Apollo Twin MkII

Apollo Twin MkII

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Next-Generation Audio Conversion with Classic
Analog Sound and QUAD Core Processing.

Apollo Twin MkII is a ground-up redesign of the world’s most popular professional desktop recording interface for Mac and Windows — delivering enhanced audio conversion with the tone, feel, and flow of analog recording.

Built upon UA’s 60-year heritage of audio craftsmanship, Apollo Twin MkII starts with two Unison™-enabled mic preamps and stellar next-generation A/D and D/A conversion derived from UA’s flagship Apollo 8, 8p, and 16. Together with its included bundle of UAD analog emulation plug-ins — which you can track through in real time with UAD-2 SOLO, DUO or QUAD Core processing — Apollo Twin MkII is born to make records.

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

Cascade up to 4 Apollo interfaces and 6 UAD-2 devices over Thunderbolt, adding DSP and I/O as your studio grows

Mix with UAD plug‑ins like the included Teletronix® LA‑2A and 1176 compressors, Pultec® EQs, and 610‑B Preamp

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

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

Apollo Twin MkII features two Unison-enabled mic preamps, letting you track through exacting mic preamp emulations from Neve, SSL, 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 Twin MkII provides a suite of incredible analog emulation plug-ins including the world’s only authentic Teletronix LA-2A, 1176LN, Pultec EQs, and the Unison-enabled UA 610-B Tube Preamp. Developed by UA’s world-renowned team of algorithm engineers, these Realtime Analog Classics 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, 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 Twin MkII lets you 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, right on your desktop. And unlike competing interfaces, these DSP-powered plug-ins are also available in your DAW for mixing.

Next-Generation A/D and D/A Conversion

Next-Generation A/D and D/A Conversion

Of course, the heart of any audio interface is the quality of its conversion. Apollo Twin MkII improves upon the original Apollo Twin’s gold-standard audio quality with completely redesigned A/D and D/A conversion — giving you increased dynamic range and ultra-low THD. This next-generation conversion results in breathtaking clarity, depth, and accuracy in your recordings.

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 2016 TEC Award for computer audio hardware.

Improved Monitoring and Built‑In Talkback Mic

Improved Monitoring and Built‑In Talkback Mic

The new Apollo Twin MkII offers greatly improved monitor functionality versus the original — with Mute, DIM, Mono, and ALT speaker switching. It also includes dedicated monitor remote controls and a built-in Talkback mic for easy communication with talent and/or recording slate cues. These features, combined with Apollo Twin MkII's scalability, make it the new standard for professional desktop recording.

Build a Networked Studio

Build a Networked Studio

Thanks to Apollo Expanded software, users of any Thunderbolt-equipped Apollo Twin, Apollo 8, Apollo 8p, and Apollo 16 audio interfaces can combine up to four Apollos and six total UAD-2 devices — adding I/O and DSP as your studio grows. Apollo Twin MkII makes the perfect intelligent desktop controller for a full Apollo system.

Now with Vintage Amps

Now with Vintage Amps

Apollo Twin MkII also includes Unison technology on its front panel instrument input, giving you access to dead-on emulations of guitar and bass amps like the Fender '55 Tweed Deluxe, Marshall Plexi Super Lead 1959, and the Ampeg B-15N Bass Amplifier.

A Sleek, Low-latency App

A Sleek, Low-latency App

With Apollo Twin MkII'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 Twin Setup
Apollo Twin Setup

Apollo Twin Setup

Learn to use Apollo Twin as producer/engineer Fab Dupont (Jennifer Lopez, Mark Ronson) demonstrates basic setup, routing, and recording with UAD plug‑ins.

Apollo Artist Sessions
Apollo Artist Sessions

Apollo Artist Sessions

Jacknife Lee w/ Two Door Cinema Club
and the London Metropolitan Orchestra

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      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 2x6 Thunderbolt audio interface for Mac and Windows with next-generation 24-bit/192 kHz audio conversion

      Available UAD-2 QUAD, DUO, or SOLO Core Processing for tracking through vintage compressors, EQs, tape machines, mic preamps, and guitar amp plug-ins with near-zero latency

      Unison™ technology offers stunning models of classic tube and transformer-based preamps, guitar amps, and stompboxes

      Built-in talkback mic for communication with studio talent and recording slate cues

      Improved monitor functionality including monitor remote functions and Mono, Mute, DIM, and ALT monitor controls

      2 premium Unison mic/line preamps; 2 line outputs; front-panel Hi-Z instrument input and headphone output

      2 digitally controlled analog monitor outputs for full resolution at all listening levels

      Up to 8 channels of additional digital input via Optical TOSLINK connection

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

      Runs UAD Powered Plug-Ins via VST, RTAS, & AAX 64 in all major DAWs

      Uncompromising analog design, superior components, and premium build quality

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

      Apollo Thunderbolt System Requirements

      MAC:



      • Apple Mac computer with available Thunderbolt port

      • macOS 10.11 El Capitan, 10.12 Sierra, 10.13 High Sierra, or 10.14 Mojave


      WINDOWS:



      • PC computer with built-in Thunderbolt 3 port

      • Windows 10 Fall Creators Update (64-Bit Edition)

      • Qualified Thunderbolt 3 to Thunderbolt 2 adapter (sold separately)


      ALL:



      • Thunderbolt 2 cable (sold separately)

      • 6 gigabytes available storage

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

      • Compatible VST, Audio Units, RTAS, or AAX 64 plug-in host DAW software

      • Quad Core i7 or better processor recommended

      • For additional compatibility information, visit help.uaudio.com

      Customer Reviews

      Apollo Twin MkII

      Overall Rating

      K. Didvalis

      March 17, 2019

      Apollo Twin MKII Duo

      Love my Apollo twin MkII duo.Amazing sounding interface,unison technology is great with preamps and amp plugins the sound is next level!

      R. Paris

      March 16, 2019

      Seriously awesome interface and software

      Hi cannot express just how pleased i am with Apollo Twin Mk II Quad!!! i love it. just fantastic being able to track in real time with analog emulations applied to guitar and vocals etc. already planning to get an Octo satellite to push this stuff even further in my studio and production workflow. well done UAD!

      C. Moore

      March 16, 2019

      GAME! CHANGER!

      I was on the verge of purchasing a number of 500 Series outboard modules to upgrade my current setup and provide different ‘flavors’ to my sound. However, after doing some research UaD caught my eye with the emulations that they have made available. I bought the Twin, the Neve Preamp, and number other plugins (aside from the bundle that comes standard) and I must say I’m beyond impressed! The AD/DA conversion is insanely clean! The Unison Technology is mind-blowing, allowing me to get variety with my analog ‘feel’ in seconds! Best of all, it’s easy to use and extremely functional. This thing is magic in a grey tabletop tank! Best investment I’ve made in a while! UaD, you guys are geniouses!

      C. Santana

      March 15, 2019

      Chus santana

      Amazing sounding interface. The best in this price range. No one sounds better. Preamps are cristal clean with great headroom

      E. ROGER

      March 14, 2019

      Waouh !

      Un seul regret, ne pas l'avoir acquise plus tôt ! (et le prix des suppléments aussi :)!)
      Pluggins assez bluffants, des simulations d'ampli hyper réalistes, Marshall et Ampeg.
      La qualité est là, le son aussi.

      E. ROGER

      March 14, 2019

      Waouh !

      Un seul regret, ne pas l'avoir acquise plus tôt ! (et le prix des suppléments aussi :)!)
      Pluggins assez bluffants, des simulations d'ampli hyper réalistes, Marshall et Ampeg.
      La qualité est là, le son aussi.

      C. Gomez

      March 13, 2019

      Beautiful

      Sturdy, beautiful, easy tu use, and you can tale it everywhere if needed. I’m very happy with UA products.

      J. Noehring

      March 13, 2019

      WOW

      Ive been looking for this my whole life .. mind blowing is an understatement !!!

      M. Born

      March 13, 2019

      The Ferarri among the audio interfaces

      Upgraded from a focusrite Scarlett 2i4 and that was the best decision I ever did. The huge possibilities which I have now is so awesome. I’m never looking back, off to next level.

      R. Adams

      March 12, 2019

      Awesome converters!!!

      I purchased apollo twin mk2 solo about a month ago and the converters are awesome. I just use it for Mastering itb and no complaints from any clients.

      J. Eddington

      March 10, 2019

      World Class

      I used to swear by Apogee, but after trying the Unison Pre technology of UAD for the last few weeks I am now convinced that UAD has something truly groundbreaking and I’m extremely satisfied after making the switch.

      A. Boun

      March 9, 2019

      Apollo Twin Quad!

      Upgraded to the Apollo Twin from a Focusrite Clarett and I’m never lookin’ back! Grade A plugins!!

      J. Davies

      March 9, 2019

      Twin MKII is Hal from Space Odyssey

      The Apollo MKII doesn't just have great preamps and hardware based plugins, it's the best all-in-one recording preamp, no comparison. ! Every detail has been thought out and the MKII software integrates with a DAW like Pro Tools seamlessly. Unison technology is great with preamps and amp plugins, as well as, plugging effect pedals into the 1/4" highZ DI input. Combined with the two outputs, you can reamp any DI signal. And plenty of power for headphones and desktop monitors. Plus you can expand to additional MKII or DSP accelerators as you grow your studio. That said, there is a bit of a learning curve. When you consider the included plugins and all the unique features you don't get with other preamps, an Apollo Twin MKII is a great buy!

      J. Lawton

      March 9, 2019

      Very Cool

      Purchased an Apollo Twin MkII solo for its mobility. Really enjoy the ability to continue where I left off with the Apollo 16 MkII, when on the road!

      M. Borholm

      March 8, 2019

      Faith restored

      This is a review of my decision to change to Apollo twin quad core when i say change i was an antelope zen tour user but alas after the unit turned into a brick and having to deal with a non existing pathetic after sale department and having to deal with not having my interface for three months it is a refreshing change to have found a product that just does what the manufacturer says it will do and that is work , not only does it work but it sounds amazing once i set it up and watching a few you tube videos I haven’t looked back thank you universal audio i love the unit i love the software plugins i love the control panel what can I say I’m in love with my Apollo twin if you are at a crossroads as to which interface to get I’m telling you from my experience stay well away from antelope audio products and go straight to universal audio awesome awesome awesome.

      J. Vargas

      March 8, 2019

      Awesome audio interface

      Apollo Twin Mk II is simply what I was looking for. The best audio solution for small/medium projects

      Great plugins (a bit expensive) UA should think about lowering prices.

      N. Trifonidis

      March 7, 2019

      The Boss

      If you want the best, you go Apollo.

      P. Pacey

      March 5, 2019

      Absolute Game Changer


      I was using a Roland Super UA before this, and OMG this has changed the game for me, the sound is next level, really inspired me the warmth and sound quality from the UA plug ins is exceptional.

      You just can't get better.

      a. lindsey

      March 4, 2019

      Apollo Twin/Solo MKII

      Solid build on this piece of gear. Thunderbolt makes the connectivity awesome. Choice and functions are simple. The pre-amps are very good. The only negative is I am probably gonna have to buy the Satellite Quad to enable all the processing from UAD that I am wanting to use during a mix. The DSP for the Solo is handicapped for the size of my usual projects.

      UAD User

      March 2, 2019

      Loving the Unison flavor

      I was really debating between the 610 pre or Apollo Twin MK2. I’m glad I joined the Apollo family. I feel like I picked up a 610 plus a whole lot more. What surprised me the most was how you really get a hardware feel from these plug ins. Immediately after I picked up the Quad accelerator to enjoy the channel strip rebate and the ability to put more UAD plug ins in my mix. I could not be happier with this unit.