The days are long past when a DJ can make a name by being “just” a DJ. Remixing, production, controllerism, turntablism are all the name of the game, and we all have to start trying a little harder to be that much better at our craft than ever before. Thanks, internet.
It wasn’t really shocking, but I was still a little surprised when mega plug-ins experts Universal Audio contacted us to say they had something to show us. I wasn’t really sure what us DJs could get out of them, especially with their generally very high price points. What greeted me, though, was very promising. This is the Apollo Twin. To get started, it is Thunderbolt only, so no PC users can benefit (insert my sad face here). Also, to get the important number out of the way, it will run for $699, so it isn’t an impulse buy by any means. But the power it holds can only benefit new and experienced remixers and producers.
Gone are the days of every producer and remixer having a powerful tower with a PCIE interface, and here are the days of the traveling artist who needs access to as much power as possible. The problem we can all run into with using plugins for mastering is latency, and the Apollo Twin provides a stunning >2ms (practically 0) latency through their award winning plugins for all of us (mac users). It also includes 14 of their expensive plugins to bring your mastering forward. It has 2 mic/line preamps in the back, 2 line outputs, a headphone output and a Hi-Z instrument plug in the front.
I didn’t really get to test it out, and there’s no way I’d really be able to see the true power of it at the show, but the plugins that I saw looked great, and carried all of the legacy of the UAudio line. The only other way to get this kind of latency and accuracy in recording is through the Pro-Tools HD rigs and, frankly, who among us is going to blow $15K on one to keep in our apartment?