Apollo Twin reinvents desktop recording by delivering legendary analog studio sound, feel, and flow to music creators everywhere. This 2x6 Thunderbolt audio interface for Mac combines the same impeccable 24/192kHz audio conversion of Universal Aud...
Used to record Stewart's vocals on *Another Country*, as stated by producer Kevin Savigar in this February 2016. > For the Another Country sessions, Savigar’s recording approach was positively Spartan. “We just rented some baffles and set up a mic and a laptop and the Apollo Twin and cut the vocals. It was great! I needed something portable, because Rod moved around a lot because of his touring schedule, so I’d be hopping on a plane at times with just my laptop, the Apollo and a couple of mics. It was also great to have everything in the box, because it meant that I could always pick up where we or I had left off. > “When we were in London I could not get a 67, so I used a U47 instead, which worked out great as well. His vocal mic goes straight into the Apollo Twin, and I used the UAD 610B tube preamp and EQ plug-in on him, which sounds nice, and some UAD 1176 with a very low threshold and not much compression at all, and UAD Helios 96 EQ to brighten his vocal sound up a bit. That was my entire input chain. Rod has a very loud voice, but also sings some passages very softly, so there’s quite a dynamic range in his vocal, and I needed the 1176 to keep that under control."more
In a reddit AMA, when asked what his studio gear setup is like, Marc Noir replies, "My setup is humble and simple guys... I use krk vxt6, apollo twin, maudio oxygen 49, razer deathadder and a nice shiny vape." (original source [here](http://www.reddit.com/r/edmproduction/comments/2mhts5/as_promised_here_for_another_ama_marc_noir_dim/cm4i1xb))more
Second on the list of Andrew's essentials for the home studio, written out on the linked blog post. On the Apollo, Andrew says, "The Twin is everything I need in an interface right now - great sounding preamps with lots of clean gain, and it powers the UAD plug-ins that I use on literally every project. They've got my favorite vocal compressor (the Teletronix LA-2A), an awesome selection of reverbs, and I've used the Precision Mastering Series to put the final touches on everything I've produced for the last decade."more
The MASCHINE has taken its place alongside other new purchases, including a Teenage Engineering OP-1, Universal Audio Apollo and another classic Juno synth, this time a 106, with Ableton Live acting as the central DAW. “It’s a simple set-up,” says Michelle of her current studio, but it is already one that has already been used on new Japanese Breakfast recordings, including 2019 single ‘Essentially’.more
Apollo Twin reinvents desktop recording by delivering legendary analog studio sound, feel, and flow to music creators everywhere. This 2x6 Thunderbolt audio interface for Mac combines the same impeccable 24/192kHz audio conversion of Universal Audio's acclaimed Apollo series with onboard Realtime UAD SOLO or DUO Processing. So you can record your music in real time (at near-zero latency) through the full range of UAD plug-ins - from Neve, Studer, Manley, Lexicon, API and more* - putting racks of vintage EQs, compressors, tape machines, reverbs, and guitar amps at your fingertips.
A Universal Audio breakthrough, Apollo Twin's Unison technology gives you the tone of the world's most sought-after tube and solid state mic preamps - including their all-important impedance, gain stage "sweet spots," and component-level circuit behaviors. Based on unprecedented hardware-software integration between Apollo's mic preamps and its onboard UAD plug-in processing, Unison lets you record through stunning emulations like the bundled UA 610-B Tube Preamp plug-in.
Apollo Twin's smart feature set includes two class-leading mic/line preamps, two analog line outputs, two digitally controlled analog monitor outputs for full resolution at all listening levels, and up to eight additional channels of digital input via Optical connection. The Twin's onboard UAD SOLO or DUO Processing lets you use UAD plug-ins both during realtime tracking and for mixing within Pro Tools, Cubase, Logic, Ableton Live and more.
With its ergonomic desktop design, rugged aluminum construction, and front panel headphone and instrument connections, Apollo Twin has all the right tools, all in the right place.
Device is pretty to look at and feels like a solid brick of quality through and through. The thing i enjoy the most about it is actually the DSP part. The plugins sound way better than those i have tried from other companies emulating hardware. As goes for the GUI. One thing i discovered is that its very beneficial to create a separate folder in your DAW with the Universal Audio Plugins that you have actually purchased. Because even the demo versions of the plugins you have not purchased of their entire library will show up in your list over AUs/VSTs if you do not seperate them from each other. This might just be me, but i found it to be very distracting while getting to know what everything does when i first bought it.
Clumsy external power supply is another minus on an otherwise very portable device. I bought it for its quality but i keep it for the plugins which i have come to make a cornerstone of my productions. If it were not for them i would probably go for an interface with more I/O and/or firewire/usb/thunderbolt power supply.
When reading this, one thing should be remembered: the outboard equipment i use is mainly digital, i do not use a lot of microphones so chances are i am not the typical target group for the Apollo Twin.
Got this interface since begin 2015 and it's truly amazing, the plugins that come with it and the overall performance is perfect. The da/ad converters are unlike any other interface i've tried before! This is one you should try out for sure!!
It does everything I need, and more which is great, but I just don't love it. It seems slightly over-hyped. The UAD plugins are amazing and all, however, I hate being tethered down to a piece of hardware to use my plugins when I travel. It sounds really good, and has awesome conversion, and Preamps, but I feel like It's just not the interface for me when all is said and done.
I had a rack mount Rosetta 800 in my studio but when I moved out and downsized to a home rig I made the mistake of buying an Apogee Duet believing the reviewers that state they sound just like all Apogee gear. They don't. The Apollo however DOES sound like UA's more expensive gear. If you don't need multitrack recording (honestly who does nowadays?) don't get a duet. Get this!
great build, great features, best physical preamps of the whole "home studio recording bunch", UAD plugins are heaven sent, the ones bundled are above average, but the ones you buy are unique and one of kind, they are expensive though, but the ease of using this and recording, mixing is unprecedented.
Never buy the single core though, either this or the quad, as some of the best plugins are heavy on the DSP, and sometimes you will only be able to use two only at a time, which in most cases will be pre-amp and amp model, but combined with a good DAW, you can add whatever you need in there, and share the load between your PC CPU and the Apollo DSP, which works on so many levels, to give studio quality recording and absolutely stunning tones (marshal blues breaker 1962 is the best digital emulation of a tube amp i have heard. period)
one way to improve your bedroom recordings instantly is to step up your interface, and the apollo twin does just that & comes with a shit ton of dope plugins.
only problem is now i have to do way more takes because it's so clear i can hear even more mistakes.