Building off the same successful frame as its predecessor, Universal Audio has launched the next generation of Apollo Thunderbolt interfaces with some incredible innovations. The improved interface will expand to include better conversion, new monitor functions and the ability to connect four units together at the same time.
The first of the new Thunderbolt-only interfaces to hit the market is the Apollo 8. Available with both QUAD and DUO processing, the Apollo 8 features improved A/D and D/A technoology, the "Realtime Analog Classics Plus" plug-in bundle and four Unison mic preamps and Hi-Z inputs. Despite a lack of analog preamps, the Apollo 16 expands on the 8 by offering more connectivity options with 16x16 analog I/O, XLR monitor outs and stereo AES/EBU digital I/O.
For those looking to record more large scale projects with a Universal Audio interface, the Apollo 8P offers the same essentials with even more mic pres. Packing 8 Unison-enabled mic preamps into the Apollo 8p frame, the engineers at Universal Audio have opened up the door wide open to the amount of sounds that can be captured with this interface.
The final model to be released from Universal Audio is a FireWire-ready device, aptly named the Apollo FireWire. Offering the Apollo's incredible A/D and D/A conversion, four Unison mic preamps and UAD processing, this interface gives Windows and older Mac users the ability to take advantage of Universal Audio's technology.