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 Ampeg B-15N Bass Amplifier, as well as iconic stompboxes like the Ibanez Tube Screamer.

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

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

Vance Powell w/ Marty O’Reilly
“Come and Go Heartbeat”

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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
  • Teletronix LA‐2A Legacy
  • UA 1176LN Legacy
  • UA 1176SE Legacy
  • Pultec EQP‐1A Legacy
  • Pultec Pro Legacy
  • CS-1 (Precision Channel)
  • EX-1 (Precision Channel)
  • DM-1 (Precision Channel)
  • DM-1L (Precision Channel)
  • RS-1 (Precision Channel)
  • Raw Distortion
  • Softube Amp Room Half‐Stack

  • 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.

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 Amp Room Essentials

Softube Amp Room Essentials

Featuring two plug-ins — the Amp Room Half-Stack and the Bass Amp Room 8x10 — Amp Room Essentials gives you guitar and bass tones that can deliver the goods in any genre. Amp Room Half-Stack yields slabs of molten British distortion, while Bass Amp Room sports powerful features like a blend-able DI. Both plug-ins tout adjustable mic placement for fine tuning.

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 Softube Amp Room Essentials, 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

  • macOS 10.10 Yosemite, 10.11 El Capitan, or 10.12 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

S. D'Agostino

October 16, 2017

Best interface I ever had!

I've been using the MKII for just one month and probably I still have to learn its full potential but it has already changed completely my workflow and the quality of my projects. Pro Tools quite doesn't crash anymore and recording with unison is just amazing!

c. jiho

October 15, 2017

The best interface

Convenience, the best of clean sound

S. Boies

October 13, 2017

Qualité de son

L'apollo twin MkII a des meilleurs préamp et convertisseur mais la grosse différence est le système d'écoute améliorer, oui l'enregistrement et le mixage avec les pugins super ! Mais j'ai du plaisir à juste jouer avec.

N. Ruth

October 13, 2017

Happy with the decision to switch from Apogee

My old Apogee duet was having issues, and I was going to replace it, but was convinced by the reviews of this device to switch to the Apollo Twin... so far very glad I did. I like that there are no breakaway cables, and it's easy to navigate. Sounds great and I hope it'll be worth the extra money in the long run. Only issue is that it does get very hot.

V. Kulikov

October 12, 2017

That's cool!

Thanks for the great interface and plug-ins that help to create my music!

B. Richy

October 10, 2017

Audio Shangrila

My journey to find my perfect A/D Box has been long and tedious. Most recently I travelled from the Audient iD 14 to the Apogee Element 24 and decided to have another go with the UAD Apollo Twin which I had back in 2014, of which I experienced some strange issues. So here we are in October 2017 and I am thrilled with the new Apollo Twin MKII Solo. I do Voice Over work and being able to print with the awesome plugins is just amazing. The sound is awesome and I can sculpt the dynamics of my voice for the recording task at hand. The sound is big and fat and makes me sound great, which of course you want to happen when you are in the zone doing a read! The mixing software is a breeze to use and allows me to save a number of my Voice Over Settings that work perfectly for that specific situation. My only wish list would be a mute button for the Mic on the box, but no big deal to mute via the software Mixer. It's strange how things bring you back 360 degrees, and I think all in all I have gone through around 15 Audio Interfaces including the RME BabyFace! My Dream Plugin is for the Manley VOXBOX, I tried the Demo version and OMG it Rocks to say the least. UAD has really gone wild with the new Unison Technology along with the Classic Analog Plugins....just bloody brilliant! This Box is not just for Music Makers, it's also my shangrila for my growing Voice Over Biz and is definitely helping me to create my Brand!! Thanks UAD and keep up the brilliant work!!

P. IPM

October 9, 2017

essentiel

en tant que musicien compositeur, mon metier n'est pas le traitement audio et la chaine post prod, mais de composer et de jouer. Enregistrer a toujours été une plaie. L'apollo Twin MKII est enfin, la solution simple fiable rapide pour se préoccuper uniquement de son jeu. Pas de latence, toujours disponible, une installation simple sans prise de tete. et surtout un quasi standard aujourd'hui. C'est le prix de la tranquillité, de la qualité et de la fiabilité. indispensable.

J. Shanklin

October 8, 2017

Love my twin

I am loving my twin so far. Haven't really gotten a chance to do much with it yet, but I have been blown away but what I've done. I use it for vocal sessions and because my sessions usually are 40+ tracks large, I decided on the quad. The sound is incredible on both lead and background vocals. I also like that UA was running a special where they gave away 4 additional plug ins during the time I bought my twin from a 3rd party. They actually emailed me and honored the offer and now I have 4 new plug ins, which is a blessing because those things are expensive!!!!

F. Mangano

October 8, 2017

Beat gear ever

Amazing platform,must have if you Want to work at high level. Top desing and best plugins ever,easy to use and to learn! Best gear you coud buy!!

M. Lewis

October 8, 2017

Amazing upgrade worth every penny

I stressed out about upgrading from a digi002R for months, reading all the reviews and looking at spec sheets. When I finally pulled the trigger and I started my first demo with the MkII I was amazed at the improvement. Buckets more clarity, depth, and width than the digi002 even before engaging the UNISON plugins (which are amazing, btw). I am also more than happy about all the plugin deals that UA offered after registering my interface. In addition to the free plugins I got from the registration they also set me an additional set of free plugins a few days later as their promo offers had been updated. Just out of the gate, without spending any additional money I got 21 plugins, as well as deals for discounted rates for purchasing plugins bundles at signup and coupons for future purchases. Not bad at all. Thanks, UA!

C. Makarechian

October 7, 2017

Loving it!

Works great for travel. Wish they made an OCTO version tho!

I. Taylor

October 7, 2017

Just what I needed

I am hooked, love it. Such good sound and the best plugins, latency is a thing of the past. A mini pro studio on my desktop, no sore back with my Apollo's Ampeg!

M. De Turco

October 7, 2017

My second Apollo Twin Duo

This is my second Apollo Twin DUO, one year ago I bought the MKI and suddenly after 8 months it broke while using in my house after a bad electrical tension overload and two of the four converter been burned. I live in Italy so for changing the broke components I should send my Apollo in California. The only thing I could do was buying another Apollo Twin.
So I did and with no regrets. As always excellent audio conversion, preamps and fantastic plug-ins library. Super recommended!!!

R. Cote

October 6, 2017

Great audio interface and great company!

A few years ago, some friends were telling me about the Apollo Twin sound card. Because of the price, i was hesitated. A few week ago, i called my music store and ask a guy about digital mixer, sound card etc... I was looking for a device with good sound and easy to used. Then again, the same audio interface (Apollo Twin) came into our discussion. After reading many review, i felt i was the only musician and composer fool enough not to have this device, so I decided to go for it and buy the Apollo Twin Duo. To be honest with you people, yesterday was my first recording with my Apollo. My wife was resting on her bed, than when she heard my classical guitar composition playing on my Yamaha HS7 speaker, she get up and came to see me. She said, is that you who is playing? I said, sure why not. The sound is so good. She ask if i did it with my new audio interface? And i said yes, does it sound good? She said, wow! This sound really good. I also bought at the same time Softube Console 1 and the Persons Faderport 8. It was my first recording experience with my Apollo Twin duo and my first mixing experience with my Console 1 and Faderport 8. This "trio" is a "must have" device people. I love my Apollo twin. It is a dream come true. Thank you Universal Audio. Not less, with the audio interface, there is excellent software that come with it. Also, a few days ago, Universal Audio send me an email and inform me that i was into their grace period for there new promotion on the Apollo Twin audio interface. And guess what? I have got 3 news softwares from UA. A value of almost $650. What can I ask more? I spend my last week to study my new devices and my new softwares. Now, i'm ready to experiment. Would i recommend this audio interface? Oh yes!!! for sure!!!

S. Limoni

October 5, 2017

No latency

Exellent product. No latency. Little bit expensive the inserts.

C. Baldwin

October 4, 2017

Fantastic Fantastic Interface

I’m coming from a Original Apogee FW Duet which served me well for almost 11 years.
I was looking for something different and decided to go with a Apollo Twin Duo and glad I did. The sonic clarity is top notch.
I was really impressed plugging in my Bass through a LA-2A and getting the same flavor when playing live. I then put up a Real Verb and just melted from the clean sweet reverb. With no plugins the sound is still incredible with my Bass. If you need minimal I/O The Twin is the one to get the only thing to decide is Solo,Duo or Quad.
By far the best gear purchase I’ve made in years. Don’t think about it. Get it.

G. Barrell

October 3, 2017

Apollo review from down under

So far so good pre amp sounds great on my bass just straight in with no plug in's. Headphones sound good . Been running the neve 1073 presets over some pre re corded drums and it has worked wonders Would definitely recommend this product .

c. morrison

October 3, 2017

Better

Had the silver face. Loved it. This one is just as good and better. More polished sound. Higher headroom. Great imaging. love it.

R. Invernizzi

October 3, 2017

AMAZING!!!!!!!

A great... No sorry, AMAZING interface!! Very powerful with a great design.
With the DSP I can work with the great UA plugins without making my computer suffer.
Nothing more than a top quality gear! The best you can get!

UAD User

October 1, 2017

Great Sounding Piece of Device

I just got this and have not had a chance to record with it yet. However, just by hearing the sound coming out of it, I can hear so much more detail, width, and depth of the tracks I work on. I have also tried using the Unison preamp 610B for vocal practice; so far sounding pretty nice, with very low latency. Hoping to get Neve preamp plug sometime soon for even better result and try out on actual vocal recording. One sad thing is that two weeks after I purchased this, a deal started to give out free plugs (including the Neve that I wanted) with the purchase of this same item. Made me feel I bought this at the completely wrong timing... But, at least, regarding the device itself, I am happy to own it and would recommend one to anybody.

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