Universal Audio Apollo Quad Core FW Interface w/ Thunderbolt Card

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4.9

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The Universal Audio Apollo Quad Core high-resolution computer audio interface delivers the quality and flow of analog recording plus, with the included Thunderbolt card, Sam Ash's lowest price guarantee & immediate, free shipping, it's even faster!

The UA Audio Apollo Quad Core 18 x 24 FireWire/Thunderbolt- equipped interface combines genuine UA analog design with class-leading 24-bit/192 kHz sound quality and onboard Realtime UAD Processing with a sleek, elegant workflow on both Mac and PC.

Class-Leading 24-bit/192 kHz Sound Quality
Apollo’s premium mic preamps, top-end converters translate into greater accuracy and depth in your recordings, from tracking and overdubbing, to mixing and mastering. While Apollo’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. This onboard DSP Acceleration allows for recording and mixing through UAD Powered Plug-Ins so  producers can quickly monitor, audition, and “print” audio using classic analog emulations from Ampex, Lexicon, Manley, Neve, Roland, SSL, Studer, and more, with as low as sub-2ms latency, . With Realtime UAD processing, Apollo’s sonic options are virtually endless.

Thunderbolt™ I/O: The Next Generation of Connectivity
Apollo offers compatibility with Intel’s new Thunderbolt technology, as found on the newest iMacs, MacBook Pros, MacBook Airs, and next-generation PCs. With the included dual-port Thunderbolt I/O Card, you get lower latency, reduced audio buffer size, improved performance, and greater UAD plug-in instances versus FireWire.

Deeper Integration with Pro Tools, Logic, DP, Cubase and more
Apollo’s Core Audio and ASIO drivers ensure compatibility with all major DAWs, including Pro Tools, Logic Pro, DP, Cubase, Live, and more.  Console Recall plug-in (VST/AU/RTAS) provide control and recall of all interface and UAD plug-in settings within individual DAW sessions, even months and years later.

Elegant Hardware Design and Workflow
There are physical front-panel controls for all the most commonly used features, including Preamp and Monitor level knobs, channel selection, mic pad and low cut, phantom power, and even dual headphone outs with independent level control. Smart Hi-Z inputs on the front panel detect when you've connected your guitar or bass, and automatically enable hardware and software monitoring.

Key Features:
  • 18 x 24 FireWire/Thunderbolt™ audio interface for Mac and PC
  • Included Thunderbolt I/O Card for connectivity to new Macs and PCs
  • Realtime UAD Processing for low-latency (sub-2ms) tracking and mixing w/ UAD Powered Plug-Ins
  • Premium mic preamps, top-end converters, and uncompromising analog design
  • Front-panel controls for all commonly used features
  • Full recall of interface and UAD plug-in settings within DAW sessions via Console Recall plug-in (VST/RTAS/AU)
  • 8 analog inputs: 4 digitally controlled analog mic preamps; 8 balanced line inputs; 2 front-panel JFET DIs
  • 14 analog outputs: 8 balanced line outs; 2 digitally-controlled analog monitor outs; 2 dedicated stereo headphone outs
  • 10 channels of digital I/O: 8 channels of ADAT; 2 channels S/PDIF; Wordclock I/O
  • Dual FireWire 800 ports (standard)
  • Includes “Analog Classics” plug-ins:
LA-2A Classic Audio Leveler, 1176LN Limiting Amplifier, and Pultec EQP-1A Program Equalizer

Get your Universal Audio Apollo Quad Core 18 x 24 Firewire/Thunderbolt Audio Interface today from Sam Ash Direct and enjoy the confidence that comes from fast, free shipping, the guaranteed lowest price and our 45/60-day return/price protection policy.

Things You Will Get:

  • Audio Interface
Model Apollo Quad with Thunderbolt
Phantom Power Yes
Digital Inputs 8
Digital Outputs 8
Mic Preamps 4
MIDI I/O No
Audio Resolution 24-bit/192kHz
Built-in DSP Yes
S/PDIF I/O Yes
ADAT I/O Yes
Optical I/O Yes
Wordclock Yes
Bus Powered No
Interface Type Firewire / Thunderbolt
Analog Inputs 8
Analog Outputs 8
Dimensions 19" x 12" x 1 3/4" (W x D x H)
Weight 9.1 lbs.

REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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Universal AudioApollo Quad Core FW Interface w/ Thunderbolt Card
 
4.9

(based on 10 reviews)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound (9)
  • Good power output (9)
  • Easy to use (6)
  • Versatile (5)
  • Low distortion (4)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Professional recording (10)
    • Home studio (5)
    • Amateur recording (3)
    • Performances (3)
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    5.0

    Simply the best.

    By 

    from San Antonio, TX

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Company Reputation
    • Pristine Preamps
    • Transparent Converters
    • Uad Processing Power
    • Very Musical Sounding

    Cons

    • No Midi

    Best Uses

    • Professional Mastering
    • Professional Mixing
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Universal Audio Apollo Quad Core FW Interface w/ Thunderbolt Card:

    If you are looking for an all-in-one solution to get your studio up to a professional level, look no further. Everything from the preamps to the converters sound better than anything else I've compared it to, at ANY price point! It's not the cheapest audio interface on the market, but it also not the most expensive. It is, however, my number on choice regardless of cost. Universal Audio has really delivered on this one and I haven't even mentioned the UAD plugins yet!

    "This is a real hands-on product review from Eduard @ Sam Ash San Antonio"

     
    5.0

    Great pres and processing power

    By 

    from White Plains, NY

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Excellent Sound
    • Low Distortion
    • Powerful

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Universal Audio Apollo Quad Core FW Interface w/ Thunderbolt Card:

      If you are using any UAD plugins, you owe it to yourself to pick this up. The UAD Apollo interface can process UAD plugins from the interface itself, freeing up CPU space on your main computer. Added thunderbolt connectivity even further reduces latency when recording and mixing. The mic pres on this unit are of a very high quality and do not color the sound, making this a great solution for professional recording situations.

      I'm a staff reviewer at Sam Ash Music.

       
      5.0

      Great sound A+

      By 

      from Lombard Il

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Easy To Use
      • Excellent Sound
      • Low Distortion
      • Powerful
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Events
        • Home Studio
        • Mobile DJ
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Universal Audio Apollo Quad Core FW Interface w/ Thunderbolt Card:

        I got some wave files from a well known producer in Chicago. I opened my session and was stunned by the crystal clear, in your face sound. But not so stunned when he told me he used the Apollo Quad to track every instrument. If you want that "radio ready" sound this is it! This is a real hands on product review from Hodari @ Sam Ash Lombard

         
        4.0

        POWERFUL INTERFACE

        By 

        from Lombard Il

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Easy To Use
        • Excellent Sound
        • Low Distortion
        • Powerful
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Home Studio
          • Performances
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about Universal Audio Apollo Quad Core FW Interface w/ Thunderbolt Card:

          I got some wave files from a well known producer in Chicago. I opened my session and was stunned by the crystal clear, in your face sound. But not so stunned when he told me he used the Apollo Quad to track every instrument. If you want that "radio ready" sound this is it!

           
          5.0

          Pro Quality Interface

          By 

          from Miami, Florida

          About Me Experienced

          Staff Reviewer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Excellent Sound
          • Powerful

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Professional Recording

            Comments about Universal Audio Apollo Quad Core FW Interface w/ Thunderbolt Card:

            My studio is high-end and I cannot compromise with my interface.
            The Apollo was my choice after reading many reviews, I was blown away when I got one.
            Transparent and clean.
            You can't go wrong with the Apollo.
            This is a real hands on product review from Mike@  Sam Ash Paramus

             
            5.0

            PRO LEVEL RECORDING!!

            By 

            from Springfield

            About Me Professional Musician

            Pros

            • Amazing Converters
            • Awesome Mic Pres
            • Excellent Sound
            • Great Plug Ins
            • Powerful
            • Thunderbolt
            • Versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Home Studio
              • Professional Recording

              Comments about Universal Audio Apollo Quad Core FW Interface w/ Thunderbolt Card:

              Very powerful recording interface with a quad processor and thunderbolt. The mic preamps and converters are superb. It includes a ton of Universal Audio plug ins. Feel free too use them, since they won't slow your computer down. The Apollo does the processing for you!

               
              5.0

              World-class Interface

              By 

              from San Jose, CA

              Staff Reviewer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Excellent Sound
              • Powerful

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Professional Recording

                Comments about Universal Audio Apollo Quad Core FW Interface w/ Thunderbolt Card:

                I have high-end mics and gear and wanted an interface that could stack up. This Apollo was clean and transparent and captured the integrity of the music I was recording.
                Best purchase I have made in years.
                "This is a real hands on product review from Mike@  Sam Ash Paramus"

                 
                5.0

                Unique, incredible workhorse!

                By 

                from Margate, FL

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Excellent Sound
                • Powerful
                • Versatile

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Professional Recording

                  Comments about Universal Audio Apollo Quad Core FW Interface w/ Thunderbolt Card:

                  Universal Audio's rackmountable interfaces are a testament to their thorough understanding and dedication to the best of analog and digital audio production.

                  Besides bringing top-notch A/D & D/A conversion, Universal Audio's innovation brings their Unison preamp technology, physically altering the gain structure and impedance of the on board preamps to match different plugins.

                  In addition, the Apollo series brings its own Console app, allowing for extremely low latency monitoring of tracks, custom headphone mix routing options, realtime tracking with UA plugins (all utilizing the Apollo's quad SHARC processors, taking the burden off your workstation!), and the ability to print insert plugins onto the track audio recorded in your DAW.

                  All in all, when you purchase anything with the UA stamp on it, you're getting more than just some I/O. Onboard plugin processing, great A/D conversion, and versatile, super clean preamps take your studio recordings to the next level.

                  This is a really, really hands on product review from Jake here at Sam Ash Margate.

                   
                  5.0

                  Wow....

                  By 

                  from Ontario, CA

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Compact
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Excellent Sound
                  • Low Distortion
                  • Powerful
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Amateur Recording
                    • Home Studio
                    • Professional Recording

                    Comments about Universal Audio Apollo Quad Core FW Interface w/ Thunderbolt Card:

                    Simply a spectacular unit! The Mic Pre's are incredible and don't color the sound. The real reason to buy this unit is the analog plugins from UAudio! Just superb!

                    A hands on reviewer, Sam Ash #41

                     
                    5.0

                    Quality Pro Interface!

                    By 

                    from New York

                    Staff Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Excellent Sound
                    • Powerful

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Home Studio
                      • Performances
                      • Professional Recording

                      Comments about Universal Audio Apollo Quad Core FW Interface w/ Thunderbolt Card:

                      Wouldn't expect anything less than pristine sound from this interface.
                      Mic preamps are very clean.
                      Sound is true and the center of my studio now.
                      "This is a real hands on product review from Mike@  Sam Ash Paramus"

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