The Apollo interface places all the most commonly used recording and monitoring features right on the front panel, for fast, direct access. Similarly, its rear panel provides all the dedicated, high-quality I/O needed for a typical production studio.
This diagram illustrates a simple Apollo setup that might be used by an individual musician/engineer for recording guitar and vocals simultaneously.
This diagram illustrates an Apollo setup that might be used by two musicians that are recording simultaneously. In this setup, only analog devices are connected; digital I/O is not used.
This diagram illustrates a more complex Apollo setup that might be used for recording an entire ensemble, utilizing both analog and digital I/O.
In addition to their class-leading sound quality, Apollo interfaces let you monitor and/or track through UAD plug-ins with imperceptible (sub-2ms) latency, no matter what the DAW’s I/O buffer size is set to. They also offer Unison technology, giving you stellar emulations of classic preamps from Neve and API. No other audio interface offers this type of analog sound and functionality.
Apollo FireWire is available for Windows systems and Mac systems that don’t have Thunderbolt ports. Apollo FireWire and Apollo 8 feature identical analog and digital I/O, and Realtime UAD Processing via the Console application. Apollo FireWire can be upgraded to Thunderbolt connectivity by installing the Thunderbolt 2 Option Card. However if you already have a Thunderbolt-equipped Mac, Apollo 8 is the best choice because of its improved sonics and feature set.
Yes, if the Thunderbolt 2 Option Card is installed. All Thunderbolt-equipped Apollo models can be combined to create an expanded studio setup — up to four Thunderbolt Apollos and six UAD-2 devices total — adding I/O and DSP as your studio grows.
Yes. Apollo is compatible with Avid Pro Tools versions 10, 11, and 12.
Console is a software application that enables Realtime UAD Processing and remote control of Apollo features and functions. The Console Recall plug-in (VST/AU/RTAS/AAX64) stores complete Console configurations within the DAW session so all Apollo settings are installed recalled whenever the session is loaded.
To activate Unison technology on any Apollo preamp channel, simply place any Unison plug-in into the preamp channel's dedicated Unison insert slot within the Console application.
The system requirements are available here.
UAD Powered Plug-Ins version 8.7.0
Note: The specs below are a subset of the full list. See the Apollo Hardware Manual for complete product specifications.