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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

Jacquire King w/ Jamie Lidell "Walk Right Back"

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

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 9.2


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 (not included)


ALL:



  • Thunderbolt 2 cable (not included)

  • 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

B. Clark

April 27, 2017

Worth while upgrade!!!

After previously using a duet, I cosidered the duet 2. After much research went with this little beauty and glad I did! The pres sound amazing, and the UAD plugins sound crystal clear. Top that with the fact that it's near 0 latency and saves on processing speed and it's a brainer!!

B. Clark

April 27, 2017

Worth while upgrade!!!

After previously using a duet, I cosidered the duet 2. After much research went with this little beauty and glad I did! The pres sound amazing, and the UAD plugins sound crystal clear. Top that with the fact that it's near 0 latency and saves on processing speed and it's a brainer!!

B. Grullon

April 17, 2017

Awesome

This is amazing!! Grate sound and quality!!

A. SOULOUMIAC

April 12, 2017

Should have bought it earlier

Crystal clear sound, a great upgrade ,quality , intuitive, well thought, a significant upgrade for better mix downs . With price drop and plugins offered it's a great investment .An empowerment !

J. Cuevas

April 6, 2017

Strong

Love the structure of the hardware. It is solid!

J. Vela

March 31, 2017

I wish I would have upgraded sooner!!

I've been in heaven since I upgraded my interface to the UA Apollo twin. The pre amps sound fantastic, ad/da converters make a world of difference in my monitoring as well as listening & mixing on my Audeze LC-X headphones. I've been completely satisfied with the product. My only gripe would be I wish I would have gotten one with more DSP for the plugins. I max out the DSP pretty easily but then I just record and print audio with the plugs on it and then keep moving. The work around isn't to big of a deal. I'm also in love with the plugin's. It's almost just like have all the hardware with how incredible they sound. I highly recommend any and all of UA's products to anyone looking to seriously step up their game and want to get that pro sound.

J. Frazier

March 27, 2017

Fantastic 24/192 Thunderbolt Audio Interface And Mic Pre!

Stunning clarity, warmth, superior reliability and connection via Thunderbolt. Works flawlessly with my MacBook Pro and Logic Pro X. Love having access to the UAD plug-ins for mastering and finishing. I'm an Emmy Award-winning voice actor in LA, and use this mainly for mobile VO recording setups. Fantastic in that capacity, and undoubtedly, many others. Great work, Universal Audio!

I. Jock

March 26, 2017

A recording studio that fits into a backpack!

Probably the best interface i've ever used. The quality of the sound is impressive. It interacts perfect with my Macbook and Pro Tools. It has never been so easy to record music and make it sound great. A recording studio that fits into my backpack. Thank you Universal Audio. I hope your product will last a long time!

UAD User

March 21, 2017

Simple & Clear

I own an Apollo 8p, but wanted something a bit more portable for the road. This unit is great, that same UA sound quality in something I can throw in my backpack. Gives me the options to record in hotel rooms with all the UAD plugs, as well as use reverbs in a live setting when I'm mixing on an analog console.

R. Werner

March 10, 2017

Great Interface for Project Studios

Great Tone, works plug&play and built like a tank. What do you want more?

K. Maj

March 5, 2017

I highly recommend !

The best interface I've ever owned, the sound is perfect, but additionally recommends buying UAD 2 satellite for a comfortable total work of UAD plug-ins.

E. Isherwood

February 23, 2017

Great interface for anyone that doesn't need lots of I/O

The sound quality is phenomenal and it's great to be able to take all my UAD plugins with me when I'm on the move. I'd love a few more I/O but I suppose that's what the Apollo racks are for! Time to get saving...

R. Rosa

February 23, 2017

Fantastic

Incredible interface. Plugins really make a big difference.

F. MONPOUX

February 22, 2017

Polyvalent

I am gonna write my review in french first of all because i am french, secondly because many french musicians are looking for the best affordable sound card. Cette petite carte son est une merveille. Compact, polyvalente et surtout elle sonne. Le concept de conjuguer dans un même boitier une carte son de haute qualité et des DSP pour soulager le CPU de votre ordinateur est novateur, sans équivalent sur le marcher et innovant. De plus le zero latency n'est pas un leurre.... ça marche. Si comme moi vous ne souhaitez pas enregistrer un orchestre symphonique en une prise mais plutôt 1 ou 2 instruments + une voix, voici la carte qu'il vous faut. Le seul petit reproche que je ferai à UAD est essentiellement financier. L'achat de licence de plugins n'est pas donnée. Cela dit un channel strip SSL pour 300 euros; comparé au prix du hardware demeure très raisonnable et je ne parle pas des Manley, DBX et autres reverb vintage non seulement introuvables mais surtout inabordable alors..... on économise et on se constitue sa petite gamme de plugins au fur et à mesure
Fabrice

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.

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