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Universal Audio Apollo 8 Thunderbolt Audio Interface with UAD Quad-Core Processing 

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OVERVIEW

Next-generation audio conversion with classic analog sound.

Apollo 8 is an elegant update to one of the world's most popular professional audio interfaces, delivering enhanced sound with the tone, feel, and flow of analog recording. This 18 x 24 Thunderbolt interface features powerful UAD-2 QUAD processing, genuine UA analog design, and next-generation A/D and D/A conversion, putting class-leading audio quality in a sleek new package. Works with Mac or Windows.

Apollo 8 further distinguishes itself with Realtime UAD Processing and Unison technology, letting you record at near-zero latency through the full range of UAD plug-ins from Neve, Studer, Manley, Lexicon, and more ” including new mic preamp emulations from Neve, API and Universal Audio. Apollo Expanded software now allows cascading up to four Apollos in a single system over Thunderbolt (Mac), so you can scale up your studio as your needs grow.

Next-Generation Apollo A/D and D/A Conversion
Apollo 8 improves upon the original Apollo' gold-standard audio quality with completely redesigned, class-leading A/D and D/A conversion ” giving you increased dynamic range and even lower THD. This results in breathtaking clarity, depth, and accuracy in your recordings, from tracking and overdubbing, to mixing and mastering.

Realtime UAD Plug-In Processing for Tracking, Mixing, and Mastering
While Apollo 8' œnatural sound is very open and transparent, it can quickly deliver a stunning range of classic analog tones and color via its Realtime UAD Processing. Available with generous UAD-2 QUAD processing onboard, Apollo' DSP Acceleration allows for recording through UAD Powered Plug-Ins ” with as low as sub-2ms latency ” letting you monitor and œprint audio using classic analog emulations from Ampex, Lexicon, Manley, Neve, Roland, SSL, Studer, and more.*

The Apollo 8' bundled œRealtime Analog Classics Plus suite of UAD plug-ins gives you the UA 610-B Tube Preamp & EQ, Raw Distortion, Softube Amp Rooms, legacy LA-2A, 1176, and Fairchild compressors, Pultec EQs, and more, so you have a rack full of bonafide audio classics, right out of the box. Using Apollo, UAD plug-ins are also available during mixing and mastering, putting UAD plug-ins (VST, RTAS, AU, AAX 64) at your disposal throughout the creative process.

Four Mic Preamps with Unison Technology
A Universal Audio breakthrough, Apollo 8' Unison technology gives you the tone of the world's most sought-after tube and solid state mic preamps ” including their impedance, gain stage œsweet spots, and component-level circuit behaviors.

Based on unprecedented hardware-software integration between Apollo' mic preamps and its onboard UAD plug-in processing, Unison lets you record through stunning emulations like the bundled UA 610-B Tube Preamp plug-in, or exclusive preamp emulations from API and Neve. Unison technology is further enhanced in Apollo 8 to include its panel Hi-Z instrument inputs, giving you dead-on impedance and gain matching for new stompbox models.

Apollo Expanded and Console 2.0
Thanks to Apollo Expanded software, users of Thunderbolt-equipped Apollo Twin, Apollo 8, Apollo 8p, and Apollo 16 audio interfaces can combine up to four Apollos and six total UAD-2 devices ” adding I/O and DSP as their studio grows. Apollo Expanded also provides seamless integration with previous generation Apollos over Thunderbolt.

With Apollo 8' Console 2.0 application ” a complete re-imagining of Apollo' original Console software ” you can take advantage of over 25 user-requested features such as Channel Strip presets, Drag & Drop functionality, dynamically resizable windows, and more.

Improved Monitoring and Workflow
Apollo 8 features a host of front-panel upgrades over the original Apollo, including Alt Speakers, Dim, and Mono functions as well as input and output metering capabilities via the new Meter button. These features combine with Apollo' system scalability to make it the new standard in professional multi-channel audio recording.

*All trademarks are recognized as property of their respective owners. Individual UAD Powered Plug-Ins sold separately.

FEATURES
  • Next-generation Apollo A/D and D/A conversion for professional music production
  • Onboard UAD-2 QUAD Core DSP allowing Realtime UAD Processing
  • Four high-resolution, ultra-transparent, digitally-controlled analog mic preamps
  • Unison technology for deep integration with UAD preamp and pedal plug-ins
  • Realtime UAD Plug-In Processing for Tracking, Mixing, and Mastering

High-performance with realtime UAD processing, order the Apollo series interfaces today!

SPECIFICATIONS

Apollo 8 Thunderbolt Audio Interface with UAD Quad-Core Processing

  • Audio Quality
    Max bit depth: 24-bit
    Max sampling rate: 192kHz
    Frequency response: Not specified

    Inputs
    Total inputs: 18
    Analog inputs: 12
    Digital inputs: 6
    Mic preamps: 4
    XLR/TRS combo jacks: 0
    XLR only jacks: 4
    1/4” only jacks: 6
    S/PDIF in: 2
    ADAT/optical in: 6
    RCA in: 0
    AES/EBU DSUB: 0
    MADI: No
    Dante: 0

    Outputs
    Total outputs: 24
    Analog outputs: 10
    Digital outputs: 8
    XLR out: 0
    1/4” out: 10
    S/PDIF out: 2
    ADAT/optical out: 6
    RCA out: 0
    AES / EBU DSUB: 0
    MADI: No
    Dante: 0

    Other Connectivity
    Connections: Thunderbolt
    MIDI I/O: No
    Headphone output(s): 2
    Word-clock I/O: Yes

    Onboard Features
    Computer platform: Mac
    Phantom power: Yes
    Direct monitoring: Yes
    Onboard DSP: Yes
    Metering: LED meters
    Display: No
    Latency control: Yes
    Monitor control: Yes
    Headphone control: Yes

    Other
    Width: 19 in.
    Height: 1.75 in.
    Depth: 13.5 in.
    Weight: 9.1 lb.
    Rack-mountable: Yes
    Included software: Yes
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Universal AudioApollo 8 Thunderbolt Audio Interface with Quad Processing
 
5.0

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Pros

  • Easy to use (4)
  • Good audio (4)
  • Durable (3)
  • Versatile (3)

Cons

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  • Home studio (4)
  • Professional recording (3)

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5.0

Apollo 8 has Landed!!!

By Dan G

from Boston Ma

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Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Compact
  • Durable
  • Easy To Use

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home Studio

    Comments about Universal Audio Apollo 8 Thunderbolt Audio Interface with Quad Processing:

    After plugging in the Apollo 8 and getting it up and running, I first added a mic preamp and plugged in my mic. I was very impressed with the clarity of what was coming through the speakers and then my headphones. I then added another plugin channel strip and played my acoustic guitar through the mic and was blown away, it brought the guitar to life in a way I did not expect. I'm still learning how to use both, my DAW and the UAD Software together but so far even the plugins that shipped with it are amazing! Very
    Good quality and built well, I have owned lots of equipment and work in robotics, the quality of this unit is top notch! I love it!

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    5.0

    Best piece of gear I own

    By jS

    from New York

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Durable
    • Easy To Use
    • Lightweight
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Universal Audio Apollo 8 Thunderbolt Audio Interface with Quad Processing:

      This is easily one of the best pieces of gear I've ever bought. It just works...and it works really well. Amazing sound, super intuitive and easy to use. Follow the set up instructions and you're off. The console app is great, has a great GUI, is super intuitive and UAD plugins are really just the best. The zero latency Unison technology is super cool and sounds amazing.

      Plug your computer in via Thunderbolt and get great sound right from your comp. Works seamlessly with ProTools and Abelton. It looks awesome, it sounds amazing, it feels awesome and really well built...it's just an all around amazing piece of gear. Worth every penny.

       
      5.0

      Better Than I Thought It Would Be !!!

      By LixiSoft

      from TuneTown USA

      About Me Professional Musician

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      Pros

      • Clear Sound
      • Easy To Use
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Universal Audio Apollo 8 Thunderbolt Audio Interface with Quad Processing:

        This was a no brainer for me as I already had many UAD2 Plugins. Much better than I thought it could be, and the free Satellite offer sealed the deal !!

         
        5.0

        Excellent

        By Tex

        from Perth, Western Australia

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        Pros

        • Clear Sound
        • Compact
        • Durable
        • Easy To Use
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Home Studio
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about Universal Audio Apollo 8 Thunderbolt Audio Interface with Quad Processing:

          Haven't had a whole lot of time with it yet, but this thing is nice. Plenty of DSP power, real nice neutral preamps, great features.

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