At Winter NAMM 2015, Universal Audio, based in Scotts Valley, Calif., announced Apollo Expanded software, which is available exclusively for Apollo audio interfaces as part of UAD Software Version 8, to be released in March 2015. With Apollo Expanded, users of Thunderbolt-equipped Apollo Twin, Apollo DUO, Apollo QUAD, and Apollo 16 audio interfaces can freely combine up to four Apollos and six total UAD-2 devices, adding I/O and DSP as necessary.
Apollo Expanded also marks the introduction of Console Version 2 software, offering Thunderbolt-equipped Apollo users dynamic new workflow options, with more than 25 new user-requested features.
With Apollo Expanded, users can “mix and match” up to four Apollo units (any model) over Thunderbolt (Mac) using a simple Thunderbolt cable connection between the units, and combine up to six UAD-2 devices per system. A new Flex Driver feature lets users customize Core Audio I/O, including name, save, and share presets for different hardware setups and DAWs. Star clocking over Thunderbolt distributes high-quality clock to all Apollo interfaces. Users may add an Apollo Twin for desktop monitor control as well as additional DSP and connectivity.
Console V. 2 software features a new high-resolution/Retina-compatible 64-bit software interface for Thunderbolt-equipped Apollos. Channel Strip presets let users see, save, and recall UAD plug-in chains. Monitoring improvements include Alternate Monitors, new Control Room functions and enhanced headphone cue management. The software also offers new UAD plug-in categories and individual Show/Hide functionality; enhanced plug-in features such as preset auditioning and drag and drop functionality; per-input Record/Monitor effect switching; and multiple levels of Undo and Redo for plug-in assignments and parameters.
Apollo Expanded is part of upcoming UAD Software V. 8, which, in addition to Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite compatibility, adds all-new plug-in categories to the UAD Powered Plug-Ins platform.
The new UAD V. 8 plug-ins comprise Sound Machine Wood Works plug-in ($299), UA Distortion Essentials Plug-In Bundle ($249), Antares Auto-Tune Live plug-in ($249), and Friedman Amplifiers Plug-In Collection by Brainworx ($249).
Learn more about Apollo Thunderbolt/FireWire audio interfaces at www.uaudio.com/apollo.
Learn more about UAD Powered Plug-Ins at www.uaudio.com/uad-plug-ins.html.