Apollo Twin X

Apollo Twin X

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Elite Audio Conversion and Unison Preamps, on your Desktop.

Apollo Twin X allows musicians and producers to easily track, overdub, and mix with elite-class A/D and D/A conversion, two Unison-enabled preamps, and available DUO or QUAD Core realtime UAD plug-in processing — all in a desktop Thunderbolt 3 audio interface for Mac and Windows.

Built upon UA’s 60-year heritage of audio craftsmanship, Apollo Twin X confidently outperforms everything in its class with 127 dB D/A dynamic range, along with an included bundle of UAD analog emulation plug-ins and LUNA Recording System, giving you a fully-stocked analog studio, right on your desktop.

Record and mix with elite-class A/D and D/A conversion — with the widest dynamic range and lowest noise of any desktop interface

Two Unison-enabled preamps — track with near-zero latency through preamp emulations from Helios, Neve, API, Manley, and more*

Onboard UAD processing lets you track and mix in realtime with included Teletronix LA‑2A and 1176 compressors, Pultec EQs, 610‑B Tube Preamp, and more

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

Two Unison Preamps: Get the Genuine Sound of Neve®, Helios, API, Manley & More

Apollo Twin X features two Unison-enabled mic preamps, letting you track through exacting mic preamp emulations from Neve®, Helios, API, Manley, Universal Audio and many more. Exclusive to UA Audio Interfaces, 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 DUO or QUAD 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

Elite-Class A/D and D/A Conversion

Elite-Class A/D and D/A Conversion

With thousands of hit songs and hundreds of Grammy-winning albums under their belt, Apollo interfaces are used to track exceptional-sounding records every day. To improve on the previous generation of desktop Apollo interfaces’ class-leading audio conversion, UA engineers redesigned the Twin’s audio conversion to deliver a striking 127 dB dynamic range and -117 dB THD+N, giving Apollo Twin X a spacious, organic sound that easily rivals dedicated high-end converters.

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.

A Full Suite of Classic<br>Analog Processing Onboard

A Full Suite of Classic
Analog Processing Onboard

Right out of the box, Apollo Twin X offers a suite of incredible analog emulation plug‑ins including the world’s only authentic Teletronix LA-2A, 1176LN, Pultec EQs, and the UA 610-B Tube Preamp & EQ. 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 X 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, Lexicon, Capitol Studios, API, Manley, Ampex, 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.

Record with Vintage Amps

Apollo Twin X 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.

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

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

Apollo X series interfaces work with all major DAWs. But they become 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.

Additional Connections & Built‑in Talkback

Additional Connections & Built‑in Talkback

WIth its two onboard Unison-equipped preamps, two line outs, and optical ADAT/SPDIF input — plus dedicated monitor remote controls and a built-in Talkback mic — the 10 x 6 Apollo Twin X gives you the I/O you need for professional tracks and mixes.

Build a Networked Studio

Build a Networked Studio

Users of any Thunderbolt-equipped Apollo interface can combine up to four Apollos and six total UAD-2 devices — adding I/O and DSP as your studio grows. Once you expand your studio with an Apollo x6, x8, x8p, or x16 rackmount unit, you can use Apollo Twin X as a desktop monitor control while still tapping its additional I/O and DSP power.

*Apollo Twin X 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
  • 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.

Key Features

Desktop 10 x 6 Thunderbolt 3 audio interface for Mac and Windows with elite A/D and D/A conversion inherited directly from the acclaimed Apollo X rackmount interfaces

2 Unison mic preamps offer stunning models of classic tube and transformer-based mic preamps and guitar amps

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

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

Front-panel Unison™-enabled Hi-Z instrument input and headphone out

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

Up to 8 channels of additional digital input via Optical ADAT or S/PDIF

Includes the "Realtime Analog Classics" UAD plug-in bundle featuring the Teletronix LA-2A and 1176 compressors, Pultec EQs, UA 610-B Tube Preamp & EQ, and more. Other UAD plug-ins sold separately

Runs UAD Powered Plug-Ins via VST, RTAS, and 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 X Series System Requirements

ALL:


  • Thunderbolt 3 cable (not included)
  • Internet connection to download software and authorize UAD plug-ins
  • 6 gigabytes available storage
  • Quad Core i7 or better processor recommended
  • For additional compatibility information, visit help.uaudio.com


MAC:


  • Available Thunderbolt 1, 2, or 3 port
  • Thunderbolt 1 and 2 connections require an Apple Thunderbolt 3 to Thunderbolt 2 Adapter (not included)
  • macOS 10.12 Sierra, 10.13 High Sierra, 10.14 Mojave, or 10.15 Catalina


PC:


  • Available Thunderbolt 3 port
  • Windows 10 (64-Bit Edition)

Customer Reviews

Apollo Twin X

Overall Rating

R. Martinez

October 22, 2020

Excellent!

I've been in the music industry for more than 30 years and being a studio/live bass player has given me the opportunity to test a diverse amount of gear, including preamps and audio interfaces and this guy (Apollo Twin X) has been definitely a revolution piece of gear, a next step in quality, a strong upgrade to any home or state-of-the-art facility. Simply an amazing machine!

Z. Duff

October 22, 2020

Amazing interface minus the manual removal of 175 demos

This interface is amazing. The only negative is having to manually remove 175 unwanted demos. Please just give the option to not download them OR at least have ones you own highlighted in bold or coloured text.

L. Santander

October 21, 2020

Amazing

I own apollo twin x and it's amazing.

H. Jaaved

October 19, 2020

Love

Love it its amazin.g

W. Schwanke

October 19, 2020

Windows WDM still not working

I am not giving this one star because if you are able to us ASIO drivers and don't need your computer for anything input related using the WDM drivers, it is awesome. If you're like me and need your computer for Zoom and other programs that require a microphone on Windows, don't buy it.

B. Walker

October 17, 2020

Sick!

This is the best audio interface I have ever used. Dumped my Apogee Duet for it. Easy setup and use. Haven’t fully explored the software yet but am getting there. I prefer their vision of offering the software for free and buying the pro plug-ins as needed in tidy bundles. I am beginning to hate any software that forces an annual membership fee to use it. Keep up the good work!!

M. Egizi

October 14, 2020

Amazing Gear and Plug-Ins

I was a little hesitant to switch from my Protools set up to the Apollo X Quad for my interface but as soon as I put Audio through the Apollo X, I could absolutely hear the Clarity difference. So Glad I made the Change!! Thank you UAD!! Keep up with your Outstanding products.

I. Corradini

October 13, 2020

twin x duo

In my opinion 5 stars because hw components and plugins are amazing. This is my first AU interface. I found it very easy to install. Great documentation. I like a lot guitar amplifier emulation with unison. The best experience never tried. I agree with UA about the choice to have in this little interface same hw and features as the bigger ones. Is just what I was looking for. The price is adeguate to this features. Nice idea the block system implemented on the power connector. To make the most of your product i found the advice on your youtube channel very useful. The support seems to me very adequate. The interface must be placed on a hard surface to allow dissipation of the heat generated. After hours of work the max temperature measured was 36,5°C on the right side. The opposite side was at 33° Celsius (environment temperature at about 20°C)

C. Peters

October 13, 2020

Un cambio real

The spanish comment you're looking for . Compre esta interface por que pensé que seria un cambio , un upgrade en mi producción , pero honestamente fue mas que eso , realmente es un cambio en todo aspecto , puedo escuchar una mejoría en todo sentido. Si puedes ahorrar para comprar una de estas , HAZLO. Con los Pre Amps , Avalon , 1073 , 610 , la mejora es abismal en términos de grabación , un nivel que anteriormente no logre jamás con mi antigua interfaz ( la roja ) , interfaz que por lo demás no es para nada mala . Estoy feliz con esta interfaz 100% !

G. Gorordilov

October 13, 2020

Best audio interface

I am glad I bought this interface. It is a pleasure to work with this device. The Twin X has exceptional sound quality and ease of use impress.

D. Hill

October 12, 2020

Best choice in my life as a musician

nothing more to say. i'm in love with the twin x. best buy everrrrr!
recordings do sound much better and fuller, it's easy to install and use. and even just hearing music over it sounds much richer somehow. it's a no brainer! just get it, you wont regret it! =)

V. Ramos

October 12, 2020

Incredible!

Incredible and amazing! It has always been my dream to have the analog gear UAD has produced over the years, with the Apollo Twin X now I have access to the most amazing gear I've always wanted!

P. Rosado

October 12, 2020

It worth

A worthwhile purchase, good build and sound quality.
If I had to put a downside, it would be that it gets hot after long periods of use.

C. Alexander

October 10, 2020

Nice to see you nice

Great pres .loving the sound.im having a code _38 error I don't know what that means.other than that I'm happy with my purchase

L. Min

October 10, 2020

Its nice gear

Its nice gear ever

J. LEE

October 9, 2020

Great interface

But too expensive for the amount of dsp it gives. Oh well

H. Bristow

October 9, 2020

Excellent Interface

Very happy with my introduction to the UAD universe. The Twin has exceptional sound quality, especially compared to my previous interface. Easy to use, concise and clear user interface, great build quality, talkback and extra monitor capabilities, plus bundled with some great plugins too. Looking forward to getting more involved with all the features and the hardware emulations.

Y. Jouini

October 8, 2020

Great interface

But too expensive for the amount of dsp it gives. Oh well.

H. Negre

October 6, 2020

Excellent !!

Facile a utiliser, on peut enregistrer les idées rapidement avec un super son. J'ai pour l'instant les plug-in de base qui son déjà bien. Hâte d'essayer une tranche neve, API...

K. Frost

October 5, 2020

Love it, upgrade from an Arrow

More DSP, Talk Back Mic, another set of outs for 2nd monitor set.
Not sure yet, but seems to record better, one of my Mic’s seems to track better. Had an Arrow and Satellite Quad. It did ok, and to be honest I could have stayed with that. But now I have adat ability to add more ins, which at some time I will do. So now have 8 dsp cores, for what I do, should be plenty.
Printing while recording is the only way to go for me. Then its just some eq and or compression to sit in the mix better, not get the instrument or vocalist right, and then mix, its done. Printing tracks with EQ and Comp, sounds so good at times go straight to mastering.
Watch the UA videos, especially the Luna ones, so much info on how to do it right.