Universal Audio Apollo x8 Rack-Mountable Thunderbolt 3 Audio Interface with Real-Time UAD Processing

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Universal Audio
Universal Audio Apollo x8 Rack-Mountable Thunderbolt 3 Audio Interface with Real-Time UAD Processing
Key Features
  • 2 x High-Speed Thunderbolt 3 Ports
  • Up to 24-Bit/192 kHz Resolution
  • HEXA Core Processing with 6 DSP Chips
  • 4 x Unison-Enabled Mic Preamps
The Universal Audio Apollo x8 is a rack-mountable Thunderbolt 3 audio interface with real-time UAD processing designed for high-resolution recording and mixing for musicians, producers, and audio engineers in mobile production rigs and studios of any size. Delivering the sound, feel, and flow of analog recording with low noise and wide dynamic range, the interface combines versatile inputs and outputs, a robust plug-in bundle, and 50% more DSP than earlier Apollos. Additionally, its switchable headroom setting facilitates proper level-matching with a variety of audio equipment.
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Universal Audio Apollo x8 Rack-Mountable Thunderbolt 3 Audio Interface with Real-Time UAD Processing

Universal Audio Apollo X8 Overview

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  • 2General Features
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  • 9Versatile I/O
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  • 18Expandable
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  • 21Powered Plug-Ins
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The Universal Audio Apollo x8 is a rack-mountable Thunderbolt 3 audio interface with real-time UAD processing designed for high-resolution recording and mixing for musicians, producers, and audio engineers in mobile production rigs and studios of any size. Delivering the sound, feel, and flow of analog recording with low noise and wide dynamic range, the interface combines versatile inputs and outputs, a robust plug-in bundle, and 50% more DSP than earlier Apollos. Additionally, its switchable headroom setting facilitates proper level-matching with a variety of audio equipment.

Designed to perform a central role in a modern studio, the Apollo x8 offers digital resolutions up to 24-bit/192 kHz, plus an array of analog and digital I/O. The interface features four microphone preamps with Unison integration for UAD emulations of classic analog preamps, two 1/4" Hi-Z inputs, and eight 1/4" line-level inputs. Each mic preamp boasts a switchable low-cut filter, 48V phantom power, pad, polarity inversion, and stereo linking. Digital I/O ports include 2-channel S/PDIF and 8-channel ADAT with support for S/MUX. Word clock I/O is provided on BNC jacks.

The built-in HEXA Core processing utilizes six DSP chips to enable monitoring and recording audio using classic analog emulations with near-zero latency. The included Realtime Analog Classics Plus plug-in bundle empowers you with 16 plug-ins ranging from compressors and EQs to virtual guitar/bass amps and time-based processors. The included Console application provides control and recall of all interface and UAD plug-in settings including channel-strip presets, drag-and-drop functionality, and dynamically resizable windows. Core Audio and Windows drivers ensure compatibility with all major DAWs, including Pro Tools, Logic Pro, Cubase, Live, and more.

The Apollo x8 offers a comprehensive monitor section with talkback functionality and dedicated front-panel controls for Alt Speakers, Dim, and Mono functions, as well as input and output metering capabilities. In addition to the dedicated stereo monitor feed and dual headphone outputs, eight 1/4" outputs are available for connection to power amps, active monitors, or an analog mixer. A total of four Apollos and six total UAD devices can be combined, allowing Thunderbolt users the ability to expand their I/O and DSP. The two Thunderbolt 3 ports are backward-compatible with Thunderbolt 1 and 2 via a qualified adapter (available separately).

General Features

Track, overdub, and mix with high-resolution A/D-D/A conversion and DSP-powered plug-ins
Selectable operating level of +20 dBu or +24 dBu
Integrated talkback and cues for easy communication and slate functionality
Built-in multichannel monitor controller with assignable dim or mono mode
Comprehensive front-panel metering and controls
Occupies 1 RU of rack space

Versatile I/O

18 x 24 audio interface with four Unison-enabled microphone preamps, providing emulations of classic analog preamps with near-zero latency
Two front-panel 1/4" Hi-Z inputs for direct connection of guitars, basses, or keyboards
8 x 8 analog line-level I/O via 1/4" jacks
Stereo 1/4" monitor output and two independent 1/4" headphone outputs, each with dedicated level control
Line outputs may be used for alternate monitor outputs
2-channel S/PDIF I/O on RCA coaxial jacks
TOSLINK optical ports for ADAT I/O (supports S/MUX)
BNC word clock I/O with selectable 75-Ohm termination

Expandable

Combine up to four Thunderbolt-equipped Apollos and six total UAD devices for expanded I/O and DSP
Backward-compatible with Thunderbolt 1 and 2 via qualified adapter (available separately)

Powered Plug-Ins

Includes Realtime Analog Classics Plus plug-in bundle
  • UA 610-B Tube Preamp & EQ
  • Marshall Plexi Classic Guitar Amp
  • Ampeg SVT-VR Classic Bass 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
  • Raw Distortion
  • 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 Modeler
UPC: 819937002472

Universal Audio Apollo X8 Specs

Connectivity
Host Connection1 x USB Type-C (Thunderbolt 3)
Analog I/O2 x 1/4" (6.3 mm) TS Hi-Z Input
8 x 1/4" (6.3 mm) TRS Line Input
4 x XLR 3-Pin Mic Input
2 x 1/4" (6.3 mm) TRS Headphone Output
2 x 1/4" (6.3 mm) TRS Monitor Output
8 x 1/4" (6.3 mm) TRS Line Output
Digital I/O1 x BNC (Word Clock) Input
1 x BNC (Word Clock) Output
1 x RCA Coaxial / S/PDIF Input
1 x RCA Coaxial / S/PDIF Output
2 x TOSLINK / ADAT, S/MUX Input
2 x TOSLINK / ADAT, S/MUX Output
MIDI I/ONone
Performance
Frequency ResponseHeadphone Outputs:
20 Hz to 20 kHz ±0.05 dB 
Hi-Z Inputs:
20 Hz to 20 kHz ±0.04 dB 
Line Inputs:
20 Hz to 20 kHz ±0.05 dB 
Line Outputs:
20 Hz to 20 kHz ±0.07 dB 
Mic Inputs:
20 Hz to 20 kHz ±0.05 dB 
Monitor Outputs:
20 Hz to 20 kHz ±0.06 dB 
Gain RangeInputs:
+10 to +65 dB
Max Input LevelHi-Z Inputs:
+12.4 dBu 
Line Inputs:
+24 dBu 
Mic Inputs:
+26 dBu (Pad On) 
Max Output LevelLine Outputs:
+24 dBu 
Monitor Outputs:
+24 dBu 
Headphone Output Power150 mW into 300 Ohms
Dynamic RangeOutputs:
125 dBA 
Hi-Z Inputs:
121 dBA 
Line Inputs:
123 dBA 
Line Outputs:
27 dBA 
Mic Inputs:
122 dBA 
Monitor Outputs:
129 dBA 
ImpedanceHi-Z Inputs:
1 MOhm 
Line Inputs:
10 kOhms 
Line Outputs:
100 Ohms 
Mic Inputs:
5.5 kOhms 
Monitor Outputs:
100 Ohms 
Word Clock:
75 Ohms 
THD+NHeadphone Outputs:
 -102 dB (0.0008%) 
Hi-Z Inputs:
 -111 dB (0.00028%) 
Line Inputs:
 -113 dB (0.00022%) 
Line Outputs:
 -119 dB (0.00011%) 
Mic Inputs:
 -114 dB (0.0002%) 
Monitor Outputs:
 -118 dB (0.00012%) 
Digital Audio
Sample RatesUp to 192 kHz
Bit Depth24-Bit (AD/DA Conversion)
Latency1.1 ms at 96 kHz (Input to Output)
Compatibility
OS CompatibilitymacOS 10.10
macOS 10.11
macOS 10.12
macOS 10.13
Windows 10
Processor RequirementIntel Core i7 
Storage Requirements6 GB
Required HardwareAvailable Thunderbolt 3 Port
Thunderbolt Cable (Not Included)
Internet ConnectionRequired for Registration and Software/Driver Download
Power
AC Input Power100 to 240 VAC at 50/60 Hz
AC/DC Power Adapter12 VDC at 6 A (Included)
Power Consumption30 W (Typical)
72 W (Maximum)
General
Operating Temperature32 to 104°F / 0 to 40°C
Physical
Dimensions19 x 1.8 x 13.5" / 48.3 x 4.5 x 34.3 cm
Weight9.0 lb / 4.1 kg
Packaging Info
Package Weight17.55 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)23 x 16.8 x 6.8"
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