The audio processing tech giant Universal Audio just had a big party, and dropped some major news. We all certainly know the company well by its pristine condition outboard processing units, Apollo series of desktop interfaces, among many other things. This time around, UA took to the stage to announce some brand new successors in its “X Series” lineup. Two brand new Apollo-like desktop interfaces, the Apollo Twin X, and Apollo X4 were announced and revealed today during a live-streamed, 6-hour Universal Audio event.
The stream was kicked off with a bang by UA founder and CEO Bill Putnam Jr., who touched briefly on the company history, including his father, Bill Putnam Sr. All the while, clearly looking as though the company was about to drop something big. Then came some live production and recording tutorials. The tutorials have to do mostly with showcasing the new products, and include appearances from guest producers and artists, including Vance Powell, James Murray, and Vulfpeck / Fearless Flyers guitarist Cory Wong. But enough about the event itself, let’s dive into the newly launched Apollo X interfaces from Universal Audio.
As we mentioned earlier, the two devices announced today, the Apollo Twin X, and X4, join what UA calls its “Apollo X Series.” Both of these interfaces look, and operate similarly to what we have seen already from its existing Apollo units. The Twin X has a similar setup as that of the standard Apollo Twin. It has two combo mic/line inputs, and eight other digital inputs, with six outputs. Whereas the X4 sports four analog combo ins with eight digital ins, and a total of 18 outputs available. On both units, the company upgraded the microphone preamps, added some stronger audio processing reinforcement, and made them both powered by Thunderbolt 3.
As a whole, the Apollo Twin X and X4 seem to have entered the industry with a bang, and will surely become fairly popular among music makers. Both of these interfaces are available to order now, with the Twin X marked at $1,129 MSRP, and the X4 at $2,249 MSRP. If that’s enough information for you to take the plunge into these new units, you can head over to Guitar Center’s website to put them to work at a significant discount from the starting prices. You can get the Universal Audio Apollo Twin X Duo here, and the Universal Audio Apollo X4 here.