The product that I would like to discuss this week is the Universal Audio Apollo Twin. The Apollo Twin is an audio recording interface but is packed with so much more. The Apollo Twin allows its user to connect the device to a computer and then record audio. The product contains internal preamps, which gives the recorded audio a smooth and warm sound. What I find most fascinating about the Apollo Twin is that it allows for digital signal processing (DSP). DSP allows the Apollo to have its own processing power. In other words, DSP takes some of the stress off of the computer when recording, helping to reduce the amount of error messages a user receives.
The Apollo Twin is relevant to Human-Centered Computing because it is a piece of equipment used for audio recording purposes by humans. Not only is the device a piece of hardware, it also includes software used once the Apollo is plugged into the computer. The Apollo includes an interface consisting of one knob and eight buttons used to control audio as well as its software. The device also includes inputs and outputs, so the user can effectively send audio through the device in multiple fashions dependent on the desired audio outcome.
In order for Universal Audio to create this product, they needed individuals skilled in many areas. These areas include: electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, audio engineers, producers, programmers to create the DSP software, a management team to help move the process along, and someone to keep track of the financing for the product.
I would absolutely love to be a part of the creation of audio interfaces such as the Apollo Twin after this class. I have been a musician for 15 years and have recently unearthed a passion for audio engineering and production. This work would enable me to regularly handle products that I am passionate about. The Apollo Twin is a great product for anyone interested in computer audio engineering, as well as Human-Centered Computing.
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