Apollo Desktop USB System Requirements

This article lists the requirements for the following devices:

  • Apollo Solo USB
  • Apollo Twin USB
  • Apollo Twin X USB

General Requirements

  • PC with available built-in* USB 3 or 4 SuperSpeed (Type-A or Type-C port).
  • Intel Core i-Series, Xeon, or AMD processor.
  • Windows 10 or 11 (64-bit editions).
  • USB 3.0 SuperSpeed Type-A to Type-B cable (included). Can be used with a USB 3.0 Type-C to Type-B cable.
  • Internet connection to download software and authorize UAD plug-ins.
  • 25 gigabytes available storage.
    Note: We highly recommend having at least 100 GB of free storage on your internal hard drive.

Important Notes

  • For information regarding legacy compatibility with Windows 7,
    refer to the UAD Software Archives.
  • IF-certified USB 3 or 4 SuperSpeed cable (Type-A to Type-B, or Type-B to Type-C).
  • Quad Core i7 or better recommended for optimum DAW performance.
  • USB 3 adapters (such as PCIe-to-USB 3 expansion cards) are not tested.
  • 2-in-1 systems (notebook/tablet) are not recommended.

Windows Compatibility Notes

  • Certain Windows settings are necessary for optimum Apollo USB performance. See the Apollo USB Required Settings – Windows Setup article for details.
  • Apollo USB is compatible with Windows 10 64-bit edition and Windows 11. All older Windows operating systems are untested. Although these operating systems may work, they are not supported.
  • Only ASIO and WDM driver modes are compatible. Using ASIO drivers is recommended whenever supported by the audio program.

Incompatible Windows Systems

  • Computers that do not have USB 3 or 4 natively built into the motherboard are not compatible with Apollo USB.
  • Using USB 3 adapters (such as PCIe-to-USB 3 adapter cards) is not compatible when used with USB 2 motherboards.
  • Motherboards and PCIe to USB adapter cards that use USB controller chips from the following manufacturers are not recommended for use with Apollo USB:
    •  AMD
    •  ASMedia†
    •  Etron
    • Fresco Logic
    •  Nvidia
    • Texas Instruments

May be compatible after updating ASMedia drivers

  • Using Apple's Boot Camp to run Windows on Mac computers with Apollo USB and/or UAD-2 devices is an untested configuration.

For information regarding tested PCIe to USB 3 adapter cards, click here

  • Certain Windows settings are necessary for optimum Apollo USB performance. See the Required Settings – Windows Setup article for details.
  • Apollo USB is compatible with Windows 10 64-bit edition and Windows 11. All older Windows operating systems are untested. Although these operating systems may work, they are not supported.
  • Only ASIO and WDM driver modes are compatible. Using ASIO drivers is recommended whenever supported by the audio program.

Incompatible Windows Systems

  • Computers that do not have USB 3 or 4 natively built into the motherboard are not compatible with Apollo USB.
  • Using USB 3 adapters (such as PCIe-to-USB 3 adapter cards) is not compatible when used with USB 2 motherboards.
  • Motherboards and PCIe to USB adapter cards that use USB controller chips from the following manufacturers are not recommended for use with Apollo USB:
    • AMD
    • ASMedia†
    • Etron
    • Fresco Logic
    • Nvidia
    • Texas Instruments

†May be compatible after updating ASMedia drivers.

  • Using Apple's Boot Camp to run Windows on Mac computers with Apollo USB and/or UAD-2 devices is an untested configuration.

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