Universal Audio Apollo x8p Rack-Mountable Thunderbolt 3 Audio Interface with Real-Time UAD Processing

Universal Audio Apollo x8p Rack-Mountable Thunderbolt 3 Audio Interface with Real-Time UAD Processing

Universal Audio Apollo x8p Rack-Mountable Thunderbolt 3 Audio Interface with Real-Time UAD Processing

Universal Audio Apollo x8p Rack-Mountable Thunderbolt 3 Audio Interface with Real-Time UAD Processing

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  • 2 High-Speed Thunderbolt 3 Ports
  • Up to 24-Bit / 192 kHz Resolution
  • HEXA Core Processing with 6 DSP Chips
  • 8 Unison-Enabled Mic Preamps
  • 2 1/4" Hi-Z Inputs, ADAT I/O
  • 8 Line Inputs & Outputs via DB25
  • Dedicated Monitor & Headphone Outputs
  • Convenient Monitoring & Talkback Control
  • Includes 16 UAD Plug-Ins
  • Mac & Windows Compatible
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Universal Audio Apollo X8P overview

  • 1Description

The Universal Audio Apollo x8p 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 x8p offers digital resolutions up to 24-bit / 192 kHz, plus an array of analog and digital I/O. The interface features eight XLR-1/4" combo inputs connected to microphone preamps with Unison integration (for UAD emulations of classic analog preamps), two 1/4" Hi-Z inputs, and a DB25 for eight 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 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 x8p 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, the DB25 8-channel output may be used 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 22 audio interface with eight 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
Eight XLR-1/4" combo jacks offer access to mic and line inputs
8 x 8 analog line-level I/O via DB25 connectors
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
TOSLINK optical ports for ADAT I/O (supports S/MUX)
BNC word clock I/O with selectable 75-Ohm termination


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: 819937002465
In the Box
Universal Audio Apollo x8p Rack-Mountable Thunderbolt 3 Audio Interface with Real-Time UAD Processing
  • External Power Supply
  • IEC Power Cable
  • 4 x Rackmount Screws
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    • 1Description

    Universal Audio Apollo X8P specs

    Computer Connections
    Thunderbolt Ports 2 x Thunderbolt 3
    System Requirements
    Mac System Requirements Apple Mac computer with available Thunderbolt 3 port
    Apple Mac computer with available Thunderbolt 1 or 2 port plus qualified Thunderbolt adapter (available separately)
    Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite or 10.11 El Capitan
    macOS 10.12 Sierra or 10.13 High Sierra
    Thunderbolt 3 cable (available separately)
    6 GB available storage
    Internet connection to download software and authorize UAD plug-ins
    Compatible VST, Audio Units, RTAS, or AAX 64 plug-in host DAW software
    Quad-Core i7 or faster processor recommended
    **Mac Pro (Late 2013 black cylinder model) compatibility for Apollo X coming Q4 2018
    Windows System Requirements Computer with available Thunderbolt 3 via USB Type-C port
    Windows 10 with Anniversary Update (64-Bit Edition)
    Thunderbolt 3 cable (available separately)
    6 GB available storage
    Internet connection to download software and authorize UAD plug-ins
    Compatible VST, RTAS, or AAX 64 plug-in host DAW software
    Quad-Core i7 or faster processor recommended
    A/D - D/A Conversions
    Sample Rates Up to 192 kHz
    Bit Depth 24-bit
    Analog Inputs 2 x 1/4" TS Hi-Z
    8 x XLR-1/4" combo
    1 x DB25 line (8-channel)
    Analog Outputs 2 x 1/4" TRS headphone
    2 x 1/4" TRS monitor
    1 x DB25 line/alt/surround (8-channel)
    Digital Inputs 2 x TOSLINK optical (S/PDIF IEC 958 or ADAT with S/MUX)
    Digital Outputs 2 x TOSLINK optical (S/PDIF IEC 958 or ADAT with S/MUX)
    Word Clock 1 x BNC 75-Ohm input
    1 x BNC 75-Ohm output
    Frequency Response Mic Inputs: 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 (0.04 dB)
    Line Outputs: 20 Hz to 20 kHz (0.07 dB)
    Monitor Outputs: 20 Hz to 20 kHz (0.06 dB)
    Headphone Outputs: 20 Hz to 20 kHz (0.05 dB)
    Dynamic Range Mic Inputs: 122 dBA
    Hi-Z Inputs: 121 dBA
    Line Inputs: 123 dBA
    Line Outputs: 127 dBA
    Monitor Outputs: 129 dBA
    Headphone Outputs: 125 dBA
    Headroom +24 dBu or +20 dBu (switchable)
    THD + N Mic Inputs: -114 dB (0.00020%), 1 kHz at 4.9 dBu
    Hi-Z Inputs: -111 dB (0.00028%), 1 kHz at 11.2 dBu
    Line Inputs: -113 dB (0.00022%), 1 kHz at 23 dBu
    Line Outputs: -119 dB (0.00011%), 1 kHz at -1 dBFS
    Monitor Outputs: -118 dB (0.00012%), 1 kHz at -1 dBFS
    Headphone Outputs: -102 dB (0.00080%), 1 kHz at -1 dBFS
    Maximum Input Level Mic Inputs: 26 dBu (pad on)
    Hi-Z Inputs: 12.4 dBu
    Line Inputs: 24 dBu
    Maximum Output Level Line Outputs: 24 dBu
    Monitor Outputs: 24 dBu
    Maximum Output Power Headphone Outputs: 150 mW RMS into 300-Ohm load
    Input Impedance Mic Inputs: 5.5 kOhms (variable using Unison plug-ins)
    Hi-Z Inputs: 1 mOhm (variable using Unison plug-ins)
    Line Inputs: 10 kOhms
    Output Impedance Line Outputs: 100 Ohms
    Monitor Outputs: 100 Ohms
    Pad Mic Inputs: -20 dB
    Gain Range Inputs: +10 to +65 dB
    Lock Range Word Clock: 4% of any supported sample rate
    Latency 1.1 ms at 96 kHz sample rate (round trip)
    Power Requirements
    Power Supply External AC-to-DC power supply, Level VI compliant
    AC Input Connector: IEC male
    Voltage: 100 to 240 VAC, 50/60 Hz
    DC Input Connector: XLR 4-pin locking male
    Voltage: 12 VDC, 6 A
    Power Consumption Typical: 30 W
    Maximum: 72 W
    Ambient Temperature Range 32 to 104°F / 0 to 40°C
    Dimensions (W x H x D) 19.0 x 1.8 x 12.1" / 48.3 x 4.5 x 30.8 cm (chassis only)
    19.0 x 1.8 x 13.5" / 48.3 x 4.5 x 34.3 cm (including knobs and jack protrusions)
    Weight 9 lb / 4.1 kg
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 14.5 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 23.1 x 16.6 x 6.8"

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