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 interface features powerful UAD-2 QUAD processing, genuine UA analog design, and next-generation A/D and D/A conversion, putting class-leading audio qua... Click To Read More About This Product
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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 interface features powerful UAD-2 QUAD processing, genuine UA analog design, and next-generation A/D and D/A conversion, putting class-leading audio quality in a sleek new package. Works with Mac or Windows.
Apollo 8 further distinguishes itself with Realtime UAD Processing and Unison technology, letting you record at near-zero latency through the full range of UAD plug-ins from Neve, Studer, Manley, Lexicon, and more ” including new mic preamp emulations from Neve, API and Universal Audio. Apollo Expanded software now allows cascading up to four Apollos in a single system over Thunderbolt (Mac), so you can scale up your studio as your needs grow.
Next-Generation Apollo A/D and D/A Conversion
Apollo 8 improves upon the original Apollo' gold-standard audio quality with completely redesigned, class-leading A/D and D/A conversion ” giving you increased dynamic range and even lower THD. This results in breathtaking clarity, depth, and accuracy in your recordings, from tracking and overdubbing, to mixing and mastering.
Realtime UAD Plug-In Processing for Tracking, Mixing, and Mastering
While Apollo 8' œnatural sound is very open and transparent, it can quickly deliver a stunning range of classic analog tones and color via its Realtime UAD Processing. Available with generous UAD-2 QUAD processing onboard, Apollo' DSP Acceleration allows for recording through UAD Powered Plug-Ins ” with as low as sub-2ms latency ” letting you monitor and œprint audio using classic analog emulations from Ampex, Lexicon, Manley, Neve, Roland, SSL, Studer, and more.*
The Apollo 8' bundled œRealtime Analog Classics Plus suite of UAD plug-ins gives you the UA 610-B Tube Preamp & EQ, Raw Distortion, Softube Amp Rooms, legacy LA-2A, 1176, and Fairchild compressors, Pultec EQs, and more, so you have a rack full of bonafide audio classics, right out of the box. Using Apollo, UAD plug-ins are also available during mixing and mastering, putting UAD plug-ins (VST, RTAS, AU, AAX 64) at your disposal throughout the creative process.
Four Mic Preamps with Unison Technology
A Universal Audio breakthrough, Apollo 8' Unison technology gives you the tone of the world's most sought-after tube and solid state mic preamps ” including their impedance, gain stage œsweet spots, and component-level circuit behaviors.
Based on unprecedented hardware-software integration between Apollo' mic preamps and its onboard UAD plug-in processing, Unison lets you record through stunning emulations like the bundled UA 610-B Tube Preamp plug-in, or exclusive preamp emulations from API and Neve. Unison technology is further enhanced in Apollo 8 to include its panel Hi-Z instrument inputs, giving you dead-on impedance and gain matching for new stompbox models.
Apollo Expanded and Console 2.0
Thanks to Apollo Expanded software, users of Thunderbolt-equipped Apollo Twin, Apollo 8, Apollo 8p, and Apollo 16 audio interfaces can combine up to four Apollos and six total UAD-2 devices ” adding I/O and DSP as their studio grows. Apollo Expanded also provides seamless integration with previous generation Apollos over Thunderbolt.
With Apollo 8' Console 2.0 application ” a complete re-imagining of Apollo' original Console software ” you can take advantage of over 25 user-requested features such as Channel Strip presets, Drag & Drop functionality, dynamically resizable windows, and more.
Improved Monitoring and Workflow
Apollo 8 features a host of front-panel upgrades over the original Apollo, including Alt Speakers, Dim, and Mono functions as well as input and output metering capabilities via the new Meter button. These features combine with Apollo' system scalability to make it the new standard in professional multi-channel audio recording.
*All trademarks are recognized as property of their respective owners. Individual UAD Powered Plug-Ins sold separately.
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Comments about Universal Audio Apollo 8 Thunderbolt Audio Interface with UAD Quad-Core Processing:
A very impressive combination of hardware supporting massive software emulation library.
4 Unison preamps are controlled by software plugins for another level of detailed matching to celebrated models. Nice front panel metering, and very intuitive front panel controls, matched on software console.
They include a lot of plug ins with the unit (special deal adds more), so your are really good to go with no more purchases. But, they certainly do have a bunch more plugins to temp you with... and offer some specials to temp more. Certainly upgradable later.
Did some test recording, and I do believe that pre amp with tube emulator is adding some magic ! Promising. Lots of impressive videos to get you motivated.
Service and delivery comments:
This is a Thunderbolt 2 interface. New Macs are Thunderbolt 3, which requires an adapter to Thunderbolt 2.
They now support Windows 10 PCs with a thunderbolt port, but be careful on specifications for proper support. They have USB type C which will plug in, but is not fully Thunderbolt functional.
I rebuilt my PC with a Gigabyte Z270-UD5 motherboard, which has an Intel Thunderbolt port on the motherboard (not an expansion card), got the Startech adaptor (recommended by Universal Audio), loaded latest version of Windows 10 Pro from USB (Windows provides that, if you have Windows 10 free upgrade "digital license"). It all worked like a charm right off. INot a lot of options to get that windows Thunderbolt port.) I think Thunderbolt is the Mac standard, but you do get so much more for your money on a PC system (easy hard drive swaps, memory upgrades, and such). They do have decent support, including for Windows/PC users (we are many !). And, like I said, it can work great (so far) on Windows.
And, yes, Guitar Center did a good deal on this....