Apollo Solo USB

Apollo Solo USB

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Shape your Recordings Into Records with Genuine UA Conversion and Classic Studio Sounds.

Apollo Solo USB is a desktop recording audio interface for Windows — delivering class-leading audio conversion, two Unison mic preamps, and a suite of onboard UAD plug-ins for recording album-quality results, in real time.

This compact 2x4 interface starts with esteemed Apollo A/D and D/A conversion to sonically outperform anything in its class. And with its Unison technology and built-in UAD‑2 processing, you can record through classic studio tools including the UA 610‑B Tube Preamp & EQ, LA‑2A and 1176 compressors, and more — with near‑zero latency.

Now You Can:

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

Track with near-zero latency through mic preamp and guitar amp emulations from Neve,® API,® Fender,® and more using Unison technology*

Mix with included UAD plug‑ins like the Teletronix® LA‑2A and 1176 compressors, Pultec® EQs, and more

Enjoy clear, detailed monitoring with the best-sounding headphone amplifier in its class

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Unison Technology for Stunning
Mic and Guitar Preamp Emulations

Apollo Solo USB's Unison technology gives you the tone, touch, and “feel” of the world's most sought‑after preamps. These include the bundled UA 610‑B Tube Preamp, plus authentic mic preamp emulations from Neve® and API,® plus guitar amp emulations from Fender® and Marshall® — complete with their signature impedance, gain stage “sweet spots,” and component‑level circuit behaviors.*

The secret to Unison is its hardware‑software integration between Apollo Solo USB's mic preamps and its onboard UAD-2 processing. Simply place a Unison preamp plug-in on your mic input in Apollo's Console software, and it physically reconfigures Apollo’s impedance and gain staging — giving you the classic tube and transformer sounds of the world’s most recorded mic preamps and guitar amps.

A Full Suite of Classic<br />Studio Processing Onboard

A Full Suite of Classic
Studio Processing Onboard

Right out of the box, Apollo Solo USB provides a suite of incredible analog emulation plug‑ins including the world’s only authentic Teletronix LA‑2A and 1176LN compressors, Pultec EQs, and much more. 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.

See Included Plug-Ins   |   Watch the live tracking video

Access the World of UAD Powered Plug‑Ins

Beyond the included Realtime Analog Classics plug‑ins, Apollo Solo USB lets you tap into the full library of award‑winning UAD Powered Plug-Ins — including vintage EQs, Compressors, Reverbs, Tape Machines, Auto‑Tune and more — in real time. With exclusive emulations from Neve, Ampex, Lexicon, Fender, Antares, Moog, and more,* the creative possibilities are nearly endless.

Vintage Guitar and Bass Amps

For guitarists and bassists, Apollo Solo USB includes Unison technology on its front panel instrument input — giving you access to dead-on emulations of amps like the Fender® '55 Tweed Deluxe, Ampeg® B‑15N Bass Amplifier, and the included Marshall® Plexi Classic — all available at near-zero latency for songwriting and recording.

Best-in-Class Headphone Amplifier

Best-in-Class Headphone Amplifier

Apollo Solo USB's onboard headphone output is louder and punchier, with lower noise and flatter frequency response versus any interface in its class. This means you can confidently track and mix using headphones, knowing you're hearing every sonic detail.

Ready to Go

Ready to Go

With its robust all-metal construction and exceptional sound quality, Apollo Solo USB is the only desktop audio interface for Windows users that truly delivers professional results. It’s like having a virtual analog studio that fits onto any desktop, and easily travels in your laptop bag.

*Apollo Solo USB 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
  • Marshall Plexi Classic Amplifier
  • 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
  • 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.

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.

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.

Features

Desktop 2x4 USB audio interface for Windows 10 with class-leading 24-bit/192 kHz audio conversion

Unison mic preamp and guitar amp emulations from Neve,® API,® Manley,® Marshall,® Fender,® and more*

Realtime UAD Processing allows near-zero latency tracking with classic UAD plug-in effects, regardless of software buffer setting

Includes studio compressors, EQs, reverbs, and guitar amp emulations, and more as part of “Realtime Analog Classics” bundle

Best-in-class headphone amplifier for loud, detailed, low-noise monitoring

USB 3 (Type-C) cable sold separately

Apollo Solo USB System Requirements

For complete compatibility information, please visit help.uaudio.com



  • PC with available built-in* USB 3 SuperSpeed (Type-A or Type-C port)

  • Intel Core i-Series or Xeon processor*

  • Windows 10 64-Bit Edition

  • USB 3 Type-C cable (not included)*

  • Internet connection to download software and authorize UAD plug-ins

  • 6 GB available storage


*Notes



  • IF-certified USB 3 SuperSpeed cable (Type-A to Type-C, or Type-C to Type-C)

  • Quad Core i7 or better recommended for optimum DAW performance

  • USB 3 adapters (such as PCIe-to-USB 3 expansion cards) are not tested

  • 2-in-1 systems (notebook/tablet) are not recommended

Customer Reviews

Apollo Solo USB

Overall Rating

4.5/5
(18 reviews)

J. K

September 23, 2020

Pros and some silghtly disadvantages

Pro: If you informed, what the unit is and what you can do with this unit, it's great. It works, like it should do and it sounds perfect, as input unit with or without unisono and as output unit with speakers or headphone, including the a good working software.
Disadvantage: It was not clear, if it would work with a AMD System, it has no USB cable and no real description, which cable needed.
As a user of the UAD System, you get plugins, you have bought and own before and have no possibility for a selection choice of plugins in the same price range you can get.
And independent from this, I would suggest to look closer to AMD Systems. I lost may UAD duo card by changing to a AMD system, that's not nice, but I can live with this, but AMD Systems are really competitive in price and power to Intel, and a lot of Audio PC companies have AMD in there portifolio now.
But as summary, if it works with your Windows PC, the Apollo Solo USB is a very good and extremly good sounding audio interface with the UAudio DSP power.
I use a Gigabyte X570 Aorus Elite Board, for Information.

d. sanvido

September 22, 2020

coming over from an audient id22 which are some pretty big shoes to follow

I picked the solo for its price point and the fact that I don't have a large need for running the UAD plugs. I will try them out though and if I need to, I can always print them one at a time if I run out of SHARC cpu.. Regardless, it is almost on par with the audient pres but resiliency will be the end factor. I gave up on them after a hardware failure. With regards to the SOLO, it would have been nice to have a few more pan knobs on the top. I can't imagine pots are that expensive. In response, to some of the poor reviews based solely on a usb cable, I take exception to that. All I did was borrow one of my many USBC to USBA phone charging cables to get it up and running, Wow, that was hard.

K. Pozdeev

September 17, 2020

Awesome!!!

Wonderful sound! Excellent compatibility with Windows!

A. Krieg

September 16, 2020

Great Interface...

The best audio equipment investment this year. Everything is great with this interface... preamps, outputs and the analog classic bundle plugins are the cherries on the cake. The only drawback is that no USB 3 cable was included. But I was able to find one immediately, you just have to make sure that it is a USB A or C to USB C and that it supports 5Gbit / s SuperSpeed.

C. Grady

September 15, 2020

Love it!!!

I have two systems and they are both run windows. I'm mostly dealing with 3D and animation but my background is in music production and being an audio engineer. I like to have the best quality playback for my monitors and to have access to the UAD plugin's on DSP for great mixes. Before It was complicated with how many bad TB3 PCIe cards that are out there that die after a month or come DOA so this new version that utilizes USB 3.0 is GREAT! My only critique is that I wish they had released it with the dark grey version as well, it'd go better with my setup ;)

K. Brewer

September 14, 2020

Fantastic

Great product. However, I wish it would come with a cable. I had a lot of trouble finding a compatible one. Nonetheless, a flawless machine.

R. Horton

September 13, 2020

OMG!!!!!

I Love This Interface!!!

R. Horton

September 13, 2020

OMG!!!!!

I Love This Interface!!!

I. Cohn

September 11, 2020

Great product but missing a key component

Brilliant sounding product, well built and great functionality. BUT... it's really really irritating that the right cable is not included. They're hard to get hold of, and the exact spec needed is not clear from the manual or packaging. Like many others, I would prefer to pay an additional amount to have the cable included, and have it work out of the box. It really spoiled the initial experience as the cable had to be specially ordered and took a few days to arrive. Fix that, and it's a 5 star review!!

R. Nunn

September 9, 2020

Super Impressed

To say i was a little skeptical of this unit giving UA's history with windows compatibility issues is an understatement. I've gone through 3 interfaces at around the same price point in the last year trying to find the one that would meet all my needs. Which were being able to do some vocal production, D.I. work and Mix from home. Those other units would be good at some things and not so good at others. The solo met all my needs and then some. I ordered the solo through Sweetwater and they were amazing to deal with and even included the correct USB 3.1 cable. All software was super simple to download and install and to my surprise everything worked in Protools on the first try. The AD/DA convertors on this thing sound fantastic, super clear and detailed. I Couldn't be happier with my purchase.

Z. Siebert

September 5, 2020

Everything you need in a little box

I use it to replace my previous setup consisting of a DBX286s into a Line Mixer into a USB-Interface. The powerful plugins, especially the Neve Channel Strip, make them all obsolete and therefore leave my desk a lot cleaner. 10/10 would recommend!

F. BARTON

September 5, 2020

It is what it is.

Cool little interface. My first time using Unison. I use the Solo USB with my main interface so that I can track through Unison plugs. Although I do wish I could use the DSP Sharcs from my UAD2 Octo pcie but I get it. As well as more flexible internal routing. You’ll want to upgrade to more ins/outs/DSP sooner or later. Still its a nice straightforward interface and allows for great emulation of some next level serious hardware via Unison. Especially if you normally tweak after. It will at least make your Mic sound more expensive. You DO need to purchase your own USB-C 3.x cable. Make sure it says SuperSpeed (SS). There not hard to find. Belkin and a few others work. Check Amazon.

K. Brewer

August 31, 2020

TERRIBLE EXPERIENCE VERY INCONVENIENT

I am so upset. I have finally received my Apollo solo in the mail ready to record. I take it out the box only to find out the usb cable is NOT INCLUDED. So, I make my trip to Best Buy where I purchase a USB-c Cable. Once I returned I installed & setup the interface to my PC. Everything downloaded fine & I registered my product. After all was complete & I am beyond ecstatic to finally record; I get a message on my PC stating "Universal Audio USB devices require 'SuperSpeed USB 3.0' to operate properly. ARE YOU SERIOUS?! Universal Audio fails to provide not only the necessary cable to utilize this interface, but also THE INFORMATION TO CUSTOMERS THAT IT NOT ONLY REQUIRES USB C, but a specific type of usb-c. This is ridiculous. To explain further, I am now online searching for a "SuperSpeed USB 3.0 type c cable & it is NOWHERE TO BE FOUND!

E. Mani

August 24, 2020

Uad is the king of music

Great sound

E. Mani

August 24, 2020

It is fantastic

Because it also support the great unison preamp , I have no words , Apollo is a family full with greatness

j. sanchez

August 11, 2020

Guau

Espero que el distribuidor de chile lo traiga, seré el primero en comprarlo

D. Ivanov

August 11, 2020

cool+++++++++++++++++

Cool+++++++++++++++++

D. Carbone

August 11, 2020

Rad.

A convenient, budget-friendly APOLLO for Windows? More than stoked.