Universal Audio Apollo x8 Thunderbolt 3 Audio Interface
8 Channels of Elite Audio Conversion with Four Unison Mic Preamps, New HEXA Core Processing and Surround Sound Monitoring.
Universal Audio Apollo x8 allows music producers, project, and post-production studios to track, overdub, and mix with new world-beating A/D and D/A conversion, HEXA Core UAD plug-in processing, Dual Crystal Clocking, and 7.1 surround sound monitoring — all in a sleek rackmount Thunderbolt 3 audio interface for Mac or PC.
Built upon UA’s 60-year heritage of audio craftsmanship, this 18 x 24 interface distinguishes itself with four Unison™-enabled mic preamps, providing authentic emulations of preamps from Neve, API, Manley, Helios, SSL and more, plus all-new HEXA Core processing — yielding 50% more DSP for running UAD Powered Plug-Ins in real time.
In addition to its elite-class audio conversion, Apollo x8 features selectable operating level for compatibility with professional +24 dBu gear, as well as an integrated monitor controller and built-in talkback mic.
Apollo x8 Key Features
18 x 24 Thunderbolt 3 audio interface with class-leading 24-bit/192 KHz conversion
- Realtime UAD HEXA Core Processing for tracking through UAD plug-ins at near-zero latency, regardless of audio buffer size
through 4 Unison-enabled mic/line preamps — giving you fully authentic
preamp emulations from Neve, API, Manley, SSL, and more**
- Surround monitor controller up to 7.1 format
“Realtime Analog Classics Plus” UAD plug-in bundle featuring UA 610-B
Tube Preamp; Legacy Pultec EQ, LA-2A, and UAD HEXA Core processing
onboard for additional mixing horsepower for Pro Tools, Logic, Cubase,
Ableton, and other major DAWs
- Combine up to 4
Thunderbolt-equipped Apollos and 6 total UAD devices;
backward-compatible with Thunderbolt 1 and 2 via optional adapter
- Selectable +24 dBu operation for easy compatibility with professional mixing consoles and tape machines
- Convenient front panel monitoring functions including Alt Speakers, Talkback mic, and assignable Dim or Mono
- Uncompromising UA analog design, superior components, and premium build quality
- Free, industry-leading technical support — on the phone and online — from knowledgeable audio engineers
Elite-Class A/D and D/A Conversion
With thousands of
chart-topping songs and hundreds of Grammy-winning albums under their
belt, Apollo interfaces are no strangers to tracking stellar-sounding
records. To improve on the previous generation Apollo interface’s
class-leading audio conversion, UA engineers obsessively auditioned the
latest A/D and D/A converters — ultimately pairing elite-class
24-bit/192 kHz converters with all-new analog circuitry for an
ultra-pristine signal path.
With 129 dB dynamic range and -118
dB TD+N, Apollo x8’s open, natural sound quality rivals any dedicated
high-end converter on the market — regardless of price — and is the
perfect starting point for applying UAD processing.
Realtime UAD HEXA Core Processing
Apollo x8 features new HEXA
Core processing, with six DSP chips and 50% more UAD plug-in processing
power than previous Apollos. This lets you run more UAD plug-ins,
whether you’re tracking in real time with channel strips from Neve,
Manley, or API, or running high UAD plug-in counts when mixing in your
From the tube warmth of Pultec EQs on guitars to the
musical tube limiting of the LA-2A on vocals, or the pump of a genuine
1176 or Fairchild 670 tube compressor on drums, your recordings will
take a giant leap forward with a rich, three-dimensional analog sound
that UAD plug-ins provide.
Unison™ Technology: The Genuine Sound of Neve, API, & Manley Preamps
for musicians, engineers, producers, and sound designers, Apollo x8
features four Unison-enabled mic preamps, letting you track through
exacting mic preamp emulations from Neve, API, Manley, SSL, and
Universal Audio.** A Universal Audio exclusive, Unison technology nails
the tone of these sought-after tube and solid state mic pres — including
their input impedance, gain stage “sweet spots,” and the
component-level circuit behaviors of the original hardware.
The secret to Unison is its hardware-software integration between Apollo’s mic preamps and its onboard Realtime UAD processing.
A Full Suite of Classic Analog Processing Onboard
Of course, a
hallmark feature of Apollo is its Realtime UAD Processing, letting you
run the full library of UAD plug-ins with near-zero latency. Apollo x8
includes the Realtime Analog Classics Plus plug-in bundle, so you can
record and mix with the world’s only authentic Teletronix LA-2A, 1176LN,
and Fairchild compressors, the Unison-enabled UA 610-B Tube Preamp
& EQ, and guitar and bass amps from Marshall and Ampeg.
Access the World of UAD Powered Plug-Ins
beyond the included Realtime Analog Classics Plus plug-ins, Apollo x8
lets you tap into the full UAD Powered Plug-In library of name-brand
vintage EQs, compressors, reverbs, tape machines, channel strips, and
more — at near-zero latency, regardless of your audio software’s buffer
size and without taxing your computer’s CPU.
emulations from SSL, Neve, Studer, Manley, API, Ampex, Lexicon, Fender,
and more,** it’s like having a studio full of iconic analog gear, in a
single rack space. And unlike competing interfaces, these award-winning
DSP-powered plug-ins are also available in your DAW for mixing.
Surround Sound Monitoring* and +24 dBu Operation
comprehensive surround monitoring support for formats up to 7.1, Apollo
x8 is a boon for engineers and producers working on audio and music for
video games, television, and the web. In addition, Apollo x8 offers
selectable +24 dBu operation for out-of-the-box compatibility with
professional mixing consoles and other high-end pro audio equipment.
Build a Networked Studio System Over Thunderbolt
x8 offers 18 x 24 simultaneous inputs/outputs (8 x 8 analog I/O) and
two built-in Thunderbolt 3 ports, which are backwards-compatible with
Thunderbolt 1 and 2 Macs via adapter (sold separately). This allows
users of any Thunderbolt-equipped Apollo Twin or Apollo rackmount audio
interfaces to easily combine up to four Apollos and six total UAD-2
devices — adding fast, high-bandwidth I/O and DSP as your studio grows.
With its professional connectivity the UA Apollo x8 sets a new
standard in high-resolution recording with classic analog sound. For
more information, call or chat with an RSPE representative.