Universal Audio Apollo 16 mkII - Thunderbolt 2 Audio Interface with Real-Time UAD Processing

Universal Audio Apollo 16 mkII - Thunderbolt 2 Audio Interface with Real-Time UAD Processing

Universal Audio Apollo 16 mkII - Thunderbolt 2 Audio Interface with Real-Time UAD Processing

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Product Highlights

  • For Thunderbolt Mac & Windows Computers
  • 16 Analog Inputs and Outputs
  • Realtime UAD-2 QUAD Plug-In Processing
  • Resolution up to 24-bit/192 kHz
  • Includes "Analog Classics Plus" Plug-Ins
  • Professional DB-25 I/O Connectors
  • Dedicated XLR Monitor Outputs
  • Independent Stereo AES/EBU Output
  • Compatible with UAD-2 DSP Accelerator
  • Supports Standalone Operation
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Universal Audio APL16II overview

  • 1Description

The Apollo 16 mkII - Thunderbolt 2 Audio Interface with Real-Time UAD Processing from Universal Audio improves upon the original Apollo 16 offering better total harmonic distortion, dynamic range, and signal-to-noise specifications. This audio interface features 16 analog inputs and outputs via four rear-panel DB-25 connections and records at digital audio resolutions up to 24-bit/192 kHz. Additionally, the Apollo 16 mkII provides a stereo pair of dedicated balanced XLR monitor outputs— preserving all 16 output channels for functional use. Designed for Mac and Windows computers, this Thunderbolt 2 interface is backwards compatible with all Thunderbolt 1 devices and adds the benefit of onboard UAD-2 QUAD processing to your computer system, allowing you to track real-time audio through UAD plug-ins without overloading your CPU.

The Apollo 16's advanced circuitry creates high dynamic range recordings with very low distortion rates. The DB-25 inputs and DC-coupled outputs can be easily paired with mixing consoles, outboard processors, headphone systems, and more. High-visibility LEDs provide input and output metering with no "hot spots" or light bleed. Additionally, the Apollo 16's routing capabilities allow four stereo Cue mixes with individually assignable outputs as well as a new "Virtual I/O" feature that enables real-time UAD Processing of DAW tracks and virtual instruments. Apollo 16 also supports standalone operation, letting you use the audio connections and last-used DSP mixer settings, even without a computer connected.

The Apollo 16 mkII includes the Analog Classics Plus plug-in package, a comprehensive collection of hardware emulations including the Fairchild 670, UA 610-B Tube Preamp and EQ, UA Precision Enhancer Hz, 1176SE/LN Classic Limiting Amplifiers, Pultec Pro Equalizers, Teletronix LA-2A Classic Leveling Amplifier, CS-1 Precision Channel Strip, RealVerb Pro, Pro-Co Rat Raw Distortion Stompbox, and Softube Guitar and Bass Amp Room Essentials. A total of four Apollos and six total UAD-2 devices can be combined via the included Apollo Expanded software, allowing Thunderbolt users the ability to expand their I/O and DSP. The Apollo 16 mkII ships with a power supply, IEC power cord, and four rack-mount screws.

Audio Interface
  • Sample rates up to 192 kHz at 24-bit word length
  • 16 x 18 simultaneous input/output channels:
    • 16 channels of analog-to-digital conversion via line inputs on dual DB25 connectors
    • 18 channels of digital-to-analog conversion:
      • 16 line outputs via dual DB25 connectors
      • Stereo monitor outputs via dual XLR connectors
  • Adjustable reference levels for all analog I/O (+4 dBu or -10 dBV)
  • Two channels of AES/EBU digital I/O with optional sample rate conversion on input
  • Front panel pre-fader metering of analog signal input or output levels
  • Two Thunderbolt 2 ports for daisy-chaining other Thunderbolt devices
  • Cascade up to 4 Apollo interfaces and 6 UAD devices total over Thunderbolt (Mac)
  • Independently-addressable stereo monitor outputs (in addition to 16 line outputs)
  • Digitally-controlled analog monitor outputs maintain highest fidelity
  • Front panel control of monitor levels and muting
  • Front panel pre-fader metering of monitor bus levels
  • Digital AES/EBU outputs can mirror the analog monitor outputs
  • Four SHARC DSP processors
  • Realtime UAD Processing on all of Apollo 16’s analog and AES/EBU inputs
  • Same features and functionality as other UAD-2 products when used with DAW
  • Can be combined with other UAD-2 devices for increased mixing DSP
  • Complete UAD Powered Plug-Ins library is available online
  • Console application:
    • Analog-style control interface for realtime monitoring and tracking
    • Enables Realtime UAD Powered Plug-Ins processing
    • Remote control of Apollo 16 mkII features and functionality
    • Virtual I/O for routing DAW tracks through Console
  • Console Recall plug-in:
    • Saves Apollo configurations inside DAW sessions for easy recall
    • Convenient access to Console’s monitor controls via DAW plug-in
    • VST, RTAS, AAX 64, and Audio Units plug-in formats
  • UAD Meter & Control Panel application:
    • Configures global UAD-2 and Powered Plug-Ins settings and monitors system usage
  • Other
    • Easy firmware updates
UPC: 819937002038
In the Box
Universal Audio Apollo 16 mkII - Thunderbolt 2 Audio Interface with Real-Time UAD Processing
  • External Power Supply
  • IEC AC Power Cable
  • 4 x Rackmounting Screws
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description

    Universal Audio APL16II specs

    Computer Connections
    Thunderbolt Ports 2 x Thunderbolt
    System Requirements
    Mac System Requirements Apple Mac computer with available Thunderbolt port
    Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks, 10.10 Yosemite, 10.11 El Capitan, or 10.12 Sierra
    Thunderbolt cable (sold separately)
    6 GB available storage
    Internet connection to download software and authorize UAD plug-ins
    Compatible VST, Audio Units, RTAS, or AAX 64 plug-in host DAW software
    Quad Core i7 or better processor recommended
    Windows System Requirements Computer with built-in Thunderbolt 3 via USB-C port
    Windows 10 with Anniversary Update (64-Bit Edition)
    Qualified Thunderbolt 3 to Thunderbolt adapter (sold separately)
    Thunderbolt cable (sold separately)
    6 GB available storage
    Internet connection to download software and authorize UAD plug-ins
    Compatible VST, Audio Units, RTAS, or AAX 64 plug-in host DAW software
    Quad Core i7 or better processor recommended
    A/D - D/A Conversions
    Sample Rates 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4, 192 kHz
    Bit Depth 24-bit
    AD Conversion 16 channels simultaneously
    DA Conversion 18 channels simultaneously
    Latency Timings Analog Round-Trip Latency:
    1.1 ms @ 96 kHz sample rate

    Analog Round-Trip Latency with up to four serial UAD Powered Plug-Ins via Console application:
    1.1 ms @ 96 kHz sample rate
    Analog Audio Inputs
    Frequency Response 20 Hz to 20 kHz, ±0.1 dB
    Connectors 2 x DB25 8-channel inputs (Tascam wiring)
    Dynamic Range 119 dB (A-weighted)
    Signal-to-Noise Ratio 119 dB (A-weighted)
    THD + Noise -112.5 dB @ -1 dBFS
    Common Mode Rejection Ratio -75 dB (10.0' / 3.0 m cable)
    Input Impedance 10 kOhms
    Input Level Input Reference Level: +4 dBu (fixed)
    Maximum Input Level (+4 dBu setting): +20.2 dBu
    Maximum Input Level (-10 dBV setting): +6.2 dBV (unbalanced)
    Analog Audio Outputs
    Connectors 2 x DB25 8-channel outputs (Tascam wiring)
    2 x XLR balanced monitor outputs
    Dynamic Range DB25: 126 dB (A-weighted)
    XLR: 124 dB (A-weighted)
    Signal-to-Noise Ratio DB25: 126 dB (A-weighted)
    XLR: 123 dB (A-weighted)
    THD + Noise DB25: -118 dB @ -1 dBFS
    XLR: -117 dB @ -1 dBFS
    Stereo Level Balance ±0.01 dB
    Output Impedance 100 ohms
    Maximum Output Level +20.2 dBu
    Digital Audio I/O
    AES/EBU 1 x XLR digital stereo input
    1 x XLR digital stereo output
    Format: IEC 60958 Type I
    MADI 1 x Dual optical SC-Plug (ISO/IEC 9314-3) (Currently not implemented)
    Word Clock I/O 1 x BNC - word clock input
    1 x BNC - word clock output
    Lock range: ±0.5% of any supported sample rate
    Input termination: 75Ω, switchable
    Sync Mode Internal, Word Clock, AES/EBU
    Power Requirementsasububqs
    Power Supplies External AC to DC power supply, Level V compliant
    AC Power Cable IEC Male
    AC Power Requirements 100 to 240 VAC, 50/60 Hz
    DC Plug 1 x 4-pin XLR male, locking (Neutrik P/N NC4MDM3-H)
    DC Power Requirements 12 VDC, ±5%
    Maximum Power Consumption 50 W
    Dimensions & Weight
    Dimensions (W x H x D) 19.0 x 1.8 x 12.1" / 48.3 x 4.4 x 30.8 cm
    Weight 8.7 lb / 3.9 kg
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 14.5 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 23.7 x 17.1 x 8.0"

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