Apollo 16 Launches!

Lift-off for Latest Apollo Interface and New Software   06-Jun-13

Apollo 16 Launches!

Cue a thousand space rocket puns... Universal Audio have just announced that their new Apollo 16 unit is shipping. Or is that rocketing. Or flying out the door. Whatever.

So here is confirmation, in the finely-penned words of Mission Control... sorry, Communications Manager Amanda Whiting:-


-- Apollo 16 Provides 16 x 16 Analog I/O with World-Class Sound and Realtime UAD Processing; New Apollo Software Delivers Multi-Unit Cascading, Virtual I/O, and More --

SCOTTS VALLEY, CA • June 6, 2013 -- Universal Audio (UA), a leading manufacturer of professional audio recording hardware and software, is proud to announce the shipment of the Apollo 16 Audio Interface and new UAD Software v.7.0, which provides multi-unit cascading, Virtual I/O, and other enhancements to both the Apollo 16 and Apollo audio interfaces.

Apollo 16 High Resolution Audio Interface Now Shipping

Apollo 16 is Universal Audio's flagship 24-bit/192 kHz audio interface, delivering world-class conversion with 16 x 16 analog I/O. This uncompromising FireWire/Thunderbolt-ready* interface combines superior sound and flexible routing with powerful onboard UAD-2 QUAD processing. So you can track audio in real time through the full range of classic UAD analog emulation plug-ins -- from Neve, Studer, Manley, Lexicon and more -- on both Mac and Windows 7.*

Apollo 16

Building upon decades of UA hardware expertise, Apollo 16 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. 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.

Apollo 16 also offers compatibility with Intel's high-bandwidth 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 in the DAW versus Apollo's standard FireWire connection.

Now shipping, Apollo 16 carries an estimated street price of $2,999US. Apollo's Thunderbolt Option Card is also now available for an estimated street price of $499US.

* Requires Windows 7 64-bit edition operating system and a qualified PCIe-to-FireWire adaptor. Thunderbolt option is Mac-only.

New Software Enhancements for Apollo & Apollo 16

Universal Audio's latest UAD Software v7.0 provides significant enhancements to Apollo's workflow and expandability and adds the new Ocean Way StudiosSPL TwinTube, and Sonnox Inflator plug-ins to the UAD Powered Plug-Ins platform. Among these enhancements is multi-unit cascading, which allows for combining two Apollo 16 interfaces (for 32 x 32 analog I/O) or two Apollo interfaces (for 16 x 16 analog I/O, with eight Apollo mic preamps) into a single elegant system via FireWire or Thunderbolt.

The boost in Apollo connectivity is navigated via a redesigned Console application, offering better visual feedback, a new PT Mode which simplifies outboard hardware integration with Pro Tools, and a new Virtual I/O feature that allows for Realtime UAD Processing of DAW tracks and virtual instruments.

Download UAD Software v7.0 here:

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Synth_Fan    Said...

Just don't get this product. It costs a fortune, but reviews have not put its I/O or ADC/DACs up there with Apogee or Benchmark - so why would one spend this money on an inferior I/O Spec when superior is available for the same money.

And - as for the UAD DSP on board - linked to an audio interface that will become out of date. Where's the longevity in that. I'd sooner just buy their DSP alone.

And - Thunderbolt as an expensive add on to an already outrageously expensive unit??

Overall, a very confused product - an I/O not quite good enough to provide pristine inputs to to drive the very best monitors and headphones, the same DSP as their otherwise far cheaper unit and Thunderbolt an expensive extra.

Bad, bad investment.

With the new Mac Pro's due to abandon USB and Firewire altogether, Thunderbolt will become a requirement for the future, so this will become an even more expensive as the Thunderbolt option becomes a necessity.

08-Jun-13 04:27 PM

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