Universal Audio Apollo Twin Review

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Overview

Universal Audio, one of the most celebrated companies in Pro Audio, has released a new product aimed at the home studio and traveling musician. The product is called the Apollo Twin and it is a digital audio interface that features a dual core processor and the award winning Universal Audio library of plug-ins. Check out our full video review to see if this is a good studio solution for you.

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Setup & First Impressions

Universal Audio, one of the most celebrated companies in Pro Audio, has released a new product aimed at the home studio and traveling musician. The product is called the Apollo Twin and it is a digital audio interface that features a dual core processor and the award winning Universal Audio library of plug-ins. The device is well made and showcases a visually appealing yet sturdy design. I found installation and set up to be very easy. Universal Audio does an excellent job of providing resources to show you exactly how to set up your new device. The device has 2 microphone inputs , 1/4” jack to hook an instrument like a guitar or bass as well as an Optical In. The audio is transmitted to the computer via Thunderbolt technology which minimizes latency and improves overall sound quality.

The sound quality achieved by the Apollo Twin is exceptional and is in 24 bit/192kHZ. I tested the Apollo Twin using a Blue Baby Bottle phantom powered microphone, a Fender VG Strat and used Logic X as my DAW for recording. The sound quality achieved was superior to similar products that I have used like the Apogee Duet for example. The DSP for the Apollo Twin functions really well and powers the UA plugins without issue. In regards to the UA plugins, the library is vast and wide ranging and offers solutions for practically all your production and mixing needs. I found the Compression, EQ and Limiter plugins to be the most useful.

Conclusion / Recommended For

The Apollo Twin is a great option for those that need a reliable and high quality digital audio interface. It achieves everything that is marketed as in stride. The DSP functions superbly to run the UA library of plugins and the sound quality is hard to beat. It’s a very aesthetically pleasing device and it is made of high quality and durable materials. If you’re in need of a device to help you track and mix vocals and instruments, the Apollo Twin is a natural choice.

The product is available from Universal Audio and it’s retail partners. You can learn more about the Apollo Twin by visiting: http://www.uaudio.com/interfaces/apollo-twin.html

Pros

  • Near Zero Latency when recording
  • DSP works extremely well
  • Access to UA’s plugins is a great selling point
  • Easy to set up
  • Attractive looking product made with quality materials

Cons

  • A little Pricey

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