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Universal Audio Apollo x6 Heritage Edition 16x22 Audio Interface w/ Sphere L22 Microphone

$4,198.00

Universal Audio Apollo x6 Heritage Edition 16x22 Audio Interface w/ Sphere L22 Microphone

$4,198.00

Manufacturer's Description

Universal Audio Apollo x6 Heritage Edition 16 x 22 Thunderbolt 3 Audio Interface with UAD DSP

Elite Audio Conversion with New HEXA Core Processing and Surround Sound.

Apollo x6 allows music producers 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 5.1 surround sound monitoring — all in a sleek rackmount Thunderbolt 3 audio interface for Mac or Windows.

Built upon UA’s 60-year heritage of audio craftsmanship, this 16 x 22 interface easily outperforms everything in its class with two Unison™-enabled mic preamps, all-new HEXA Core processing — yielding 50% more DSP for running UAD Powered Plug-Ins in real time — plus it includes LUNA Recording System, giving you a fully-integrated music production application.

Record with elite-class A/D and D/A conversion — nearing the widest dynamic range and lowest noise available, at any price

Mix with powerful HEXA Core processing, featuring 6 UAD DSP chips for running more UAD Powered Plug-Ins in real time

Track with near-zero latency through Unison™ preamp emulations from Neve,® API,® Manley,® Helios,® Fender,® and more†

Includes LUNA Recording System — a fully-integrated and inspiring music production application

Elite-Class A/D and D/A Conversion

With thousands of hit 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 interfaces’ 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.

The Apollo X series also introduces new Dual-Crystal clocking — featuring dedicated crystals for 44.1/88.2/176.4k and 48/96/192k sample rates — resulting in stunningly low jitter, measured at less than 10 picoseconds. This translates into pure, artifact-free recordings and solid stereo imaging you can trust.

With 129 dB dynamic range and -119 dB THD+N, Apollo x6’s open, natural sound rivals any dedicated high-end converter on the market — regardless of price — and is the perfect starting point for applying UAD processing.

Realtime UAD HEXA Core Processing

Apollo x6 features 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.

Unison Technology: The Genuine Sound of Neve, API & Manley Preamps

Perfect for electronic musicians and post production professionals who don’t require tons of mic inputs, Apollo x6 features two Unison-enabled mic preamps, letting you track through exacting mic preamp emulations from Neve, API, Manley, Helios, SSL, and Universal Audio. A Universal Audio exclusive, Unison technology nails the tone of these sought-after tube and solid state mic pres — including their input impedance, gain stage “sweet spots,” and the component-level circuit behaviors of the original hardware.

The secret to Unison is its hardware-software integration between Apollo’s mic preamps and its onboard HEXA Core DSP Acceleration. Simply place a Unison preamp plug-in on your mic input in Apollo Console software, and it physically reconfigures the Apollo interface's impedance — so you can tap into the classic sounds of the world’s most recorded mic preamps.

LUNA Recording System Deep Apollo Integration with a Fast, Natural Workflow

Apollo X series interfaces work with all major DAWs. But they become a fully integrated recording system with LUNA, Universal Audio’s groundbreaking music production application for Mac. Harness LUNA’s Accelerated Realtime Monitoring™ and power your workflow with a host of built-in features and optional extensions — from genuine Neve summing and integrated Studer tape, to inspiring LUNA instruments, and more.

Surround Sound, Talkback, and More

The Apollo x6 features built-in front-panel monitoring functions including a Talkback mic, Alt Speakers, and assignable Dim or Mono control. Plus, with its comprehensive 5.1 surround monitoring support, Apollo x6 is a boon for engineers and producers working on audio and music for video games, television, and the web. In addition, Apollo x6 offers selectable +24 dBu operation for out-of-the-box compatibility with professional mixing consoles and other high-end pro audio equipment.

Build an Expanded Studio System Over Thunderbolt

Apollo x6 offers 16 x 22 simultaneous inputs/outputs (6 x 6 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.

Features

  • 16 x 22 Thunderbolt 3 audio interface with class-leading 24-bit/192 KHz conversion (backwards compatible with Thunderbolt 1 & 2 on Mac)
  • Realtime UAD HEXA Core Processing for tracking through UAD plug-ins at near-zero latency, regardless of audio buffer size
  • Record through 2 Unison-enabled mic/line preamps — giving you fully authentic preamp emulations from Neve, API, Manley, SSL, and more†
  • Produce with LUNA Recording System — a fully-integrated recording application made for Apollo (Mac/Thunderbolt)
  • Surround monitor controller up to 5.1 format
  • Includes the "Realtime Analog Classics Plus" UAD plug-in bundle. Other UAD plug-ins sold separately.
  • UAD 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
  • Free, industry-leading technical support — on the phone and online — from knowledgeable audio engineers

Townsend Labs Sphere L22 Large-Diaphragm Condenser Microphone Modeling System

Record with the greatest mics ever made.

The Sphere L22 modeling microphone system gives you the sound of classic mics used by everyone from The Beatles and Beyoncé to Radiohead and Frank Sinatra.

Grab the Keys to the Ultimate Mic Locker

Featuring 34 legendary mic models of Neumann, Telefunken, AKG, Sony, and more,* the Sphere L22 gives your productions the most sought-after ribbon, condenser, and dynamic microphones ever made.

Find your Perfect Mic in Real Time with Apollo

The Sphere L22 lets you audition classic mic types before, during, and after recording with any interface in any DAW. And when paired with an Apollo interface, you can do this with near-zero latency.

Get Big Stereo Sound from a Single Mic

Thanks to its dual-capsule design, the Sphere L22 lets you easily record piano, drums, strings, and more in stereo. You can even use different mic models on the left and right channels for professional acoustic guitar recordings.

Built to Last a Lifetime

With dual gold-sputtered diaphragms and the lowest noise of any mic in its class, the Sphere L22 outfits your studio with a premium, large-diaphragm condenser microphone, precision-built to deliver years of inspiration for your music, podcasts, and voiceovers.

Includes Everything you Need to Record

Right out of the box, the Sphere L22 mic gives you a professional shockmount, 10' cable, mic stand mount, and rugged flight case — so you'll be creating with the sound of legendary mics in no time.

  • Record with 34 of the most sought-after ribbon, condenser, and dynamic microphones ever made
  • Change mic type, polar pattern, and other microphone characteristics, even after tracking
  • Record acoustic guitar, strings, horns, and more in stereo with a single microphone
  • Get the ultimate mic modeling system with a large-diaphragm condenser mic featuring dual gold-sputtered diaphragms and the lowest noise of any mic in its class
  • Includes shockmount, mic stand mount, 10’ cable, and flight case

Specifications

Universal Audio Apollo x6 Heritage Edition 16 x 22 Thunderbolt 3 Audio Interface with UAD DSP

Inputs

  • Line Inputs 6 Balanced ¼" TRS
  • Microphone Inputs 2 Balanced XLR
  • Instrument (Hi-Z) Inputs 2 Unbalanced ¼" TS
  • Digital Inputs (Optical TOSLINK) ADAT: 8 channels @ 44.1 – 96 kHz
    ADAT: 4 channels @ 176.4 – 192 kHz
  • Digital Inputs (RCA) S/PDIF: 2 channels @ 44.1 – 192 kHz

A to D Conversion

  • Mic Preamps Dynamic Range: 122 dB (A-weighted)
    THD+N: -115 dB (0.00019%)
    Frequency Response: 20 Hz – 20 kHz, ±0.05 dB
  • Line Inputs Dynamic Range: 123 dB (A-weighted)
    THD+N: -113 dB (0.00022%)
    Frequency Response: 20 Hz – 20 kHz, ±0.04 dB

Outputs

  • Line Outputs 6 Balanced ¼" TRS
  • Monitor Outputs 2 Balanced ¼" TRS
  • Headphone Outputs 2 Stereo ¼" TRS
  • Digital Outputs (Optical TOSLINK) ADAT: 8 channels @ 44.1 – 96 kHz
    ADAT: 4 channels @ 176.4 – 192 kHz
  • Digital Outputs (RCA) S/PDIF: 2 channels @ 44.1 to 192 kHz

D to A Conversion

  • Line Outputs Dynamic Range: 127 dB (A-weighted)
    THD+N: -118 dB (0.00011%)
  • Frequency Response: 20 Hz – 20 kHz, ±0.07 dB
  • Monitor Outputs Dynamic Range: 129 dB (A-weighted)
    THD+N: -118 dB (0.00012%)
  • Frequency Response: 20 Hz – 20 kHz, ±0.06 dB
    Headphone Outputs Dynamic Range: 125 dB (A-weighted)
    THD+N: -102 dB (0.00080%)
    Frequency Response: 20 Hz – 20 kHz, ±0.05 dB

System Requirements

ALL:

  • Thunderbolt 3 cable (not included)
  • Internet connection to download software and authorize UAD plug-ins
  • 6 gigabytes available storage
  • Quad Core i7 or better processor recommended

MAC:

  • Available Thunderbolt 1, 2, or 3 port
  • Thunderbolt 1 and 2 connections require an Apple Thunderbolt 3 to
  • Thunderbolt 2 Adapter (not included)
    macOS 10.12 Sierra, 10.13 High Sierra, 10.14 Mojave, 10.15 Catalina, or 11 Big Sur

PC:

  • Available Thunderbolt 3 port
  • Windows 10 (64-Bit Edition)