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Bypassing Apollo Preamps
Old 9th August 2016
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Bypassing Apollo Preamps

(TLDR - Can you bypass the apollo preamps?)

So I've read conflicting reports about whether or not you can bypass the pre's in the apollo. I have a silverface unit, and I'd like to throw some outboard pre's on 1-4, but I don't want to run the mics through two gain stages.

The tape op review of the black 8-p version gave me this info:

"I discovered many nice touches within Console 2.0. The Apollo preamp circuitry can be bypassed on each of the line inputs, ostensibly for the "purest" signal path to the converters - really handy if you are patching external outboard gear to the line inputs. "

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I have a silver unit...but I also have a console 2.0 / thunderbolt set up. Does anyone have any info on this?

Also, in the case I can't bypass the preamps when using the line inputs on 1-4, do you think it would still be worth it to run some API pres over the built in apollos? I can't imagine such a miniscule 2nd gain stage from the apollo's solid state pre's would do much to the audio.

from the UAD forums a few years ago:

"I see from the manual that Line Inputs 1-4 are fixed at +4dBu. But there is minimum 10dB of gain coming from the preamp. Can the preamp not be bypassed? How do I ensure the input level is the same as channels 5-8?"

Bypassing PRE AMPs

Last edited by blackmajik2021; 9th August 2016 at 03:45 PM.. Reason: typos
Old 9th August 2016
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Bypass of the preamps on CH's 1-4 is specific to the Black Apollo's only when using Console 2.0.
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Old 3 weeks ago
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Originally Posted by AudioGaff View Post
Bypass of the preamps on CH's 1-4 is specific to the Black Apollo's only when using Console 2.0.
Which ones are black Apollo’s ? The latest ones ?
Old 3 weeks ago
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Uhhh, pretty simple. The Apollo units with the black face are the Black MKII Apollo's. The New X-Series Apollo's are more of a dark gun metal grey.
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