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
UA Oxide Tape Recorder
UA Pure Plate Reverb
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 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, 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
|Line Inputs||8 Balanced " TRS|
|Microphone Inputs||4 Balanced XLR|
|Instrument (Hi-Z) Inputs||2 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|
|Mic Preamps||Dynamic Range: 122 dB (A-weighted)|
THD+N: -115 dB (0.00019%)
Frequency Response: 20 Hz 20 kHz, 0.05 dB
|Line Inputs||Dynamic Range: 123 dB (A-weighted)|
THD+N: -113 dB (0.00022%)
Frequency Response: 20 Hz 20 kHz, 0.04 dB
|Line Outputs||8 Balanced " TRS|
|Monitor Outputs||2 Balanced " TRS|
|Headphone Outputs||2 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|
|Line Outputs||Dynamic Range: 127 dB (A-weighted)|
THD+N: -118 dB (0.00011%)
Frequency Response: 20 Hz 20 kHz, 0.07 dB
|Monitor Outputs||Dynamic Range: 129 dB (A-weighted)|
THD+N: -118 dB (0.00012%)
Frequency Response: 20 Hz 20 kHz, 0.06 dB
|Headphone Outputs||Dynamic Range: 125 dB (A-weighted)|
THD+N: -102 dB (0.00080%)
Frequency Response: 20 Hz 20 kHz, 0.05 dB