Universal Audio Apollo QUAD Reviews4.9/5.0 based on 25 customer reviews
I am an electronic musician and have always had a smaller studio setup. I primarily use VST instruments and processing inside a DAW. But one thing that lacked in my mixdowns was that 'analog sound.' For years, everyone kept telling me to get a UAD card, and that I wouldn't regret it. They were right! My Apollo is the best investment I ever made!
from Tx. Usa
April 6, 2013Music Background:
I like music in general
This little baby is truly amazingComing from the omega for 5 straight yrs than switched to duet2. Than quartet. Just for the record i liked quartet untill something else got in the way APOLLO i can only say two words. Simply amazing !!!!!! I like everything about it. So buy it. Maybe if other interfaces would intergrate plug ins to track the way apollo does like quartet with waves maybe they could come close to apollo and i still doub it
from Portland me
April 1, 2013Music Background:
Apollo quad rocks!Fabulous! For the home studio musician the apollo is a revelation. Coming from an mbox 3 mini the apollo is a serious step up in sound quality, inputs, connectivity, and most importantly inspiration. Ua plug ins are incredible and have totally changed both the way I mix and the way I record. The work flow of console combined with the sonic potential of USA plugins are simply inspiring to work with. They really boost the creative experience of recording because the give you so many ways to subtlety color, shape, and texturize your sound. I've used tape sims in the past, but they all seemed like little more than mild distortion boxes. Even waves master tape seemed like more of an effect than a real sound shaping tool. Before ua I would not have believed that plugins could be described as warm...distorted yes...but not warm the way real analog gear can be. Is there something better out there...probably, but at this price to performance ratio I came down to the apollo or the rme fire face. Both are great, but went with apollo for the ua sound and I'm so glad I did. It is also very nice to have the extra Dsp power as well as the ability to print fx. For me, it's an incredible experience, and most important it makes me want to make music!
from Tacoma, WA
March 26, 2013Music Background:
Pro Musician/Recording Engineer
Taking my music production to new heightsSimply put, this interface is amazing! My creativity is no longer disrupted by latency, popping, or system overload messages and I can now output the music in my head with fluidity. The UAD-2 Powered Plug-ins give my sounds a breath of clarity that either out compete or complement my Waves plugins. I will be happy with this interface well into the forseeable future. Thank you Chris Carter for the great customer service and recommendation!!!
from Weldon Spring, Missouri
March 10, 2013Music Background:
Recording Engineer, Live Sound, Pro Musicican, Publishing Company
Apollo QUADBill Putnam would have loved this stuff. All the Studer A800 plug-ins and the LA-!A stuff is unreal. Ryan Murphy did a great job explaining it all, and with the Manley Vox Box, you get the warmth of tubes and tape. The sonic difference is staggering and the Studer A800 plug-in is worth the price of admission. These guys know what they are building and as Ryan said, it was seamless hookup, download updates, plug-ins, make a few Pro Tools 10.2 setting changes and listen to your recent tracks! Just glad I had not sent the recent demo out before getting it all. Truly first class build and finish and very well written software.
from Phoenix, AZ
March 5, 2013Music Background:
Just for fun and as a live rig
Best interface for meFor my setup this is the best interface. The pre-amps in this thing sound amazing. I have a focusrite isa one digital and these pre-amps and converters are at least as good as the ones in there.
from Nashville, TN
February 28, 2013Music Background:
Audio Engineer and Hobbyist Songwriter
I Love the Apollo QuadI've had this interface for a couple of weeks now and I don't know how I worked at home without it. I always hated it when I had to leave the studio and mix ITB, but now it isn't even a concern. This is by far the best sounding interface I have ever used, and if you need to record ITB the pre's are outstanding. Superior AD/DA and UAD Plug-ins are top of the line. I used to dread having to work ITB, but this interface makes it a non-issue. Worth every penny, you will not believe the difference in your sound.
from Jacksonville, FL, USA
February 7, 2013Music Background:
Composer, Engineer, Artist
Get this Now!!I have been using Daws for a long time. Infact I have used them all. (Well everyone that was ever made except Abl live) Even when they were on floppies. I remember my first excitement was the wami-rack, then the turtle beach card , then the motu pci-324, then the Yamaha dsp card, then some card made by a company that sound blaster bought, then the avid stuff, then the.., then the... You get my drift
For the first time here comes something that is affordable that just works. The concept behind it is exactly what those in the know crave. That is all I am going to say without getting into detail. Trust me when I tell you that this thing is the real game changer and it is from a stellar company. look! They gave us an octo without doubling the price.
Byron J. Wu
from United States
February 4, 2013Music Background:
Composer, Mixing Engineer
THE BEST INVESTMENT EVERGood AD/DA, awesome UAD plugins, clean headphones/monitor out, real time processing with plug-ins. It can't get BETTER than this especially when it comes with 900+$ worth of plugin (during the promotion). Apollo has completely changed my workflow and my music for the better. This is the best interface in terms of money/value
from Lexington, KY
January 29, 2013Music Background:
Sell your birthright to get this thing...seriouslyStop looking at other products and make this investment.
I'm still trying to figure out why I love the Apollo Quad so much...It's not just the incredible preamps or the sleek design...or the thunderbolt capability...or the UA name...or the incredibly easy setup and installation...or the ease of updating your plugins. And it's not just the plugins themselves (which have all but replaced my suite of Waves bundles I was relying upon for years). It's the fact that the apollo quad has become a coworker of mine as I'm writing and mixing. The sound quality is next level and the instruction manual and setup is so easy I could probably teach a 5th grader to do it! So unexpected int his day and age!
UA brilliantly read the market proactively years ago, and as a result, they built a product that's ahead of its time. I was using Apogee's Duet2 before this and this blows it out of the water - the prepamps are studio grade and have virtually NO background noise so that everything you're hearing is fully transparent. They also include 14 day trial demos of all of their plugins so that you can use them without having to mess around with the old ilok system that companies like Waves put you through. It's fast, intuitive and has worked flawlessly.
Just beware that even if you're running at FW 800, you will still overload Logic while trying to add plugins in real time. Editing the plugins in realtime is no issue at all...it's just adding instances of them is too much for FW800. The thunderbolt capability takes care of that though - just waiting for the new Mac Pro release before I buy UA's thunderbolt card.
from Decatur Texas
January 10, 2013Music Background:
this thing is almost revolutionaryi was using a Motu 828mk2 for years...then it fried and i started using a duet2...software issues and not flexible enough...i ordered the Apollo Quad from Sweetwater and it arrived 2 days later! then i plugged it all in. THEN installed the software and did the EFFORTLESS registration and plugin authorizations and in less than TWENTY MINUTES i was working with apollo....THIS IS BY FAR THE BEST INVESTMENT IN MY STUDIO IVE MADE YET. I bought the Event Opals and i LOVE THEM but this unit does what nothing does and PERFECTLY. I am very used to the movie Avatar..ive sat at my computer and watched it many times and was very familiar with the Foley work and sountrack. I NEED NO A/B comparison with any other unit...>THE STEREO FIELD WAS SO CLEAR...It was like night and day with anything ive used before...i was using a neve compressor and eq and de-esser and chorus on a vocal and printed it WITH NO..ABSOLUTELY NO AUDIBLE LATENCY OR FLAMMING!!! it is a godsend and i cant imagine anyone not owning this amazing machine. and again, Sweetwater came through in TWO DAYS. thanks again Josh Dillon
from United States
December 12, 2012Music Background:
Pro Musician / Mobile Project Studio /
Universal Audio Apollo. Winning!I don't write reviews very often, because honestly I am not overwhelmed with many purchases. I often find a flaw so glaring it really sours my taste on the product. I can only think of a few items that really surpassed my expectations and thought were brilliant, even if only for their time. 1.) Fostex VF-160 2.) Genelec 1030A (still with me) and the 3.) Mackie Big Knob (don't hate). But I am forced to write about this product. I have both a MAC and PC setup where I am now using a MacBook Pro for mobile tracking and then use my powerhouse PC to mix. I have had nothing but heartache with many of the didyouDesign? interfaces (and their terrible firewire issues. Additionaly other interfaces that made their MIXER software as confusing as possible (Do you really need to route every single input to the same track?) Uh no! So when my DIGI003 Rack+ died another firewire death. (I never hot-swapped, so don't go there) I wanted something new and I was ready to upgrade. I had been reading the reviews and watching the videos about this unit and it was nothing but good stuff and UA has a great reputation. So I took the plunge.
So it was just outstanding to load the UAD software (dead easy), plug in my Apollo, authorize my plug-ins and it just worked! I bought a new FW800 card for my PC and was expecting the normal hackathon to get it working with their new WIN7 software. Nope! Repeat the same steps I did with my MacBook Pro. It just worked. Period. And the sonics? Nothing I have used previsouly (and it has been alot) has come close to the Apollo. I mean I was just surprised. Sad state of affairs that I am shocked something worked out of the box. But I am Universal Audio convert now. I have only had this box for a week and started some pre-production work on my next album and it is been fun again to focus on music and not screwing around with making the hardware and my DAW work together. I hope to have started a long affair with this new piece of equipment.
Sweetwater is THE place to buy your gear. Nick is the best! I am sure I will find some things I would like to improve later on. But for now, I am in love.
from Minneapolis, MN
December 3, 2012Music Background:
UA does it again!Just got the Widows drivers installed, cranked up PT, Sonar, SawStudio . . . they all sound wonderful. Did a little recording and am impressed at the ease and sound of the interface. I'm hooked!
from Pac NW
November 22, 2012Music Background:
Recording Artist, Singer/Songwriter
Powerhouse!I haven't had a ton of experience with interfaces. This was a tremendous upgrade for me as well. This interface in my opinion has both ends of the spectrum. Its user friendly enough for an ape to operate and on the other side, it has many technical facets with what seems like endless possibilities in terms of workflow and functionality. I still haven't used the Apollo to its full extent yet but I'm thoroughly impressed with what it has to offer thus far. I'd say that my favorite aspect of the Apollo is its ability to monitor plugins (on its own processors!) and then with one click of the mouse you can record the wet signal or continue to monitor it into the comfort zone. Very nice touch. I find this to be a very useful feature because you can get extra creative with a session on the fly and have a concrete idea on where you want to take your project as a final result. Amazing and powerful machine. Worth every penny.
September 5, 2012Music Background:
AwesomeWhat can I say? Everything the Internet is saying about this thing is true. UA's plugins are awesome as well. I love the front end feature more than anything else.
from Honolulu, HI
August 21, 2012Music Background:
Recording/Mixing Engineer, Musician
Just buy it!I knew the Apollo was going to be good but I didn't expect it to be THIS good! Wow! The Preamps, conversion is just mindblowing for the price! I have used most of the real hardware analog gear that are included in this bundle as plugins, and I can tell you that they are just as good! I was hesitant for so long to get this but now I'm mad at myself for waiting so long! just buy it!!!
from Genoa, Illinois
August 15, 2012Music Background:
as advertised!Received my Quad Apollo and out of the box, it delivered everything I elected and more. Pre-amps are very clean, DA is pristine, and revealed considerable added detail to previous recordings. Work flow has also benefited, and all the controls are pretty straightforward and self explanatory. I do wish the console was a little more high res, as until I became familiar with everything, I found myself squinting a little. Plugs are great (the ones that came with the unit, and I have used the voucher to purchase the EMT plate (which I immediately fell in love with). I also like the fact that the demos all re-set after a purchase.
from Louisville, KY
August 8, 2012Music Background:
WOW! Talk about streamlining your workflowTotally blown away by this unit. Super solid construction, great sound quality, and mind blowing features.
This thing totally streamlined my workflow!
July 29, 2012Music Background:
Awesome!Awesome, Awesome Awesome. This is a great piece of equipment and good center piece for your DAW. The monitoring is easy to use and has the feel of a real mixer.
from Honolulu, HI
July 6, 2012Music Background:
Recording Engineer, Musician
Worth the Upgrade!Before this I was using Eleven Rack as my interface and converters. I noticed right away when I started tracking and mixing with Apollo. Everything seemed to get more detailed and open so my mixes translated more accurately. I watched all the videos and demos from Fab Dupont and read the manual before I even got the box. I'm loving the UAD-2 powered plugins to! And my computers CPU is happy. The pre amps and the ability to write the plug ins or monitor them are a plus. I use the onboard preamps more than my 6176. Love it!
from Hartville, OH USA
July 4, 2012Music Background:
Recording Engineer, Live Sound engineer and Student
Best audio interface on the market todayI opted for the Apollo Quad and I have to say I am blown away with this interface. Its everything that UA says it is and more. All the switching is done via relays, as well as the output level for the monitor section, so you have no audio degradation at all. This really is the best interface on the market. Effortlessly easy to use sounds great and o yeah.....quad UAD processing in the same box?! I am extremely satisfied and would recommend anyone who is serious about recording or mixing, whether pro or home studio, to check this box out.
from Minneapolis, MN
June 12, 2012Music Background:
Engineer, Muscian, Fan
MasterpieceThis is the main piece of gear you'll need to make your project studio sound pro. It's absolutely stunning!
April 18, 2012Music Background:
Artist / Producer / Engineer
Didn't Miss A BeatI already liked UA before this but honestly this is icing on the cake. I love the idea of building my own channel strips and using them for recording on the way in rather than treating later. It's like having a whole arsenal of hardware at your disposal. The console recall plugin is very nice as well if I had certain settings for particular songs.
I probably broke a million rules by switching interfaces in the middle of an album, but I couldn't help myself. The Apollo didn't miss a beat. The activation was simple and everything just worked with my existing Satellite system without me having to do anything. Which was very nice to see.
I really liked my RME FF800 but I honestly like the Apollo more. The Console application is much more visually appealing than TotalMix and just makes more sense to me. Another thing I appreciated about the Apollo is that the main outs are assigned to the monitor outs and not Analog 1&2. A frustrating little quirk of Logic is that the "Stereo Out" always eat up Analog 1&2 on the FF800 meaning that I had to make a couple of extra adjustments when doing analog summing, this isn't a problem with the Apollo which was nice to see.
You notice I haven't even mentioned the UA plugins which are on a whole other level. Also, their support is absolutely top notch. They have great folks working over there. That's a lot of marks in the plus column for the Apollo. Do yourself a favor and check this thing out.
from Charlotte nc
March 31, 2012Music Background:
Artist writer and producer
I'm In LoveIf you're looking to take your studio to the next level then look no further. The Apollo is a game changer by a long shot. It's like being in a high end recording studio without having to spend your life's savings.This all in one box makes a statement that words can't explain. It packs with quality converters, mic pres, word clock etc. If you're looking to take your studio to the next level then look no further. The Apollo is a game changer by a long shot. It's like being in a high end recording studio without having to spend your life's savings.This all in one box makes a statement that words can't explain. It packs with quality converters, mic pres, word clock etc. I give this product a thumbs up.
November 28, 2012Music Background:
Great soundafter using RME Fireface800 for about five years
the apollo Has a great A/d/A converter and a great Mic pre amp
is Beter Then RME in Tracking.. With No latency !
and Amazing Plug`ins ! i give it a 4.5 cues The routing is limited
Not like The RME.
After All The apollo is a Great Unit .. i Recommend it
from Martha's Vineyard, MA
November 27, 2012Music Background:
Pro Keyboardist and Composer and Engineer
Hardware Great, Software, not so much....Being that the hardware is sooooo good, I gave this 4 stars, but the software needs some tweaking. You cannot use it with Digital Performer 8 yet, and you have to disable 'sleep' mode or it crashes the console. It will also hard eject another drive it you have it plugged thru the firewire port on the Apollo when it goes to sleep mode. The sound is top rate, nearly that of the apogee symphony system, way above MOTU etc. The flexibility,I/O's, and plugins put this piece in a league by itself. I'd buy this again if I didn't already own it!
At the annual Winter NAMM trade show, there are always a few products that become the "buzz of the show." This year, that honor goes to , with their super-exciting new audio interface. Apollo offers 18 inputs: eight analog, eight ADAT optical, and stereo S/PDIF. It also provides 24 independently accessible outputs: eight analog, eight ADAT optical, stereo S/PDIF, two separate stereo headphone outputs, and stereo monitor outputs. There are also four excellent microphone preamps built in. These preamps are clean, transparent, and dynamic, and accept line-, instrument-, and microphone-level inputs. The Apollo connects to your computer via FireWire 400 or 800, and there will be an optional Thunderbolt card available later this year.
All of that is very nice, but there are tons of audio interfaces on the market today. What really sets the Apollo apart?
There's a UAD-2 card built right inside! This means that you can run all the cool UAD plug-ins for mixing and mastering. And there's another huge benefit: you can use UAD plug-ins while you're tracking. UAD console software is included, allowing you to set up DSP-powered, latency-free monitoring and to insert whatever plug-ins you want right onto any input channel. Want an 1176 compressor on your guitar while you're tracking? Insert one! Want an LA-2A and a Neve EQ on your vocal mic? Just insert them! You can choose to record with the plug-in processing, or just monitor the plug-in outputs without recording them, for the ultimate headphone mix. You can also use UAD reverbs, delays, and other effects while tracking, with no hit on your CPU and no additional latency.
Because of Sweetwater's close relationship with Universal Audio, I was fortunate to receive a pre-release Apollo DUO for testing (with two SHARC DSP chips; there will also be a QUAD version with four SHARC chips). I immediately fell in love with this audio interface. It worked perfectly with Avid Pro Tools, PreSonus Studio One v2, Ableton Live, and other DAWs. The sound is transparent and dynamic, and the mic preamps sound great. But the real joy is being able to use the UAD plug-ins while tracking, mixing, and mastering. This takes the recording experience to an entirely new level.
If you're in the market for an audio interface, you must check out the Apollo. Universal Audio has clearly thought through how we make music in our studios, and this interface gives us the tools and features we need. I predict the Apollo will be one of the biggest products of 2012.