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Universal Audio Apollo x8 Thunderbolt 3 Audio Interface

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The Universal Audio Apollo x8 sets a new standard for music production. It has elite A/D and D/A conversion and four Unison-enabled mic preamps. It’s an 18x24 Thunderbolt 3 audio interface for music producers and post-production pros. It has the tone, feel and real-time workflow of classic analog gear. It also delivers the power and pe...  Click To Read More About This Product

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Overview

The Universal Audio Apollo x8 sets a new standard for music production. It has elite A/D and D/A conversion and four Unison-enabled mic preamps. It’s an 18x24 Thunderbolt 3 audio interface for music producers and post-production pros. It has the tone, feel and real-time workflow of classic analog gear. It also delivers the power and performance to boost your workflow.

With HEXA Core processing, the x8 extends the limits of your plug-in processing. It features a built-in talkback mic, 7.1 surround sound monitoring* and +24dBu operation. This makes it compatible with pro mixing consoles and other high-end pro audio gear.

Close-up of Apollo x8's front left-hand side with preamp gain knob and UA logo

Elite audio conversion and enhanced stereo image

The x8 improves on the previous Apollo interfaces by pairing elite 24-bit/192kHz converters with analog circuitry. This results in a pristine signal path.

UA x8 has 129dB of dynamic range and -119dB of total harmonic distortion. Its natural sounding audio rivals any high-end converter on the market. It also has Dual-Crystal clocking for a stunningly low jitter. That means pure recordings and excellent stereo imaging.

Four XLR mic inputs on the Apollo x8

Four Unison-enabled preamps that emulate classic gear

The UA x8 audio interface has four Unison-enabled mic preamps. When used with the Apollo Console software, these preamps imitate classic analog preamps. The result, your recordings will have the tone and sound of Neve, API, Manley, SSL and more.

To achieve this, the preamp talks with the Console software and physically changes. It models the physical features of the software preamp and mimics it perfectly.

Apollo x8 rackmounted on a desk with UAD plugins on a laptop screen

A suite of UAD plugin-ins with improved HEXA processing

With HEXA Core, the Apollo x8 has six SHARC DSP chips. This provides 50% more UAD plug-in processing power than previous Apollo audio interfaces. Apollo x8’s HEXA Core Processor gives you more creative freedom in your recording and mixing sessions.

The x8 audio interface also comes with the Realtime Analog Classics Plus plugin bundle. These UAD plugins model studio gear like the Pultec EQ, the LA-2A, 1176 and Fairchaild 670 compressors. With the UAD plugins, your mixes will take a giant tonal leap.

All four Apollo x Series audio interfaces—the x6, x8, x8p and x16

The speed of Thunderbolt 3 with cascading connectivity

Like all of the Apollo x interfaces, the x8 looks sleek and modern. It has front panel controls, monitoring functions and a backlit metering display.  It boasts two Thunderbolt 3 inputs for blazing-fast speed and low latency.  The two inputs also allow you to link up to four Apollos together to add more I/O and DSP.

Features

  • Experience elite-class A/D and D/A conversion nearing the widest dynamic range and lowest signal to noise available — at any price
  • Track and mix with powerful HEXA Core processing, featuring 6 UAD DSP chips for running more award-winning UAD Powered Plug-Ins in real time
  • Combine up to 4 Thunderbolt-equipped Apollos and 6 total UAD devices 
  • Backward-compatible with Thunderbolt 1 and 2 via optional adapter
  • Record with near-zero latency through preamp emulations from Neve, API, Manley, Fender, and more using Unison technology*
  • Easily connect to pro-level studio gear with switchable +24 / +20 dBu headroom settings
  • Work in surround formats up to 7.1*, complete with speaker calibration and fold-down
  • Integrated talkback and built-in cues for easy communication and slating takes
  • The Apollo x8 is backwards compatible with Thunderbolt 1 and 2 on Mac computers with an adapter
  • Compatible with Mac Pro (Late 2013 “black cylinder” model)
  • *Surround Sound Support for Apollo X Coming Q4 2018
Specifications
  • Compatibility: Mac / Windows
  • Connectivity : Thunderbolt 3*
  • Host Ports 2
  • Realtime UAD Processing: Yes
  • SHARC DSP: HEXA (6)
  • Unison Mic Preamps: 4
  • Unison Hi-Z Inputs: 2
  • Total I/O: 18 x 24
  • Digital I/O: 8 ADAT (optical TOSLINK); 2 S/PDIF
  • Monitor Outputs: 2 TRS
  • Headphone Outputs: 2 Stereo
  • Monitor Modes: Stereo to 7.1*
  • Alt Speakers: Up to 2 Stereo
  • Built-in Talkback Mic: Yes
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