Universal Audio Wins 2015 TEC Award - 3rd Year in a Row!

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Universal Audio - Apollo Twin Interface

This is an amazing achievement - for the third year running Universal Audio has won the audio interface category which is called "Computer Audio Hardware" at the 2015 TEC Awards.

This year it was the Apollo Twin that won it for them - it's their 2x6 Mac Thunderbolt audio interface.

What makes this feat even more impressive is the competition they overcame to win the award. The other nominees were MOTU's 1248, RME's FireFace 802, Focusrite's RedNet 6 MADI Bridge, Antelope Audio's Zen Studio, and Lynx's Aurora TB.

With its high speed Thunderbolt connection and wide range of real-time effects processing including Compressors, EQs, Tape Machines, and Guitar with near zero latency, it's an impressive interface and it's not hard to see why it got the nod from the judges.

The only negative things I have to say is that I think using Thunderbolt is a bit of overkill - both Firewire 800 and USB 2.0 have more than enough bandwidth for the Apollo Twin, you can't use 2 of them at the same time, and it's not Windows compatible (but that probably bother most people who want one).

It's not cheap - the UAD SOLO version is selling online for $700 while the UAD DUO version is going for around $900, but the quality of the Apollo's AD/DA converters and the exceptionally low latency is never going to be super cheap.

To see why it's priced the way it is, read the full specifications at www.uaudio.com/interfaces/apollo-twin.html.

Congratulations to the entire crew at Universal Audio for this impressive achievement!