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Shape your recordings into records.

Apollo Solo is the world’s finest Thunderbolt 3-powered desktop recording audio interface for Mac and Windows, giving you class-leading audio conversion, two mic preamps — so you can record through preamps from Neve, API, SSL, and more — and a suite of included UAD plug-ins for recording album-quality results, with near-zero latency.

Experience class-leading Apollo sound — as heard on hundreds of hit records

Record your vocals and synths in realtime through classic mic preamp emulations from Neve, API, Manley, Avalon, and more

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

Create on-the-go using a sonically superior bus-powered interface with rugged all-metal construction

Record Synths and Vocals through Iconic Preamps

With its two Unison preamps and front panel Hi‑Z instrument input, Apollo Solo lets you track in realtime through preamp and channel strip plug‑ins from Neve, Manley, API, and dozens more, giving you the same rich analog texture as the hardware used on decades of iconic music.*

Get the Pro Sounds of Analog Hardware, Right on your Desktop

Out of the box, Apollo Solo's included plug-ins give you album-ready tones in realtime with professional tools like the UA 610-B Tube Preamp & EQ, Teletronix LA-2A tube compressor, amps from Marshall and Ampeg, and more. Plus, Apollo Solo lets you tap into the entire UAD plug-in library, giving you the proven hit-making sounds of Ocean Way Studios, Capitol Chambers, and hundreds more.

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Best-in-Class Headphone Amplifier

Apollo Solo'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.

Record with a Fast, Natural Workflow using LUNA

Apollo Solo works with all major DAWs, but only LUNA Recording System gives you seamless integration with Apollo, for big analog studio sound — in realtime — using a host of built-in features and extensions from API console modeling to genuine Neve summing and integrated Studer tape.

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Ready to Go

With its robust all-metal construction and bus-powered Thunderbolt 3 operation, Apollo Solo is the only "clutter-free" portable audio interface that truly delivers album-quality results. It’s like having a virtual analog studio that fits onto any desktop, and easily travels in your laptop bag.

UAD Plug-Ins vs. Analog Hardware

Watch Grammy-award winning producer Jacquire King (Tom Waits, Kings of Leon) put UAD plug‑ins to the test in a live session featuring electronic-soul artist Jamie Lidell.


Desktop 2 x 4 Thunderbolt 3-powered audio interface with class-leading 24-bit/192 kHz audio conversion (backwards compatible with Thunderbolt 1 & 2 on Mac)

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

Realtime UAD Processing for tracking through UAD plug-ins at near-zero latency, regardless of audio buffer size

Runs UAD Powered Plug-Ins via VST, Audio Units, and AAX in all major DAWs

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

Bus-powered connection to Mac and Windows Thunderbolt 3 systems for easy portability and reduced cable clutter

Thunderbolt 3 cable sold separately

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


Apollo Solo User Manual


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For system requirements, go here.

Apollo Solo 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.

Customer Reviews

Apollo Solo

Overall Rating

S. Naldi

November 22, 2022

Very satisfied

Hi! I'm a new user of Apollo Solo. I bought it one week ago. I had problems to install it because the Apple M1 chip needs a special attention to install new things , then after installed I had to learn how to use the UA Console and Control Panel. Now everything is working perfectly! I'm a new user so I think there will be many other things to learn, but this new beginning is fantastic !

E. Biagini

November 18, 2022

Very good , hi quality piece of gear

Very good, flexible with good sound.plug ‘n plsy emwithout any problem.
When it used at 96khz it’s almost unpossible to me to run when tracking without exceeedind dsp capacity using just a channel strip and a reverb. So, one dsp more would make it perfect

J. Koskinen

November 16, 2022

Really solid piece of hardware

This is my first Universal Audio device, and it feel really good quality piece of hardware. The size is smaller than I thought, and that's a good thing cause it's even easier to fit in the bag when needed. Haven't really recorded anything with it yet, but the drivers and the Luna software have been working flawlessly. I don't have to worry about the gear and can focus the main thing. Just as I was hoping to. I can recommend thunderbolt Solo+mac mini combo with no hesitation!

L. Barahona

October 17, 2022

Barahona

Geovany

B. Sabet

October 6, 2022

Preamps, Usability and Headphone Amp: AAA+

Coming from a Antelope Audio Zen Go which Is already a pro device I was surprised how much better the Apollo Solo is. Preamps are cleaner, usability is way higher and the headphone output is the best I’ve ever heard. Especially with studio headphones (Beyerdynamic 770 pro in my case). It’s a pretty expensive business but once you’ve experienced it you won’t regret it…

J. Ball

October 4, 2022

Poor Quality

Unreliable for six months, and then it completely died.

p. angeles

September 24, 2022

GOOOOD!

Gran calidad de interface, he mejorado mucho la calidad de sonidos mas los plugins que vienen gratis de Universal Audio son lo mejor! INVIERTAN!

P. Jaktholm

September 23, 2022

Great gear

It's such an awesome sounding product. The bundle included is really versatile and the sound quality of their plugins is hands down the best on the market.

A. Brown

September 23, 2022

A BEGINNERS MUST HAVE INTERFACE

I would like everyone thats new to Starting a Home recording Studio to check out this Amazing Interface ! Hands down its your best move now to buy ! See, if you buy other interfaces & spend lots of money it would be cheaper to get the Apollo Solo Now . Plus you get Luna Daw free 7 & Lots of UAD Plugins !

S. Schmidt

September 23, 2022

Hardware top, Win driver bad

Advantages
- Very good workmanship
- top audio quality in DAW with ASIO drivers
- first class plugins

Disadvantages
- not usable for applications like Discord, Skype, OBS etc. which use the standard WDM window driver for the microphone - very poor microphone quality
- only standard format WDM window driver only 2ch, 32bit 48000 Hz studio quality - nothing else selectable
- installation of drivers worked only after I installed UAD version 9 and then version 10
- not recommended for streaming on a Windows computer

A. Petrou

September 21, 2022

Great interface

The solo is a great sounding interface and a nice way into the UA plug-in universe. The included plug-ins are very high quality and the unison function turns the solo into a great sounding and versatile preamp. The included software console and the Luna DAW are very well done, It’s a winning combination!

M. Rüdel

September 21, 2022

Great small interface

I have no issues at all and I am surprised of how many plugins I can load on that one DSP without crashing it. Even heavy ones like the Ampex emulation plus many more.
The Heritage bundle is excellent and the sound quality is outstanding.
Works fine with my M1 Pro.

M. Kunc

September 15, 2022

Work with M1 max

Work good with new Macbook.

s. suh

September 8, 2022

너무 만족 스럽습니다. 아폴로 최고예요!

맥북 m1 max 사용중인데 잠자기 모드에 들어갔을때 계속 꺼지는 거 말고는 아폴로 솔로 최고입니다.

T. Renaud

August 27, 2022

From 2007 Firewire Duet... to Apollo Solo Thunderbolt 3

Stunning stuff. NO LATENCY. Liberates DAW from overloads and allows very high buffer in audio engine. Extremely "musical", amazingly tolerant: cranking it up does not hurt sound. Plug-ins are transparent and tender. No mysteries here... just magic.

K. Garcia

August 26, 2022

Great interface

Been floored about its features and the sound that I’m getting out of it. The plugins sound great. I just hate the amount of DSP power that it has as I feel that it’s lacking, but I knew that going in. A good value nonetheless.

B. Surdulli

August 23, 2022

Not good for Macbook M1...returning it back!

Not fully compatible and very unreliable.

It was hard to set it up with some workarounds. Returning it back.

P. Diaz

August 20, 2022

Very clean

Great preamps even with no plugins dropped in. Just got it a few weeks ago and so far it’s been pretty good. Plugins are expensive and being tethered to the hardware is a bit 1995 Avid like!

M. Makonnen

August 6, 2022

I finally have The Best interface I have ever used!!!

Never thought that sound processing in a Home Studio can get this good. Well, checkout UA’s Apollo Solo and you will forever be spoiled. Just running my mic through the UA610-A and my bass through the Ampeg SVTVR CL completely changed the vivacity of my recordings!!

J. Elbert

August 5, 2022

Powerful Little Box.

The Apollo Solo is my gateway to the UAD workflow, and i'm loving it so far. The single DSP core is no major problem as the Legacy versions will take very little room, and they sound absolutely PHENOMENAL. It handles a satisfatory number of UAD-2 Plugins as well, all things considered. When it comes to recording, being able to think analogically with modern-day, cutting edge tools is beyond amazing.

Windows users: MAKE SURE to buy the right cable (USB-C to USB 3.0 SUPERSPEED) or else the interface won't work properly.