Apollo Twin X QUAD – Thunderbolt 3 (Mac and Windows)

£1,152.00

Universal Audio Apollo Twin X QUAD, Thunderbolt Overview

The beating heart of your studio. Incredible recording meets exceptional processing power. The Universal Audio Apollo Twin X QUAD, Thunderbolt allows you to record with elite level A/D and D/A conversion – thanks to four Unison-enabled preamps. These amazing preamps work brilliantly with the QUAD Core realtime plug-in processing. This means you can use the range of Universal Audio’s plugins during the recording stage. Meaning you can add digital preamp emulation or compression at the recording stage of your workflow. All of this amazing technology is housed in the super sleek case and connectivity is provided by Thunderbolt 3 – for ultra-fast communication.

SPECIAL OFFER: Buy an Apollo interface and you can get FREE UAD plugins and Unison-enabled preamps and channel strips. Offer ends September 30th 2020. Please see below for details.

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Universal Audio Apollo Twin X QUAD, Thunderbolt Overview

The beating heart of your studio. Incredible recording meets exceptional processing power. The Universal Audio Apollo Twin X QUAD, Thunderbolt allows you to record with elite level A/D and D/A conversion – thanks to four Unison-enabled preamps. These amazing preamps work brilliantly with the QUAD Core realtime plug-in processing. This means you can use the range of Universal Audio’s plugins during the recording stage. Meaning you can add digital preamp emulation or compression at the recording stage of your workflow. All of this amazing technology is housed in the super sleek case and connectivity is provided by Thunderbolt 3 – for ultra-fast communication.

SPECIAL OFFER: Buy an Apollo interface and you can get FREE UAD plugins and Unison-enabled preamps and channel strips. Offer ends September 30th 2020. Please see below for details.

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Special Offer – How to claim free UAD plugins

Mix and master like the pros. If you buy and register this interface you can get the following UAD plugins and Unison-enabled preamps and channel strips for free (please note that there are different plugins included dependant on which Universal Audio interface you purchase, check this paragraph on each listing to see what plugins are included): Helios Type 69 Preamp and EQ Collection, V76 Preamplifier, Century Tube Channel Strip, UA 610 Tube Preamp & EQ Collection, Pure Plate Reverb, Galaxy Tape Echo, Oxide Tape Recorder. All you need to do to get these free plugins is buy this new interface from Gear4music and register it on Universal Audio’s website. Already own any of the plugins from the promotion? No problem. You’ll be able to pick from an alternate list of UAD plugins. Offer valid from 1st July 2020 to September 30th 2020.

LUNA

New to 1.0.9: The latest version of LUNA grants you access to more analog goodness. You’ll now be able to impart the warmth and richness of the iconic Ampex ATR-102 Mastering Tape Recorder directly on your recordings. Users that already own the plug-in will be provided with this completely free of charge. If you don’t, and wish to try it then you’ll be able to take advantage of the 14-day, no limitations trial.

Work the way you want with LUNA technology. Universal Audio built their DAW, LUNA, from the ground up. Their aim, was to bring audio recording into a new era. Following a high-quality range of vintage emulations and innovative plugins, it is obvious that Universal Audio don’t settle for second best and strive to give you their all. LUNA is no exception. You’ll be free to integrate your favourite DSP powered plugins when recording, completely free of latency. Thanks to accelerated real time modelling, you’ll also be provided with analog style recording and overdubbing via your Apollo’s on-board DSP acceleration.

Hark back to the golden age of recording, with Neve summing from the iconic 80’s series console. You’ll be able to add warmth and richness to your tracks, from the very series of desk that is associated with seminal albums from the likes of Nirvana, Dire Straits, and Pink Floyd. The Studer A800 Tape Recorder extension allows you to add the warmth and punch associated with magnetic tape, introducing various levels of harmonics and saturation into your signal flow. With a highly realistic Steinway Model B piano, Moog Minimoog emulation, a wide array of premium samples from Spitfire Audio, and unlimited track count. You’ll have nothing holding you back from making the greatest sounding records of your life.

Please Note: This is a free download for mac users who own a Thunderbolt Arrow or Apollo interface. It is not yet compatible for Windows.

High-grade audio conversion for pristine sound

Apollo interfaces have contributed to the sound of hundreds of Grammy award-winning albums; and the Apollo Twin X is no different employing class-leading audio conversion. The custom converters have seen a brand-new redesign, taking the dynamic range up to 127dB with -117dsB THD+N. The result is a spacious yet powerful sound that will take your recordings to the next level.

Quad core DSP accelerator

The thing that sets Apollo’s audio interfaces apart from conventional units is the onboard DSP acceleration. This version of the Twin X features quad-core DSP acceleration. This allows you to run the DSP-powered plugins from Apollo, with exclusive emulations from Neve, Leixon, Capitol Studios, API, Manley, Ampex, Fender and more. The groundbreaking emulations have been meticulously crafted to sound as close to the original as possible. This puts vintage-gear back at the forefront, allowing you to capture sounds that long been sought after.

Unison-enabled mic preamps deliver stunning sound quality

The Apollo Twin X features two Unison-enabled preamps for live recording in your studio. These preamps mean you can get the best results from UA’s amazing preamp emulations. These include Neve, Helios, API, Manley, UA and many more. This gives you a truly crisp sound which provides you with a range of sound profiles – from tube to solid-state.

Combine interfaces for a networked studio

Looking to expand your studio recording capabilities down the line. The Apollo Twin X allows you to easily connect up to four Thunderbolt Apollos and a total of six UAD-2 devices – meaning you can expand your studio as and when you need too. If you add a rack-mountable Apollo to your system, you can control it with the Apollo Twin X monitor control features.

A multitude of I/O options

The Apollo Twin X comes with a wide range of inputs and outputs to help you get the job. As well as the main inputs there are also outputs for headphones and a Hi-Z instrument input. Combined with two line outs and an ADAT/SPDIF input – you won’t be stuck for connectivity options.

Included Plugins

  • UA 610-B
  • UA 1176LN Legacy
  • UA 1176SE Legacy
  • Ampeg SVT-VR Classic
  • Marshall Plexi Classic
  • Precision Channel Strip (Precision Mix Rack Collection)
  • Precision Reflection Engine (Precision Mix Rack Collection)
  • Precision Delay Mod (Precision Mix Rack Collection)
  • Precision Delay Mod L (Precision Mix Rack Collection)
  • Pultec EQP-1A Legacy
  • Pultec-Pro Legacy
  • Teletronix LA-2A Legacy
  • Raw Distortion
  • RealVerb Pro

Features

  • Desktop 10 x 6 Thunderbolt 3 audio interface for Mac and Windows
  • Elite-class A/D and D/A conversion derived from the Apollo X rackmount interfaces
  • 2 Unison mic preamps offer stunning models of classic tube and transformer-based mic preamps and guitar amps
  • UAD-2 QUAD Core Processing for tracking through vintage compressors, EQs, tape machines, mic preamps, and guitar amp plug-ins with near-zero latency
  • Front-panel Unison-enabled Hi-Z instrument input and headphone out
  • Built-in Talkback mic for communication with studio talent and recording slate cues
  • Dedicated monitor functionality including monitor remote functions and Mono, Mute, DIM, and ALT monitor controls
  • Up to 8 channels of additional digital input via optical ADAT/SPDIF input
  • Includes the “Realtime Analog Classics” UAD plug-in bundle featuring the Teletronix LA-2A and 1176 compressors, Pultec EQs, UA 610-B Tube Preamp & EQ, and more*
  • Runs UAD Powered Plug-Ins via VST, RTAS, AU, and AAX 64 in all major DAWs
  • Uncompromising analog design, superior components, and premium build quality
  • Free, industry-leading technical support — on the phone and online — from knowledgeable audio engineers

Specifications

  • Microphone Inputs: Two
  • High Impedance (Hi-Z) Instrument Inputs: One
  • Analog Line Inputs: Two
  • Analog Line Outputs (DC coupled): Two (four including Monitor outputs)
  • Analog Monitor Outputs (DC coupled): Two (one stereo pair)
  • Headphone Output: One stereo
  • Digital Input: One (ADAT or S/PDIF, selectable)
  • Simultaneous A/D Conversion: Two channels
  • Simultaneous D/A Conversion: Six channels
  • Supported Sample Rates (kHz): 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4, 192
  • Bit Depth Per Sample: 24
  • Analog Round-Trip Latency: 1.1 milliseconds @ 96 kHz sample rate
  • Analog Round-Trip Latency through four UAD legacy plug-ins (included) via Console software: 1.1 milliseconds @ 96 kHz sample rate (no additional latency via Realtime UAD Processing)
  • Power Supply: External AC-to-DC Power Supply, Level VI compliant
  • AC Input Connector Type: IEC C8, non-polarized
  • 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 percent
  • Maximum Power Consumption: 15 Watts (when portable host computer not charging)
  • Ambient Temperature Range: 32º to 104º F (0º to 40º C)
  • Dimensions (WxHxD): 6.31” (16.03 cm) x 2.60” (6.6 cm) x 5.86” (14.88 cm)
  • Weight (bare unit): 2.35 pounds (1.07 kg)
  • Product Code: APLTWXQ

Brand

Universal Audio

Universal Audio Pioneering audio recording for more than 60 years. Founded in 1958 by Bill Putnam Sr., Universal Audio has been synonymous with innovative recording equipment since its start. The favorite engineer of Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Ray Charles and many more, the late Bill Putnam Sr. was a passionate innovator. He is widely known as the father of modern recording, with many of his legendary studio and equipment designs still in use today. Amongst other things, Putnam was the inventor of the modern recording console, the multi-band audio equalizer and the vocal booth. He was also the first engineer to use artificial reverberation in commercial recording. Alongside his friend Les Paul, Putnam was also involved in the early development of stereophonic recording. Putnam started three audio product companies during his long career, these includes: Universal Audio, Studio Electronics and UREI. All three companies built equipment that remains widely used decades after their introduction. Some of these products are: The ubiquitous LA-2A and 1176 compressors, and the 610 tube recording console. The 610 console in particular stands as one of the most beloved designs in audio history. This was used to record everyone from Sinatra to the Beach Boys to Van Halen’s eponymous debut. Universal Audio was re-founded in 1999 by Bill's sons, James Putnam and Bill Putnam Jr., with two main goals: to faithfully reproduce classic analog recording equipment in the tradition of their father; and to design new digital recording tools in with the sound and spirit of vintage analog technology. To that end, Universal Audio employs the world's brightest DSP engineers and digital modeling authorities to develop our award-winning UAD Powered Plug-Ins platform. Featuring the most authentic analog emulation plug-ins in the industry, our DSP gurus work with the original hardware manufacturers — using their exact schematics, golden units, and experienced ears — to give UAD plug-ins warmth and harmonics in all the right places, just like analog.

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