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Universal Audio Apollo x8 Thunderbolt 3 Audio Interface
Universal Audio Apollo x8 Thunderbolt 3 Audio Interface
$3,199.00

Universal Audio Apollo x8 Thunderbolt 3 Audio Interface

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SoundPro Item: 105951
MPN: APX8
MSRP: $3,994.00
$3,199.00
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Apollo x8 allows music producers, project, and post-production studios to track, overdub, and mix with elite-class 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 Windows. This 18 x 24 interface distinguishes itself with four Unison™-enabled mic preamps, all-new HEXA Core processing — yielding 50% more DSP for running UAD Powered Plug-Ins in real time — plus it includes LUNA Recording System, giving you a fully-integrated music production application.

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.

The Apollo X series also introduces new Dual-Crystal clocking — featuring dedicated crystals for 44.1/88.2/176.4k and 48/96/192k sample rates — resulting in stunningly low jitter, measured at less than 10 picoseconds. This translates into pure, artifact-free recordings and solid stereo imaging you can trust.

With 129 dB dynamic range and -119 dB THD+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.

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 DAW. 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.

Perfect 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, Helios, 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 HEXA Core DSP Acceleration. Simply place a Unison preamp plug-in on your mic input in Apollo Console software, and it physically reconfigures the Apollo interface's impedance.

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 iconic guitar and bass amps from Marshall and Ampeg.

Going beyond the included Realtime Analog Classics Plus plug-ins, Apollo x8 lets you tap into the full UAD Powered Plug-In library of legendary 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.

Apollo X series interfaces work with all major DAWs. But they become a fully integrated recording system with LUNA, Universal Audio’s groundbreaking music production application for Mac.

The Apollo x8 features built-in front-panel monitoring functions including a Talkback mic, Alt Speakers, and assignable Dim or Mono control. Plus, with its comprehensive 7.1 surround monitoring support, 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.

Universal Audio Apollo x8 Features

  • 18 x 24 Thunderbolt 3 audio interface with class-leading 24-bit/192 KHz conversion (backwards compatible with Thunderbolt 1 & 2 on Mac)
  • Realtime UAD HEXA Core Processing for tracking through UAD plug-ins at near-zero latency, regardless of audio buffer size
  • Record through 4 Unison-enabled mic/line preamps — giving you fully authentic preamp emulations from Neve, API, Manley, SSL, and more
  • Includes access to LUNA Recording System for a fully-integrated, analog inspired Apollo workflow
  • Surround monitor controller up to 7.1 format
  • Includes the "Realtime Analog Classics Plus" UAD plug-in bundle
  • 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
  • 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
  • Apollo x8 Thunderbolt 3 audio interface1
  • Realtime Analog Classics Plus UAD plug-in bundle1
  • Access to LUNA recording system1
  • Inputs
    • Line inputs: 8 Balanced ¼" TRS
    • Microphone inputs: 4 Balanced XLR
    • Instrument (Hi-Z) inputs: 2 Unbalanced ¼" TS
    • Digital inputs (optical TOSLINK)
      • ADAT: 8 channels @ 44.1 – 96 kHz
      • ADAT: 4 channels @ 176.4 – 192 kHz
    • Digital inputs (RCA) S/PDIF: 2 channels @ 44.1 – 192 kHz
  • A to D Conversion
    • Mic Preamps
      • Dynamic range: 122 dB (A-weighted)
      • THD+N: -115 dB (0.00019%)
      • Frequency response: 20 Hz – 20 kHz, ±0.05 dB
    • Line Inputs
      • Dynamic range: 123 dB (A-weighted)
      • THD+N: -113 dB (0.00022%)
      • Frequency response: 20 Hz – 20 kHz, ±0.04 dB
  • Outputs
    • Line outputs: 8 Balanced ¼" TRS
    • Monitor outputs: 2 Balanced ¼" TRS
    • Headphone outputs: 2 Stereo ¼" TRS
    • Digital outputs (optical TOSLINK)
      • ADAT: 8 channels @ 44.1 – 96 kHz
      • ADAT: 4 channels @ 176.4 – 192 kHz
    • Digital outputs (RCA) S/PDIF: 2 channels @ 44.1 to 192 kHz
  • D to A Conversion
    • Line Outputs
      • Dynamic range: 127 dB (A-weighted
      • THD+N: -118 dB (0.00011%)
      • Frequency response: 20 Hz – 20 kHz, ±0.07 dB
    • Monitor Outputs
      • Dynamic range: 129 dB (A-weighted)
      • THD+N: -118 dB (0.00012%)
      • Frequency response: 20 Hz – 20 kHz, ±0.06 dB
    • Headphone Outputs
      • Dynamic range: 125 dB (A-weighted)
      • THD+N: -102 dB (0.00080%)
      • Frequency response: 20 Hz – 20 kHz, ±0.05 dB

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