Using Universal Audio Apollo 8 with Apollo Twin

Updated: Sep 18, 2019

Here comes my very first post. I have recently added Universal Audio Apollo Twin MKII Duo to my recording gear collection, and I wanted to share with you my experience so far. Not sure how many people use Apollo gear in Doha - would love to hear your comments!

My first impression was very positive, like with all UA products so far. The design is sleek and very sturdy. It has nice cushions on the bottom so it would never scratch / get scratched. I did find however that it heats up quite a bit during the sessions. Which is perfectly normal, according to the UA.



Additional DSP power


I have the Duo model with 2x SHARC DSP for running the UAD plug-ins. It is a welcome addition to my current Apollo 8 interface which I did find reaching the maximum load on occasion, with particularly heavy tracks. I took my time researching and deciding between a Twin and a UAD-2 Satellite. Twin certainly offers more options than just additional DSP power so I decided to give it a go.


Portable real-time UAD plugins for live gigs


One of the nicest features of the Apollo Twin is, of course, the fact that it's portable. It's snug, light, sturdy, and connects to my MacBook Pro via a Thunderbolt cable. I had the idea of using it during live gigs with my band as a way of experimenting with the sound as well as practice multitrack live recording. Although it only has 2 microphone/line combo inputs and 1 Hi-Z instrument input, it also has 2 optical connections which allow it to expand to up to 8 more channels. I'll explain this particular set up in more detail in a separate post.


Not the main purpose... but incredibly handy


I found it so much easier to manage my rack-mounted Apollo 8 by controlling everything from the Twin which is cozily placed on my desk. I didn't think of it at first, and it seemed such a primitive way to use such an awesome piece of hardware... but it's irresistible. Another nice perk is the integrated talkback microphone which wasn't available on Apollo 8.


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