Universal Audio Apollo Duo
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Universal Audio Apollo Duo

Apollo Duo, Thunderbolt audio interface from Universal Audio in the Apollo series.

morgentrog 09/17/2012

Universal Audio Apollo Duo : morgentrog's user review

«  Very good sound card »
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• Interface 18 x 24 FireWire audio (compatible with Thunderbolt ™) for Mac and PC *
• Treatment UAD real-time recording and mixing without latency (less than 2 ms) through UAD Powered Plug-Ins (Neve ®, Studer ®, Lexicon ®, Roland ®, SSL ® & many others) **
• sound performance of the highest quality in the world thanks to the mic preamps and converters upscale, and thanks to unsurpassed quality analog circuits
• Settings in front of levels preamps and listening, channel selection, adjustments microphones, levels of both headphone outputs, and the most common settings
• Loading instantaneous parameters of the interface and UAD plug-ins from the session in the application of digital recording with the Console application and Console Recall plug-in (VST / RTAS / AU)
• 8 analog inputs: 4 analog mic preamps managed digitally, 8 balanced line inputs, 2 direct input high impedance circuit JFET front
• 14 analog outputs: 8 balanced line outputs, 2 outputs for listening managed digitally, 2 stereo headphone outputs dedicated
• 10 channels of digital inputs / outputs: 8 channels of ADAT, 2 channels of S / PDIF, Input / Output word clock
• Two FireWire 800 ports (standard) for connection to the host computer and connect to other interfaces

UTILIZATION

I use a MacBook Pro with 8GB RAM, I5 processor, it is super stable, I have not noticed any problems for a month of heavy use. Almost zero latency ...

GETTING STARTED

No problem, the grip is very simple.

OVERALL OPINION

I bought 1950 euros, it is expensive but the quality is there. I have compared the apollo with my old card RME FIREFACE 800 (before selling it)
there is a real difference between these two cards at preamps, quality in general!
I would do this choice once again despite the price ... This kind of card should be for sale at 1500 euros max!