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APOLLO DUO

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Apollo is the first professional, high-resolution computer audio interface that delivers the sound, feel and flow of analog recording.

This 18 x 24 FireWire/Thunderbolt-ready interface combines genuine, UA analog design with class-leading, 24-bit/192 kHz sound quality and onboard Realtime UAD Processing. Using Apollo, music producers and performers can finally track audio through a range of classic UAD analog emulation plug-ins - from Neve, Studer, Manley, Lexicon and more - in real time and with a sleek, elegant workflow on both Mac and PC.


Class-Leading 24-bit/192 kHz Sound Quality.

Designed to play a central role in a modern Mac- or PC*-based studio, Apollo incorporates a true, no compromise approach to audio quality. Building upon decades of UA's analog hardware heritage, it offers extremely high-resolution sonics, with the lowest THD and highest dynamic range in its class. Apollo's premium mic preamps, top-end converters and UA's meticulous attention to circuit design translate into greater accuracy and depth in your recordings, from tracking and overdubbing to mixing and mastering.

Realtime UAD Plug-In Processing for Tracking, Mixing and Mastering.

While Apollo's natural sound is exceedingly open and transparent, it can quickly deliver a wide range of classic analog tones and color via its Realtime UAD Processing. Available with either DUO Core or QUAD Core processing onboard, this onboard DSP Acceleration allows for recording and mixing through UAD Powered Plug-Ins with as low as sub-2ms latency so that producers can quickly monitor, audition and print audio using classic analog emulations from Ampex, Lexicon, Manley, Neve, Roland, SSL, Studer and more.

Want to place multiple 1176 compressors on your drum inputs or record vocals through a classic Neve 1073 EQ, or even track the entire band through a Studer A800 tape machine in real time? No problem. With Realtime UAD processing, Apollo's sonic options are virtually endless.


Thunderbolt I/O: The Next Generation of Connectivity.

Apollo offers compatibility with Intel's new Thunderbolt technology, as found on the newest iMac's, MacBook Pro's, MacBook Air's and next-generation PC's.
Available via a user-installable, dual-port Thunderbolt I/O Option Card (sold separately), Thunderbolt provides lower latency, reduced audio buffer size, improved performance and greater UAD plug-in instances versus FireWire. And because Thunderbolt offers many times the bandwidth of FireWire, it allows music producers to connect numerous devices in series with the Apollo interface, including hard drives, processors and additional computer monitors; all with fast, flawless performance.

Deeper Integration with Pro Tools, Logic, Cubase and more.

Apollo's Core Audio and ASIO drivers ensure compatibility with all major DAW's, including Pro Tools, Logic Pro, Cubase, Live and more. Beyond this basic compatibility, Apollo's included, 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, even months and years later.

Elegant Hardware Design and Workflow.

One key feature of Apollo isn't really a feature at all. It's the numerous design details that give you a fast, natural workflow and better results. There are physical front-panel controls for all the most commonly used features, including Preamp and Monitor level knobs, channel selection, mic pad and low cut, phantom power and even dual headphone outs with independent level control. Smart Hi-Z inputs on the front panel detect when you've connected your guitar or bass and automatically enable hardware and software monitoring.

Sonically, Apollo's Mic inputs and Monitor outputs are digitally controlled analog, so you don't lose audio resolution when you adjust gain. High-resolution/high-contrast metering, derived from UA's legendary 2192 interface, is designed to be viewable at nearly any angle.

Finally, stand-alone operation means that you can use Apollo's audio connections and last-used DSP mixer settings, even without a computer connected.

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As of this review date I have owned the apollo duo for about 1yr and so far everything has been smooth sailing .At the time I couldn,t bring myself to pay the extra for the quad but kind of wish I had because some of the new plugins (such as ocean way ) are real dsp hogs .The sound quality is excellent in-fact you would have to pay a lot more to get anything better.Most of the plugins are really great but even saying that I would recommend taking full advantage of the 14 day trial that is on all plugins.
Posted by Bob skineer on Oct 18, 2013
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I bought the Apollo duo approximately 6 months ago, and have had the time to put it through a multitude of tests and run it in different setups. Every single time I am amazed. The quality of the AD/DA is excellent, providing a very clean sound with a bit of air to it, making the sound open. The preamps are clean with plenty of gain. I must also say that UA customer service is among the best I have dealt with. Nothing but positives in this unit. Definitely recommend for anyone in the market for a great interface, and a selection of great plugins.
Posted by anonymous on Oct 17, 2013
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