available as part of an upcoming UAD/Apollo software update, along with the brand new LA-2A Classic Leveler Collection and API 500 Series EQ Collection plug-ins.

Apollo is a high-resolution 18 x 24 FireWire/Thunderbolt-ready audio interface that delivers the sound, feel, and flow of analog recording. Using Apollo, music producers and performers can 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 Windows 7 systems.


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Gemini    Said...

Will 2 Apollo's cascaded give double the DSP power - at least will both of them be accessible through a DAW to give, say, double the plugin count?

And will the same plugin (bought once) be runnable on both at the same time?

Overall, how will plugins be managed in a multi Apollo setup?

24-Jan-13 08:04 PM


billybk1    Said...

I've been an Apollo owner for the past 9 months. Use it on both Mac OSX and PC Win7. In talking to UA, all available DSP (2 Apollo's) will be accessible from a single DAW. So yes, you will basically double your plug-in count. Any existing UAD plug-in license can work with up to any combination of (4) UAD devices (UAD-2 PCIe, Apollo's Satellites, etc). As far as how the plug-ins will be managed in a multi-Apollo setup, well that remains to be seen. But knowing UA,I am pretty sure it will be seamless.

25-Jan-13 10:22 AM


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