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Universal Audio - Apollo Quad (Silverface-Firewire)

18x24 Thunderbolt/FW800 Audio Interface w/ Built-in UAD-2 Quad DSP for UAD-2 Powered Plug-ins (Thunderbolt Mac Only)

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Manufacturer part number: APLQF
Manufacturer: Universal Audio
$1,999.00
$1,799.00

Apollo High-Resolution Audio Interface with Realtime UAD Processing 

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 UAs analog hardware heritage, it offers extremely high-resolution sonics, with the lowest THD and highest dynamic range in its class. Apollos premium mic preamps, top-end converters  and UAs 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 Apollos 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 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, Apollos sonic options are virtually endless. Better still, Apollo's Realtime UAD Processing is also available during mixing and mastering, so that music producers can employ UAD plug-ins throughout the creative process. 

 

Thunderbolt": The Next Generation of Connectivity
Apollo offers compatibility with Intels new Thunderbolt technology on the newest iMacs, MacBook Pros, MacBook Airs, and Mac minis. Available via a user-installable dual-port Thunderbolt Option Card (sold separately), Thunderbolt provides greater UAD plug-in instances, improved performance at higher sample rates, and reduced UAD plug-in latency versus Apollos standard FireWire connection. 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
Apollos Core Audio and ASIO drivers ensure compatibility with all major DAWs, including Pro Tools, Logic Pro, Cubase, Live, and more. Beyond this basic compatibility, Apollos 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. Read more about Apollos included software here.

Elegant Hardware Design and Workflow
One key feature of Apollo isnt really a feature at all. Its 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 UAs legendary 2192 interface, is designed to be viewable at nearly any angle. Finally, standalone operation means that you can use Apollos audio connections, and last-used DSP mixer settings, even without a computer connected.

* FireWire PC requires Windows 7 64-bit edition operating system and a qualified PCIe-to-FireWire adaptor. Thunderbolt option is Mac-only.

** All trademarks are recognized as property of their respective owners. Individual UAD Powered Plug-Ins sold separately.

 

Features

Audio Interface

  • Sample rates up to 192 kHz at 24-bit word length
  • 18 x 24 simultaneous input/output channels:
    • Eight channels of analog-to-digital conversion via mic, line, or high-impedance inputs
  • 14 channels of digital-to-analog conversion via:
    • Eight mono line outputs
    • Stereo monitor outputs
    • Two stereo headphone outputs
  • 10 channels of digital I/O via:
    • Eight channels ADAT Optical I/O with S/MUX for high sample rates
    • Two channels coaxial S/PDIF I/O with sample rate conversion
    • Two FireWire 800 ports for daisy-chaining other FireWire devices
  • 32-bit and 64-bit device drivers

Microphone Preamplifiers

  • Four high-resolution, ultra-transparent, digitally-controlled analog mic preamps
  • Front panel and software control of all preamp parameters
  • Switchable low cut filter, 48V phantom power, 20 dB pad, polarity inversion, and stereo linking

Monitoring

  • Stereo monitor outputs (independent of eight line outputs)
  • Digitally-controlled analog monitor outputs maintains highest fidelity
  • Front panel control of monitor levels and muting
  • Two stereo headphone outputs with independent mix buses
  • Independent front panel analog volume controls for headphone outputs
  • Front panel pre-fader metering of monitor bus levels
  • S/PDIF outputs can be set to mirror the monitor outputs

Onboard UAD-2 Processing

  • DUO and QUAD models featuring two or four SHARC processors
  • Realtime UAD Powered Plug-Ins processing on all of Apollos analog and digital inputs
  • Same features and functionality as other UAD-2 products when used with DAW
  • Can be combined with other UAD-2 devices for increased mixing DSP
  • Includes UAD Powered Plug-Ins Analog Classics bundle
  • Complete UAD-2 Powered Plug-Ins library is available online 24/7

Software

  • Console application:
    • Enables Realtime UAD Powered Plug-Ins processing
    • DSP mixer for realtime monitoring and tracking
    • Remote control of all Apollo features and functionality
  • Console Recall plug-in:
    • Saves Apollo configurations inside DAW sessions for easy recal
    • Enables control of all front panel parameters from within the DAW
    • VST, RTAS, and Audio Units plug-in formats
  • UAD Meter & Control Panel application:
    • Configures global UAD-2 and Powered Plug-Ins settings and monitors system usage

 

UAD Minimum System Requirements

  • (Win) Windows 7 64-Bit Edition w/SP1
  • (Mac) OS X 10.6.8 Snow Leopard, 10.7 Lion, or 10.8 Mountain Lion
  • 2 gigabytes available disk space
  • Available PCI Express (PCIe) slot for each UAD-2 card
  • Available FireWire 800 port* for UAD-2 Satellite or Apollo
  • 1024 x 800 minimum display resolution (1024 x 900 for Apollo)
  • Internet connection or CD-ROM drive for software installation
  • Internet connection required for registration and plug-in authorization
  • Compatible VST, Audio Units, or RTAS plug-in host application software

    *Apollo and UAD-2 Satellite require a qualified PCIe-to-FireWire adapter card on Windows systems.

Specifications

Note: The specs below are a subset of the full list. See the Apollo Hardware Manual for complete product 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 (Aweighting)
    • Signal-to-Noise Ratio 118 dB (Aweighting)
    • Total Harmonic Distortion + Noise 110 dB
  • HiZ Inputs
    • Jack Type ¼ Male (Mono TS plug required)
    • Dynamic Range 117 dB (Aweighting)
    • Signal-to-Noise Ratio 117 dB (Aweighting)
    • Total Harmonic Distortion + Noise 103 dB
  • Line Inputs 1  4
    • Jack Type ¼Male TRS Balanced
    • Dynamic Range 117 dB (Aweighting)
    • Signal-to-Noise Ratio 117 dB (Aweighting)
    • Total Harmonic Distortion + Noise 107 dB
  • Line Inputs 5  8
    • Jack Type ¼ Male TRS Balanced
    • Dynamic Range 117 dB (Aweighting)
    • Signal-to-Noise Ratio 117 dB (Aweighting)
    • Total Harmonic Distortion + Noise 107 d
  • Line Outputs 1  8
    • Jack Type ¼ Male TRS Balanced
    • Dynamic Range 118 dB (Aweighting)
    • Frequency Response 20 Hz  20 kHz, ±0.1 dB
    • Signal-to-Noise Ratio 118 dB (Aweighting)
    • Total Harmonic Distortion + Noise 106 dB
  • Monitor Outputs 1  2
    • Jack Type ¼ Male TRS Balanced
    • Frequency Response 20 Hz  20 kHz, ±0.1 dB
    • Dynamic Range 115 dB (Aweighting)
    • Signal-to-Noise Ratio 114 dB (Aweighting)
    • Total Harmonic Distortion + Noise 103 dB
  • Stereo Headphone Outputs 1 & 2
    • Jack Type ¼ Male TRS Stereo/Unbalanced
    • Frequency Response 20 Hz  20 kHz, ±0.1 dB
    • Dynamic Range 113 dB (Aweighting)
    • Signal-to-Noise Ratio 113 dB (Aweighting)
    • 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

Mechanical

  • Dimensions
    • Width 19
    • Height 1.75 (1U rack space)
    • Depth, Chassis Only 12.125
    • Depth, Including Knob & Jack Protrusions 13.5
    • Shipping Box (Width x Depth x Height) 24 x 17 x 8
  • Weight
    • Shipping Weight (with box & accessories) 18 pounds
    • Weight (bare unit) 9.1 pounds

Apollo High-Resolution Audio Interface with Realtime UAD Processing 

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 UAs analog hardware heritage, it offers extremely high-resolution sonics, with the lowest THD and highest dynamic range in its class. Apollos premium mic preamps, top-end converters  and UAs 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 Apollos 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 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, Apollos sonic options are virtually endless. Better still, Apollo's Realtime UAD Processing is also available during mixing and mastering, so that music producers can employ UAD plug-ins throughout the creative process. 

 

Thunderbolt": The Next Generation of Connectivity
Apollo offers compatibility with Intels new Thunderbolt technology on the newest iMacs, MacBook Pros, MacBook Airs, and Mac minis. Available via a user-installable dual-port Thunderbolt Option Card (sold separately), Thunderbolt provides greater UAD plug-in instances, improved performance at higher sample rates, and reduced UAD plug-in latency versus Apollos standard FireWire connection. 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
Apollos Core Audio and ASIO drivers ensure compatibility with all major DAWs, including Pro Tools, Logic Pro, Cubase, Live, and more. Beyond this basic compatibility, Apollos 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. Read more about Apollos included software here.

Elegant Hardware Design and Workflow
One key feature of Apollo isnt really a feature at all. Its 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 UAs legendary 2192 interface, is designed to be viewable at nearly any angle. Finally, standalone operation means that you can use Apollos audio connections, and last-used DSP mixer settings, even without a computer connected.

* FireWire PC requires Windows 7 64-bit edition operating system and a qualified PCIe-to-FireWire adaptor. Thunderbolt option is Mac-only.

** All trademarks are recognized as property of their respective owners. Individual UAD Powered Plug-Ins sold separately.

 

Features

Audio Interface

  • Sample rates up to 192 kHz at 24-bit word length
  • 18 x 24 simultaneous input/output channels:
    • Eight channels of analog-to-digital conversion via mic, line, or high-impedance inputs
  • 14 channels of digital-to-analog conversion via:
    • Eight mono line outputs
    • Stereo monitor outputs
    • Two stereo headphone outputs
  • 10 channels of digital I/O via:
    • Eight channels ADAT Optical I/O with S/MUX for high sample rates
    • Two channels coaxial S/PDIF I/O with sample rate conversion
    • Two FireWire 800 ports for daisy-chaining other FireWire devices
  • 32-bit and 64-bit device drivers

Microphone Preamplifiers

  • Four high-resolution, ultra-transparent, digitally-controlled analog mic preamps
  • Front panel and software control of all preamp parameters
  • Switchable low cut filter, 48V phantom power, 20 dB pad, polarity inversion, and stereo linking

Monitoring

  • Stereo monitor outputs (independent of eight line outputs)
  • Digitally-controlled analog monitor outputs maintains highest fidelity
  • Front panel control of monitor levels and muting
  • Two stereo headphone outputs with independent mix buses
  • Independent front panel analog volume controls for headphone outputs
  • Front panel pre-fader metering of monitor bus levels
  • S/PDIF outputs can be set to mirror the monitor outputs

Onboard UAD-2 Processing

  • DUO and QUAD models featuring two or four SHARC processors
  • Realtime UAD Powered Plug-Ins processing on all of Apollos analog and digital inputs
  • Same features and functionality as other UAD-2 products when used with DAW
  • Can be combined with other UAD-2 devices for increased mixing DSP
  • Includes UAD Powered Plug-Ins Analog Classics bundle
  • Complete UAD-2 Powered Plug-Ins library is available online 24/7

Software

  • Console application:
    • Enables Realtime UAD Powered Plug-Ins processing
    • DSP mixer for realtime monitoring and tracking
    • Remote control of all Apollo features and functionality
  • Console Recall plug-in:
    • Saves Apollo configurations inside DAW sessions for easy recal
    • Enables control of all front panel parameters from within the DAW
    • VST, RTAS, and Audio Units plug-in formats
  • UAD Meter & Control Panel application:
    • Configures global UAD-2 and Powered Plug-Ins settings and monitors system usage

 

UAD Minimum System Requirements

  • (Win) Windows 7 64-Bit Edition w/SP1
  • (Mac) OS X 10.6.8 Snow Leopard, 10.7 Lion, or 10.8 Mountain Lion
  • 2 gigabytes available disk space
  • Available PCI Express (PCIe) slot for each UAD-2 card
  • Available FireWire 800 port* for UAD-2 Satellite or Apollo
  • 1024 x 800 minimum display resolution (1024 x 900 for Apollo)
  • Internet connection or CD-ROM drive for software installation
  • Internet connection required for registration and plug-in authorization
  • Compatible VST, Audio Units, or RTAS plug-in host application software

    *Apollo and UAD-2 Satellite require a qualified PCIe-to-FireWire adapter card on Windows systems.

Specifications

Note: The specs below are a subset of the full list. See the Apollo Hardware Manual for complete product 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 (Aweighting)
    • Signal-to-Noise Ratio 118 dB (Aweighting)
    • Total Harmonic Distortion + Noise 110 dB
  • HiZ Inputs
    • Jack Type ¼ Male (Mono TS plug required)
    • Dynamic Range 117 dB (Aweighting)
    • Signal-to-Noise Ratio 117 dB (Aweighting)
    • Total Harmonic Distortion + Noise 103 dB
  • Line Inputs 1  4
    • Jack Type ¼Male TRS Balanced
    • Dynamic Range 117 dB (Aweighting)
    • Signal-to-Noise Ratio 117 dB (Aweighting)
    • Total Harmonic Distortion + Noise 107 dB
  • Line Inputs 5  8
    • Jack Type ¼ Male TRS Balanced
    • Dynamic Range 117 dB (Aweighting)
    • Signal-to-Noise Ratio 117 dB (Aweighting)
    • Total Harmonic Distortion + Noise 107 d
  • Line Outputs 1  8
    • Jack Type ¼ Male TRS Balanced
    • Dynamic Range 118 dB (Aweighting)
    • Frequency Response 20 Hz  20 kHz, ±0.1 dB
    • Signal-to-Noise Ratio 118 dB (Aweighting)
    • Total Harmonic Distortion + Noise 106 dB
  • Monitor Outputs 1  2
    • Jack Type ¼ Male TRS Balanced
    • Frequency Response 20 Hz  20 kHz, ±0.1 dB
    • Dynamic Range 115 dB (Aweighting)
    • Signal-to-Noise Ratio 114 dB (Aweighting)
    • Total Harmonic Distortion + Noise 103 dB
  • Stereo Headphone Outputs 1 & 2
    • Jack Type ¼ Male TRS Stereo/Unbalanced
    • Frequency Response 20 Hz  20 kHz, ±0.1 dB
    • Dynamic Range 113 dB (Aweighting)
    • Signal-to-Noise Ratio 113 dB (Aweighting)
    • 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

Mechanical

  • Dimensions
    • Width 19
    • Height 1.75 (1U rack space)
    • Depth, Chassis Only 12.125
    • Depth, Including Knob & Jack Protrusions 13.5
    • Shipping Box (Width x Depth x Height) 24 x 17 x 8
  • Weight
    • Shipping Weight (with box & accessories) 18 pounds
    • Weight (bare unit) 9.1 pounds
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