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Universal Audio Apollo 8 Quad Thunderbolt Audio Interface

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Ideal for production rooms, writing rigs, small studios and home setups, the Universal Audio Apollo 8 QUAD Thunderbolt 2 audio interface offers an ideal 8 analogue inputs with 4 Unison preamps, 8 analogue outputs plus a pair of dedicated outputs for monitoring and two excellent headphone outs, all via Universal Audio’s next-generation A/D and D/A converters.

Universal Audio Apollo 8 Quad Thunderbolt Audio Interface

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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.

Universal Apollo Console 2.0 Software

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.






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Universal Audio Apollo 8 Quad Specifications

Note: All specifications are typical performance unless otherwise noted, tested under the following conditions: 48 kHz internal sample rate, 24-bit sample depth, 20 kHz measurement bandwidth, with balanced output.

System Requirements

Thunderbolt Systems

UAD Powered Plug-Ins version 8

  • Apple Mac computer with available Thunderbolt or Thunderbolt 2 port
  • Mac OS X 10.8.5 Mountain Lion, 10.9.x Mavericks, or 10.10.x Yosemite
  • 4 gigabytes available disk space
  • Internet connection to download software and authorize UAD plug-ins
  • Compatible VST, Audio Units, RTAS, or AAX 64 plug-in host DAW software
  • Thunderbolt cable (sold separately)
System
  • I/O Complement
    • Microphone Inputs 4
    • High-Impedence (Hi-Z) Instrument Inputs 2
    • Analog Line Inputs 8
    • Analog Line Outputs 8 (ten including monitor outputs)
    • Analog Monitor Outputs 2 (one stereo pair)
    • Headphone Outputs 2 Stereo
    • ADAT Up to eight channels via dual I/O ports with S/MUX
    • S/PDIF One stereo input, one stereo output
    • Thunderbolt 2 ports 2 (Thunderbolt 1 compatible)
    • Word Clock 1 input, 1 output
  • A/D – D/A Conversion
    • Supported Sample Rates (kHz) 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4, 192
    • Bit Depth Per Sample 24
    • Simultaneous A/D conversion 8 channels
    • Simultaneous D/A conversion 14 channels
    • Analog Round-Trip Latency 1.1 milliseconds @ 96 kHz sample rate
    • Analog Round-Trip Latency with four serial UAD-2 plug-ins via Console application 1.1 milliseconds @ 96 kHz sample rate
Analog I/O
  • Frequency Response 20 Hz – 20 kHz, ±0.1 dB
  • Microphone Inputs 1 - 4
    • Connector Type XLR Female, pin 2 positive (Combo XLR/TRS)
    • Phantom Power +48V (switchable per mic input)
    • Dynamic Range 120 dB (A–weighting)
    • Signal-to-Noise Ratio 120 dB (A–weighting)
    • Total Harmonic Distortion + Noise –110 dBFS
    • Common-Mode Rejection Ratio (CMRR) 73 dB (10’ cable)
    • Default Input Impedance 5.4K Ohms (variable via Unison plug-ins)
    • Gain Range +10 dB to +65 dB
    • Pad Attenuation 20 dB (switchable per input)
    • Maximum Input level +25 dBu(minimum gain, pad engaged)
  • Hi-Z Inputs 1 - 2
    • Connector Type ¼” Female TS Unbalanced
    • Dynamic Range 118 dB (A–weighting)
    • Signal-to-Noise Ratio 118 dB (A–weighting)
    • Total Harmonic Distortion + Noise –101.5 dBFS
    • Input Impedance 1M Ohms (variable via Unison plug-ins)
    • Gain Range +10 dB to +65 dB
    • Maximum Input Level +12 dBu
  • Line Inputs 1 – 4
    • Connector Type ¼” Female TRS Balanced (Combo XLR/TRS)
    • Dynamic Range 120 dB (A–weighting)
    • Signal-to-Noise Ratio 120 dB (A–weighting)
    • Total Harmonic Distortion + Noise –110 dBFS
    • Common-Mode Rejection Ratio (CMRR) 60 dB (10’ cable)
    • Input Impedance 10K Ohms
    • Gain Range +10 dB to +65 dB (Line Input Gain = ON)
    • Reference Level +4 dBu (Line Input Gain = BYPASS)
    • Maximum Input Level +20.2 dBu
  • Line Inputs 5 – 8
    • Connector Type ¼” Female TRS Balanced (Combo XLR/TRS)
    • Dynamic Range 120 dB (A–weighting)
    • Signal-to-Noise Ratio 120 dB (A–weighting)
    • Total Harmonic Distortion + Noise –110 dBFS
    • Common-Mode Rejection Ratio (CMRR) 60 dB (10’ cable)
    • Input Impedance 10K Ohms
    • Gain (selectable per input) +4 dBu or –10 dBV
    • Maximum Input Level (+4 dBu setting) +20.2 dBu
    • Maximum Input Level (–10 dBV setting) +6.2 dBV (unbalanced)
  • Line Outputs 1 – 8
    • Connector Type ¼” Female TRS Balanced
    • Dynamic Range 121 dB (A–weighting)
    • Signal-to-Noise Ratio 121 dB (A–weighting)
    • Total Harmonic Distortion + Noise –110 dBFS
    • Stereo Level Balance ±0.05 dB
    • Output Impedance 100 Ohms
    • Maximum Output Level +20.2 dBu
  • Monitor Outputs Left & Right
    • Connector Type ¼” Female TRS Balanced
    • Dynamic Range 121 dB (A–weighting)
    • Signal-to-Noise Ratio 121 dB (A–weighting)
    • Total Harmonic Distortion + Noise –110 dBFS
    • Stereo Level Balance ±0.01 dB
    • Output Impedance 100 Ohms
    • Maximum Output Level +20.2 dBu
  • Stereo Headphone Outputs 1 – 2
    • Connector Type ¼” Female TRS Stereo
    • Dynamic Range 118 dB (A–weighting)
    • Signal-to-Noise Ratio 118 dB (A–weighting)
    • Total Harmonic Distortion + Noise –101 dBFS
    • Maximum Output Power 160 mW into 300 ohm load
Digital I/O
  • S/PDIF
    • Connector Type Female Phono (RCA)
    • Format IEC958
    • Supported Sample Rates (kHz) 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4, 192
  • ADAT
    • Connector Type (shared with ADAT) Optical TOSLINK JIS F05
    • Format ADAT Digital Lightpipe with S/MUX
    • Supported Sample Rates (kHz) 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4, 192
    • Channel Assignments @ 44.1 kHz, 48 kHz Port 1 = Channels 1 – 8, Port 2 = 1 – 8 (mirrored)
    • Channel Assignments @ 88.2 kHz, 96 kHz Port 1 = Channels 1 – 4, Port 2 = Channels 5 – 8
    • Channel Assignments @ 176.4 kHz, 192 kHz Port 1 = Channels 1 – 2, Port 2 = Channels 3 – 4
  • Word Clock
    • Connector Type BNC
    • Lock Range ±0.5% of any supported sample rate
    • Word Clock Input Termination 75 Ohms, switchable
  • Synchronization Sources
    • Internal, Word Clock, S/PDIF, ADAT
Electrical
  • Power Supplies External AC to DC Power Supply, Level V compliant
  • AC Input Connector Type IEC Male
  • AC Requirements 100V – 240V AC, 50 – 60 Hz
  • DC Connector Type XLR 4-Pin Locking Male (Neutrik P/N NC4MDM3-H)
  • DC Requirements 12 VDC, ±5%
  • Maximum Power Consumption 50 Watts
Mechanical
  • Dimensions
    • Width 19”
    • Height 1.75” (1U rack space)
    • Depth, Chassis Only 12.125”
    • Depth, Including Knob & Jack Protrusions 13.5”
    • Shipping Box (Width x Depth x Height) 24” x 17” x 8”
  • Weight
    • Shipping Weight (with box & accessories) 18 pounds
    • Weight (bare unit) 9.1 pounds
  • Package Contents
    • Apollo 8 Audio Interface Unit
    • External Power Supply
    • AC Power Cable (IEC)
    • Set of (4) Rack-Mount Screws
    • Getting Started URL Card