Powerful and amazing
Great piece of gear. The only issue I had was the fact that the thunderbolt 3 cable wasn't included (!>!) so I had to wait an extra day to set it up...
Windows Drivers Need WORK
This device is incredibly powerful, and the plugins make it sound amazing. But the Windows drivers are almost completely unusable. WDM sounds like hot garbage, 32-bit ASIO is non-existent, and sometimes even the 64-bit ASIO generates some digital artifacts. Thankfully, the 64-bit-only ASIO driver clumsily works well enough to run it through VoiceMeeter to use it with everything else. But it's kind of ridiculous that UA hasn't addressed this issue yet, and claims the device works on Windows devices. Clearly that's not entirely true.
Software setup was tricky, but excellent customer Service
After I received the interface, I followed the instructions on the get started guide. The instructions were fairly simple, but the installation process was extremely buggy. I sent a help request to Universal audio, and followed up with a phone call. The Agent on the phone call, Warren S, sat with me for an hour to help me install the software. The line accidentally disconnected in the middle of the installation process, but within a few minutes, Warren called me back. I was not necessarily pleased when I first tried to set the device up, but with the brilliant customer service help, I was up and running.
Significant step up from Apollo Twin duo
I’m very happy with the x4. The upgrade is significant coming from a Apollo twin duo silver. The quad processing and dsp pairing finally makes dsp tracking good at every level. The unit is lightweight, probably same as the twin which is nice to carry.
Design is beautiful. Can’t recommend this enough, if you can afford it you will be very satisfied.
Great to have this much IO in a desktop format
Great quality unit, sounds phenomenal recording tracks, and the plugins are addictive. I had the arrow, and while this is the gateway, the extra horsepower makes this so much more flexible. Now the arrow goes with me and the MacBook Pro and the Apollo x4 is the hub of the primary machine. Now my daughter and I can track and listen with headphones at the same time. Yeah, it’s a covid purchase but it’s worth every penny even when I’m not stuck at home.
All I can say is wow. I waited many years to finally be able afford an Apollo and it was well worth the wait. Very excited to join the UA family.
Significant upgrade from Apollo Duo Mk1
I’m enjoying the X4 a lot. The upgrade from the first generation of Apollo’s is significant. The industrial design is top notch. The quad processing In tandem with dsp pairing takes it to a whole new level for tracking for me.
The unit is super light and sounds great. It is a hefty price, but for those taking recording seriously this is a fantastic tool. Also from a production standpoint, this is a fantastic box. I’m happy with my investment.
To infinity & beyond
The Apollo x4 is literally hardwired into imagination itself! The extra DSP ceiling and architecture allows for your imagination to stretch its’ legs. Wizards are real and they work at Universal Audio.
The sound from Apollo x4 is magic.
Total balance, bass and all sounds exist vividly.
It’s really useful for private studio or home studio after the era of Covid-19.
Bought a Townsend mic so bought an Apollo x4, then a satellite. I'm hooked!!
So I bought a Sphere L22, and I knew the apollo was essential to use it properly, but now I've discovered the world of UAD pre-amps, blimey.... blown away... !
X4 Everything I thought and more
Bought an Arrow on an impulse.... loved it .
Saw the offer of £840 worth of vocal plugins with the x4, and here we are, I now fancy a complete system x6, x4 and a satellite, so I’ve got a fair bit of kit to shift, I love this stuff, and may even use it live instead of a mixer, looks easily doable, and will be the best live sound I’ve ever had. So, flexible, portable, powerful, it sounds ****** ridiculously good... if you’ve got the cash, buy it, or have a serious look at what you have, and raise a bit of cash with that, you’ll be amazed how many bases it covers
Phantastic device, especially with LUNA!
My task was to record a young artist on a Steinway model B. I chose the X4 with 4 great Mics and using LUNA and adding great plugins gave me one hell of a toolset to work with and extremely high fidelity results!
Very Nice Product
I'm really happy with the X4. The hardware is top notch and most importantly the usability is really nice and way better compared to other competitors (and I owned a lot of them....)
I would appriciate, if the last loaded plugins would stay persistent after reboot as sometimes I use it as a mixer for two synths...without a computer. The software ecosystem is a bit pricy in my opinion.
Best desktop interface on the market.
Apollo X is hands down the best desktop interface on the market. X converters take the Apollo to a new level. 4 inputs is great for mobile singer songwriter recording because I’ve always liked a stereo mic pair on acoustic guitars and pianos while recording vocalists.
If this is your first UAD device I recommend purchasing the following for vocals:
Neve 1073 preamp
CL1B Compressor (1176 -> LA2A works too)
Studer Tape (makes everything mesh like butter)
Capital Chambers Reverb
You’ll thank me later
I've worked exclusively with a Motu Ultralite until I got an Apollo last week. It has completely changed my work flow and creativity for the better. Entering the UAD Plug-In Universe has given me so much to work with. I don't think that I'll ever go to a proper studio again. I feel re-inspired and so excited about what this will do to my music.
Technically, I am so blown away by the quality of the pre-amps and power of the apollo. I'm even more blown away with how much BETTER my work flow has gotten once I paired this bad boy with a Octo Core Satellite. This has been a complete game changer for me!
I freekin love this device
This interface rocks-the build quality is amazing, flexible size, amazing plugins included! Links perfectly to my live rigg (Apollo 8) to add extra inputs and sends to drummer (click and stereo keys) as well as to my personal QSC speakers for self control of my stage monitoring volume.
Love love love the X-4 !!
Thanks Rachel Z @OzmosysBand
This is the ultimate unit for a musician to work at home. Enough inputs to do tracking at home, super powerful DSP with low delay monitoring, and a great physical interface to work with. I have been tracking at home, completing recordings that were started at a top-of-the-line studio here in Greece, and it has been wonderful. We recorded vocals, bouzouki, baglama, accordion, all with superb clarity. Luna has a also proven to be a great tool. I only missed a couple of functions, like moving the playhead with cursor keys, or being able to find the date on specific takes (audio files). I switched from another Thunderbolt unit from a competing vendor, and I very happy that I did. Great work guys.
Best addition to my home studio
The X4 changed my way of recording
The X4 is a very nice design with all in- and outputs on the right side: guitar and headphones on the front and mics and line out on the backside. The interface is very versatile, so many possibilities for routing and using pre-amps and plugins without latency. Having 4 (or 12) inputs is great for recording vocals, guitars etc. The overall quality is very good. It is not the cheapest interface but it dramatically changes the way that I'm recording now.
J. Van Diest&Duchesne
This desktop interface has it all ! Digital i/o Rules ! The processing Rocks as expected .. I thought I was Lucky to own A Twin mk ll but was able to update at a good price and the resale of My Twin brought me Top Dollar .. Everyone is Happy .. Get Tracking !!! Oh Keep Up The Good Work UA PPLS !!