The Universal Audio Apollo Twin USB is a two-input, six output desktop interface featuring UA’s class-leading, next-gen conversion, real-time tracking via two Unison™ preamps powered by UAD-2 DUO Core DSP acceleration, and UA’s Analog Classics plug-in collection (Windows).
Until the UA Apollo Twin USB arrived on the scene, home recordists simply had to accept the fact that at the price they could afford, the best any desktop audio interface could provide would be demo quality. Even if you have no intention or expectation of commercial release, and simply want to archive your music with the best sound you can under the constraints of a limited budget, the entry-level Universal Audio Apollo Twin USB is for you. Along with UA’s class-leading conversion, the Apollo Twin USB features two Unison™ preamps that enable you to record in real time and mix with UAD’s world-class powered plug-in modeling used every day on professional recordings. The Apollo Twin USB’s built-in UAD-2 DUO DSP acceleration lets you track and mix with the authentic analog feel and tone of high-end preamps and processors including UA’s own 610 tube preamp as well as preamps by Neve, API, Manley, and SSL. You also have access to equalizers compressors including the famed Pultec EQ and Teletronix LA-2A and UA 1176LN compressors. With the Universal Audio Apollo Twin USB desktop interface, there’s no million-dollar speed bump between you and professional-quality sound.
Universal Audio Apollo Twin USB—Just the Facts:
- Desktop 2x6 USB 3.0 audio interface for Windows with world-class 24-bit/192kHz 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
- Includes the "Realtime Analog Classics" UAD plug-in bundle. Other UAD plug-ins sold separately
- Unison™ technology offers stunning models of classic tube and transformer-based mic preamps
- USB 3 connection for easy connectivity on Windows-based recording systems
- 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
- Record with world-class Apollo A/D and D/A conversion — as heard on hundreds of hit records
- Use alongside UAD-2 PCIe DSP Accelerator cards, UAD-2 Satellite FireWire, and UAD-2 Satellite USB for truly scalable mixing power Mix with UAD plug‑ins like the included Teletronix® LA‑2A and 1176 compressors, Pultec® EQs, and 610‑B Preamp
- Track with near-zero latency through preamp emulations from Neve®, API®, Manley® and more using Unison™ technology
Universal Audio Apollo Twin USB—Under the Hood
Unison Technology: The genuine sound of Neve, SSL, API, and Manley preamps
The Universal Audio Apollo Twin USB is a ground-up redesign of the world’s most popular professional desktop recording interface for Mac and Windows — delivering enhanced audio conversion with the tone, feel, and flow of analog recording.
Built upon UA’s 60-year heritage of audio craftsmanship, Apollo Twin USB starts with two Unison™-enabled mic preamps and stellar next-generation A/D and D/A conversion. Thanks to its included bundle of UAD analog emulation plug-ins—through which you can track real time with UAD-2 DUO Core processing—Apollo Twin USB is born to make records.
Apollo Twin USB features two Unison-enabled mic preamps, letting you track through exacting mic preamp emulations from Neve, SSL, API, Manley, and Universal Audio. An Apollo exclusive, Unison technology nails the tone of these sought-after tube and solid state mic pres — including their input impedance, gain stage “sweet spots,” and the component-level circuit behaviors of the original hardware.
The secret to Unison is its hardware-software integration between Apollo’s mic preamps and its onboard UAD-2 DUO Core DSP Acceleration. Simply place a Unison preamp plug-in on your mic input in Apollo Console software, and it physically reconfigures the Apollo interface's impedance—so you can tap into the classic sounds of the world’s most recorded mic preamps.
A Full Suite of Classic Analog Processing Onboard
Right out of the box, Apollo Twin USB provides a suite of incredible analog emulation plug-ins including the world’s only authentic Teletronix LA-2A, 1176LN, Pultec EQs, and the Unison-enabled UA 610-B Tube Preamp. Developed by UA’s world-renowned team of algorithm engineers, these Realtime Analog Classics plug-ins set the standard by which all other hardware emulation plug-ins are judged.
From the tube warmth of the Pultec EQ on guitars, to the gentle limiting of the LA-2A on vocals, your recordings will take a giant leap forward in rich, sonically complex analog sound.
New for Apollo Twin USB is Unison technology on the front panel instrument input, giving you dead-on, impedance-matched emulations of guitar and bass amps like the Fender '55 Tweed Deluxe, Marshall Plexi Super Lead 1959, and the Ampeg B-15N Bass Amplifier.
Fill your virtual racks with UAD's world-class processors
Beyond the included Realtime Analog Classics plug-ins, Apollo Twin USBlets you tap into the full library award-winning UAD Powered Plug-ins—including vintage EQs, compressors, reverbs, tape machines and more—at near-zero latency, regardless of your audio software’s buffer size and without taxing your computer’s CPU.
With exclusive emulations from Neve, Studer, Manley, API, Ampex, Lexicon, Fender, and more, it’s like having a million-dollar analog studio right on your desktop. And unlike competing interfaces, these DSP-powered plug-ins are also available in your DAW for mixing.
Realtime Analog Classics Bundle
With the Realtime Analog Classics plug-in bundle, you get legendary compressors like the Teletronix LA-2A and EQs like the Pultec EQP-1A, stunning guitar and bass amp emulations from Softube, as well as UA’s landmark 610-B Tube Preamp and EQ plug-in.
- UA 610-B
- Marshall Plexi Classic Amplifier
- Teletronix LA-2A Legacy
- UA 1176LN Legacy
- UA 1176SE Legacy
- Pultec EQP-1A Legacy
- Pultec Pro Legacy
- Ampeg SVT-VR Classic Bass Amp
- Precision Channel Strip
- Precision Reflection Engine
- Precision Delay Modulation
- Precision Delay Modulation L
- Raw Distortion
Next-Generation A/D and D/A Conversion
Of course, the heart of any audio interface is the quality of its conversion. In designing the next-generation Apollo range, UA engineers started with an obsessive auditioning of the latest A/D and D/A converters, ultimately pairing the selected 24-bit/192kHz converters with all-new analog circuitry for the optimal signal path. Apollo Twin provides increased dynamic range and lower THD versus other interfaces—rivaling dedicated converters costing thousands more.
Who’s using the Universal Audio Apollo
Apollo is the confirmed choice of hit-making professionals, used to record landmark albums by Kendrick Lamar (DAMN.), Chris Stapleton (From A Room: Volume 1), Arcade Fire (Everything Now), Post Malone (Beerbongs & Bentleys), and many more. The Apollo range of interfaces has earned numerous industry awards from Sound on Sound, Future Music, and Electronic Musician—as well as the prestigious 2016 TEC Award for computer audio hardware.
What the pros are saying about Apollo and Apollo Twin USB
“The Apollo has some of the better preamps I've ever heard—lots of headroom, quiet at high-gains, and the converters are really sweet sounding.” — Mick Guzauski (Daft Punk, Mariah Carey, Eric Clapton)
“The Apollo's ability to do low latency—I mean that's the whole ballgame right there” —Joey Waronker (Atoms for Peace, Beck, Other Lives)
“Using my Apollos and Console 2.0, I was able to front a live mix, create a monitor mix, and record to Pro Tools, all at the same time. That’s pretty awesome.” — Chris Dugan (Green Day, Iggy Pop, U2)
“Apollo is a platform that grows more powerful with every innovation—the UAD plug-in processing onboard has changed the way I work forever.” — Tony Platt (AC/DC, Bob Marley, Buddy Guy)
“I knew about the ingredients of Apollo, but this is truly a special dish. The Apollo just set a new standard of excellence for audio interfaces, in terms of both its sound and its feature set.” — Fab Dupont (Shakira, Santigold, Jennifer Lopez)
“My Apollos are my sound.<br>Where I go, they go.” — Trevor Lawrence Jr. (Dr. Dre, Herbie Hancock, Eminem)
“With the Apollo 8 in the studio and an Apollo Twin on the go, I know I've got the best sound quality and an incredible arsenal of plug-ins—wherever I'm working.” — Jeremy Ruzumna (Fitz And The Tantrums)
“Having the Apollo with UAD plug-ins at my disposal is like carrying a giant studio with outboard racks at all times. Minus the tech fees, down time, and electricity bill!” — Andrew Dawson (Kanye West, Jay-Z, Fun.)
“Everyone assumes I use all this outboard gear, but one of the things I love about the Apollo Twin and UAD plug-ins, is that I can get incredible sounds on the go, in a hotel room if I have to.” — Louis Bell (Post Malone, DJ Snake, Cardi B)
“I’m totally blown away by the stunning sound quality of the Apollo. The ability to use UAD plug-ins in real-time is pure genius. It’s going to be the centerpiece of my new studio.” — Richard Devine
“The Apollo is a powerhouse and a game changer for my studio.” — Grieves
“The Apollo is the best I/O we've ever used, and we've tried them all. It has an incredibly clean, transparent, and accurate sound.” — The Glitch Mob
If you’re ready to record and mix with professional quality in the comfort of your home or hotel suite, order a Universal Audio Apollo Twin USB today. For more information, call or chat online with your PAD Studio Specialist.
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- Windows 7, 8.1, or 10 (64-Bit Editions)
- Available built-in USB 3 SuperSpeed port*
- Intel Core i3, Core i5, Core i7, or Xeon processor*
- 6 gigabytes available storage
- USB 3.0 SuperSpeed cable (included)
- Internet connection to download software and authorize UAD plug-ins
- Compatible VST, RTAS, or AAX 64 plug-in host DAW software
- Quad Core i7 or better recommended
- 2-in-1 systems (notebook/tablet) are not recommended
- USB 3 adapters (such as PCIe-to-USB 3 expansion cards) are not tested for Apollo Twin USB or UAD-2 Satellite USB connections