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There Are Those Who Love Apollo, and Those Who Haven't Tried It Yet
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:
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.
|Computer Connectivity||Thunderbolt 2|
|A/D Resolution||Up to 24-bit/192kHz|
|Built In DSP/FX||Two SHARC processors - Realtime UAD processing (vintage compressors, EQ, tape machines, preamps, guitar amps, stompboxes)|
|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)|
|Headphones||1 x 1/4"|
|Number of Preamps||2|
|Software||UAD Analog Classics Bundle with Unison Emulations (VST, RTAS, AAX 64)|
|Manufacturer Part Number||APLTWDII|
|Ideal use||Daw arrangements, Guitarist, Professional studio, Project studio, Singer, Songwriter|
|Connection Analog types||2 TRS|
|LED Metering||2 Channels|
|Digital Outputs||1 XLR|
|Phantom Power||Front channels|
|Digital Inputs||1 XLR|
|Bunlded Software||1176LN and 1176SE Legacy plug-ins , 610-B Tube Mic preamplifier modeling plug-in with Unison , Pultec and Pultec Pro Legacy EQ plug-ins , Realverb Pro reverb plug-in , Softube Amp Room Essentials guitar amplifier modeling plug-in , Teletronix LA-2A Legacy plug-in|