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 records by Kendrick Lamar (To Pimp A Butterfly), Coldplay (A Head Full of Dreams), Dr. Dre (Compton), Brad Paisley (Wheelhouse), 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

Preservation Hall Jazz Band
“Higher Ground”

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*Apollo Twin MkII includes the “Realtime Analog Classics” UAD plug-in bundle. Other UAD plug-ins sold separately.

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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 Realtime Analog Classics UAD plug-in bundle, featuring Legacy versions of the LA-2A Classic Audio Leveler, 1176LN Limiting Amplifier, and Pultec EQP-1A Program Equalizer, plus Marshall Plexi Classic, Raw Distortion, 610-B Tube Preamp & EQ, and more*

      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

      Thunderbolt System Requirements

      MAC:



      • Apple Mac computer with available Thunderbolt port

      • (Mac) macOS 10.10 Yosemite, 10.11 El Capitan, 10.12 Sierra, or 10.13 High Sierra


      WINDOWS:



      • PC computer with built-in Thunderbolt 3 via USB-C port

      • Windows 10 w/Anniversary 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

      *Apollo Twin includes the “Realtime Analog Classics” UAD plug-in bundle. Other UAD plug-ins sold separately.

      Customer Reviews

      Apollo Twin MkII

      Overall Rating

      d. Jefferson

      June 15, 2018

      apollo twin - 5 stars

      I absolutely love the Apollo twin , great 5 star quality.

      T. Munck

      June 15, 2018

      The ultimate Apollo twin board hands down!

      4/5 stars because
      -no ext digi I/O and no daisychain thunderbolt
      -premium quality thunderbolt cable is not included (this product deserves it!)

      I have been using UAD products for almost ten years now. Started off with a lowly Solo Laptop card loaded with EMT250, Harrison 32C and a 2007 MBP. When Apollo duos were introduced, I jumped ship immediately after getting a thunderbolt equipped MBP and found my new go-to audiointerface. the unit served me without a hiccup. Then I got the opportunity to get a twin quad when the mk II was announced, but hesitated since I was already pretty cozy with my twin duo. Having now finally upgraded to twin quad mk II, I find being even happier with the apollo! My DAW projects now run @ ~5-15% CPU with the aid of the grunt in DSP the quad affords.

      A word regarding conversion sound quality. I am hearing a slight, but not a significant improvement, so even mk I owners can rest easy and not obsess over any change in sound q (however YMMV). Your apollo mk I’s still sound pretty much the same.

      I’ll probably upgrade to mk III if such line ever comes out. The Apollos work solid and give me what I am looking for in an audiointerface.

      T. YOU

      June 14, 2018

      I love it

      and hart to stand to buy UAD!

      泰. 正谷

      June 13, 2018

      this is the best choice

      best sound and best rec quality.

      R. Akins

      June 10, 2018

      Works great on Windows 10!

      I was a bit nervous in looking at some of the threads on the forums, but I made the plunge for the Apollo Twin II and I'm glad I did! I learned from the forums that the Startech TB3 to TB2 was the best choice for the Apollos, so I purchased that as well. With only a single adjustment in my Intel NUC's BIOS, everything is working perfectly!

      C. Scelso

      June 9, 2018

      Una herrrrmosura!!!

      Para nosotros, los que tenenos que transformar pesos argentinos en USD es una decisión difícil pasar a UAD. PERO, endeudado como estoy, tengo que decirles que realmente es todo lo buena que dicen que es. La sensación similar a cuando pasé a unos buenos monitores por primera vez. Te abre un espectro de sonido, frecuencias, detalles. Y por otro lado, te habilita un workflow muuuy de consola. Das un pacito más. Y un pacito más es un pacito más. Recomiendo.

      T. Goodwin

      June 4, 2018

      Stunning

      Sounds just like an analog desk. Makes things so much easier to balance in the mix. Amazing!

      T. Goodwin

      June 4, 2018

      Stunning

      Sounds just like an analog desk. Makes things so much easier to balance in the mix. Amazing!

      J. Cody

      June 3, 2018

      Squawlay production

      Because I travel a lot and always on the go. This was a great addition to my UAD collection. Not only do I get the great travel side in a interface, but the powerful unison u get with awesome preamps, plugins, and sound.

      L. Xun

      May 31, 2018

      Return to Apollo Twin

      I used the first generation of Apollo Twin, and I sold it because it was not easy to carry. But now I have bought the Apollo Twin MkII again, because unison is too powerful, and I can not do without UAD plug-in in mobile office.

      a. Taylor

      May 31, 2018

      Amazing Build & Sound Quality!

      Fantastic addition to my UAD system, great sound, build quality and the plug ins are all immense.

      J. Waldman

      May 28, 2018

      Jesse Waldman

      Long time Digi002 user, switched to the MK11 and am very impressed. Converters sound great and the UA plugins are a game changer. Took a couple days of tweaking my dell laptop with windows 10 to run optimally but now it's totally stable. The unison technology is huge too, have had excellent results thus far.

      A. Umanskii

      May 28, 2018

      Dream in Real Living Live

      Hello ! Plesure to meet Appolo Twin Mk2 ! I got happy after my first record! That magic sound ! Thank you very much to UNIVERSAL AUDIO for chance used ! This is my new way to produce ... Respect

      M. Schmidt

      May 27, 2018

      Ein Traum!!!

      …super Hardware! Ich bin absolut begeistert!

      M. Schmidt

      May 27, 2018

      Kaum zu glauben!!!

      …super Hardware – super Plugins – super Sound!!!

      R. Spencer

      May 26, 2018

      Paramount Product

      I couldn’t be more pleased with the all-around quality of this product—quality in design, build, and performance. After witnessing the power of the plugins, I was glad that I sprang for the QUAD. If you’re on the fence, get off of it and join the UAD/MKII side. It’ll be well worth it.

      P. Higuita

      May 25, 2018

      Excellent

      my best audio investment, sounds amazing!!

      T. Ellis

      May 24, 2018

      Simply Marvelous!

      I purchased this unit for home after buying an Apollo 8 for my studio. What can I say? The sound quality is superb and it's dead simple to use. Add to that gaining access to all my plugins and this purchase was a slam dunk!

      D. Britto

      May 23, 2018

      This is a game changer

      So a few things that just made this really good. One is the quick mono switch. I’m always checking mono compatibility. Next is the unison function. Crazy. Like the preamps are enough of a reason to get this but I can also use inserts without any latency and the autotune it comes with is super fun. The rest is the console software. I’ve routed a permant headphone mix so when I record (at home) I just hit mute and put my cans on and go.

      J. Dzuris

      May 19, 2018

      Keeps getting better.

      Universal Audio just keeps upping their game. Nothing else compares to the combination of interface and plugins.