Universal Audio Apollo X8 Thunderbolt 3 Audio Interface with DSP

Product code: uniapx8

Universal Audio's Apollo x8 Thunderbolt 3 Audio Interface offers elite audio conversion with four unison mic preamps, new HEXA core processing and surround sound monitoring.


  • Universal Audio Apollo X8 Thunderbolt 3 Audio Interface with DSP

    Main Features

    • 18 x 24 Thunderbolt 3 audio interface with class-leading 24-bit/192 KHz conversion
    • Realtime 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
    • Includes 'Realtime Analog Classics Plus' UAD plug-in bundle
    • UAD HEXA Core processing onboard for additional mixing horsepower for Pro Tools, Logic, Cubase, Ableton, and other major DAWs
    • Dual Crystal clocking for a low-jitter environment, resulting in pure, artifact-free recordings and solid stereo imaging

    Apollo x8 allows music producers, project, and post-production studios to track, overdub, and mix with new world-beating A/D and D/A conversion, HEXA Core UAD plug-in processing, Dual Crystal Clocking, and 7.1 surround sound monitoring — all in a sleek rackmount Thunderbolt 3 audio interface for Mac or PC.

    Built upon UA's 60-year heritage of audio craftsmanship, this 18 x 24 interface distinguishes itself with four Unison™-enabled mic preamps, providing authentic emulations of preamps from Neve, API, Manley, Helios, SSL and more, plus all-new HEXA Core processing — yielding 50% more DSP for running UAD Powered Plug-Ins in real time.

    In addition to its elite-class audio conversion, Apollo x8 features selectable operating level for compatibility with professional +24 dBu gear, as well as an integrated monitor controller and built-in talkback mic.

    Elite-Class A/D and D/A Conversion
    With thousands of chart-topping songs and hundreds of Grammy-winning albums under their belt, Apollo interfaces are no strangers to tracking stellar-sounding records. To improve on the previous generation Apollo interface's class-leading audio conversion, UA engineers obsessively auditioned the latest A/D and D/A converters — ultimately pairing elite-class 24-bit/192 kHz converters with all-new analogue circuitry for an ultra-pristine signal path.

    The Apollo X series also introduces new Dual-Crystal clocking — featuring dedicated crystal oscillators for 44.1/88.2/176.4 kHz and 48/96/192 kHz sample rates — resulting in stunningly low jitter, measured at less than 10 picoseconds. This translates into pure, artifact-free recordings and solid stereo imaging you can trust.

    With 129 dB dynamic range and -119 dB TD+N, Apollo x8's open, natural sound quality rivals any dedicated high-end converter on the market — regardless of price — and is the perfect starting point for applying UAD processing.

    Realtime UAD HEXA Core Processing
    Apollo x8 features new HEXA Core processing, with six DSP chips and 50% more UAD plug-in processing power than previous Apollos. This lets you run more UAD plug-ins, whether you're tracking in real time with channel strips from Neve, Manley, or API, or running high UAD plug-in counts when mixing in your DAW.

    From the tube warmth of Pultec EQs on guitars to the musical tube limiting of the LA-2A on vocals, or the pump of a genuine 1176 or Fairchild 670 tube compressor on drums, your recordings will take a giant leap forward with a rich, three-dimensional analogue sound that UAD plug-ins provide.

    Unison™ Technology: The Genuine Sound of Neve, API, & Manley Preamps
    Perfect for musicians, engineers, producers, and sound designers, Apollo x8 features four Unison-enabled mic preamps, letting you track through exacting mic preamp emulations from Neve, API, Manley, SSL, and Universal Audio. A Universal Audio 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 Realtime UAD processing.

    A Full Suite of Classic Analogue Processing Onboard
    Of course, a hallmark feature of Apollo is its Realtime UAD Processing, letting you run the full library of UAD plug-ins with near-zero latency. Apollo x8 includes the Realtime Analog Classics Plus plug-in bundle, so you can record and mix with the world's only authentic Teletronix LA-2A, 1176LN, and Fairchild compressors, the Unison-enabled UA 610-B Tube Preamp & EQ, and guitar and bass amps from Marshall and Ampeg.

    Access the World of UAD Powered Plug-Ins
    Going beyond the included Realtime analogue Classics Plus plug-ins, Apollo x8 lets you tap into the full UAD Powered Plug-In library of name-brand vintage EQs, compressors, reverbs, tape machines, channel strips, 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 SSL, Neve, Studer, Manley, API, Ampex, Lexicon, Fender, and more,* it's like having a studio full of iconic analogue gear, in a single rack space. And unlike competing interfaces, these award-winning DSP-powered plug-ins are also available in your DAW for mixing.

    Surround Sound Monitoring and +24 dBu Operation
    With comprehensive surround monitoring support for formats up to 7.1, Apollo x8 is a boon for engineers and producers working on audio and music for video games, television, and the web. In addition, Apollo x8 offers selectable +24 dBu operation for out-of-the-box compatibility with professional mixing consoles and other high-end pro audio equipment.

    Build a Networked Studio System Over Thunderbolt
    Apollo x8 offers 18 x 24 simultaneous inputs/outputs (8 x 14 analogue I/O) and two built-in Thunderbolt 3 ports, which are backwards-compatible with Thunderbolt 1 and 2 Macs via adapter (sold separately). This allows users of any Thunderbolt-equipped Apollo Twin or Apollo rackmount audio interfaces to easily combine up to four Apollos and six total UAD-2 devices — adding fast, high-bandwidth I/O and DSP as your studio grows.


    Apollo x8 Key Features:

    • 18 x 24 Thunderbolt 3 audio interface with class-leading 24-bit/192 kHz conversion
    • Realtime 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
    • Dual Crystal clocking for a low-jitter environment, resulting in pure, artifact-free recordings and solid stereo imaging
    • Surround monitor controller up to 7.1 format
    • 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, backward-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


    Included in the Realtime Analog Classics Plus Bundle:

    UA 610-B Tube Preamp & EQ (Unison)
    Marshall Plexi Classic Guitar Amp (Unison)
    Ampeg SVT-VR Classic Bass Amp (Unison)
    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)
    Raw Distortion (Unison)
    Precision Channel Strip (Precision Mix Rack Collection)
    Precision Reflection Engine (Precision Mix Rack Collection)
    Precision Delay Mod (Precision Mix Rack Collection)
    Precision Delay Mod L (Precision Mix Rack Collection)
    RealVerb Pro Custom Room Modeller

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    Brand Universal Audio
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