The Apollo Duo is awesome .but there support team is lacking on Response time .
Hi as a polynesian producer singer/songwritter I love the Apollo quad
It's the perfect piece of equipment for my needs and the sound quality and the use of effects before and after recordings is just amazingly fast with my mac book pro.
I'm waitting for my thunderbolt card to come....to be even faster
mahalo to the UA team
Amazing Quality, Questionable Performance
This review is for a UAD Apollo Quad used with a 15" Macbook Pro Retina with 16GB Ram.
The Apollo is an amazing piece of gear. It has revolutionized my production setup and is a huge leap forward from my Mackie Onyx. I only wish it was more stable.
I'm still waiting on my free thunderbolt expansion card (Months? Really?) so this review is for the Firewire connection.
I regularly experienced dropped UAD plugins (around 4 Ampex & 4 Roland Dimension plugins) as well as glitchy audio when pausing / staring ableton playback. Worse still, I frequently experience drastic latency with UAD plugins as well as UAD failure which requires a complete system reboot and Apollo restart before functioning.
I would still highly recommend the apollo.
I upgraded from Digi003 to the Apollo duo, big change, I use it with my channel strip 6176, which i love for vocals. AD/DA conversion is better than anything i had before.
i only gave it 4 stars because i think it need it a least one more monitor out and a mute button. no biggy though.
Mighty Fine, Mighty Fine
No Doubt! This muthuh rocks.The only way I would know to describe it would be. It is one clean Muthuh . I have used it now on around 6 new tunes and it is way clear and easy to use. I had to fool with a bit on the install but after I got it to work with the UAD II card I had in my puter it was givin me everything I had wanted in a converter. I may upgrade to the 16 and stick this one in a mobile rack with a lap top. I have enough mic-pre's so if I had this one set up for portable stuff I think I would be set. And if some like me says he would be happy with a set up as I have G.A.S. (gear acquisition syndrome) I have most surely said something there. It works! B. A.
A really nice Interface with perfect Plug-Ins.
Just one Point: The compatibility with just 2 firewire-cards is a little bit annoying.
It would be nice, if you get the perfect firewire with your interface at the purchase. :)
Really enjoying the plugins and the vocal sounds I'm getting.
This is a great product. I would rate it five stars if the Console app had more cue mix busses.
It's great, when it keeps running
I love the gear and the plug-ins, when I can keep it running. I get constant Firewire overflow errors in spite of trying all suggested settings provided by tech support and via the help forums
I'm looking forward to the day it just works without interruption
can´t live without
loving all my UAD gear. I have a couple of Satellites and Apollos. nothing to complain. just wish they would add XLR outputs for the monitor section on the Apollo and replace the shaky encoders on the front with better ones.
Quality at its best!!!
Apollo is a great audio interface that transformed my project studio into a nearly pro one!
Along with its preamps it is a very strong tool for my recordings!
Additionally the powered plug ins are phenomenal!!! Never before I have heard such a close simulation with the real hardware! And they are all reasonably priced compared to some other competitors.
User friendly, simple and steady construction. And all comes with a great customer service!
This interface is just great and if you think about it quite cheap. I bought it because I wanted to have a lovely reverb effect for live gigs. I had the RME Fireface and wondered about getting a pcm 92 Lexicon. But this way I saved money, still have different nice reverbs, MULTIPLE other effects live and Editing, and a super high quality Interface for recording. I use it as en external sound card too, when watching movies.
Just great think about it!
The best audio recording system ever!
I've owned and used audio interfaces for nearly 20 years. This is beyond a doubt the best sounding recurring setup out there. I haven't owned any of the Avid HDX systems but I would guess that I wouldn't gain anything at all. I have a few questions that I'm sure to figure out. I guess there is a forum outside of the manual.
Added bonus points. My day job is eCommerce manager for a live sound company, CCI Solutions. I Love your website design and functionality.
Thanks for the great communication and special offers, I'm sure to take advantage of them.
As good as advertised!
The A/D, D/A converters alone are worth the purchase. Phenomenal sound quality for a reasonable amount of money.
It's also build like a tank. When I unpacked the power supply I knew this is the real deal!
Just get it!
Brilliant, good sounding interface. The plug-ins are really good as well. If this is your size and budget - get it!
(Firewire on a Mac Book Pro 15" late 2011 with Pro Tools 11HD - no problems yet)
I'm loving my new Apollo Duo. Replaced my Protools HD hardware with it and I'm really glad I did. The Apollo sounds so much better. The plugins sound amazing too, I just wish it came with more of them!
However, one thing I was extremely impressed with... I just got an email from UA the other day saying they are sending me a FREE Thunderbold card for my Apollo (even though I bought my Apollo last month they extended this months promotion to me) VERY cool. Wish more companies cared about their customers like UA does.
With my new Apollo quad, I'm very happy! It sounds exactly like it should.
Yesterday I was working on Cubase 7.0.6 (OSX Mavericks, UAD 7.4) and as changed the buffersize from 512 to 1024, was everything okay (cpu was not more clipping after the change). But a few minutes later (at playing the project), there came some unusual noises in the background of playing (sounds a bit like in osx, when you press something wrong and it comes this systensound), but it shouldn't be because of cpu clipping. Than, it was on every project, that I opened and played. After that, I restartet Cubase and everything was okay again.
Now, I really don't know, it's because of cubase, or maybe, a compatibility-problem, because of using uad 7.4?
I am very pleased with the sound quality that I am getting right out of the box. The ease of use also is a big plus when it comes to catching the creative moments with little delay. It would have been nice if more plug ins had been provided with the unit but the few that are provide a nice starting point. Overall it is a great investment for our studios....
Wow! ... really ... Wow!
I had a Digi 002 desk before getting the Apollo. All I can say is that between the Apollo and it's converts and the plugins...Wow! I'm getting the tightness and the depth that has been missing in my recordings. My music now sounds expensive and the funny thing is that the Apollo didn't cost anymore than my Digi 002 did 8 years ago (in fact less in todays money).
Apollo works exactly as I hoped it would...the sound, the routing...the delay compensation, the power (I got the Quad)...everything about it is just really kickin.
I'm looking forward to many more placings in the coming years.
Thank you Universal Audio!
Really good Interface !
Really good quality of preamps, realtime DSP is outstanding. An awesome interface for every kind of work !