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by P. Napper (3/4/2015):

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Overview

Thunderbolt Option Card

Key Features

  • Enables Thunderbolt technology for Apollo DUO and QUAD Audio Interfaces on Thunderbolt-equipped Macs
  • Provides greater UAD plug-in instances, improved performance at higher sample rates, and reduced plug-in latency versus FireWire
  • 2 Thunderbolt ports supply bus power for convenient daisy-chaining of peripherals
  • Easy user installation – tool and instructions included
  • Requires Apollo audio interface available from authorized dealers worldwide
  • Thunderbolt cable sold separately

A Bandwidth and Connectivity Boost for your Apollo Audio Interface.

The Thunderbolt™ Option Card for the Apollo and Apollo 16 audio interfaces provides greater UAD plug-in instances, improved performance at higher sample rates, and reduced UAD plug-in latency versus Apollo’s standard FireWire connection. Compatible with Intel’s new Thunderbolt technology on the latest generation of iMacs® , MacBook®  Pros, MacBook Airs®, and Mac minis, the Thunderbolt Option Card offers unrivaled bandwidth and next-generation connectivity for the Apollo interface.

The user-installable Thunderbolt Option Card includes two Thunderbolt ports, and easily slides into the expansion bay of the Apollo. Bus power is provided to all downstream Thunderbolt devices, allowing music producers to connect peripherals in series with the Apollo interface — including hard drives, processors, and computer displays.

* For compatibility and system requirements, please visit the Thunderbolt support page.


FAQ

Thunderbolt Option Card Basics and FAQ

What are the advantages of using Thunderbolt as opposed to FireWire?
In general terms, Thunderbolt has 12 times more bandwidth than FireWire 800, and 20 times more bandwidth than USB 2. Thunderbolt support gives Apollo ultra-fast UAD-2 PCIe performance running through a cable with no noticeable bandwidth limitations. So, in simple terms, you’ll be able to run many more UAD plug-ins inside your DAW versus FireWire. Additionally, the minimum processing buffer of 512 samples for UAD plug-ins streamed via FireWire no longer applies, so latency is reduced for UAD plug-ins used in the DAW.

How do I add Thunderbolt to Apollo?
First, make sure you are running the latest Apollo software on a Thunderbolt-equipped Mac. Next, purchase the UA Thunderbolt Option Card (sold separately). The card is easy to install — simply remove two screws with the supplied hex wrench, remove the blank plate, and slide the Thunderbolt Option Card into the guide rails. Once properly inserted, simply replace the two screws and you’re good to go.

Does the UA Thunderbolt option card supply bus power?
Yes, the Thunderbolt Option Card supplies bus power to downstream devices. This enables you to connect numerous devices in series with the Apollo interface — including hard drives, processors, and computer displays — all with fast, flawless performance. It does not power Apollo.

So, since Thunderbolt is here, are you going to discontinue UAD-2 Satellite?
Absolutely not. FireWire is still a widely used protocol, and will be for many years to come. There are also FireWire-to-Thunderbolt adapters available on the market that will enable you to use the UAD-2 Satellite on computers even if they only have a Thunderbolt port.

Can I switch (hot plug) Apollo from one computer to another?
Yes, you can hot plug from one computer to another with no issue on the system level. However you should not plug Apollo into the same computer with both FireWire and Thunderbolt, connect two computers simultaneously to one Apollo unit, or attempt to hot plug Apollo while a DAW is running.

Can I use the second port on the Thunderbolt Option Card to attach FireWire devices such as the UAD-2 Satellite or external hard drives?
Yes. FireWire devices can be attached to the second Thunderbolt Option Card port by using the Apple Thunderbolt to FireWire Adapter.

Where can I find detailed technical information about the Thunderbolt Option Card?
Complete technical details and the latest bulletins about Thunderbolt Option Card compatibility and operation can be found on the Thunderbolt support page.


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    Thunderbolt cable?
    by P. Napper(Wednesday 4 March, 2015)

    For the money it would be nice if they could throw in a thunderbolt cable. Read More

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    This is a must for low Buffer Size Recording
    by T. Murfee (Friday 25 July, 2014)

    The Thunderbolt Option Card may be the most excited I've ever gotten over an accessory! I was having an issue using the firewire port with the Apollo Quad recording at a Buffer size of 64 in Ableton Live. For some reason the firewire port would kick my cpu to 70% with just one LA-2A Silver.… Read More

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    Finally my problems with UAD plugs went away
    by C. Alexander (Friday 18 April, 2014)

    Well the reviews are not great, but man has my system been stable since receiving the thunderboltcard. I had errors all day long with the stock firewire connection, but ever since I god the thunderbolt card, I have not had ONE SINGLE DROPOUT! So I am guessing this the Apollo soon will… Read More

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    a little pricy
    by P. Cowan (Sunday 10 November, 2013)

    i like this interface but in truth i have realized no real gains from my old saffire pro26i/o and there is a latency issue. i am a drummer and things like that bother me so when i record real audio i move it over so it is in time . a pain in the ass but some of the ua plug ins are nice Read More

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    Thunderbolt option card?
    by R. Amarell (Wednesday 12 June, 2013)

    Right name for this card: "UAD-PlugIn section Thunderbolt Option Card". The audio I/O is still at FW800 speeds even with this card installed. On the UA homepage there is' nowhere a clearly reference on that fact. (only clever circumscribed) When I buy a "Thunderbolt option… Read More


Artists
  • Jacquire King

    Jacquire King (Of Monsters and Men, Norah Jones, Modest Mouse) shows how he used the Apollo interface and UAD plug-ins to track Robert Ellis' band on a live rendition of the track, "Good Intentions."… Read More

    Chris Dugan

    Green Day engineer Chris Dugan used his Apollo QUAD and 16 Thunderbolt audio interfaces — linked by Apollo Expanded software — to provide the perfect rig for capturing a live band in two demanding environments. Read More

    Apollo & Console 2.0 Setup w/ Fab Dupont

    This short video featuring Fab Dupont will help you hit the ground running with your Apollo Interface and Console 2.0. Read More

  • Tre Sheppard

    Tre Sheppard details how he used the Apollo audio interface and UAD Powered Plug-Ins on location to track the African Children’s Choir latest album. Read More

    Vampire Weekend Production Goes Mobile with Apollo

    Ariel Rechtshaid and Rostam Batmanglij produced Vampire Weekend's latest album with Apollo and UAD-2. Read More


Docs

Installation & Setup Guide