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Universal Audio Apollo 16 FireWire Audio Interface with Thunderbolt Option Card B stock

High-Resolution Interface with Realtime UAD Processing and 16 x 16 analog I/O

Universal Audio Apollo 16 FireWire Audio Interface with Thunderbolt Option Card B stock

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Product Description for the Universal Audio Apollo 16 FireWire Audio Interface with Thunderbolt Option Card B stock

Apollo 16. The New Standard in Professional High-Resolution Audio Recording.
Apollo 16 is Universal Audio’s flagship 24-bit/192 kHz audio interface, delivering world-class conversion with 16 x 16 analog I/O — twice the analog connectivity of the original Apollo model. This uncompromising FireWire/Thunderbolt-ready* interface combines superior sound and flexible routing with powerful onboard UAD-2 QUAD processing. So you can track audio in real time through the full range of classic UAD analog emulation plug-ins — from Neve, Studer, Manley, Lexicon and more** — on both Mac and Windows 7.*

With its professional connectivity and multi-unit cascading (for 32 x 32 analog I/O), the Apollo 16 sets a new standard in high-resolution recording with classic analog sound.

World-Class 24-bit/192 kHz Conversion
Apollo 16 brings a true “no compromise” approach to every aspect of its audio signal path. Building upon decades of UA hardware expertise, it features meticulous analog circuit design, top-end converters, and DC-coupled outputs — providing the lowest THD and highest dynamic range of any converter in its class. Specifically, the Apollo 16’s deep, wide soundstage, and its exceptionally open and transparent sound, makes it the ideal centerpiece for professional recording studios.

Realtime UAD Plug-In Processing for Tracking, Mixing, and Mastering
With its standard UAD-2 QUAD processing onboard, Apollo 16 allows recording in real time through UAD Powered Plug-Ins — with as low as sub-2ms latency — so you can monitor, audition, and “print” audio through stunning analog emulations from Ampex, Lexicon, Manley, Neve, Roland, SSL, Studer, and more.** Better still, Apollo 16's Realtime UAD Processing is also available during mixing and mastering, so that music producers can employ UAD plug-ins (VST, RTAS, AU) throughout the creative process.

Expandable 16 x 16 Analog Connectivity with Advanced Routing
Apollo 16 boasts straightforward 16 x 16 analog I/O via convenient DB-25 connections — perfect for pairing with mixing consoles, outboard processors, cue/headphone systems, and more. Two Apollo 16 units can be cascaded over MADI for an expanded system with eight UAD processors and 32 x 32 simultaneous analog I/O, capable of handling large professional mixes. Dedicated XLR monitor outputs and stereo AES-EBU digital I/O round out the Apollo 16’s rear-panel audio connections.

The Apollo 16’s enhanced routing capabilities include four stereo Cue mixes with individually assignable outputs, and a new “Virtual I/O” feature that allows for Realtime UAD Processing of DAW tracks and virtual instruments.

Thunderbolt™ Connectivity for Macs
Apollo 16 offers compatibility with Intel’s new high-bandwidth Thunderbolt technology on Macs via a user-installable dual-port Thunderbolt Option Card (sold separately). Thunderbolt provides greater UAD plug-in instances, improved performance at high sample rates, and reduced UAD plug-in latency in the DAW versus Apollo’s standard FireWire connection.

Because Thunderbolt offers many times the bandwidth of FireWire, it allows studios to connect numerous devices in series with the Apollo interface — including hard drives, processors, and additional computer monitors — all with fast, flawless performance. Thunderbolt also makes it easy to expand UAD plug-in processing power via a Thunderbolt-to-PCIe chassis and UAD-2 DSP Accelerator card(s).

Deeper Integration with Pro Tools, Logic, Cubase and More
Apollo 16’s Core Audio and ASIO drivers ensure compatibility with all major DAWs, including Pro Tools, Logic Pro, Cubase, and more. The included Console application and companion Console Recall plug-in (VST/AU/RTAS) provide control and recall of all interface and Realtime UAD plug-in settings within your DAW sessions, even months and years later. A new “PT Mode” ensures that Pro Tools can take advantage of all 16 analog inputs/outputs for hardware inserts — and maximizes analog I/O in a multi-unit setup.

Hardware Design and Workflow
Apollo 16 boasts numerous design details that give you a fast, natural workflow — and better results. Its Monitor outputs are digitally controlled analog, so you don't lose audio resolution when you adjust gain. More than 195 high-visibility LEDs provide full input and output metering, and with zero “hot spots” or light bleed. All front controls and rear-panel connections are professional-grade. And finally, standalone operation means that you can use Apollo’s audio connections, and last-used DSP mixer settings, even without a computer connected.



  • UA’s flagship FireWire/Thunderbolt-ready audio interface for Mac and Windows 7*
  • 16 x 16 analog I/O via DB-25 connectors — ideal for mixing consoles, outboard preamps, etc.
  • Realtime UAD-2 QUAD processing for low-latency (sub-2ms) tracking and mixing w/ UAD Powered Plug-Ins**
  • Thunderbolt Option Card for next-generation connectivity to compatible Macs (sold separately)
  • Four stereo Cue mixes with fully assignable outputs
  • Multi-unit cascading over MADI merges two Apollo 16 units for 32 x 32 analog I/O
  • PT Mode allows easy insertion of outboard analog hardware in Pro Tools**
  • Virtual I/O feature for Realtime UAD Processing of virtual instruments and DAW tracks
  • Includes dedicated XLR monitor outs and stereo AES-EBU digital I/O
  • Includes “Analog Classics” plug-ins: LA-2A Classic Audio Leveler, 1176LN Limiting Amplifier, and Pultec EQP-1A EQ
  • Full recall of interface settings in DAW sessions via Console Recall plug-in (VST/RTAS/AU)
  • Full compatibility with UAD-2 DSP Accelerator systems

* Requires Windows 7 64-bit edition operating system and a qualified PCIe-to-FireWire adaptor. Thunderbolt option is Mac-only.
** All trademarks are recognized as property of their respective owners. Individual UAD Powered Plug-Ins sold separately.


UAD Minimum System Requirements

  • (Win) Windows 7 64-Bit Edition w/SP1
  • (Mac) OS X 10.6.8 Snow Leopard, 10.7 Lion, or 10.8 Mountain Lion
  • 2 gigabytes available disk space
  • Available PCI Express (PCIe) slot for each UAD-2 card
  • Available FireWire 800 port* for UAD-2 Satellite, Apollo, or Apollo 16
  • 1024 x 800 minimum display resolution (1024 x 900 for Apollo and Apollo 16)
  • Internet connection to download software and authorize UAD plug-ins
  • Compatible VST, Audio Units, or RTAS plug-in host application software

*On Windows systems, Apollo, Apollo 16, and UAD-2 Satellite require a qualified PCIe-to-FireWire adapter card. 

Operating systems not listed above are unqualified. Although unqualified operating systems may work, they are untested and unsupported. Prior UAD software for older operating systems and discontinued UAD products is available in the UAD software archives.




  • I/O Complement
    • Analog Line Inputs  16
    • Analog Line Outputs  16
    • Analog Monitor Outputs  Two (one stereo pair)
    • AES/EBU  One stereo input, one stereo output
    • FireWire 800 (IEEE 1394b)  Dual ports
    • Thunderbolt (via Thunderbolt Option Card)  Dual ports
    • Word Clock  One input, one output
    • MADI Optical Ports  One input, one output
  • A/D – D/A Conversion
    • Supported Sample Rates (kHz)  44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4, 192
    • A/D Bits 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 up to four serial UAD Powered Plug-Ins via Console application  1.1 milliseconds @ 96 kHz sample rate

Analog I/O

  • Analog Inputs 1 – 16
    • Dynamic Range  119.25 dB (A–weighting)
    • Signal-to-Noise Ratio  119.25 dB (A–weighting)
    • Total Harmonic Distortion + Noise  -112 dB @ -1 dBFS
    • Common-Mode Rejection Ratio  -75 dB
    • Frequency Response  20 Hz – 20 kHz, ±0.05 dB
    • Channel Separation (Crosstalk)  -138 dB
    • Input Impedance  10 Kilohms
    • Gain Settings  +4 dBu or -10 dBV (reference level is selectable in pairs)
    • Max Input Voltage (Reference Level @ +4 dBu, Balanced)  20.22 dBu
      (18 dBV, 7.94 VRMS, 0 dBFS)
    • Max Input Voltage (Reference Level @ -10 dBV, Balanced)  14.22 dBu
      (12 dBV, 3.98 VRMS, 0 dBFS)
    • Max Input Voltage (Reference Level @ -10 dBV, Single-Ended)  8.22 dBu
      (6 dBV, 2 VRMS, 0 dBFS)
    • Stereo Level Balance  ±0.01 dB
    • Connector Type  Two Female DB25, Tascam wiring
  • Analog Outputs 1 – 16
    • Dynamic Range  118.5 dB (A–weighting)
    • Signal-to-Noise Ratio  118.2 dB (A–weighting)
    • Total Harmonic Distortion + Noise  -107.5 dB @ -1 dBFS
    • Connector Type  Two Female DB25, Tascam wiring
  • Monitor Outputs 1 – 2
    • Dynamic Range  115 dB (A–weighting)
    • Signal-to-Noise Ratio  115 dB (A–weighting)
    • Total Harmonic Distortion + Noise  -105.5 dB @ -1 dBFS
    • Gain Range (Monitor Knob)  -INF to 0 dBFS
    • Connector Type  Two Male Balanced XLR (pin 2 hot)
  • All Analog Outputs
    • Frequency Response 20 Hz – 20 kHz, ±0.05 dB
    • Channel Separation (Crosstalk) -120 dB
    • Output Impedance 600 Ohms
    • Stereo Level Balance ±0.01 dB
    • Gain Settings +4 dBu or -10 dBV (reference level is selectable in pairs)
    • Max Output Voltage (Reference Level @ +4 dBu, Balanced) 20.22 dBu
      (18 dBV, 7.94 VRMS, 0 dBFS)
    • Max Output Voltage (Reference Level @ -10 dBV, Balanced) 14.22 dBu
      (12 dBV, 3.98 VRMS, 0 dBFS)
    • Max Output Voltage (Reference Level @ -10 dBV, Single-Ended) 8.22 dBu
      (6 dBV, 2 VRMS, 0 dBFS)

Digital I/O

    • Connector Type  XLR
    • Format  IEC 60958 Type I
  • MADI
    • Connector Type  Dual Optical SC-Plug (ISO/IEC 9314-3)
    • Format  AES10
    • Supported Modes @ Sample Rates of 88.2 kHz and Higher  Standard, Legacy
  • 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


  • Power Supplies  External AC to DC Power Supply Brick (Internal DC to DC Power Supply) 
  • AC 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  40 Watts (55 Watts when bus powering external Thunderbolt peripheral)


  • Dimensions
    • Width  19”
    • Height  1.75” (1U rack space)
    • Depth, Chassis Only  12.125”
    • Depth, Including Knob & Jack Protrusions  13.75”
    • 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 Audio Interface
    • External Power Supply
    • Apollo 16 Hardware Manual
    • 15’ FireWire 800 cable
    • (2) IEC AC Power Cables (USA & Europe)
    • Set of (4) Rack-Mount Screws
    • Universal Audio Product Catalog
Brand Universal Audio
Weight 17.6000
Dimensions (WxHxD) No

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