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High-Resolution Music Production with
Classic Analog Sound.

Built upon UA’s 60-year heritage of audio craftsmanship, Apollo FireWire distinguishes itself with onboard UAD-2 QUAD Core processing and an included bundle of award-winning UAD plug-ins — which you can track through with near-zero latency, shaping sounds like a classic analog studio — without taxing your host Mac or PC.

Record with world-class Apollo A/D and D/A conversion — as heard on hundreds of hit records

Use alongside UAD-2 PCIe DSP Accelerator cards and UAD-2 Satellite FireWire for truly scalable mixing power

Produce music with UAD plug-ins like the included Teletronix® LA-2A, 1176, and Fairchild® compressors, Pultec® EQs, and 610-B Preamp

Track with near-zero latency through preamp emulations from Neve,® API,® Manley,® and more

Unison Technology: The Genuine Sound of Neve, API & Manley Preamps

Apollo FireWire features four Unison-enabled mic preamps, letting you track through exacting mic preamp emulations from Neve, 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 FireWire provides a suite of incredible analog emulation plug-ins including the world’s only authentic Teletronix LA-2A, 1176LN, and Fairchild compressors, the legendary Pultec EQs, and the Unison-enabled UA 610-B Tube Preamp. Developed by UA’s world-renowned team of algorithm engineers, these Realtime Analog Classic 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, or the pump of a genuine Fairchild 670 compressor on drums, your recordings will take a giant leap forward in rich, sonically complex analog sound.

See Included Plug-Ins   |   Watch the live tracking video

Access the World of UAD Powered Plug-Ins

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Beyond the included Realtime Analog Classics plug-ins, you can 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, in a single rack space. And unlike competing interfaces, these DSP-powered plug-ins are also available in your DAW for mixing.

Apollo: The Choice of New-School Professionals

Apollo is the confirmed choice of hit-making professionals, used to record landmark albums by Kendrick Lamar (DAMN.), Chris Stapleton (From A Room: Volume 1), Arcade Fire (Everything Now), Post Malone (Beerbongs & Bentleys), 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 TEC Award for computer audio hardware five years running.

Connect Two Apollos Over FireWire

Connect Two Apollos Over FireWire

Now you can seamlessly combine two Apollo FireWire or two Apollo 16 FireWire units together for additional I/O and DSP as your studio grows, enabling you to tackle larger projects.

A Sleek, Low-latency App

A Sleek, Low-latency App

With Apollo’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 Artist Sessions
Apollo Artist Sessions

Apollo Artist Sessions

Watch producer/engineer Fab Dupont (Jennifer Lopez, David Crosby) record Latin superstars Monsieur Periné live in Colombia with Apollo X audio interfaces.

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Realtime Analog Classics Plus Bundle

With the Realtime Analog Classics Plus plug-in bundle, you not only get legendary compressors such as the Fairchild® 670 and EQs like the Pultec® EQP-1A, but also stunning guitar and bass amp emulations from Softube, and UA’s landmark 610-B Tube Preamp and EQ plug-in.

  • UA 610‐B
  • Marshall Plexi Classic Amplifier
  • Fairchild 670 Legacy
  • Teletronix LA‐2A Legacy
  • UA 1176LN Legacy
  • UA 1176SE Legacy
  • Pultec EQP‐1A Legacy
  • Pultec Pro Legacy
  • Ampeg® SVT-VR Classic Bass Amp
  • Precision Channel Strip
  • Precision Reflection Engine
  • Precision Delay Modulation
  • Precision Delay Modulation L
  • UA Precision Enhancer Hz
  • Raw Distortion
  • 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.

Marshall<sup>®</sup> Plexi Classic Amplifier

Marshall® Plexi Classic Amplifier

The undisputed alpha dog of rock and roll guitar amps, the Marshall “plexi” amplifier is as legendary as the music it helped create. From Jimi Hendrix to Jimmy Page, Duane Allman to Eric Clapton, the Plexi’s punishing melange of snarl, sustain, smoothness, and raunch defined the sound of rock. Developed by Softube, the Marshall Plexi Classic Amp plug-in gives you the sound of this iconic amp with a perfectly placed microphone from engineer Tony Platt who recorded AC/DC’s Back in Black and Highway to Hell.

Fairchild<sup>®</sup> 670 (Legacy)

Fairchild® 670 (Legacy)

The world’s most coveted compressor, the classic Fairchild 670 tube limiter will give your tracks and mixes unmistakable tube warmth and character. Whether you’re looking for subtle compression on a lead vocal, or grittier textures that can work on guitars, bass, or a drum bus, the Fairchild 670 plug-in adds a classic “glow” to anything you run through it.

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

Ampeg<sup>®</sup> SVT-VR Classic Bass Amp

Ampeg® SVT-VR Classic Bass Amp

Introduced in 1969, the Ampeg SVT bass amp is still the reigning king of high-powered tube bass tone. Developed by Brainworx, the Ampeg SVT-VR Classic Bass Amp plug-in perfectly captures the raw power and punch that has made this the go-to amp for rock, funk, and soul players. Track in real time using Unison™ preamp technology for the tone, touch, and feel of a real SVT bass amp, or transform bland DI tracks with the thunderous roar of a stone cold classic.

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.

UA Precision Enhancer Hz

UA Precision Enhancer Hz

Expertly dial-in your music’s low-end frequencies with the Precision Enhancer Hz plug-in. Able to yield exacting results with minimal adjustment, the Precision Enhancer Hz can add weight to kick drum samples, fatten up a synth bass, or simply make the low-end of your tracks more audible on smaller speakers.

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.

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.

Key Features

18 x 24 FireWire audio interface for Mac and Windows

4 Unison™-enabled mic preamps for recording through exacting preamp emulations from Neve, API, Manley, and Universal Audio

Built-in UAD-2 QUAD Core allows Realtime UAD Processing — tracking through DSP-assisted UAD plug-ins with near-zero latency, without draining CPU

Includes the "Realtime Analog Classics Plus" UAD plug-in bundle. Other UAD plug-ins sold separately.

Two FireWire 800 ports for daisy-chaining other FireWire devices

World-class UA analog design, superior components, and premium build quality

Free, industry-leading technical support — on the phone and online — from knowledgeable audio engineers

To see full system requirements, click here.

Customer Reviews

Apollo FireWire

Overall Rating

4.7/5
(809)

T. McCleary

May 17, 2024

APOLLO + UNISON + LUNA = PRO MUSIC

My decision to purchase UAD Plugins, and buy an Apollo interface to take my audio productions to the next level wasn’t in vain at all. The result is so obvious especially with the unison technology, it’s like having a UAD interface that is able to use the unison technology and Luna is the best road that leads to pro audio production.

P. Rodriguez

March 25, 2024

Simplement Parfait !

Une carte son très complète, avec des composants de qualités et cela s’entend ! Accompagné du Quad Core, qui excelle toujours autant.
Une solution complète et des mises à jours, pour un matériel qui ne devient pas obsolète après quelques années ! Que dire de plus… Console 2.0 qui accompagne ce matériel, propose de multiples solutions, pour éviter une console de mixage hardware.
J’aurai dut investir beaucoup plus tôt dans une Apollo UAD !!

D. Tainer

January 18, 2024

Even Better Than All the Positive Reviews...

I started out my recording career with all analog equipment--first the Tascam Portastudio, then 4-track reel-reel to half-track mastering. I learned a lot. Then, in the late 90s, my first forays into digital audio started out with the M-Audio products and as I got better and my needs grew, Focusrite. The Saffire Pro 40 was fantastic, and soon I moved on to the Clarett 4pre with thunderbolt on my Mac Pro Cylinder. While I loved the quality of the Clarett, I needed something more. I had always admired the Universal Audio products from afar, but they were well out of my price range for what I needed.

Cut to this month: I had the opportunity to purchase an Apollo 8 used for a very good price--in fact cheaper than buying a Focusrite Clarett 8pre, which is what I was intending. I was always wary about not just the cost of buying an Apollo, but the cost of the plug-ins, etc. Well after taking the plunge, and adding the classic plug-in options that are free, and that are easily purchased during the holiday sale, I have everything I need for now.

The quality of the Apollo 8 is impeccable. The Unison preamps work as well as my actual Marshalls and Fenders--the only way I can distinguish them from the real deal is because the sound is slightly cleaner from the Apollo (no room sound)--that's it! I used to have to do all sorts of post-processing of my guitar mic'ed from the cabinet or my vocals going dry into the very nice AIR preamps of the Focusrite, but here, all that there's left to do is some slight tweaking for them to sit properly in the mix. I always thought my vocals were very thin, yet recording them here for a scratch vocal track through the Neve 1073 plug-in, they sounded full and nearly mix-ready.

Again, I really loved my Focusrite products and their fantastic support over the last 13+ years (and I continue to use them through my Apollo via ADAT!), but I have to say that the Apollo system is not just hype--I feel like my recording has taken a huge step forward in quality and I look forward to many more years of recording.

Y. Simonin

December 28, 2023

Super qualitée

Acheter pour faire la transition entre un Mac Pro 5.1 et un Mac Studio avec une carte Thunderbolt .
Super rapport qualité prix
Et avec les promotions de Noël sur les plug-ins l’affaire de cette fin d’année !

J. Delgado

November 28, 2023

Excellent !!

Acheter avec une carte Thunderbolt. Très bon achat. !!

J. Delgado

November 28, 2023

Excellent !!

Acheter avec une carte Thunderbolt. Très bon achat. !!

E. Marutha

August 9, 2023

Incredible unit

I am happy with absolutely everything I get from my Apollo 8 especially the fact that it is so easy to daisy chain it to my Apollo 8 and monitor from there whilst expanding my unison enabled mic pres!

P. Smerda

August 1, 2023

Apollo Quad for Prema Studio

We bought this unit used as a Quad with 4 unison preamps and just inserted a TB3 option card and for a very reasonable price we have another studio worker to our beloved Apollo x6, thanks so much Universal Audio for the great units you make...

c. biel

July 13, 2023

very happy chappy

like the quality of the unison pres
like quality and tones of the plugins
like the versality of the appollo - whether through console or whichever DAW of choice.

A. Cambon

March 15, 2023

Excellent

C'est ma deuxième Apollo firewire, mais je les utilise avec un mac, la première a une carte Thunderbolt 2 et la seconde une carte Thunderbolt 3 et ça fonctionne très bien. La latence est plus qu'acceptable même pour une utilisation en temps réel.
Je n'ai pas trouvé opportun de mettre beaucoup plus d'argent dans les modèles plus récents qui certes mieux, mais à mon avis la différence ne justifie pas l'écart de prix.

D. Smith

December 26, 2022

Apollo FireWire

I use this product for my live sound shows along with studio stuff. The ability to take my studio plugins and pre amps into the live world so easy is what makes this product really amazing.

M. Rector

September 27, 2022

Great clean spacious sound!

Love the clarity of these interfaces. Thank you for making such a great product!

S. Connor

August 2, 2022

Marshall Heaven

I bought recently my Apollo 8 and must say I am delighted with the zero latency electric guitar emulations. My tones directly into console through the unison pre are first class - the rest of the features that this unit offer are in my world absolutely correct. I also have a satellite and a 2012 Mac mini running pro tools - no issues

J. Pineiro

June 9, 2022

Apollo Quad

Absolutely love it… had an Apogee I/O for years and was hesitant to change. Best change I’ve made

F. Baldrich

April 21, 2022

Great Audio interface

Great interface and plug-ins, just have a little issue, which I believe UA should have a video to switch from FireWire to Thunderbolt.

J. De Sedas

April 20, 2022

AWESOME

I went from RME to Prism Sound and now into the UA... and I gotta tell you the Apollo has nothing to ask other Hi end and more expensive brands. Very versatile, nice preamps and of course, Plugins are awesome!

.

April 2, 2022

Excellent interface

I love this piece of gear. Makes my sonic dreams come true!

J. Monxhwedey

March 29, 2022

Love this gear

I have been wanting one of these for a long time and finally got it. I love the fact that I can now run my 500 series rack into it and get some analog mixing done. So dope!!

M. RABARISOA

March 18, 2022

Apollo firewire

Very nice!

F. Loyo

February 22, 2022

Great deal

Great value for you money.