Universal Audio Apollo 8 Quad Thunderbolt Audio Interface with DSP
The Apollo 8 Quad from Universal Audio 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 analogue recording.
- Next-generation Apollo A/D and D/A conversion for professional music production
- Onboard UAD-2 QUAD Core DSP allows Realtime UAD Processing - record through plug-ins from Neve, Lexicon, Studer, Marshall, Ampex, and more*
- 4 Unison-enabled mic preamps for tracking through preamp emulations from Neve, API, and Universal Audio*
- 18 x 24 Thunderbolt 2 audio interface for Mac with powerful Console 2.0 software control
- Cascade up to 4 Apollo interfaces and 6 UAD devices total over Thunderbolt (Mac)
- Convenient front panel monitoring functions including Alt Speakers, Dim, and Mono
- Includes Realtime analogue Classics Plus UAD plug-in bundle
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Please note that a Thunderbolt Cable is not included with this product.
Apollo 8 is the world's most acclaimed professional recording interface for Mac and Windows, giving project and commercial studios superior A/D and D/A conversion with the tone, feel, and realtime workflow of classic analogue recording.
Built upon UA's 60-year heritage of audio craftsmanship, Apollo 8 QUAD distinguishes itself with four Unison™-enabled mic preamps, UAD-2 QUAD Core processing, and an included bundle of award-winning UAD plug-ins — which you can track through with near-zero latency, shaping sounds like a classic analogue studio — without taxing your host Mac or PC.
Unison™ Technology: The Genuine Sound of Neve®, API® & Manley® Preamps
Apollo 8 features four Unison-enabled mic preamps, letting you track through exacting mic preamp emulations from Neve, API, Manley, and Universal Audio. An Apollo 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 behaviours of the original hardware.
The secret to Unison is its hardware-software integration between Apollo's mic preamps and its onboard UAD-2 QUAD Core DSP Acceleration. Simply place a Unison preamp plug-in on your mic input, and tap into the classic sounds of the world's most recorded mic preamps.
A Full Suite of Classic Analogue Processing Onboard
Right out of the box, Apollo 8 provides a suite of incredible analogue emulation plug-ins including the world's only authentic Teletronix® LA-2A, 1176LN, and Fairchild® compressors, the legendary Pultec® EQs, and the Unison-enabled UA 610-B Tube Preamp. Developed by UA's world-renowned team of algorithm engineers, these Realtime analogue Classics plug-ins set the standard by which all other hardware emulation plug-ins are judged.
From the tube warmth of the Pultec EQ on guitars, to the gentle limiting of the LA-2A on vocals, or the pump of a genuine Fairchild 670 compressor on drums, your recordings will take a giant leap forward in rich, sonically complex analogue sound.
Access the World of UAD Powered Plug-Ins
Beyond the included Realtime analogue Classics plug-ins, you can tap into the full library award-winning UAD Powered Plug-Ins — including vintage EQs, Compressors, Reverbs, Tape Machines and more — at near-zero latency, regardless of your audio software's buffer size and without taxing your computer's CPU.
With exclusive emulations from Neve, Studer, Manley, API, Ampex, Lexicon, Fender, and more, it's like having an endless analogue studio, in a single rack space. And unlike competing interfaces, these DSP-powered plug-ins are also available in your DAW for mixing.
Next-Generation A/D and D/A Conversion
Of course, the heart of any audio interface is the quality of its conversion. In designing the next-generation Apollo range, UA engineers started with an obsessive auditioning of the latest A/D and D/A converters, ultimately pairing the selected 24-bit/192kHz converters with all-new analogue circuitry for the optimal signal path. Apollo 8 provides increased dynamic range and lower THD versus other interfaces — rivalling dedicated converters costing thousands more.
Apollo: The Choice of New-School Professionals
Apollo 8 is the interface of choice for hit-making professionals, as used to record breakthrough albums by Kendrick Lamar (To Pimp A Butterfly), Coldplay (A Head Full of Dreams), Dr. Dre (Compton), Brad Paisley (Wheelhouse), and many more.
Build a Networked Studio System Over Thunderbolt
Apollo 8 offers 18 x 24 simultaneous inputs/outputs, with two built-in Thunderbolt ports. Thanks to Apollo Expanded software, users of any 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 your studio grows. Apollo 8 also provides seamless integration with previous generation Apollos over Thunderbolt.
Now with Vintage Amps and Stompboxes
New for Apollo 8 is Unison technology on the front panel instrument inputs, giving you dead-on, impedance-matched emulations of guitar and bass amps like the Fender '55 Tweed Deluxe, Marshall Plexi Super Lead 1959, and Ampeg B-15N Bass Amplifier, as well as iconic stompboxes like the Ibanez Tube Screamer.
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I always believe the true test of a companies worth is when something goes wrong. It appears that some of the Apollo 8 units have a problem with the Hi-z input (not something I had noticed if I'm honest), but UA offered a full replacement, free of charge and $200 worth of plug-ins as compensation, now...
I always believe the true test of a companies worth is when something goes wrong. It appears that some of the Apollo 8 units have a problem with the Hi-z input (not something I had noticed if I'm honest), but UA offered a full replacement, free of charge and $200 worth of plug-ins as compensation, now you can't say fairer than that. They even sent out the replacement unit while letting me keep hold of the original unit so I didn't have any down time. I simply put the old unit in the box the replacement was sent in and it was picked up by UPS the next day. Obviously this will not affect future units but I thought it was worth mentioning as I think it shows the character of the company you're dealing with, I would certainly have no reservations about buying lots more UA stuff in the future (something Yamaha could do with learning, that's one company I am very unlikely to ever deal with again).
As for the Apollo unit itself, firstly, it is very deep, much deeper than I was expecting, I had to modify (cut a big chunk out of) my rack unit to fit it in. The build quality (Hi-z input aside) is excellent, it feels solid. The software installed without problems on my MacBook Pro, there were no problems setting it up or getting it running at all, very smooth. The audio interface sounds great, exactly as you would want it to be. The plug-ins are also (generally) great sounding, the only problem I have is that I can't afford to buy them all (another reason the product recall was a bit of a bonus for me). If I had to pick fault and this is really being picky, its that all the plug-ins get installed, regardless of whether or not you have purchased them and there is no way (other than manually moving the files) to hide them from your DAW. A plug-in manager would be a very simple utility for them to make and would keep the DAWs plug-ins list free from junk.
Overall though the UA Apollo 8 is an amazing bit of kit and if you're in the market for a high quality audio interface that also hosts brilliant plug-in emulations, then this (or one of its siblings) is defiantly the way to go. I only wish they would release an Octo version so I could run even more plug-ins.
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