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Universal Audio Apollo Twin Duo MkII TB3 | Heritage Edition  From UA

Desktop 2x6 Thunderbolt audio interface with Realtime UAD-2 DUO Core processing for Mac and Windows and the Desktop Apollo Heritage and Realtime Analog Classics software bundles  

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Manufacturer's Description from UA

The Apollo Twin MkII Heritage Edition has all the benefits of the acclaimed Apollo Twin MkII, including next-generation Apollo A/D and D/A conversion, DUO Core realtime UAD plug-in processing, Unison-enabled mic preamps, and full LUNA Recording System integration. And it goes a step further, with a software suite of 5 award-winning UAD plug-in titles, featuring Collections from Teletronix, Pultec, and UA.

Apollo Heritage Editions include plug-ins featured in UAD Spark, UA’s subscription plug-in collection that runs natively on Mac, with no UA hardware required. With UAD Spark, you can expand your plug-in processing power, balancing your DSP load between Apollo and your computer’s onboard processing. Learn more about UAD Spark.

A SPECIAL EDITION FEATURING ICONIC UAD ANALOG COLLECTIONS ONBOARD

A hallmark feature of Apollo is its Realtime UAD Processing, letting you run the full library of UAD plug-ins at near-zero latency. Taking you a step further, Apollo Twin MkII Heritage Edition gives you 5 premium plug-in titles worth over $1,300 — including the full suite of UA's Teletronix and 1176 compressors, all Pultec EQs, UA 610 Unison mic preamps, and Pure Plate Reverb.
Included in Apollo "Heritage Edition" Bundle:

  • UA 1176 Classic Limiter Collection
  • Teletronix LA-2A Classic Leveler Collection
  • Pultec Passive EQ Collection
  • UA 610 Tube Preamp & EQ Collection
  • Pure Plate Reverb

These premium Heritage Edition titles are in addition to Apollo Twin MkII's included "Realtime Analog Classics" bundle, giving you the most accurate library of classic analog emulations included with any professional audio interface.

TWO UNISON PREAMPS: THE SOUND OF NEVE, HELIOS, API, AVALON & MORE

Apollo Twin MkII Heritage Edition features two Unison-enabled mic preamps, letting you track through exacting mic preamp emulations from Neve, API, Manley, SSL, Avalon, Helios, andUniversal Audio. A Universal Audio exclusive, Unison is a proprietary hardware-software integration that nails the tone of these sought-after tube and solid-state mic pres — including their input impedance, gain stage "sweet spots," and component-level circuit behaviors.

Unison technology is also found on Apollo Twin MkII's front-panel Hi-Z instrument input, providing dead-on impedance and gain matching for guitar and bass amp models from Fender, Marshall, Ampeg, and more.

LUNA RECORDING SYSTEM — DEEP APOLLO INTEGRATION WITH A FAST, NATURAL WORKFLOW

Apollo Twin MkII works with all major DAWs, including Logic Pro, Ableton Live, Pro Tools, and more. But it becomes a fully integrated recording system with LUNA, a powerful recording application for Mac from Universal Audio. Bolstered by Accelerated Realtime Monitoring,™ LUNA lets you track and mix in an intuitive single-window workflow with unlimited track counts, with full AU support and access to exclusive LUNA Instruments and Extensions.

Built to Record: Improved Monitoring and Workflow Apollo Twin MkII Heritage Edition offers greatly improved monitor functionality versus previous Apollo Twin models, with added Mute, DIM, Mono, and ALT speaker switching. It also includes monitor remote controls and a built-in talkback mic for easy communication with talent or recording slate cues. These enhanced features make it the new standard for professional desktop recording.
Professional Performance and Scalability with Console Users of Apollo Twin MkII can combine up to four Thunderbolt Apollos and six total UAD-2 devices — adding I/O and DSP as your studio grows. Once you expand your studio with additional Apollo rack-mount units, you can use Apollo Twin MkII as a desktop monitor control while still tapping its additional I/O and DSP power.

FEATURES:

  • A special edition of UA's acclaimed Apollo Twin MkII interface — with a premium suite of 5 award-winning plug-in titles from Teletronix, Pultec, and UA
  • Next-generation Apollo A/D and D/A conversion
  • 2 Unison mic preamps offer stunning models of classic tube and transformer-based mic preamps and guitar amps
  • UAD DUO Core Processing for tracking through vintage compressors, EQs, tape machines, mic preamps, and guitar amp plug-ins with near-zero latency
  • Produce with LUNA Recording System — a fully-integrated recording application made for Apollo (Mac only)
  • Runs UAD Powered Plug-Ins via VST, AU, and AAX 64 formats in all major DAWs
  • Compatible with Logic Pro, Pro Tools, Cubase, Ableton Live, and more
  • Front-panel Unison-enabled Hi-Z instrument input and headphone out
  • Built-in Talkback mic for communication with studio talent and recording slate cues
  • Dedicated monitor functionality including monitor remote functions and Mono, Mute, DIM, and ALT monitor controls
  • Up to 8 channels of additional digital input via optical ADAT/SPDIF input
  • Also includes "Realtime Analog Classics" UAD plug-in bundle featuring UA 610-B Tube Preamp Legacy Pultec EQ, LA-2A and 1176 compressors, Marshall Plexi Classic, Ampeg SVT-VR Classic, and more
  • Uncompromising analog design, superior components, and premium build quality
  • Free, industry-leading technical support — on the phone and online — from knowledgeable audio engineers
Universal Audio

About Manufacturer

Universal Audio Inc. was re-founded in 1999 by Bill's sons, James Putnam and Bill Putnam Jr., with two main goals: to faithfully reproduce classic analog recording equipment in the tradition of their father, and to design new digital recording tools with the sound and spirit of vintage analog technology. However, as Bill Jr. recounts, the genesis of "UA, part 2" is actually a bit more serendipitous.

Having grown up in the music industry, Bill Jr. and James ("Jim") Putnam naturally assumed that the music business is where they'd eventually end up. Jim, a touring musician and recording engineer, and their older brother Scott, a studio designer in Southern California, were the first to follow in Bill Sr.'s path. However, Bill Jr. took a more circuitous direction, working for a number of engineering companies before undertaking a doctorate in Electrical Engineering at Stanford University. It was at Stanford that Bill Jr. became closely involved in the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA), specializing in signal processing. It was also at Stanford that Bill Jr. began to assemble a team of the best and brightest minds in the field — who continue to steer many of Universal Audio's engineering efforts to this day.

However, the precise event that led Bill and Jim to start (or "reinvent") Universal Audio in 1999 was unexpected. As Bill Jr. tells it, when Bill Sr. passed away in 1989, he and Jim were faced with the Herculean task of cleaning out their dad's workshop and storage areas. While going through Bill Sr.'s old test equipment, boxes of parts, bits and pieces of consoles, and half-cannibalized 1176 compressors, Jim came across their father’s old design notebook. The two spent the evening poring over his notes, realizing that this was the map to every technical problem their father had ever solved. It was at that moment that they decided to bring back Universal Audio and its classic products. 

Fast forward a decade. Now with nearly 80 employees and legions of new customers worldwide, UA is headquartered near the Silicon Valley, in Scotts Valley, California — where our classic analog gear is still hand-built, one unit at a time. The lengths we go to deliver the exact sound and performance of classic analog audio gear is unparalleled; in fact, the goal is for UA's modern units to perform identically to well-maintained units built decades ago. 

Of course, analog is only half the story. At Universal Audio, we employ the world's brightest DSP engineers and digital modeling authorities to develop our award-winning UAD Powered Plug-Ins platform, featuring the most authentic analog emulation plug-ins in the industry. Our DSP gurus work with the original hardware manufacturers — using their exact schematics, golden units, and experienced ears — to give UAD plug-ins warmth and harmonics in all the right places, just like analog.

Specifications

System

  • I/O Complement
    • Microphone Inputs Two
    • Analog Line Inputs Two
    • Hi-Z Instrument Inputs One
    • Analog Line Outputs Two (independent mix buses)
    • Analog Monitor Outputs Two (one stereo pair, independent L/R mix buses)
    • Headphone Outputs One stereo pair (independent L/R mix buses)
    • Digital Input Port (TOSLINK optical) One (ADAT or S/PDIF, selectable)
    • Thunderbolt Port One (Thunderbolt 2 compatible)
  • A/D – D/A Conversion
    • Supported Sample Rates (kHz) 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4, 192
    • Bit Depth Per Sample 24
    • Simultaneous A/D conversion Two channels
    • Simultaneous D/A conversion Six channels
    • Analog Round-Trip Latency 1.1 milliseconds @ 96 kHz sample rate
    • Analog Round-Trip Latency with up to four serial UAD Powered Plug-Ins via Console application 1.1 milliseconds @ 96 kHz sample rate

Analog I/O

  • Line Inputs 1 & 2
    • Jack Type (combo mic/line balanced inputs) Female ¼” TRS Balanced
    • Dynamic Range (A–weighting) 117.5 dB
    • Signal-to-Noise Ratio (A–weighting) 117.5 dB
    • Total Harmonic Distortion + Noise –108 dBFS
    • Common-Mode Rejection Ratio (CMRR) Greater than 60 dB (10’ cable)
    • Frequency Response 20 Hz – 20 kHz, ±0.1 dB
    • Input Impedance 10K Ohms
    • Gain Range +10 dB to +65 dB
    • Minimum Input Level (@ Minimum Gain) 18 dBV
    • Maximum Input Level (@ Maximum Gain) –37 dBV
    • Stereo Level Balance ±0.05 dB
  • Microphone Inputs 1 & 2
    • Jack Type (combo mic/line balanced inputs) Female XLR Balanced (pin 2 positive)
    • Phantom Power (switchable per input) +48V
    • Dynamic Range (A–weighting) 118 dB
    • Signal-to-Noise Ratio (A–weighting) 118 dB
    • Total Harmonic Distortion + Noise –110 dBFS
    • Equivalent Input Noise –127 dB
    • Frequency Response 20 Hz – 20 kHz, ±0.1 dB
    • Common-Mode Rejection Ratio (CMRR) Greater than 70 dB (10’ cable)
    • Default Input Impedance 5.4K Ohms (variable via Unison preamp model)
    • Gain Range +10 dB to +65 dB
    • Pad Attenuation (switchable per input) 20 dB (variable via Unison preamp model)
    • Maximum Input Level (@ Minimum Gain, with Pad) 23.8 dBV
    • Maximum Input Level (@ Maximum Gain, with Pad) –31.2 dBV
  • Hi-Z Input
    • Jack Type Female ¼” TS Unbalanced
    • Dynamic Range (A–weighting) 117 dB
    • Signal-to-Noise Ratio (A–weighting) 117 dB
    • Total Harmonic Distortion + Noise –101 dBFS
    • Frequency Response 20 Hz – 20 kHz, ±0.1 dB
    • Input Impedance 1M Ohms
    • Maximum Input Level (@ Minimum Gain) 10 dBV
    • Maximum Input Level (@ Maximum Gain) –45 dBV
  • Line Outputs 3 & 4
    • Jack Type ¼” Female TRS Balanced
    • Dynamic Range (A–weighting) 118 dB
    • Signal-to-Noise Ratio (A–weighting) 118 dB
    • Total Harmonic Distortion + Noise –107 dBFS
    • Frequency Response 20 Hz – 20 kHz, ±0.1 dB
    • Stereo Level Balance ±0.05 dB
    • Channel Separation Greater than 120 dB
    • Output Impedance 600 Ohms
    • Maximum Output Level 18 dBV
  • Monitor Outputs 1 & 2
    • Jack Type ¼” Female TRS Balanced
    • Frequency Response 20 Hz – 20 kHz, ±0.1 dB
    • Dynamic Range (A–weighting) 115 dB
    • Signal-to-Noise Ratio (A–weighting) 115 dB
    • Total Harmonic Distortion + Noise –105 dBFS
    • Channel Separation Greater than 118 dB
    • Stereo Level Balance ±0.05 dB
    • Output Impedance 600 Ohms
    • Output Gain Range –96 dB to 0 dB
    • Maximum Output Level 18 dBV
    • Operating Reference Level +14 dBu, +20 dBu (selectable)
  • Stereo Headphones Output
    • Jack Type ¼” Female TRS Stereo (unbalanced)
    • Frequency Response 20 Hz – 20 kHz, ±0.1 dB
    • Dynamic Range (A–weighting) 113 dB
    • Signal-to-Noise Ratio (A–weighting) 113 dB
    • Channel Separation Greater than 110 dB
    • Total Harmonic Distortion + Noise –101 dBFS
    • Stereo Level Balance ±0.11 dB
    • Output Impedance 10 Ohms
    • Output Gain Range –INF to 0 dB
    • Maximum Output Power 80 milliwatts into 600 Ohms
 

Digital I/O

  • S/PDIF
    • Connector Type Optical TOSLINK JIS F05 (shared with ADAT)
    • Format IEC958
    • Supported Sample Rates (kHz) 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96
    • S/PDIF Input Channels Two (Stereo L/R)
  • ADAT
    • Connector Type Optical TOSLINK JIS F05 (shared with S/PDIF)
    • Format ADAT Digital Lightpipe with S/MUX
    • Supported Sample Rates (kHz) 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 172.4, 192
    • ADAT Input Channels @ 44.1 kHz, 48 kHz 1 – 8
    • ADAT Input Channels @ 88.2 kHz, 96 kHz 1 – 4 (S/MUX)
    • ADAT Input Channels @ 176.4 kHz, 192 kHz 1 – 2 (S/MUX)
  • Clock Synchronization Sources
    • Internal, S/PDIF, ADAT (digital clock sync source conditional per selected digital input type)
 

Electrical

  • Power Supply External AC to DC
  • AC Connector Type Changable blades (UL, VDE, UK, SSA, CCC)
  • AC Requirements 100V – 240V AC, 50 – 60 Hz
  • DC Connector Type Male plug, 2.1 mm x 5.5 mm, center positive
  • DC Requirements 12 VDC, ±5%
  • Maximum Power Consumption 12 Watts
 

Environmental

  • Operating Temperature Range 32º to 95º Farenheit (0º to 35º Celcius)
  • Storage Temperature Range –40º to 176º Farenheit (–40 to 80º Celcius)
  • Operating Humidity Range 20% to 80%
 

Mechanical

  • Dimensions
    • Width 6.31”
    • Height 2.60”
    • Depth, Chassis Only 5.86”
    • Depth, Including Knob & Jack Protrusions 6.20”
    • Shipping Box (Length x Width x Height) 8” x 8” x 5.5” (20.32cm x 20.32cm x 13.97cm)
  • Weight
    • Shipping Weight (with box & accessories) 3.85 pounds
    • Weight (bare unit) 2.35 pounds
  • Package Contents
    • Apollo Twin Unit (SOLO or DUO)
    • External Power Supply with (4) changeable AC connectors supporting USA, Europe, UK, Australia, China
    • URL Card