Universal Audio Apollo X16 Heritage Edition – Thunderbolt 3 Audio Interface

This Heritage Edition of Universal Audio Apollo x16 allows music producers, project, and post-production studios to track, overdub, and mix with elite-class A/D and D/A conversion, HEXA Core UAD plug-in processing, Dual-Crystal clocking, and 7.1 surround sound monitoring — all in a sleek rackmount Thunderbolt 3 audio interface.

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Universal Audio Apollo X16 Heritage Edition – Thunderbolt 3 Audio Interface

Universal Audio Apollo x16 allows music producers, project, and post-production studios to track, overdub, and mix phenomenally. Do your best work using elite-class A/D and D/A conversion & HEXA Core UAD plug-in processing. Furthermore, the Dual-Crystal clocking and 7.1 surround sound monitoring add a whole new world to your mix. All of this is featured in a sleek rackmount Thunderbolt 3 audio interface for Mac or Windows.

60 Years of Audio Craftsmanship

Built upon UA’s 60-year heritage of audio craftsmanship, this 18 x 20 interface delivers the widest dynamic range (133 dB). It also delivers the lowest THD+N (-129 dB) of any integrated audio interface on the market. Additionally, it has all-new HEXA Core processing — yielding 50% more DSP for running acclaimed UAD Powered Plug-Ins in real-time. Plus, it includes LUNA Recording System, giving you a fully-integrated music production application.

Apollo X16 UA’s Flagship A/D and D/A Conversion

With hundreds of Grammy-winning albums under their belt, Apollo interfaces are no strangers to tracking stellar-sounding records. UA engineers obsessively auditioned the latest A/D and D/A converters to improve on the previous generations. Ultimately, they paired elite-class 24-bit/192 kHz converters with all-new analog circuitry for an ultra-pristine signal path.

The Apollo X series also introduces a new Dual-Crystal clocking. They feature dedicated crystals for 44.1/88.2/176.4k and 48/96/192k sample rates. This results in stunningly low jitter, measuring at less than 10 picoseconds. This translates into pure, artifact-free recordings and solid stereo imaging.

In fact, with 133 dB dynamic range and THD+N of -129 dB, the x16’s sound quality bests every interface in its class. Additionally, its the perfect starting point for applying UAD processing.

Realtime UAD HEXA Core Processing

Apollo x16 features new HEXA Core processing. Furthermore, it boasts six DSP chips and 50% more UAD plug-in processing power than previous Apollos. This lets you run more UAD plug-ins, whether you’re tracking in real-time or running high UAD plug-ins.

From the tube warmth of Pultec EQs on guitars to the musical tube limiting of the LA-2A on vocals, or the pump of a genuine 1176 or Fairchild 670 tube compressor on drums, your recordings will take a giant leap forward with a rich, three-dimensional analog sound that UAD plugins provide.

A Full Suite of Classic Analog Processing Onboard

Of course, a hallmark feature of Apollo is its Realtime UAD Processing. It lets you run the full library of UAD plug-ins with near-zero latency. Apollo x16 includes the Realtime Analog Classics Plus plug-in bundle, so you can record and mix with the world’s only authentic Teletronix LA-2A, 1176LN, and Fairchild compressors, Pultec EQs, and many more.

Access the World of UAD Powered Plug-Ins

Going beyond the included Realtime Analog Classics Plus plug-ins, Apollo x16 lets you tap into the full UAD Powered Plug-In library of legendary vintage EQs, compressors, reverbs, tape machines, channel strips, and more — at near-zero latency, regardless of your audio software’s buffer size and without taxing your computer’s CPU.

With exclusive emulations from SSL, Neve, Studer, Manley, Helios, API, Ampex, Lexicon, Fender, and more,† it’s like having a studio full of iconic analog gear, in a single rack space. And unlike competing interfaces, these award-winning DSP-powered plug-ins are also available in your DAW for mixing.

Apollo X16 Surround Sound, Talkback, and More

The Apollo x16 features built-in front-panel monitoring functions including a Talkback mic, Alt Speakers, and assignable Dim or Mono control. Also, with its comprehensive 7.1 surround monitoring support, Apollo x16 is a boon for engineers and producers working on audio and music for video games, television, and the web.

In addition, Apollo x16 offers selectable +24 dBu operation for out-of-the-box compatibility. You can join in with professional mixing consoles and other high-end pro audio equipment.

Create a Fast, Natural Workflow in LUNA

Explore analog sound and workflows with LUNA, UA’s Mac-based recording application for producers and musicians, composers, sound designers, and more.

Designed for seamless integration with Apollo audio interfaces, LUNA gives your recordings big studio sound with built in extensions from Neve,® Studer,® and API® — plus inspiring instruments like Moog® Minimoog and Ravel grand piano.

Build an Expanded Studio System Over Thunderbolt

Apollo x16 offers 18 x 20 simultaneous inputs/outputs (16 x 16 analog I/O) and two built-in Thunderbolt 3 ports. This allows users of any Thunderbolt-equipped Apollo Twin or Apollo rackmount audio interfaces to easily combine up to four Apollos and six total UAD-2 devices — adding fast, high-bandwidth I/O and DSP as your studio grows.

Apollo Heritage Edition

Lastly, Heritage features 10 premium UAD titles. This includes complete plugin Collections of our award-winning effects. Specifically, Teletronix,® UA 1176, and Fairchild® compressors, Helios® Type 69 and UA 610 mic preamps, Pultec® EQs, and more.

Apollo X16 Key Highlights:

  • Record with UA’s flagship A/D and D/A conversion. It provides the widest dynamic range and the lowest noise available, at any price
  • Easily connect to professional studio gear with 16 x 16 analog I/O via DB-25 connections, plus switchable +24 dBu headroom settings
  • Mix with powerful HEXA Core processing, featuring 6 UAD DSP chips for running more UAD Powered Plug-Ins in real time
  • Includes LUNA Recording System — a fully-integrated and inspiring music production application

  • 18 x 20 Thunderbolt 3 audio interface with class-leading 24-bit/192 KHz conversion (backwards compatible with Thunderbolt 1 & 2 on Mac)
  • HEXA Core Realtime UAD Processing for tracking through UAD plug-ins at near-zero latency, regardless of audio buffer size
  • Produce with LUNA Recording System — a fully-integrated recording application made for Apollo (Mac/Thunderbolt)
  • Surround monitor controller up to 7.1 format
  • Includes the “Realtime Analog Classics Plus” UAD plug-in bundle. Other UAD plug-ins sold separately.
  • UAD-2 HEXA Core processing onboard for additional mixing horsepower for Pro Tools, Logic, Cubase, Ableton, and other major DAWs
  • Combine up to 4 Thunderbolt-equipped Apollos and 6 total UAD devices
  • Selectable +24 dBu operation for easy compatibility with professional mixing consoles and tape machines
  • Convenient front panel monitoring functions including Alt Speakers, Talkback mic, and assignable Dim or Mono
  • Uncompromising UA analog design, superior components, and premium build quality
  • Free, industry-leading technical support — on the phone and online — from knowledgeable audio engineers

Inputs
Line Inputs (DB25): 16 Balanced via (2) 25-pin D-sub
Digital Inputs (XLR): AES/EBU: 2 channels @ 44.1 – 192 kHz

A to D Conversion
Line Inputs: Dynamic Range: 124 dB (A-weighted) – THD+N: -115 dB (0.00018%) – Frequency Response: 20 Hz – 20 kHz, ±0.05 dB

Outputs
Line Outputs (DB25): 16 Balanced via (2) 25-pin D-sub
Monitor Outputs (XLR): 2 Balanced (Left/Right)
Digital Outputs (XLR): AES/EBU: 2 channels @ 44.1 – 192 kHz

D to A Conversion
Line Outputs Dynamic Range: 127 dB (A-weighted)
THD+N: -123 dB (0.00007%)
Frequency Response: 20 Hz – 20 kHz, ±0.02 dB
Monitor Outputs Dynamic Range: 133 dB
THD+N: -129 dB (0.00004%)
Frequency Response: 20 Hz – 20 kHz, ±0.02 dB

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