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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 DUO or QUAD Core processing — and access to LUNA Recording System, 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

Includes LUNA Recording System — a fully-integrated and inspiring music production application

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 DUO, or QUAD Core DSP Acceleration. Simply place a Unison preamp plug-in on your mic input, and 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 TEC Award for computer audio hardware five years running.

LUNA Recording System<br />Deep Apollo Integration with a Fast, Natural Workflow

LUNA Recording System
Deep Apollo Integration with a Fast, Natural Workflow

Apollo Twin MkII works with all major DAWs. But it becomes a fully integrated recording system with LUNA, Universal Audio’s groundbreaking music production application for Mac. Harness LUNA’s Accelerated Realtime Monitoring™ and power your workflow with a host of built-in features and optional extensions — from genuine Neve summing and integrated Studer tape, to inspiring LUNA instruments, and more.

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

Watch producer/engineer Fab Dupont (Jennifer Lopez, David Crosby) record Latin superstars Monsieur Periné live in Colombia with Apollo X audio interfaces.

View All Apollo Artist Sessions

Watch The Reviews



      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 DUO or QUAD 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

      Produce with LUNA Recording System — a fully-integrated recording application made for Apollo (Mac/Thunderbolt)

      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

      Thunderbolt System Requirements

      MAC:



      • Apple Mac computer with available Thunderbolt port

      • macOS 10.12 Sierra, 10.13 High Sierra, 10.14 Mojave, or 10.15 Catalina


      WINDOWS:



      • PC computer with built-in Thunderbolt 3 port

      • Windows 10 (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

      Customer Reviews

      Apollo Twin MkII

      Overall Rating

      N. Outhuijse

      May 31, 2020

      Super!

      Super!

      L. Mastrocinque

      May 30, 2020

      Great Performance

      Provides high-end recording quality for both line and mic. Also you get to save some cpu from the interna plugin processing.

      J. Lee

      May 27, 2020

      VERY GOOD

      I'm so safisfied with it.

      K. in

      May 27, 2020

      Good

      Very Good Gear

      Y. MOOLA

      May 27, 2020

      Game changer !

      Game changer !

      N. Outhuijse

      May 24, 2020

      super sound!

      Super sound!

      J. Sutherland

      May 22, 2020

      Awesome

      I did plenty of research before buying this product and it stands up to its reputation. I saw the Apollo making cameos in so many videos featuring music industry giants that I figured it had to be good. There are plenty of other units out there that are great but I would have been wondering what I was missing, so I bought the best. Very happy with the sound and build quality.

      G. Lotcu

      May 19, 2020

      Awesome audio interface

      I do not have enough words to describe the quality of the product. The best audio interface on the market.

      A. Nonogaki

      May 18, 2020

      想定外の素晴らしさ

      ギター演奏環境のデジタル化でオーディオインターフェイスの導入を検討しはじめたのですが、オーディオ関係の仕事をしていたこともあり、音には妥協できず、BABYFACE PROやElement、iD22あたりも候補に入れて、予算も含めて検討しました。実際にサンプル音源を聞いた結果ではAPOLLOは解像度の面で、候補に上げた他の機種の中では、やや劣る感じは受けたものの、UADプラグインに魅力を感じ、APOLLOを購入させて頂きました。結果は大正解でした。UADプラグインの影響がどれほど大きいのかは、はじめてのオーディオインターフェイスなので分かりませんが、ギターの音の良さ(アナログ的な質感)は絶品だと思います。楽器や音声の音を密度高く(特に中域の表現)、暖かく、生々しく表現できるのはプラグインも含めたオーディオインターフェイスの機器のような感じを受けました。私にとっては、これしかなかったのかなと思っています。

      S. Hendrickson

      May 17, 2020

      Unbelievable!!

      Okay I've been using and happy with my old interface for years. Served me well. So when I friend and Apollo user told me how much better my setup would be with the Apollo I didn't believe him. If it's not broke, why fix it. Then I started researching how the UA plugins work in conjunction with the unit and how it takes the strain off the CPU. That got my attention. So after weeks and weeks of research, talking to people, watching videos, I decided to take the leap. The Apollo turned out to be a great purchase. First of all the sound is better. Simple as that. And I didn't have a cheap interface before, it was near the top of the heap. Having the unit do a lot of the heavy lifting as far as UA plugins was a no brainer. Everything ran smoother. And as a stanch Pro Tools user I'm actually starting to use the Luna software as much or more than PT. This company has it figured out. My whole recording process has become more efficient and that's what it's all about. Worth the investment.

      M. Soares

      May 15, 2020

      the perfect lockdown tool

      I bought this unit to work at home.
      it accomplished this mission perfectly.
      it works perfect with my workflow.
      A very convenient solution

      D. Ferreira

      May 14, 2020

      amazing

      simply amazing I never use a interface whit a similar quality of sound and pre-ampls.

      J. McAdams

      May 12, 2020

      Out The Top Drawer

      The sound quality out this is more that i thought possible, so i love the product. Its solid built, so when you get it in your hands for the first time you know before you plug it in, its a beast. Also with Console and being able to record in real time, it blows be away . already seeing what i can add from Universal Audio, you know your dealing with a major player in the production/music game.... LOVE IT.....

      J. McAdams

      May 12, 2020

      Out The Top Drawer

      The sound quality out this is more that i thought possible, so i love the product. Its solid built, so when you get it in your hands for the first time you know before you plug it in, its a beast. Also with Console and being able to record in real time, it blows be away . already seeing what i can add from Universal Audio, you know your dealing with a major player in the production/music game.... LOVE IT.....

      J. McAdams

      May 12, 2020

      Out The Top Drawer

      The sound quality out this is more that i thought possible, so i love the product. Its solid built, so when you get it in your hands for the first time you know before you plug it in, its a beast. Also with Console and being able to record in real time, it blows be away . already seeing what i can add from Universal Audio, you know your dealing with a major player in the production/music game.... LOVE IT.....

      J. McAdams

      May 12, 2020

      Out The Top Drawer

      The sound quality out this is more that i thought possible, so i love the product. Its solid built, so when you get it in your hands for the first time you know before you plug it in, its a beast. Also with Console and being able to record in real time, it blows be away . already seeing what i can add from Universal Audio, you know your dealing with a major player in the production/music game.... LOVE IT.....

      V. SAHBAZ

      May 12, 2020

      Apollo Twin MKII, nothing for hardware User

      first of all, u can't bypass ur hardware that's a - Point,
      next - point Uad want us all to use a Mac, i dont wanna use a mac im good with my windows system.
      i bought only for to use this interface an 300euro mainboard with tb2, and then i realized i cant bypass my hardware! i got a la 610 MK2,and a avalon 737sp as hardware thats really sad for me..next- point is i already own the unison plugin UA-610-B, i wanted to buy the A version, but it doesnt letting me, we can only buy as bundle, why should i buy the bundle if i already own 1 plugins of this bundle? why i cant buy only the solo plugin UA610-A??
      the last - point is, if i use my studio mic on discord, skype or Teamspeak on windows, every of my frieds hearing, loud crackling sound when i speak! on daw i cant hear any crackling sound everthing is fine on daw, but discord, skype etc. this crackling sound is very useless for me, well im guess im done with uad. if u guy`s are mac user and no hardware user then buy this its sounds very amazing but like i said i am a hardware user i just wanted an nice Ad to Da converter to use my hardware togehter with uad plugins on WINDOWS 10 64 Bit. Uad is a nice Product but i am really a lil mad to uad :( i told u all why. with Best Regards VSA

      A. Chakraborty

      May 11, 2020

      Best UAD Products | UAD Plug ins | Luna | Ananjan Studio | 2020

      I am flying!!!
      This is my Love for UA for everyone who is new - https://youtu.be/QbvQYAaYm1U

      C. BLIN

      May 9, 2020

      DECOUVERTE APOLLO TWIN MKII


      a grip a little complicated because no documentation in French, but despite everything the test is very conclusive with an excellent sound quality, certainly still a lot to discover and I advise those who like good sound to pass the not and discover this Universal Audio Material

      N. Ibañez

      May 8, 2020

      Great Upgrade

      I've been thinking for a long time about getting an Apollo Twin. After years of using my old interface I joined the UAD team. So far I am very happy with my Apollo Twin QUAD, especially with the possibility of recording in real time and being able to use the DSP for its wonderful plugins. As a critic I think that many plugins consume too much DSP, because in spite of having a QUAD many times it gets complicated. Beyond that I love my new product