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Universal Audio Apollo 16 Thunderbolt Audio Interface

Model: Apollo 16B

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About: Universal Audio Apollo 16 Thunderbolt Audio Interface

The new Apollo 16 is an elegant update to UA’s premium audio interface — delivering enhanced sound with the tone, feel, and flow of analog recording. Perfect for professional studios, this 18 x 20 Thunderbolt 2 interface offers twice the analog connectivity of the Apollo 8/8p — making it ideal for pairing with mixing consoles and outboard processors.
Built on genuine UA analog design and next-generation A/D and D/A conversion, Apollo 16 also features powerful UAD-2 QUAD Core processing, letting you run the full library of UAD Powered Plug-Ins in real time. With sonic performance that surpasses anything in its class, Apollo 16 rivals modular converters costing twice the price, in a sleek, powerful new package.

Realtime UAD Plug-In Processing for Tracking, Mixing, and Mastering
Imagine having a classic analog studio, in single rack space. Apollo 16 lets you record through UAD Powered Plug-Ins — including vintage EQs, compressors, reverbs, tape machines and more — at near-zero latency, regardless of your audio software buffer size. With award-winning UAD plug-ins from Ampex, Lexicon, Neve, Manley, Roland, SSL, Studer, and more,* Apollo 16 serves up authentic analog tone and warmth.

The key to its analog sound is onboard UAD-2 QUAD DSP Processing, which powers the UAD plug-ins while reducing the strain on your host computer.

Apollo 16 comes bundled with “Realtime Analog Classics Plus” suite of UAD plug-ins. From there, you can choose from a vast and expanding collection of plug-ins in the UA Online Store.

Key Features

  • Next-generation Apollo A/D and D/A conversion for professional music production
  • 16 x 16 analog I/O via DB-25 connectors — ideal for pairing with mixing consoles, outboard preamps, etc.
  • Onboard UAD-2 QUAD Core DSP allows Realtime UAD Processing
  • 18 x 20 Thunderbolt 2 audio interface for Mac with powerful Console 2.0 software control
  • Cascade up to 4 Apollo interfaces and 6 UAD devices total over Thunderbolt (Mac)
  • Includes “Realtime Analog Classics Plus” UAD plug-in bundle
  • World class UA analog design, superior components, and premium build quality

Audio Interface

  • Sample rates up to 192 kHz at 24-bit word length
  • 16 x 18 simultaneous input/output channels:
    • 16 channels of analog-to-digital conversion via line inputs on dual DB25 connectors
    • 18 channels of digital-to-analog conversion:
      • 16 line outputs via dual DB25 connectors
      • Stereo monitor outputs via dual XLR connectors
  • Adjustable reference levels for all analog I/O (+4 dBu or -10 dBV)
  • Two channels of AES/EBU digital I/O with optional sample rate conversion on input
  • Front panel pre-fader metering of analog signal input or output levels
  • Two Thunderbolt 2 ports for daisy-chaining other Thunderbolt devices
  • Cascade up to 4 Apollo interfaces and 6 UAD devices total over Thunderbolt (Mac)


  • Independently-addressable stereo monitor outputs (in addition to 16 line outputs)
  • Digitally-controlled analog monitor outputs maintains highest fidelity
  • Front panel control of monitor levels and muting
  • Front panel pre-fader metering of monitor bus levels
  • Digital AES/EBU outputs can mirror the analog monitor outputs

UAD-2 QUAD Inside

  • Four SHARC® DSP processors
  • Realtime UAD Processing on all of Apollo 16’s analog and AES/EBU inputs
  • Same features and functionality as other UAD-2 products when used with DAW
  • Can be combined with other UAD-2 devices for increased mixing DSP
  • Complete UAD Powered Plug-Ins library is available online is a Canadian authorized Universal Audio retailer.

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