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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This 18 x 24 Thunderbolt interface features onboard UAD-2 QUAD processing, genuine UA analogue design, and next-generation A/D and D/A conversion, putting class-leading sonic performance in a sleek new package.
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's 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's 'natural' sound is very open and transparent, it can quickly deliver a stunning range of classic analogue tones and colour via its Realtime UAD Processing. Available with UAD-2 DUO processing onboard, Apollo's DSP Acceleration allows for recording through UAD Powered Plug-Ins — with as low as sub-2ms latency — letting you monitor and 'print' audio using classic analogue emulations from Ampex, Lexicon, Manley, Neve, Roland, SSL, Studer, and more.*
The Apollo 8's bundled 'Realtime analogue 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's Unison technology gives you the tone of the world's most sought-after tube and solid state mic preamps — including their impedance, gain stage 'sweet spots', and component-level circuit behaviours.
Based on unprecedented hardware-software integration between Apollo's 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 permits integration with previous generation Apollo over Thunderbolt.
With Apollo 8's Console 2.0 application — a complete re-imagining of Apollo's 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's system scalability to make it the new standard in professional multi-channel audio recording.
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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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