Universal Audio Apollo interface
Old 28th February 2012
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Are you serious? Just because Apple was already charging $999 for their 27" monitor...which is, what, five or six times what the average 27" monitor costs these days...you think it is reasonable?

Not to mention the fact that Apple sells a huge amount of their displays. The Apollo is a relatively nich-ey product, and the cost to engineer the Thunderbolt card will have to be spread across a number of units that's a small fraction of what Apple sells in displays.
My point is, Thunderbolt is cheap technology. If TB was costly, Apple wouldn't be throwing it in as a penny-for-penny replacement for the DVI interface. I used Apple as an example exactly because it is a premium price. If the top of the line TB computer monitor is only $999, no more than it's DVI counterpart, what is UA doing charging $500 for what is essentially only a connector?

If you don't like the Apple example, take thirty seconds and Google a TB external drive or something.

There will be nothing special about the UA TB card. It will be an Intel chip with a TB connector on a PCB board with a flange. All the internal software, the ability for the Apollo to recognize and use Thunderbolt, will be in the Apollo as part of its firmware. There will be little, if anything, proprietary on that card.

I'm not suggesting UA should give it away for free, but simply it's gouging to charge several multiples of what will be their landed cost. Do you really think the TB card is 25% the cost of the Apollo itself?
Old 28th February 2012
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You will also have to consider if for that $500, will UA include an actual Thunderbolt cable? Have you seen how much a Thunderbolt cable goes for right now ($50)? Add that on top of the $500 if they aren't including one.

Carry on ...
Old 28th February 2012
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Thank you. I remember when these first came out and they were over a grand to purchase. Glad to see they've brought the price back down to earth.

This will be a nice addition when both Pro Tools goes 64-Bit, and the UAD plugins with the Apollo follow suit.

Cheers.
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Old 28th February 2012
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Going Thunderbolt means replacing my mac pro - unless the next mac pro has a video card with thunderbolt built in... I don't see how else they would do it. So, hopefully a PCIe upgrade card for older machines. .
This has been discussed numerous times, there has not been and probably never will be a PCIe expansion available simply because of the DisplayPort interconnect needing to be directly plumbed to the the CPU. On that note there is no such thing as a video card with TB capability, you are confusing that with DisplayPort , which is not part of the external/expandable PCIe connectivity.

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HD TDM and HDX give you the advantage of a fully integrated low latency, delay compensated recording environment. That's a huge deal for some of us.
Here, here , thats one of the major points that seems to be getting lost in the mix on this thread.. :-(

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Having to use two different softwares for routing, cue mix, plugins, etc when recording isn't ideal, though for the price difference with non-hd solutions like the Apollo, it might be worth it to some.
Another point being lost in the mix due to the hyperventilating of a few , who still have absolutely no idea how in fact the unit will perform but are making all of these statements about it being a viable alternative and a game changer.

Simple fact is that without TB this unit is on thin ice, UA know it , and anyone who has any technical ability and understanding of the mechanics involved , know it . That UA have paper launched this thing sans TB on FW , knowing full well the caveats attached, is disingenuous IMO.
Old 28th February 2012
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Nova Musik told me "The ETA is sometime this summer." when i asked about preordering. That may mean nothing if there are priority vendors getting initial shipments etc.
Did someone talk about vapor?
Old 28th February 2012
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[QUOTE=TAFKAT;7617850]This has been discussed numerous times, there has not been and probably never will be a PCIe expansion available simply because of the DisplayPort interconnect needing to be directly plumbed to the the CPU. On that note there is no such thing as a video card with TB capability, you are confusing that with DisplayPort , which is not part of the external/expandable PCIe connectivity.

Now now, re-read what I wrote. How do you think they will integrate mini display port and thunderbolt on the next mac pro?

I don't think we will see a mac pro with intel integrated graphics...

What I think we will see is an NVIDIA or AMD graphics card inside a mac pro using thunderbolt instead of displayport.

As long as the graphics are plugged into a PCIe port, there is no logical reason a graphics card could not join
PCIe and displayport to a usable thunderbolt port.

That would open up the possibility of thunderbolt becoming available on earlier mac pros...

Speculation, sure, to an extent - but other than mac pros simply biting the dust, how else would a thunderbolt port be integrated?
Old 28th February 2012
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Not yet! Was told Feb 29th by my Sweetwater sales engineer... Haven't heard anything different but lets see what happens... I can't wait to get that thing in to the studio.
Interesting as it's says directly on the Sweetwater site that the Apollo will ship in LIMITED quantities beginning EARLY march.

And to paraphrase the immortal words of Bill Clinton "it all depends on what the words LIMITED and EARLY mean"
Old 29th February 2012
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Now now, re-read what I wrote. How do you think they will integrate mini display port and thunderbolt on the next mac pro?
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The "Mini Display Port" is simply the connector that Apple imposed after the fact , it has nothing to do with "Display Port" specifically

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What I think we will see is an NVIDIA or AMD graphics card inside a mac pro using thunderbolt instead of displayport.

As long as the graphics are plugged into a PCIe port, there is no logical reason a graphics card could not join PCIe and displayport to a usable thunderbolt port.
So essentially you are thinking that the graphics cards will work as a hub via the PCIe x16 interconnect , do you ?

Great in theory except that TB has separate plumbing for external PCIe and Displayport, if it was that simple there would already be commercially available add on cards running on PCIe 16x. Intel have been quite clear that TB integration will not be available via an add on card, as the Display Port needs to be directly and separately integrated at the motherboard level with a direct interconnect to the CPU socket.

Personally I couldn't careless about the Display Port aspect, I would have settled with the external PCIe aspect alone, but it isn't going to happen.

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Speculation, sure, to an extent - but other than mac pros simply biting the dust, how else would a thunderbolt port be integrated?
On the next MacPro rollout , the 2 separate aspects will be integrated directly as they have been on the Notebooks / iMacs , for older Mac Pro's, if you feel that not having TB will render them biting the dust, well you already know what the answer is...
Old 29th February 2012
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Cool, we're both speculating, and I'll readily admit my speculation favours not dumping my mac pro before its time...

I may well have to go the mac mini route in the end... Will all graphics chips be on the motherboard?

btw, thunderbolt is not utilising the full bandwidth of a PCIe x16 slot, so yes it is possible, and no, it doesn't require a direct connection to the CPU. It is simply displayport and a few lanes of PCIe on a cable. A x16 PCIe graphics card would be able to do it, it hasn't been done, but it is possible.

Not sure what you're trying to say re: mini displayport, after all it is what it says on the tin. A smaller socket version of displayport. Same socket thunderbolt uses.

Time will tell I guess...
Old 29th February 2012
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.... thunderbolt is not utilising the full bandwidth of a PCIe x16 slot, so yes it is possible, and no, it doesn't require a direct connection to the CPU. It is simply displayport and a few lanes of PCIe on a cable. A x16 PCIe graphics card would be able to do it, it hasn't been done, but it is possible.
I understand that the PCIe apsect of TB is not using the full bandwidth of PCIe x16, its PCIe x4, but the separate DisplayPort aspect is utilising the full PCIe x16. Can TB be utilised via a secondary PCIe x16 / x4 slot , in theory yes, but as I stated before, if it was that easy it would have already been commercial available. I can't see it being tacked onto a graphics card tho , the PCIe x4 would need to be on separate lanes - as is the case on all current implementations.

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Not sure what you're trying to say re: mini displayport, after all it is what it says on the tin. A smaller socket version of displayport. Same socket thunderbolt uses.
I was talking about the physical shape of the port being used for TB interconnectivity , sorry I wasn't very clear in the first response.

Apple simply imposed the external socket design, earlier incarnations did not use that specific port. Prior to Apple sticking their proprietary beaks in Lightpeak was working on a different external socket, as evidenced by ODM notebook manufacturers displaying AVID Protools HD / HD I/O running on Windows 7 under Lightpeak , 5 months before Apples exclusivity complicated things.

Re dumping your Mac Pro, well you need to weigh up how important TB is to you.
Old 29th February 2012
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Can't really argue with that, we will just have to see what they do with the next mac pros... If they happen at all!

Yes, if they drop mac pros altogether I will go thunderbolt, but that means buying a MAGMA PCIe to thunderbolt chassis for my 2x uad2 quads, selling my mac pro 2009 8 core and buying a mac mini server...

Painful thought compared to buying a graphics card with thunderbolt built in... It's a downgrade that costs!

We shall see...
Old 29th February 2012
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Interesting as it's says directly on the Sweetwater site that the Apollo will ship in LIMITED quantities beginning EARLY march.

And to paraphrase the immortal words of Bill Clinton "it all depends on what the words LIMITED and EARLY mean"
Today, my Sweetwater sales rep mentioned that all first shipment Apollos were spoken for, and that for the next shipment (a month away) both versions had "deep pre-orders."

As far as the cost of the Thunderbolt option is concerned, he mentioned "No pricing at this time, I imagine they'll wait to see how much interest there is before starting production."

And as far as the cost of Thunderbolt tech is concerned, I know next to nothing, except for this article about the $50 TB cable from apple "What Makes the Thunderbolt Cable Lightning Fast" and "Here’s why Apple’s Thunderbolt cable costs $49"
Old 29th February 2012
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It looks like the public launch of the Apollo is getting nearer. UA just released a bunch of Apollo Console Application video's in HD. About 30 minutes worth, from using the Console Application to setting it up with various DAW hosts (Cubase, Pro Tools, Live & Logic Pro).

Scroll down to the "Apollo" video section:

Videos - Blog - Universal Audio
Old 29th February 2012
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Today, my Sweetwater sales rep mentioned that all first shipment Apollos were spoken for, and that for the next shipment (a month away) both versions had "deep pre-orders."

As far as the cost of the Thunderbolt option is concerned, he mentioned "No pricing at this time, I imagine they'll wait to see how much interest there is before starting production."

And as far as the cost of Thunderbolt tech is concerned, I know next to nothing, except for this article about the $50 TB cable from apple "What Makes the Thunderbolt Cable Lightning Fast" and "Here’s why Apple’s Thunderbolt cable costs $49"
That's why I ordered mine around the 1st week they were announced. I had a feeling they were going fly off the shelves (before they got there)... When I placed my order, besides telling me not to depend on the Feb. 29th date and expect my Apollo more like early march (1st or 2nd week), They also told me that they were only getting a limited amount and my order was part of that 1st batch of Apollo's they were getting. Like I said, we'll see how true that is come next week.

Here's the latest video I found about setting up the Apollo with Pro Tools
Setting up Apollo w/ Pro Tools - YouTube
Old 29th February 2012
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Its coming out in april but PC users wont be able to use it until september...is that true?
Old 29th February 2012
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anyone get one of these yet?
Old 29th February 2012
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did someone talk about vapor? Heh
winning!
Old 29th February 2012
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winning!
I would have said wHining...
Old 29th February 2012
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I would have said wHining...
I think that's what Jules was getting at.
I think he's Sheening. :D

Oh yeah. That video makes me think I want to start pinching pennies for this thing even more.
Old 29th February 2012
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At a demo night of the Apollo at HHB headquarters, London, UK.

The unit in these photos is serial number 14.
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Old 29th February 2012
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UA are working on daisy chaining Apollo units. They aren't making promises but know there is demand for it.
Old 29th February 2012
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GS in da house! I will try firing some of your questions.
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Old 29th February 2012
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Its coming out in april but PC users wont be able to use it until september...is that true?
UA say ready this summer! Windows7 only. (same for thunderbolt)
Old 29th February 2012
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Does it sound good?

Ha.
Old 29th February 2012
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GS in da house! I will try firing some of your questions.
Indeed. Export some wav's
Old 29th February 2012
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With the thunderbolt the FireWire socket becomes a FireWire "hub"
Old 29th February 2012
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GS in da house! I will try firing some of your questions.
Can the internal preamps be routed to the spidif out?
Old 29th February 2012
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These are new converters and NOT borrowed from any other existing UA devices. They have been designed to be clean & transparent so that coloration can be done at the users own discretion (ie with the tape plug ins and if recording say orchestral material with no coloration)
Old 29th February 2012
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Can the internal preamps be routed to the spidif out?
UA Answer - The SPDIF outputs mirror the monitor outputs.
Old 29th February 2012
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Installing OS v 6.1.1 will automatically upgrade all your existing UAD plug ins to work in their new "input" mode allowing them to work with Apollo.
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