Universal Audio Apollo 16 with Thunderbolt Option Card

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Universal Audio's flagship 16 x 16 audio interface with UAD-2 QUAD processing.

Universal Audio has managed to once again improve upon greatness. Introducing the Apollo 16, UA's flagship 24-bit / 192kHz audio interface. The Apollo 16 delivers world-class conversion with 16x16 analog I/O, that's twice as many inputs and outputs as the original Apollo models. This uncompromising FireWire/Thunderbolt-ready* interface combines superior sound with powerful onboard UAD-2 QUAD processing. So you can track audio in real time through classic UAD analog emulation plug-ins - on both Mac and Windows 7.

World-Class 24-bit/192 kHz Conversion
Apollo 16 brings a true "no compromise" approach to every aspect of its audio signal path. Building upon decades of UA hardware expertise, it features meticulous analog circuit design, top-end converters, and DC-coupled outputs - providing the lowest THD and highest dynamic range of any converter in its class. Specifically, the Apollo 16's deep, wide soundstage, and its exceptionally open and transparent sound, makes it the ideal centerpiece for professional recording studios.

Realtime UAD Plug-In Processing for Tracking, Mixing, and Mastering
With its standard UAD-2 QUAD processing onboard, Apollo 16 allows recording in real time through UAD Powered Plug-Ins - with as low as sub-2ms latency - so you can monitor, audition, and "print" audio through stunning analog emulations from Ampex, Lexicon, Manley, Neve, Roland, SSL, Studer, and more.** Better still, Apollo 16's Realtime UAD Processing is also available during mixing and mastering, so that music producers can employ UAD plug-ins (VST, RTAS, AU) throughout the creative process.

Expandable 16 x 16 Analog Connectivity with Advanced Routing
Apollo 16 boasts straightforward 16 x 16 analog I/O via convenient DB-25 connections - perfect for pairing with mixing consoles, outboard processors, cue/headphone systems, and more. Two Apollo 16 units can be cascaded over MADI for an expanded system with eight UAD processors and 32 x 32 simultaneous analog I/O, capable of handling large professional mixes. Dedicated XLR monitor outputs and stereo AES-EBU digital I/O round out the Apollo 16's rear-panel audio connections.

The Apollo 16's enhanced routing capabilities include four stereo Cue mixes with individually assignable outputs, and a new "Virtual I/O" feature that allows for Realtime UAD Processing of DAW tracks and virtual instruments.

Thunderbolt Connectivity for Macs
Apollo 16 offers compatibility with Intel's new high-bandwidth Thunderbolt technology on Macs via a user-installable dual-port Thunderbolt Option Card. Thunderbolt provides greater UAD plug-in instances, improved performance at high sample rates, and reduced UAD plug-in latency in the DAW versus Apollo's standard FireWire connection.

Because Thunderbolt offers many times the bandwidth of FireWire, it allows studios to connect numerous devices in series with the Apollo interface - including hard drives, processors, and additional computer monitors - all with fast, flawless performance. Thunderbolt also makes it easy to expand UAD plug-in processing power via a Thunderbolt-to-PCIe chassis and UAD-2 DSP Accelerator card(s).

Deeper Integration with Pro Tools, Logic, Cubase and More
Apollo 16's Core Audio and ASIO drivers ensure compatibility with all major DAWs, including Pro Tools, Logic Pro, Cubase, and more. The included Console application and companion Console Recall plug-in (VST/AU/RTAS) provide control and recall of all interface and Realtime UAD plug-in settings within your DAW sessions, even months and years later. A new "PT Mode" ensures that Pro Tools can take advantage of all 16 analog inputs/outputs for hardware inserts - and maximizes analog I/O in a multi-unit setup.

Hardware Design and Workflow
Apollo 16 boasts numerous design details that give you a fast, natural workflow - and better results. Its Monitor outputs are digitally controlled analog, so you don't lose audio resolution when you adjust gain. More than 195 high-visibility LEDs provide full input and output metering, and with zero "hot spots" or light bleed. All front controls and rear-panel connections are professional-grade. And finally, standalone operation means that you can use Apollo's audio connections, and last-used DSP mixer settings, even without a computer connected.

* Requires Windows 7 64-bit edition operating system and a qualified PCIe-to-FireWire adaptor. Thunderbolt option is Mac-only.
** All trademarks are recognized as property of their respective owners. Individual UAD Powered Plug-Ins sold separately.

Features
  • UA's flagship FireWire/Thunderbolt-ready audio interface for Mac and Windows 7*
  • 16 x 16 analog I/O via DB-25 connectors ” ideal for mixing consoles, outboard preamps, etc.
  • Realtime UAD-2 QUAD processing for low-latency (sub-2ms) tracking and mixing with UAD Powered Plug-Ins**
  • Thunderbolt Option Card for next-generation connectivity to compatible Macs
  • Four stereo Cue mixes with fully assignable outputs
  • Multi-unit cascading over MADI merges two Apollo 16 units for 32 x 32 analog I/O
  • PT Mode allows easy insertion of outboard analog hardware in Pro Tools**

Realtime audio processing, the way recordings are meant to sound.

 

Apollo 16 with Thunderbolt Option Card Specifications:

  • System
    I/O Complement
    Analog Line Inputs 16
    Analog Line Outputs 16
    Analog Monitor Outputs Two (one stereo pair)
    AES/EBU One stereo input, one stereo output
    FireWire 800 (IEEE 1394b) Dual ports
    Thunderbolt (via Thunderbolt Option Card) Dual ports
    Word Clock One input, one output
    MADI Optical Ports One input, one 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 16 channels
    Simultaneous D/A conversion 18 channels
    Analog Round-Trip Latency 1.1 milliseconds @ 96 kHz sample rate
    Analog Round-Trip Latency with up to four serial UAD Powered Plug-Ins via Console application 1.1 milliseconds @ 96 kHz sample rate
    Analog I/O
    Analog Inputs 1 - 16
    Dynamic Range 119.25 dB (A-weighting)
    Signal-to-Noise Ratio 119.25 dB (A-weighting)
    Total Harmonic Distortion + Noise -112 dB @ -1 dBFS
    Common-Mode Rejection Ratio -75 dB
    Frequency Response 20 Hz - 20 kHz, ±0.05 dB
    Channel Separation (Crosstalk) -138 dB
    Input Impedance 10 Kilohms
    Gain Settings +4 dBu or -10 dBV (reference level is selectable in pairs)
    Max Input Voltage (Reference Level @ +4 dBu, Balanced) 20.22 dBu
    (18 dBV, 7.94 VRMS, 0 dBFS)
    Max Input Voltage (Reference Level @ -10 dBV, Balanced) 14.22 dBu
    (12 dBV, 3.98 VRMS, 0 dBFS)
    Max Input Voltage (Reference Level @ -10 dBV, Single-Ended) 8.22 dBu
    (6 dBV, 2 VRMS, 0 dBFS)
    Stereo Level Balance ±0.01 dB
    Connector Type Two Female DB25, Tascam wiring
    Analog Outputs 1 - 16
    Dynamic Range 118.5 dB (A-weighting)
    Signal-to-Noise Ratio 118.2 dB (A-weighting)
    Total Harmonic Distortion + Noise -107.5 dB @ -1 dBFS
    Connector Type Two Female DB25, Tascam wiring
    Monitor Outputs 1 - 2
    Dynamic Range 115 dB (A-weighting)
    Signal-to-Noise Ratio 115 dB (A-weighting)
    Total Harmonic Distortion + Noise -105.5 dB @ -1 dBFS
    Gain Range (Monitor Knob) -INF to 0 dBFS
    Connector Type Two Male Balanced XLR (pin 2 hot)
    All Analog Outputs
    Frequency Response 20 Hz - 20 kHz, ±0.05 dB
    Channel Separation (Crosstalk) -120 dB
    Output Impedance 600 Ohms
    Stereo Level Balance ±0.01 dB
    Gain Settings +4 dBu or -10 dBV (reference level is selectable in pairs)
    Max Output Voltage (Reference Level @ +4 dBu, Balanced) 20.22 dBu
    (18 dBV, 7.94 VRMS, 0 dBFS)
    Max Output Voltage (Reference Level @ -10 dBV, Balanced) 14.22 dBu
    (12 dBV, 3.98 VRMS, 0 dBFS)
    Max Output Voltage (Reference Level @ -10 dBV, Single-Ended) 8.22 dBu
    (6 dBV, 2 VRMS, 0 dBFS)
    Digital I/O
    AES/EBU
    Connector Type XLR
    Format IEC 60958 Type I
    MADI
    Connector Type Dual Optical SC-Plug (ISO/IEC 9314-3)
    Format AES10
    Supported Modes @ Sample Rates of 88.2 kHz and Higher Standard, Legacy
    Word Clock
    Connector Type BNC
    Lock Range ±0.5% of any supported sample rate
    Word Clock Input Termination 75 Ohms, switchable
    Synchronization Sources
    Internal, Word Clock, AES/EBU
    Electrical
    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 40 Watts (55 Watts when bus powering external Thunderbolt peripheral)
    Mechanical
    Dimensions
    Width 19"
    Height 1.75" (1U rack space)
    Depth, Chassis Only 12.125"
    Depth, Including Knob & Jack Protrusions 13.75"
    Shipping Box (Width x Depth x Height) 24" x 17" x 8"
    Weight
    Shipping Weight (with box & accessories) 18 pounds
    Weight (bare unit) 8.7 pounds
    Package Contents
    Apollo 16 Audio Interface
    External Power Supply
    Apollo 16 Hardware Manual
    15' FireWire 800 cable
    (2) IEC AC Power Cables (USA & Europe)
    Set of (4) Rack-Mount Screws
    Universal Audio Product Catalog
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