Universal Audio | Apollo QUAD Firewire

Apollo QUAD FireWire. High-Resolution Music Production with Classic Analog Sound.

Apollo QUAD FireWire is one of the world’s most popular professional audio interfaces — delivering the sound, feel, and flow of analog recording to music creators everywhere. A perfect centerpiece for studios running original Mac Pro towers and Windows 7 machines.

This 18 x 24 FireWire 800-equipped interface features analog design based on UA’s 50-year heritage, along with gold-standard Apollo A/D and D/A conversion for impeccable audio resolution.

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Apollo QUAD FireWire further distinguishes itself with Realtime UAD-2 Processing and Unison™ technology, letting you record with near-zero latency through the full range of UAD plug-ins from Neve, Studer, Manley, Lexicon, and more — including new mic preamp emulations from Neve, API and Universal Audio.* 

The Gold Standard in 24-bit/192 kHz Sound Quality

 

 

Designed to play a central role in studios running original Mac Pro towers or Windows 7 machines, Apollo FireWire delivers an uncompromising approach to audio quality. Building upon decades of UA hardware heritage, it offers extremely high-resolution sound, with the lowest THD and highest dynamic range in its class. Apollo FireWire’s four premium mic preamps and converters translate into recordings with astounding accuracy and depth — whether you’re tracking and overdubbing, or mixing and mastering.

 

Realtime UAD Plug-In Processing for  Tracking, Mixing, and Mastering

While Apollo FireWire’s “natural” sound is exceedingly open and transparent, it can quickly deliver a wide range of classic analog tones and color via its Realtime UAD Processing. Featuring powerful onboard QUAD processing, Apollo FireWire’s DSP Acceleration allows for recording through UAD Powered Plug-Ins — with sub-2ms latency, regardless of buffer settings — letting you monitor and “print” audio with classic analog emulations from Ampex, Lexicon, Manley, Neve, Roland, SSL, Studer, and more.*

The Apollo FireWire’s bundled “Realtime Analog Classics Plus” suite of UAD plug-ins gives you the UA 610-B Tube Preamp & EQ, Raw Distortion, Softube Amp Rooms, legacy LA-2A, 1176, and Fairchild compressors, Pultec EQs, and more, so you have a rack full of bonafide audio classics, right out of the box.

 Four Mic Preamps with Unison™ Technology

Apollo FireWire comes equipped with four Unison-enabled mic preamps, letting you track with colorful mic preamp sounds from Neve, API, and Universal Audio. An Apollo breakthrough, Unison technology nails the tone of these sought-after tube and solid state mic preamps — including their impedance, gain stage “sweet spots,” and component-level circuit behaviours.

Apollo FireWire. Built to Record

Front & Rear Panels The Apollo 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.

 

 Features:

  • Worldwide standard in professional A/D and D/A conversion for music production
  • Onboard UAD-2 QUAD Core DSP allows Realtime UAD Processing
  • 4 Unison-enabled mic preamps for tracking through preamp emulations from Neve, API, and Universal Audio*
  • 18 x 24 FireWire audio interface for Mac and Windows 7
  • Cascade two Apollos for 16 analog I/O and 12 digital I/O
  • Includes “Realtime Analog Classics Plus” UAD plug-in bundle
  • Upgradeable to Thunderbolt via Thunderbolt 2 Option Card (Mac)
  • World class UA analog design, superior components, and premium build quality

Basic Setup:

This diagram illustrates a simple Apollo setup that might be used by an individual musician/engineer for recording guitar and vocals simultaneously.

Key points for this example:

  • Two preamp channels are used (electric guitar and microphone)
  • Mic/Line switch for channel 2 is set to “Mic”
  • Monitor outputs are connected to powered monitors (or an amp+speaker system)

 

Features & Specs

Audio Interface

  • Sample rates up to 192 kHz at 24-bit word length
  • 18 x 24 simultaneous input/output channels: Eight channels of analog-to-digital conversion via mic, line, or high-impedance inputs
  • 14 channels of digital-to-analog conversion via: - Eight mono line outputs - Stereo monitor outputs - Two stereo headphone outputs
  • 10 channels of digital I/O via: - Eight channels ADAT Optical I/O with S/MUX for high sample rates - Two channels coaxial S/PDIF I/O with sample rate conversion - Two FireWire 800 ports for daisy-chaining other FireWire devices

Microphone Preamplifiers

  • Four high-resolution, ultra-transparent, digitally-controlled analog mic preamps
  • Unison™ technology for deep integration with UAD preamp and pedal plug-ins
  • Front panel and software control of all preamp parameters
  • Switchable low cut filter, 48V phantom power, 20 dB pad, polarity inversion, and stereo linking

 Monitoring

  • Stereo monitor outputs (independent of eight line outputs)
  • Digitally-controlled analog monitor outputs maintains highest fidelity
  • Front panel control of monitor levels and muting
  • Two stereo headphone outputs with independent mix buses
  • Independent front panel analog volume controls for headphone outputs
  • Front panel pre-fader metering of monitor bus levels
  • S/PDIF outputs can be set to mirror the monitor outputs

Onboard UAD-2 Processing

  • QUAD model featuring four SHARC processors
  • Realtime UAD Processing on all of Apollo’s analog and digital inputs
  • Same features and functionality as other UAD-2 products when used with DAW
  • Can be combined with other UAD-2 devices for increased mixing DSP
  • Complete UAD Powered Plug-Ins library is available online

Software

  • Console application: - Enables Realtime UAD Powered Plug-Ins processing - DSP mixer for realtime monitoring and tracking - Remote control of all Apollo features and functionality
  • Console Recall plug-in: - Saves Apollo configurations inside DAW sessions for easy recal - Enables control of all front panel parameters from within the DAW - VST, RTAS, and Audio Units plug-in formats
  • UAD Meter & Control Panel application: - Configures global UAD-2 and Powered Plug-Ins settings and monitors system usage

 


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