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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

4.4/5
(37 reviews)

P. Theriault

November 22, 2020

Rock solid performance, easy to use and it makes everything sound better.

Even with my 7 year old PC, the Apollo Solo USB has set the standard for affordable, professional level audio. The setup was a breeze, very straight forward, no games, no bs, it just works. The quality of the interface's construction, logical design and it's preamps are substantially better than anything that I have tried in it's class. I have been searching for a replacement interface for my Steinberg UR28m and the Apollo Solo USB has exceeded my expectations. With all the Apollo Solo USB's strengths, I will say that I wasn't at all impressed that a USB3.1 Super Speed cable wasn't included, it's not a deal breaker though. While the Apollo Solo USB's efx horsepower is pretty limited, which the price reflects, it does grant you access to the world class UAD plugin library.
Even without the plugins, the Apollo Solo USB is an absolutely professional sounding interface that is a total pleasure to work with, throw in access to the UAD plugin library however and you have serious tools that make everything sound better. I love this thing!

S. Kirby

November 19, 2020

Great sound for a great price!

I love this for my voiceover projects and studio! Really worth it, and at an affordable price for the mid level performer looking to upgrade~

J. SANCHEZ

November 13, 2020

Used for an acoustic guitar

Very easy to use, very effective for the result.
I use with Neve 1073 preamp and API 550 eq, Neumann KM184, very happy with the rendering.
Good job !

C. Boster

November 11, 2020

false advertised absolute trash functionality on Windows

UADs "workarounds" to get this to function correctly on Windows are laughable. None of the features including Real time effects tracking work on Windows. Their drivers leave much to be desired and there are complete features such as the I/o matrix missing in the Windows version. Its clear UAD doesnt care about Windows customers. Will never purchase UAD again. Apollo Solo USB and there other products catered to windows will fail because of this, and support so far doesnt seem to care to fix the abundance of issues present

B. Yarmolenko

November 10, 2020

Phenomenal Sound!

Phenomenal sound, ease of use! I began to perceive the mixing process differently. I am very pleased with the result. The plugins sound transparent, and the interface has a good sensitive preamp. Would recommend to anyone involved in mixing and music production in general! Thanks UAD!

J. Linnen

November 9, 2020

Great


I Love It The Sound Is So Clean!!

S. Vanderploeg

November 5, 2020

Very Impressed!

I've been recording with UAD cards since the very beginning with 2 UAD -1 cards, then with 2 UAD -2 cards and now just added a UA interface for the first time. I had been using a very good mid-tier interface up until now which ran very reliably and solidly with excellent low-latency performance. This interface took things to a whole new level. My overall experience of recording has been greatly improved with this interface and the production quality I'm getting is very impressive.

M. Ciporkin

November 3, 2020

Finally, an "A-Class" Level Pre-Amp!

I started voice-over with a Focusrite Scarlett Solo....then upgraded to an Audient iD-14. Great!.... NOW I've finally taken that step to what I call the "A-Class" of equipment and I am SO glad I did. The sheer quality and versatility of the Apollo Solo coupled with the 'Manley Voxbox' UAD plug-in is light-years beyond where I was before. It's stream-lined my post-processing and made my audio 90+% "broadcast-quality" before it even hits my DAW. I couldn't have asked for a better introduction to UA's products. I only wish I hadn't waited so long!

f. PLANESSE

October 27, 2020

bien

bon produit a recommander

S. Marshall

October 22, 2020

Does not include required cable - very disappointing

Needs a USB-C to work, which is not included, and not like the regular USB cables that most of us have lying around. Not at all expected for a 500 Euro interface, and it's not clearly flagged. Disappointed that I won't be able to hear this for at least another week while I get a cable delivered from Amazon.

W. Ge

October 15, 2020

Everything sounded more real than real!

First, UAD, include a cable, please! It's completely unjustifiable!! I paid over 700 Canadian rubles for this!!!

Other than that, everything sounds incredible out of this, especially with a 1176 -> LA2A -> EQ. Its just all the detail I want out of vocals and so incredibly sweet. I can hammer the living heck out of the preamp and it never clips in a destructive way, and just keeps sounding sweeter. It captures sound in a way that is more real than real. I don't think I'll need an upgrade for my simple acoustic music, ever.

G. Gaster

October 15, 2020

Works Flawlessly on AMD Ryzen platform (Asus X470 mobo, AMD Ryzen 3700x)

Took a chance after seeing the system requirements specify "Intel i-series processors" only. Happy to report no issues whatsoever on my freshly built AMD system. Make sure to get a high quality USB-C cord and update BIOS. The Apollo Solo USB sounds awesome, you can tell its quality right away. The pre amps are incredible. The build quality is 10/10. If you are looking for a pro grade interface, but don't need a ton of ins/outs, this is perfect. I use it primarily with guitar, the UAD Engl Savage 120 plug in uses about half the processing power (from the DSP chart, the Engl is one of the highest DSP offenders) It leaves me with enough DSP to mess around with the included Analog Classics plug ins, one at a time with the Engl. The Engl sounds awesome on its own though. No discernible latency. It also works great with my native plug ins too, but that latency comes down to your PC. I was concerned about using the Solo with my native guitar sims, but it functions perfectly. Haven't even experimented with all the routing options into a DAW, it just works in Ableton provided you open up the console first and then monitor from there. A great foot in the door of Universal Audio, highly recommend. Makes all the cheaper entry level 2in/2out audio interfaces seem like toys. Nothing wrong with that, unless you have already had one of those and you are ready to "level up." Apollo Solo USB is your best bet, worth every penny.

d. s

October 14, 2020

I returned it

I returned mine as the sound didn't meet my expectations. I opted for an ID44 instead. I could get it to sound similar to the Audient with a few unison plugs but then I'm in a different price band and at that point the Audient has 4 mic pres, dual headphones, and dual monitor setups.

P. Heath

October 12, 2020

Love my New Solo

I replaced a Focusrite 18i20 interface with the solo after investing in a digital mixer to record my band. Now that all input signals go to the mixer and I obtain .wav files for each channel, I can upload them into Cubase and then use the Solo for single tracks and overdubs.
High quality piece of equipment, recorded and outputted sound is noticeably better than my previous rig and the wealth of available plug-ins will take a little time to digest.
My only concern is that the interface gets hot to the touch after being on for several hours, so I turn it off after each session. Highly recommended for those that have limited requirements for simultaneous inputs but want a world-class interface.

B. NEBOJSA

October 7, 2020

Inspirational piece of gear

Quality is visible at the first glance - Apollo Sollo commes in nice box, set up with Windows and Cubase work flawless. Great to use, plug-ins that are bundled with gear are great starting point and ready for use and you don't have to consider buying any additional plug-ins if you don't want, but that's really hard not to do .-). All in all, only regret is why I didn't purchased anything from UAD - earlier. Highly recommended!

D. Ilyenko

October 2, 2020

Best Audiocard

Awesome design and quality of sound. Very recommend

J. Sands

September 30, 2020

Awesome... Solo ROCKS!!

Although I was a bit disappointed that the necessary USB 3 cable wasn't provided with the unit (This is an essential part, not an accessory). I found a cable at Office max and then everything was great... There is no detectable latency in the unit.... Soli is very intuitive and easy to use and sounds like a million bucks.

Well Done!

J. Sands

September 30, 2020

Awesome... Solo ROCKS!!

Although I was a bit disappointed that the necessary USB 3 cable wasn't provided with the unit (This is an essential part, not an accessory). I found a cable at Office max and then everything was great... There is no detectable latency in the unit.... Soli is very intuitive and easy to use and sounds like a million bucks.

Well Done!

A. Casanova

September 29, 2020

You won't regret it!

amazing! very durable and portable so I can bring it with me everywhere.

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.