18×24 Thunderbolt 3 audio interface with Realtime UAD Hexa Core processor, class-leading audio conversion and Realtime Analog Classics Plus plug-in bundle.
The Universal Audio Apollo X8 is an 18×24 Thunderbolt 3 audio interface with Realtime UAD Hexa Core processor and the Realtime Analog Classics Plus plug-in bundle.
The Universal Audio Apollo X8 features brand new world-class audio converters designed around a new analogue signal path delivering a truly pristine sound. It provides an impressive 129dB of dynamic range and -118dB THD+N and delivers outstanding performance with an open and incredibly natural sound that favourably compares against audio converters in any class.
The Apollo x8 also boasts six Realtime UAD Hexa Core DSP chips giving you 50% more UAD plug-in processing power than previous Apollo interfaces. This means you can now record and mix larger sessions with increased UAD plug-in counts.
The Apollo X8 includes four Unison preamps that let you track through exacting plug-in emulations of Neve, API, Manley, SSL and Universal Audio channel strips. Thanks to the detailed emulation of input impedance, gain stage and component level circuit, Unison preamps give you the feeling and the sound of using the original hardware preamp.
With eight analogue inputs and outputs in total allowing you to record eigh channel simultaneously through plug-ins with near-zero latency, but also mix in 7.1 surround sound for video games, broadcast and even the web. Furthermore, a selectable +24dBu option ensures easy integration with mixing consoles and high-end pro audio equipment.
Using the Thunderbolt 3 protocol, up to 4 Apollo interfaces (or 6 UAD-2 devices) can be cascaded to increase channel count as your needs grow, using the same zero-latency tracking capabilities. These are backwards compatible with Thunderbolt 1 and 2 using an optional adapter. If that’s not enough, additional ADAT I/O is provided to accommodate external preamps such as the Universal Audio 4-710d.
Plug-ins included in the Realtime Analog Classics Plus bundle:
UA 610-B Tube Preamp & EQ
Ampeg SVT-VR Classic Bass Amp
Marshall Plexi Classic Guitar Amp
UA 1176LN Limiting Amplifier (Legacy)
UA 1176SE Limiting Amplifier (Legacy)
Pultec EQP-1A EQ (Legacy)
Pultec Pro EQ (Legacy)
Teletronix LA-2A Leveling Amplifier (Legacy)
Fairchild 670 Compressor (Legacy)
Precision Enhancer Hz
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Universal Audio Apollo X8 Main Features:
18 x 24 Thunderbolt 3 audio interface with class-leading 24-bit/192 KHz conversion
Real-time 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**
Surround monitor controller up to 7.1 format (available in Q4)
Includes “Realtime Analog Classics Plus” UAD plug-in bundle featuring UA 610-B
Tube Preamp Legacy Pultec EQ, LA-2A, and 1176 compressors; Marshall Plexi Classic; Ampeg SVT-VR Classic and more
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; backwards-compatible with Thunderbolt 1 and 2 via optional adapter
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
Uncompromising UA analogue design, superior components, and premium build quality
Free, industry-leading technical support — on the phone and online — from knowledgeable audio engineers.