Universal Audio Apollo X16 Audio Interface (Thunderbolt 3)

$4,299.00 $3,499.00
(You save $800.00)
Write a Review
SKU:
UA-APX16
UPC:
819937002496
Condition:
New
Availability:
Special Order Item. Available Late September 2018. Contact Us to Reserve Yours Today.
Shipping:
Free Shipping
reverb_sync:
off
Universal Audio Apollo X16 Audio Interface (Thunderbolt 3) (UA-APX16)
Currently Sold Out

Universal Audio Apollo X16 Audio Interface (Thunderbolt 3)

16 Channels of Elite Audio Conversion, HEXA Core Processing and Surround Sound Monitoring.

The flagship Apollo x16 allows music producers, project, and post-production studios to track, overdub, and mix with new world-beating A/D and D/A conversion, HEXA Core UAD plug-in processing, and 7.1 surround sound monitoring* — all in a sleek rackmount Thunderbolt 3 audio interface for Mac or PC. 

The latest generation of UA audio interfaces deliver best-in-class sound with the tone, feel, and flow of analog recording. UA rackmount and desktop interfaces feature powerful Realtime UAD Plug-In processing and Unison mic preamp technology, letting you record at near-zero latency through the full range of UAD plug-ins from Fender, Neve, Manley, SSL, API, and more. With the addition of new Apollo X Thunderbolt 3 rackmount interfaces, Universal Audio provides an unparalleled recording, mixing, and mastering platform to bedroom producers, project studio owners, and professional engineers alike.

*Surround Sound Support for Apollo X Coming Q4 2018.
**Mac Pro (Late 2013 “black cylinder” model) compatibility for Apollo X coming Q4 2018.

Built upon UA’s 60-year heritage of audio craftsmanship, this 18 x 20 interface boasts the widest dynamic range (133 dB) and lowest THD+N (-129 dB), of any integrated audio interface on the market. Plus, with all-new HEXA Core processing, you’ll get 50% more DSP for running acclaimed UAD Powered Plug-Ins in real time.

In addition to its elite-class audio conversion, Apollo x16 features selectable operating level for compatibility with professional +24 dBu gear, as well as an integrated monitor controller and built-in talkback mic.

  • Experience elite-class A/D and D/A conversion with the widest dynamic range and lowest signal to noise of any integrated audio interface available
  • Track and mix with powerful HEXA Core processing, featuring 6 UAD DSP chips for running more award-winning UAD Powered Plug-Ins in real time
  • Easily connect to professional studio gear with 16 x 16 analog I/O via DB-25 connections, plus switchable +24 / +20 dBu headroom settings
  • Work in surround formats up to 7.1*, complete with speaker calibration and fold-down

*Surround Sound Support for Apollo X Coming Q4 2018.

Elite-Class A/D and D/A Conversion - With thousands of chart-topping songs and hundreds of Grammy-winning albums under their belt, Apollo interfaces are no strangers to tracking stellar-sounding records. To improve on the previous generation Apollo interface’s class-leading audio conversion, UA engineers obsessively auditioned the latest A/D and D/A converters — ultimately pairing elite-class 24-bit/192 kHz converters with all-new analog circuitry for an ultra-pristine signal path. With 133 dB dynamic range andTHD+N of -129 dB, the Apollo x16’s open, natural sound quality bests every interface in its class — regardless of price — and is the perfect starting point for applying UAD processing.  

Realtime UAD HEXA Core Processing - Apollo x16 features new HEXA Core processing, with 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 with channel strips from Neve, Manley, or API, or running high UAD plug-in counts when mixing in your DAW. 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 plug-ins provide.

A Full Suite of Classic Analog Processing Onboard - Of course, a hallmark feature of Apollo is its Realtime UAD Processing, letting 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 name-brand 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, 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.

Surround Sound Monitoring* and +24dBu Operation - With comprehensive surround monitoring support for formats up to 7.1, 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 with professional mixing consoles and other high-end pro audio equipment.

Build a Networked 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, which are backwards-compatible with Thunderbolt 1 and 2 Macs via adapter (sold separately). 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 x16 Key Features:

  • 18 x 20 Thunderbolt 3 audio interface with class-leading 24-bit/192 KHz conversion
  • HEXA Core Realtime UAD Processing for tracking through UAD plug-ins at near-zero latency, regardless of audio buffer size
  • Surround monitor controller up to 7.1 format*
  • Includes “Realtime Analog Classics Plus” UAD plug-in bundle featuring UA 610-B Tube Preamp; Legacy Pultec EQ, LA-2A, and 1176 compressors; Marshall Plexi Classic; Ampeg SVT-VR Classic and more
  • 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; backward-compatible with Thunderbolt 1 and 2 via optional adapter
  • 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

*Surround Sound Support for Apollo X Coming Q4 2018.

Included in the Realtime Analog Classics Plus Bundle:

  • UA 610-B Tube Preamp & EQ
  • Marshall Plexi Classic Guitar Amp
  • Ampeg SVT-VR Classic Bass Amp
  • UA 1176LN Limiting Amplifier (Legacy)
  • UA 1176SE Limiting Amplifier (Legacy)
  • Pultec EQP-1A EQ (Legacy)
  • Pultec Pro EQ (Legacy)
  • Teletronix LA-2A Leveling Amplifier (Legacy)
  • Fairchild 670 Compressor (Legacy)
  • Precision Enhancer Hz
  • Raw Distortion
  • Precision Channel Strip (Precision Mix Rack Collection)
  • Precision Reflection Engine (Precision Mix Rack Collection)
  • Precision Delay Mod (Precision Mix Rack Collection)
  • Precision Delay Mod L (Precision Mix Rack Collection)
  • RealVerb Pro Custom Room Modeler 

**Apollo x16 includes the “Realtime Analog Classics Plus” UAD plug-in bundle. Other UAD plug-ins sold separately at www.uaudio.com. All trademarks are property of their respective owners.

Universal Audio Audio Interface Comparison

  Arrow Apollo Twin MkII Apollo Twin USB Apollo x6 Apollo x8 Apollo x8p Apollo x16 Apollo 8 QUAD Apollo FireWire
User Profile Touring producers and musicians, podcasters, recording hobbyists Recording musicians, project studio owners, bedroom producers Post-production professionals, electronic music producers Recording musicians and engineers, project studio owners Recording musicians and engineers, project studio owners Professional engineers and studio facilities Recording musicians and project studio owners  Recording musicians and project studio owners
Compatibility Mac / Windows Mac / Windows Windows Only Mac / Windows Mac / Windows Mac / Windows Mac / Windows Mac / Windows Mac / Windows
Connectivity  Bus Power via Thunderbolt 3 Thunderbolt 1 or 2 USB 3 Thunderbolt 3* Thunderbolt 3* Thunderbolt 3* Thunderbolt 3* Thunderbolt 1 or 2 FireWire 800
Host Ports 1 1 1 2 2 2 2 2 2
Realtime UAD Processing Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
SHARC DSP SOLO (1) SOLO (1)
DUO (2)
QUAD (4)
DUO (2) HEXA (6) HEXA (6) HEXA (6) HEXA (6) QUAD (4) QUAD (4)
Unison Mic Preamps 2 2 2 2 4 8 - 4 4
Unison Hi-Z Inputs 1 1 1 2 2 2 - 2 2
Total I/O 2 x 2 10 x 6 10 x 6 16 x 22 18 x 24 18 x 22 18 x 20 18 x 24 18 x 24
Digital I/O - 8 ADAT IN
(optical TOSLINK)
8 ADAT IN
(optical TOSLINK)
8 ADAT (optical TOSLINK); 2 S/PDIF 8 ADAT (optical TOSLINK); 2 S/PDIF 8 ADAT (optical TOSLINK); 2 S/PDIF 2 AES/EBU 8 ADAT (optical TOSLINK); 2 S/PDIF 8 ADAT (optical TOSLINK); 2 S/PDIF
Monitor Outputs 2 TRS 2 TRS 2 TRS 2 TRS 2 TRS 2 TRS 2 XLR 2 TRS 2 TRS
Headphone Outputs 1 Stereo 1 Stereo 1 Stereo 2 Stereo 2 Stereo 2 Stereo - 2 Stereo 2 Stereo
Monitor Modes Stereo Stereo Stereo Stereo to 5.1* Stereo to 7.1* Stereo to 7.1* Stereo to 7.1* Stereo Stereo
Alt Speakers No No No Up to 2 Stereo Up to 2 Stereo Up to 2 Stereo Up to 2 Stereo Up to 2 Stereo No
Built-in Talkback Mic No Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes No No
Included UAD plug-ins 14 14 14 16 16 16 16 16 16
MSRP (USD) $499 $699 / $899 / $1,299 $899 $1,999 $2,499 $2,999 $3,499 $1,999 $1,799
                   
  * Thunderbolt 2 compatible with Thunderbolt 3 to 2 adapter