Universal Audio Apollo 16 Thunderbolt Audio Interface (Black)

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Universal Audio Apollo 16 Thunderbolt Audio Interface (Black)

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The Universal Audio Apollo 16 MkII Thunderbolt Audio Interface is a powerful new updated version of UA's flagship Apollo interface. Featuring 16 analog I/O, state-of-the-art next generation A/D and D/A converters, and ultra-low latency digital signal processing with the onboard UAD-2 QUAD Core DSP. The Universal Audio Apollo 16 MkII is a professional 18 x 20 audio interface offers premium sonic performance in a single convenient unit. Additionally, the Apollo 16 MkII is now compatible with Windows 10 systems.

World-Class Sound with Superior Apollo A/D and D/A Conversion

The original Apollo, introduced in 2012, quickly became a gold standard among modern music producers and engineers - it now counts many of the world's top artists as users. Apollo 16 improves upon the original Apollo's sound quality with completely redesigned, class-leading A/D and D/A conversion - giving you increased dynamic range and even lower THD.

Building upon a 50-year legacy of circuit design, UA engineers started with an obsessive audition of the latest converters, pairing them with completely redesigned analog circuitry. Confirmed by extensive double-blind listening tests, the end result is 3 dB better dynamic range on both A/D and D/A conversion versus the original Apollo, placing the Apollo 16 as the measurable class leader.

Improved Monitoring and Workflow

Unique among 16 channel converters, Apollo 16 features a dedicated Monitor knob right on the front panel. This knob is also controllable from software, a connected Apollo Twin, or can be bypassed for connecting the Monitor outputs to an external monitor controller. Standard interface settings like Clock Source, Sample Rate, and Host connectivity are displayed at all times as well.

Realtime UAD Plug-In Processing for Tracking, Mixing and Mastering

Imagine having a classic analog studio, in single rack space. Apollo 16 lets you record through UAD Powered Plug-Ins - including vintage EQs, compressors, reverbs, tape machines and more - at near-zero latency, regardless of your audio software buffer size. With award-winning UAD plug-ins from Ampex, Lexicon, Neve, Manley, Roland, SSL, Studer, and more, Apollo 16 serves up authentic analog tone and warmth. The key to its analog sound is onboard UAD-2 QUAD Core DSP Processing, which powers the UAD plug-ins while reducing the strain on your host computer.

Expand Your System

Thanks to Apollo Expanded software, users of Thunderbolt-equipped Apollo Twin, Apollo 8, Apollo 8p, and Apollo 16 audio interfaces can combine up to four Apollos and six total UAD-2 devices ? adding I/O and DSP as your studio grows. Apollo Expanded also provides seamless integration with previous generation Apollos over Thunderbolt.

Realtime Analog Classics Plus Bundle

With the included Realtime Analog Classics Plus plug-in bundle, you get a whole host of professional-quality plug-ins, including legendary compressors such as the 1176SE/LN Limiting Amplifiers and Fairchild 670 Legacy, Softube's stunning Amp Room Half-Stack and Bass Amp Room 8x10 guitar and bass amp emulations, the flexible and natural-sounding RealVerb Pro reverb, UA's landmark 610-B Tube Preamp and EQ plug-in, and much more besides.


Audio Interface

16 x 18 simultaneous input/output channels
Now compatible with Windows 10 systems
Sample rates up to 192 kHz at 24-bit word length
Two Thunderbolt 2 ports facilitates daisy-chaining of other Thunderbolt devices
Cascade up to 4 Apollo interfaces and 6 UAD devices total over Thunderbolt (Mac)
Independently-addressable stereo monitor outputs (in addition to 16 line outputs)
Digitally-controlled analog monitor outputs maintains highest fidelity
Front panel pre-fader metering of monitor bus levels
Digital AES/EBU outputs can be set to mirror the analog monitor outputs
UAD-2 Inside

QUAD Core DSP with four SHARC® processors
Realtime UAD Processing on all analog and digital inputs via Console application
Console Recall plug-in saves Console configurations inside DAW sessions for easy recall
Same features and functionality as other UAD-2 devices when used with DAW
Can be combined with other UAD-2 devices for increased mixing DSP
Includes UAD Powered Plug-Ins ''Realtime Analog Classics Plus'' bundle
Complete UAD plug-ins library is available at the UA online store
System Requirements

Apple Mac computer with available Thunderbolt or Thunderbolt 2 port
Mac OS X 10.8.5 Mountain Lion, 10.9.x Mavericks, or 10.10.x Yosemite
4 gigabytes available disk space
Internet connection to download software and authorize UAD plug-ins
Compatible VST, Audio Units, RTAS, or AAX 64 plug-in host DAW software
Thunderbolt cable (sold separately)

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