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Musikmesse ’13: Apollo 16 Launches!

Universal Audio just keeps cranking it up higher and higher — much to the chagrin of their competitors! First there was the UAD card, followed by the UAD-2. Then there was an amazingly good idea: the Apollo, which combined a UAD-2 card with an audio interface featuring four mic preamps. Now there is the Apollo 16, the latest in Universal Audio’s upward spiral to audio supremacy.

The Apollo 16 is a FireWire 800 (or Thunderbolt when an optional I/O card is installed) audio interface that provides 16 reference-quality line inputs and outputs. A built-in UAD-2 QUAD processor runs the full library of UAD plug-ins, both in real time for sub-2ms tracking and in your DAW for mixing. Monitor outputs and a front-panel volume control are included for precision monitoring. There are also stereo AES/EBU I/O and word clock I/O. Resolutions up to 24-bit/192kHz are supported, and superior components and no-compromise analog circuits are used throughout.

So who’s it for? Anyone looking for stellar analog-to-digital and digital-to-analog conversion, who doesn’t need built-in preamps, but who needs lots of connectivity for use with external summing boxes and for inserting external hardware processors into a DAW mix. And if you need even more I/O, two Apollo 16s can be cascaded together via back-panel MADI connections. For more DSP horsepower, you can also combine the Apollo 16 with UAD-2 cards. (Imagine what you could do with two Apollo 16s and a couple of UAD-2 OCTO cards!)

The new Apollo 16 console software provides a redesigned Aux/Cue section, with four stereo cue mixes with assignable outputs. There is also virtual I/O for processing your virtual instruments with UAD plug-ins, plus transparent control over up to two Apollo 16s – the new console makes two Apollo 16s appear and function as a single unit.

For I/O-hungry pros and serious home/project users looking for maximum audio quality and maximum connectivity, at a reasonable price and with the added bonus of UAD-2 plug-in power, the Apollo 16 is a dream come true!

Mitch Gallagher

About Mitch Gallagher

Sweetwater Editorial Director, Mitch Gallagher, is one of the leading music/pro audio/audio recording authorities in the world. The former senior technical editor of Keyboard magazine and former editor-in-chief of EQ magazine, Gallagher has published thousands of articles, is the author of seven books and one instructional DVD, and appears in well over 500 videos on YouTube. He teaches audio recording and music business at Purdue University/Indiana University, and has appeared at festivals, conventions, and conferences around the world.
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