Universal Audio Apollo 16 FW Interface w/ Thunderbolt Card


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Universal Audio's Apollo 16 is a 24-bit / 192 kHz Thunderbolt-equipped interface, with world-class conversion in a 16 x 16 analog I/O — twice the connectivity of the original Apollo. Get it at Sam Ash's guaranteed lowest price with fast free shipping.

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This uncompromising FireWire/Thunderbolt-equipped interface combines superior sound with powerful onboard UAD-2 QUAD processing, so you can track audio in real time through classic UAD analog emulation plug-ins — on both PC and Mac, including the newest iMacs, MacBook Pros and MacBook Airs.

Expandable 16 x 16 Analog Connectivity with Advanced Routing
Apollo 16 boasts straightforward 16 x 16 analog I/O via convenient DB-25 connections — perfect for pairing with mixing consoles, outboard processors, cue/headphone systems, and more. Two Apollo 16 units can be cascaded over MADI for an expanded system with eight UAD processors and 32 x 32 simultaneous analog I/O, capable of handling large professional mixes. Dedicated XLR monitor outputs and stereo AES-EBU digital I/O round out the Apollo 16’s rear-panel audio connections.

The Apollo 16’s enhanced routing capabilities include four stereo Cue mixes with individually assignable outputs, and a new “Virtual I/O” feature that allows for Realtime UAD Processing of DAW tracks and virtual instruments.

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.

  • UA’s flagship FireWire/Thunderbolt-equipped audio interface for Mac and PC
  • Included Thunderbolt Card for next-generation connectivity to compatible Macs
  • 16 x 16 analog I/O via DB-25 connectors — ideal for mixing consoles, outboard preamps, etc.
  • Realtime UAD-2 QUAD processing for low-latency (sub-2ms) tracking and mixing w/ UAD Powered Plug-Ins**
  • Four stereo Cue mixes with fully assignable outputs
  • Multi-unit cascading over MADI merges two Apollo 16 units for 32 x 32 analog I/O
  • PT Mode allows easy insertion of outboard analog hardware in Pro Tools**
  • Virtual I/O feature for Realtime UAD Processing of virtual instruments and DAW tracks
  • Includes dedicated XLR monitor outs and stereo AES-EBU digital I/O
  • Includes “Analog Classics” plug-ins:
LA-2A Classic Audio Leveler, 1176LN Limiting Amplifier, and Pultec EQP-1A Program Equalizer
  • Full recall of interface settings in DAW sessions via Console Recall plug-in (VST/RTAS/AU)
  • Full compatibility with UAD-2 DSP Accelerator systems
Model Apollo 16 with Thunderbolt
Digital Inputs 16
Digital Outputs 18
Audio Resolution 24-bit/192kHz
Built-in DSP Yes
Wordclock Yes
Bus Powered No
Interface Type Firewire/Thunderbolt
Analog Inputs 16
Analog Outputs Line x 16, Monitor x 2 (1 stereo pr)
Other Features MADI I/O expansion
Dimensions 19" x 12" x 1 3/4" (W x D x H)
Weight 9.1 lbs.


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