Universal Audio Apollo Twin USB DUO

10 x 6 USB 3 Audio Interface with UAD-2 DUO DSP, 2 x Unison Preamps, and Realtime Analog Classics Plug-in Bundle - Windows
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Apollo Twin — for Windows!

If you're a Windows user, Universal Audio has an Apollo Twin just for you. The Apollo Twin USB is a 2 x 6 USB 3 audio interface for Windows 7 and 8 that delivers impeccable 24/192kHz Apollo conversion, juiced by real-time UAD processing and Unison mic preamp emulation. Onboard UAD-2 DUO Core processing lets you record your music in real time, with near-zero latency, through UAD plug-ins from Neve, Studer, Manley, Marshall, Lexicon, API, and more. Think about the classic analog sound you can achieve with racks of vintage mic pres, equalizers, dynamics, reverbs, and even tape machines and guitar amps! The Apollo Twin USB comes with the real-time Analog Classics UAD plug-in bundle.

The sound of the world's most coveted preamps

The Apollo Twin USB features Universal Audio's breakthrough Unison technology, which delivers the sound of the world's most coveted mic preamps complete with impedance, gain-staging characteristics, and component-level circuit behaviors. Based on extraordinary hardware-software integration between Apollo's mic preamps and its onboard UAD plug-in processing, Unison lets you record through brilliant analog emulations — including the bundled real-time Analog Classics UAD plug-in collection — essential solutions for many Sweetwater engineers.

Killer bundled analog hardware emulations

The Apollo Twin USB's feature set gives you two pristine mic/line preamps, two analog line outs, two digitally-controlled analog monitor outputs for full resolution at all listening levels, and up to eight additional channels of digital input via its onboard optical connection. UAD-2 DUO Core processing lets you use your UAD plug-ins for both real-time tracking and for mixing in Pro Tools, Cubase, Ableton Live, and other popular DAWs.

Smart feature set speeds your creative process

Apollo Twin USB's feature set gives you two pristine mic/line preamps, two analog line outs, two digitally-controlled analog monitor outputs for full resolution at all listening levels, and up to eight additional channels of digital input via its onboard optical connection. UAD-2 DUO Core processing lets you use your UAD plug-ins for both real-time tracking and for mixing in Pro Tools, Cubase, Ableton Live, and other popular DAWs.

Universal Audio Apollo Twin USB Features:

  • Desktop 2 x 6 USB 3 audio interface for Windows 7/8
  • World-class 24-bit/192kHz audio conversion
  • real-time UAD Processing for tracking through vintage processing plug-ins
  • Near-zero (sub-2ms) latency
  • USB 3 connection to modern Windows systems 
  • Unison technology provides stunning models of classic mic preamps
  • Two premium mic/line preamps; two line outputs
  • Front-panel hi-Z instrument input and headphone output
  • 2 digitally controlled analog monitor outputs for full resolution at all listening levels
  • Up to eight channels of additional digital input via optical connection
  • Uncompromising analog design, superior components, and premium build quality
  • Includes real-time Analog Classics UAD plug-in bundle, including Legacy versions of:
  • LA-2A Classic Audio Leveler
  • 1176LN Limiting Amplifier
  • Pultec EQP-1A Program Equalizer
  • Softube Amp Room Essentials
  • Raw Distortion
  • 610-B Tube Preamp & EQ
  • Console 2.0 software includes:
  • Channel Strip presets, drag & drop functionality, dynamically resizable windows, and more
  • Runs UAD Powered plug-ins via VST, RTAS, and AAX 64 in all major DAWs

Additional Media

Apollo Twin USB Hardware Manual
Audio Interface Buying Guide

Tech Specs

Computer Connectivity USB 3.0 Type B
Form Factor Desktop
Simultaneous I/O 2 x 6
A/D Resolution 24-bit/192kHz
Built In DSP/FX Legacy UAD plugins LA-2A, 1176N, Pultec EQ, 610-B Tube Preamp, Softube amp room
Analog Inputs 1 x 1/4" instrument, 2 x XLR combo
Analog Outputs 2 x 1/4" Line out, 2 x 1/4" Monitor, 1 x 1/4" TRS Headphone
Digital Inputs 1 x Optical Toslink
Digital Outputs 1 x USB 3.0 type B
Number of Preamps 2
Phantom Power Yes
Depth 5.86"
Width 6.31"
Height 2.60"
Weight 2.35 lbs.

Customer Reviews

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So relieved !

I recently decided to sell off my Motif XF and move towards a more software centric setup. This meant parting ways with the Yamaha FW16E Audio interface add-on card for the Yamaha Motif. I didn't realize how good that card sounded until I bought a budget model M-Audio Interface as my new interface. The difference was night and day. I sent the M-Audio back and tried Steinberg's UR22. This was ok, however still not quite matching the clarity and punch of FW16E's converters. Not to mention that the headphone amp in the UR22's required me to use a mixer in the chain, which I was trying to do away with in my setup. I gave it a few more days and just was not satisfied. Finally I made a decision to invest some real money into an audio interface. The Apollo Solo/Duo just kept coming up, however I got disappointed because I was pretty sure that my brand new PC build would not support any configuration allowing thunderbolt connectivity. So I took the plunge, got the USB DUO model and I have not regretted it for one second. The plugins out of the box give you a sense that you are not limited to merely one sound. The neutral sound with all plugins disabled is quite pleasant to your ears and the output amps are plenty powerful for any reasonable situation. I feel like the quality has not only matched my previous setup, but has also given me much more flexibility with the UAD plugins. The only place I can fault the Apollo is that I am not very encouraged to go out and purchase any UAD plugins right away given their hefty price tags. The good news is that it comes with quite a few free ones out of the box. Overall I am very pleased with this unit !

A lot of punch in a little package

Great addition to my home studio. Everything sounds better running through the Apollo and the awesome UA plugins. My only advice is use the mono plugins when you can, because some of the stereo plugins can be very dsp heavy and with their being a dsp limit you have to choose wisely on bigger projects. Overall I am very happy with my purchase

Mind blown in multiple locations....

I'm an old guy. I've been a home recording enthusiast for 35 years, and have been fortunate enough to work in some pretty well equipped pro studios, as a client. I decided to upgrade my Focusrite setup and get into UA for their dedicated plug ins after hearing some examples at NAMM. So, my plan was really to get a satellite or a PCI card and a separate hi quality interface with better converters. But, when I started looking at the Unison technology of the plug ins with UA's interfaces, I thought what the heck! I'll try.Wow. I mean, like, "Did I just HEAR that coming out of MY monitors!!" kind of wow. Now, I cheated a little by talking to my long time Sweetwater rep and having the sweetwater team do the bulk of the Cs400 installation of my virtual synths, interface, etc, so I can't speak to ease of set up. But I CAN speak of intuitive use. So logical. It's a little odd having the separate UA console with my Sonar UI as well, but it made sense in short time. But, let's get to the sound. I mean, I made up a couple of quickie projects, one using MIDI to learn that aspect (which, incidentally, the UA does NOT provide a MIDI input, so you'll need a different input for that.... I just went USB right to the box), and then a hybrid soft synth/e gtr/vocals tune. The space, and the ability to identify exactly where something is in my mix has been amazing. And pesky reverb tails that don't translate will now be a thing of the past. And, don't even get me STARTED on the plug ins. Blows away even the high end stuff I've used in the past, and they aren't kidding when they claim tracking with a Unison enabled plug in is like working with the original hardware... it really is. To the point of being a wee creepy if you've used them. So? If you're on the bubble and this baby has the inputs you need (which, incidentally, if I need to track more instruments I CAN still use my previous interface via ADAT and the UA device saw them right away... as soon as I did MY part correctly), I hope you just get it and feel as good about your purchase as I do mine!

One of the Best Audio Interfaces

Yes, I was blown away...the sonic clarity, the ease of use is unparalleled. That together with the rich history of Universal Audio, converted me.It also works flawlessly with my two Quad PCIe cards.My wish would be that UAD could figure out how to integrate keyboard shortcuts for their Console 2.0 Apollo software.
Music background: Lifelong musician

BUY IT!!!!!!!!!! DO IT!!!!!!!!!!!!

First Off let me say thanks to Alex Morales for putting up with me all the time I ask him questions about the things I want to purchase for my home studio.Ok now my review:I was one of those guys who always said, I don't need to buy expensive gear to make great music. I can do the same thing as other producers out there, it is all in the mix. Well it turns out I was wrong. From M-audio interfaces to Avid to Focusrite even Audient, I found myself changing every couple of months my audio interfaces because I wasn't getting what I wanted out of them. I knew about the Apollo line from a fellow producer who uses one. One day I went to his studio and record some vocals and I was blown away because of the quality coming out of the Apollo but I knew that I didn't wanted to spend to much money on a interface. Well I decided to wait since I knew there was a usb version coming out because I'm a Windows PC Power User. This baby came yesterday in the mail. The initial setup was pretty easy. Downloaded the drivers and the plugins from my account. Got 3 coupons and went ahead and got some plugins out of the page.How does it work?Perfectly!!!!! No hang outs, no latency, no stutters, no nothing just clean pure awesome audio.The preamps on this thing are amazing, so much detail and rich sound coming out from them. The option for the Unison Technology, let me tell you!! This Unit should've cost so much more for what you are getting. I did a test of the Unison using my Rode Nt1 and putting the UA 601A and B preamp and the sound was another level it took my 269 condenser mic and made it sound like a 1,000 and even more expensive mic, very professional sounding unison preamps. The stock preamps are also amazing you can't go wrong with both. The converters! OMG!!!!!!!!! this is were I was so happy that I went ahead and got this unit I did a A/B with my old interface the Audient id14 and of course the Apollo won hands down. I use FL Studio 12, Bitwig Studio 1.3.6 and Studio One 3.2 Professional and the interface did an amazing job in all of them.Please do yourself a favor. If you are a Windows guy like me, Do not waste your money on other interfaces. Buy this!!!! you are going to thank me!!!!!!!
Music background: Singer,Songwritter,Mixing Engineer,Producer,Rapper
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