I just received my Universal Audio Apollo Duo Audio Interface.
Setup was very straight forward and Universal Audio had done a great job with instructions. Drivers for MAC have performed very well and there are no abnormalities that I have experienced.
I wanted to put this new unit of mine in test and I had prepared camera, microphones and lights before hand. Pretty amazing fact is that I was able to have Apollo record ready to Cubase in about 30 min from un-boxing it!
I prepared 3 tracks within Apollo Console and added Studer 800, Pulteg EQ, and LA2A compressor on each track – I decided to use plug in presets for vocal mic (Shure SM7b) and guitar mics (Rode NT5 stereo pair).
I found console application very easy to use and had audio going to Cubase 6 in no time.
Knobs feel nice (similar feeling to my UA 4-710d unit) and I really like how simple the front panel is with push down control of the main preamp selection after which turning the dial will adjust the preamp gain. After you have chosen the channel by pushing the big knob you can choose other items from the from panel buttons (also you can do these from the console software) like turning phantom power on and off, turning pad on , do phase reverse, or to change the mic to line input.
I will do more comprehensive review later when I am more familiar with the product but here is the YouTube video link of this very first recording. Kindly note that the audio has not been touched since it was recorded (including no adjustment on level etc)
Hurt Cover by Harri Makela using Universal Audio Apollo with real time plugins: Universal Audio Apollo - Very first recording - 30 min from unboxing - YouTube