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Universal Audio Ships Thunderbolt Option Card for Apollo Audio Interface

Universal Audio’s Thunderbolt Option Card

Universal Audio (UA) in Scotts Valley, Calif., announces the release of the Thunderbolt Option Card for the award-winning Apollo High Resolution Audio Interface. The Thunderbolt Option Card is compatible with Intel’s new Thunderbolt technology on the latest generation of iMacs, MacBook Pros, MacBook Airs, and Mac minis, and provides greater UAD plug-in instances, improved performance at higher sample rates, and reduced UAD plug-in latency versus Apollo’s standard FireWire connection.

The user-installable Thunderbolt Option Card (tool and instructions are included) includes two Thunderbolt ports, and slides into Apollo’s expansion bay. Bus power is provided to all downstream Thunderbolt peripherals, allowing music producers to connect devices in series with the Apollo interface, including hard drives, processors, and computer. When the Thunderbolt Option Card is engaged, Apollo’s FireWire 800 ports are instantly reconfigured as a hub for connecting FireWire devices such as a hard drive or UAD-2 Satellite.

Universal Audio Apollo audio interface

The Thunderbolt Option Card enables Thunderbolt technology for Apollo DUO and QUAD Audio Interfaces on Thunderbolt-equipped Macs. Two Thunderbolt ports supply bus power for convenient daisy-chaining of peripherals. It allows Apollo’s built-in FireWire ports to be repurposed as a FireWire 800 hub over Thunderbolt.

Thunderbolt cable is sold separately.

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