Universal Audio first made their name many years ago with the finest studio equipment, including mixers and EQ. This analogue legacy continues in the Apollo Duo with high quality analogue signal path coupled to impressively detailed ADDA conversion and UAD's own amazing plugins.
World-Class 24-bit/192 kHz Conversion
Apollo 16 brings a true “no compromise” approach to every aspect of its audio signal path. Building upon decades of UA hardware expertise, it features meticulous analog circuit design, top-end converters, and DC-coupled outputs — providing the lowest THD and highest dynamic range of any converter in its class. Specifically, the Apollo 16’s deep, wide soundstage, and its exceptionally open and transparent sound, makes it the ideal centerpiece for professional recording studios.
Expandable 16 x 16 Analog Connectivity with Advanced Routing
Apollo 16 boasts straightforward 16 x 16 analog I/O via convenient DB-25 connections — perfect for pairing with mixing consoles, outboard processors, cue/headphone systems, and more. Two Apollo 16 units can be cascaded over MADI for an expanded system with eight UAD processors and 32 x 32 simultaneous analog I/O, capable of handling large professional mixes. Dedicated XLR monitor outputs and stereo AES-EBU digital I/O round out the Apollo 16’s rear-panel audio connections. The Apollo 16’s enhanced routing capabilities include four stereo Cue mixes with individually assignable outputs, and a new “Virtual I/O” feature that allows for Realtime UAD Processing of DAW tracks and virtual instruments.
Thunderbolt™ Connectivity for Macs
Apollo 16 offers compatibility with Intel’s new high-bandwidth Thunderbolt technology on Macs via a user-installable dual-port Thunderbolt Option Card (sold separately). Thunderbolt provides greater UAD plug-in instances, improved performance at high sample rates, and reduced UAD plug-in latency in the DAW versus Apollo’s standard FireWire connection. Because Thunderbolt offers many times the bandwidth of FireWire, it allows studios to connect numerous devices in series with the Apollo interface — including hard drives, processors, and additional computer monitors — all with fast, flawless performance. Thunderbolt also makes it easy to expand UAD plug-in processing power via a Thunderbolt-to-PCIe chassis and UAD-2 DSP Accelerator card(s).
- High resolution 24-bit/192-kHz audio interface with real-time UAD processing engine
- UAD-2 DUO power with 2 Analog Devices SHARC DSP processors
- 4 digitally controlled mic preamps
- 8 balanced analogue line I/O
- 2 front-panel JFET DI instrument inputs
- 2 digitally controlled analog outputs
- 8 channels of ADAT digital
- 2 channels of S/PDIF
- Firewire 800 (built-in) as standard and Thunderbolt expansion bay
- Apollo Console application and companion Console Recall (VST/AU/RTAS) plugin
- Core Audio and ASIO drivers for DAW compatibility
- Compatible with Mac OS X 10.6 and 10.7 (Windows 7 support coming Summer 2012)