Universal Audio Apollo 8 Quad Thunderbolt Audio Interface
Built-in UAD2 DSP brings a whole realm of exceptional analogue emulations to your desktop while the 4 Unison preamps (two DI inputs) offer unparalleled real-time near-zero latency emulation of classic preamps and guitar amps so you can record a performance with the feel and tone or the original gear.
The user friendly and fun to use Console allows for versatile signal chain setup, monitoring and cue mix configuration while front panel dedicated Meter, Alt and FCN buttons give immediate control over the monitoring section and speaker switching, as well as additional six front panel buttons for quick control over the preamps so there is no need to use the mouse to set up recording levels.
Although expandable via ADAT and S/PDIF, up to four Apollo interfaces can be connected to one system (up to six Satellites, but no more than six devices in total) for seamless I/O cascading via the Console application without the need to play around with drivers of Aggregate Devices.
Features of the Universal Audio Apollo 8 Quad:
- Next-generation Apollo A/D and D/A conversion for professional music production
- Onboard UAD-2 QUAD Core DSP allows Realtime UAD Processing — record through plug-ins from Neve, Lexicon, Studer, Marshall, Ampex, and more*
- 4 Unison™-enabled mic preamps for tracking through preamp emulations from Neve, API, and Universal Audio*
- 18 x 24 Thunderbolt 2 audio interface for Mac with powerful Console 2.0 software control
- Cascade up to 4 Apollo interfaces and 6 UAD devices total over Thunderbolt (Mac)
- Convenient front panel monitoring functions including Alt Speakers, and assignable Dim or Mono
- Includes “Realtime Analog Classics Plus” UAD plug-in bundle. (See list below).
- World class UA analog design, superior components, and premium build quality
The Realtime Analog Classics Plus Bundle plug-ins include:
- UA 610-B (Unison)
- 1176LN Legacy
- 1176SE Legacy
- Ampeg SVT-VR Classic (Unison)
- Fairchild 670 Legacy
- Marshall Plexi Classic (Unison)
- Precision Channel Strip
- Precision Reflection Engine
- Precision Enhancer Hz
- Precision Delay Mod
- Precision Delay Mod L
- Pultec EQP-1A Legacy
- Pultec-Pro Legacy
- Teletronix LA-2A Legacy
- Raw Distortion (Unison)
- RealVerb Pro
Next-Generation Apollo A/D and D/A Conversion
Apollo 8 improves upon the original Apollo’s gold-standard audio quality with completely redesigned, class-leading A/D and D/A conversion — giving you increased dynamic range and even lower THD. This results in breathtaking clarity, depth, and accuracy in your recordings, from tracking and overdubbing, to mixing and mastering.
Realtime UAD Plug-In Processing for Tracking, Mixing, and Mastering
While Apollo 8’s “natural” sound is very open and transparent, it can quickly deliver a stunning range of classic analog tones and color via its Realtime UAD Processing. Available with generous UAD-2 QUAD processing onboard, Apollo’s DSP Acceleration allows for recording through UAD Powered Plug-Ins — with as low as sub-2ms latency — letting you monitor and “print” audio using classic analog emulations from Ampex, Lexicon, Manley, Neve, Roland, SSL, Studer, and more.*
The Apollo 8’s bundled “Realtime Analog Classics Plus” suite of UAD plug-ins gives you the UA 610-B Tube Preamp & EQ, Raw Distortion, legacy LA-2A, 1176, and Fairchild compressors, Pultec EQs, and more, so you have a rack full of bonafide audio classics, right out of the box.
Using Apollo, UAD plug-ins are also available during mixing and mastering, putting UAD plug-ins (VST, RTAS, AU, AAX 64) at your disposal throughout the creative process.
Four Mic Preamps with Unison™ Technology
A Universal Audio breakthrough, Apollo 8’s Unison technology gives you the tone of the world's most sought-after tube and solid state mic preamps — including their impedance, gain stage “sweet spots,” and component-level circuit behaviors.
Based on unprecedented hardware-software integration between Apollo’s mic preamps and its onboard UAD plug-in processing, Unison lets you record through stunning emulations like the bundled UA 610-B Tube Preamp plug-in, or exclusive preamp emulations from API and Neve.
Unison technology is further enhanced in Apollo 8 to include its panel Hi-Z instrument inputs, giving you dead-on impedance and gain matching for new stompbox models.
Console 2.0, low-latency software
The Apollo 8 Quad comes with Universal’s superb Console 2.0 software which has been re-designed from the original Apollo software with over 25 requested features from Apollo users. Including channel strip presets, resizable windows, drag and drop functionality as well as the ability to be able to record through a host of inbuilt UAD-2 plug ins of your choice.