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Universal Audio Announces Thunderbolt 3 Option Card for Apollo Audio Interfaces

Thunderbolt 3 Option Card will deliver high bandwidth, low latency connectivity for Apollos to Thunderbolt 3-equipped Mac and Windows systems

SCOTTS VALLEY, CA • January 25th, 2018 — Universal Audio, a leading manufacturer of professional audio recording hardware and software, is pleased to announce the Thunderbolt 3 Option Card for Apollo rackmount interfaces. The card is compatible with Intel’s new Thunderbolt 3 technology on the latest Mac and Windows computers.

“We’re really excited to provide integrated Thunderbolt 3 connectivity across our Apollo rackmount product line,” says Universal Audio CEO and Founder, Bill Putnam, Jr. “We’ve worked hand-in-hand with Intel to create rock-solid Thunderbolt 3 connectivity on Mac and Windows for Apollo that enables customers to get the most out of their audio workstation environment.”

The user-installable Thunderbolt 3 Option Card includes two Thunderbolt 3 USB-C ports, and easily slides into the expansion bay of Apollo 8, Apollo 8p, and Apollo 16 MkII audio interfaces. Bus power is provided to all downstream Thunderbolt 3 peripherals, allowing music producers to connect devices in series with the Apollo interface — including additional Apollo or Arrow interfaces, UAD-2 Satellite Thunderbolt devices, hard drives, monitor displays, and more.

Thunderbolt 3 Option Card will be shipping Spring 2018. Estimated street price is TBD.

Thunderbolt 3 Option Card — Key Features:

  • User-installable Thunderbolt 3 Option card for Apollo rackmount interfaces
  • Two Thunderbolt 3 USB-C ports for daisy-chaining Apollos or peripherals
  • Provides 15W bus power to downstream Thunderbolt peripherals
  • Thunderbolt 3 bandwidth delivers up to 40 Gbps for connecting hard drives, dual 4K monitors, and more
  • Requires macOS Sierra/High Sierra or Windows 10 w/Anniversary (64-bit Edition)

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About Universal Audio Inc.

Founded in 1958 by recording pioneer Bill Putnam Sr., and refounded in 1999 by Bill Putnam Jr., Universal Audio is best known for its classic, hand-built analog hardware and advanced UAD Digital Signal Processing technology for recording, mixing, and mastering audio. Headquartered in Scotts Valley, California, UA is focused on merging the best of vintage analog and modern digital technology, following its rich recording heritage and motto, "Analog Ears. Digital Minds."

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