Universal Audio Apollo FireWire with Real-Time UAD Processing

Universal Audio Apollo FireWire with Real-Time UAD Processing

Universal Audio Apollo FireWire with Real-Time UAD Processing

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Product Highlights

  • 18 Input / 24 Output
  • Low-Latency High-Resolution Audio
  • 4 Mic Preamps with Phantom Power
  • Dual Hi-Z Inputs
  • 2 Independent Headphone Outs
  • Digital and Wordclock I/O
  • QUAD Core Real-Time UAD Processing
  • Console Software (Control, DSP Mixer)
  • Analog Classics Plus Plug-In Bundle
  • Mac & PC Compatible
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Universal Audio APLQF overview

  • 1Description

The Apollo FireWire from Universal Audio is an 18 x 24 computer audio interface that delivers the sound, feel and flow of analog recording. The interface combines high-resolution analog design with on-board UAD Processing, allowing music producers and performers to track audio through a range of classic UAD analog emulation plug-ins in real-time.

Designed to perform a central role in a modern Mac- or Window-based studio, the unit delivers 24-bit/192 kHz resolution, which ultimately translates into high-resolution analog audio, with low THD and high dynamic range. The interface features four premium Unison-enabled microphone preamps for tracking through preamp emulations from Neve, API, and Universal Audio.  Each preamp offers switchable phantom power, 20dB pad, polarity inversion, and stereo link.

While the converters are open and transparent, the unit can quickly deliver a wide range of classic analog tones and color via its built-in UAD Processing. The on-board QUAD Core processing provides up to a sub-2 millisecond latency that allows for quickly monitoring, auditioning, and "printing" audio using classic analog emulations from Ampex, Lexicon, Manley, Neve, Roland, SSL, Studer, and more.

Apollo's Core Audio and ASIO drivers ensure compatibility with all major DAWs, including Pro Tools, Logic Pro, Cubase, Live, and more. The included Console application and companion Console Recall plug-in provide control and recall of all interface and UAD plug-in settings within the individual DAW sessions, for exact recall months or even years later.

The Apollo FireWire can be upgraded with the optional Thunderbolt 2 I/O option card, which lowers latency, reduces audio buffer size, improves performance, and offers greater UAD plug-in instances versus FireWire. Additionally, a total of four Apollos and six total UAD-2 devices can be combined using the available Apollo Expanded software, allowing Thunderbolt users to expand their I/O and DSP as their studio grows. The Apollo FireWire ships with a power supply, a IEC power cord, a FireWire 800 cable, and four rack-mount screws.

Audio Interface
  • Sample rates up to 192 kHz at 24-bit word length
  • 18 x 24 simultaneous input/output channels:
    • Eight channels of analog-to-digital conversion via mic, line, or high-impedance inputs
  • 14 channels of digital-to-analog conversion via:
    • Eight mono line outputs
    • Stereo monitor outputs
    • Two stereo headphone outputs
  • 10 channels of digital I/O via:
    • Eight channels ADAT Optical I/O with S/MUX for high sample rates
    • Two channels coaxial S/PDIF I/O with sample rate conversion
    • Two FireWire 800 ports for daisy-chaining other FireWire devices
Microphone Preamps
  • Four high-resolution, ultra-transparent, digitally-controlled analog mic preamps
  • Unison technology for deep integration with UAD preamp and pedal plug-ins
  • Front panel and software control of all preamp parameters
  • Switchable low cut filter, 48V phantom power, 20 dB pad, polarity inversion, and stereo linking
  • Stereo monitor outputs (independent of eight line outputs)
  • Digitally-controlled analog monitor outputs maintains highest fidelity
  • Front panel control of monitor levels and muting
  • Two stereo headphone outputs with independent mix buses
  • Independent front panel analog volume controls for headphone outputs
  • Front panel pre-fader metering of monitor bus levels
  • S/PDIF outputs can be set to mirror the monitor outputs
  • QUAD model featuring four SHARC processors
  • Realtime UAD Processing on all of Apollo’s analog and digital 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:
    • Enables Realtime UAD Powered Plug-Ins processing
    • DSP mixer for realtime monitoring and tracking
    • Remote control of all Apollo features and functionality
  • Console Recall plug-in:
    • Saves Apollo configurations inside DAW sessions for easy recall
    • Enables control of all front panel parameters from within the DAW
    • VST, RTAS, and Audio Units plug-in formats
  • UAD Meter & Control Panel application:
    • Configures global UAD-2 and Powered Plug-Ins settings and monitors system usage
Realtime Analog Classics Plus Bundle
  • UA 610-B Tube Preamp and EQ
  • Pro-Co Rat Raw Distortion Plug-In
  • Softube Amp Room Essentials
  • Fairchild 670
  • UA Precision Enhancer Hz
  • 1176SE/LN Classic Limiting Amplifiers
  • Pultec Pro Equalizers
  • Teletronix LA-2A Classic Leveling Amplifier
  • CS-1 Precision Channel
  • RealVerb Pro


UPC: 819937002052
In the Box
Universal Audio Apollo FireWire with Real-Time UAD Processing
  • External Power Supply
  • IEC Power Cord
  • FireWire 800 Cable (6')
  • 4 x Rack Mount Screws
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    Universal Audio APLQF specs

    Converters 24-bit
    Sample Rates 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4 and 192 kHz
    Analog Input 4 x XLR Microphone
    2 x 1/4" TS phone Hi-Z
    8 x 1/4" TRS phone Line
    Analog Output 8 x 1/4" TRS phone Line
    2 x 1/4" TRS phone Monitor
    2 x 1/4" TRS phone Headphone
    Digital Input/Output S/PDIF
    Jack Type: Phono (RCA)
    Format: IEC958

    Jack Type: Optical TOSLINK JIS F05
    Format: ADAT Digital "Lightpipe" with S/MUX
    Channel Assignments @ 44.1 kHz, 48 kHz Port 1 = Channels 1 - 8, Port 2 = 1 - 8 (mirrored)
    Channel Assignments @ 88.2 kHz, 96 kHz Port 1 = Channels 1 - 4, Port 2 = Channels 5 - 8
    Channel Assignments @ 176.4 kHz, 192 kHz Port 1 = Channels 1 - 2, Port 2 = Channels 3 - 4
    Other Connectors 2 x BNC Wordclock I/O
    2 x 1394 FireWire 800 ports
    2 x Thunderbolt (via option card)
    MIDI In/Out No
    Word Clock Jack Type: BNC
    Lock Range: ±0.5% of any supported sample rate
    Word Clock Input Termination: 75 Ohms, switchable
    Synchronization Sources: Internal, Word Clock, S/PDIF, ADAT
    Headphone Output Dual independent
    Dynamic Range Microphone: 118 dB, A-weighted
    Hi-Z Inputs: 117 dB, A-weighted
    Line Inputs: 117 dB, A-weighted
    Line Outputs: 118 dB, A-weighted
    Monitor Out: 115 dB, A-weighted
    Headphone: 113 dB, A-weighted
    Signal to Noise Ratio Microphone: 118 dB, A-weighted
    Hi-Z Inputs: 117 dB, A-weighted
    Line Inputs: 117 dB, A-weighted
    Line Outputs: 118 dB, A-weighted
    Monitor Out: 114 dB, A-weighted
    Headphone: 113 dB, A-weighted
    THD + N Microphone: -110 dB
    Hi-Z Inputs: -103 dB
    Line Inputs: -107 dB
    Line Outputs: -106 dB
    Monitor Out: -103 dB
    Headphone: -102 dB
    Frequency Response Line Outputs: 20 Hz to 20 kHz, +/-0.1 dB
    Monitor Out: 20 Hz to 20 kHz, +/-0.1 dB
    Headphone: 20 Hz to 20 kHz, +/-0.1 dB
    Power Power Supplies: External AC to DC power supply brick, internal DC to DC power supply
    AC Connector Type: IEC Male
    AC Requirements: 100 to 240 VAC, 50/60 Hz
    DC Connector Type: XLR 4-Pin locking male (Neutrik P/N NC4MDM3-H)
    DC Requirements: 12 VDC, ±5%
    Maximum Power Consumption: 6.5 A
    System Requirements FireWire Systems (UAD Powered Plug-Ins version 8)

    (Win) Windows 7 64-Bit Edition w/SP1
    (Mac) OS X 10.8.5 Mountain Lion, 10.9.x Mavericks, or 10.10.x Yosemite
    Available FireWire 800 port*
    4 GB available disk space
    Internet connection to download software and authorize UAD plug-ins
    Compatible VST, Audio Units, RTAS, or AAX 64 plug-in host DAW software vdvucbywvydydxt

    *On Windows systems, a qualified PCIe-to-FireWire adapter card is required

    Specialties Analog Round Trip Latency: 1.1 mS @ 96 kHz (including 4 serial UAD-2 plug-ins via Console application)
    S/MUX assignment allows for 8-channels @ 88.2/96kHz and 4-channels @ 176.4/192 kHz
    32- and 64-bit device drivers
    Dimensions (WxDxH) 19 x 12.1 x 1.75" (483 x 307 x 45 mm)
    Weight Unit only - 9.1 lb (4.1 kg)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 16.8 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 23.0 x 17.0 x 8.0"

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