I upgraded from a pair of Fireface 800's that I was perfectly happy with for the added bonus of using the UA plugs on the way in.
What a wonderful shock then, quite how much more clarity, punch and depth was at my disposal. This unit is sublime!
Last week we got in our studio a demo unit of the Apollo 16 and a demo unit of the Antelope Orion 32, we've done some tests and comparison between the 2; the result were indisputable, the Apollo has a greater stereo image, rounder bass and a smoother overall sound, very musical, very deep very lovely, we liked it so much on every aspect that we immediately told the seller that we would never send back the unit.
You have done an amazing jobs guys, I fell in love with the Apollo!!
very nice hardware.
very nice design
very nice support
This unit does everything I want. I was not interested in the preamps as I have a 30 channel Trident console from the 1980's and several other preamps. I wanted decent conversion, rock solid stability, UAD plugins in the mix, and occasionally in the monitor / cue mix. I was concerned about latency as I have always had a pre-converter no latency headphone system and I can say this sounds the same, no noticeable delay in the tracking phones. I'm now able to put some cool UA reverbs in the cans when needed, or track through the UA Studer plugs if I want to print saturation. Finally the inserts and flexible outputs are feeding my Hear Technologies system well so I can taylor the monitor options for the artist. Great box, makes working fun!
Apollo 16 is linked up to a rackmount custom pc, via FireWire from Apollo to thunderbolt on pc using a cable adapter. Mine sits in a limited space rack with a modded velcro'd computer case fan on the back powered by 5.5 volt USB cord creating just enough quiet airflow . Units running at a safe 98 deg.
Overall the more I use this the more I like it!
Nice converters & using plugins on the front side this makes my currant gear sound better than ever with no headroom limitations!
Syncs up to different sample rated projects smoothly! Plays files from browsers or other programs while my DAW is open. no need to close the session just to preview a file!
VST instruments threw virtual buses work great with extra buffering unchecked in settings
Great sounding interface. Got rid of my lynx for this and am not looking back. Couldn't be happier!
I bought my Apollo 16 after several months of research.
When it arrived, it had a small gouge on the faceplate. I emailed UA and a few days later was told it was IMPOSSIBLE for the Apollo to leave the factory damaged, and it was clearly a shipping issue. The unit was sealed and well packaged, and appeared to be unopened. It was obvious it came damaged from the factory. I wasnt asking for anything when I wrote, but a little plugin gift card or something would have gone a long way after shelling out $3100 for a not quite new unit, plus the hundreds of dollars I spent on plugs within days of purchasing.
Aside from this, the Apollo 16 is a fantastic unit, with great conversion, and the plugs are the best I have ever used.
I cannot allow my card DSUS Apollo 16 on my mac Pro can you
help me my current configuration is as follows: Mac Pro
CPU: 3700 MHz (x 8)
RAM: 2047 MB
- Fantastic A/D conversion quality - on par with systems costing several thousands more
- Low Latency plugin tracking is pure heaven - another feature that would cost thousands
- Very intuitive and simple hardware controls lay out and digital console
- Extremely flexible i/o routing
- Great UAD customer service
The Bad (Why 4 stars instead of 5)
In my mind if you make the investment on the Apollo 16 you should be content with you processing DSP power for at least a couple years there should be nothing you can throw at it that it can't handle. But if I ran a session at 96/24 I could barely get through a mixdown using UAD plugs. Plus the plugins are just too expensive. They could include a few more plugins.
I bought the 16 last year soon after it was released, and I spent around 1400 bucks on plugins. The Apollo had been damaged in the factory and it arrived sealed, yet there was a gouge in the faceplate. They blamed shipping but the box was in perfect shape. They gave me a little voucher for plugins that I used but I was still pretty upset that I bought a new $3200+ that is damaged.
Then they put on a promotion that lets new users of the Apollo get a FREE thunderbolt card. I had been thinking about getting one but the price doesnt make sense. Its supposed to be a TB interface, but you have to spend $500 to get full use out of it. UA wont be getting another cent out of me until I get a TB card. If I could do it again I'd go Apogee.
Well, I'm looking forward to a digital only version which connects to any kind of converters I buy elsewhere. It's too cheap and all in one.
great plugin, great sound, great promotion.
I recently bought the Apollo 16 and couldn't be more satisfied with the results I've gotten so far. I was using a Saffire Pro 40 and DIGI 002 light piped together to increase channel count and had thought those units sounded good, but when I put my new Apollo 16 into the chain and connected it to my PT 10 system I was shocked and amazed at what I had become accustomed to. The quality of my recordings and mixes have changed so much for the better. I couldn't be happier with the Apollo 16.
It sounds as good, if not better than anything that AVID offers in their HDX series of converters.
The routing and console have a pretty steep learning curve, but I seem to be making good progress. I am glad to own this professional grade piece of gear
Bought an Apollo DUO a couple of months ago for a project I was working on and have been super pleased with it's sound and plugins. The need came up for an extra 16 i/o system, so with the advent of Apollo Expanded, I decided another Apollo system would be ideal as if the need came up it would allow me to have a 32 i/o system.
I've been running both systems on 2014 Macbook Pros via the Thunderbolt connection, recording/playback via Pro Tools 11 and have been blown away with how stable they've been. No problems to report as yet.
My only improvements would be to add an ADAT port, or make the MADI port accessible as another digital input, plus a headphone output or 2 and MIDI ports.
I bought this interface and never received a TB card from UA. Terrible customer support and terrible business. Releasing a "thunderbolt" interface, charging people 500$ on top of the price to actually use it as a thunderbolt device, and then making it free for everyone after that.
I am clearly satisfied with the quality of your Apollo 16 Device.
However, I have an unpleasant click when I switch on your preamps (4-710 or LA-610MKII) or simply switch something on the preamps (compression mode...),
Is it normal?
As a second remark, I bought many plug-ins and when I look at the list from the DAW (Currently Logic), I see the full list of your Plug-ins collection. You never know which ones are yours at the moment. As I can't remember all the abbreviations, this is really boring.
If by ever someone reads my comments and give me a feed back, I will classify UA as a perfect after sales service company.
This is a great piece of hardware combined with all the goods of software.
I really dig the converters on this and all the flexible routing options.
Got a awesome deal on it with the extra plugin bundles, coupons and TB card.
Now with the console 2 coming and apollo expanded... The future looks really excited.
My choice of buying this unit was based upon the false assumption that this unit unlike so many others were actually capable of delivering 16 input ch @ 24 bit 192 kHz.... It is not, track count is limited to 12. TB option should certainly be capable.
Routing is not too flexible, in my particular case I would for example like to have all I/O's go directly into PT and bypass the UAD console, or at the very least just have ch 1 go to input 1, ch 2 go to input 2 in PT and so on (Hopefully this feature will be added in a future software update).
UA states that installing the TB software will disable the FW ports so it seems you have to choose between bandwidth or compatibility
UAD plug-ins: EXCELLENT, EXCELLENT, EXCELLENT
I used a 8 channel firewire interface with an additional 8 channel converter. I often had issues with wordclock synchronization so I decided to look for a more robust solution.
Since I do mainly electronic music with old synthesizers I need a big amount of analog inputs. I don't need mic pre amps at all, so the Apollo 16 is a great choice for that.
I like the clean layout of the Apollo 16 with the large LED meters. Prefer that to LCDs any time.
The D-Sub connectors fit perfectly into my setup since I have a small analog mixer which is also equipped with D-Sub connectors. They help to reduce cable spaghetti to a great extent.
I had bought the interface even without the plugin processing. To have that on top is a nice addition.
Best investment I made all year nothing compare to it Zero latency Wow