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Rounik Sethi on Jan 16, in News 0 comments Share: It’s no suprise really considering the high quality of the preamps, converters and the UAD platform itself. But perhaps you’ve been unable to join the party due to the cost?
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Commentaire What is Apollo? Apollo is a high-resolution professional audio interface with superior sound quality and Realtime UAD Processing onboard. Apollo connects to the computer via FireWire , and also has Thunderbolt connectivity via the Thunderbolt Option Card. Apollo was designed to give users the feel and flow of analog recording, while maintaining the benefits of mixing and mastering in a digital audio workstation DAW.
Its included software turns Apollo into a fully-functioning mixing console and allows users to control its hardware settings remotely, solving longstanding studio workflow and monitoring annoyances.
Apollo has 8 total analog inputs — 4 digitally controlled analog mic preamps, 8 balanced line inputs, and 2 front-panel JFET DIs. It has 14 total analog outputs — 8 balanced line outs, 2 digitally-controlled analog monitor outs, and 2 dedicated stereo headphone outs. How does the sound of Apollo compare to other audio interfaces? In simple terms, much better. As the first audio interface to carry the Universal Audio name, Apollo was designed for uncompromising sonic excellence.
Our hardware engineering team called upon years of UA analog experience throughout the design process. And every component, from Apollo’s mic preamps to its converters, was carefully selected to provide both fidelity and transparency. So we can comfortably state that Apollo offers the lowest THD total harmonic distortion and widest dynamic range of anything in its class — performing at or better than interfaces costing far more.
So UAD-2 plug-ins not only sound like the original vintage hardware; they behave like the original devices, at even the most extreme settings. What is the latency performance like on Apollo? With Apollo, latency is basically indiscernible. For example, when recording four “stacked” UAD plug-ins on the input in real time, analog-to-analog latency at 96kHz comes in at 1. Of course, 1. With its onboard Realtime UAD Processing, Apollo can retain its low-latency performance even in large sessions, and you can leave your computer at a buffer setting that it can handle.
How many plug-ins can I run on Apollo? If you want to run a lot of plug-ins simultaneously, or at higher samples rates The Console application also has many powerful routing and monitoring capabilities that make collaborative recording sessions more seamless. Generally, all UAD-2 plug-ins have been ported to work for tracking, however some of our mastering plug-ins, especially the Precision Multiband and the Ampex ATR Mastering Tape Recorder , have some delay due to their algorithms and up-sampling techniques.
Plug-ins like these are not ideal for low latency tracking, but can of course be used. I understand that I can plug microphones, guitars, and line-level devices into Apollo and get low-latency performance, but what about using virtual instruments with UAD plug-ins in real time?
Can I use Apollo in a live performance situation? Apollo is a great solution for playing back prerecorded material from your DAW while also being able to process live sound with UAD plug-ins. Imagine being able to use a Lexicon Digital Reverb as your reverb onstage, or adding an LA-2A Compressor on your vocals to front of house instantly, or adding creative effects like the Galaxy Tape Echo to your guitar in a live performance.
This is all possible with Apollo. Apollo has input delay compensation to ensure that all inputs are phase-aligned. This feature ensures that all of your inputs are phase-aligned when recording multi-channel material like drums, or when using multi-micing techniques. If you are not recording multi-channel material, turn input delay compensation off. What DAW software does Apollo work with? Visit the Apollo support page for details.
Will Apollo work with Pro Tools 10? Apollo will work with Pro Tools 10, as well as Pro Tools 9. How does Apollo work on Windows? Because of widespread variance between PC manufacturers, the built-in FireWire ports on Windows computers are not supported. Using Console Recall, the entire Console configuration can be instantly reloaded whenever the session is loaded. Does Apollo allow for daisy chaining to other Firewire devices?
Yes, you can connect any mixture of Firewire and Firewire devices to Apollo. To run the greatest number of plug-in instances, a direct Firewire connection should be made between Apollo and the host computer. Apollo has two Firewire ports to facilitate daisy chaining. What are the advantages of using Thunderbolt as opposed to FireWire? So can I use multiple Apollo units together in the same system? Yes, you can combine two Apollo interfaces into a single elegant system via FireWire or Thunderbolt.
How do I add Thunderbolt to Apollo? Does the UA Thunderbolt option card supply bus power? The Thunderbolt Option Card supplies bus power to downstream devices. It does not power Apollo; the included Apollo power supply is required to operate the interface at all times.
Where can I find detailed technical information about Apollo? Complete technical details and the latest bulletins about Apollo compatibility and operation can be found on the Apollo support page.
There is also a great forum pro review of Apollo on Harmony Central , moderated by Craig Anderton, that discusses the various usage scenarios and applications of Apollo. Got questions? Contact us at info uaudio.
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