Set Up Unison Technology with your Apollo Interface

Set Up Unison Technology
with your Apollo Interface

Back to UAD & Apollo Tips October 2, 2017 9:31:52 AM PDT

Unison™ technology is an audio processing breakthrough that starts right at the source — the input stage — allowing Apollo’s mic preamps to sound and behave like the world’s most sought-after tube and solid-state mic preamps and guitar amps. By capturing the all-important impedance, gain stage “sweet spots,” and component-level circuit behaviors, Unison gives you the tone, touch, and feel of legendary hardware including the UA 610 Tube Preamp & EQ, Neve® 1073 Preamp and EQ, and the Neve® 88RS , SSL® 4000 E, API® Vision, and Manley® VOXBOX Channel Strips.

Unison is also available colorful preamp section of the KORG® SDD-3000 Delay and Fender® ’55 Tweed Deluxe guitar amp. All Marshall,® Fuchs,® and ENGL® guitar amps, as well as bass amps from Ampeg® and Eden® feature Unison technology as well.

Insert UAD Unison plug-ins into the Special “UNISON +” slot on your Apollo Console software input channels to get the exact gain staging and impedance of the emulated preamp.

But what’s going on under the hood?

The simple explanation is that Unison-enabled UAD plug-ins reconfigure Apollo preamps’ physical input impedance, gain staging response, and other parameters to match the emulated preamp’s design characteristics. So when you place a Unison-enabled preamp plug-in like the Neve 1073 in the Apollo software console’s Preamp insert slot, right underneath the Gain knob, you get a spot-on emulation of the original hardware. You’ll know Unison technology is enabled when the ring surrounding the Gain knob on your Apollo software and hardware illuminates in orange.

Because the Apollo interface hardware and UAD software are tightly integrated, Unison provides continuous, realtime, two-way control and interplay between Apollo’s physical mic preamp controls and the software settings. It’s just one of the many ways Apollo gives you authentic analog sound, every time you record.

Learn more about Apollo Interfaces.

— Darrin Fox

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