BLACKED OUT APOLLOS
Universal Audio has announced its next-generation line of Apollo audio interfaces. The A/D and D/A conversion has been improved compared to the original Apollo range; 2dB better dynamic range on the A/D side, and an 8dB improvement on the D/A. All feature new monitoring functions and built-in Thunderbolt (instead of it being optional), with the ability to cascade up to four interfaces. There’s still a Firewire standard Apollo available, though you sacrifice a little in the latency stakes. As well as the revitalised Apollo and Apollo 16 interfaces, there’s the all-new Apollo 8p, which comes with eight of UAD’s Unison-enabled preamps for tracking through classic preamp emulations from Neve, API, and Universal Audio. You can, of course, record through more plug-ins from Lexicon, Studer, Manley, Ampex and the like using the onboard UAD-2 DSP with an incredibly low 1.1ms roundtrip latency at 96k. The new interfaces come bundled with the ‘Realtime Analog Classics Plus’ UAD plug-in bundle. But most importantly, they come in a new blacked out look.