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UA Apollo 8 QUAD + Townsend Sphere L22

Complete interface and virtual mic system bundle! Includes UA Apollo 8 QUAD, Townsend Sphere L22 virtual microphone system, Thunderbolt cable, UA Realtime Analog Classics software bundle, and your choice of additional UA plug-ins
UA Apollo 8 QUAD + Townsend Sphere L22
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Description

The UA Apollo 8 QUAD + Townsend Sphere L22 Bundle is complete audio interface bundle featuring one of the world’s most popular professional audio interfaces, the Apollo 8 QUAD, paired with the revolutionary Townsend Labs Sphere L22, a digital modeling condenser mic that includes a veritable professional mic locker in a single powerful virtual package.

The Universal Audio Apollo 8 QUAD & Townsend Sphere L22 bundle comes in six configurations:

  • Standard Configuration (UA Apollo 8 QUAD interface, Townsend Sphere L22 virtual microphone system, and UA Realtime Analog Classics Plus software bundle)
  • Choose any 2 UAD Plug-ins (UA Apollo 8 QUAD interface, Townsend Sphere L22 virtual microphone system, UA Realtime Analog Classics Plus software bundle, and 2 additional UA plug-ins)
  • Choose any 3 UAD Plug-ins (UA Apollo 8 QUAD interface, Townsend Sphere L22 virtual microphone system, UA Realtime Analog Classics Plus software bundle, and 3 additional UA plug-ins)
  • Choose any 6 UAD Plug-ins (UA Apollo 8 QUAD interface, Townsend Sphere L22 virtual microphone system, UA Realtime Analog Classics Plus software bundle, and 6 additional UA plug-ins)
  • Choose any 10 UAD Plug-ins (UA Apollo 8 QUAD interface, Townsend Sphere L22 virtual microphone system, UA Realtime Analog Classics Plus software bundle, and 10 additional UA plug-ins)
  • Ultimate - 89 UAD Plug-ins (UA Apollo 8 QUAD interface, Townsend Sphere L22 virtual microphone system, UA Realtime Analog Classics Plus software bundle, and all 89 additional UA plug-ins)

    UAD plug-in packages available!UAD plug-in packages available!


The Universal Audio Apollo 8 QUAD is an elegant update to one of the world’s most popular professional audio interfaces — delivering enhanced sound with the tone, feel, and flow of analog recording. This 18 x 24 Thunderbolt interface features onboard UAD-2 QUAD processing, genuine UA analog design, and next-generation A/D and D/A conversion, putting class-leading sonic performance in a sleek new package.

Apollo 8 further distinguishes itself with Realtime UAD Processing and Unison™ technology, letting you record at near-zero latency through the full range of UAD plug-ins from Neve, Studer, Manley, Lexicon, and more — including new mic preamp emulations from Neve, API and Universal Audio. Apollo Expanded software now allows cascading up to four Apollos in a single system over Thunderbolt (Mac), so you can scale up your studio as your needs grow.

FEATURES:

  • Next-generation Apollo A/D and D/A conversion for professional music production
  • Onboard UAD-2 QUAD Core DSP allows Realtime UAD Processing — record through plug-ins from Neve, Lexicon, Studer, Marshall, Ampex, and more
  • 4 Unison-enabled mic preamps for tracking through preamp emulations from Neve, API, and Universal Audio
  • 18 x 24 Thunderbolt 2 audio interface for Mac with powerful Console 2.0 software control
  • Cascade up to 4 Apollo interfaces and 6 UAD devices total over Thunderbolt (Mac)
  • Convenient front panel monitoring functions including Alt Speakers, Dim, and Mono
  • Includes “Realtime Analog Classics Plus” UAD plug-in bundle with 610-B Tube Preamp & EQ, Raw Distortion, Softube Amp Rooms, legacy LA-2A, 1176, and Fairchild compressors, Pultec EQs, and more
  • World class UA analog design, superior components, and premium build quality

NEXT-GENERATION APOLLO A/D AND D/A CONVERSION

Apollo 8 improves upon the original Apollo’s gold-standard audio quality with completely redesigned, class-leading A/D and D/A conversion — giving you increased dynamic range and even lower THD. This results in breathtaking clarity, depth, and accuracy in your recordings, from tracking and overdubbing, to mixing and mastering.

REALTIME UAD PLUG-IN PROCESSING FOR TRACKING, MIXING, AND MASTERING

While Apollo 8’s “natural” sound is very open and transparent, it can quickly deliver a stunning range of classic analog tones and color via its Realtime UAD Processing. Available with UAD-2 QUAD processing onboard, Apollo’s DSP Acceleration allows for recording through UAD Powered Plug-Ins — with as low as sub-2ms latency — letting you monitor and “print” audio using classic analog emulations from Ampex, Lexicon, Manley, Neve, Roland, SSL, Studer, and more.

Using Apollo, UAD plug-ins are also available during mixing and mastering, putting UAD plug-ins (VST, RTAS, AU, AAX 64) at your disposal throughout the creative process.

FOUR MIC PREAMPS WITH UNISON™ TECHNOLOGY

A Universal Audio breakthrough, Apollo 8’s Unison technology gives you the tone of the world's most sought-after tube and solid state mic preamps — including their impedance, gain stage “sweet spots,” and component-level circuit behaviors.

Based on unprecedented hardware-software integration between Apollo’s mic preamps and its onboard UAD plug-in processing, Unison lets you record through stunning emulations like the bundled UA 610-B Tube Preamp plug-in, or exclusive preamp emulations from API and Neve.

Unison technology is further enhanced in Apollo 8 to include its panel Hi-Z instrument inputs, giving you dead-on impedance and gain matching for new stompbox models.

APOLLO EXPANDED AND CONSOLE 2.0

Thanks to Apollo Expanded software, users of Thunderbolt-equipped Apollo Twin, Apollo 8, Apollo 8p, and Apollo 16 audio interfaces can combine up to four Apollos and six total UAD-2 devices — adding I/O and DSP as their studio grows. Apollo Expanded also permits integration with previous generation Apollo over Thunderbolt.With Apollo 8’s Console 2.0 application — a complete re-imagining of Apollo’s original Console software — you can take advantage of over 25 user-requested features such as Channel Strip presets, Drag & Drop functionality, dynamically resizable windows, and more.

IMPROVED MONITORING AND WORKFLOW

Apollo 8 features a host of front-panel upgrades over the original Apollo, including Alt Speakers, Dim, and Mono functions as well as input and output metering capabilities via the new Meter button. These features combine with Apollo’s system scalability to make it the new standard in professional multi-channel audio recording.

Realtime Analog Classics Plus Plug-In Suite Included Standard on all configurations

Right out of the box you receive a suite of incredible analog emulation plug-ins including the world’s only authentic Teletronix LA-2A, 1176LN, and Fairchild compressors, the legendary Pultec EQs, and the UA 610-B Tube Preamp. Developed by UA’s world-renowned team of algorithm engineers, these Realtime Analog Classics plug-ins set the standard by which all other hardware emulation plug-ins are judged.

From the tube warmth of the Pultec EQ on guitars, to the gentle limiting of the LA-2A on vocals, or the pump of a genuine Fairchild 670 compressor on drums, your recordings will take a giant leap forward in rich, sonically complex analog sound.

REALTIME ANALOG CLASSICS PLUS PLUG-IN BUNDLE
INCLUDED WITH PURCHASE

UA 610-B

UA 1176LN Legacy

UA 1176SE Legacy

Pultec EQP-1A Legacy

Pultec-Pro Legacy

Teletronix LA-2A Legacy

Fairchild 670 Legacy

Precision Enhancer Hz

Raw Distortion

Softube Amp Room Half-Stack

Softube Bass Amp Room 8x10

Precision Channel Strip

Precision Reflection Engine

Precision Delay Mod

Precision Delay Mod L

RealVerb Pro


Sphere L22

The Townsend Labs Sphere L22 Condenser Studio Mic allows you to record with the sound of microphones many have only dreamt of! The Sphere L22 is a 3D precision microphone modeling system providing the characteristics of the most sought-after large-diaphragm condenser microphones with outstanding accuracy. The Sphere system consists of a high precision dual channel microphone, which, when paired with the included Sphere DSP plug-in (UAD, VST, AU, AAX Native), accurately models the response of a wide range of mics, including transient response, harmonics, proximity effect and three-dimensional polar response. With the DSP plugin you change the mic, polar pattern and other characteristics even after tracking!

Sphere’s three-dimensional approach captures the spatial nuances, proximity effect and off-axis frequency response of a wide range of microphones, which until now was not possible with any other product. The Sphere system employs the high-resolution, dual-channel L22 large-diaphragm condenser microphone, custom designed to capture the three-dimensional soundfield with exacting detail. Manufactured to extremely tight tolerances, the L22 ensures that modeling is consistent and accurate

SPHERE – HOW IT WORKS

Using a dual-capsule microphone with dual-outputs makes it possible to more completely capture the soundfield—including the directional and distance information otherwise lost with a conventional single-channel microphone. This allows the Sphere system to precisely reconstruct how different microphones respond to the soundfield. In contrast, other microphone modeling technologies apply EQ to filter the sound from what is essentially a conventional microphone. This is fundamentally no different from using EQ to process a recorded track.

The Sphere L22 microphone modeling system comprises this precision dual-channel microphone, plus an audio plug-in for your DAW. The software plug-in does all of the DSP processing used to create the microphone models. Using a plug-in, instead of DSP processing built into the mic, has the major advantage of allowing the user to change all of the modeling settings, such as mic type and polar pattern, after the audio is recorded.

PRECISION MICROPHONE

Sphere L22 Microphone – high precision, dual-capsule, large-diaphragm condenser studio microphone, which can be used with or without modeling.

SPHERE PLUG-IN

Sphere DSP algorithms – accurately models a wide range of the most sought-after microphones in the world Re-Mic technology – allows the user to change the mic type and polar pattern even after tracking. New patented features – including Off-Axis Correction, which can produce more accurate polar patterns for reduced bleed, room coloration, and feedback Supports a wide range of plug-in formats – including UAD, VST2, VST3, Audio Unit, and AAX Native on Mac and Windows

MICROPHONE MODELS:

  • LD-47: For many the 47 is the ultimate vocal mic. Rumor has it that Frank Sinatra would not sing without his. The specimen Townsend modeled is an original 47 with a fully brass K47 capsule with a mylar diaphragm and a VF-14 tube.
  • LD-12: Released in 1953 the C12 is another iconic mic which has a gorgeous high-end sheen and sparkle, due to the uniquely designed CK12 capsule. It's a great choice for lush, breathy vocals, without overly accentuating sibilance.
  • LD-67: The 67 is a very unique and wonderful mic that tends toward warm, yet without sounding dull. Townsend modeled a mid 1960s version. It really shines on distorted guitar amps where it can cut some of harshness, while maintaining detail.
  • LD-49K: Although the M49 used the same capsules as the U47, it has a number of “enhancements” which give it its iconic and distinctive sound. The center position on the pattern knob is approximately cardioid, but often the pattern was dialed in a little more exactly to get the best cardioid pattern possible. The model uses this “best” cardioid position.
  • Sphere Linear: The Sphere Linear model provides ruler flat frequency response from 20Hz to 20kHz, as well as an extremely smooth and well controlled off-axis response. A first of its kind, for a directional microphone.

Other mic mdoels:

  • LD-87
  • SD-451
  • RB-4038
  • DN-57

FEATURES:

  • Breakthrough Microphone Modeling Technology: Sphere’s three-dimensional approach captures the spatial nuances, proximity effect and off-axis frequency response of a wide range of microphones, which until now was not possible with any other product
  • Dream Collection: Access some of the most prized microphones of all time,
  • including a 47 (with VF14 tube), a 67, an M49, and a C12
  • Sphere L22 Microphone: The Sphere system employs the high-resolution, dual-channel L22 large-diaphragm condenser microphone, custom designed to capture the three-dimensional soundfield with exacting detail - manufactured to extremely tight tolerances, the L22 ensures that modeling is consistent and accurate
  • Realtime UAD Processing: With Universal Audio Apollo, achieve extremely low latency (approx 1.6 ms round trip at 96 kHz) for guaranteed real-time performance. Also supports native AAX, VST and AU
  • Polar Pattern Modeling: Because Sphere captures the three-dimensional response of target microphones, it precisely emulates the polar patterns and other off-axis characteristics of vintage microphones which are essential to their unique sound
  • Re-Mic Sphere Tracks: Select mic type, polar pattern and other settings both before and after tracking.
  • Adjustable Proximity Effect: No need to move a microphone solely because of too little or too much bass due to proximity effect - great for punching in a vocal where distance from the mic varies from take to take
  • Dual Mic Models: Dual Mode in the Sphere plug-in makes possible phase-coherent mixing of multiple virtual mic models from the same physical microphone, before or after tracking - it's also possible to adjust the relative phase alignment of the two mics with the Align control
  • Record In Stereo (With One Mic): With just one Sphere L22 mic it’s possible to make coincident stereo recordings, and even have different mic models on the left and right channels, using the Sphere 180 plug-in
  • Off-Axis Correction: Virtually rotate the axis of the mic to give a more off-axis sound before or after tracking
  • Axis Shift: Create more accurate polar patterns to reduce bleed, room coloration, and susceptibility of feedback before or after tracking
  • Polar Meter: The Sphere plug-in features a visually informative (and very cool) Polar Meter that dynamically displays the direction and level of sound being picked up by the microphone, as well as the currently selected polar pattern
  • Low Noise: The microphone hardware has a self-noise level of 7 dB-A SPL, well below most vintage microphones and comparable to many of the best modern microphones
  • High SPL Handling: The L22 can handle in excess of 140 dB SPL before clipping and is remarkably rugged - it won’t be damaged by high SPLs or air blasts as some vintage microphones can be

MICROPHONE SPECIFICATIONS:

  • Equivalent Noise Level: 7 dB-A
  • Max SPL at 0.5% THD: 140 dB (with -20 dB pad engaged)
  • Pad Attenuation: -10 db and -20 dB
  • Sensitivity: 22 mV/Pa
  • Output Connector: 5-pin male XLR
  • Breakout Cable: 10’ (3m) 5-pin female XLR to dual 3-pin male XLR
  • Weight (mic only): 1.7 lb (770 grams)
  • Dimensions (mic only): 8.9" x 2.5" (225 mm x 63 mm)
  • Output Impedance: 200 Ohms
  • Recommended Load Impedance: >1000 Ohms
  • Phantom Power
  • Voltage: 44 to 52 V per channel
  • Current: 5 mA per channel typical, 8 mA at max SPL

SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS:

  • 4 GB of RAM
  • 200 MB free disk space
  • 1024 x 768 display resolution
  • Internet connection to download software

Specs

Additional Information

Condition New
Chassis 19-in Rackmount
Rack Spaces 1u
Input Connectors Digital RCA, XLR Combo, Optical, BNC
Output Connectors Optical, BNC, XLR Combo, Digital RCA
Computer Connection Thunderbolt
Number of Preamps 4
Clock I/O In, Out
Maximum Sampling Rate 192 kHz
Digital Format S/PDIF, ADAT
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