Universal Audio Apollo 16 Thunderbolt Audio Interface (Black)
Universal Audio Apollo 16 Thunderbolt Product Overview by GAK
The UA Apollo 16 is 18-in/20-out Thunderbolt 2 audio interface with on-board real-time UAD QUAD DSP processing. At its heart, the Apollo 16 features 16 balanced inputs and outputs on D-Sub DB25 connectors, independent stereo monitor output, AES/EBU I/O, Word-clock and more. Cascade up to 4 Apollo interfaces and 6 UAD devices in total over Thunderbolt and enjoy blistering power and flexibility from the included Console 2 application.
The Apollo 16 interface places all the most commonly used recording and monitoring features right on the front panel, for fast, direct access. Similarly, its rear panel provides all the dedicated, high-quality I/O needed for a typical production studio. The UA Apollo is compatible with all leading DAW software including Pro Tools, Cubase, Logic and Ableton. Now Compatible with Windows 10.
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The original Apollo interface quickly became a gold standard among modern music producers and engineers, tracking literally hundreds of hit records. Apollo 16 improves upon this studio standard with completely redesigned, class-leading A/D and D/A conversion — offering 2 dB better A/D and 8 dB better D/A dynamic range versus the original Apollo. Tuned through an obsessive auditioning of converters and double-blind listening tests, Apollo 16’s sound quality is extremely open and natural, rivaling or exceeding dedicated mastering-grade converters costing thousands more.
Right out of the box, Apollo 16 provides a suite of incredible analog emulation plug-ins including the world’s only authentic Teletronix LA-2A, 1176LN, and Fairchild compressors, the legendary Pultec EQs, and the UA 610-B Tube Preamp. Developed by UA’s world-renowned team of algorithm engineers, these Realtime Analog Classics plug-ins set the standard by which all other hardware emulation plug-ins are judged. From the tube warmth of the Pultec EQ on guitars, to the gentle limiting of the LA-2A on vocals, or the pump of a genuine Fairchild 670 compressor on drums, your recordings will take a giant leap forward in rich, sonically complex analog sound.
Apollo 16 is the ideal interface for professional studios, offering 16 x 16 analog I/O on DB-25 connections — twice the analog connectivity of the Apollo 8/8p models — plus L/R monitor outputs and AES/EBU digital I/O. This makes it perfect for pairing with mixing consoles or other outboard processors at the center of a modern studio. When it’s time to expand, Apollo 16’s dual built-in Thunderbolt ports allow you to add up to three additional Apollos and six total UAD-2 devices* — for a networked system with 64 x 64 simultaneous analog I/O and 32 cores of UAD plug-in processing. Apollo 16 also provides seamless integration with previous generation Apollos over Thunderbolt.
With Apollo 16’s Console 2.0 application — a complete re-imagining of Apollo’s original Console software — you can take advantage of over 25 new user-requested features such as Channel Strip presets, Drag & Drop functionality, dynamically resizable windows, and more.
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- Next-generation Apollo A/D and D/A conversion for professional music production
- 16 x 16 analog I/O via DB-25 connectors - ideal for pairing with mixing consoles, outboard preamps, etc.
- Onboard UAD-2 QUAD Core DSP allows Realtime UAD Processing
- 8 x 20 Thunderbolt audio interface for Mac and Windows* with powerful Console 2.0 software control
- Cascade up to 4 Apollo interfaces and 6 UAD devices total over Thunderbolt (Mac)
- Includes "Realtime Analog Classics Plus" UAD plug-in bundle
- World class UA analog design, superior components, and premium build quality