I was pretty dead set on the Apogee Symphony due to the reputation of the converters and the expansion options. However after A/B'ing the two, I decided to pick up an Apollo Duo (slightly more "open" field of depth IMO). The I/O options are just enough and if I ever need more in the future, the daisy chain option is available. The onboard pre's are very transparent and provide a ton of headroom. I rate 4/5 because of my issue with UAD-2 (running on MacBook Pro with Retina 2.8 GHz i7 quad, 16 GB RAM, 512 SSD). Everyday I get a popup (from Console) that tells me that plugins have been disabled. Always remedied by a quick restart, but is not ideal in the middle of a session! Overall, it was a major improvement!
upgraded from my Sattelite Duo to an Apollo Quad and I dont regret my purchase. I used to work with a Benchmark Audio ADC and DAC1 converter before. To my surprise the Apollo converter quality even exceeds my expectations and beats the Benchmarks.
I am happy about the fact to finally have enough DSP power for most of the work I do (which is mainly mixdown and mastering jobs).
There is only one MAJOR issue with the Apollo and that is the built "quality" of the monitor leveler. it is totally shaky and not precise at all. and the encoder steps are far too big. the Apollo is built like a tank, except for this monitor dial. that dial is a total no-go for a company that otherwise has great products in its portfolio!
Infelizmente tenho que usar o delay compensation do protools com os plugs da UAD para compensar os muitos atrasos dos plugins,e não estar conseguindo usar minha project mix como controladora por estar conflitando com a Apollo quad... mas do resto achei a melhor compra minha dos ultimos tempos e creio que irei adquirir muitas outras coisas da UA em breve... Pena a apollo quad não vir com mais plugins já na compra. Mas de qualquer forma estou muito satisfeito. Bruno Brito.
I like so very much....a couple of things... To be perfect for me, I would like to see the MIDI port and combo connectors XLR and 1/4. But it's working for me very nice!
Fantastic interface, really clean and open sound and a real step up from my previous interface. Running my bass through with a little compression gives me a sound that is better than any of my amps.
It only needs a couple of software changes to be perfect for me:
1. It needs to allow routing to outputs other than 1&2
2. It needs to allow me to change the DAW input levels
Apart from these, really enjoying it.
This is the best single purchase I have ever made, turns out my hard earned money has been very wisely spent because the quality of my recordings have finally arrived in the pro domain which is really good news as I have struggled for years to get the sound I so desired. I recently recorded a solo classical piano album with DPA mics and my new Apollo and the results are astounding. My only grumble is how few plug ins were included as standard for my £2k plus which is the only reason I can't give it the full 5 stars, and y'know if plug ins weren't so prohibitively expensive for us small guys we would all buy and use them more, anyway enough of the politics overall absolutely thrilled with my new Apollo.
Thanks UA 4*
I like it very much, and the ability to monitor with low latency and use UA plugins (which I loved already) is great.
*However,* the lack of matrix routing (in this case, the inability to route both the console inputs *and* existing tracks to the same 1-8 output pair, combined with the modest headphone output level is a problem for me (and probably other people who are having to track drums in the same room).
I hope this will be addressed soon! Having to use an external mixer or replace my (fairly standard Sony 7506) headphones with something with slightly lower impedance is a bummer.
+ nice unit powered with uad plugins
+ good monitor d-a converters
+ low latency plug in usage (only uad plugins)
+ good preamps
+ stable drivers
- no aes/ebu
- no midi
- scale of the monitor output knob by low levels
- no monitor output readout (like rme ufx)
- no dim button
- pushing the mono botton by 0dbfs masters ends with horrible overs
- slow drivers by using virtual instruments (i really hope that the thunderbolt option gives me the same performance like rme and my old motu soundcard).
The UA Team has done a great job with the overall appearance and feel of the new Apollo. The front panel is very clean and organized well.
The 1U model is held together with steel and aluminum plates. You can toss this thing around. Guaranteed it will still hold together.
The unit works seamlessly with the very popular "console" app provided. The routing that can be done in the back end and integrated with your DAW is amazing.
Whether you're running old or new mixes, or even songs from your itunes library this unit does a great job at clearing things up and making your music come to life.
Would have loved to have seen more "Free" UAD plugins, considering the price.
i have found 3 points i dont like - and i also cannot understand:
1. Why it isnt possible to "insert" an effect on the master out ? (like an EQ for bad mixed sound to cut off the bass)
2. Why it isnt possible to control the master volume with my mac osx keyboard like it was possible with my fireface uc
3.Would be cool to use output 7/8 for another couple of monitor speakers - so if the master out could be routed also to those and the volume could be also controlled of this output with the master volume control AND the keyboard, i could DROP my mackie big knob - ok this is a special case - it would just need some afford to make the routing more transparent and control able to the user like on sourcards from earlier age.(creamware scope)
Achetée récemment pour des projets live, l'apollo quad me procure satisfaction au niveau des plugins en temps réel, fonction qui couplée à la possibilité d'utiliser des versions démo, permet vraiment de faire ses choix selon ses besoins.
Ceci dit, la console doit encore évoluer pour permettre des envois AUX préfaders, un routing plus abouti qui permettrait par exemple de renvoyer l'AUX1 vers l'AUX2, bref le genre de câblage que l'on veut réaliser quand on a plusieurs systèmes in ear à gérer + la façade. Des retours playback seraient également utiles dans la console.
Je reste à l'affût des dernières évolutions au niveau des possibilités de l'ensemble bref l'apollo s'annonce déjà comme une petite révolution dans ma manière de faire
- High quality interface
- Great transparent pres
- Thunderbolt add on ability
- Console app is easy to use and has recall
- Easy to use design
- Hi-z inputs are good and handy
- Limited IO (Multi-unit support will be nice when it comes along, although I doubt I would ever need both a Quad and a Duo)
- Console doesn't control DAW input levels
- No software routing matrix
- Only plugs go through thunderbolt. Audio still in firewire realm
- Headphone section is kind of mediocre (Would be better if you could send separate mixes to headphones)
- Would have preferred monitor section to be XLR instead of TRS
Best audio interface I've used so far. Superior sound quality and very user friendly. Best plug-ins on the market to date. The only thing that makes it 4 out of 5 is the lack of MIDI connections.
From the moment I ran some old mixes through the Apollo Quad I was really impressed. Solid unit, with a great sound, quality preamps & smart design.
The console app is easy to use, looks good and works well. In fact, I didn't have to refer to the manual much to get the Apollo set up & working.
I do wish the front panel knobs were more solid. It's also a shame the Apollo has only one set of monitor outs &, given the console app has a Mono button, I would have liked a Mono Monitor out as well. I'm not impressed with having a TRS connections for the Monitors, should be XLR.
I look forward to routing improvements int eh Console & full 64 bit operation in the near future. But, even without that, the Apollo is unique & impressive.
Having said that, just a few slight criticisms:
The Word Clock connectors are too close to the MON outputs, making it difficult to attach a BNC T-connector. It can be done but it's a bit of a PITA. BTW the manual says that WC in is echoed out with a slight delay (40 ns I think), so a T-connector is recommended. I'm clocking from an Apogee Rosetta 800.
Would have been nice to put at least one pair of XLR mic connectors on the front panel.
The decision to have two separate headphone busses also seems a bit odd to to me. I would have been happier with, say, 10 pairs of inputs and only 9 pairs of outputs (analog 1-8 and one headphone bus). It would be the same number of AD/DA's and roughly same cost I think.
macpro neahalem 2009
snow leopard 10;6.8
it works very good.
It is one of the best high-resolution computer audio interface that I was able to used.
The preamps is transparent and clear for my voice.
Converters are very good.
It is really cool to be able to use my plug-gins on my analog line inputs , I appreciate the concept (with 1,1MS Analog Round-Trip Latency )whaaouh!!
I wait a plugin voucher for the treatment of the voice(harmony,choir,double etc).
sorry for my English I'm from France.
for me this hardware can win TEC 2012-2013
when i turn my knobs of the microphone they do that annoying noise.. very amateur.... what can i do to get it better?
The Apollo Duo is awesome .but there support team is lacking on Response time .
This review is for a UAD Apollo Quad used with a 15" Macbook Pro Retina with 16GB Ram.
The Apollo is an amazing piece of gear. It has revolutionized my production setup and is a huge leap forward from my Mackie Onyx. I only wish it was more stable.
I'm still waiting on my free thunderbolt expansion card (Months? Really?) so this review is for the Firewire connection.
I regularly experienced dropped UAD plugins (around 4 Ampex & 4 Roland Dimension plugins) as well as glitchy audio when pausing / staring ableton playback. Worse still, I frequently experience drastic latency with UAD plugins as well as UAD failure which requires a complete system reboot and Apollo restart before functioning.
I would still highly recommend the apollo.
I upgraded from Digi003 to the Apollo duo, big change, I use it with my channel strip 6176, which i love for vocals. AD/DA conversion is better than anything i had before.
i only gave it 4 stars because i think it need it a least one more monitor out and a mute button. no biggy though.