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.

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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

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.

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 and Stompboxes

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

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

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

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
  • 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.

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 offer smooth and silky EQ curves with an abundance of warm analog character.

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.

Softube Amp Room Essentials

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

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 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

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 MkII

OVERALL RATING

T. Kielinen

June 27, 2017

Jesh!

I like it!

T. Kielinen

June 27, 2017

Jesh!

I like it!

A. Luoma

June 27, 2017

Great sound in a small device

Compact, but large-scale interface. Easy to use and quality of sounds is excellent and clear. Appropriate device for my home studio and probably for much bigger music productions. I am happy with the Apollo twin.

M. Music

June 26, 2017

Best Piece of Gear I Own!

The Apollo Twins is everything I could ask for in a small audio interface !

M. Music

June 26, 2017

Best Piece of Gear I Own!

The Apollo Twins is everything I could ask for in a small audio interface !

UAD User

June 26, 2017

Andy Ko

Great device!

A. Lisin

June 25, 2017

A great interface with Unision Pres

Good day. I'm owing Apollo DUO MK II and I can say It's a perfect interface for the recording in the project studio. Convertors and preamps in the base are very good, but you always can use Unison technology for direct recording via Neve 1073 for example. And I can say that the quality of emulation is very very nice.
This interface has a 2 Shark processors and it's enough for recording but not enough for track-mixing. New plugins are very hungry))) I'm mixing songs in a pop/rock style with live drums ad other live instruments (about 20-30 tracks on each project) and I have also UAD Octo and I can say I need 4 Shark processors else (I use UAD plugins almost 80-90% on my tracks).
Finish: very nice hi quality interface for recording, but not for mixing with UAD plugs.

G. Mentesh

June 22, 2017

Apollo Twin MkII duo

Compact small size with all you need to go features..(would be better to buy the quad for more horsepower ) nice and clean preamps, a bit hollow body sounded when flat- for my taste- but with the unison enabled pre amps plugins on the dsp for tracking is so sweet..!
Simple, easy to handle but detailed mixer interface, with very cool possibilities for tracking low latency and process. monitoring, Aux section. you can record both with process nor without.
You can get to the Smooth sound up to characteristic sound.
great communication with MacBook Pro \ Logic x Pro.
Nice monitoring section a sweet big knob.
what a great buy to go anywhere with my MacBook
and the plugins...What can I say .. The plugins ... so awesome !
got to add an octo to my studio for mixing on my pc as well.

z. portillo

June 21, 2017

Perfect

All in one home studio starter kit!

P. Martinez

June 16, 2017

Clean

Very clean although a bit limited on the dsp side. One of the best interfaces out there for sure though

R. Roman

June 15, 2017

apollo twin mk 2

Please give plugins an assembly of 3 plugins, very few plug-ins hahahaha

A. Del Giulio

June 12, 2017

Portable workhorse

I switched from Apollo 8 Quad to Apollo Twin Quad and I'm quite happy since I can use the same DSP power in a portable solution. The overall interface looks robust and well designed. My Macbook Pro has only one Thunderbolt port, so a second TB port in the interface would have been a good solution for chaining other devices, such a monitor, without the need use a TB dock.

M. Arriola

June 11, 2017

A revolution

Now that I went from Saffire to Apollo Twin, I truly feel I can record professionaly my next album in my own basement (of course with proper acoustic treatment and good microphones)! The converters, the preamp and the Unisson plugins are simply amazing. Added to that the pleasure to record with the builtin monitoring system, without latency. I'm happy. :)

S. Troeger

June 9, 2017

Apollo Twin duo MKII

Apollo Twin duo MKII is the best complement to my old Apollo 8. Easier vor life performance and more power in studio.

T. Peck

June 8, 2017

A major upgrade

I am mixing a singer/songwriter album, and I have been so impressed with my Apollo Twin QUAD. I use Logic for my DAW. Basic tracks were recorded remotely through a Behringer X-Air rack. Running the session through the Apollo revealed detail and depth that were masked on my old Apogee converters. The UAD plugins are a game-changer for my home studio. I'm excited to explore more this summer.

A. Liedtke

June 8, 2017

Now it sounds Pro!

For me it was the perfect time to switch to UA-Family. With the Apollo twin MKII Quad I can record and mix like a pro. UA-Plugins and my Apollo twin let me enter the Pro-Stage. Thanx UA And Kind regards from Germany Andy

T. Dixon

June 7, 2017

Great piece of equipment as always, but...

The power supply leaves a little to be desired. A few times the unit has powered down after feeling very securely plugged and operational (and not moving at all). Not sure why UA went for wall wart style with a standard 9v plug (apart from saving space on the rear of the unit) when the UAD Satellite has a 5 pin input with IEC from mains to transformer...

K. Nielsen

June 7, 2017

Brilliant small interface

Being an owner of an apollo 8 also, the apollo twin was an easy step forward for me. However some things are a bit of an inconvenience. I had to buy a new thunderbolt hub, because the apollo twin only has 1 thunderbolt output, and i thought that it was possible to daisy chain that interface, the same way as the larger ones. That together with the high price of the Quad version, makes it a bit hard to give this product 5 stars, even though it deserves it

R. Thomas

June 6, 2017

Newbie

I just went from my old Presonus Audiobox to this. No comparison in audio quality alone. I cannot stress this point enough. Also, I've barely messed with a couple plugins so far and the quality seems to be so far above and beyond what I am using in Studio One 3 Professional. I really like the fact that I can use two pairs of monitors and just hit a button on the unit to switch between them. The converters are really good as well thank goodness! I really haven't had enough time to truly dig deep into this to give it a full blown customer review but it's already made a giant differnce in my music world.

C. FORBES

June 3, 2017

It's ok

Wish it had a separate headphone control , the unit also runs hot and the plugins that come with the unit, 'not the demo stuff' could be much better. I guess it's a clever marketing move to get you into buying more. On a different note, customer service was really good when my mkii had an issue.

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