10x6 Thunderbolt 3 Audio Interface
- Heritage Edition
- With UAD-2 DUO processor for virtually latency-free recordings via plug-in emulations of classic compressors, EQs, tape recorders, microphone preamplifiers, and guitar amplifiers
- 24 bit / 192 kHz AD/DA converter
- 2 Unison microphone preamplifiers
- +48 V Phantom power
- Integrated talkback microphone
- Dynamic range: 127 dB
- Monitor functions with controls for Mono, Mute, DIM, and ALT
- Design: Desktop
- For Mac OS and Windows
- Includes software bundles Desktop Heritage Edition & Realtime Analog Classics Plus
- 2 Microphone/Line combo inputs: XLR / 6.3 mm jack
- Hi-Z instrument input: 6.3 mm jack
- 2 Line outputs: 6.3 mm jack
- 2 Monitor outputs: 6.3 mm jack
- ADAT/SPDIF optical input
- Stereo headphone output: 6.3 mm jack
- Thunderbolt 3 connector (thunderbolt cable not included)
- Input for external power supply
Pro-level desktop interface
The Universal Audio Apollo Twin X Duo is an extremely versatile 10-in/6-out audio interface in a compact desktop format that can be run on Mac and PC via a Thunderbolt 3 connection. It is the new edition of the Apollo Twin, which is considered to be a classic among mobile Apollo interfaces, and features two Unison preamps and the improved 24-bit/192kHz Apollo X series converters. The Apollo Twin X is available in a DUO configuration with two Sharc processors for running the much-lauded UAD plugins. The "Realtime Analog Classics Bundle" and Luna DAW software (Mac only), both of which are included as standard, provide a quick point of entry into the world of UAD plugins.
Analogue sound for the digital era
The Unison technology seamlessly integrates the software of the UAD plugins into the internal mic preamp hardware to create a stunningly realistic simulation of legendary vintage preamps or guitar and bass amps. The Apollo Twin X Duo package also includes the "Realtime Analog Classics Bundle", including the UA 610-B preamp, the Marshall Plexi Classic amplifier, an Ampeg SVT-VR Classic bass amp, and a number of other well-known effects processors dating back to the vintage era of the Pultec EQP-1A and Teletronix LA-2A. The plugins can be used with almost zero latency while recording with the UA Console software, and it goes without saying that they can also be integrated into DAWs including Cubase, Logic, Live, and Pro Tools as part of the mixing process.
Ideal for mobile use
The Universal Audio Apollo Twin X Duo's compact dimensions, two Unison preamps, digital ADAT input, four analogue line outs, and of course its powerful and great-sounding headphone preamp make it the ideal companion for ambitious musicians and producers while on the road. But this high-quality 10-in/6-out audio interface also provides excellent performance in home and project studio applications. This device can be cascaded with both macOS and Windows using up to three other Thunderbolt interfaces from the Apollo series or up to five UAD-2 devices (e.g. UAD-2 PCIe or Satellite). It can upgrade an already elaborate studio setup, but is also ready to be disconnected and used on the go.
About Universal Audio
Few manufacturers can draw upon a wealth of audio engineering experience comparable to that of Universal Audio. The company’s founding father Bill Putnam, along with his friend Les Paul, have an admirable reputation as trend-setting music producers and developers of legendary analogue studio technology. Putnam recorded Chuck Berry, Muddy Waters, and Sarah Vaughan, and was Duke Ellington’s favourite sound engineer. He developed the famous 1176 Peak Limiter and distributed the Teletronix LA-2A level amplifier. This earned him a posthumous “Technical Grammy Award” in 2000. In 1999, Putnam’s sons, Bill Putnam Jr. and James Putnam, re-founded Universal Audio, transferring their father’s analogue vision and craftsmanship to the digital music world. Their product range includes audio interfaces, dedicated DSP farms, and a variety of plug-ins, as well as analogue hardware devices.
A perfect sound at all times
The Universal Audio Apollo Twin X Duo will suit anyone: Singer/songwriters, EDM producers who primarily work with digital equipment, or live keyboard players looking for a high-quality interface on stage. Since it can be cascaded with other models from the series, the Apollo Twin X Duo will also appeal to studio operators who need a compact tool that they can use while travelling and which integrates well into other extensive systems composed of Apollo interfaces and UAD-2 devices. The Universal Audio Apollo Twin X Duo takes the analogue charm of legendary Neve or SSL console sounds, iconic vintage compressors, reverbs steeped in history, and classic amps into digital production - the right choice for anyone who can't do without these on the road.
The Apollo Heritage Edition
The Heritage Edition of the Universal Audio Apollo Twin X Duo comes with five additional UAD plugins, or rather plugin collections. Pure Plate Reverb and the complete UA 610 Tube Preamp & EQ collection are featured here alongside the more traditional effects from the "Realtime Analog Classics Bundle" with which users will already be familiar. Several classic UAD plugins that as standard are only included in their respective older Legacy versions are supplemented here by their newer and more elaborately modelled versions, namely the UA 1176, the Teletronix LA-2A, and the Pultec EQP-1A. Those who already own one or more of these plugins can choose from a selection of alternative products when they register their hardware.
In the spotlight: The meaning of SOLO, DUO, QUAD, and OCTO
Each Apollo interface features one or multiple Sharc processors for computing the "Console" mixer software and the UAD plugins. Each plugin consumes a fraction of the DSP chip's processing power (between one and sixty percent), depending on its complexity. A small percentage goes to the mixer software for internal signal processing and routing. The number of Sharc DSPs that are used in a Universal Audio device is indicated by the product description: There is one DSP chip in a SOLO unit, two in a DUO, four in a QUAD, and eight in an OCTO unit. The Apollo Twin X is available in both DUO and QUAD configurations.
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