Universal Audio have just announced the new Apollo x4.

The Apollo x4 is a desktop 12 x 18 Thunderbolt 3 Audio Interface w/ realtime UAD-2 QUAD Core Processing and Four Unison™ Mic Preamps – for Mac and Windows. Offering elite-class A/D and D/A conversion, outperforming everything in its class, with 127 dB D/A dynamic range and -117 dB THD+N, the Apollo x4 has a spacious, organic sound that easily rivals dedicated high-end converters costing much more.

Four Unison preamps let you track through exacting mic preamp emulations from Neve, Helios, API, Manley, UA and many more (sold separately). Unison technology nails the tone of these sought-after tube and solid state mic preamps – including their input impedance, gain stage “sweet spots,” and the component-level circuit behaviours of the original hardware. Two front-panel Hi-Z instrument inputs provide dead-on impedance and gain matching for guitar and bass amp models from Fender, Marshall, Ampeg and more (sold separately).

With powerful UAD-2 QUAD Core processing onboard, the Apollo x4 lets you record through the full range of UAD Powered Plug-Ins – at near-zero latency. Included is the “Realtime Analog Classics” suite of UAD plug-ins which offers the UA 610-B Tube Preamp & EQ, Teletronix LA-2A and 1176 compressors, Marshall Plexi Classic Guitar Amp, Ampeg SVT-VR Classic Bass Amp, Pultec EQs, and more.

In addition to its four Unison-equipped preamps, Apollo x4 offers two independent headphone outs and two Hi-Z instrument inputs, letting you collaborate easily. Plus, with a total of four line outs, up to 8 channels of optical ADAT/SPDIF input and output, dedicated monitor remote controls, and a built-in Talkback mic, the 12 x 18 Apollo x4 can serve as the powerful centerpiece of your professional desktop studio.

Users of Apollo x4 can combine up to four Thunderbolt Apollos and six total UAD-2 devices – adding I/O and DSP as your studio grows. Once you expand your studio with an Apollo X rackmount unit, you can use the Apollo x4 as a desktop monitor control with additional I/O and DSP power.

Full details here.

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