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Universal Audio Apollo Twin SOLO  From UA

It may have less horsepower, but the Twin solo still sounds just as good as its more expensive siblings.                                      

Universal Audio

Setting up Apollo with Logic Pro X

In this short video, UA's Gannon Kashiwa demonstrates the basic setup procedure for Apollo Interfaces within Logic Pro. Topics covered include: Loading The Driver, Setting The I/O Buffer, Using The Console Recall Plug-In, and more.

Manufacturer's Description from UA

High-Resolution Desktop Music Production with Classic Analog Sound.

With its class-leading resolution and Realtime UAD Processing, Apollo Twin sets a new standard for desktop music production. This 2x6 Mac Thunderbolt interface allows you to record with near-zero latency through the full range of UAD Powered Plug-Ins — ingeniously merging classic analog tones with cutting-edge features.
 

Key Features

  • World-class 24-bit/192 kHz audio conversion
  • Realtime UAD Processing — track through vintage Compressors, EQs, Tape Machines, and Guitar Amp plug-ins with near-zero latency*
  • New Unison™ technology for stunning models of classic mic preamps**
  • Available with either UAD-2 SOLO or UAD-2 DUO DSP Processing onboard
  • Includes "Realtime Analog Classics" UAD plug-in bundle
  • Thunderbolt connection for blazing-fast PCIe speed on modern Macs
  • 2 premium mic/line preamps; 2 line outs; front-panel Hi-Z instrument input and headphone output
  • Digitally controlled analog monitor outputs for full resolution at all listening levels
  • Uncompromising analog design, superior components, and premium build quality throughout 
 

Record and Mix with Stunning 24-bit/192 kHz Sound Quality

With the highest dynamic range and lowest noise of any desktop interface, Apollo Twin gives you stellar 24-bit/192 kHz sound and breathtaking clarity. Its premium mic preamps, input stage, and audio conversion are identical to the famed Apollo series, translating into rich three-dimensional recordings with exceptional depth and punch. Digitally controlled analog monitor outputs provide full resolution audio (without digital scaling) at all listening levels — letting you create better mixes in real-world environments.
 

A Complete Analog Studio with Realtime UAD Plug-In Processing

Imagine having access to a classic analog recording studio, right on your desktop. Apollo Twin lets you record and mix through the full range of UAD Powered Plug-Ins — including vintage EQs, compressors, reverbs, tape machines and more — at near-zero latency, regardless of your audio software buffer size. With award-winning UAD plug-ins from Ampex, Lexicon, Neve, Moog, Roland, SSL, Studer, and more,* Apollo Twin serves up authentic analog tone and warmth. The key to its analog magic is onboard UAD-2 SOLO or DUO DSP Processing, which powers the UAD plug-ins while reducing the strain on your host CPU. Apollo Twin includes the "Realtime Analog Classics" plug-in bundle, featuring a choice selection of vintage compressors, EQs and reverb, plus guitar amps and tube mic preamp emulation. From there, you can choose from a vast and expanding collection of plug-ins in the UA Online Store.
 

Track Through Classic Mic Preamps Using Unison™ Technology

Unison technology allows Apollo Twin’s 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 circuit behaviors. Based on breakthrough integration between Apollo’s digitally controlled analog mic preamps and its onboard UAD processing, Unison lets you track through colorful preamp emulations like the bundled UA 610-B Tube Preamp plug-in, with more emulations coming soon.
 

High-speed Thunderbolt Connection to your Mac

Unison technology allows Apollo Twin’s 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 circuit behaviors. Based on breakthrough integration between Apollo’s digitally controlled analog mic preamps and its onboard UAD processing, Unison lets you track through colorful preamp emulations like the bundled UA 610-B Tube Preamp plug-in, with more emulations coming soon.Apollo Twin’s Thunderbolt connection features ultra-fast PCIe audio drivers for high-bandwidth, low-latency performance on all Thunderbolt-equipped Macs. Because Thunderbolt offers 12x the bandwidth of FireWire 800, you can connect numerous devices in line with Apollo Twin — including hard drives and HDMI/USB3 hubs — all with fast, flawless performance.
 

Professional I/O Connections

Apollo Twin is a 2-in/6-out interface with two class-leading mic/line preamps, two analog line outputs, two digitally controlled analog monitor outputs, and up to eight additional channels of digital inputs via Optical connection. Its conveniently located Hi-Z instrument input and headphone jack allow you to capture inspiration the moment it strikes.
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