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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. A perfect centerpiece for studios running original Mac Pro towers and Windows 7 machines, this 18 x 24 FireWire 800-equipped interface features analog design based on UA’s 50-year heritage, along with gold-standard Apollo A/D and D/A conversion for impeccable audio resolution. Apollo FireWire further distinguishes itself with Realtime UAD-2 Processing and Unison™ technology, letting you record with 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.
Key Features
-Worldwide standard in professional A/D and D/A conversion for music production
-Onboard UAD-2 QUAD Core DSP allows Realtime UAD Processing
-4 Unison-enabled mic preamps for tracking through preamp emulations from Neve, API, and Universal Audio*
-18 x 24 FireWire audio interface for Mac and Windows 7
-Cascade two Apollos for 16 analog I/O and 12 digital I/O -Includes “Realtime Analog Classics Plus” UAD plug-in bundle
-Upgradeable to Thunderbolt via Thunderbolt 2 Option Card (Mac)
-World class UA analog design, superior components, and premium build quality
-The Gold Standard in 24-bit/192 kHz

-Sound Quality
Designed to play a central role in studios running original Mac Pro towers or Windows 7 machines, Apollo FireWire delivers an uncompromising approach to audio quality. Building upon decades of UA hardware heritage, it offers extremely high-resolution sound, with the lowest THD and highest dynamic range in its class. Apollo FireWire’s four premium mic preamps and converters translate into recordings with astounding accuracy and depth — whether you’re tracking and overdubbing, or mixing and mastering.

Realtime UAD Plug-In Processing for Tracking, Mixing, and Mastering While Apollo FireWire’s “natural” sound is exceedingly open and transparent, it can quickly deliver a wide range of classic analog tones and color via its Realtime UAD Processing. Featuring powerful onboard QUAD processing, Apollo FireWire’s DSP Acceleration allows for recording through UAD Powered Plug-Ins — with sub-2ms latency, regardless of buffer settings — letting you monitor and “print” audio with classic analog emulations from Ampex, Lexicon, Manley, Neve, Roland, SSL, Studer, and more.* The Apollo FireWire’s bundled “Realtime Analog Classics Plus” suite of UAD plug-ins gives you the UA 610-B Tube Preamp & EQ, Raw Distortion, Softube Amp Rooms, legacy LA-2A, 1176, and Fairchild compressors, Pultec EQs, and more, so you have a rack full of bonafide audio classics, right out of the box. Four Mic Preamps with Unison™ Technology Apollo FireWire comes equipped with four Unison-enabled mic preamps, letting you track with colorful mic preamp sounds from Neve, API, and Universal Audio. An Apollo breakthrough, Unison technology nails the tone of these sought-after tube and solid state mic preamps — including their impedance, gain stage “sweet spots,” and component-level circuit behaviors. Track With Unison™ Technology Elegant Hardware Design and Workflow

The secret to Unison is its hardware-software integration between Apollo’s mic preamps and its onboard UAD-2 processing. Simply place a selected tube or solid state preamp plug-in on your desired mic input, and record in real time through stunning emulations like the bundled UA 610-B Tube Preamp plug-in, or the Neve 1073 and API 212L.

One key feature of Apollo FireWire isn’t really a “feature” at all. It’s the numerous design details that give you a fast, natural workflow — and better results. There are physical front panel controls for all the most commonly used features, including Preamp and Monitor level knobs, channel selection, mic pad and low cut, phantom power, and dual headphone outs with independent level control. Smart Hi-Z inputs on the front panel detect when you've connected your guitar or bass. Sonically, Apollo's Monitor outputs are digitally controlled analog, so you don't lose audio resolution when you adjust gain. 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
-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.
Visit the product support page for details: Apollo UAD-2 Satellite


Note: The specs below are a subset of the full list. See the Apollo Hardware Manual for complete product 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


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-Below cost and end of line / deleted models;
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