I was thinking about upgrading to the OMNI but I am glad I looked into the Apollo because it looks very attractive for the price. However I have some questions for you, hopefully you can answer for me:
First currently I have PT10 and an MBOX3 (not the pro, not the mini). Interested in either the Apollo duo or quad.
1. Will the Apollo run with PT10? Or does it need PTHD? Even if the Apollo runs with PT10, will I have less latency with PTHD? I doubt it cos I understand that because the processing is done on the Apollo, the unit does not care about the buffer size of PT. But maybe the Apollo plays better with the HD software for some other reason/s?
2. WHat are the differences between the duo and the quad, I am reading more processing power on the quad but I dont understand what that means. I usually track no more than 3 sessions at any one time. Usually one or two.
3. I am confused about thunderbolt. I run a WIN7 rig. First: is the thunderbolt option lowering latency versus the Firewire800? DOes it do sth else I dont understand? I am building a new PC and I want to know if I should equip it with thunderbolt ports.
4. My vocal chain currently is a U87 into an Avalon 737sp and then into the MBOX3. The first two items are from my latest series up upgrades, hence the ridiculous discrepancy there. I used to connect a Shure 58 into the MBOX3. So my question here is: because I am going to be connecting an excellent preamp into the Apollo preamp (which is also good as I understand it), how does that sound? Just use as little gain as possible on the Apollo preamp would give me as much as possible from the Avalon signal? Is that the solution? THat's what I am currently doing with the MBOX3.