FAQ: Apollo Twin X USB

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What is Apollo Twin X USB?

Building on a decade of desktop excellence, Apollo Twin X USB integrates the latest mastering grade D/A conversion, USB 3 connectivity, and Unison™ preamps with world-class analog performance.

Apollo Twin X USB improves upon the original Apollo Twin USB’s gold‑standard audio quality with completely redesigned A/D and D/A conversion — giving you increased dynamic range and ultra‑low THD. This elite‑class conversion gives you a spacious, organic sound that easily rivals dedicated high-end converters. 

Apollo Twin X USB also features dedicated monitor and headphone outputs and two additional line outs. And, as with other Apollo X-class devices, Apollo Twin X USB features a built-in talkback microphone.

For more information, see the Apollo Twin X USB product page.

For detailed information including specifications, see the Apollo Twin X USB Hardware & Software Manuals.

 

Will Apollo Twin X USB work on my computer?

Apollo Twin X USB requires a Windows 10 or 11 PC with an available  USB 3 or 4 port.

Important Note: Apollo Twin X USB is not compatible with macOS.

For detailed information, please refer to the Apollo Twin X USB System Requirements.

Is there a difference in audio quality between the Twin X Thunderbolt and Twin X USB versions?

They both have the same incredible audio quality.

Is there a difference in DSP between Twin X Thunderbolt and Twin X USB versions?

Apollo Twin X USB is available with DUO DSP processing.
Apollo Twin X Thunderbolt is available with DUO or QUAD DSP processing.

What type of cable do I need for connecting Apollo Twin X USB to my PC?

A USB-IF certified USB 3 cable or higher is recommended for Apollo Twin X USB.

Apollo Data Cable Guide

How do I register my Twin X USB?

After creating a UA account and setting up Apollo, your web browser will launch and connect to the UA website for registration.

Get Started with Apollo Twin USB

(Windows) UAD Installation, Registration & Authorization

What is the Console application?

Console is the companion software interface for Apollo that allows control for low-latency hardware input monitoring, UNISON plug-ins, and Realtime UAD Processing.

How do I use Twin X USB with my DAW?

Apollo Twin X USB can be used as an I/O device with various DAWs. 

Setting up Apollo Twin USB with Pro Tools
Setting up Apollo Twin USB with Ableton Live
Setting up Apollo Twin USB with Cubase

How do I optimize Windows for the best audio performance?

To ensure optimum stability and performance with Apollo Twin X USB, certain settings within the Windows operating system are recommended.

Apollo USB Windows Setup - Required Settings

Windows Optimization - Optional Settings

USB Safeguard Explained

Where can I find the hardware and software manuals?

The Apollo Twin X USB hardware and software manuals can be found in our Knowledge Base.

Apollo Twin X USB hardware manual

Apollo Twin X USB software manual

How do I make the most of my DSP?

DSP usage between different UAD-2 plug-ins will vary. The core features of Console will also use a small amount of DSP in the background. Use the UAD-2 DSP Chart and DSP management guidelines to improve efficiency when using UAD-2 plug-ins.

What are ‘Virtual Channels’?

Virtual Channels are Apollo’s software inputs and outputs. This enables digital routing of audio I/O signals between Console and other apps like your DAW. 

What is the difference between Twin X USB and Twin X Thunderbolt?

Twin X Thunderbolt is designed for Mac and Windows, but not all Windows PCs have Thunderbolt.

Twin X USB is designed for Windows PCs only, and is ideal for systems which do not have Thunderbolt.

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