Apollo Twin MkII
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
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.
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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
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 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.
“The Apollo has some of the better preamps I've ever heard – lots of headroom, quiet at high-gains, and the converters are really sweet sounding.”
– Mick Guzauski (Daft Punk, Mariah Carey, Eric Clapton)
“The Apollo is the best I/O we've ever used, and we've tried them all. It has an incredibly clean, transparent, and accurate sound.”
– The Glitch Mob
“With the Apollo 8 in the studio and an Apollo Twin on the go, I know I've got the best sound quality and an incredible arsenal of plug-ins — wherever I'm working.”
– Jeremy Ruzumna (Fitz And The Tantrums)
“Having the Apollo with UAD plug-ins at my disposal is like carrying a giant studio with outboard racks at all times. Minus the tech fees, down time, and electricity bill!”
– Andrew Dawson (Kanye West, Jay-Z, Fun.)
“My Apollos are my sound.
Where I go, they go.”
– Trevor Lawrence Jr. (Dr. Dre, Herbie Hancock, Eminem)
“I knew about the ingredients of Apollo, but this is truly a special dish. The Apollo just set a new standard of excellence for audio interfaces, in terms of both its sound and its feature set.”
– Fab Dupont (Shakira, Santigold, Jennifer Lopez)
“The Apollo's ability to do low latency – I mean that's the whole ballgame right there.”
– Joey Waronker (Atoms for Peace, Beck, Other Lives)
“Apollo is a platform that grows more powerful with every innovation – the UAD plug-in processing onboard has changed the way I work forever.”
– Tony Platt (AC/DC, Bob Marley, Buddy Guy)
“Using my Apollos and Console 2.0, I was able to front a live mix, create a monitor mix, and record to Pro Tools, all at the same time. That’s pretty awesome.”
– Chris Dugan (Green Day, Iggy Pop, U2)
“I’m totally blown away by the stunning sound quality of the Apollo. The ability to use UAD plug-ins in real-time is pure genius. It’s going to be the centerpiece of my new studio.”
– Richard Devine
“The Apollo is a powerhouse and a game changer for my studio.”
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
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 and Stompboxes
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 Ampeg B-15N Bass Amplifier, as well as iconic stompboxes like the Ibanez Tube Screamer.
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
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
Jacquire King w/ Jamie Lidell "Walk Right Back"
View All Apollo Artist Sessions >†Apollo Twin MkII includes the “Realtime Analog Classics” UAD plug-in bundle. Other UAD plug-ins sold separately.
July 23, 2017
The only thing you need
I compared the API 1608 with the API Unison Mic Pres and evwrything was the same. The stock amplifiers are fantastic. Gave my midi bass some life. If you buy it, you won't be disappointed....Read More
July 21, 2017
I've been through many interfaces in my home studio, but I can say without reservation, that this has been my favorite so far. I say so far because I haven't put it through all the paces...Read More
July 21, 2017
Superb quality, expensive plugins.
Superb quality, expensive plugins.Read More
July 20, 2017
nothing comparesRead More
July 19, 2017
A top tier professional grade interface in a portable form factor, phenomenal AD/DA, fantastic preamps, intuitive stylish software, no bugs, easy setup, and it looks great. Home run for UA....Read More
July 19, 2017
Pretty Little Monster!!!
Simply the synthesis og perfection! Powerfull and portable, with the whole UAD bundle, I can mix my stuff everywhere with NO compromise. Thanx God and thanx UADRead More
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
- Teletronix LA‐2A Legacy
- UA 1176LN Legacy
- UA 1176SE Legacy
- Pultec EQP‐1A Legacy
- Pultec Pro Legacy
- CS-1 (Precision Channel)
- EX-1 (Precision Channel)
- DM-1 (Precision Channel)
- DM-1L (Precision Channel)
- RS-1 (Precision Channel)
- Raw Distortion
- Softube Amp Room Half‐Stack
- Softube Bass Amp Room 8X10
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.
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® 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® 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 offer smooth and silky EQ curves with an abundance of warm analog character.
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.
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.
Softube Amp Room Essentials
Featuring two plug-ins — the Amp Room Half-Stack and the Bass Amp Room 8x10 — Amp Room Essentials gives you guitar and bass tones that can deliver the goods in any genre. Amp Room Half-Stack yields slabs of molten British distortion, while Bass Amp Room sports powerful features like a blend-able DI. Both plug-ins tout adjustable mic placement for fine tuning.
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.
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 Softube Amp Room Essentials, 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 Twin includes the “Realtime Analog Classics” UAD plug-in bundle. Other UAD plug-ins sold separately.
Thunderbolt System Requirements
UAD Powered Plug-Ins Version 9.2
- Apple Mac computer with available Thunderbolt port
- macOS 10.10 Yosemite, 10.11 El Capitan, or 10.12 Sierra
- 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)
- 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 MkII
The old guy learning curve
The old guy learning curve is rather steep. I've had this device for 3 weeks now and with a lot of help from UAD tech support folks, just got to record a track. Once all the right buttons were selected thing went smoothly. Initial setup was easy, but communication with the DAW was daunting. Playback was also difficult, until I was directed to select the correct button. Now I'm trying to figure out how I can hear what is going to be recorded, e.g., the guitar amp selected. I can only hear what it sounds like in playback. I want to know before hand what it sounds like. Do you feel me? As the kids say... There is a whole bunch of good stuff inside this little box. Accessing those sounds might not be that easy for somebody like me
Something Normal !
Hardware design is very good. Plug-ins are too much expensive. Hardware preamp is not Acceptable in compare some other Competitors like Appogee. Zero latency is pleasure ! Price to quality balance is not very acceptable as this is not a cheap Soundcard. Compatibility with all DAW is Excellent.
Great sound quality
The promise of running multiple plug ins without taxing my Macs processor was very appealing but in practice the DSP overload hits in with the channel strip and compression plug ins running on just a few channels. Enough heat comes from it to fry an egg and plug ins are expensive. Sound quality is excellent, console app is great and the almost Zero latency monitoring is very good obviously. Tech support has been good so far and it's a very robust unit. Does that justify the hefty price tag plus the cost of the plug ins? In my honest opinion it's overpriced you will have to decide yourself.
The only thing you need
I compared the API 1608 with the API Unison Mic Pres and evwrything was the same. The stock amplifiers are fantastic. Gave my midi bass some life. If you buy it, you won't be disappointed. If you don't get it, you're missing out.
I've been through many interfaces in my home studio, but I can say without reservation, that this has been my favorite so far. I say so far because I haven't put it through all the paces yet. Right now I'm using it primarily for mixing, so I haven't recorded into it yet.
The build is excellent. When you touch the unit, it has all the right little things. It's sturdy, has a smooth matte finish, and a sleek design. The buttons have a satisfying click, the knob moves smoothly, and it has a very small footprint. Not the smallest in the market, but considering the chips inside, this is quite small.
The control center is fairly easy to use. It took me a minute to figure out how to record where the effects print, but we're talking a literal minute. The engineers of the unit and the software have clearly sweat the small stuff, which is good to know.
The unit heats up, something I've not seen people write about. I do not leave it on if I'm not working on a session. If it's using enough power to get warm, I don't want to waste unneeded electricity.
I've only had one issue with it loading up, but I turned the unit and the computer off and started them up, unit first and then mac, and that took care of that issue.
If I had to point out any negative, it would be the support. Don't get me wrong it's fine support, but the phone support hours are limited, since I work on mixes during the evenings, and the email support and take a little time. However, they do follow up and they are very knowledgeable and nice--I should note as well, that this is not uncommon in audio. Support is usually an issue.
Overall, I'm very glad I purchased this unit. It sounds great. The plug ins sound close to authentic and I've already mixed two LPs on the unit.
Well done, UA.
Superb quality, expensive plugins.
Superb quality, expensive plugins.
A top tier professional grade interface in a portable form factor, phenomenal AD/DA, fantastic preamps, intuitive stylish software, no bugs, easy setup, and it looks great. Home run for UA. My one concern is that it runs hot but if that's the extent of my problems I'd call it a win.
Pretty Little Monster!!!
Simply the synthesis og perfection! Powerfull and portable, with the whole UAD bundle, I can mix my stuff everywhere with NO compromise.
Thanx God and thanx UAD
Thank you guys I'm really enjoying
it is an amazing addition to any setup!
Fire, bad! Apollo, good!
There are so many great features with my new Apollo twin duo MkII, I don't know where to begin.
Great update for an already awesome interface
Been using the MK I for a couple of years, and it's always been stable, great sounding and easy to use. The monitor switch functionality and quad processing of the MK II provided enough compelling reasons to make the switch. Converters sound stellar, and so far it's every bit as stable as the MK I.
Apollo twin MkII
I love this new Apollo. it sounds good and look good
Apollo Twin MKII
Excellent interface, outstanding sound and ease of use, and incredible plug-ins...5 stars in every way!
Something amazing - now perfect
I was waiting for this Quad with dim, mono and TB. It's absolutely amazing what you can do with such a small unit. Track and mix a complete record - except drums. Absolutely unbelievable.
Amazing piece of hardware
I tried almost every Sound Card available.. the search is over. The Apollo is a state of the art product, beautifully designed and perfectly engineered. I'll have a good use with this producing the next EP for my band, Onyria.
convertors sound great, plug ins are excellent, and works flawlessly with both of my DAW of choice
I always loved Silver Apollo but mk2 was just BETTER.
The a/d converter on Mk2 was noticeably better than MK1.
Talkback switch and able to switch speakers on the hardware were huge plus.
Having Quad dsp is great especially when tracking. I didn't have to worry about running out of DSP using all the dsp heavy plugins on the console. A true workhorse. Well done UA !!
New World Experience
After using Firewire interface for long time, UAD Apollo Twin MK ii is the game changer. My 6 years old Macbook Pro workstation was resurrected by this interface. Thanks to power of DSP, UA plugin(unbelievable awesome!) and Unison technology help me finish the job in the whole new level. Plus, Console 2.0 is fun to use and flexible to work with. UAD Apollo Twin MK ii , small interface with beast inside.