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

Joel Hamilton w/ Lyrics Born
“Don't Change”

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*Apollo Twin MkII 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
  • Precision Channel Strip
  • Precision Reflection Engine
  • Precision Delay Modulation
  • Precision Delay Modulation L
  • Raw Distortion
  • Softube Bass Amp Room 8X10
  • 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 offer smooth and silky EQ curves with an abundance of warm analog character.

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.

Softube Bass Amp Room

Softube Bass Amp Room

Based on a classic and versatile 1970’s bass amp, Softube’s Bass Amp Room plug-in boasts a vast range of sonic textures — from clean and fat to gritty and thick. Three different cabinets — 8x10, 4x12, and open-back 12" — give you enough sonic versatility to cover any genre, and a blend-able DI along with adjustable mic placement let you fine tune even more.

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

W. Burdis

February 17, 2018

So Good I became Captain Jean-Luc Picard and Said "Make it So", quite a lot.

Having owned RME products in the past as well as Apogee and Various Focusrites, I feel quite well qualified to create a 'simple' review of the Apollo Twin MKII in layman's terms:
I got this because I only have a mid 2013 MBP 8 gig RAM- so to take pressure off the CPU and RAM made a lot of sense - and It DOES this ! Amazingly well!
For me, The RME *Was* the pinnacle of small format desktop audio devices. And to be honest I still think the RME has the edge as a unit only - ADAT in AND out internal / external world clock, dual headphones - but when I plugged in the Apollo Twin MKII - just 'naked' I knew it had a serious and very real contender. The native sound of the unit is tight - like the Babyface Pro, and not lacking in energy and frequency response - unlike apogee duets, quartet's (my personal view).
It is indeed fairly transparent, smooth BUT highly detailed - all frequencies well represented (we ALL know that "smooth" can simply mean "blurry" and "unfocussed" - NOT SO here, there is PLENTY OF FINE DETAIL here) and The MkII has a nice wide sound stage.
So on it's own it's up there, well above Apogee and above the smaller 4-6 input focusrite's (which I place in second place here). No baggy, unfocused and dark sound here (like the "signature sound" of the awful-to-MY-ears Duet). It's this and my beloved RME at the top.
"Naked", the UAD Twin MkII already feels slightly analog in it's sonic footprint - but don't think it can't make hardcore shockwaves - it really can - cold steel ones raining down onto you HardCore Metal Heads out there, don't leave the trenches when the whistle blows. It's right up there with the Euro sounding RME. It's like someone turned up to Woodstock's "Summer of Love" in a Panzer MK3 when I went Drop B and "not even slinky" on it. Talking of Panzers - It's built very well.
Next day I engaged the 610B - the free unison capable Preamp plugin and the teletronix levelling amp/comp and plugged in an American Elite Precision/Jazz bass, active with new DR steel roundwounds ( I don't do nickel) on it............and..............I was Astounded - utterly astounded, not "pleasantly surprised"......Astounded. NOTHING I have owned compared to this. I have never had a plugin that could make an instrument sound so full, and engaging to the listener. I'm not joking. Then a Day after THAT ("No RTFM for me....No Sir!") my friend asked me if I was using the Unison Insert for the preamp...."The What?" I asked, being an idiot.
So I did, placed the preamp into the unison slot and my sonic life as I had know it, just crumbled before my ears and hands. I am 55 yo and this actually stopped me in my tracks. It's takes a lot to do that to me, maybe Agent Scully unannounced and bringing me breakfast telling me she's at a loose end. That might do it.
I am already planing on another preamp and the Empirical Lab's Distressor emulation. But being a poor man, I have to save up. But it's totally worth it. And is Actually exciting. (not kidding there).
SO NOW I realise what the fuss is about. I can hardly listen to my other emulation plugins now - they all sound a bit "Cheap" - (which they are in comparison - but I understand why now). My Twin generally runs at about 45% with a series of 4 stereo plugs in - including using the Aux's. That's good going - not bad. Honestly - I would not suggest a SOLO, but if that is all you could afford and you wanted "that sound" - I WOULD recommend it. Just burn the tracks with the plugin - like we used to when it was all made of wood. Talking of which, the X files is on.
UAD Console: Very nice - simple and works nicely with my Cubase 9.5.10 Pro Control Room (cues, Headphone and monitors). I really like the thinking behind it. And not crashes so far.
So There it is. Not interested in the Plugs and expandable satellites and the plugs - RME BBF pro all the way baby.
But when you hear 1 plugin on the box.....well, it will change you world, your working style and maybe your sexual preferences.

a. mokrane

February 17, 2018

super sons

top des top

B. Higham-Smith

February 15, 2018

10/10 piece of equipment!

Amazing converter quality. Unison preamps sound incredible. And the drivers and software is as solid as it gets. Very highly recommended!

R. Varvato

February 15, 2018

How I did before?

Only using an universal audio interface you can realise how good is the build quality, the preamps, the converters, the software... In other words, Amazing!
I'm very satisfied

J. Freeman

February 12, 2018

Simple, seamless and powerful

Absolute breeze integrating this amazing piece of hardware into my studio and on the road setup - the plugins are amazing and the unison technology is a very nice touch. The console user interface is well laid out and have been using the addition 8 channels via ADAT without an issue. The quad DSP has barely been tickled with some decent plugin use so far. All-round very happy customer

d. la rotta diaz

February 10, 2018

Sonido y estudio profesional en casa

Calidad, facilidad, versátil, sonido todo el poder de un estudio de grabación, el sistema unison y los plugings son una auténtica pasada.

T. Friesecke

February 9, 2018

perfect purchase

Everything works like it should. Perfect technology!

D. Wilson

February 8, 2018

A Great Entry to Professional Sound

I really love the Apollo. I bought it as an audio interface based on it's reputation. I found out it is much more. It hosts UA plugins which are the standard in professional recording, mixing, and producing contemporary music.

J. Jordan

February 7, 2018

The cherry on top

Love the Apollo Twin on the front end of my setup. With my Apollo 8P, and Apollo Quad, it puts the finishing touch on an already perfect system.

R. Sandoval

February 5, 2018

Great!

It delivers everything that's promise. Great Interface. The only thing that could be a little annoying is that your DAW will upload all of the UAD plugins independent if you have the licences of them.

b. gabrielli

February 2, 2018

apollo twin au top

une superbe conversion a/n un son magnifique
le seul tout tout petit bémol il n'y a pas la fonction pour choisir ses sorties sur la console il faut passer par la daw mais bon....

p. Wilson

February 2, 2018

They’re great

K. Parham

February 1, 2018

100% Awesome

Interface on steroids.
Now that I understand what I have in my possession.
I’m in awe.
Picking up a Apollo 8 Quad ASAP.
This UA Console is insane.
Love it.

J. Hidalgo Viera

January 31, 2018

Amazing

I am very Happy with pluggins Universal Audio is really high qualitat sound and very imporatn for have another step and another level ! thnaks team Universal Audio !

J. Hidalgo Viera

January 31, 2018

Amazing

I am very Happy with pluggins Universal Audio is really high qualitat sound and very imporatn for have another step and another level ! thnaks team Universal Audio !

J. Hidalgo Viera

January 31, 2018

Amazing

I am very Happy with pluggins Universal Audio is really high qualitat sound and very imporatn for have another step and another level ! thnaks team Universal Audio !

J. Hidalgo Viera

January 31, 2018

Amazing

I am very Happy with pluggins Universal Audio is really high qualitat sound and very imporatn for have another step and another level ! thnaks team Universal Audio !

J. Hidalgo Viera

January 31, 2018

Amazing

I am very Happy with pluggins Universal Audio is really high qualitat sound and very imporatn for have another step and another level ! thnaks team Universal Audio !

J. Hidalgo Viera

January 31, 2018

Amazing

I am very Happy with pluggins Universal Audio is really high qualitat sound and very imporatn for have another step and another level ! thnaks team Universal Audio !

J. Hidalgo Viera

January 31, 2018

Amazing

I am very Happy with pluggins Universal Audio is really high qualitat sound and very imporatn for have another step and another level ! thnaks team Universal Audio !