UA Apollo Twin Quad Review
Apollo Twin MkII
UAD-2 QUAD DSP, 2 Unison Preamps,Mac/PC
Universal Audio’s Apollo Twin MkII improves on the acclaimed Apollo Twin with more DSP, next-generation AD/DA converters, and expanded monitoring controls. Built-in UAD processing lets you take advantage of analog modeled plug-ins for real time tracking and mixing. Apollo interfaces offer astounding Unison mic preamp technology, which lets you re-create the sound of classic mic preamps.
Two Unison-enabled mic preamps are accessible on the rear XLR inputs of the Apollo Twin, letting you track through exacting mic preamp emulations from Neve, API, Manley, and Universal Audio. Unison technology is an Apollo exclusive, matching the characteristics of vintage preamps — including their input impedance, gain stage “sweet spots,” and the component- level circuit behaviors of the original hardware.
Powering Unison is its hardware-software integration between Apollo Twin MkII’s mic preamps and its onboard UAD-2 DSP Acceleration. In this video, we used the UAD Neve 1073 for vocals and acoustic guitar.
Next gen converters
At the heart of any audio interface is the quality of its AD/DA conversion. Apollo Twin boasts the highest dynamic range and lowest noise of any desktop interface. Offering 24-bit/192 kHz sound and clarity. Its premium Unison mic preamps, input stage, and audio conversion are identical to the famed Apollo series, translating into rich three-dimensional recordings with exceptional depth and punch. From personal experience, monitoring through the Apollo Twin mkII was identical to the Apollo 8.
For production and mixing, it’s highly advisable to check your mixes on multiple sets of speakers. New to the Apollo Twin mkII is its expanded monitoring.
• Independently-addressable stereo headphone outputs
• Independently-addressable line outputs 3-4 can be used for additional cue mix
• Front panel control of level, mute, dim, mono, alternate speakers, and talkback
• Built-in talkback microphone for communication and recording
Total Studio Hub
For a desktop interface solution, the Apollo Twin MkII is the central hub for tracking and mixing. UAD powered plug-ins are widely used amongst professionals and for good reason. If you’re striving for the classic studio sound from the past four decades, UAD-2 powered plug-ins are an identical replica of the original hardware.
As a UAD user, the Apollo Twin mkII QUAD is a pleasant welcome to my recording and mixing setup!
Unison vs Hardware
How does UA plug-ins compare to hardware?