NAMM 2014: UAD Apollo Twin - Thunderbolt Desktop Interface

High resolution desktop music interface with classic analog sound      23/01/14

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NAMM 2014: UAD Apollo Twin - Thunderbolt Desktop Interface


Universal Audio tells us that, with its class-leading sound and Realtime UAD Processing, the Apollo Twin sets a new standard for desktop audio interfaces. They say that this 2x6 Mac Thunderbolt interface allows you to track high-resolution audio with near-zero latency through the full range of UAD Powered Plug-Ins -- ingeniously merging classic analog tones with cutting-edge features.

KEY FEATURES

  • Desktop 2x6 Thunderbolt audio interface with world-class 24-bit/192 kHz audio conversion
  • Realtime UAD Processing for tracking through vintage Compressors, EQs, Tape Machines,
  • Mic Preamps, and Guitar Amp plug-ins with near-zero (sub-2ms) latency
  • Thunderbolt connection for blazing-fast PCIe speed and rock-solid performance on modern Macs
  • Unison technology (see below) offers stunning models of classic tube and transformer-based mic preamps
  • Two premium mic/line preamps; Two line outputs; front-panel Hi-Z instrument input and headphones output
  • Two digitally controlled analog monitor outputs for full resolution at all listening levels
  • Up to eight channels of additional digital input via Optical connection
  • Uncompromising analog design, superior components, and premium build quality
  • Runs UAD Powered Plug-Ins via Audio Units, VST, RTAS & AAX64 in all major DAWs

 

Universal Audio has also announced Unison technology (as featured in the Apollo Twin) at the show. They describe it as an audio processing breakthrough that enables the Apollo Audio Interfaces' onboard mic preamps to sound and behave like the world's most sought-after tube and solid state preamps.

More than three years in the making, Unison is an exclusive analog/digital integration system that gives the user continuous, realtime, bi-directional control and interplay between Apollo's physical hardware and UAD software mic preamp models. With Unison, the Apollo mic preamp's analog impedance, gain stage sweet spots, and component-level circuit behaviors are adjusted in real time prior to analog-to-digital conversion to accurately emulate the target mic preamp model.

"Apollo was designed and built with mic preamp modeling in mind, and has included input impedance switching from the very beginning -- every Apollo mic preamp is Unison-ready," says Universal Audio CEO Bill Putnam Jr. "The UA 610-B Tube Preamp and EQ is the first of many Unison-enabled plug-ins for the UAD Powered Plug-Ins platform. It's included with the new Apollo Twin desktop interface, and will be available for all Apollo customers in Q1."

Unison Key Features:

  • An exclusive analog/digital integration system that's already built into every Apollo mic preamp
  • Enables Apollo mic preamps to sound and behave like the world's most sought-after tube and solid state preamps -- including their all-important impedance, gain stage sweet spots, and component-level circuit behaviors.
  • Continuous, realtime, bi-directional control and interplay between Apollo's physical hardware and UAD software preamp model.

 

Pricing and Availability:

$699 Street Price for Apollo Twin DUO
$899 Street Price for Apollo Twin QUAD

More information:

 


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6 Comments...  Post a comment    original story
TB Tracker    Said...

Brilliant! How do you adjust the level of disk playback tracks? Is that done in the Console app (I hope) or by adjusting the Master Fader in your DAW ?

23-Jan-14 03:58 PM


Baby Brown    Said...

This is sweet but no PC version. Big mistake - especially for a desktop product.

23-Jan-14 04:27 PM


Mesa    Said...

Looks like you fudged the pricing there.

Solo is $699 (you listed Duo) Duo is $899 (you listed Quad)

23-Jan-14 04:32 PM


Todd    Said...

Any chance that it will work with iPad?

28-Jan-14 09:39 PM


Regan    Said...

Really surprised that there is not a PC version given Apple's craptacular customer support.

29-Jan-14 09:23 PM


Mr music    Said...

Yep, no PC support = no good.

I'm not dumb enough to work on simplified apple products. Although I must point out that thunderbolt is great for bandwidth hogging film editing and compositing layered visuals but USB 2 let alone 3 doesn't Come close to saturation unless recording 24 tracks at 96/ 24 and all in realtime so its kids overkill. But then again, more is always better!

07-Mar-14 10:40 PM


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