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.
Hello, I am delighted with my apollo card, and in general of all the products I have bought from you. I take this message to ask if I have done everything correctly to be able to receive the quad satellite card that goes with the apollo, my level in English is not good, and I sometimes find it difficult to understand everything.
thank you in advance
Very solid unit - Perfect for Mac Tower/non-thunderbolt users
I've been using the Firewire version of the Apollo for over three years now - it's an incredibly solid unit and has paid for itself multiple times over.
The preamps sound great - incredibly clean and not overly colored or "polished". When paired with unison plugins, they sound pretty damn close to the real thing (unfortunately nothing sounds as good as the real thing). AD converters are clean and transparent as well.
I appreciate the option to upgrade to thunderbolt as well.
I understand there are some gripes about bandwidth vs. thunderbolt - I recommend doing some research to see what works best with your system. For me, Firewire works perfectly - even if I'm tracking plugins live.
It has made a big influence to my Studio.
Great Sounding Interface and Conversion, and the use of UAD Plugins while recording is a big benefit.
It was one of my best investments in Studio Gear in 2016.
Only Downside no MIDI i/O and only 8 ADAT Inputs and not enough possible output Mixes.
Coming from a Focusrite Liquid Saffire 56 (Saffire Mix Control) it´s a litte of a fuzz to create enough Headphone Mixes for my Clients. Mostly I do Live Recording so I have to provide up to 8 separate Headphonemixes simultanously.
Amazing I sell my apogee ENSEMBLE to buy apollo FIREWIRE wonderful product amazing sound cleariity... Thks
GREAT FOR MY SETUP
I was a die hard focus rite liquid Safire 56 and Pro 40user that can't daisy chained. I heard the buzz about the apollo for a few years now but i thought its just new product hype. long story short I started adding more pieces to my studio as i grew my focus rite couldn't plus the routing software got complicated. So I started looking at other gear it took about a good 6 months going in and out of various guitar centers until i stumbled upon the UAD REP he was in the store giving product support to guitar center employees.So i asked if i could join of course he said. so i got the full view on what the apollos can do. two days later sold the focusrite and bought the apollo and by the way studio have grown and the apollo is the center piece working FLAWLESSlY!!!!!!!!!
All in one
Finally I've got my mate !!it's all I ever need from A to Z.Warm sound and valuble Pluggines is every Music Producer's demand.New console is awesome and easy to use.
MI NUEVA APOLLO INTERFACE
EL MEJOR SONIDO QUE HE CONSEGUIDO EN MI ESTUDIO GRACIAS A ESTA MARAVILLOSA INTERFACE SE LA RECOMIENDO, VALE LA PENA LO QUE CUESTA, GRACIAS UNA VEZ MAS A UNIVERSAL AUDIO
Pretty. Pure. Professional.
I've changed my setup from an old motu device (including midi) to the apollo card (without midi) and things improved dramatically. Clean standard sound, flexible routing and ease of use with the possibility to get all the good sounding gear with a few clicks of the mouse, makes working much easier and creating music much mor fun.
The Best Production
convenient operation, beautiful sound!!!
The Unison plugins are very important
It is a wonderful item
It makes a great sound. My production has changed with this product. I am very satisfied.