The Universal Audio Apollo 8 QUAD Thunderbolt Audio Interface is a professional 18 x 24 interface featuring state-of-the-art next generation A/D and D/A converters, four high-quality microphone preamps with Unison technology, and a powerful onboard UAD-2 QUAD Core DSP, allowing ultra-low latency digital signal processing with UAD plug-ins such as the included Realtime Analog Classics Plus plug-in suite. Additionally, the Apollo 8 DUO is now compatible with Windows 10 systems.
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 QUAD Core DSP Processing, which powers the UAD plug-ins while reducing the strain on your host computer.
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.
Realtime Analog Classics Plus Bundle
With the included Realtime Analog Classics Plus plug-in bundle, you get a whole host of professional-quality plug-ins, including legendary compressors such as the 1176SE/LN Limiting Amplifiers and Fairchild 670 Legacy, Softube's stunning Amp Room Half-Stack and Bass Amp Room 8x10 guitar and bass amp emulations, the flexible and natural-sounding RealVerb Pro reverb, UA's landmark 610-B Tube Preamp and EQ plug-in, and much more besides.
18 x 24 simultaneous input/output channels
Sample rates up to 192 kHz at 24-bit word length
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)
Four high-resolution, ultra-transparent, digitally-controlled analog mic preamps
Unison™ technology for deep integration with UAD preamp and pedal plug-ins
Switchable low cut filter, 48V phantom power, pad, polarity inversion, and stereo linking
Digitally-controlled analog monitor outputs maintains highest fidelity
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
QUAD Core DSP with four SHARC® processors
Realtime UAD Processing on all analog and digital inputs via Console application
Console Recall plug-in saves Console configurations inside DAW sessions for easy recall
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
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)