Universal Audio Apollo Quad Core FW Interface w/ Thunderbolt Card

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4.9

(21 reviews)

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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
 
5.0

(based on 21 reviews)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound (20)
  • Good power output (19)
  • Easy to use (13)
  • Versatile (13)
  • Low distortion (12)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Professional recording (20)
    • Home studio (14)
    • Amateur recording (7)
    • Performances (6)
    • Outdoor events / games (4)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Professional musician (10), Experienced (8)

    Reviewed by 21 customers

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    5.0

    King of the Interfaces with Top Plugins

    By 

    from Westminster, Ca

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

    • Easy On Cpu
    • Excellent Sound
    • Low Distortion
    • Powerful
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Mastering
      • Professional Recording

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

      Recording and Mixing
      Mastering
      Surround Mixing

      I am a sales associate at Sam Ash store # 37, Westminster"

       
      5.0

      Just Simply Amazing!

      By 

      from Dallas, TX

      About Me Professional Musician

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Excellent Sound
      • Low Distortion
      • Powerful
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

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

        Universal Audio has come out with simply an amazing product.
        It is compatible with various software and is compact and rack mountable so is easy to put anywhere. It also has 14 analog outputs, 8 analog inputs, and Quad Core that will meet and exceed any of your needs

        this is a pro review from Kris at Sam Ash music in Dalls

         
        5.0

        perfect studio interface

        By 

        from huntington

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Home Studio
          • Performances
          • Professional Recording

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

          Extremely powerful recording interface with a quad processor and thunderbolt. The preamps and converters are superb. It includes a ton of Universal Audio plug ins. The Apollo does the processing for you! I am a staff reviewer for Sam Ash Music

           
          5.0

          This one has it all...

          By 

          from Columbus, OH

          About Me Experienced

          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:

            Universal Audio does it again! With 8 analog inputs, 14 analog outputs, dual FireWire 800 ports, and fantastic mic preamps the Quad Core will satisfy your needs. Rackmountable so it takes up very little space in the studio, and like al UA products the QUAD CORE is super sleek in design and function. Incredibly efficient, the QUAD CORE is compatible with various software.

            This is a real hands on product review from Christian @ Sam Ash Columbus.

             
            5.0

            The last interface you will buy

            By 

            from Southern California

            About Me Experienced

            Staff Reviewer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Excellent Sound
            • Powerful

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Home Studio
              • Professional Recording

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

              This interface has it all, phantom power, 4 mic preamps and of course the Firewire and Thunder bolt ports. Superior sound quality with 24-bit / 192 khz audio. Drivers designed to work flawlessly with Pro tools, Cubase and Logic. This is a real hands-on product review from David @ Sam Ash Ontario.

               
              5.0

              pro quality great sound

              By 

              from Cincinnati,OH

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Home Studio
                • Professional Recording

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

                The Apollo Quad is an excellent pro quality interface. Low noise with no Distortion. Great addition to any studio.When you want the best check this out. I am a staff reviewer at Sam Ash Music.

                 
                5.0

                RAW POWER

                By 

                from Canoga Park, CA

                About Me Professional Musician

                Pros

                • 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:

                  Before the Apollo, if you wanted to be able to run the kind of plugins you'd need to compete with pro studios, you'd need a mac pro tower that costs thousands and thousands of dinero. With the Apollo, I can run the same channel strip and FX plugins with a tiny mac mini, because the Apollo is taking on the CPU gobbling plugins. It's also one of the few interfaces, especially with a ton of inputs, that has already adopted the Thunderbolt connection, which is a huge leap for data transfer technology.

                  This is a real hands-on review from Josh @ Sam Ash, Canoga Park, CA.

                   
                  4.0

                  Easy to use and pro results!

                  By 

                  from N.J.

                  About Me Professional Musician

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Build quality
                  • Compact
                  • Daw Intergartion
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Excellent Sound
                  • Mic Pre
                  • Powerful
                  • Software
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                  • Need More Inputs

                  Best Uses

                  • Home Studio
                  • Professional Recording

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

                  The best thing about the interface is the extra dsp processing power from the UAD plug ins. Uad have some excellent sounding plug ins that apply and make a sonic difference!
                  they have taken their hardware experience and moved it into the plug in realm.
                  I used this with a variety of mics including the c14 and it sound accurate and very pleasing plenty of gain with a low noise floor.
                  I do find the Uad prices for plugs in very high but once you have them you will be happy!

                  This review is by Steve at Sam Ash store 21

                   
                  5.0

                  High Quality Interface

                  By 

                  from Anahiem, CA

                  About Me Professional Musician

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Compact
                  • Excellent Sound
                  • Low Distortion
                  • Powerful
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

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

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

                    Nothing short of amazing! Big open sound, the Apollo in itself is a wonderfully versatile and high quality interface. Not just because of the high quality converters, but because of the extremely CLEAN preamps. The UA Plug Ins are ridiculous! API Channel Strip and the SSL G Compressor are priceless. This is a real hands on product review from John @samash.com

                     
                    5.0

                    Top of the Line

                    By 

                    from Sam Ash Music Ontario

                    About Me Experienced

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

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

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

                      This is the top of the line! Whether you are planning on small or large scale production, the Quad Core is the way to go. One of the fastest interfaces out there, almost no latency, premium preamps, converters and works for Mac or PC. It just doesn't get much better! "This is a real hands on review from EpR@ Sam Ash Ontario".

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