Apollo Twin MkII

Apollo Twin MkII

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Next-Generation Audio Conversion with Classic
Analog Sound and QUAD Core Processing.

Apollo Twin MkII is a ground-up redesign of the world’s most popular professional desktop recording interface for Mac and Windows — delivering enhanced audio conversion with the tone, feel, and flow of analog recording.

Built upon UA’s 60-year heritage of audio craftsmanship, Apollo Twin MkII starts with two Unison™-enabled mic preamps and stellar next-generation A/D and D/A conversion derived from UA’s flagship Apollo 8, 8p, and 16. Together with its included bundle of UAD analog emulation plug-ins — which you can track through in real time with UAD-2 SOLO, DUO or QUAD Core processing — Apollo Twin MkII is born to make records.

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, SSL, API & Manley Preamps

Apollo Twin MkII features two Unison-enabled mic preamps, letting you track through exacting mic preamp emulations from Neve, SSL, 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’s mic preamps and its onboard UAD-2 QUAD or DUO Core DSP Acceleration. Simply place a Unison preamp plug-in on your mic input in Apollo Console software, and it physically reconfigures the Apollo interface's impedance — so you can tap into the classic sounds of the world’s most recorded mic preamps.

Watch the Unison Shoot Out (hardware vs. software) video

A Full Suite of Classic<br>Analog Processing Onboard

A Full Suite of Classic
Analog Processing Onboard

Right out of the box, Apollo Twin MkII 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 Classics 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.

See Included Plug-Ins   |   Watch the live tracking video

Access the World of UAD Powered Plug-Ins

Beyond the included Realtime Analog Classics plug-ins, Apollo Twin MkII 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. Apollo Twin MkII improves upon the original Apollo Twin’s gold-standard audio quality with completely redesigned A/D and D/A conversion — giving you increased dynamic range and ultra-low THD. This next-generation conversion results in breathtaking clarity, depth, and accuracy in your recordings.

Apollo: The Choice of New-School Professionals

Apollo is the confirmed choice of hit-making professionals, used to record landmark albums by Kendrick Lamar (DAMN.), Chris Stapleton (From A Room: Volume 1), Arcade Fire (Everything Now), Post Malone (Beerbongs & Bentleys), 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.

Improved Monitoring and Built‑In Talkback Mic

Improved Monitoring and Built‑In Talkback Mic

The new Apollo Twin MkII offers greatly improved monitor functionality versus the original — with Mute, DIM, Mono, and ALT speaker switching. It also includes dedicated monitor remote controls and a built-in Talkback mic for easy communication with talent and/or recording slate cues. These features, combined with Apollo Twin MkII's scalability, make it the new standard for professional desktop recording.

Build a Networked Studio

Build a Networked Studio

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 MkII makes the perfect intelligent desktop controller for a full Apollo system.

Now with Vintage Amps

Now with Vintage Amps

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

A Sleek, Low-latency App

A Sleek, Low-latency App

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

Apollo Twin Setup
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

Apollo Artist Sessions

Preservation Hall Jazz Band
“Higher Ground”

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

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      Realtime Analog Classics Bundle

      With the Realtime Analog Classics plug-in bundle, you get legendary compressors like the Teletronix® LA-2A and EQs like the Pultec® EQP-1A, stunning guitar and bass amp emulations from Softube, as well as UA’s landmark 610-B Tube Preamp and EQ plug-in.

      • UA 610‐B
      • Marshall Plexi Classic Amplifier
      • Teletronix LA‐2A Legacy
      • UA 1176LN Legacy
      • UA 1176SE Legacy
      • Pultec EQP‐1A Legacy
      • Pultec Pro Legacy
      • Ampeg® SVT-VR Classic Bass Amp
      • Precision Channel Strip
      • Precision Reflection Engine
      • Precision Delay Modulation
      • Precision Delay Modulation L
      • Raw Distortion
      • RealVerb‐Pro

      UA 610-B Tube Preamp and EQ

      UA 610-B Tube Preamp and EQ

      Impart your tracks with the iconic warmth and character of the classic hardware used to track everyone from Duke Ellington to Coldplay. By emulating the entire signal path, including tube amplifiers, transformers, and circuit nonlinearities, the 610-B Tube Preamp and EQ plug-in injects organic detail and saturation to any signal — whether you’re re-amping or tracking through the 610-B via Universal Audio’s Unison™ technology.

      Marshall<sup>®</sup> Plexi Classic Amplifier

      Marshall® Plexi Classic Amplifier

      The undisputed alpha dog of rock and roll guitar amps, the Marshall “plexi” amplifier is as legendary as the music it helped create. From Jimi Hendrix to Jimmy Page, Duane Allman to Eric Clapton, the Plexi’s punishing melange of snarl, sustain, smoothness, and raunch defined the sound of rock. Developed by Softube, the Marshall Plexi Classic Amp plug-in gives you the sound of this iconic amp with a perfectly placed microphone from engineer Tony Platt who recorded AC/DC’s Back in Black and Highway to Hell.

      Teletronix<sup>®</sup> LA-2A Classic Leveling Amplifier (Legacy)

      Teletronix® LA-2A Classic Leveling Amplifier (Legacy)

      With its gentle, program dependent optical compression and meticulously designed tube amplifier, the LA-2A is the go-to compressor for professional mixers around the world — especially for vocals. Incredibly easy-to-use Peak Reduction and Gain controls gives you the ideal optical compression sound for guitar, bass, drums, and more.

      1176SE/LN<sup>®</sup> Classic Limiting Amplifiers (Legacy)

      1176SE/LN® Classic Limiting Amplifiers (Legacy)

      Get classic, ultra-fast FET compression from the world’s most recognized compressor. The 1176 will impart punch, presence, and character as well as its signature distortion overtones on drums, vocals, guitars, and bass. The 1176LN has graced countless recordings, from Led Zeppelin, to the White Stripes and Michael Jackson.

      Pultec<sup>®</sup> Pro Equalizers (Legacy)

      Pultec® Pro Equalizers (Legacy)

      Mix with two of the most sought-after hardware EQs ever made — the MEQ-5 Midrange Equalizer and the EQP-1A Program Equalizer. Both of these tube-based icons deliver smooth and silky EQ curves with an abundance of warm analog character.

      Ampeg<sup>®</sup> SVT-VR Classic Bass Amp

      Ampeg® SVT-VR Classic Bass Amp

      Introduced in 1969, the Ampeg SVT bass amp is still the reigning king of high-powered tube bass tone. Developed by Brainworx, the Ampeg SVT-VR Classic Bass Amp plug-in perfectly captures the raw power and punch that has made this the go-to amp for rock, funk, and soul players. Track in real time using Unison™ preamp technology for the tone, touch, and feel of a real SVT bass amp, or transform bland DI tracks with the thunderous roar of a stone cold classic.

      Precision Mix Rack Collection

      Precision Mix Rack Collection

      Featuring the Precision Channel Strip, Precision Reflection Engine, and Precision Delay Modulation plug-ins, the Precision Mix Rack Collection offers four modern, high-fidelity plug-ins for recording and mixing. Powerful and intuitive, Precision Mix Rack Collection gives you an impressive tool set — perfect for beginners and seasoned professionals alike.

      Raw Distortion

      Raw Distortion

      Modeled from a vintage early-’80s Pro Co Rat, Raw Distortion delivers all the gritty dynamic raunch of the legendary stompbox. And with Unison™ technology, you can plug in to Apollo Twin, 8, or 8p’s front-panel Hi-Z instrument jack and experience the same circuit interaction, gain range, and clip points for the true tone, feel, and response of the original hardware.

      RealVerb Pro

      RealVerb Pro

      RealVerb Pro is a flexible, natural sounding reverb based on UA’s own unique set of algorithms. Allowing you to design the room just as you hear it, the RealVerb Pro goes beyond simply big/small or dark/bright, giving your sources distortion-free, smoothing diffusion control and ultra-long reverb tail.

      Features

      Desktop 2x6 Thunderbolt audio interface for Mac and Windows with next-generation 24-bit/192 kHz audio conversion

      Available UAD-2 QUAD, DUO, or SOLO Core Processing for tracking through vintage compressors, EQs, tape machines, mic preamps, and guitar amp plug-ins with near-zero latency

      Unison™ technology offers stunning models of classic tube and transformer-based preamps, guitar amps, and stompboxes

      Built-in talkback mic for communication with studio talent and recording slate cues

      Improved monitor functionality including monitor remote functions and Mono, Mute, DIM, and ALT monitor controls

      2 premium Unison mic/line preamps; 2 line outputs; front-panel Hi-Z instrument input and headphone output

      2 digitally controlled analog monitor outputs for full resolution at all listening levels

      Up to 8 channels of additional digital input via Optical TOSLINK connection

      Includes Realtime Analog Classics UAD plug-in bundle, featuring Legacy versions of the LA-2A Classic Audio Leveler, 1176LN Limiting Amplifier, and Pultec EQP-1A Program Equalizer, plus Marshall Plexi Classic, Raw Distortion, 610-B Tube Preamp & EQ, and more*

      Runs UAD Powered Plug-Ins via VST, RTAS, & 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

      Apollo Thunderbolt System Requirements

      MAC:



      • Apple Mac computer with available Thunderbolt port

      • (Mac) macOS 10.10 Yosemite, 10.11 El Capitan, 10.12 Sierra, or 10.13 High 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 2 adapter (sold separately)


      ALL:



      • Thunderbolt 2 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 MkII

      Overall Rating

      H. Simmonds

      November 14, 2018

      As good as it gets

      Love it! Super easy to use, great access to plug, using the vocal “plug ins” built into the software can make a vocal recorded in a badly treated room on a Shure SM 7B sound great. Simple enough for a small home studio but could easily cope with a larger setup, cheers guys!

      A. Sharapov

      November 13, 2018

      Best option in market!

      I already had mark I
      So i bought this also, now i have 3 processors, 2 on my old duo and one on my new one!
      love them both, but this one is just so sexy design love ittttt!

      T. Thompson

      November 12, 2018

      Powerful and great soundong

      After a 20 year hiatus and coming back to recording with a decidedly analog skillset, I was aprehensive about how productive I would be with my new studio in a box. But after some fiddling and consuming some online videos I'm already getting really comfortable with the hardware and plugins, and getting great sounds. I love the approach of plugins running inside my UA Twin, and the unison concept works well. Now all this HW needs is a dedicated HW control interface for the studio! The SW interface on a macbook for portability is the reason I invested in this toolset, but if I could plug in a board back at home base that would sweeten the deal even more. Regardless, this is a great device and I'm very happy with my purchase.

      M. muñoz

      November 7, 2018

      Buena construccion y sonidazo

      Contento con la nueva tarjeta y plugins muy buenos

      UAD User

      November 3, 2018

      As great as everyone says

      This device has drastically improved the quality of my recordings, and the plug-ins are scary accurate. Fantastic.

      C. Christensen

      November 2, 2018

      WOW!

      I didn't think I was going to hear that much difference when I switched over but it's incredible the difference with the sound card alone! Then with the plug-ins, it's mind blowing! A game changer!!!

      J. Bishop

      October 31, 2018

      Revolutionize your recording

      I cannot say enough about how much this interface has revolutionized my recording process. It sounds 1Million times better than my muddy, sad little Focusrite interface, and having 0 latency removes so much stress and annoyance from recording. It just feels so much easier to get a solid take with this thing. Not to mention how much it just steps up your sound quality. Being able to use UA plugins is HUGE for any DIY musician, as they give the sound of all kinds of highly professional equipment to you for wayyyyyy cheaper than owning the hardware. Not to mention, this helps to unclutter your studio, as so many important preamps and effects can run right on this one box. My biggest disappointment was that the SOLO had absolutely pitiful DSP power, so I had to upgrade immediately to the DUO. But I 100% stand by that decision, because now I can use UA plugins for tracking AND mixing at the same time without being too worried about DSP. Once you hear what a UA plugin can do, you’ll want to use them as much as possible.
      One undersung perk of this interface is the BUTTONS. How lovely it is to have buttons on your interface to be able to control routing, gain, phantom, and more. It’s a very hands on interface that you’ll find strengthens your relationship with recording itself, as it just makes it easier and more fun to do overall.

      J. PETIN

      October 31, 2018

      Sérieux mais très limité. Serious but very limited.

      Produit apparemment de bonne facture. Néanmoins, il produit des parasites sonores insupportables connecté avec des yamaha HS50. Le DSP demande grâce dès qu'on utilise plusieurs Plugs In. Les plugs in sont hors de prix. Dommage.
      Apparently a good product. Nevertheless, it produces unbearable noise when connected with yamaha HS50. The DSP asks for pity as soon as we use several Plugs In. The plugs in are overpriced.

      J. Polanco

      October 29, 2018

      This is it!!

      There is no better interface. I love to be able to record anywhere. Recording through a pretty sweet signal chain in real time with zero latency has brought my productions up to an unforseen level of quality. If you need more that 2 inputs you can always add on to it. The talkback feature is amazing. I couldn’t imagen switching to a different workflow. Thanks UA

      F. Mehdipour

      October 27, 2018

      Incredible Interface

      The apollo twin mkii is very powerful and dependable interface. also it has very good AD/DA Convertor. thanks to UA team

      S. Seo

      October 26, 2018

      Apollo Twin MK II Changes My Life

      I don't need another word. It was a miracle. After using the perfect UAD plug-in for the top high-end audio interface, I started my mix-engineer career again. Before using Apollo and UAD, I had mixed and been frustrated for years without getting the sound I wanted. I thought the sounds in so many famous albums were just sounds I couldn't have. And I gave up mixing for a year or two. However, my thoughts and life changed when I was using Apollo and UAD. I found the sound that I had been looking for for for years. All my dream sounds were here. He entered the world of Mix again. And the road is like a dream. Thank you for everything.

      W. Slater

      October 26, 2018

      Apollo twin mkII

      Absolutely the best interface I ever used!! The pres and plugins remind me of alot of my old outboard gear!! Can't believe it didnt buy it sooner!!

      J. Millner

      October 25, 2018

      The Real Deal

      I was using a Focusrite interface, and it served its purpose. I kept reading/hearing about the UA interfaces and how much better they are than everything else out there. Now I understand the hype. The console has a learning curve to it, but the interface is easy to use and sounds great. Bought the Twin Duo.

      W. Brejcha

      October 25, 2018

      From a totally non-audio guy

      I'm mostly a drawing-board guy at an animation studio. Once in a while I need to record a little audio -- some voice, some foley effects. I know just enough audio stuff to get into trouble. After using USB microphones I decided to up the quality with a higher-end condenser mike and needed an interface that would do it justice. This thing is All That. Bit of a learning curve, if you are starting from zero like yours truly (who didn't know a thunderbolt connection from a display port, and didn't know you had to send power to the mike by pushing that magical Third Button from the left), but I'm getting what a good audio setup should have been from the start. Lots of room to expand its capabilities beyond 'just' getting that nice clean rich full sound I had hoped for. Nice job, UA engineers, it's as perfect and as easy as I could want, and you'll have to get any further pressure for perfection from those whose ears are better than mine.

      R. Adams

      October 25, 2018

      Great for Home Studio's

      I bought this as a replacement for a Mackie Blackjack, and all I can say is "where has the Apollo Twin been all my life. While I was curious about the plugins I didn't believe that they would be a viable option for recording guitars... I was wrong, the amp plugins are outstanding!! I am extremely stratified with the performance, ease of use, and quality. I highly recommend this to anyone. Really I am new to the use of plugins, and UA has really opened up a new world of options for recording!! Thanks.

      L. REBOLA

      October 24, 2018

      Very good product.

      I got the Quad version. Really happy in these first weeks, solid construction, no problems with software and interaction with Core Audio enabled applications different from DAW. A bit disappointed with the power adaptor and cable, which are a step down from rest in terms of trust that can inspire you.

      S. Maheshwari

      October 24, 2018

      Twin Mk II

      This is best sound card I’ve worked on so far. It’s been 10 years of me being a musician. But no other brand beats UAD.

      R. Fyfield

      October 19, 2018

      The business

      This little device is the doorway to pro studio sound. Endless possibilities. I researched audio interfaces to the ends of the earth and found my ideal creative outlet.

      C. Paschall

      October 18, 2018

      Great small solution

      Love the functionality and software this little guy offers. In particular the talkback and dim functions offer features that would normally require more money and more gear. Great piece!

      A. Abduljabbar

      October 15, 2018

      Fantastic zero latency

      I’ve tried a lot of apollo products but this one is simply great woth my kind of work
      Thanks to MediaCast Dubai for help specially benjamin