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Old 10-05-2017, 10:28 AM
Darryl Ramm Darryl Ramm is offline
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*in* it yes, as low-latency plugins in the console while tracking. But you can keep using any native plugins as well. How many plugins do you need while tracking. The issue often is the UAD plugins are pretty nice and folks will want to use more of them... you can add UAD cards or satellite outside of an interface.


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Old 10-05-2017, 01:15 PM
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I have a Clarett 2 pre, Clarett 8 preX, along with a UAD twin (and stacks of other interfaces). I have found myself reaching for the Clarett more when not using my HDN system. So much to the point I recently bought an 8preX.
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Old 10-06-2017, 04:31 PM
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I have a Clarett 2 pre, Clarett 8 preX, along with a UAD twin (and stacks of other interfaces). I have found myself reaching for the Clarett more when not using my HDN system. So much to the point I recently bought an 8preX.
Why the Clarett? Better sounding preamps?

Just a side note. As stated before decided to get the Apollo Twin Duo MKII (haven’t purchased yet even though there are extra plugins to be had if you purchase now) but can get my hands on a Focusrite ISA 2 preamp for reasonable money. If I decided to purchase both how would I link the Focusrite to the Apollo and would this cause any latency issues or other problems? Would I be able to hear what the Focusrite is doing via headphones or only on playback?
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Old 10-08-2017, 11:04 AM
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So many choices...
Quantum - great unit - need Studio One to hit the low latency
Apollo - always a favorite if you dig their plugins
Red4, Red8 - great features and sound - DigiLink capable.
Orion 2017 - Great features/sound, Low latency with DAW, super low latency Direct Monitor with FX
Apogee Ensemble - great unit
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Old 10-14-2017, 12:08 PM
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So many choices...
Quantum - great unit - need Studio One to hit the low latency
Apollo - always a favorite if you dig their plugins
Red4, Red8 - great features and sound - DigiLink capable.
Orion 2017 - Great features/sound, Low latency with DAW, super low latency Direct Monitor with FX
Apogee Ensemble - great unit
From my personal experience...get the Apollo. You won't regret it.
And, you know, itīs not because of their plug ins (which are really good ones for sure). Itīs because of the UA drivers. Those are simply the best working
and most stable ones with Pro Tools on the market at the moment.

Me had Focusrite units as well as Apogees (Quartet, Duet etc.) and none of them were as stable and reliable as the UA drivers I use with my Apollo now.
I never have had ANY audio driver engine issue since I've bought my Apollo. Amazing indeed. And it allows me to go by 64 most of the time even with larger sessions.

I had been VERY sceptical as for the UA Apollo hype before I got my unit.
Now Iīm a believer ;-). But first of all because of their really really good and reliable drivers and software.

Again, for sure the UA plug ins are very good ones and great if you can afford it. Yet itīs not the most important reason to go with an UA unit these days. Itīs the
quality of their software and drivers imo. UA nowadays is for Mac what RME has been for Windows. Simply the best and most reliable audio drivers out there.

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As stated before decided to get the Apollo Twin Duo MKII (haven’t purchased yet even though there are extra plugins to be had if you purchase now) but can get my hands on a Focusrite ISA 2 preamp for reasonable money.
Apollo Twin Duo Mk2...very good decision. I have set up a small studio for a friend this summer using the Apollo Mk2 for the audio interface and I was more than
impressed by itīs audio quality. F... great for such a small unit.

From my personal experience I would recommend to demo all the UA Unison channels and preamps before buying an ISA 2. Sure, hardware is hardware and I have
used the ISA 2 myself. Nice sounding unit. No doubt about it.
Anyway, I think I have gained even better results using a high quality Studio condenser mic and a fitting Unison preamp by then.
Fitting...because you will have to test drive your mic/line source with all the channels and preamps to find the best working combination but if you will get it, it can
deliver astonishing results.

You just have to find out which Unison channel/preamp will work best with your particular mic or line source. Maybe you even may not need an ISA 2 anymore?
Just give it a try.

The best of success to both of you.

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Old 10-15-2017, 10:02 AM
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I will toss out one caveat on the Apollo; if you are a heavy VI user, the Apollo "mixer" might create some issues in how you work. Just be aware of that going in
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Old 10-25-2017, 08:02 AM
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From my personal experience...get the Apollo. You won't regret it.
And, you know, itīs not because of their plug ins (which are really good ones for sure). Itīs because of the UA drivers. Those are simply the best working
and most stable ones with Pro Tools on the market at the moment.

Me had Focusrite units as well as Apogees (Quartet, Duet etc.) and none of them were as stable and reliable as the UA drivers I use with my Apollo now.
I never have had ANY audio driver engine issue since I've bought my Apollo. Amazing indeed. And it allows me to go by 64 most of the time even with larger sessions.

I had been VERY sceptical as for the UA Apollo hype before I got my unit.
Now Iīm a believer ;-). But first of all because of their really really good and reliable drivers and software.

Again, for sure the UA plug ins are very good ones and great if you can afford it. Yet itīs not the most important reason to go with an UA unit these days. Itīs the
quality of their software and drivers imo. UA nowadays is for Mac what RME has been for Windows. Simply the best and most reliable audio drivers out there.


Apollo Twin Duo Mk2...very good decision. I have set up a small studio for a friend this summer using the Apollo Mk2 for the audio interface and I was more than
impressed by itīs audio quality. F... great for such a small unit.

From my personal experience I would recommend to demo all the UA Unison channels and preamps before buying an ISA 2. Sure, hardware is hardware and I have
used the ISA 2 myself. Nice sounding unit. No doubt about it.
Anyway, I think I have gained even better results using a high quality Studio condenser mic and a fitting Unison preamp by then.
Fitting...because you will have to test drive your mic/line source with all the channels and preamps to find the best working combination but if you will get it, it can
deliver astonishing results.

You just have to find out which Unison channel/preamp will work best with your particular mic or line source. Maybe you even may not need an ISA 2 anymore?
Just give it a try.

The best of success to both of you.

Cheers, VRW
Many thanks for taking the time to reply. Yes that's what I'll do then. Find the best channel/preamp and then judge whether I need an external preamp. After using the 11R as my interface I would hope for a stark improvement using the Apollo.
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Old 10-26-2017, 11:51 AM
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The Focusrite Clarret line is nice. I have the Clarret 2Pre. But a caveat I would offer to anyone interested is that the input gain is lower than other interfaces in the same range.

I have to crank the gain up to 8 on the Clarret to get a good level from my Neumann TML102. But TODAY I'm taking possession of a new Golden Age Pre 107 Jr. mic pre. Looking forward to plumbing that guy into the chain.
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