Universal Audio Apollo Twin

Universal Audio is an industry leader in the production of audio recording hardware and software. The latest bit of kit to hit the shelves is the Apollo Twin. The idea was conceived on the popularity of the Apollo, which is a larger and more expensive audio interface that was released in 2012.
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The Apollo Twin is a two-in, six-out desktop interface that is only available to Mac owners and incorporates Thunderbolt connectivity. Both the solo and duo produce a crystal clear high quality 24-bit, 192 kHz audio conversion. This the third interface in the series, combing the power of UAD processing and its vast range of plugins into one sleek aluminium case.

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The target market here is definitely the smaller homes studios. On the front of the Apollo Twin has two mic/line preamps using the new Unison technology, a high-impedance instrument input, a headphone output, two digitally controlled monitor outputs and a further two line outputs. For users who want to tackle bigger sessions from time to time, there are also up to eight additional input channels available via an ADAT lightpipe input, which doubles as a two-channel S/PDIF input.
They use of Unison Preamp Technology which combines digitally-controlled analogue preamps with real-time plug-in processing to emulate a range of preamps and their interactions with microphones. We will see the same technology to be incorporated across the rest of the Apollo range soon.

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Those familiar with the UAD cards will be happy to know that the twin comes with the the standard Realtime Analogue Classics bundle, featuring emulations of studio workhorses such as the LA-2A, 1176LN Limiting Amplifier, and the Pultec EQP-1A Program Equalizer. Additionally to the classic bundle is the Softube’s Amp Room Essentials for guitarists. These plug-ins can be for use when tracking or also can be used as powered plug-ins within your DAW. Audio Units, VST, RTAS and AAX 64 versions are supplied ensuring compatibility with all major recording software.

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Currently the Twin Solo is retailing for approx £559 with the Twin Duo coming in at approx £699. These boxes are powerful and would be a quality addition to any home studio.