Universal Audio Apollo x16 Thunderbolt 3 Audio Interface with Real-Time UAD Processing

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  • Product Highlights
  • 24-Bit/192 KHz Sample Rate
  • Realtime Plugin Processing
  • Zero Latency w/ UAD Plugins
  • Thunderbolt 1 & 2 Compatibility
  • HEXA Core Processor
  • Combine up to 4 Apollos
  • Realtime Analog Classics Plus
Model: x16 x16 x4 x6 x8 x8p

18-In/20-Out, 24-bit/192kHz, Thunderbolt 3 Audio Interface with 6-Core HEXA Core Processor, Elite-class AD/DA Conversion, Dual Crystal Clocking, +24dBu Operation, Talkback, 7.1 Surround Support, and Realtime Analog Classics Plus Plug-In Package - Mac/PC AAX 64, VST, AU, RTAS

>>16 Channels of Elite Audio Conversion, HEXA Core Processing and Surround Sound Monitoring.

The flagship Apollo x16 allows music producers, project, and post-production studios to track, overdub, and mix with new world-beating A/D and D/A conversion, HEXA Core UAD plug-in processing, and 7.1 surround sound monitoring* - all in a sleek rackmount Thunderbolt 3 audio interface for Mac or PC.

Built upon UA's 60-year heritage of audio craftsmanship, this 18 x 20 interface boasts the widest dynamic range (133 dB) and lowest THD+N (-129 dB), of any integrated audio interface on the market. Plus, with all-new HEXA Core processing, you'll get 50% more DSP for running acclaimed UAD Powered Plug-Ins in real time.

In addition to its elite-class audio conversion, Apollo x16 features selectable operating level for compatibility with professional +24 dBu gear, as well as an integrated monitor controller and built-in talkback mic.

      -Experience elite-class A/D and D/A conversion with the widest dynamic range and lowest signal to noise of any integrated audio interface available

      -Track and mix with powerful HEXA Core processing, featuring 6 UAD DSP chips for running more award-winning UAD Powered Plug-Ins in real time

      -Easily connect to professional studio gear with 16 x 16 analog I/O via DB-25 connections, plus switchable +24 / +20 dBu headroom settings

      -Work in surround formats up to 7.1*, complete with speaker calibration and fold-down

*Surround Sound Support for Apollo X Coming Q4 2018.

Elite-Class A/D and D/A Conversion
With thousands of chart-topping songs and hundreds of Grammy-winning albums under their belt, Apollo interfaces are no strangers to tracking stellar-sounding records. To improve on the previous generation Apollo interface's class-leading audio conversion, UA engineers obsessively auditioned the latest A/D and D/A converters - ultimately pairing elite-class 24-bit/192 kHz converters with all-new analog circuitry for an ultra-pristine signal path.

With 133 dB dynamic range and THD+N of -129 dB, the Apollo x16's open, natural sound quality bests every interface in its class - regardless of price - and is the perfect starting point for applying UAD processing.

Realtime UAD HEXA Core Processing
Apollo x16 features new HEXA Core processing, with six DSP chips and 50% more UAD plug-in processing power than previous Apollos. This lets you run more UAD plug-ins, whether you're tracking in real time with channel strips from Neve, Manley, or API, or running high UAD plug-in counts when mixing in your DAW.

From the tube warmth of Pultec EQs on guitars to the musical tube limiting of the LA-2A on vocals, or the pump of a genuine 1176 or Fairchild 670 tube compressor on drums, your recordings will take a giant leap forward with a rich, three-dimensional analog sound that UAD plug-ins provide.

A Full Suite of Classic Analog Processing Onboard
Of course, a hallmark feature of Apollo is its Realtime UAD Processing, letting you run the full library of UAD plug-ins with near-zero latency. Apollo x16 includes the Realtime Analog Classics Plus plug-in bundle, so you can record and mix with the world's only authentic Teletronix LA-2A, 1176LN, and Fairchild compressors, Pultec EQs, and many more.

Included in the Realtime Analog Classics Plus Bundle:

        UA 610-B Tube Preamp & EQ


        Marshall Plexi Classic Guitar Amp


        Ampeg SVT-VR Classic Bass Amp


        UA 1176LN Limiting Amplifier (Legacy)


        UA 1176SE Limiting Amplifier (Legacy)


        Pultec EQP-1A EQ (Legacy)


        Pultec Pro EQ (Legacy)


        Teletronix LA-2A Leveling Amplifier (Legacy)


        Fairchild 670 Compressor (Legacy)


        Precision Enhancer Hz


        Raw Distortion


        Precision Channel Strip (Precision Mix Rack Collection)


        Precision Reflection Engine (Precision Mix Rack Collection)


        Precision Delay Mod (Precision Mix Rack Collection)


        Precision Delay Mod L (Precision Mix Rack Collection)


      RealVerb Pro Custom Room Modeler

Access the World of UAD Powered Plug-Ins
Going beyond the included Realtime Analog Classics Plus plug-ins, Apollo x16 lets you tap into the full UAD Powered Plug-In library of name-brand vintage EQs, compressors, reverbs, tape machines, channel strips, and more - at near-zero latency, regardless of your audio software's buffer size and without taxing your computer's CPU.

With exclusive emulations from SSL, Neve, Studer, Manley, API, Ampex, Lexicon, Fender, and more,** it's like having a studio full of iconic analog gear, in a single rack space. And unlike competing interfaces, these award-winning DSP-powered plug-ins are also available in your DAW for mixing.

Surround Sound Monitoring* and +24dBu Operation
With comprehensive surround monitoring support for formats up to 7.1, Apollo x16 is a boon for engineers and producers working on audio and music for video games, television, and the web. In addition, Apollo x16 offers selectable +24 dBu operation for out-of-the-box compatibility with professional mixing consoles and other high-end pro audio equipment.

Build a Networked Studio System Over Thunderbolt
Apollo x16 offers 18 x 20 simultaneous inputs/outputs (16 x 16 analog I/O) and two built-in Thunderbolt 3 ports, which are backwards-compatible with Thunderbolt 1 and 2 Macs via adapter (sold separately). This allows users of any Thunderbolt-equipped Apollo Twin or Apollo rackmount audio interfaces to easily combine up to four Apollos and six total UAD-2 devices - adding fast, high-bandwidth I/O and DSP as your studio grows.

  • 18 x 20 Thunderbolt 3 audio interface with class-leading 24-bit/192 KHz conversion
  • HEXA Core Realtime UAD Processing for tracking through UAD plug-ins at near-zero latency, regardless of audio buffer size
  • Surround monitor controller up to 7.1 format*
  • Includes "Realtime Analog Classics Plus" UAD plug-in bundle featuring UA 610-B Tube Preamp; Legacy Pultec EQ, LA-2A, and 1176 compressors; Marshall Plexi Classic; Ampeg SVT-VR Classic and more
  • UAD-2 HEXA Core processing onboard for additional mixing horsepower for Pro Tools, Logic, Cubase, Ableton, and other major DAWs
  • Combine up to 4 Thunderbolt-equipped Apollos and 6 total UAD devices; backward-compatible with Thunderbolt 1 and 2 via optional adapter
  • Selectable +24 dBu operation for easy compatibility with professional mixing consoles and tape machines
  • Convenient front panel monitoring functions including Alt Speakers, Talkback mic, and assignable Dim or Mono
  • Uncompromising UA analog design, superior components, and premium build quality
  • Free, industry-leading technical support - on the phone and online - from knowledgeable audio engineers
  • Inputs
  • Line Inputs (DB25):
    16 Balanced via (2) 25-pin D-sub
  • Digital Inputs (XLR):
    AES/EBU: 2 channels @ 44.1 - 192 kHz
  • A to D Conversion
  • Line Inputs:
    Dynamic Range: 124 dB (A-weighted)
    THD+N: -115 dB (0.00018%)
    Frequency Response: 20 Hz - 20 kHz, ±0.05 dB
  • Outputs
  • Line Outputs (DB25):
    16 Balanced via (2) 25-pin D-sub
  • Monitor Outputs (XLR):
    2 Balanced (Left/Right)
  • Digital Outputs (XLR):
    AES/EBU: 2 channels @ 44.1 - 192 kHz
  • D to A Conversion
  • Line Outputs:
    Dynamic Range: 127 dB (A-weighted)
    THD+N: -123 dB (0.00007%)
    Frequency Response: 20 Hz - 20 kHz, ±0.02 dB
  • Monitor Outputs:
    Dynamic Range: 133 dB
    THD+N: -129 dB (0.00004%)
    Frequency Response: 20 Hz - 20 kHz, ±0.02 dB
  • ALL:
    Thunderbolt 3 cable (not included)
    Internet connection to download software and authorize UAD plug-ins
    6 gigabytes available storage
    Quad Core i7 or better processor recommended
  • MAC:
    Available Thunderbolt 1, 2, or 3 port
    Thunderbolt 1 and 2 connections require an Apple Thunderbolt 3 to Thunderbolt 2 Adapter (not included)
    macOS 10.12 Sierra or 10.13 High Sierra
    Mac Pro (Late 2013 "black cylinder" model) compatibility for Apollo X coming Q4 2018
  • PC:
    Available Thunderbolt 3 port
    Windows 10 Fall Creators Update (64-Bit Edition)