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.


      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


      • Apple Mac computer with available Thunderbolt port

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


      • PC computer with built-in Thunderbolt 3 port

      • Windows 10 (64-Bit Edition)

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


      • 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

      s. fujimoto

      May 25, 2019

      Best interface

      Sound became better than before

      s. fujimoto

      May 25, 2019

      Best interface

      Sound became better than before

      C. Bartrow

      May 24, 2019

      More than I expected

      I didn't think that it would be that kind of improvement to my previous Interface, but I must say I'm deeply impressed with it's sound and the ease of use.

      T. Chaz

      May 24, 2019

      A new world of opportunity

      Best choice I've made in 10 years of writing, recording and producing music.
      I used to think that I should only get higher-end gear when my skills would require the change. And that I could "make it work" with less accurate interfaces and plugins.
      However, I now understand that it's actually the Apollo which is now pushing me forward, and that my previous interfaces were holding me back.

      It's not always about gear - but sometimes it is, and this is one of those times.
      So much power, such a small size, so much ergonomy, so little compromise.
      I can't praise it enough.

      On a side note, I think that dedicated DSP is a great feature. It allows me to run my plugins on both my Mac Pro, as well as, on the go, on my old, very hold, very lame, Macbook Air.
      What was just a backpack-computer now became an extension to my studio.

      I rarely get excited for a piece of hardware. And that's why it took me so long to consider switching to UAD. But this is an absolute gamechanger.

      And don't even get me started on the plugins...

      O. Di Dio

      May 24, 2019

      The Best

      The best choice for your studio flow. Great quality and extremely useful signal routing. Do yourself a favor and buy a Twin MKII!

      D. Widick

      May 23, 2019

      Game Changer for me

      The UAD Apollo is a game changer for producers looking to level up their workflow. In combination with Logic, I feel armed with the best tools my budget can buy, which gives me the confidence to make bold production decisions while working with artists.

      F. Muller

      May 23, 2019


      Had a little problem while registering my product but daaaamn this sounds good. 100% would buy again. Plug ins are awesome too and no latency with the dsp. But since I bought the solo I can't put too much plug ins at the same time.

      E. Wang

      May 22, 2019

      The review of the bad side

      It's good because of UAD pluggin and excellent hardware performance, I don't need to talk too much about this.

      But they really need to improve DSP usage on giant emulatuon. Giant emulation sounds good because of complet emulate the fundamental electronic component on the actual gear, but customer does care that, they only care about sound and how much instance they can run simultaneously on the hardware.

      Also they need to develope some basic tool such as noise gate, filter, etc. It just doesn't exist, when I first time realized that I was shock by the way, this is the best way to save DSP to do the minor thing sometime.

      Also they might need to think about a better idea to cool down the apollo twin, it runs hot. The whole unit is like a heat sink, even though it won't affect its life time and running performance, but customer don't know that, and it will usually lead them to unnesseary annoying.

      D. Robertson

      May 22, 2019

      Blown Away

      I can't believe how amazing the Unison preamps sound. Really just a different level compared even to other high-end interfaces. Simply mind blowing.

      K. Kessler

      May 21, 2019

      Amazing and very real!

      Works very intuitive and with no latency. Can run about 15-20 UAD plugins in the DAW. Only wish it would come up with either 1073 or SSL plugin included with the start bundle but overall the plugins included are great as well! I wish UAD had student discounts.

      T. Slaughter

      May 14, 2019

      The Best!

      There is nothing like the quality and flexibility of the UA economy of gear! UA plugins sound identical to their analog counter parts. There are times I chose to use the 610b plugin instead of the actual unit I had sitting next to me!

      A. Diaz

      May 14, 2019

      Amazing sound

      Simply the best desktop interface ever.

      P. Eblen

      May 10, 2019

      Great Interface

      Game Changer

      C. Poppert

      May 5, 2019

      Simply amazing

      Bought the twin after my focusrite saffire died and couldn't be more impressed with my purchase. The integration with plugins and console software to reduce the strain on your system is just super cool. So stoked.

      T. Funklord

      May 5, 2019

      Does what it says on the box!

      After dabbling with recording and sound design with a few products on a few platforms for a decade, I think it's safe to say going with Universal Audio was worth the wait. I even had my older interfaces nearby for some testing... It was no contest.

      Running my older recorded samples and recent sessions through the Apollo left me in tears, and then I started adding some plugins and my face melted. It is hard to type this. Please fix my face, UAD.

      M. Flores

      May 3, 2019

      Absolutely Amazing Unit

      I'm coming from the Apollo Twin Duo USB/Windows side. Recently switch over to Apple and i had needed a new interface. The power of this thing is absolutely incredible when running plugins. I got the Quad chip this time around and I could not be more pleased. My work flow is much more efficient now that i have more DSP (less freezing/committing/printing tracks). Thanks UA!

      T. Reaves

      May 2, 2019

      Awesome, powerful, and flexible!!

      Love what UAD has done with the Apollo series of gear. I use this in conjunction with my x8 in my home studio both connected to my iMac. When I'm on the go, I use this with my MacBook Pro and presto; instant mobile setup! Well done, and well thought out Universal Audio!! Killer deal w/ plugins by the way...

      c. dean

      May 1, 2019

      Apollo Twin Duo

      Five Stars

      UAD User

      May 1, 2019

      Great interface

      It's even better than the MK1, converters and functionality is better. Love it. Can't go wrong with that !

      B. Cheung

      April 29, 2019

      Instant-Buy with the Plug-ins

      With all the awesome vocal plug-ins, this was an insta-buy for me. I had my previous interface for years and didn't really see a need to upgrade, but the unison pre-amps and other UA products just makes tracking & recording that much more exciting.