Apollo x4

Apollo x4

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Elite Audio Conversion and Four Unison Preamps, All on your Desktop.

Apollo x4 allows musicians and producers to easily track, overdub, and mix larger projects with elite-class A/D and D/A conversion, four Unison-enabled preamps, and 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 x4 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

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

Onboard UAD QUAD Core processing lets you track and mix with the included Teletronix LA‑2A and 1176 compressors, Pultec EQs, and 610‑B Tube Preamp & EQ plug-ins

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

Four Unison Preamps: Get the Genuine Sound of Neve, Helios, API & More

Apollo x4 features four Unison-enabled mic preamps, letting you track through exacting mic preamp emulations from Neve, Helios, API, Manley, Avalon, 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 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 x4’s audio conversion to deliver a striking 127 dB dynamic range and -117 dB THD+N, giving Apollo x4 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 x4 offers a suite of incredible analog emulation plug-ins including the world’s only authentic Teletronix LA-2A, 1176LN, Fairchild 670, Pultec EQs, and the UA 610-B Tube Preamp & EQ. Developed by UA’s world-renowned team of algorithm engineers, these Realtime Analog Classics Plus 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 Plus plug-ins, Apollo x4 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 x4 also includes Unison technology on its front panel instrument inputs, 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.

Expanded I/O and Built-in Talkback Mic

Expanded I/O and Built-in Talkback Mic

In addition to its four onboard Unison-equipped preamps, Apollo x4 offers two headphone outs and two Hi-Z instrument inputs — greatly enhancing your collaborative process. Plus, with a total of four line outs, optical ADAT/SPDIF input and output, plus dedicated monitor remote controls and a built-in Talkback mic, the 12 x 18 Apollo x4 can serve as the powerful centerpiece of your professional desktop studio.

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 x4 as a desktop monitor control while still tapping its additional I/O and DSP power.

*Apollo x4 includes the “Realtime Analog Classics Plus” UAD plug-in bundle. Other UAD plug-ins sold separately at www.uaudio.com.

Realtime Analog Classics Plus Bundle

With the Realtime Analog Classics Plus plug-in bundle, you not only get legendary compressors such as the Fairchild® 670 and EQs like the Pultec® EQP-1A, but also stunning guitar and bass amp emulations from Softube, and UA’s landmark 610-B Tube Preamp and EQ plug-in.

  • UA 610‐B
  • Marshall Plexi Classic Amplifier
  • Fairchild 670 Legacy
  • 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
  • UA Precision Enhancer Hz
  • 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.

Fairchild<sup>®</sup> 670 (Legacy)

Fairchild® 670 (Legacy)

The world’s most coveted compressor, the classic Fairchild 670 tube limiter will give your tracks and mixes unmistakable tube warmth and character. Whether you’re looking for subtle compression on a lead vocal, or grittier textures that can work on guitars, bass, or a drum bus, the Fairchild 670 plug-in adds a classic “glow” to anything you run through it.

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.

UA Precision Enhancer Hz

UA Precision Enhancer Hz

Expertly dial-in your music’s low-end frequencies with the Precision Enhancer Hz plug-in. Able to yield exacting results with minimal adjustment, the Precision Enhancer Hz can add weight to kick drum samples, fatten up a synth bass, or simply make the low-end of your tracks more audible on smaller speakers.

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 12 x 18 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

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

UAD-2 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)


2 Unison-enabled Hi-Z instrument inputs

2 independent headphone outputs

Built-in Talkback mic for communication with studio talent and recording slate cues

Includes monitor remote functions and Mono, Mute, DIM, and ALT monitor controls

Up to 8 channels of additional digital input via Optical ADAT/SPDIF input

Optical ADAT/SPDIF output for connecting to additional studio equipment

Includes the "Realtime Analog Classics Plus" UAD plug-in bundle featuring the Teletronix LA-2A 1176, and Fairchild 670 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 x4

Overall Rating

4.7/5
(93 reviews)

E. Williams

August 5, 2020

The portable UA interface I was dreaming of

I got the x6 and not long after UA released the x4 which is the thing I really wanted/needed to replace my Twin: fits in my backpack, has enough cores to support a real mix and 2 headphone outs (the biggest flaw of the Twin IMO). So I sold the x6 and got the x4, loosing a grand. Because the x6 and x4 markets overlap, I think UA should have been honest and announced the whole X series together to avoid loyal customers like me to waste money.

C. Martínez

August 3, 2020

Best Interface I've ever had

This interface has just completely changed the way me and my band now see the experience of recording. Unison preamps are beyond amazing. UAD has really done it: bridging the gap between the analog and digital world. Watch how it will all change from now on. UAD did it.

L. Kim

August 3, 2020

For musicians too, not just for recording techs...

I'm a musician, not a recording engineer, so I like things good and (cheap) and simple. After fiddling with the Apollo, I realized it's MUCH easier and quicker getting to a really good recorded sound, so I can focus on the music. To be fair, it IS more complicated to setup than the battery powered mixer/recorder I was using, but with a little bit of a learning curve, the payoff is studio quality sound from a portable setup.

Also recording an electric guitar direct was never really an option for me before...but the direct options on the Apollo are really indistinguishable from mic'ed amps. I still prefer to perform with a live amp in a room, but judging purely from the recorded sound I can dial in a sound that is EXACTLY like what I'm getting through a mic'ed amp - that's amazing.

C. Grace

July 31, 2020

Huge step up from the Twin MKII

I had been using the Apollo Twin MKII to record at home but it was always a bit of a struggle because of the limited number of inputs on the device. Switching between guitars wasn't necessarily an issue because I had an A/B box but if I wanted to record something from an XLR input, this would an issue as anything in the HiZ inputs override the XLR inputs so those need to be unplugged. Additionally, since there was only one headphone output, I had to use an external HP mixer which just cluttered things up so much more. And don't even get me started on the struggle with limited DSP that I would constantly run into.
Now with the x4 I have all of the ports that I need for a home setup. Gone is the AB box for the guitars on the HiZ inputs. All of my XLRs can go into inputs 3 & 4 and I never have to unplug anything. The two HP outputs are perfect for recording with my wife (and singer). I am also now able to load up all the plugins that I need for recording guitar and bass in one "scene" so I don't have to constantly swap between them while in the middle of writing music.
The x4 has been a dream come true for me at home and it checked off every box that I was struggling with before. Of course the sound quality is just as good as always with any UAD product, but it is the ease of use and simplicity if offers that makes this the perfect interface for home use over Twin series (At least for my needs).
If I were to find one complaint/gripe it would be that the HiZ and headphone inputs of the entire Apollo line is on the front of the unit as opposed to on the back. This does make it a little more of a challenge for me keeping my desk neat and tidy, but it is truly a small price to pay and I personally have found simple "work-arounds" to combat this. I use "L" connectors and the x4 sits above a small "runner" that I have between two monitor stands that the four cables are able to run through. The only "issue" here is I have to use a lower grade cable that is thinner overall and fit well next to one another. This is more of a personal aesthetic issue and should in no way be considered a issue with he performance of the product itself.

UAD User

July 30, 2020

A perfect choice for my needs.

Excellent quality interface with exceptional sound and, unlike many USB interfaces, no appreciable latency. I can use this in conjunction with my Apollo Twin mkii interface which gives me 8 processors to remove plugin loading from my computer's processing. Universal Audio interfaces and related plugins are expensive but are probably the best available. If you're on the fence buy this, or another Universal Audio interface. You won't be disappointed.

E. Moroglu

July 28, 2020

Emhances my X8p

Very happy to own this, really strengthens my x8p and Octo Satellite.

k. kol

July 25, 2020

Sehr gut

Toll Interfec

C. Kiasi

July 24, 2020

What Can I say...

I love the ease of work flow. It doesn't get in the way but in increases and works well with my way of working. I can't praise it enough. I'm just annoyed I didn't get it sooner. A must have in all studios IMO.

A. Korotkova

July 20, 2020

Studio Centerpiece

The Apollo x4 is the biggest desk unit UA has and it’s very powerful. The ADAT expansion capabilities caught my attention as well as the ability to Daisy chain rack units and satellite units.

The physical switches for the inputs, monitors and headphones are very handy it replaced my monitor controller unit

J. Blackwood

July 20, 2020

Nope

My replacement X4 was a lemon. It will be a long while before I purchase another UA interface.

G. Balistreri

July 14, 2020

X4

Is perfect. Very Amazing

C. Samayoa

July 8, 2020

Is perfec

Clean, and great analog sound !

G. CAO

July 7, 2020

Very Very AMazing GooD~!Good~! Good~!

This Apollo X4 베리 베리 굿 굿 굿

UAD User

July 4, 2020

Amazing upgrade! Works great with Ryzen 9 & ASRock Creator x570

Top of the line upgrade from my old Focusrite Pro-40. Quality of the X4 is amazing, built like a tank. I'm using two optical cables to connect the old Pro-40 for 8 more I/O's Very glad I decided to get this unit instead of saving more for the 8p. And in case anyone is wondering, yes it works perfectly with Ryzen 9 3950x, ASRock Creator x570 with TB3, on Win10 Pro. Perfect addition to my PCIe OCTO as well. Thanks for a great product UA!

H. Kim

July 4, 2020

Good!!

Good Quality!

N. Pinto

July 1, 2020

Powerful and amazing

Great piece of gear. The only issue I had was the fact that the thunderbolt 3 cable wasn't included (!>!) so I had to wait an extra day to set it up...

K. McCarley

June 30, 2020

Windows Drivers Need WORK

This device is incredibly powerful, and the plugins make it sound amazing. But the Windows drivers are almost completely unusable. WDM sounds like hot garbage, 32-bit ASIO is non-existent, and sometimes even the 64-bit ASIO generates some digital artifacts. Thankfully, the 64-bit-only ASIO driver clumsily works well enough to run it through VoiceMeeter to use it with everything else. But it's kind of ridiculous that UA hasn't addressed this issue yet, and claims the device works on Windows devices. Clearly that's not entirely true.

A. Kapadia

June 25, 2020

Software setup was tricky, but excellent customer Service

After I received the interface, I followed the instructions on the get started guide. The instructions were fairly simple, but the installation process was extremely buggy. I sent a help request to Universal audio, and followed up with a phone call. The Agent on the phone call, Warren S, sat with me for an hour to help me install the software. The line accidentally disconnected in the middle of the installation process, but within a few minutes, Warren called me back. I was not necessarily pleased when I first tried to set the device up, but with the brilliant customer service help, I was up and running.

R. Graterol

June 18, 2020

Significant step up from Apollo Twin duo

I’m very happy with the x4. The upgrade is significant coming from a Apollo twin duo silver. The quad processing and dsp pairing finally makes dsp tracking good at every level. The unit is lightweight, probably same as the twin which is nice to carry.
Design is beautiful. Can’t recommend this enough, if you can afford it you will be very satisfied.

A. Diederich

June 14, 2020

Great to have this much IO in a desktop format

Great quality unit, sounds phenomenal recording tracks, and the plugins are addictive. I had the arrow, and while this is the gateway, the extra horsepower makes this so much more flexible. Now the arrow goes with me and the MacBook Pro and the Apollo x4 is the hub of the primary machine. Now my daughter and I can track and listen with headphones at the same time. Yeah, it’s a covid purchase but it’s worth every penny even when I’m not stuck at home.