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  • Universal Audio Apollo Twin

Apollo Twin. High-Resolution Desktop Music Production with Classic Analog Sound.
With its class-leading resolution and Realtime UAD Processing, Apollo Twin sets a new standard for desktop music production. This 2x6 Mac Thunderbolt interface allows you to record with near-zero latency through the full range of UAD Powered Plug-Ins — ingeniously merging classic analog tones with cutting-edge features.

 


Key Features

- World-class 24-bit/192 kHz audio conversion
- Realtime UAD Processing — track through vintage Compressors, EQs, Tape Machines, and Guitar Amp plug-ins with near-zero latency*
- New Unison™ technology for stunning models of classic mic preamps**
- Available with either UAD-2 SOLO or UAD-2 DUO DSP Processing onboard
- Includes "Realtime Analog Classics" UAD plug-in bundle

- Thunderbolt connection for blazing-fast PCIe speed on modern Macs
- 2 premium mic/line preamps; 2 line outs; front-panel Hi-Z instrument input and headphone output
- Digitally controlled analog monitor outputs for full resolution at all listening levels
- Uncompromising analog design, superior components, and premium build quality throughout 

 


Record and Mix with Stunning
24-bit/192 kHz Sound Quality

With the highest dynamic range and lowest noise of any desktop interface, Apollo Twin gives you stellar 24-bit/192 kHz sound and breathtaking clarity.
Its premium mic preamps, input stage, and audio conversion are identical to the famed Apollo series, translating into rich three-dimensional recordings with exceptional depth and punch. Digitally controlled analog monitor outputs provide full resolution audio (without digital scaling) at all listening levels — letting you create better mixes in real-world environments.

 


A Complete Analog Studio with
Realtime UAD Plug-In Processing

Imagine having access to a classic analog recording studio, right on your desktop. Apollo Twin lets you record and mix through the full range of UAD Powered Plug-Ins — including vintage EQs, compressors, reverbs, tape machines and more — at near-zero latency, regardless of your audio software buffer size. With award-winning UAD plug-ins from Ampex, Lexicon, Neve, Moog, Roland, SSL, Studer, and more,* Apollo Twin serves up authentic analog tone and warmth. 
The key to its analog magic is onboard UAD-2 SOLO or DUO DSP Processing, which powers the UAD plug-ins while reducing the strain on your host CPU. Apollo Twin includes the "Realtime Analog Classics" plug-in bundle, featuring a choice selection of vintage compressors, EQs and reverb, plus guitar amps and tube mic preamp emulation. From there, you can choose from a vast and expanding collection of plug-ins in the UA Online Store.

 

Track Through Classic Mic Preamps Using Unison™ Technology

Unison technology allows Apollo Twin’s mic preamps to sound and behave like the world's most sought-after tube and solid state preamps — including their all-important impedance, gain stage “sweet spots,” and circuit behaviors. Based on breakthrough integration between Apollo’s digitally controlled analog mic preamps and its onboard UAD processing, Unison lets you track through colorful preamp emulations like the bundled UA 610-B Tube Preamp plug-in, with more emulations coming soon.

 

High-speed Thunderbolt Connection to
your Mac

Apollo Twin’s Thunderbolt connection features ultra-fast PCIe audio drivers for high-bandwidth, low-latency performance on all Thunderbolt-equipped Macs. Because Thunderbolt offers 12x the bandwidth of FireWire 800, you can connect numerous devices in line with Apollo Twin — including hard drives and HDMI/USB3 hubs — all with fast, flawless performance.

 


Professional I/O Connections
Apollo Twin is a 2-in/6-out interface with two class-leading mic/line preamps, two analog line outputs, two digitally controlled analog monitor outputs, and up to eight additional channels of digital inputs via Optical connection. Its conveniently located Hi-Z instrument input and headphone jack allow you to capture inspiration the moment it strikes.

 


Console Application and Console Recall Plug-In
The Console application is Apollo Twin’s software control interface. Its intuitive, analog console-style design provides “realtime” tracking and monitoring with UAD Powered Plug-Ins — a feature not found in any other interface. Complete Apollo Twin Console setups can be saved as presets, or even saved within your sessions using the Console Recall plug-in (VST/AU/RTAS/AAX 64). This enables hardware recall of all Apollo Twin settings, even months and years after you last opened your session.

 


Easy to Use with Any Mac DAW
Apollo Twin is compatible with all major Mac DAWs, including Pro Tools, Logic, Garage Band, Cubase, Live, and more — allowing seamless integration no matter what recording software you use.


Key Features

- Desktop 2x6 Thunderbolt audio interface with world-class 24-bit/192 kHz audio conversion
- Realtime UAD Processing for tracking through vintage Compressors, EQs, Tape Machines,
- Mic Preamps, and Guitar Amp plug-ins with near-zero (sub-2ms) latency
- Thunderbolt connection for blazing-fast PCIe speed and rock-solid performance on
modern Macs
- Unison™ technology offers stunning models of classic tube and transformer-based
mic preamps
- Two premium mic/line preamps; Two line outputs; front-panel Hi-Z instrument input
and headphones output
- Two digitally controlled analog monitor outputs for full resolution at all listening levels
- Up to eight channels of additional digital input via Optical connection
- Uncompromising analog design, superior components, and premium build quality
- Runs UAD Powered Plug-Ins via Audio Units, VST, RTAS & AAX64 in all major DAWs

Audio Interface

- Sample rates up to 192 kHz* at 24-bit word length
- Up to 10 x 6 simultaneous input/output channels

    - Two channels of analog-to-digital conversion via:

        - Two balanced mic/line inputs
        - One Hi-Z instrument input

    - Six channels of digital-to-analog conversion via:

        - Digitally-controlled stereo monitor outputs
        - Stereo headphone outputs
        - Line outputs 3-4

    - Up to eight channels of digital inputs via:

        - Eight channels ADAT optical with S/MUX for high sample rates, or
        - Two channels S/PDIF optical with sample rate conversion

- 64-bit device drivers
- PCIe audio drivers

Microphone Preamplifiers

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

Monitoring

- Digitally-controlled analog monitor outputs maintains highest fidelity
- Independently-addressable stereo headphone outputs
- Independently-addressable line outputs 3-4 can be used for additional cue mix
- Front panel control of monitor levels and muting

UAD-2 Inside

- One (SOLO) or two (DUO) SHARC DSP processors
- Realtime UAD Processing on all analog and digital inputs
- Same features and functionality as other UAD-2 devices when used with DAW
- Includes UAD Powered Plug-Ins “Realtime Analog Classics” bundle
- Complete UAD Powered Plug-Ins library is available online

Software
Console application:

- Enables tracking and/or monitoring with Realtime UAD Processing
- Remote control of Apollo Twin features and functionality
- Virtual I/O for routing DAW tracks through Console
- Two independent stereo Auxiliary busses

Console Recall plug-in:

- Saves Apollo Twin configurations inside DAW sessions for easy recall
- Facilitates control of Apollo Twin monitoring features from within the DAW
- VST, RTAS, AAX 64, and Audio Units plug-in formats

UAD Meter & Control Panel application:

- Configures global UAD settings and monitors system usage

Other

- Attractive and durable desktop form factor
- Locking power supply prevents accidental disconnection
- Easily updateable firmware
- One year warranty includes parts and labor

 

Apollo Twin. System Requirements.

- Apple Mac computer with available Thunderbolt port
- Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion or 10.9 Mavericks
- Internet connection to download software and authorize UAD plug-ins
- Compatible VST, Audio Units, RTAS, or AAX 64 plug-in host application software
- 2 gigabytes available disk space
- Thunderbolt cable (sold separately)

 

Apollo Twin. Specifications.

All audio specifications are typical performance unless otherwise noted, tested under the following conditions: 48 kHz internal sample rate, 24-bit sample depth, 20 kHz measurement bandwidth, with balanced inputs and outputs.

System

I/O Complement

- Microphone Inputs Two
- Analog Line Inputs Two
- Hi-Z Instrument Inputs One
- Analog Line Outputs Two (independent mix buses)
- Analog Monitor Outputs Two (one stereo pair, independent L/R mix buses)
- Headphone Outputs One stereo pair (independent L/R mix buses)
- Digital Input Port (TOSLINK optical) One (ADAT or S/PDIF, selectable)
- Thunderbolt Port One (Thunderbolt 2 compatible)

A/D – D/A Conversion

- Supported Sample Rates (kHz) 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4, 192
- Bit Depth Per Sample 24
- Simultaneous A/D conversion Two channels
- Simultaneous D/A conversion Six channels
- Analog Round-Trip Latency 1.1 milliseconds @ 96 kHz sample rate
- Analog Round-Trip Latency with up to four serial UAD Powered Plug-Ins via Console application 1.1 milliseconds @ 96 kHz sample rate

 

Analog I/O

Line Inputs 1 & 2

- Jack Type (combo mic/line balanced inputs) Female ¼” TRS Balanced
- Dynamic Range (A–weighting) 117.5 dB
- Signal-to-Noise Ratio (A–weighting) 117.5 dB
- Total Harmonic Distortion + Noise –108 dBFS
- Common-Mode Rejection Ratio (CMRR) Greater than 60 dB (10’ cable)
- Frequency Response 20 Hz – 20 kHz, ±0.1 dB
- Input Impedance 10K Ohms
- Gain Range +10 dB to +65 dB
- Minimum Input Level (@ Minimum Gain) 18 dBV
- Maximum Input Level (@ Maximum Gain) –37 dBV
- Stereo Level Balance ±0.05 dB

Microphone Inputs 1 & 2

- Jack Type (combo mic/line balanced inputs) Female XLR Balanced (pin 2 positive)
- Phantom Power (switchable per input) +48V
- Dynamic Range (A–weighting) 118 dB
- Signal-to-Noise Ratio (A–weighting) 118 dB
- Total Harmonic Distortion + Noise –110 dBFS
- Equivalent Input Noise –127 dB
- Frequency Response 20 Hz – 20 kHz, ±0.1 dB
- Common-Mode Rejection Ratio (CMRR) Greater than 70 dB (10’ cable)
- Default Input Impedance 5.4K Ohms (variable via Unison preamp model)
- Gain Range +10 dB to +65 dB
- Pad Attenuation (switchable per input) 20 dB (variable via Unison preamp model)
- Maximum Input Level (@ Minimum Gain, with Pad) 23.8 dBV
- Maximum Input Level (@ Maximum Gain, with Pad) –31.2 dBV

Hi-Z Input

- Jack Type Female ¼” TS Unbalanced
- Dynamic Range (A–weighting) 117 dB
- Signal-to-Noise Ratio (A–weighting) 117 dB
- Total Harmonic Distortion + Noise –101 dBFS
- Frequency Response 20 Hz – 20 kHz, ±0.1 dB
- Input Impedance 1M Ohms
- Maximum Input Level (@ Minimum Gain) 10 dBV
- Maximum Input Level (@ Maximum Gain) –45 dBV

Line Outputs 3 & 4

- Jack Type ¼” Female TRS Balanced
- Dynamic Range (A–weighting) 118 dB
- Signal-to-Noise Ratio (A–weighting) 118 dB
- Total Harmonic Distortion + Noise –107 dBFS
- Frequency Response 20 Hz – 20 kHz, ±0.1 dB
- Stereo Level Balance ±0.05 dB
- Channel Separation Greater than 120 dB
- Output Impedance 600 Ohms
- Maximum Output Level 18 dBV

Monitor Outputs 1 & 2

- Jack Type ¼” Female TRS Balanced
- Frequency Response 20 Hz – 20 kHz, ±0.1 dB
- Dynamic Range (A–weighting) 115 dB
- Signal-to-Noise Ratio (A–weighting) 115 dB
- Total Harmonic Distortion + Noise –105 dBFS
- Channel Separation Greater than 118 dB
- Stereo Level Balance ±0.05 dB
- Output Impedance 600 Ohms
- Output Gain Range –96 dB to 0 dB
- Maximum Output Level 18 dBV
- Operating Reference Level +14 dBu, +20 dBu (selectable)

Stereo Headphones Output

- Jack Type ¼” Female TRS Stereo (unbalanced)
- Frequency Response 20 Hz – 20 kHz, ±0.1 dB
- Dynamic Range (A–weighting) 113 dB
- Signal-to-Noise Ratio (A–weighting) 113 dB
- Channel Separation Greater than 110 dB
- Total Harmonic Distortion + Noise –101 dBFS
- Stereo Level Balance ±0.11 dB
- Output Impedance 10 Ohms
- Output Gain Range –INF to 0 dB
- Maximum Output Power 80 milliwatts into 600 Ohms

Digital I/O

S/PDIF

- Connector Type Optical TOSLINK JIS F05 (shared with ADAT)
- Format IEC958
- Supported Sample Rates (kHz) 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96
- S/PDIF Input Channels Two (Stereo L/R)

ADAT

- Connector Type Optical TOSLINK JIS F05 (shared with S/PDIF)
- Format ADAT Digital Lightpipe with S/MUX
- Supported Sample Rates (kHz) 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 172.4, 192
- ADAT Input Channels @ 44.1 kHz, 48 kHz 1 – 8
- ADAT Input Channels @ 88.2 kHz, 96 kHz 1 – 4 (S/MUX)
- ADAT Input Channels @ 176.4 kHz, 192 kHz 1 – 2 (S/MUX)

Clock Synchronization Sources

- Internal, S/PDIF, ADAT (digital clock sync source conditional per selected digital input type)

Electrical

- Power Supply External AC to DC
- AC Connector Type Changable blades (UL, VDE, UK, SSA, CCC)
- AC Requirements 100V – 240V AC, 50 – 60 Hz
- DC Connector Type Male plug, 2.1 mm x 5.5 mm, center positive
- DC Requirements 12 VDC, ±5%
- Maximum Power Consumption 12 Watts

Environmental

- Operating Temperature Range 32º to 95º Farenheit (0º to 35º Celcius)
- Storage Temperature Range –40º to 176º Farenheit (–40 to 80º Celcius)
- Operating Humidity Range 20% to 80%

Mechanical

Dimensions

- Width 6.31”
- Height 2.60”
- Depth, Chassis Only 5.86”
- Depth, Including Knob & Jack Protrusions 6.20”
- Shipping Box (Length x Width x Height) 8” x 8” x 5.5” (20.32cm x 20.32cm x 13.97cm)

Weight

- Shipping Weight (with box & accessories) 3.85 pounds
- Weight (bare unit) 2.35 pounds

Package Contents

- Apollo Twin Unit (SOLO or DUO)
- External Power Supply with (4) changeable AC connectors supporting USA, Europe, UK, Australia, China
- URL Card

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