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Universal Audio Apollo X8 Thunderbolt 3 Audio Interface

Manufacturer's ID: APX8

Apollo x8 allows music producers, project, and post-production studios to track, overdub, and mix with new world-beating 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 PC.

Specification



Built upon UA’s 60-year heritage of audio craftsmanship, this 18 x 24 interface distinguishes itself with four Unison™-enabled mic preamps, providing authentic emulations of preamps from Neve, API, Manley, SSL, and more, plus all-new HEXA Core processing — yielding 50% more DSP for running UAD Powered Plug-Ins in real time.

  • Desktop 2 x 6 USB 3 audio interface for Windows with world-class 24-bit/192 kHz audio conversion
  • Realtime UAD Processing for tracking through vintage compressors, EQs, tape machines, mic preamps, and guitar amp plug-ins with near-zero (sub-2ms) latency
  • USB 3 connection to modern Windows systems
  • Unison™ technology provides stunning models of classic mic preamps
  • 2 premium mic/line preamps; 2 line outputs; front-panel Hi-Z instrument input and stereo headphone output
  • 2 digitally controlled analog monitor outputs for full resolution at all listening levels
  • Up to 8 channels of additional digital input via Optical connection
  • Uncompromising analog design, superior components, and premium build quality
  • Included “Realtime Analog Classics Plus” UAD plug-ins: 610-B Tube Preamp & EQ, legacy LA-2A, 1176, and Fairchild compressors, Pultec EQs, Marshall Plexi Classic, Ampeg SVT-R Classic Bass Amp, and more
  • Console application features Channel Strip presets, Drag & Drop functionality, dynamically resizable windows, and more
  • Runs UAD Powered Plug-Ins via VST, RTAS, AU & AAX 64 formats in all major DAWs
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/192 kHz 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 picoseconds. 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 the market — regardless of price — and is the perfect starting point for applying UAD 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.

Included in the Realtime Analog Classics 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)
  • 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


Inputs + Outputs
  • Line Inputs: 8 Balanced ¼" TRS
  • Microphone Inputs: 4 Balanced XLR
  • Instrument (Hi-Z) Inputs: 2 Unbalanced ¼" 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
  • Line Outputs: 8 Balanced ¼" TRS
  • Monitor Outputs: 2 Balanced ¼" TRS
  • Headphone Outputs: 2 Stereo ¼" 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
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Best ever digital interphase for recording instrument and voice.

Denis . - 7/12/2018