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.

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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
      • 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 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. Offering a monstrous 8x10 cabinet, blend-able DI, and adjustable mic placement, the Bass Amp Room plug-in gives you enough sonic versatility to cover any genre.

      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

      M. Koumbas

      April 23, 2018

      as far as preamps they are just ok

      Reverbs are great and so are Delays
      as far as preamps they are just ok

      d. andreatta

      April 17, 2018

      not satisfied

      very good using it by microphoning the instrument (guitar). bad using plug-ins (UA or others) with the input volume to the minimum however goes in peak (red). does not exist in adequate assistance in my country to solve the problem.
      From italy

      UAD User

      April 17, 2018

      Perfect interface

      I’m a singer songwriter and producer, I just got this beauty, after a long research, I finally made the move from Windows to Mac just to get the Thunderbolt Apollo twin MKII and I love it. I highly recommend to get the Duo or quad version so you can get a better performance. But I think you will be fine with the solo, duo or quad. ( I’m sure all are awesome). All the included plug-ins are great. I love my new Apollo twin.

      A. Ortega

      April 17, 2018

      Personal game changer!

      I don't know how I went so long without the Twin. Build quality is amazing, intergration is seemless,sound quality is great! Extremely pleased!

      J. Waldman

      April 16, 2018

      Long time Protools user, First impressions...

      After 15 years I finally decided to upgrade my recording system. I went with a powerful Dell laptop and the Apollo MKII. First off let me say that I'll be using this unit mostly for home recording and studio overdubs as 10 channels is not enough for a full band set up. I'll probably go for an Apollo 8 down the road. When I first hooked everything up and did a test recording it was riddled with clicks and pops and latency/monitoring issues. After much research and trial and error I found I needed to optimize my BIOS settings, remove all unnecessary start up programs and services and disable wifi and my on board sound card. Once I did all of that things ran smoothly. My first impression of the plug ins was wow! I've never heard such fantastic in the box processing, especially the lexicon reverb and ampex tape emulation. The converters also sound awesome. The other thing that impressed me was the "Unison" mic pre emulations. The Neve pre sounds fantastic, this technology is a game changer. Also the fact that UA is working with all these long standing audio production companies is a huge plus. So far I've been super with this interface, the only negative thing I could is the plugins are super pricey. All in all it's a great choice to pair with Protools 12!

      x. zuniga

      April 15, 2018

      Awesome , an engineering piece of Art!

      The best! Just a couple thousand short for plugins, but saving for them!

      A. Parada

      April 14, 2018

      Great little unit

      This is my third Apollo unit. I must say having Quad DSP available is a huge improvement, especially using those nice new plugins that gobble DSP. Well Done!

      M. Barba

      April 13, 2018

      Great Product, Still Working Out Kinks

      Great product! Always heard nothing but good of the Apollo Twin and its counterparts. Still trying to get a hold of someone to help me work out some playback errors with my Windows ThunderBolt 3 system to eliminate clicks and pops and the occasional everything-nosedives-and-sounds-like-it-will-explode moments - which is hard to explain to clients sometimes... but once that's in order everything will be perfect

      J. Choi

      April 12, 2018

      So, Nice~!

      So! So! So!

      J. Russell

      April 12, 2018

      "Great unit"

      I really enjoy my twin. It's really convenient to have for travel with enough processing for great electric guitar, acoustic guitar, bass and or vocal tracking. It's also great to be able to control the monitoring of my entire UA rig when I'm back in my studio...

      UAD User

      April 12, 2018

      The Mk II is a vast improvement to my set up

      I have been an Avid interface user for 10yrs plus, n ive had alot of sessions where, i wasnt gettin proper headroom without routing tricks, this bad boy and its capabilities are going to be endless, the unison pre amp is great with my nuemann 103, talkback mic, was an instant plus, n my overall volume seems to be greater than the mbox gen 3 and slighty better than my 002. (Both sold) I was forced to get a new MacbookPro n the new systems dont run PT 10, so i was forced to go straight into the console n use some unfamiliar plugins to get some work done and was simply amazed. And i havent dived into all of the demos just some of my favorites ive wanted over the years. Must have and at this price will instantly upgrade any settup u have. (IF U WANT TO KEEP YOUR EXISTING INTERFACE GET THE RACK AND ENJOY THE UAD SWEETENESS)

      UAD User

      April 12, 2018

      The Mk II is a vast improvement to my set up

      I have been an Avid interface user for 10yrs plus, n ive had alot of sessions where, i wasnt gettin proper headroom without routing tricks, this bad boy and its capabilities are going to be endless, the unison pre amp is great with my nuemann 103, talkback mic, was an instant plus, n my overall volume seems to be greater than the mbox gen 3 and slighty better than my 002. (Both sold) I was forced to get a new MacbookPro n the new systems dont run PT 10, so i was forced to go straight into the console n use some unfamiliar plugins to get some work done and was simply amazed. And i havent dived into all of the demos just some of my favorites ive wanted over the years. Must have and at this price will instantly upgrade any settup u have. (IF U WANT TO KEEP YOUR EXISTING INTERFACE GET THE RACK AND ENJOY THE UAD SWEETENESS)

      V. Maitre

      April 10, 2018

      Quality ++

      Possesseur d'une Apollo 8, cette twin vient combler le vide pour le transport nomade, Juste ce qu'il faut, Preamp de qualité, le top

      B. Richy

      April 10, 2018

      My Apollo Twin Solo MKII

      We use this primarily for our On Line Voice Over Business. I think for the money it provides a lotta bang for the buck! Love the plugins. Recently bought the Manley VOXBOX which is awesome either as a Unison or insert. We have gone through many audio interfaces but have found nirvana with this hardware unit. I guess it all boils down to what works for your needs, and this works great!!!!!

      B. Richy

      April 10, 2018

      My Apollo Twin Solo MKII

      We use this primarily for our On Line Voice Over Business. I think for the money it provides a lotta bang for the buck! Love the plugins. Recently bought the Manley VOXBOX which is awesome either as a Unison or insert. We have gone through many audio interfaces but have found nirvana with this hardware unit. I guess it all boils down to what works for your needs, and this works great!!!!!

      J. Eaux

      April 9, 2018

      MUST BUY!!!

      Great industry standard audio BEAST of an interface. Once you buy this...EVERY CHANGES!!! Great quality plugins, amazing sound quality and worth the price! Everyone who's serious about music production/mixing NEEDS this in their studio!

      N. van Steenpaal

      April 9, 2018

      Pure quality

      I did a huge upgrade to this audio interface. Plugins run very smoothly (Quad version) and the sound is incredible. It made my current speakers sound better in some way. Too bad I was too enthusiastic to register mine just a few days before april 1st. Otherwise I would have gotten a few great plugins with it as well.

      Z. Swartz

      April 9, 2018

      Amaze interfaze

      Love it! Portable, powerful and sturdy. Also the upgraded monitor section is awesome. I use it for mixing and tracking wherever I need to be. When I do bigger sessions I hook it up to my Apollo 16 and the talkback mic is just a great addition in that situation.

      D. Johnson

      April 9, 2018

      Finally got my own!!!

      After using Appllo after Apollo and loving it, I decided to get my own. I have been mixing and tracking for about 15 yrs now(that makes me sound so old

      J. Wud

      April 9, 2018

      Game changer

      I’ve been using different brands for years and I’ve always had my eye on Universal Audio. Got my Apollo twin duo core mk2 two weeks ago and I’m still blown away by the sound. My speakers sound 10x better than what they did and my mixes are much better. I don’t think I’ll ever use another brand ever. I just wish the plug ins weren’t this expensive! Even on discount, and they’re still up there. Ha!