Universal Audio | Apollo 8 Quad - Thunderbolt 2

Apollo 8. 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 2 interface offers genuine UA analog design, and next-generation A/D and D/A conversion, putting class-leading audio quality in a sleek new package.

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Built on UA's 50 year legacy of analog design excellence, Apollo 8 also features powerful UAD-2 QUAD or DUO processing and four onboard Unison™ mic preamps, delivering sonic performance that surpasses anything in its class.

World-Class Sound with Superior Apollo A/D and D/A Conversion

The original Apollo, introduced in 2012, quickly became a gold standard among modern music producers and engineers — it now counts many of the world’s top artists as users. Apollo 8 improves upon the original Apollo’s sound quality with completely redesigned, class-leading A/D and D/A conversion — giving you increased dynamic range and even lower THD.

Building upon a 50-year legacy of circuit design, UA engineers started with an obsessive audition of the latest converters, pairing them with completely redesigned analog circuitry. Confirmed by extensive double-blind listening tests, the end result is 3 dB better dynamic range on both A/D and D/A conversion versus the original Apollo, placing the Apollo 8 as the measurable class leader.

Realtime UAD Plug-In Processing for Tracking, Mixing, and Mastering

Imagine having a classic analog studio, in single rack space. Apollo 8 lets you record through UAD Powered Plug-Ins — including vintage EQs, compressors, reverbs, tape machines and more — at near-zero latency, regardless of your audio software buffer size. With award-winning UAD plug-ins from Ampex, Lexicon, Neve, Manley, Roland, SSL, Studer, and more,* Apollo 8 serves up authentic analog tone and warmth.

The key to its analog sound is onboard UAD-2 DUO or QUAD DSP Processing, which powers the UAD plug-ins while reducing the strain on your host computer.

Apollo 8 comes bundled with “Realtime Analog Classics Plus” suite of UAD plug-ins.

Four Mic Preamps with Unison™ Technology

Apollo 8 comes equipped with four Unison-enabled mic preamps, letting you track projects with colorful mic preamp sounds from Neve, API, and Universal Audio. An Apollo breakthrough, Unison technology nails the tone of these sought-after tube and solid state mic preamps — including their impedance, gain stage “sweet spots,” and component-level circuit behaviors.

The secret to Unison is its hardware-software integration between Apollo’s mic preamps and its onboard UAD-2 processing. Simply place a selected tube or solid state preamp plug-in on your desired mic input, and record in real time through stunning emulations like the bundled UA 610-B Tube Preamp plug-in, or the Neve 1073 and API 212L.

 

Apollo 8. Built to Record

 

Front & Rear Panels

The Apollo 8 interface places all the most commonly used recording and monitoring features right on the front panel, for fast, direct access. Similarly, its rear panel provides all the dedicated, high-quality I/O needed for a typical production studio.

Features & Specs

Audio Interface

  • Sample rates up to 192 kHz at 24-bit word length
  • 18 x 24 simultaneous input/output channels - Eight channels of analog-to-digital conversion via mic, line, or high-impedance inputs
  • 14 channels of digital-to-analog conversion via: - Eight mono line outputs - Stereo monitor outputs (switchable to fixed line outputs) - Two stereo headphone outputs
  • 10 channels of digital I/O via: - Eight channels ADAT Optical Lightpipe I/O with S/MUX for high sample rates - Two channels coaxial S/PDIF I/O with sample rate conversion
  • Two Thunderbolt 2 ports facilitates daisy-chaining of other Thunderbolt devices
  • Cascade up to 4 Apollo interfaces and 6 UAD devices total over Thunderbolt (Mac)

Microphone Preamplifiers

  • Four high-resolution, ultra-transparent, digitally-controlled analog mic preamps
  • Unison™ technology for deep integration with UAD preamp and pedal plug-ins
  • Front panel and software control of all preamp parameters
  • Switchable low cut filter, 48V phantom power, pad, polarity inversion, and stereo linking

Monitoring

  • Stereo monitor outputs (independent of the eight line outputs)
  • Digitally-controlled analog monitor outputs maintains highest fidelity
  • Front panel control of monitor levels and muting
  • Two stereo headphone outputs with independent mix buses
  • Independent front panel volume controls for headphone outputs
  • Front panel pre-fader metering of monitor bus levels
  • S/PDIF outputs can be set to mirror the monitor outputs
  • Up to two alternate stereo monitor outputs selectable via front panel or Console software
  • Assignable front panel monitor function switch for alternate speakers, dim, & mono

UAD-2 Inside

  • DUO and QUAD models featuring two or four SHARC® processors
  • Realtime UAD Processing on all analog and digital inputs
  • Same features and functionality as other UAD-2 devices when used with DAW
  • Can be combined with other UAD-2 devices for increased mixing DSP
  • Includes UAD Powered Plug-Ins “Realtime Analog Classics Plus” bundle
  • Complete UAD plug-ins library is available at the UA online store

Software

Console application.

  • Analog-style control interface for realtime monitoring and tracking
  • Enables Realtime UAD Processing with UAD plug-ins
  • Remote control of Apollo 8p features and functionality
  • Virtual I/O for routing DAW tracks through Console

Console Recall plug-in.

  • Saves Console configurations inside DAW sessions for easy recall
  • Convenient access to Console’s monitor controls via DAW plug-in
  • VST, RTAS, AAX 64, and Audio Units plug-in formats

UAD Meter & Control Panel application.

  • Configures global UAD settings and monitors system usage

Other.

  • Easy firmware updates
  • 1U rack-mountable form factor
  • One year warranty includes parts and labor

 


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