I purchased this as an upgrade to my project studio, and because I like UAD plugs. The sound quality is very good - a little surprising even, as I had good conversion before this purchase. DSP is pretty good, but considering I'm running a brand new Mac Pro with 32g RAM then I'm smoking anyway. The thing that is frustrating (for me) with this unit is that routing is a bit odd. I use a Hearback monitor system, and the Cue mix in the Apollo platform is not user friendly for the way I like to route within Pro Tools. I've routed easily enough, but not to my preference. A talkback feature on this unit would be awesome. Overall, I'm happy with the sound & performance of this unit, and am considering an 8P to expand my track count and DSP.
I had a first generation 8 ch. Apollo and was able to get great results. As my synth collection has expanded I needed more inputs. I sold the MK1 8 ch. and took chances on another brand's 16 ch interface. It wasn't long after that I started missing the ease of routing capabilities and ability to use plugins in the recording chain without latency. Since replacing that gear with the new 16 ch MKII Apollo, I have been extremely happy with the workflow and sound quality it has to offer. The Apollo keeps it easy, sounding good, and I can stay creative and spend more time having fun making tunes. Good stuff. A definite recommendation.
I've been looking forward to this upgrade for quite sometime, and I must say, it did not disappoint. Not only does the conversion sound amazing, but the UAD plugins that are included are now Go-To plugins in the mix arsenal. This is a killer product all around. The sleek look is sexy in the rack, and it's easy to setup and install.
Apollo 16 - better than I imagined.
After my Apogee interfaces died, I needed a new solution. Apollo seemed like the right choice. And I was right. I must say, between the sound quality / the dsp / the software - this is better than I expected. Universal Audio really streamlined this process, and it's easy and intuitive to set up. I'm a few weeks in, and I love it. Only downside to the UAD solution, is the price of the plugins.
One of the greatest
This unit is hands down one of the greatest interfaces period. The Apollo 16 silver was great and UAD has raise the bar with the MK2 version. Love my unit it is the Heart of my Home Studio. Dsp is great very solid unit as well. Just buy it if thinking about it and you have out board mic pres already.
The conversion in this interface is the most natural I have heard. A big shock to me was the Console 2.0, I absolutely love it!! It makes me want to record all the time. I am glad I decided on UA!
Integral Piece of Gear
I immediately heard an improvement in audio quality when using this as my monitor source. It seems to have a little more depth and clarity than what I was using before. The ability to use the UAD plugins on the way in is an incredible feature (especially using the Studer). It saves me time and DSP being able to sculpt my sound on the way in.
Amazing product Possibly the best I've ever owned!
Pristine audio quality with the best plug-ins on the market today! Complete night and day compared to other interfaces, great customer service and also receiving the quad satellite along with this purchase!
Great product with room for improvement.
The UAD plugins were too compelling to not transition from my Apogee Symphony IO system of 3 years, conversion sounds great without a noticeable difference.
Feedback would be to incorporate 2 independent headphone outputs, simpler configuration of IO's with Pro Tools and automatic switching to the Mac's sound card when the Apollo 16 is switched off (Symphony did this).
Otherwise fantastic and well thought out product.
Perfect for external gear!
Crystal clear superb converter! Just what i need for my external gear.
Having tried several different interfaces from 3 of the other popular interface makers, and having read lots of reviews and watched all the promo videos, I expected the Apollo 16 silver face to be a nice step up in quality from those other guys. But I have to say, this interface and the plugins have far exceeded my expectations. The sound is open, airy and very balanced, while staying clean with lots of headroom. All the plugins I've tried so far are much better sounding than my API and Waves/SSL plugins. Great job Universal Audio
Hands down the best interface I've ever owned
I've just purchased the Apollo 16 mk2 and love the entirety of it. Being just a regular person with a serious passion for recording I couldn't ask for any thing better. It was simple to get started works flawlessly.
AWESOME IS WHAT I CALL IT "QUALITY WISE"!
Now I have the Apollo 16 mkII, It sounds great, True Stereo Width, Loads & Lot of Headroom compare to my two FF800 and I would also say to my it's up to a Mastering Standard Converter.
For now, I still have problem hooking up my EMU Proteus 2000 Synth and the problem has always been the Humming Feedback I get when i try to sequence a Midi track in Logic Pro X.
Anyone with solution should feel free to contact me via email:
Love, love, love my UA Apollo 16 and combined with the Neve 5059 Summing Mixer I have gone to the next level. I struggled for a year with my console, and will never look back.
Good quality, easy setup
It took less than 5 minutes to install & run setup for the system.
It just works!
Only thing that could be improved is I/O routing, it should be easier to use external FX units.
As always happy as larry!!! Also won a free Quad DSP Accelerator with the promotion.. Now I have 12 x DSP .. Serious Stuff :) Cheers
Really Great!!! but.....
Love all the apollo gear. Its an excellent sounding piece. But doing punches on large scale tracking sessions gets a bit tricky with monitoring playback. But its still doable.
The upgrade they promised
I just upgraded from a silver apollo to the 16 mkII. The converters are definitely an upgrade. Running through my mixer, and the same 2buss chain as before, I'm hearing more depth and width in my mixes. Very impressed.
Exactly What My Studio Was Needing!
I purchased the Apollo 16 (MKII - Black) because I simply couldn't afford to outfit my studio with all the outboard gear that I wanted. Prior to getting the UAD Apollo 16, I was using a 16 Channel console with fire wire output as my interface to my DAW. While I was certainly getting excellent pro quality - I wanted to step up the quality of the signal going into the recording. Apollo 16 did exactly that. I ran some previous recordings thru the Apollo 16 and paired up with my studio monitors, I was immediately hearing more clarity and detail in the mix.
PROS: The sound quality, clarity, excellent DSP processing, amazing plugins
CONS: A bit pricey for the average home-project studio user. No Thunderbolt Cable Included :-(
Apollo 16 NO Preamps
First of all This is a really SUPER PRODUCT!
But at secondary thats really unbelievable what this unit haw NO PREAMPS!!! For me it was a Shock!!))
Any way Thanx Universal Audio for that brilliant in my studio!!!