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Universal Audio Apollo x4 Thunderbolt 3 Audio Interface  From UA

Desktop 12 x 18 Thunderbolt 3 Audio Interface w/ Realtime UAD-2 QUAD Core Processing and Four Unison™ Mic Preamps — for Mac and Windows.  

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Manufacturer's Description from UA

The Apollo x4. 


Elite Audio Conversion and Four Unison Preamps on your Desktop.

 

Apollo x4 delivers elite-class A/D and D/A conversion, four Unison-enabled preamps, and QUAD Core realtime UAD plug-in processing — all in a sleek desktop Thunderbolt 3 audio interface for Mac and Windows. 

 

Built upon Universal Audio's 60-year heritage of audio craftsmanship, Apollo x4 easily outshines everything in its class, with 127 dB D/A dynamic range and an included bundle of acclaimed UAD analog emulation plug-ins, giving you a fully-stocked analog studio, right on your desktop.

 

Four Unison Preamps: Get the Sound of Neve, Helios, API, Manley & More

Apollo x4 features four Unison-enabled mic preamps, letting you track through exacting mic preamp emulations from Neve, Helios, API, Manley, UA and many more. 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.

 

Based on Unison's proprietary hardware-software integration, Apollo x4 lets you record at near-zero latency through emulations like the included UA 610-B Tube Preamp & EQ, for authentic analog sound unmatched by other interfaces. Unison technology is also found on Apollo x4's two front-panel Hi-Z instrument inputs, providing dead-on impedance and gain matching for guitar and bass amp models from Fender, Marshall, Ampeg, and more. 

 

Elite-Class A/D and D/A Conversion 

With thousands of hit songs and hundreds of Grammy-winning albums under their belt, Apollo desktop interfaces are used to create exceptional-sounding records every day. To improve upon the previous generation, UA engineers designed the Apollo x4’s audio conversion to deliver a striking 127 dB dynamic range and and -117 dB THD+N, giving Apollo x4 a spacious, organic sound that easily rivals dedicated high-end converters costing much more.

 

Realtime UAD Processing — a Studio Full of Analog Sounds 

Building upon the Apollo tradition, Apollo x4 reveals a stunning range of classic analog tones and color via its Realtime UAD Processing. With powerful UAD-2 QUAD Core processing onboard, Apollo x4 lets you record through the full range of UAD Powered Plug-Ins — at near-zero latency — including authentic titles from Neve, Studer, Helios, API, Lexicon, Manley, Fender, Capitol Studios, and more.*

 

Right out of the box, the Apollo x4 includes the “Realtime Analog Classics Plus” suite of UAD plug-ins — the UA 610-B Tube Preamp & EQ, Teletronix LA-2A and 1176 compressors, Marshall® Plexi Classic Guitar Amp, Ampeg® SVT-VR Classic Bass Amp, Pultec EQs, and more — so you have a rack full of bonafide audio classics already onboard. 

 

Expanded I/O & Built-in Talkback Mic

In addition to its four Unison-equipped preamps, Apollo x4 offers two independent headphone outs and two Hi-Z instrument inputs — letting you collaborate easily. Plus, with a total of four line outs, optical ADAT/SPDIF input and output, dedicated monitor remote controls, and a built-in Talkback mic, the 12 x 18 Apollo x4 can serve as the powerful centerpiece of your professional desktop studio. 

 

Professional Performance and Scalability 

Users of Apollo x4 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 an Apollo X rackmount unit, you can use Apollo x4 as a desktop monitor control with additional I/O and DSP power.

 

Key Features

 ♦ Desktop 12 x 18 Thunderbolt 3 audio interface for Mac and Windows 

 ♦ Elite-class A/D and D/A conversion derived from the Apollo X rackmount interfaces

 ♦ 4 Unison mic preamps offer stunning models of classic tube and transformer-based mic preamps and guitar amps

 ♦ UAD-2 QUAD Core processing for tracking through vintage compressors, EQs, tape machines, mic preamps, and guitar amp plug-ins with near-zero latency

 ♦ 2 Unison-enabled front panel Hi-Z instrument inputs

 ♦ 2 independent front panel headphone outputs

 ♦ 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 and output via optical ADAT and S/PDIF

 ♦ Includes the "Realtime Analog Classics Plus" UAD plug-in bundle featuring the Teletronix LA-2A and 1176 compressors, Pultec EQs, UA 610-B Tube Preamp & EQ, and more*

 ♦ Runs UAD Powered Plug-Ins via VST, RTAS, AU, and AAX 64 in all major DAWs

 ♦ Uncompromising analog design, superior components, and premium build quality

 ♦ Free, industry-leading technical support — on the phone and online — from knowledgeable audio engineers 

 

*Apollo x4 includes the "Realtime Analog Classics Plus" UAD plug-in bundle. All other plug-ins are sold separately at www.uaudio.com. All trademarks are property of their respective owners. 

 

Included in the Realtime Analog Classics Plus Bundle:

 • UA 610-B Tube Preamp & EQ

 • Fairchild 670 Compressor (Legacy)

 • UA 1176LN Limiting Amplifier (Legacy)

 • UA 1176SE Limiting Amplifier (Legacy)

 • Pultec EQP-1A EQ (Legacy)

 • Marshall Plexi Classic Guitar Amp

 • Pultec Pro EQ (Legacy)

 • Teletronix LA-2A Leveling Amplifier (Legacy)

 • Raw Distortion

 • Ampeg SVT-VR Classic Bass Amp

 • Precision Channel Strip (Precision Mix Rack Collection)

 • Precision Reflection Engine (Precision Mix Rack Collection)

 • Precision Delay Mod (Precision Mix Rack Collection)

 • Precision Delay Mod L (Precision Mix Rack Collection)

 • Precision Enhancer Hz

 • RealVerb Pro Custom Room Modeler

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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.