Apollo UAD Quad
After my Digi002 and Apogee Mini Me setup started giving me daily grief I decided to bite the bullet and upgrade. I tried a few different options before settling on the Apollo UAD Quad. I have to say its the most impressive piece of kit I've worked with in some time. Sessions have improved as I dont have to constantly work around latency issues.
The plugins sound great and the user interface is clean and practical.
My gripes: The knobs on the front panel feel plastic and cheap. They seem to control the volume at increments of 3-4 db each increase/decrease. I also get glitches in both the audio and visual when stopping and starting tracks sometimes. Not sure if this will be addressed in the next version upgrade.
Welcome to the Future
I'm a long-time, die-hard analog junkie. My studio is crammed with rare vintage boxes. Which require a steady and substantial maintenance budget, as well as extra time in every session to patch, set, integrate, and print.
Having tried many plugins, only UAD plugins really make me believe. I can mix with UAD plugins and gain all the benefits of digital, and I don't feel like I've lost anything. So I was especially excited to try Apollo.
I have to say: it is everything I expected and hoped it would be. The marriage of the UAD hardware pre and software modeling WORKS. There is less difference between "real" vs. modeled, than between two copies of the same vintage hardware. In other words, any difference simply is not important.
Very good preamp
After I sold my Motu and get the Apollo everything become more clear, I can hear every detail, and the ver. 8,0 console it's like having a mixer in front of you. I love my Apollo, the routing to and from Logic is easy and everything works very well. The best interface I have heard in my 30 years in music.
UAD IS THE BEST
I had always used digidesign and steinberg interfaces, but after switching to Apollo about 3 weeks ago I can tell u its the way to. great sounding converters, smooth and transparent pre-amps and the plugins are state of the art. For those of you who do not have any Apollo interfaces, just give it a try
I used to use an ancient MONA by EchoDigitalAudio for 12 years perhaps. Finally Echo decided to stop manufacturing audio interfaces. So I decided to upgrade my project studio with brand-new gear. Apollo Quad has been chosen due to its integration with previously bought UAD-2 Quad card although it has been rather substantial spending (and check the value of Polish zloty :D).
But my intuition has done great job! Apollo Quad sounds perfect and delivers an analog feel with two clever encoders. To sum up:
1. Great preamps; combined Unison technology offers purely analog imperfections and unlinearity in digital domain
2. Great plug-ins and gentle intergration with UAD-2 Quad
3. Great support of Thunderbolt interface
1. Lack of MIDI
Great Piece of Gear
I was craving the Apollo for so long that I had a dangerous expectation build-up… I'm glad it not only delivered as expected, but even surpassed my expectations in many ways . Definitely an upgrade to my studio.
A bit disapointed
I like a loot of stuff on the apollo but what really disapointed me is the CPU usage with empty UAD console...to be honest it is really bad!!!!
It looks like UAD do not know optimize their own software where for device nearly for £2000 is not acceptable!!!!
++++ Best interface in the World With best plugs in ++++
Really a great interface , one of the best , i sell my 2 aurora 16 and my avid protools hdx for buying more apollos ( one apollo 16 and perhaps another apollo quad ) with the new software....
Great plugs in .... TOP converters....great sounding .....
The universal audio staff are very kind and quick for resolving problems not like other brand like AVID or SSL very bad services,bad communications ........
UAD are top products ,
i own hardware from uad like 2 - 610 S preamps......top sounding.....
Long life to Universal Audio...
Truthfully Honest Audio
After doing mixes on my Mackie Onyx 1640i console/interface and being very satisfied , I then decided to get the Apollo as an upgrade to my studio. I was completely blown away on how unforgivable it's monitoring system is! Listening to mixes I did on my Onyx, I realized that I wasn't getting the true sound from my recordings. I would recommend this to anyone who is serious about getting a true sound out of there monitors!
From ProFire 2626 to Apollo
This was a step up. All of the sound, configuration, and plug INs worked as advertised. The console is a little unstable. The meters and controls start flashing erratically when sound starts going through. This is kind of annoying. Hopefully there will be an update to address this. Overall, I'm still satisfied with this unit, as I researched quite a few others before making my decision to get this one.
I was looking for a new interface, and this is it! Superb DA/AD conversion, UAD Plugins, Preamps and Firewire and runs great on Windows 8.1. Preamps are very clean, little to no latency for recording and came with a Thunderbolt 2 Option Card. I originally purchased this to complement my new PC with Thunderbolt 2 on my motherboard but it seems that no drivers exist yet for the Thunderbolt 2 Option Card. I hope someday that UA will make those drivers available for all Windows users. This is a remarkable interface but please UA, support your Windows/PC users more.
When I plugged in Apollo the difference in audio quality compared to the Steinberg MR816 was astonishing. The Apollo sounded warm, transparent and detailed. The Console application works very well with Cubase Pro 8. The unison pre amp plugins add another dimension to Apollo. Using the UAD plugins while tracking is also very good. This is the best audio interface I have heard by far.
Well worth the money!
I just brought the apollo.....now I truly know what it is to have a "Pro" sound...Ive missed so much for so long ...everything else was childs play before this....this is all subjective of course but this is by for the best audio card I've ever owned .great job Uad
Exactly what I've been looking for
I work with a lot of professional studios and always struggled and jumped through hoops to my tracks to sound "up to par". A losing battle without spending well over 10 g's. This changed the game, I feel I can easily slide my tracks in and out of sessions done by the big dogs now without noticing a difference. And..the plug ins sound amazing. I'm still getting used to everything, but am quite happy so far.
I thought I might hate the extra mix window to work thru but its painless and makes a lot of sense and offers more versatility.
All in all, I'm pissed I waited so long to go this route
UA Apollo Duo UAD-2 Rack Interface
I've been using UAD plugins since the first Mackie UAD-1 and have used various budget consumer grade recording interfaces in the past, but I can really hear the difference with the UAD-2 Apollo Interface, better separation and clearer sound will make mixing so much easier. It is also the perfect addition to my new multimedia business. My only concern is that it doesn't work properly with the latest Mac operating system so I hope UA can speed up their driver software development in future. I would also like to see an Apollo Twin that can daisy chain Thunderbolt devices so I can add it to my system.
Martin Dodd, Egg Moon Studio, Liverpool, UK
amazing sound quality - incredible real-time effects.. has brought a new dimension to all my old synths and drum machines. couldn't recommend it enough.
Love it so far...
I recently buy an apollo quad... and I love it ^^
Good sound and build quality and combined with your great plugin and no latency is just amazing.
Thanks UA, just waiting for v8 to try out the new console app.
Awesome sound quality and very intuitive
I wasn't expecting to hear a big difference in the quality of the converters as I've heard many say that most converters sound the same. I was expecting more of a difference in the pre-amps and plugins, but was blown away by the detail and quality coming from prior recordings. Also, I found that the interface and mixer is very intuitive and the plugins are as good as expected from UA. My only complaint is that all the plugins show all the time, as opposed to only those that are activated. I have not found a way to hide the inactive plugins.
Very pleased overall!
This interface is head and shoulders above any other interface I've recorded through. I just has this "LUSHNESS" to it. I've recorded through a Neve console before, and must say that the Apollo right up there with it. Having all the classic emulations at your fingertips make the deal even sweeter. Thanks UA!!!!!
must have this device
All classics in one device and now with zero latenzy:) yes!