I must say at first, i like hardware and software from UA that i was able to work with in general. I got the Apollo because i liked the thought of 0 latency tracking and having it all in one piece of gear.
The Apollo brings you some innovative advantages like trying and tracking with UA plugins in real time. However to me, it had some drawbacks that were basically the reason for me to return the unit.
Coming from a 4,2ms latency system, Apollo took 13,2ms on the same system for a DAW roundtrip. Since i am using software instruments like PodFarm that didnt go so well for me.
The Console mixer took 11% from my DSP power, without any plugin loaded. In my eyes that is too much.
Other than that i was quite satisfied ;)
With this unit I am able to make better mixing decisions. I love the sound to the point that I don't believe I need to purchase a summing box. The only issue is I have to bypass the headphones 1 & 2 because I get a scratchy sound when I adjust the volume on both HP jacks. I've, tried it in different outlets, different headphones (3 different) but the scratch is still there when adjusting the volume knob. I've even returned the unit and got another unit and same thing. I thought I was going crazy so I let other people listen to see if they've heard and they've also heard the sound. UA is awsome and offered to fix the issue. I appreciate that but I just can't ship my unit out and wait a week to get it back. too busy.
I bought the Apollo Quad, and am generally very impressed with it. It's an excellent product -- but not great yet. What it does is very powerful, and it could be a complete home run if it did more.
-Low latency tracking
-Metering & aesthetics
-Rudimentary signal routing
-Runs only UAD plugins
-Requires 32-bit bridge in 64-bit DAW (still!)
The more serious you are about your ITB performance, the more the Apollo is a no-brainer. The core virtues of the box (no-latency tracking with plugs, superb audio quality) are worth it if you care enough about those things to spend $$$$. Thunderbolt will be huge. 3rd-party hosting would be a dream. Omnisphere via 88RS & A800, with no latency? GOOD GOD PLEASE.
I generally really like the Apollo as it has some very unique features such as allowing you to use and "print" UAD plugins while recording. I feel that the quality of the converters and preamps is great and the Studer A800 plugin has truly impressed me.
However, there is an issue with the Apollo software/firmware that I think need to be addressed as soon as possible: The console mixer has no digital routing capabilities in form of a matrix. This severely limits the possibilities, specifically trying to set up hardware inserts in Pro Tools with the Apollo. A software routing matrix is basically a standard in high quality audio interfaces and should definitely be added to the console.
The Apollo sounds fantastic. It's sturdy and of high quality. The plugs for it are like nothing I've ever used before and have brought my production to a whole new level.
Unfortunately, my system is crashing often and it drops all of the plug-ins. Every time this happens I need to powercycle the Apollo and restart my host. Support thinks it's my firewire port as it's one of the only things left which we cannot test because my iMac only has 1 firewire port. There is not way of telling unless I get a new computer. My FW port worked fine with everything else I've used it for.
Support was good once I got in contact but the delay was far too long 4-5 days both times. The staff is great but I really would like a live chat feature.
i bought the apollo last may. i waited 7 months for the pc drivers. after that i bought an apple laptop and it was having troubles for 2 more additional months cause of what seems to have been the TB to FW adapter. then i had no other choice that to buy the TB card and spent an additional 650$ for that and the TB cable. now it seems to be working fine.
pretty cool product. dont know how on earth you guys didn't put in a Talkback. thats kind of what everyone needs to be able to do a session.
sound is ok, up to the standards
another output for speakers would been necessary for a pro setup to be able to A-B speakers.
keep up the good work, but dont release products that are not ready yet. you make people turn against you
I live in Germany and work as a voice actor and producer. In my studio I use a FIREFACE UCX and a FIREFACE UCX from RME for 2 different setups. I also have a LA 610 MKII, UA 6176 and Satellite Duo apart of AVALON 737 SP.
Apollo has a great sound. No doubt - but its not better than Fireface UCX or even UFX. For me was almost impossible to listen some difference in all tests.
But after some days of tests I send it back to my supplier. The reason was the software interface. Comparing with RME TotalMix FX it was like to compare an iPhone 5 with a NOKIA from 1992. Apart of it some plugins DOENST work without delay as announced - like "Precision Multiband Plug-In". In this case a Satellite was the best option for me.
Sorry UAD :/
I love the apollo, just not lovin (at all) the lack of audio routing possibilities. my 828 which was a 1/3 of the price of this machine, had a much better routing possibilities.
In the apollo
- you can't route system sounds,ok not a big deal but still not nice.
- you can't monitor with apollo's volume knob any other output but the main output.
so no ADAT monitoring at all...
you cant set your headphones to monitor any other output but the main output either. bummer!
well i don't maybe i just haven't learned how to use the console software correctly.
but for what i have read on the forums people are complaining about the same things.
Love it but with two units i have headphone jack problems. At first I thought it was the grounding in my studio but A. My MOTU 828 never scratched when I adjusted the knob. B. I plugged the Apollo into multiple outlets only to get the same scratchy noise when adjusting the headphone jacks 1 & 2. Finally this is the 2nd Apollo unit I have.
I returned the first one and got another one from a totally different store. What are the odds of having the same problem occur like that. Clients get testy when they hear foreign noises. Other than that I love love love the sound. The convertors are fabulous.
Customer service has been great thus far. I can't send this one in cause i'm too busy.
The unit seems very well built and functions OK. However, I bought it under the promotional thunderbolt card offer. The store I bought it from worded their advertising in a way that led me to believe the thunderbolt card would be fitted in my unit when I received it. I now have to wait 6-8 weeks for one to be sent from UA directly. This is quite frustrating as I can't basically run the system as I want to until this card arrives. The salesman at the store seemed to suggest this was the norm for ALL apollo units under this promotion - which your website clearly indicates is not the case. I'm sure the unti will be great when I get it working properly - although I probably would have got the apollo twin if I had known it was available.
I love the gear and the plug-ins, when I can keep it running. I get constant Firewire overflow errors in spite of trying all suggested settings provided by tech support and via the help forums
I'm looking forward to the day it just works without interruption
- ADDA quality is unexpectedly low
- 18% load on DSP with 0 PIs was unexpected either (shoul be able to turn off IO features to free up the DSP)
- Constant errors related to FW bandwidth (I use MB Pro 9.1) thus thunderbolt option is a must
- solidly built
- number of I/O
- overall idea of having I/O and DSP is great
I haven't found the Universal I/O section in Pro Tools 10 or 11 yet. When I get Pro Tools to play fair I'll test and review the Apollo.
I have been a Digital Performer and Motu hardware user for 8 years. Motu are making solid products.
In April last year I run into a promotion by UA for the Apollo hardware plus $1000 plug-ins. I decided to take my chance and move into the UA platform.
I have to say that sound quality is absolutely a giant step forward.
1. Great preamps.
2. Great plug ins.
3. Free plug ins....Stuter, SR88, Lexicon, Pultec Pro, Little labs voice of god.
1. Some firewire issues when running plug ins at times.
2. bandwidth adjustment can be tricky.
3. no MIDI
4. Some instability of the audio hardware to drop once and a while when a session is loading. Again I am not sure if this is something to do more with my studio setup or not.
As often read... there are many good reasons to work with this Interface.
BUT two things annoy me every day. If UA could solve this with updates the Apollo would be perfect.
First problem: even with the (expensive) Thunderbolt card installed, the audio I/O speed is same as FireWire already offers. When I bought the Apollo UA told the press that you can get PCIe speeds with this interface. It was not true... but this was my main reason to buy the Apollo. The TB option card brings more speed only to the UAD PlugIn section.
Second problem: the "UA mixer engine" is' extremely CPU hungry. It is still in 32bit... maybe Mac OS has problems translating it to the 64bit OS at the system level.
Please solve this via update!!! If you do so: 5 stars
I was on the search for a new audio converter and I came across the Apollo.
I was not sure if I would like to buy a first generation product, but the promotion plus some YouTube reviews affected my decision to get it,
I am not happy that I had to buy a separate MIDI hardware because the Apollo does not have MIDI I/O.
I would hope for a $2500.00 price tagI can get more analog inputs and preamps.
I am comparing it to the Fireface 800 by RME.
There is a learning curve here and I am not yet have a feel for the device.
I hope the converters plus the UA plug ins can really work for me.
I was taking a risk by buying it and I hope it would pay off.
I use pro tools 10' win7. I love the sound of the apollo very clean and the plugins are very powerful. I get constant errors using plugins within a session. I bought this thing for the sound quality and also,the plugins. I know its a software issue becuase i bought oth the recommended firewire pcie cards. Same errors: device error 50 and 84. I hope they come up with an update soon to fix this because i would hate to return this interface.
The Apollo High-Resolution Interface with Realtime UAD Processing is a great unit in every way but the most important way. The firewire cable that comes with the unit has a (fit) issue when it come to use with a Macbook Pro. The cable sits well in the firewire 800 connection to the UAD unit but to my laptop it is not a tight fit. There are occasional firewire alerts of "improper disconnect" because there is too much give. Not a good thing when my audio drives are on the chain and I can see them drop out. I have since replace that cable with a Belkin 800/800. Rating Unit: 4 Cable:0
Need to see individual outs on screen gui is not complete
I have some problems when I'm starting up my gear. Sometimes I get error messages saying that the plug-ins not are working. The messages started to appear after appr. two weeks.
And don´t forget to speed up the work with the multiple unit!
Best regards Erik Lundstrom