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Universal Audio Apollo 16MkII

Universal Audio Apollo 16MkII

$2,999.00 USD

Universal Audio Apollo 16MkII. Flagship Apollo Conversion for Professional Studios.

Universal Audio Apollo 16MkII

The Universal Audio Apollo 16B 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.

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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

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.

UAD plug-ins are amazing... I’ve used them on all my projects for the last few years.

—Dan Auerbach (The Black Keys)

Improved Monitoring and Workflow

Unique among 16 channel converters, Apollo 16 features a dedicated Monitor knob right on the front panel. This knob is also controllable from software, a connected Apollo Twin, or can be bypassed for connecting the Monitor outputs to an external monitor controller. Standard interface settings like Clock Source, Sample Rate, and Host connectivity are displayed at all times as well.

Expand Your System

Thanks to Apollo Expanded software, users of Thunderbolt-equipped Apollo Twin, Apollo 8, Apollo 8p, and Apollo 16 audio interfaces can combine up to four Apollos and six total UAD-2 devices — adding I/O and DSP as your studio grows. Apollo Expanded also provides seamless integration with previous generation Apollos over Thunderbolt.

Apollo Console Overview

A Sleek New App

With Apollo 16’s Console 2.0 application — a complete re-imagining of Apollo’s original Console software — you can take advantage of over 25 new user-requested features such as Channel Strip presets, Drag & Drop functionality, dynamically resizable windows, and more.

Front & Rear Panels

The Apollo 16 interface places all the most commonly used recording and monitoring features right on the front panel, for fast, direct access. Similarly, its rear panel provides all the dedicated, high-quality I/O needed for a typical production studio.

Apollo 16. Features & Specs

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

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
    • AES/EBU
      • 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
      • 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