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Universal Audio Apollo Quad Thunderbolt Audio Interface

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Product Description

The Apollo Quad Thunderbolt features high-resolution music production with classic analog sound.

Apollo is one of the world's most popular professional audio interfaces which delivers the sound, feel, and flow of analog recording to music creators everywhere. This 18 x 24 Thunderbolt/Firewire* interface combines genuine UA analog design with class-leading sound quality, onboard Realtime UAD Processing, and groundbreaking Unison technology. So you can track audio through a range of UAD analog emulation plug-ins, from Neve, Studer, Manley, Lexicon and more, in real time, with a sleek, elegant workflow on both Mac and Windows 7.

With smart features including four ultra-transparent mic preamps, eight line inputs/ouputs, dual headphone outs, and front panel instrument inputs, Apollo has all the right tools, all in the right place.

Universal Audio Apollo Quad Thunderbolt Audio Interface Features

  • 18 x 24 Thunderbolt/Firewire audio interface for Mac and Windows 7***
  • Realtime UAD Processing for low-latency (sub-2ms) tracking and mixing w/ UAD Powered Plug-Ins
  • Thunderbolt 2 Option Card included for blazing-fast PCIe audio speed and rock-solid performance on modern Macs
  • Unison™ technology provides stunning models of classic mic preamps
  • Four premium mic preamps, top-end converters, and uncompromising analog design
  • 8 analog inputs: 4 digitally controlled analog mic preamps; 8 balanced line inputs; 2 front-panel JFET DIs
  • 14 analog outputs: 8 balanced line outs; 2 digitally-controlled analog monitor outs; 2 dedicated stereo headphone outs
  • 10 channels of digital I/O: 8 channels of ADAT; 2 channels S/PDIF; Wordclock I/O
  • Multi-Unit Cascading allows combining two Apollos for 16 analog inputs/outputs and 12 digital inputs/outputs
  • Includes Realtime Analog Classics Plus plug-in bundle, featuring the UA 610-B Tube Preamp & EQ, Precision Enhancer Hz, Softube Amp Room Essentials, and Legacy versions of the Fairchild 670 Compressor, Teletronix LA-2A Classic Audio Leveler, 1176LN Limiting Amplifier, Pultec Pro EQ plug-ins, and more.
Class-Leading 24-bit/192 kHz Sound Quality
Designed to play a central role in a modern Mac- or Windows 7-based studio, Apollo incorporates an uncompromising approach to audio quality. Building upon decades of UA hardware heritage, it offers extremely high-resolution sound, with the lowest THD and highest dynamic range in its class. Apollo’s four 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. In fact, its sound quality is on par with dedicated converters costing thousands more.

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 QUAD processing onboard, Apollo’s DSP Acceleration allows for recording 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.*** Better still, Apollo's UAD plug-ins are also available during mixing and mastering, so that music producers can use UAD plug-ins (VST, RTAS, AU, AAX 64) throughout the creative process.

Thunderbolt 2™: The Next Generation of Connectivity
Apollo is compatible with Intel’s high-bandwidth Thunderbolt technology on Macs. Available via the included dual-port Thunderbolt 2 Option Card, Thunderbolt provides for blazing-fast PCIe speed and rock-solid performance on modern Macs. 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 4k resolution displays — all with fast, flawless performance. Thunderbolt also makes it easy to expand UAD plug-in processing power via a Thunderbolt-to-PCIe chassis with UAD-2 DSP Accelerator card(s).

Unison™ Technology
A Universal Audio breakthrough, Apollo Twin’s Unison technology gives you the tone of the world's most sought-after tube and solid state mic preamps — including their all-important impedance, gain stage “sweet spots,” and component-level circuit behaviors. Based on unprecedented hardware-software integration between Apollo’s mic preamps and its onboard UAD plug-in processing, Unison lets you record through stunning emulations like the bundled UA 610-B Tube Preamp plug-in, with more emulations available at the UA Online Store.

Deeper Integration with Pro Tools, Logic, Cubase, and More
Apollo’s Core Audio and ASIO drivers ensure compatibility with all major DAWs, including Pro Tools, Logic Pro, Cubase, and more. The included Console application and companion Console Recall plug-in (VST/AU/RTAS, AAX 64) provides control and recall of all interface and UAD plug-in settings within your DAW sessions, even months and years later. “PT Mode” allows easier insertion of external hardware in Pro Tools, and the Virtual I/O feature allows Realtime UAD Processing of DAW tracks and virtual instruments.

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 dual headphone outs with independent level control. Smart Hi-Z inputs on the front panel detect when you've connected your guitar or bass. Sonically, Apollo's Monitor outputs are digitally controlled analog, so you don't lose audio resolution when you adjust gain.

*Thunderbolt 2 option is Mac-only. Thunderbolt connectivity will disable Firewire ports — they cannot be used simultaneously.
** All trademarks are recognized as property of their respective owners. Individual UAD Powered Plug-Ins sold separately.
*** Requires Windows 7 64-bit edition operating system and a qualified PCIe-to-FireWire adapter

Product Specifications
Universal Audio Apollo Quad Audio Interface Specifications
  • System:
  • I/O Complement:
  • Microphone Inputs: 4
  • High-Impedance Inputs: 2
  • Analog Line Inputs: 8
  • Analog Line Outputs: 8
  • Analog Monitor Outputs: 2 (1 stereo pair)
  • Headphone Outputs: 2 stereo (independent mix buses)
  • ADAT: Up to 8 channels via dual I/O ports with S/MUX
  • S/PDIF: 1 stereo input, 1 stereo output
  • FireWire 800 (IEEE 1394b): Dual ports
  • Thunderbolt (via Option Card): Dual ports
  • Word Clock: 1 input, 1 output
  • A/D - D/A Conversion:
  • Supported Sample Rates (kHz): 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4, 192
  • A/D Bits Per Sample: 24
  • Simultaneous A/D conversion: 8 channels
  • Simultaneous D/A conversion: 14 channels
  • Analog Round-Trip Latency: 1.1 milliseconds @ 96 kHz sample rate
  • Analog Round-Trip Latency with four serial UAD-2 plug-ins via Console application: 1.1 milliseconds @ 96 kHz sample rate
  • Analog I/O:
  • Microphone Inputs: 1 - 4
  • Jack Type: XLR Female
  • Phantom Power: +48V, Switchable
  • Dynamic Range: 118 dB (A-weighting)
  • Signal-to-Noise Ratio: 118 dB (A-weighting)
  • Total Harmonic Distortion + Noise: -110 dB
  • Hi-Z Inputs:
  • Jack Type: 1/4 Inch male (Mono TS plug required)
  • Dynamic Range: 117 dB (A-weighting)
  • Signal-to-Noise Ratio: 117 dB (A-weighting)
  • Total Harmonic Distortion + Noise: -103 dB
  • Line Inputs 1 - 4:
  • Jack Type: 1/4 Inch male TRS Balanced
  • Dynamic Range: 117 dB (A-weighting)
  • Signal-to-Noise Ratio: 117 dB (A-weighting)
  • Total Harmonic Distortion + Noise: -107 dB
  • Line Inputs 5 - 8:
  • Jack Type: 1/4 Inch male TRS Balanced
  • Dynamic Range: 117 dB (A-weighting)
  • Signal-to-Noise Ratio: 117 dB (A-weighting)
  • Total Harmonic Distortion + Noise: -107 d
  • Line Outputs 1 - 8:
  • Jack Type: 1/4 Inch male TRS Balanced
  • Dynamic Range: 118 dB (A-weighting)
  • Frequency Response: 20 Hz - 20 kHz, +/-0.1 dB
  • Signal-to-Noise Ratio: 118 dB (A-weighting)
  • Total Harmonic Distortion + Noise: -106 dB
  • Monitor Outputs 1 - 2:
  • Jack Type: 1/4 Inch male TRS Balanced
  • Frequency Response: 20 Hz - 20 kHz, +/-0.1 dB
  • Dynamic Range: 115 dB (A-weighting)
  • Signal-to-Noise Ratio: 114 dB (A-weighting)
  • Total Harmonic Distortion + Noise: -103 dB
  • Stereo Headphone Outputs 1 and 2:
  • Jack Type: 1/4 Inch male TRS Stereo/Unbalanced
  • Frequency Response: 20 Hz - 20 kHz, +/-0.1 dB
  • Dynamic Range: 113 dB (A-weighting)
  • Signal-to-Noise Ratio: 113 dB (A-weighting)
  • Total Harmonic Distortion + Noise: -101 dB
  • Digital I/O:
  • S/PDIF: Jack Type: Phono (RCA), Format: IEC958
  • ADAT:
  • Jack Type: Optical TOSLINK JIS F05
  • Format: ADAT Digital Lightpipe with S/MUX
    • Channel Assignments @ 44.1 kHz, 48 kHz: Port 1 = Channels 1 - 8, Port 2 = 1 - 8 (mirrored)
    • Channel Assignments @ 88.2 kHz, 96 kHz: Port 1 = Channels 1 - 4, Port 2 = Channels 5 - 8
    • Channel Assignments @ 176.4 kHz, 192 kHz: Port 1 = Channels 1 - 2, Port 2 = Channels 3 - 4
  • Word Clock:
  • Jack Type: BNC
  • Lock Range: +/-0.5% of any supported sample rate
  • Word Clock Input Termination: 75 Ohms, switchable
  • Synchronization Sources: Internal, Word Clock, S/PDIF, ADAT
  • Electrical:
  • Power Supplies: External AC to DC Power Supply Brick, Internal DC to DC Power Supply
  • AC Connector Type: IEC Male
  • AC Requirements: 100V - 240V AC, 50 - 60 Hz
  • DC Connector Type: XLR 4-Pin Locking Male (Neutrik P/N NC4MDM3-H)
  • DC Requirements: 12 VDC, +/-5%
  • Maximum Power Consumption: 6.5 amperes
  • Dimensions (W x H x D): 19 x 1.75 x 13.5 inches
  • Weight: 9.1 pounds
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Phone:  866-823-1176 Warranty:  All Universal Audio hardware is warrantied for one year from date of purchase. (parts and labor)
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