Apollo x16

Apollo x16

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HEXAコアプロセッシング とサラウンドサウンド対応の16チャンネル最上級オーディオコンバーター。

フラッグシップモデルのApollo x16は、MacとPCに洗練された ラックマウントタイプのThunderbolt3オーディオインターフェイスを提供し、音楽プロデューサーやプロジェクトスタジオ、ポストプロダクションスタジオは、新しいA/D&D/Aコンバーター、HEXAコアUADプラグインプロセッシング、そして7.1サラウンドサウンド・モニタリング*を使用してトラッキング、オーバーダブ、ミックスを行うことができます。

18x20インターフェイスは、UAの60年にも渡るオーディオクラフトマンシップの伝統に基づき構築され、市場に出ているあらゆるインターフェイスの中で、もっとも広いダイナミックレンジ(133dB)と最小のTHD+N(-129dB)を誇ります。さらに、新しいHEXAコアプロセッシングにより、リアルタイムにUADプロセッシングを行う時のDSPパワーが50%も増強されました。

もっとも広いダイナミックレンジともっとも低いノイズを実現したUAのフラッグシップA/D&D/Aコンバーターでレコーディング可能

6基のUAD DSPチップを搭載し、より多くのUADプラグインをリアルタイムで使用可能にする強力なHEXAコアプロセッシングを使用してミックス

DB-25端子や、+24 / +20 dBuの余裕あるヘッドルームセッティングを使用して16 x 16のアナログI/Oにプロフェッショナルスタジオの機材を簡単に接続することができます

7.1サラウンドサウンド・モニタリングと選択可能な+24 dBuヘッドルームによるハイエンド・コマーシャルシステムとの統合

UAのフラッグシップA/D&D/A変換

Apolloインターフェイスが、何千ものヒットソングや数百ものグラミー賞を受賞したアルバムで、優れたサウンドをトラッキングするために使用されたことは不思議ではありません。前世代のApolloインターフェイスのクラス最高のオーディオ変換をさらに改善するために、UAのエンジニアは最新のA/D&D/Aコンバーターを徹底的に試聴し、最終的にエリートクラスの24ビット/192kHzコンバーターと超ピュアなシグナルパス用の新開発アナログサーキットを組み合わせました。

133 dBのダイナミックレンジと-129 dBのTHD+Nにより、Apollo x16のオープンでナチュラルなサウンドは、価格に関係なく、市場に出ている専用のハイエンドコンバーターに匹敵し、UADプロセッシングを行うための理想的な出発点となります。

リアルタイムUAD HEXAコアプロセッシング

Apollo x16は、6基のDSPチップと前モデルのApolloよりも50%多くUADプラグインプロセッシングパワーを備えたHEXAコアプロセッシング機能を備えています。これにより、Neve、Manley、APIなどのチャンネルストリップでリアルタイムでトラッキング、またはDAWでミキシングを行う場合に高い負荷のUADプラグインを使用していてもより多くのUADプラグインを使用することができます。

ギターにPultec EQを使用しチューブの温かみ、ボーカルにLA-2Aを使用し音楽的なリミッティングを行い、本物の1176やFairchild 670 tube compressor をドラムに使用してサウンドをパンプさせることでUADプラグインが提供するリッチで奥行きのあるアナログサウンドが得られ、レコーディングが飛躍的に進歩します。

内蔵クラシック・アナログプロセッシングのフルスィート

内蔵クラシック・アナログプロセッシングのフルスィート

もちろん、Apolloの特長はリアルタイムUADプロセッシングです。これにより、UADのすべてのライブラリーをニアゼロレイテンシーで使用することができます。Apollo x16にはRealtime Analog Classics Plusバンドルが付属しています。これには、世界で唯一本物のTeletronix LA-2A、1176LN、Fairchildコンプレッサー、Pultec EQなどを使用してレコーディングやミックスが可能です。

See Included Plug-Ins   |   Watch the live tracking video

UADパワードプラグインの世界にアクセス

Apollo x16に付属しているRealtime Analog Classics Plusプラグインの先にある、伝説的なビンテージEQ、コンプレッサー、リバーブ、テープマシン、チャンネルストリップなどのUADパワードプラグインライブラリーを、お使いのオーディオソフトウェアのバッファーサイズに関わらず、そしてコンピューターに負荷をかけることなく使用することができます。

1Uのラックスペース内にNeve、Studer、Manley、API、Ampex、SSL、Lexicon、Fender**など象徴的なアナログ機材を備えたスタジオを持つようなものです。また、競合するインターフェイスとは異なり、数々の賞を受賞したこれらのDSPプラグインを使用してDAWでミキシングも可能です。



†Apollo x16には、“Realtime Analog Classics Plus”UADプラグインが付属しています。www.uaudio.com
サラウンドサウンド・モニタリングと+24 dBuオペレーション

サラウンドサウンド・モニタリングと+24 dBuオペレーション

7.1までのフォーマットのサウンドモニタリングに対応し、ビデオゲーム、テレビ、ウェブ用のオーディオや音楽を制作してるエンジニアやプロデューサーにとって大きな利点となります。Apollo x16は、さらにプロフェッショナルなミキシングコンソールやその他のハイエンドプロオーディオ機材との互換性を持つためにスイッチ式+24 dBuとの接続も提供しています。

Thunderbolt上で拡張可能なスタジオシステムを構築

Thunderbolt上で拡張可能なスタジオシステムを構築

Apollo x16は、18x20の同時入出力(16x 16アナログI/O)と2基のThunderbolt 3ポートを備えています。これにより、Thunderbolt搭載のApollo Twin、またはApolloラックマウント・オーディオインターフェイスのユーザーは、最大で4台までのApolloと6台までのUAD-2デバイスを組み合わせて使用することができ、スタジオの規模が拡張するにつれて、高速で広帯域幅のI/OやDSPを追加することができます。

Apollo X テクニカルトーク
Apollo X テクニカルトーク

Apollo X テクニカルトーク

Universal AudioのシニアプロダクトマネージャーGannon Kashiwaが最新世代のApolloオーディオインターフェイスの主な機能、仕様、開発の背景について詳しく説明しています。

Apollo: プロフェッショナルの新しい選択肢

Apolloは、Kendrick Lamar(To Pimp A Butterfly)、Coldplay(A Head Full of Dreams)、Dr. Dre(Compton)、Brad Paisley(Wheelhouse)など多くのレコードを制作するために使用され、ヒットメイカー達の確かな選択肢となっています。Apolloシリーズのインターフェイスは、Sound on Sound、Future Music、Electronic Musician誌などから数々の賞を受賞しています。またコンピューターオーディオ・ハードウエアの2016 TEC Awardも受賞しています。

Apollo Artist Sessions
Apollo Artist Sessions

Apollo Artist Sessions

Watch producer/engineer Fab Dupont (Jennifer Lopez, David Crosby) record Latin superstars Monsieur Periné live in Colombia with Apollo X audio interfaces.

すべてのApolloアーティストセッションを見る

Realtime Analog Classics Plus Bundle

With the Realtime Analog Classics Plus plug-in bundle, you not only get legendary compressors such as the Fairchild® 670 and EQs like the Pultec® EQP-1A, but also stunning guitar and bass amp emulations from Softube, and UA’s landmark 610-B Tube Preamp and EQ plug-in.

  • UA 610‐B
  • Marshall Plexi Classic Amplifier
  • Fairchild 670 Legacy
  • Teletronix LA‐2A Legacy
  • UA 1176LN Legacy
  • UA 1176SE Legacy
  • Pultec EQP‐1A Legacy
  • Pultec Pro Legacy
  • Ampeg® SVT-VR Classic Bass Amp
  • Precision Channel Strip
  • Precision Reflection Engine
  • Precision Delay Modulation
  • Precision Delay Modulation L
  • UA Precision Enhancer Hz
  • Raw Distortion
  • RealVerb‐Pro

UA 610-B Tube Preamp and EQ

UA 610-B Tube Preamp and EQ

Impart your tracks with the iconic warmth and character of the classic hardware used to track everyone from Duke Ellington to Coldplay. By emulating the entire signal path, including tube amplifiers, transformers, and circuit nonlinearities, the 610-B Tube Preamp and EQ plug-in injects organic detail and saturation to any signal — whether you’re re-amping or tracking through the 610-B via Universal Audio’s Unison™ technology.

Marshall<sup>®</sup> Plexi Classic Amplifier

Marshall® Plexi Classic Amplifier

The undisputed alpha dog of rock and roll guitar amps, the Marshall “plexi” amplifier is as legendary as the music it helped create. From Jimi Hendrix to Jimmy Page, Duane Allman to Eric Clapton, the Plexi’s punishing melange of snarl, sustain, smoothness, and raunch defined the sound of rock. Developed by Softube, the Marshall Plexi Classic Amp plug-in gives you the sound of this iconic amp with a perfectly placed microphone from engineer Tony Platt who recorded AC/DC’s Back in Black and Highway to Hell.

Fairchild<sup>®</sup> 670 (Legacy)

Fairchild® 670 (Legacy)

The world’s most coveted compressor, the classic Fairchild 670 tube limiter will give your tracks and mixes unmistakable tube warmth and character. Whether you’re looking for subtle compression on a lead vocal, or grittier textures that can work on guitars, bass, or a drum bus, the Fairchild 670 plug-in adds a classic “glow” to anything you run through it.

Teletronix<sup>®</sup> LA-2A Classic Leveling Amplifier (Legacy)

Teletronix® LA-2A Classic Leveling Amplifier (Legacy)

With its gentle, program dependent optical compression and meticulously designed tube amplifier, the LA-2A is the go-to compressor for professional mixers around the world — especially for vocals. Incredibly easy-to-use Peak Reduction and Gain controls gives you the ideal optical compression sound for guitar, bass, drums, and more.

1176SE/LN<sup>®</sup> Classic Limiting Amplifiers (Legacy)

1176SE/LN® Classic Limiting Amplifiers (Legacy)

Get classic, ultra-fast FET compression from the world’s most recognized compressor. The 1176 will impart punch, presence, and character as well as its signature distortion overtones on drums, vocals, guitars, and bass. The 1176LN has graced countless recordings, from Led Zeppelin, to the White Stripes and Michael Jackson.

Pultec<sup>®</sup> Pro Equalizers (Legacy)

Pultec® Pro Equalizers (Legacy)

Mix with two of the most sought-after hardware EQs ever made — the MEQ-5 Midrange Equalizer and the EQP-1A Program Equalizer. Both of these tube-based icons deliver smooth and silky EQ curves with an abundance of warm analog character.

Ampeg<sup>®</sup> SVT-VR Classic Bass Amp

Ampeg® SVT-VR Classic Bass Amp

Introduced in 1969, the Ampeg SVT bass amp is still the reigning king of high-powered tube bass tone. Developed by Brainworx, the Ampeg SVT-VR Classic Bass Amp plug-in perfectly captures the raw power and punch that has made this the go-to amp for rock, funk, and soul players. Track in real time using Unison™ preamp technology for the tone, touch, and feel of a real SVT bass amp, or transform bland DI tracks with the thunderous roar of a stone cold classic.

Precision Mix Rack Collection

Precision Mix Rack Collection

Featuring the Precision Channel Strip, Precision Reflection Engine, and Precision Delay Modulation plug-ins, the Precision Mix Rack Collection offers four modern, high-fidelity plug-ins for recording and mixing. Powerful and intuitive, Precision Mix Rack Collection gives you an impressive tool set — perfect for beginners and seasoned professionals alike.

UA Precision Enhancer Hz

UA Precision Enhancer Hz

Expertly dial-in your music’s low-end frequencies with the Precision Enhancer Hz plug-in. Able to yield exacting results with minimal adjustment, the Precision Enhancer Hz can add weight to kick drum samples, fatten up a synth bass, or simply make the low-end of your tracks more audible on smaller speakers.

Raw Distortion

Raw Distortion

Modeled from a vintage early-’80s Pro Co Rat, Raw Distortion delivers all the gritty dynamic raunch of the legendary stompbox. And with Unison™ technology, you can plug in to Apollo Twin, 8, or 8p’s front-panel Hi-Z instrument jack and experience the same circuit interaction, gain range, and clip points for the true tone, feel, and response of the original hardware.

RealVerb Pro

RealVerb Pro

RealVerb Pro is a flexible, natural sounding reverb based on UA’s own unique set of algorithms. Allowing you to design the room just as you hear it, the RealVerb Pro goes beyond simply big/small or dark/bright, giving your sources distortion-free, smoothing diffusion control and ultra-long reverb tail.

Apollo x16の機能と仕様

クラス最高の24ビット/192kHzコンバーターを持つ、18x20 Thunderbolt3オーディオインターフェイス(MacのThunderbolt1、2とは下位互換性あり)

HEXAコアリアルタイムUADプロセッシングは、オーディオバッファーサイズに関係なく、ニアゼロレイテンシーでUADプラグインを使用してトラッキング可能

最大7.1フォーマットのサラウンド・モニターコントローラー

UA 610-B Tube Preampを含む“Realtime Analog Classics Plus”UADプラグインバンドル;; Legacy Pultec EQ、LA-2A、1176 compressors、Marshall Plexi Classic、Ampeg SVT-VR Classicなど

内蔵のUAD HEXAコアプロセッシングは、Pro Tools、Logic、Cubase、AbletonなどメジャーなDAWにさらなるミキシングパワーを追加

最大で4台までのThunderbolt搭載のApolloと6台までのUADデバイスと組み合わせて使用可能

プロフェッショナル・ミキシングコンソールや、テープマシンとの接続を容易にするスイッチャブル+24 dBuオペレーション

Altスピーカー、トークバックマイク、アサイン可能なDim、またはMonoなどのフロントパネル・モニタリング機能

妥協のないUAのアナログデザイン、優れたコンポーネント、プレミアム・ビルドクオリティ

知識豊富なオーディオエンジニアによる電話、オンラインでの無料のテクニカルサポート

Apollo X Series System Requirements

すべて:



  • Thunderbolt 3ケーブル(別売)

  • UADプラグインをインストールし、オーソライズするためのインターネット接続
  • 6 GB以上の空きストレージ

  • Quad Core i7以上のプロセッサーを推奨

  • 互換性に関する詳細な情報については、help.uaudio.comを参照してください。


MAC:



  • 利用可能なThunderbolt 1、2、3ポート

  • Thunderbolt 1と2を接続するには、Apple Thunderbolt 3 to Thunderbolt 2アダプター(別売)が必要です。

  • macOS 10.12 Sierra, 10.13 High Sierra, or 10.14 Mojave


PC:



  • 利用可能なThunderbolt 3ポート

  • Windows 10(64ビットエディション)


インターフェイスの仕様

インプット
ラインインプット(DB25) 16バランス (2)25ピン D-sub端子経由
デジタルインプット(XLR) AES/EBU: 2 チャンネル @ 44.1 – 192 kHz
A - D 変換
ラインインプット ダイナミックレンジ: 124 dB(A-weighted)THD+N: -115 dB(0.00018%)周波数特性: 20 Hz – 20 kHz、±0.05 dB
アウトプット
ラインアウトプット(DB25) 16バランス (2)25ピン D-sub端子経由
モニターアウトプット(XLR) 2バランス(L/R)
デジタルアウトプット(XLR) AES/EBU: 2 チャンネル @ 44.1 – 192 kHz
D - A変換
ラインアウト ダイナミックレンジ: 127 dB(A-weighted)THD+N: -123 dB (0.00007%)周波数特性: 20 Hz – 20 kHz、±0.02 dB
モニターアウト ダイナミックレンジ: 133 dBTHD+N: -129 dB(0.00004%)周波数特性: 20 Hz – 20 kHz、±0.02 dB

レビュー

Apollo x16

j. kalaf

2019年11月11日

Apollo X16

I upgraded from the original Apollo 16 (silver face) which I have been using non-stop since its inception. The original was a fantastic interface that ran my studio without a glitch for 5 or 6 years and the X16 seems like I'm going to be using it for many years as well. There is an improvement in the audio quality, I would imagine as a result of the newer converters (mostly in the low end) and some additional perks in terms of routing and increased processing power. Still waiting on the satellite which will give me more options. A great upgrade for the audio quality alone. Well done UAD!!!

A. Carlsson

2019年11月10日

10 out of five stars!!!

Not much to say, a knock-out victory compared to my old interface.

A. Maietta

2019年10月13日

A new level of audio recording for my home studio for sure

I upgraded to an Apollo x16 after about 14 years building up preamps while recording on other audio interfaces. I have found that with my old audio interfaces, I ended up spending SO MUCH time using eq/compression/other plugins, just tweaking my tracks to 'un-muddy' the mix in order to hear all the elements in it. I've not changed my technique, preamps, microphones, or anything: With the Apollo x16 the things I record are just clearly recorded, and my mixes from the get-go sound the way I had always thought I've been tracking them. Now I spend far more time in the mix on the important things; composition, identifying a few problem sound issues in tracks perhaps, and putting together the song as a whole.

The 6-core CPU provides for a pretty usable amount of UAD plugs in a session. I can have plugins on all 16 tracks (Studer tape deck, for example) and have some CPU to spare for a few more of the really nice sounding UAD plugins.

I also appreciate how the routing and other variables can be changed in software, and how the plugins through the console work with zero latency even when I'm software monitoring in Logic because I'm tracking myself in the control room!

Overall this unit is the best sounding audio interface I've ever used and has already helped me create the best sounding material I've ever recorded. I'm appreciative of UA support for helping me out with some issues/questions I had, and I look forward to years of tracking cool stuff with the x16

J. A

2019年10月2日

Amazing

Amazing product great customer service incredible plug-ins I can’t say nothing but great things and the sound is incredible !!

J. Poole

2019年7月29日

Put through the paces

After having an X16 for a few months I cannot find any weaknesses in the platform. The only thing that could be an improvement is allowing the user to add effects on the monitor output channel like the Soundgrid platform, that way I can add a compressor and normalize the playback of a movie when the dialog is too quiet and the sound effects are too loud. That's not a complaint, but it would be nice...

B. Harvey

2019年7月21日

Dissapointed

After a few weeks of some issues, I finally got the Apollo x16 and x8p working well together. A few times I sat on hold with UAD tech support for over an hour waiting for someone to answer the phone (once it was 2 hours on hold after calling just 5 minutes after they opened their support). They must be busy fixing a lot of issues or very short handed. Their turn around on public forums is near nothing where their customers have posted questions and listed issues with no responses. Their staff si nice and friendly, when you get them, but be prepared to wait on hold a long LONG time.

As for the gear, I have the Apollo x16 and x8p. I also bought EVERY plugin they have. All of them - which according to my account is over 162 plug-ins.

The signal passes well and the sound is good for sure. I had upgraded from a Focusrtie Clarett expecting this to be outstanding in comparison, but it's really only a slight negligible improvement in sound. However, the Focusrite software is far FAR superior for routing IMHO, which is a huge surprise given all the hype around UAD Console. But after some research, I found many others offering similar reviews in comparison. Yes you get lots of outputs in the x16 and x8p combined, but the software ties your hands on how well you can configure it with only 4 cues to route multi signal paths too. Also, the ALT monitoring, only sends through one at a time. For some this might be fine, for, I found it useless. I wish I could us the Focusrtite software over Console. Focusrtie isn't fancy, but the routing is a breeze and very flexible. I spent a few days learning the Console, and finally accepted that it is just limited in comparison. Check the reviews, look deep and you'll find the same comments from many others.

The UAD plugins are okay. But to be honest, I don't think they are really that spectacular. I have about 3,000+ plugins from many vendors. The UAD holds their own fine, but they are NOT much better then many others I have. Many I doubt I would ever use. And they are very expensive. Be prepared to spend a lot of money if you want them all.

I spent more than $15,000 on this system and wish I never looked at it. I wish I never even knew about it. Huge regrets. Save youresefl the money and hasle and check out the Focusrite Clarett, save a LOT of money, get better routing and just as good latency. (yes the Clarett shows thee same latency with USB and I see with TB3). And seriously, the pre-amps on the Clarett are not as good, but they are very close in the ballpark, You'd be surprised.

My comments here are very similar to many others I have found, but I think UAD and other suppress (Sweetwater included) these types of reviews. As an experiment, I am going to pose this on other sites as well, including UAD. You check and see if it posts.

Oh man, I so wish I never bought this. Don't get me wrong, it is decent for sure, and the preamps are really good. No doubt. But it is definitely not worth the extra aggravation and loss of flexible routing ease at a huge price tag. Not even close to worth it.

Summary:
Pros:
- great pre-amps. Unsion is great. Even the basic line ins on the x16 are really good. This is the best feature of the system.
- Console app can handle some plugins and offer near zero latency (it is NOT zero). So, tracking is nice and that part is flexible
- the hardware seems solid.
- the staff is friendly

Cons:
- Expensive plugins - but only marginally average performance over others that cost much less
- Horrible routing options. I mean horrible when you consider the hardware's capability and what Console does not allow you to do! Makes me wonder why even have the expensive outputs when they are so limited. This is my biggest gripe at this point. I needed to put my x32 back in action to do what it can't. grr!
- their support is friendly, but you may need to take vacation day to a hold of them!

L. Powell

2019年7月14日

Thing is excellent

Solid converter, bought it to replace an Apogee Symphony that had an unbearable amount of fan noise. Sounds just as great, takes up 1RU (though you need to leave a space above for air flow) and the DSP on board is handy too. The converter quality is pretty much up there with anything pro level these days (Apogee, Avid etc).

w. shenck

2019年7月6日

Awesome x16.

Once you learn the unit, it's truly amazing. Quality product. If it's in your budget get it. Linkable for plenty of i/o.

R. Tiburcio

2019年6月25日

The hart of my studio

This is just amazing , those monitors out are just the best !!

A. BOUCHER

2019年6月22日

Finally have the outs I need!

This is a great addition to my UA lineup of interfaces: Apollo x16, Apollo 8p, Satellite quad duo, 4710d, Apollo Twin duo. I finally have enough outs to send my mix busses to the summing mixer for mixdown! Not to mention the awesome flexibility of having multiple Cue Mixes to send to the band.
I have only tracked a few sessions of drums and guitar, bass but am pleased w the outcome, clean highs more detail from the mids and lows and plenty of headroom! Makes tracking a breeze! I am a Committed UA Fan and user! Thank you!

V. Manoukian

2019年6月7日

A Natural Solid Sound

I just purchased two X16s and I am very happy. I moved to the Windows platform last year and my previous interface was an Apogee Symphony. The Apollo X16 makes me just as happy on the Windows platform.

A. Nwankoti

2019年5月27日

Depth and Clarity...Horse Power!!!

This is a great innovation and the dsp gives my cpu freedom to breath, I am running on a 2013 imac was about to upgrade but now I do not need to!! I used an orion 32(which is a great converter) and played back those mixes through the Apollo x16...I realized that I over compensated on the low end and less detail on stereo image. In essence this card will reveal the depth and spaces of your project, tweaking sounds and shaping the dynamics is now fun and quicker!! You have to use great studio monitors like Amphions or Unity Rocks or any precise high end monitors, to hear the detail that this card projects.
Thanks for the Vouchers and legacy plus classic collection bundle!! They sound Amazing and the crafting is an engineers dream! I love the X16! DOPE! DOPE! DOPE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

J. van de Ven

2019年4月19日

Awesome

Love the new converters, clock and extra DSP!

w. wang

2019年3月23日

非常感谢UA的产品!

目前使用一切满意,希望将来能支持 Pro Tools HD接口!

D. Spatharakis

2019年3月19日

Astra Studio Chicago

Very impressive conversion on the new Apolo X this is my this third interface from UAD.
Thank you for a quality product!!!!

D. Spatharakis

2019年3月19日

Astra Studio Chicago

Very impressive conversion on the new Apolo X this is my this third interface from UAD.
Thank you for a quality product!!!!

D. Spatharakis

2019年3月19日

Astra Studio Chicago

Very impressive conversion on the new Apolo X this is my this third interface from UAD.
Thank you for a quality product!!!!

D. Spatharakis

2019年3月19日

Astra Studio Chicago

Very impressive conversion on the new Apolo X this is my this third interface from UAD.
Thank you for a quality product!!!!

D. Formula

2019年2月12日

Audio Excellence

From the first moment of hearing the quality and fidelity of the first audio signal coming through the Apollo A to D converters - I was a convert.
From the time of opening Strongroom Studios in London UK, in 1984, through to me installing the UA in my newly expanded Sweet Factory, this is the best sounding audio I’ve heard.
Don’t start me on the plugins as well!

J. Babb

2019年2月8日

Took my system to the next level

I got the apollo X16 because i needed more I/O. My next studio purchase would've been the black 16 to add with my pair of black 8's. When the X16 was released I figured it couldn't hurt to spend the extra money and get the next new thing because it had a few more nice features. The first day I added X16 to my system of two blackface 8's I had to check the clocking several times back and forth because clocking my existing Apollo system with the X16 added an impressive amount of depth and clarity to my sounds. I thought a clock wasn't supposed to do that. Just the improved clocking made a valuable difference. After wiring the majority of my outboard preamps to the inputs of the X16, tracking a band was noticeably better sounding to my girlfriend. My entire studio has been upgraded and i must admit the improvements are no joke. The X16 is what they say it is-Elite class conversion-and I like it .