Universal Audio Apollo 16 Thunderbolt Recording Interface w/ Realtime UAD2 DSP

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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.

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Manufacturer: Universal Audio

Category: Recording & Playback



 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.

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

The original Apollo, introduced in 2012, quickly became a gold standard among modern music producers and engineers — it now counts many of the world’s top artists as users. Apollo 16 improves upon the original Apollo’s sound quality with completely redesigned, class-leading A/D and D/A conversion — giving you increased dynamic range and even lower THD.
Building upon a 50-year legacy of circuit design, UA engineers started with obsessive auditioning of the latest converters, pairing them with completely redesigned analog circuitry. Confirmed by extensive double-blind listening tests, the result is 2 dB better A/D and 8 dB better D/A dynamic range versus the original Apollo — making Apollo 16 the measurable class leader.

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.

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
  • Console application:
    • Analog-style control interface for realtime monitoring and tracking
    • Enables Realtime UAD Powered Plug-Ins processing
    • Remote control of Apollo 16 mkII features and functionality
    • Virtual I/O for routing DAW tracks through Console
  • Console Recall plug-in:
    • Saves Apollo configurations inside DAW sessions for easy recal
    • Convenient access to Console’s monitor controls via DAW plug-in
    • VST, RTAS, AAX 64, and Audio Units plug-in formats
  • UAD Meter & Control Panel application:
    • Configures global UAD-2 and Powered Plug-Ins settings and monitors system usage
  • Other
    • Easy firmware updates
    • 1U rack-mountable form factor
    • One year warranty includes parts and labor


Additional Info

Additional Info

System Requirements


Thunderbolt Systems

UAD Powered Plug-Ins version 8

  • Apple Mac computer with available Thunderbolt or Thunderbolt 2 port
  • Mac OS X 10.8.5 Mountain Lion, 10.9.x Mavericks, or 10.10.x Yosemite
  • 4 gigabytes available disk space
  • Internet connection to download software and authorize UAD plug-ins
  • Compatible VST, Audio Units, RTAS, or AAX 64 plug-in host DAW software
  • Thunderbolt cable (sold separately)



Note: All specifications are typical performance unless otherwise noted, tested under the following conditions: 48 kHz internal sample rate, 24-bit sample depth, 20 kHz measurement bandwidth, with balanced output.

  • I/O Complement
    • Analog Line Inputs 16
    • Analog Line Outputs 16 (not including monitor outputs)
    • Analog Monitor Outputs Two (one stereo pair)
    • AES/EBU Two (Thunderbolt 1 compatible)
    • Thunderbolt 2 ports Two (Thunderbolt 1 compatible)
    • Word Clock One input, one output
  • A/D – D/A Conversion
    • Supported Sample Rates (kHz) 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4, 192
    • Bit Depth Per Sample 24
    • Simultaneous A/D conversion 16 channels
    • Simultaneous D/A conversion 18 channels
    • Analog Round-Trip Latency 1.1 milliseconds @ 96 kHz sample rate
    • Analog Round-Trip Latency with four serial UAD-2 plug-ins via Console application 1.1 milliseconds @ 96 kHz sample rate
Analog I/O
  • Frequency Response 20 Hz – 20 kHz, ±0.1 dB
  • Line Inputs 1 – 16
    • Connector Type Two Female DB25, Tascam wiring
    • Dynamic Range 119 dB (A–weighting)
    • Signal-to-Noise Ratio 119 dB (A–weighting)
    • Total Harmonic Distortion + Noise –112.5 dB @ -1 dBFS
    • Common-Mode Rejection Ratio (CMRR) 75 dB (10’ cable)
    • Input Impedance 10K Ohms
    • Input Reference Level +4 dBu (fixed)
    • Maximum Input Level (+4 dBu setting) +20.2 dBu
    • Maximum Input Level (-10 dBV setting) +6.2 dBV (unbalanced)
  • Line Outputs 1 – 16
    • Connector TypeTwo Female DB25, Tascam wiring
    • Dynamic Range 126 dB (A–weighting)
    • Signal-to-Noise Ratio 126 dB (A–weighting)
    • Total Harmonic Distortion + Noise –118 dBFS @ -1 dBFS
    • Stereo Level Balance ±0.01 dB
    • Output Impedance 100 Ohms
    • Maximum Output Level +20.2 dBu
  • Monitor Outputs 1 – 2
    • Connector Type XLR Male
    • Dynamic Range 124 dB (A–weighting)
    • Signal-to-Noise Ratio 123 dB (A–weighting)
    • Total Harmonic Distortion + Noise –117 dBFS
    • Stereo Level Balance ±0.01 dB
    • Output Impedance 100 Ohms
    • Maximum Output Level +20.2 dBu
Digital I/O
    • Connector Type XLR
    • Format IEC 60958 Type I
  • MADI (Not Implemented)
    • Connector Type Dual Optical SC-Plug (ISO/IEC 9314-3)
  • Word Clock
    • Connector Type BNC
    • Lock Range ±0.5% of any supported sample rate
    • Word Clock Input Termination 75 Ohms, switchable
  • Synchronization Sources
    • Internal, Word Clock, AES/EBU
  • Electrical
    • Power Supplies External AC to DC Power Supply, Level V compliant
    • AC Input Connector Type IEC Male
    • AC Requirements 100V – 240V AC, 50 – 60 Hz
    • DC Connector Type XLR 4-Pin Locking Male (Neutrik P/N NC4MDM3-H)
    • DC Requirements 12 VDC, ±5%
    • Maximum Power Consumption 50 Watts
    • Dimensions
      • Width 19”
      • Height 1.75” (1U rack space)
      • Depth, Chassis Only 12.125”
      • Depth, Including Knob & Jack Protrusions 13.5”
      • Shipping Box (Width x Depth x Height) 24” x 17” x 8”
    • Weight
      • Shipping Weight (with box & accessories) 18 pounds
      • Weight (bare unit) 8.7 pounds
    • Package Contents
      • Apollo 16 mkII Audio Interface Unit
      • External Power Supply
      • AC Power Cable (IEC)
      • Getting Started URL Card
      • Set of (4) Rack-Mount Screws

Manufacturer's Part Number UADAPOLLO-16-TB
Manufacturer Universal Audio
also known as Universal Audio Apollo 16 High-Resolution Interface with Realtime UAD Processing, Universal Audio Apollo 16 FireWire & Thunderbolt Audio Interface, Universal Audio Apollo 16
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