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Universal Audio Apollo FireWire Audio Interface With Quad Core DSP

Universal Audio have re-designed their original Firewire Apollo interface with the introduction of the black-face Thunderbolt Apollo's. The Apollo Firewire features a quad-core internal UAD-2, and maintains the original silver-face aesthetic and I/O. The Apollo Firewire is compatible with the Apollo Thunderbolt expansion card too.  Apollo FireWire is one of the world’s most popular professional audio interfaces — delivering the sound, feel, and flow of analog recording to music creators everywhere.

    • Universal Audio Apollo FireWire PRODUCT FEATURES:

      Apollo FireWire. Features & Specs.

      Audio Interface
      Sample rates up to 192 kHz at 24-bit word length
      18 x 24 simultaneous input/output channels:
      Eight channels of analog-to-digital conversion via mic, line, or high-impedance inputs
      14 channels of digital-to-analog conversion via:
      Eight mono line outputs
      Stereo monitor outputs
      Two stereo headphone outputs
      10 channels of digital I/O via:
      Eight channels ADAT Optical I/O with S/MUX for high sample rates
      Two channels coaxial S/PDIF I/O with sample rate conversion
      Two FireWire 800 ports for daisy-chaining other FireWire devices

      Microphone Preamplifiers

      Four high-resolution, ultra-transparent, digitally-controlled analog mic preamps
      Unison™ technology for deep integration with UAD preamp and pedal plug-ins
      Front panel and software control of all preamp parameters
      Switchable low cut filter, 48V phantom power, 20 dB pad, polarity inversion, and stereo linking


      Stereo monitor outputs (independent of eight line outputs)
      Digitally-controlled analog monitor outputs maintains highest fidelity
      Front panel control of monitor levels and muting
      Two stereo headphone outputs with independent mix buses
      Independent front panel analog volume controls for headphone outputs
      Front panel pre-fader metering of monitor bus levels
      S/PDIF outputs can be set to mirror the monitor outputs

      Onboard UAD-2 Processing

      QUAD model featuring four SHARC processors
      Realtime UAD Processing on all of Apollo’s analog and digital inputs
      Same features and functionality as other UAD-2 products when used with DAW
      Can be combined with other UAD-2 devices for increased mixing DSP
      Complete UAD Powered Plug-Ins library is available online


      Console application:
      Enables Realtime UAD Powered Plug-Ins processing
      DSP mixer for realtime monitoring and tracking
      Remote control of all Apollo features and functionality

      Console Recall plug-in:
      Saves Apollo configurations inside DAW sessions for easy recal
      Enables control of all front panel parameters from within the DAW
      VST, RTAS, and Audio Units plug-in formats

      UAD Meter & Control Panel application:
      Configures global UAD-2 and Powered Plug-Ins settings and monitors system usage
    • Universal Audio Apollo FireWire TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS:


      I/O Complement

      Microphone Inputs 4
      High-Impedance Inputs 2
      Analog Line Inputs 8
      Analog Line Outputs 8
      Analog Monitor Outputs 2 (1 stereo pair)
      Headphone Outputs 2 stereo (independent mix buses)
      ADAT Up to 8 channels via dual I/O ports with S/MUX
      S/PDIF 1 stereo input, 1 stereo output
      FireWire 800 (IEEE 1394b) Dual ports
      Thunderbolt (via Option Card) Dual ports
      Word Clock 1 input, 1 output

      A/D – D/A Conversion

      Supported Sample Rates (kHz) 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4, 192
      A/D Bits Per Sample 24
      Simultaneous A/D conversion 8 channels
      Simultaneous D/A conversion 14 channels
      Analog Round-Trip Latency 1.1 milliseconds @ 96 kHz sample rate
      Analog Round-Trip Latency with four serial UAD-2 plug-ins via Console application 1.1 milliseconds @ 96 kHz sample rate

      Analog I/O

      Microphone Inputs 1 – 4
      Jack Type XLR Female
      Phantom Power +48V, Switchable
      Dynamic Range 118 dB (A–weighting)
      Signal-to-Noise Ratio 118 dB (A–weighting)
      Total Harmonic Distortion + Noise –110 dB

      Hi–Z Inputs

      Jack Type ¼” Male (Mono TS plug required)
      Dynamic Range 117 dB (A–weighting)
      Signal-to-Noise Ratio 117 dB (A–weighting)
      Total Harmonic Distortion + Noise –103 dB

      Line Inputs 1 – 4

      Jack Type ¼”Male TRS Balanced
      Dynamic Range 117 dB (A–weighting)
      Signal-to-Noise Ratio 117 dB (A–weighting)
      Total Harmonic Distortion + Noise –107 dB

      Line Inputs 5 – 8

      Jack Type ¼” Male TRS Balanced
      Dynamic Range 117 dB (A–weighting)
      Signal-to-Noise Ratio 117 dB (A–weighting)
      Total Harmonic Distortion + Noise –107 d

      Line Outputs 1 – 8

      Jack Type ¼” Male TRS Balanced
      Dynamic Range 118 dB (A–weighting)
      Frequency Response 20 Hz – 20 kHz, ±0.1 dB
      Signal-to-Noise Ratio 118 dB (A–weighting)
      Total Harmonic Distortion + Noise –106 dB

      Monitor Outputs 1 – 2

      Jack Type ¼” Male TRS Balanced
      Frequency Response 20 Hz – 20 kHz, ±0.1 dB
      Dynamic Range 115 dB (A–weighting)
      Signal-to-Noise Ratio 114 dB (A–weighting)
      Total Harmonic Distortion + Noise –103 dB

      Stereo Headphone Outputs 1 & 2

      Jack Type ¼” Male TRS Stereo/Unbalanced
      Frequency Response 20 Hz – 20 kHz, ±0.1 dB

      Digital I/O


      Jack Type Phono (RCA)
      Format IEC958


      Jack Type Optical TOSLINK JIS F05
      Format ADAT Digital “Lightpipe” with S/MUX
      Channel Assignments @ 44.1 kHz, 48 kHz Port 1 = Channels 1 – 8, Port 2 = 1 – 8 (mirrored)
      Channel Assignments @ 88.2 kHz, 96 kHz Port 1 = Channels 1 – 4, Port 2 = Channels 5 – 8
      Channel Assignments @ 176.4 kHz, 192 kHz Port 1 = Channels 1 – 2, Port 2 = Channels 3 – 4

      Word Clock

      Jack Type BNC
      Lock Range ±0.5% of any supported sample rate
      Word Clock Input Termination 75 Ohms, switchable

      Synchronization Sources

      Internal, Word Clock, S/PDIF, ADAT


      Power Supplies External AC to DC Power Supply Brick, Internal DC to DC Power Supply
      AC Connector Type IEC Male
      AC Requirements 100V – 240V AC, 50 – 60 Hz
      DC Connector Type XLR 4-Pin Locking Male (Neutrik P/N NC4MDM3-H)
      DC Requirements 12 VDC, ±5%
      Maximum Power Consumption 6.5 amperes


      Width 19”
      Height 1.75” (1U rack space)
      Depth, Chassis Only 12.125”
      Depth, Including Knob & Jack Protrusions 13.5”
      Shipping Box (Width x Depth x Height) 24” x 17” x 8”
      Shipping Weight (with box & accessories) 18 pounds
      Weight (bare unit) 9.1 pounds
    • Universal Audio Apollo FireWire SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS:

      System Requirements FireWire Systems

      UAD Powered Plug-Ins version 8

      (Win) Windows 7 64-Bit Edition w/SP1
      (Mac) OS X 10.8.5 Mountain Lion, 10.9.x Mavericks, or 10.10.x Yosemite
      Available FireWire 800 port*
      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

      *On Windows systems, a qualified PCIe-to-FireWire adapter card is required. Please visit the UA product support page for further information.
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