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Universal Audio's Apollo Twin MkII improves on the acclaimed Apollo Twin with next-generation AD/DA converters for astonishingly wide dynamic range and ultra-low THD. And with expanded monitoring controls, the Apollo Twin MkII packs console functionality into a desktop interface for Mac and PC. Built-in UAD processing lets you take advantage of the rich, warm, analog sound of UAD Powered Plug-ins during mixdown — and even in real time during tracking. Speaking of tracking, the Apollo Twin's astounding Unison mic preamp technology lets you re-create the sound of classic mic preamps in a way that software processing simply can't match.
The Apollo Twin MkII's Unison preamp technology goes so far beyond traditional software modeling and emulations that it's really in a category all its own. In essence, Unison is a bi-directional communication between the Apollo Twin's mic preamp and a Unison-capable plug-in, such as the included 610-B plug-in that re-creates the sound of UA's classic LA-610 preamp.
The plug-in actually adjusts the preamp circuit itself, including parameters such as impedance, analog gain structure, and much more. When you adjust the Apollo Twin MkII's preamp gain knob and physical controls, the plug-in adjusts the preamp's behavior to match the target preamp. So you're not simply filtering your audio to approximate the character of a famous preamp — your microphone is now interacting with the Apollo Twin MkII's input the same way it would behave with the "modeled" preamplifier.
UAD plug-ins astounded the recording world with their incredible ability to sound like analog processors, eliminating the need for large racks of gear in the studio. Unison preamp technology will do the same thing for your mic inputs, eliminating the need to collect and maintain expensive hardware preamps just for sonic variety.
UAD Powered Plug-ins have earned their reputation for being some of the most accurate emulations of analog audio equipment ever created. The astonishing processing power of the UAD platform is what makes these plug-ins sound so great. You simply can't get the depth, color, and character these plug-ins have without devoting huge CPU resources to them. Best of all, Apollo Twin MkII lets you record your audio through UAD plug-ins in real time with sub-2ms latency. You'll receive the Realtime Analog Classics bundle, which includes:
Thunderbolt is one of the most important technologies to impact audio production in years, and UA was one of the first to adopt it. Thanks to its blazing-fast connectivity, Thunderbolt offers lower latency and greater stability than USB or FireWire, clocking in with the speed and ultra-fast performance of a PCI Express system — but with the convenience of a single cable. Apollo Twin MkII's Thunderbolt connection lets you run projects with high track counts at incredibly low latency. In fact, you can even record through UAD plug-ins in real time with less than 2ms latency!
There are times when your computer just doesn't have the power and speed to run all the plug-ins your recording session needs. With UAD Powered Plug-ins, the processing load is taken off your computer and borne by UAD's super-powerful Analog Devices SHARC processors. Universal Audio's Apollo Twin MkII interface has these SHARC processors built in and is available in SOLO (one SHARC), DUO (two SHARCs), and QUAD (four SHARCs) configurations.
Many audio interfaces have a volume control that reduces digital bit depth as you lower the volume — so unless you're listening at the maximum volume level, you're not really hearing your mix as you should be. The Apollo Twin MkII is equipped with digitally controlled analog monitor outputs, where your audio passes through at its full resolution and is attenuated in the analog realm. Even at low volume levels, the Apollo Twin MkII lets you accurately determine if your mix has the punch, impact, and detail that it needs. Handy controls for Mute, Dim, Mono, and Alt speaker switching offer console-like control over your monitoring experience. And to top it all off, a built-in talkback mic provides easy studio communication.
For smaller studios and mobile producers, the Apollo Twin MkII zeros in on what you need for productive sessions. You've got a pair of Unison mic/line inputs with Burr-Brown PGA2500 preamps, which sound detailed and transparent. If you need more inputs, an optical input lets you add up to eight more via ADAT. Four analog outputs and a high-quality headphone output give you enough outputs for most small tracking sessions.
It's just the right setup for producers on the go, for engineers who need to mix with powerful UAD plug-ins outside of their studio, and even for DJs who want the best possible live sound they can get. If you're not sure how you would integrate the Apollo Twin MkII into your existing setup, just give your Sweetwater Sales Engineer a call!
If you mix with UAD plug-ins in your studio, but also like to record and mix outside your studio, the Apollo Twin MkII is the missing link you've been waiting for. With just your laptop and the Apollo Twin MkII, you can easily take powerful UAD processing anywhere you go.
And the live sound possibilities are awesome: use the Apollo Twin MkII as a real-time processor for your bass or guitar, and take your studio sound onstage. If you're an electronic music producer that also DJs, using the Apollo Twin MkII as your live performance interface will give you huge, detailed sound that will make other DJs jealous.
So while the Apollo Twin MkII is a great entry point for new UAD users, it's also the perfect way to take your existing UAD-powered projects on the road.
Thanks to the combined power and flexibility of Thunderbolt connectivity and UA Console 2.0 management software, it’s incredibly easy to combine up to four Apollo interfaces (plus two additional Satellites) into a single powerhouse production system. Cascaded Apollos share DSP and I/O, and you can easily manage it all via a single Console window.
|Computer Connectivity||Thunderbolt 2|
|A/D Resolution||Up to 24-bit/192kHz|
|Built In DSP/FX||Four SHARC processors - Realtime UAD processing (vintage compressors, EQ, tape machines, preamps, guitar amps, stompboxes)|
|Number of Preamps||2|
|Analog Inputs||2 x XLR-1/4" combo, 1 x 1/4" (Hi-Z)|
|Analog Outputs||2 x 1/4" (monitor), 2 x 1/4" (line)|
|Digital Inputs||1 x Optical Toslink (ADAT or S/PDIF)|
|Headphones||1 x 1/4"|
|Software||UAD Analog Classics Bundle with Unison Emulations (VST, RTAS, AAX 64)|
|Manufacturer Part Number||APLTWQII|
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