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Universal Audio Launches New Audio Interface: Here’s What You Should Know About Apollo Twin X USB

While they’re mostly famous for their guitar pedals, Universal Audio Inc. have just stepped up their game in yet another field with the launch of a brand-new audio interface. In their official announcement, the company now officially brings Apollo Twin X USB as the new addition to the Apollo series of audio interfaces.

The press release notes this new unit’s “elite-class A/D and D/A conversion” that the company implemented from the Apollo X rackmount interfaces. The unit is also capable of running UAD plug-ins in real-time and they further add that its “completely redesigned A/D and D/A conversion” not only incredibly low latency but also super-low THD (or “total harmonic distortion”) and increased dynamic range as well.

What’s impressive about Apollo Twin X is that it comes with a 10 x 6 formation, meaning that it has 10 input channels and 6 output channels. It’s also equipped with the company’s famous Unison preamps that bring some incredibly advanced features, all with the goal of keeping your sound as pristine and as realistic as possible. There’s also UAD-2 DUO Core Processing that helps with tracking using some of Universal Audio’s vintage-oriented plugins.

An important thing to note is that Apollo Twin X USB features 24-bit and 192 kHz audio conversion resolution. This is pretty much as high as it gets. But combined with its advanced processing, you’ll get pretty smooth operation and top-notch sound recording quality with super-low latency.

There’s also an abundance of other useful features. And we’re talking about the actual physical additions and controls. Firstly, there’s an onboard talkback microphone which makes this compact unit a rightful candidate for professional studios. Other than that, it also comes with a front-panel Hi-Z instrument input, a headphone output, as well as controls for mono mode, muting, DIM, and ALT monitor.

To add to this audio interface’s pro-grade features, there’s also an option to expand its total channel number using optical ADAT or Optical S/PDIF connection. With this method, you can get up to eight new inputs. So if our math checks out, this sums up in a total of 18 channels.

What we should also add is that this is a Windows-based device and it is said to give “Windows-based musicians and producers elite-class audio conversion with the tone, feel, and flow of analog recording.”

Apollo Twin X USB also comes with the company’s Heritage Edition UAD plug-in bundle. The whole things includes following digital tools:

  • 1176 Classic Limiter Collection (3)
  • 1176LN Legacy Compressor/Limiter
  • 1176SE Legacy Compressor/Limiter
  • 610 Tube Preamp & EQ Collection (2)
  • Ampeg SVT-VR Classic Bass Amplifier
  • Pultec® Passive EQ Collection (3)
  • Pultec EQP-1A Legacy
  • Pultec Pro Legacy
  • Pure Plate Reverb
  • Precision Channel Strip
  • Precision Delay Modulation
  • Precision Delay Modulation L
  • Precision Reflection Engine
  • RAW Distortion Pedal
  • RealVerb Pro
  • Softube Marshall Plexi Classic Guitar Amp
  • Teletronix® LA-2A Classic Leveler Collection (3)
  • Teletronix LA-2A Legacy Limiter

Finally, Universal Audio Inc. lists this new Apollo for $999 MAP. However, we’ll see what happens when they fully roll them out through retailers. In the meantime, feel free to check out more information on their official page here.

Now, it seems that Universal Audio have been pretty busy lately. Only recently, they announced a lineup of four new guitar pedals. Called 1176 Studio Compressor, Orion Tape Echo, Heavenly Plate Reverb, and Evermore Studio Reverb, all four devices are replicas of some of the brand’s legendary vintage devices, especially accustomed for active guitarists looking for their perfect tones. For more information on that, visit this link.

Photos: Universal Audio

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  • David Slavkovic

    David always planned for music to be nothing more than a hobby. However, after a short career as an agricultural engineer he ended up news editor at KillerGuitarRigs, senior editor at Ultimate-Guitar.com, as well as a freelance contributor to online magazines such as GuitaristNextdoor.