Universal Audio (UA) has introduced Apollo, combining UA’s UAD Powered Plug-Ins with a 18 x 24 FireWire/Thunderbolt-ready audio interface that delivers class-leading 24-bit/192 kHz sound quality. Its Core Audio and ASIO drivers ensure compatibility with all major DAWs, including Pro Tools, Logic Pro, Cubase, Live, and more. Apollo’s Console application and companion Console Recall plug-in (VST/AU/RTAS) provide control and recall of all interface and UAD plug-in settings within individual DAW sessions.
Apollo features four digitally controlled analog mic preamps, eight balanced line inputs and outputs, dual front-panel JFET DIs, digitally-controlled analog monitor outputs, eight channels of ADAT, two channels of S/PDIF, word clock I/O, FireWire 800 (standard), and a Thunderbolt expansion bay. Dedicated front-panel controls include preamp gain, channel selection, mic pad, +48V phantom power, low cut, monitor level, and dual headphone controls.
Apollo offers compatibility with Intel’s new Thunderbolt technology, as found on the newest iMacs, MacBook Pros, and MacBook Airs. Available via a user-installable Thunderbolt Option Card (sold separately), Thunderbolt provides lower latency, reduced audio buffer size, improved performance at high sample rates, and greater UAD plug-in instances versus FireWire.
Contact: Universal Audio | uaudio.com/apollo
Price: $1,999 & $2,499 (DUO and QUAD processing models, respectively)