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Apollo Twin Silver, still a good buy in 2017? Desktop Synthesizers
Old 17th May 2017
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Apollo Twin Silver, still a good buy in 2017?

Hi, I was offered an Apollo Twin Silver thunderbolt, 1st generation, for a good price. I have some doubts about the deal, but most importantly I have some questions, as one who never used an Apollo before.

1- The ADAT works flawlessly? Would I be able to connect my 8200 to expand its INs?

2- This interface works on Windows? I've read that it do work on thunderbolt 3 motherboards. It is fine on this regard. Today I'm using Mac, so no problems, but I'm thinking about changing to PC.

3- It is still a good interface, with good preamps and converters?

Thank you all.
Old 17th May 2017
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Old 17th May 2017
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yes
Yes to all questions?

Good to know. I know it is a good interface. What I really wanted to know is the ADAT and Windows Thunderbolt thing. This kinda of stuff can be hard to work properly sometimes. So anyone with experiences in this matter would be great.
Old 17th May 2017
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Yes to all questions?

Good to know. I know it is a good interface. What I really wanted to know is the ADAT and Windows Thunderbolt thing. This kinda of stuff can be hard to work properly sometimes. So anyone with experiences in this matter would be great.
HI SameOh,

The Apollo Twin works great on Windows over Thunderbolt!

You do need a host computer with Windows 10 64-bit and a USB-C /Thunderbolt connector on it.

It supports both ADAT and SPDIF digital inputs.

Be sure to visit the Knowledge base to see the system requirements for Winows:

https://help.uaudio.com/hc/en-us/art...ndows-is-here-

Hope that helps!

-GK
Gannon Kashiwa
Old 17th May 2017
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The Thunderbolt connection needs to be integrated (on the motherboard), not on a card, according to the techs at UA that I have spoken to. This could be be a boilerplate legal stipulation: some cards might work, but they don't recommend or support them.
Old 18th May 2017
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If you do go windows thunderbolt you need to upgrade your intro thunderbolt firmware, it's not very clear on any of the install instructions which just says using most up to date version on Thunderbolt. The software and firmware are updated through 2 separate apps. But it works flawlessly, if you use the z170 ud5 th the firmware updater is under utilities on the Gigabyte website titled something like thunderbolt/FW. May require a new version of bios to correctly work. I have no experience with other thunderbolt 3 boards but I imagine all gigabyte boards with a integrated TB3 port is a similar install procedure. I am using the startech TB3 to TB2 adapter on my Apollo Twin MKII Duo.
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