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Superior Desktop Audio Conversion 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 Thunderbolt interface for Mac and Windows 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.

Record with world-class Apollo A/D and D/A conversion — as heard on hundreds of hit records

Cascade up to 4 Apollo interfaces and 6 UAD-2 devices over Thunderbolt, adding DSP and I/O as your studio grows

Mix with UAD plug-ins like the included Teletronix® LA-2A and 1176 compressors, Pultec® EQs, and 610-B Preamp

Track with near-zero latency through preamp emulations from Neve®, API®, Manley® and more using Unison technology†

Unison Technology: The Genuine Sound of Neve, API & Manley Preamps

Apollo Twin features two Unison-enabled mic preamps, letting you track through exacting mic preamp emulations from Neve, API, Manley, and Universal Audio. An Apollo exclusive, Unison technology nails the tone of these sought-after tube and solid state mic pres — including their input impedance, gain stage “sweet spots,” and the component-level circuit behaviors of the original hardware.

The secret to Unison is its hardware-software integration between Apollo Twin’s mic preamps and its onboard UAD-2 DUO Core DSP Acceleration. Simply place a Unison preamp plug-in on your mic input, and tap into the classic sounds of the world’s most recorded mic preamps.

A Full Suite of Classic<br>Analog Processing Onboard

A Full Suite of Classic
Analog Processing Onboard

Right out of the box, Apollo Twin provides a suite of incredible analog emulation plug-ins including the world’s only authentic Teletronix LA-2A, 1176LN, Pultec EQs, and the Unison-enabled UA 610-B Tube Preamp. Developed by UA’s world-renowned team of algorithm engineers, these Realtime Analog Classic plug-ins set the standard by which all other hardware emulation plug-ins are judged.

From the tube warmth of the Pultec EQ on guitars, to the gentle limiting of the LA-2A on vocals, your recordings will take a giant leap forward in rich, sonically complex analog sound.

Access the World of UAD Powered Plug-Ins

Beyond the included Realtime Analog Classics plug-ins, Apollo Twin lets you tap into the full library award-winning UAD Powered Plug-Ins — including vintage EQs, Compressors, Reverbs, Tape Machines and more — at near-zero latency, regardless of your audio software’s buffer size and without taxing your computer’s CPU.

With exclusive emulations from Neve, Studer, Manley, API, Ampex, Lexicon, Fender, and more, it’s like having an endless analog studio, right on your desktop. And unlike competing interfaces, these DSP-powered plug-ins are also available in your DAW for mixing.

Next-Generation A/D and D/A Conversion

Next-Generation A/D and D/A Conversion

Of course, the heart of any audio interface is the quality of its conversion. 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 Unison 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.

Apollo: The Choice of New-School Professionals

Apollo is the confirmed choice of hit-making professionals, used to record records by Kendrick Lamar (To Pimp A Butterfly), Coldplay (A Head Full of Dreams), Dr. Dre (Compton), Brad Paisley (Wheelhouse), and many more. The Apollo range of interfaces has earned numerous industry awards from Sound on Sound, Future Music and Electronic Musician — as well as the prestigious 2016 TEC Award for computer audio hardware.

Now with Vintage Amps and Stompboxes

Now with Vintage Amps and Stompboxes

Apollo Twin also includes Unison technology on its front panel instrument input, giving you dead-on emulations of guitar and bass amps like the Fender '55 Tweed Deluxe, Marshall Plexi Super Lead 1959, and Ampeg B-15N Bass Amplifier, as well as iconic stompboxes like the Ibanez Tube Screamer.

Build a Networked Studio

Build a Networked Studio

Apollo Twin offers up to 10 x 6 simultaneous input/output channels, with two built-in Thunderbolt ports. Thanks to Apollo Expanded software, users of any Thunderbolt-equipped Apollo Twin, Apollo 8, Apollo 8p, and Apollo 16 audio interfaces can combine up to four Apollos and six total UAD-2 devices* — adding I/O and DSP as your studio grows. Apollo Twin makes the perfect intelligent desktop controller for a full Apollo system.

A Sleek, Low-latency App

A Sleek, Low-latency App

With Apollo Twin’s Console 2.0 application — a complete re-imagining of Apollo’s original Console software — you can take advantage of over 25 new user-requested features such as Channel Strip presets, Drag & Drop functionality, dynamically resizable windows, and more.

Apollo Twin Setup

Apollo Twin Setup

Learn to use Apollo Twin as producer/engineer Fab Dupont (Jennifer Lopez, Mark Ronson) demonstrates basic setup, routing, and recording with UAD plug‑ins.

Apollo Artist Sessions

Apollo Artist Sessions

Just Blaze & Phony Ppl "Why iii Love the Moon"

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†Apollo Twin includes the “Realtime Analog Classics” UAD plug-in bundle. Other UAD plug-ins sold separately.

Customer Reviews

Features

Desktop 2x6 Thunderbolt audio interface for Mac/Win 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

Unison™ technology offers stunning models of classic tube and transformer-based mic preamps

Thunderbolt connection for blazing-fast PCIe speed and rock-solid performance

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

Thunderbolt System Requirements

UAD Powered Plug-Ins Version 9.1


MAC:



  • Apple Mac computer with available Thunderbolt port

  • macOS 10.10 Yosemite, 10.11 El Capitan, or 10.12 Sierra


WINDOWS:



  • PC computer with built-in Thunderbolt 3 via USB-C port

  • Windows 10 w/Anniversary Update (64-Bit Edition)

  • Qualified Thunderbolt 3 to Thunderbolt adapter (sold separately)


ALL:



  • Thunderbolt cable (sold separately)

  • 6 gigabytes available storage

  • Internet connection to download software and authorize UAD plug-ins

  • Compatible VST, Audio Units, RTAS, or AAX 64 plug-in host DAW software

  • Quad Core i7 or better processor recommended

  • For additional compatibility information, visit help.uaudio.com

*Apollo Twin includes the “Realtime Analog Classics” UAD plug-in bundle. Other UAD plug-ins sold separately.

Customer Reviews

Apollo Twin

OVERALL RATING

UAD User

February 21, 2017

Its simply the best

Its the best desktop "soundcard" you can buy..it doesnt take too much space .and it worth the money! cant wait to test the new mkII too

I. Zmanowsky

February 20, 2017

There is no doubt!

After years of searching, I finally found the perfect solution for myself.Compact yet powerful, and at the same time Cool looking and functional, this device allows me do everything what i need. Excellent preamps, awesome plugins. I'm happy with everything, thank you Universal Audio!

P. Eriksson

February 15, 2017

Great desk interface with few flaws

The Universal Audio Apollo Twin Duo offers more than meets the eye. The unison preamps and DSP may be the biggest selling points, but the preamps in themselves are very nice to record with and offers several great functions. The preamps includes highpass filtering, stereo link and a phase switch just to name a few.

With the optical port, you can expand the inputs from 2 to 10 if you decide to use ADAT. A very nice feature which makes an old interface worth keeping for their preamps.

UAD includes great plugins for mixing and while they are a few years down the line they are still worth using.

The only things I would like to see included in later versions of this interface are two headphone outputs, one is simply not enough. Also an optical out port would make it possible to scale up the size of a recording system by allowing for separate headphone mixes for several musicians. The last thing is in the interface itself, having the choice of having more virtual channels and send the input from channel one to a virtual channel would allow one to record both plugins that are used as well as the dry signal.

Overall, it is a very nice interface with a very nice form factor. The DSP is nice but a bit lackluster. Worth buying if you want a smaller interface but don't want to lose the preamp capability of a 19" interface.

L. Chavesta

February 11, 2017

Try it live!

I strapped this bad boy onto the master buss of a PM5D live, with the 1073 and the Fairchild, holy molly!! Can't wait to get the 8P to start a live rig like no other!

M. Semrad

February 10, 2017

Exquisite for mobile recording

I own the Satellite and the Apollo 8 as well. But, for smaller gigs and mobile recording, as they are the same pre-amps, the Apollo Duo has changed my life. It's perfect for on-the-go recording sessions and projects that are quick, easy, and in need of less than 2 channels at the same time. It's perfect!

D. St. Onge

February 5, 2017

Expanding my options

I own the Apollo 8P, a quad and octo satellites, the Twin affords me a couple of options. Currently I have the 8P and the quad in one location and the Twin and the octo in another location, so it makes it easy to keep working where ever I am. And when I need the extra DSP, I can just chain them all together.

S. Dhanapal

February 3, 2017

Great

Great. Wish I had more plugins to try. 13 days demo period is too short. I'm happy to invest.

D. Parker

February 2, 2017

The best audio interface I have used

Really enjoyed upgrading to the UAD Apollo Twin. I have used several other guitar/mic interfaces in the past with varying levels of satisfaction. However, there are several things I love that the Apollo Twin does best of all:
- Extremely low latency for recording. I have had issues in the past with noticeable latency that annoyed me. Apollo Twin has no noticeable latency.
- Exceptional UAD plugins. Although I want more plugins, the included plugins are a good start. I record with both wet and dry signals into my daw and then have a lot of options when doing my final mix.
- Excellent build quality and feel. A top notch product.

Apollo Twin, with a UAD plugin library, will remain the centerpiece of my home system for years to come.

A. ROMERO

January 31, 2017

#ApolloTwinLife

Finally a interface for the home and traveling Audio Engineer that needs an interface to do more than have great PreAmps. The TalkBack is super clean and the monitor options are perfect. Converters are upgraded and you hear it. Do your research but just know you'll be right back here finding a reseller near you.. #MixedByLex

G. Toman

January 31, 2017

Now I can sell everything else.

Built-in preamp with unision plug-ins has amaizing sound quality with really low noise.. I don't feel any delay at all.

l. houston

January 29, 2017

Your not a pro until you enter the UA arena!

Seriously, I always knew this was a great brand and company to begin with. However, the high price always steered me away. Then I finally made the decision to invest into myself, and I'm glad I did. The Unison technology is amazing! Seriously your getting the sound of $5,000+ hardware rigs right in your console daw at not even a fraction of the cost. The best part about this technology is that you sound just as good as the hardware that most of us can't afford. This technology has officially put the big studio business out of order. I'm running a manley voxbox channel strip right now, which is a $4,000 hardware piece on my vocals for $300 in realtime. This is insane and amazing! Do NOT HESTATE! If you want you recording to finally start sounding like the radio hits, buy this shit today!

M. Nielsen

January 27, 2017

Close Enough For Rock n Roll !!!

Excellent Pro-Quality Hardware & Software Sound, and Rock Solid performance !
A HIGHLY respectable Front End for ANY Studio Recording !!!
Even looks kinda sexy !
- and sometimes it even blinks at me...
So does the PROGRAMABLE UAD2 digital versions, sound as good as the analog originals ?
DEFINITELY Close Enough For Rock n Roll !!!
- if used, JUST right...
:-)

r. BARRAY

January 27, 2017

Parfait

Belle interface. Compact et ultra efficace. Bravo

U. Soto

January 27, 2017

BEST AUDIO INTERFACE BY FAR!!!!

FOR YEARS I USED ALL SORTS AND DIFFERENT TYPES OF INTERFACES (MAUDIO, FOCUSRITE, AVID, PRESONUS, ETC.) BUT THE APOLLO IS JUST SUCH A GREAT PRODUCT. LOVE THE PREAMPS AND PLUGINS SO MUCH. VERY VERY WELL BUILT AND FOR THE PRICE YOU CAN'T BEAT IT!
I WOULD RECOMMEND THIS PRODUCT TO ANYBODY FROM BEGINNERS TO ADVANCED ENGINEERS/PRODUCERS/MUSICIANS...

A. Norori

January 25, 2017

Amazing digital interface

Above 5 stars on product

n. hollo

January 25, 2017

love it!

sound is really great but easily reach the limit with some guitar amp simulator. and the marketing group always find you with something that after you will want to buy some plugins in the shop so be careful :) i'm now just thinking a satellite. they vers effective :)

A. Glass

January 24, 2017

A masterpiece!

This is hands down the best interface I've ever had, especially for the price. Keeping an eye out for the MKII !

F. Mossberg

January 22, 2017

Amazing new sonic reality

I´ve just recently bought the Apollo twin after a long time of holding on to my purse. Like so many others I am glad I did. I takes a while of rethinking soundcards and recording and some evenings reading manuals and rereading them again. But then it really appears you move into a whole other world sonicly. Together with the bundle that was offered by UAD I know own no less than 17 UAD plugs without having to buy one extra yet! The sound quality of the apollo is amazing on an acoustic recording using some good quality microphones, it just seems to become much more alive. I havent had much time yet to test the apollo out thoroughly but the Apollo twin duo sure is promising and also has a logical layout that once you learn it, goes well with your work flow. I also bought a SPDIF to Toslink adapter to be able to use some older preamps as additional inputs. Great! I´ve have been struggling for years with digidesign 003rack and Mbox to make decent recordings. Hope I wont have to struggle so much anymore. Now they stand sleeping in the corner.... while I am digging into the Apollo twin. It feels like there are some really careful thinking and knowledge that has gone into this box. Amazing!

M. Serra

January 19, 2017

Great!

High quality & professional!

M. Serra

January 19, 2017

Great!

High quality & professional.

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