Universal Audio | Apollo 8P - Thunderbolt 2

Apollo 8p. Next-Generation Conversion with Eight Onboard Preamps.

Apollo 8p is a dramatic 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 16 x 20 Thunderbolt 2 interface features eight onboard Unison™ mic preamps — perfect for mobile rigs and tracking full bands.

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Built on genuine UA analog design and next-generation A/D and D/A conversion, Apollo 8p also features powerful UAD-2 QUAD Core processing, letting you run UAD Powered Plug-Ins in real time. With sound that surpasses anything in its class, Apollo 8p rivals modular converters costing twice the price, in a sleek new package.

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 8p 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 obsessive auditioning of the latest converters, pairing them with completely redesigned analog circuitry. After extensive double-blind listening tests, the result is is 3 dB better dynamic range on both A/D and D/A conversion versus the original Apollo, placing the Apollo 8p 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 8p 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 8p serves up authentic analog tone and warmth.

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

Apollo 8p comes bundled with “Realtime Analog Classics Plus” suite of UAD plug-ins. From there, you can choose from a vast and expanding collection of plug-ins in the UA Online Store.

Eight Mic Preamps with Unison™ Technology

Apollo 8p comes equipped with eight Unison-enabled mic preamps, letting you track larger 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 8p. Built to Record

Front & Rear Panels

The Apollo 8p 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
  • 16 x 20 simultaneous input/output channels: - Eight channels of analog-to-digital conversion via mic, line, or high-impedance inputs
  • 12 channels of digital-to-analog conversion via: - Six mono line outputs - Stereo monitor outputs (switchable to fixed line outputs) - Two stereo headphone outputs
  • Eight channels of digital I/O via: - Eight channels ADAT Optical Lightpipe I/O with S/MUX for high sample rates - Lightpipe I/O can be switched to S/PDIF optical 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

  • Eight 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 six 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

  • QUAD Core DSP with four SHARC® processors
  • Realtime UAD Processing on all analog and digital inputs via Console application
  • 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

 

System Requirements

Thunderbolt Systems.

UAD Powered Plug-Ins version 8

  • Apple Mac computer with available Thunderbolt or Thunderbolt 2 port
  • Mac OS X 10.8.5 Mountain Lion, 10.9.x Mavericks, or 10.10.x Yosemite
  • 4 gigabytes available disk space
  • Internet connection to download software and authorize UAD plug-ins
  • Compatible VST, Audio Units, RTAS, or AAX 64 plug-in host DAW software
  • Thunderbolt cable (sold separately)

 


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