Universal Audio Apollo FireWire

18 x 24 FireWire 800 Audio Interface with Built-in UAD-2 QUAD DSP for UAD-2 Powered Plug-ins and Included Analog Classics Bundle - Mac/PC
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Audio Interface with Built-in UAD Plug-in Processing!

Combining a world-class analog front end, cutting-edge conversion quality, and the unparalleled power of built-in UAD-2 QUAD plug-in processing, the Universal Audio Apollo QUAD FireWire audio interface represents a new approach to recording. Over 10 years of research and development have gone into making the Apollo QUAD, and it could change the way you operate in your recording studio. The Apollo QUAD gives you built-in UAD-2 QUAD DSP to let you track, mix, and master with acclaimed UAD-2 powered plug-ins — with near-zero latency! UAD-2 powered plug-ins serve up incredibly realistic emulations of classic studio processors, so you can get the sound of iconic analog equipment on your tracks, with the convenience of plug-ins. And with the Apollo QUAD, you have the DSP power you need to run an array of these top-notch plug-ins with ultra-low latency, while your host computer runs your DAW.

Built-in UAD-2 QUAD DSP for running UAD-2 powered plug-ins

The really big deal with Universal Audio's Apollo QUAD is the built-in UAD-2 DSP, which lets you run UAD-2 powered plug-ins without having to install a separate processor card in your computer. UAD-2 powered plug-ins have earned a worldwide reputation for being some of the best-sounding, most accurate reproductions of classic analog studio gear. With UAD-2 DSP power built right in, you can track, mix, and master with UAD-2 powered plug-ins with near-zero (below 2ms) latency. This type of performance was previously only available on expensive and complicated DSP-based recording systems — Apollo QUAD makes this pro-level performance accessible to home and project studios too!

Premium analog signal path

Apollo QUAD began with Universal Audio's vision of the perfect marriage of analog equipment and digital recording technologies. You'll capture rich, vibrant audio from the four built-in microphone preamps, and two JFET instrument inputs let you capture sweet direct-instrument recordings too. With a total of 18 inputs and 24 outputs, the Apollo QUAD has the connectivity you need in a professional environment. And because UA focused on creating a pristine analog signal path, you won't have to buy racks full of analog preamps just to get a great recorded sound.

A powerful foundation for any recording, mixing, or mastering studio

Universal Audio's Apollo QUAD is a significant advancement for any pro-audio application, whether you track, mix, or master in your studio. UAD-2 powered plug-ins have been acclaimed for their analog-like sound and vibe, and with the Apollo QUAD you can track with these plug-ins with ultra-low latency. You can reproduce the signal chains of the world's most famous recordings, without spending tens of thousands on analog hardware from 40 years ago. When you're tracking, that means you can capture a better recording right from the beginning, and your artists will love the high-quality sound of their monitor mix. During mixing, UAD-2 powered plug-ins give you all the tools you need to produce world-class mixes without compromise. And for mastering, UAD-2 DSP technology gives you access to more emulations of history's greatest mastering processors than any other platform does.

UAD-2 Analog Classics plug-in bundle included

Right out of the box, you'll have access to the UA Analog Classics bundle of UAD-2 DSP powered plug-ins. You'll be amazed by the Analog Classics collection's spot-on plug-in versions of the venerable LA-2A audio leveler, 1176LN/SE limiting amps, and Pultec's EQP-1A program EQ. You also get the outstanding RealVerb Pro room modeler and CS-1 channel strip plug-ins. Of course, you have the power to run any UAD-2 powered plug-in, with a huge selection of EQs, delays, reverbs, compressors, harmonic enhancers, and all other manner of studio processors. And if you ever hit the limit of the Apollo QUAD's ample processing power, you can add a UAD-2 Satellite (sold separately) for even more plug-in DSP power.

Thunderbolt-ready for PCIe-like speed and bandwidth

Apollo QUAD's Thunderbolt expansion port allows you to add Thunderbolt connectivity (via an optional card) to your Apollo QUAD. Based on PCIe technology, Thunderbolt offers a much-higher bandwidth connection than USB or Firewire, and with lower latency too. While Apollo QUAD already sports incredible sub-2ms latency with its Firewire 800 connection, Thunderbolt lets you record more tracks at higher resolution with ease.

Universal Audio Apollo QUAD FireWire Audio Interface Features:

  • Combines built-in UAD-2 QUAD plug-in processing, an analog signal path, and impeccable conversion quality
  • 18 x 24 interface provides enough I/O for professional applications
  • Compatible with virtually any DAW
  • Plug-in configuration is saved with your DAW session, for easy recall of session settings from any workstation
  • DSP processing power can be expanded by connecting a UAD-2 Satellite (sold separately)

Additional Media

Apollo Hardware Manual
Audio Interface Buying Guide
Universal Audio Announces API Vision Channel Strip and v7.3
Universal Audio Releases UAD v7.1
Do Two Apollos Need to Connect to a Computer Using Thunderbolt?
Can I Use Two Universal Audio Apollos at the Same Time?
UAD-2 ATR-102 and Precision Multiband Delay Compensation
Hands On Review: Universal Audio Apollo

Tech Specs

Computer Connectivity 2 x FireWire 800 ports
Form Factor Rackmount
Simultaneous I/O 18 x 24
A/D Resolution 24-bit/192kHz
Built In DSP/FX Yes (UAD-2 Quad DSP)
Analog Inputs 4 x XLR, 8 x 1/4" TRS, 2 x 1/4" (Hi-Z)
Analog Outputs 8 x 1/4" (line out), 2 x 1/4" (monitor out), 2 x 1/4" (headphones)
Digital Inputs 2 x Optical Toslink (ADAT), 1 x Coax (S/PDIF)
Digital Outputs 2 x Optical Toslink (ADAT), 1 x Coax (S/PDIF)
Number of Preamps 4 x mic, 2 x instrument
Phantom Power Yes
Clock I/O In/Out
Rack Spaces 1U
OS Requirements - Mac OS X 10.9 or later
OS Requirements - PC Windows 7 64-bit or later
Depth 13.5"
Width 19"
Height 1.75"
Weight 9.1 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number ApolloQuad

Customer Reviews

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Great, great gear!

Fantastic upgrade to my recording rig in the AD/DA department-the clarity, depth and quality sound amazed! I seamlessly combined the four stunning UAD 610B preamps, featuring Unison technology, with my outboard preamps for seamless integration both through the 4 remaining TRS inputs, and 4 more via ADAT. I got 12 discrete recording channels at 24bit/96khtz. Simply stunning sound. The other UAD compressors and EQs (1176s, LA-2, and Fairchild along with Pultecs etc) that come with the interface are also very good and offer a dizzying array of top shelf hardware emulations that uniquely integrate with the UA hardware. I had to immediately buy the Neve 1073 and am evaluating three more plug-ins with their 14 day free trial! The Lexicon 224 and other stunning plugins make it hard to choose. In summary, a GREAT piece of gear. I might have to get another!
Music background: Producer / Engineer / Artist

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.
Music background: Singer/Songwriter

Pro tools HD? why?

This is one of the best Audio interfaces in the market, the UAD plugins are killer!, sounds like the real analog gear, the DSP cards help me a lot when I mixing and can I use my other plugins with out spend all my ram.
Music background: Sound Engineer

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.
Music background: Pro Musician / Mobile Project Studio /

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!
Music background: Pro Musician

Sweetwater Advice

Mitch Gallagher

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 Universal Audio, with their super-exciting new Apollo 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.
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See also: FireWire Interfaces, Universal Audio, Universal Audio FireWire Audio Interfaces