“A powerful tool for recording guitars, and there’s plenty to grow into”: Universal Audio Apollo Twin X review

This premium audio interface is packed full of pro-level features, but is it overkill for recording guitar at home?

A Universal Audio Apollo Twin X audio interface on a wooden floor with an electric guitar and a MacBook
(Image: © Future/Matt McCracken)

Guitar World Verdict

The Universal Audio Apollo Twin X is a professional-level bit of kit that is fantastic for recording guitars, delivering supreme sound and usability. That said, it may be too much in both the features and price department for those who like to keep things simple.

Pros

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    Powerful and intuitive software

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    Analog approach to workflow

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    Versatile preamp sound

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    Rock solid build quality

Cons

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    Annoying installation process on Mac

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    Could be overkill for some

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It’s interesting how we guitarists spend so much money to get our hands on gear that emulates fifty-year-old technology. We dedicate our playing time to achieving the tones and techniques of players long gone or past their prime, while manufacturers use every modern tech trick in the book to recreate the sounds and vibe of whichever vintage yesteryear. I can’t think of many other categories of technology where this is the case, and I’ve yet to see anyone harking for the day floppy disks return so they can store their data the way they used to.

The Universal Audio Apollo Twin X is one such piece of gear. On the one hand, it’s a thoroughbred modern audio interface with duo/quad SHARC DSP processors, advanced AD/DA conversion, and some incredible dynamic range and total harmonic distortion figures. On the other, the actual workflow is decidedly nostalgic, aiming to recreate the process of recording via an analog studio desk, using plugins modeled on vintage rackmount units from the '60s onwards.

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Matt McCracken
Junior Deals Writer

 

I’m a Junior Deals Writer at Guitar World. I regularly test and review music gear with a focus on guitars, amps, and pedals, as well as being responsible for over 60 buying guides, and helping musicians find the best deals on gear. I worked in music retail for 5 years at Dawsons Music and Northwest Guitars, and have written for various music sites including MusicRadar, Guitar Player, Guitar.com, Ultimate Guitar, and Thomann’s t.blog. 


I’m a regularly gigging guitarist with over 20 years of experience playing live and producing bands covering everything from jazz to djent. When I’m not buying new plugins for my studio or guitar pedals for my pedalboard, you’ll find me making a racket with Northern noise hounds JACKALS