Solid and beautiful! - and useable with 8 external pre's plus ADAT!
The first thing I noticed when I unpacked this machine was how heavy and beautifully made it is. This is a solid piece of kit and it looks great. Clients see classy gear and feel like they are in safe hands.
The set-up was very easy. It took me a while to adjust to the monitor mixer software but there are plenty of videos out there to help to learn how to do specific tasks. This is a very powerful and reliable piece of software! I like that I can save sessions so if a band comes back a month later, the headphone mix can be recalled. I also save channel settings for my own instruments, which saves time.
For me it was important that I can use all my external pre-amps. I have 9, so I didn't want to be forced to use the 4 inbuilt pres and only 4 of "mine". It was hard to find any information about this so if anyone is wondering, there are absolutely no issues with switching Ins 1-4 to "line" and using external preamps. Apparently the inputs only go down to +10 dB, as opposed to +4, but this isn't a problem. Maybe it would be if I tried to use 4+5 as a stereo pair, but who'd do a thing like that? I also use an 8 channel pre-amp via ADAT, so I have 16 ins and it's all stable.
The converters sound very impressive. It's not really something you can describe - it just sounds expensive!
I was surprised just how much the UAD powered plugins impressed me. Lots of friends rave about them - now I know why! They are by far the best I have used, in terms of ease of use and and sound.
I'm going to be a very happy user for a very long time.
My first Apollo
I'm an old "Tape Head" having come up using tape as my main recording media, so switching to digital was a hard, but inevitable, call for me. Most of my work being acoustic, I spent a lot of time trying to manipulate my digital recordings to emulate that analog sound I loved and missed. Of course each generation of digital products got better than the last and closer to what I was after. I read all the chatter about Apollo but brushed it off as "just chatter." I stumbled up on a deal for a store demo unit and bit the bullet.., it startled me as using this thing through my analog board was like coming off a tape machine. Just so I wasn't fooling myself I tried a few remixes of previous material and found myself wishing I'd had it back then. It's true, Apollo sounds really different, very analog like.., more so than the other fine interfaces I use from the likes of RME, Apogee and Motu, none of which are slouches.
M. de Leeuw
First time in use
Very stable Audio interface. And what a sound.... a simple install and connect and up an running.
The UAD plugins are a good bonus to the device. I am using them nog for the first time and i must say that they sound really good, even better than other native plugins.
I think I died and went to heaven
Expensive yes!! Worth it??? HELL YEAH!! Thought I could use the apollo thunderbolt but ended up my Mac Pro was older so I had to buy the more expensive apollo fire wire but I dont think I have recorded so clear and rich in my entire career. Beyond Awesome, I am talking blow your hair back type of Audio....You remember the Memorex cassette tape commercials with the guy sitting in his chair and the wind blowing from his audio??? I am sure you do, Well using this piece pretty much resembles that. Very Awesome very very Awesome!!!
This thing is amazing! It is a big leap from my digi 002 black lion mod. No longer do I have to worry about "the sound", I can concentrate on my music.
My mixes sound more open (less 2d) and warm. My mids are silky, less cloudy the bottom is thick and tight, the highs seem to translate well from the front end to the bounce without sharp edges. This silver face apollo has given me the ability to build a stable hybrid home studio system over the past 3 years without having to even remotely consider a change in the interface department. Solid and stable which affords me the opportunity to expand my system in other areas, where I see a need. I strongly recommend the apollo silver face.
Apollo Firewire Excellence
Just recently purchased a Apollo Firewire to replace a Delta 1010 card I had been using for years and the upgrade in equipment has been nothing less than the very best improvement to my studio in years.
This Universal Audio Hardware is amazing, as well, the on board DSP's allow me the freedom to work on projects I had only hoped for until now. Also, the plugins that Universal Audio have created are the best sounding plugins I have ever used inside the box.
Keep up the great work Universal Audio
Love the new unit, have one minor issue. Soundforge (and another daw have a 2-3 sec playback delay or buffer)- have tried every setting in there, and now have officially supported SIIG FW800 card which seems to fix issue in Sonar. All in all, a great unit only glitch is this playback delay in some apps. I wish the thunderbolt option was easier to implenent- means upgrading win7 to win10, and getting usb c conversion. But love the console, the interface and options. Looking at a 4710D to compement it and give me 8 adat in (4 710 pres and 4 external focusrites analog in). THen, I'll be all set.
Yes i use this in thunderbolt...becarrefull with your neighbourgs !
Big Sound !
I thought about this for a long time and should have done it long ago. I use Pro tools and Logic X. PT for vox and Logic for the rest. I really got tired of Core audio, paying for HD upgrades in PT and I really wanted the UA plugs. Now I have it all. Easy switching between the two DAWS, I don't need HD and got rid of my HD Native interface and replaced it with the apollo with sounds as good or better and is more versatile with the plugs and pre amps. Overall i am thrilled!!
Perfect sound, excellent converters!
Very well built and awesome plug-ins.
I had a Steinberg interface that did a fine job, but when I got the Apollo I noticed a huge difference in my mix and tracking. This interface is the real deal for someone that really appreciates that old analog recording system. It has all you need for your mixing. Not to mention that Universal Audio sent me a free DSP with my purchase. Also, I got this model because it has a Thunderbolt card option so when I upgrade my computer, I will be able to use it on my old computer and my new computer. The quality of this product is superior to all other products I have used.
Apollo Firewire review from Austin TX!
I just received my Apollo Firewire and am using it with Digital Performer 9 and Logic Pro X. I previously used MOTU hardware, HD192 and 1296 in conjunction with the proprietary MOTU PCIe-424 card. This setup has treated me well for 15 years, but I wanted to experience the power and quality and the UAD-2 plug-ins, so I switched over to Apollo. So far so good, sound quality seems wonderful, and build quality as well. The UA Console software is wonderful as well. One glaring omission I must mention is the lack of ability to switch the Apollo's 8 meters to show "output" level. They are fixed to permanently show "input" level only. If I'm not mistaken, the blackface Apollo Thunderbolt unit provides a meter button to switch back and forth. I have relied heavily on having both on my previous MOTU HD192, so I'm having to adjust. I'm still exploring the Console software to see if that can show output level, or just input only as well..
Overall, I'm satisfied at this point with the product. Have yet to dive in deeply with all 25 plugs that I purchased, but that should change soon!
I feel like I'm a bit "late to the party" but tracking with this thing through all my UAD-2 plugins is awesome! Getting "that" sound directly is a real workflow booster.
One star left, add MIDI control and I'll give it as well.
A partnership for life!
When I got my Apollo I instantly fell in love with it. I just plugged it into my pc and everything was working as it should. With some proper mics I really have to take care not to pregnant this precious!
Amazing convertors an pres. Great Plugins.
Apollo FireWire review
I'm a dance music producer off over 26 years so seen lots of changes and outboard to software gear etc . Being a huge fan and user of UAD for many years and owning a duo pci card I've been wanting this audio interface for ages na dfinally took the plunge , was using a very good apogee duet . I'm not disappointed! The sound quality is AMAZING even better than my Duet , and the software is so easy to use PLUS I've qualified for a free satellite expansion so with my pci card Apollo and the satellite I'll have 8 Dsp's firing ! I have many UAD plugs and using them with the sound quality of the Apollo is Next level , plugs like the Ampex tape and Cambridge eq being some of my favs , also bought the Manly box box which is stunning , can't wait to do my first vocal session using that and the pre amps on the Apollo ! Hats off again to the UAD team my productions have NEVER sounded better !
Just blown away!
This is... Well, by far The Best purchase in my music career ever since I have started (15 years ago). I can't understand how long I resisted to buy one... because of what? The price? The price really meets the quality and I just love how simple the Console is to use and manage your I/O + routings. I have QUAD apollo and on top of that I've got Satellite UAD-2 and they work together really well (read the manual how to wire them up!).
DSP just seems endless and for the projects I have started ages ago, there is yet more DSP available to polish the mixes and add more UA-sound to 'em. In my rig I've for RME RayDat and Apollo used as a aggregate device on MAC and I'm running tons of inputs to my Logic Pro with all channels input monitoring and it works like a charm! Thank you Universal Audio for such an amazing product! Keep up the great work.
I tracked my hammond organ through the Apollo with plugins and It was amazingly clean and warm! Definitely going to add another unit to increase my pre's and processing power on the front end! Great Job!
Sound is good
The sound of the interface and the plugins is really very good
Great Sound and DSP
Fantastic sound specially when recording and the ability to run all the plugins through the dap power gives your computer quite some wiggle room.
Overall the perfect upgrade to a professional sounding audio interface.