Universal Audio Apollo x8 Heritage Edition (Rack/Mac/Win/TB3)

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Apollo X8 Thunderbolt 3 Audio Interface
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APX8
ADK-UNI-1329-00115
Universal Audio
Mac & Win
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$3,099.00

Universal Audio’s new Apollo Heritage Editions deliver a premium software suite of 5 or 10 award-winning UAD plug-in titles — including the full Collections from Teletronix®, Fairchild®, Pultec®, Helios®, and UA — conveniently packaged at significant savings.

 

These are the same UAD plug-ins that built UA's reputation for analog modeling over the past decade — making Apollo Heritage Editions the perfect choice for those looking to get the most accurate library of classic analog emulations anywhere, right out of the box.

 

Buy Apollo x8 Heritage Edition and get these plug-ins:

 

UA 1176 Classic Limiter Collection

 

Teletronix® LA-2A Classic Leveler Collection

 

Pultec® Passive EQ Collection

 

Fairchild® Tube Limiter Collection

 

UA 610 Tube Preamp & EQ Collection

 

Teletronix LA-3A Audio Leveler

 

Helios® Type 69 Preamp & EQ Collection

 

V76 Preamplifier

 

UA Oxide Tape Recorder

 

UA Pure Plate Reverb

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Elite Audio Conversion with Four Unison Mic Preamps, HEXACore Processing, and Surround Sound.

Apollo x8 allows music producers, project, and post-production studios to track, overdub, and mix with elite-class 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 Windows.

 

Built upon UA’s 60-year heritage of audio craftsmanship,this 18 x 24 interface distinguishes itself with four Unison™-enabled mic preamps, all-new HEXA Core processing — yielding 50% more DSP for running UAD Powered Plug-Ins in real time — plus it includes LUNA Recording System, giving you a fully-integrated music production application.

Record with elite-class A/D and D/A conversion — nearing the widest dynamic range and lowest noise available, at any price     

Track with near-zero latency through Unison™ preampemulations from Neve,® API, ® Manley, ® Helios, ® Fender,® and more†

Mix with powerful HEXA Core processing, featuring 6 UAD DSP chips for running more UAD Powered Plug-Ins in real time        

Includes LUNA Recording System — a fully-integrated and inspiring music production application

 

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/192kHz converters with all-new analog circuitry for an ultra-pristine signal path.

 

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

 

With 129 dB dynamic range and -119 dB THD+N, Apollo x8’s open, natural sound quality rivals any dedicated high-end converter on themarket — regardless of price — and is the perfect starting point for applyingUAD 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 analog sound that UAD plugins 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, Helios,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 behaviors of the original hardware.

 

The secret to Unison is its hardware-software integration between Apollo’s mic preamps and its onboard HEXA Core DSP Acceleration. Simply place a Unison preamp plug-in on your mic input in Apollo Console software, and it physically re configures the Apollo interface's impedance — so you can tap into the classic sounds of the world’s most recorded mic preamps.

A Full Suite of Classic

Analog 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 iconic guitar and bass amps from Marshall and Ampeg.

LUNA Recording System

Deep Apollo Integration with a Fast, Natural Workflow

Apollo X series interfaces work with all major DAWs. But they become a fully integrated recording system with LUNA, Universal Audio’s groundbreaking music production application for Mac. Harness LUNA’s Accelerated Realtime Monitoring™ and power your workflow with a host of built-in features and optional extensions — from genuine Neve summing and integrated Studer tape,to inspiring LUNA instruments, and more.

Surround Sound, Talkback, and More

The Apollo x8 features built-in front-panel monitoring functions including a Talkback mic, Alt Speakers, and assignable Dim or Mono control. Plus, with its comprehensive 7.1 surround monitoring support, Apollox 8 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 +24dBu operation for out-of-the-box compatibility with professional mixing consoles and other high-end pro audio equipment.

Build an Expanded Studio System Over Thunderbolt

Apollo x8 offers 18 x 24 simultaneous inputs/outputs (8 x 8 analog I/O) and two built-in Thunderbolt 3 ports. 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 Features & Specs

 

18 x 24 Thunderbolt 3 audio interface with class-leading 24-bit/192 KHz conversion (backwards compatible with Thunderbolt 1 & 2 on Mac)

 

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†

 

Includes access to LUNA Recording System for a fully-integrated, analog inspired Apollo workflow

 

Surround monitor controller up to 7.1 format

 

Includes the "Realtime Analog Classics Plus" UAD plug-in bundle. Other UAD plug-ins sold separately.

 

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

 

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

 

Free, industry-leading technical support — on the phone and online — from knowledgeable audio engineers

Interface Specifications

Inputs
Line Inputs8 Balanced " TRS
Microphone Inputs4 Balanced XLR
Instrument (Hi-Z) Inputs2 Unbalanced " TS
Digital Inputs (Optical TOSLINK)ADAT: 8 channels @ 44.1 96 kHz
ADAT: 4 channels @ 176.4 192 kHz
Digital Inputs (RCA)S/PDIF: 2 channels @ 44.1 192 kHz
A to D Conversion
Mic PreampsDynamic Range: 122 dB (A-weighted)
THD+N: -115 dB (0.00019%)
Frequency Response: 20 Hz 20 kHz, 0.05 dB
Line InputsDynamic Range: 123 dB (A-weighted)
THD+N: -113 dB (0.00022%)
Frequency Response: 20 Hz 20 kHz, 0.04 dB
Outputs
Line Outputs8 Balanced " TRS
Monitor Outputs2 Balanced " TRS
Headphone Outputs2 Stereo " TRS
Digital Outputs (Optical TOSLINK)ADAT: 8 channels @ 44.1 96 kHz
ADAT: 4 channels @ 176.4 192 kHz
Digital Outputs (RCA)S/PDIF: 2 channels @ 44.1 to 192 kHz
D to A Conversion
Line OutputsDynamic Range: 127 dB (A-weighted)
THD+N: -118 dB (0.00011%)
Frequency Response: 20 Hz 20 kHz, 0.07 dB
Monitor OutputsDynamic Range: 129 dB (A-weighted)
THD+N: -118 dB (0.00012%)
Frequency Response: 20 Hz 20 kHz, 0.06 dB
Headphone OutputsDynamic Range: 125 dB (A-weighted)
THD+N: -102 dB (0.00080%)
Frequency Response: 20 Hz 20 kHz, 0.05 dB

Apollo X Series System Requirements

ALL:


  • Thunderbolt 3 cable (not included)
  • Internet connection to download software and authorize UAD plug-ins
  • 6 gigabytes available storage
  • Quad Core i7 or better processor recommended
  • For additional compatibility information, visit help.uaudio.com


MAC:


  • Available Thunderbolt 1, 2, or 3 port
  • Thunderbolt 1 and 2 connections require an Apple Thunderbolt 3 to Thunderbolt 2 Adapter (not included)
  • macOS 10.12 Sierra, 10.13 High Sierra, 10.14 Mojave, or 10.15 Catalina


PC:


  • Available Thunderbolt 3 port
  • Windows 10 (64-Bit Edition)
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