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{"id":6737487364142,"title":"Universal Audio | Apollo x8 Heritage Edition 18 x 24 Thunderbolt 3 Audio Interface with UAD DSP","handle":"universal-audio-apollo-x8-heritage-edition-18-x-24-thunderbolt-3-audio-interface-with-uad-dsp","description":"\u003ch2\u003eUniversal Audio Apollo X8\u003c\/h2\u003e\u003cp\u003eElite Audio Conversion with Four Unison Mic Preamps, HEXA Core Processing, and Surround Sound.\u003c\/p\u003e\u003cp\u003eApollo 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.\u003cbr\u003e\u003cbr\u003eBuilt 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.\u003c\/p\u003e\u003cul\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eRecord with elite-class A\/D and D\/A conversion — nearing the widest dynamic range and lowest noise available, at any price             \u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eMix with powerful HEXA Core processing, featuring 6 UAD DSP chips for running more UAD Powered Plug-Ins in real time      \u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eTrack with near-zero latency through Unison™ preamp emulations from Neve,® API, ® Manley, ® Helios, ® Fender,® and more†\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eIncludes LUNA Recording System — a fully-integrated and inspiring music production application\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003c\/ul\u003e\u003ch3\u003eElite-Class A\/D and D\/A Conversion\u003c\/h3\u003e\u003cp\u003eWith 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.\u003cbr\u003e\u003cbr\u003eThe 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.\u003cbr\u003e\u003cbr\u003eWith 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.\u003c\/p\u003e\u003ch3\u003eRealtime UAD HEXA Core Processing\u003c\/h3\u003e\u003cp\u003eApollo 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.\u003cbr\u003e\u003cbr\u003eFrom 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.\u003c\/p\u003e\u003ch3\u003eUnison Technology: The Genuine Sound of Neve, API \u0026amp; Manley Preamps\u003c\/h3\u003e\u003cp\u003ePerfect 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.\u003cbr\u003e\u003cbr\u003eThe 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 reconfigures the Apollo interface's impedance — so you can tap into the classic sounds of the world’s most recorded mic preamps.\u003c\/p\u003e\u003ch3\u003eLUNA Recording System Deep Apollo Integration with a Fast, Natural Workflow\u003c\/h3\u003e\u003cp\u003eApollo 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.\u003c\/p\u003e\u003ch3\u003eSurround Sound, Talkback, and More\u003c\/h3\u003e\u003cp\u003eThe 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, Apollo x8 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 +24 dBu operation for out-of-the-box compatibility with professional mixing consoles and other high-end pro audio equipment.\u003c\/p\u003e\u003ch3\u003eBuild an Expanded Studio System Over Thunderbolt\u003c\/h3\u003e\u003cp\u003eApollo 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.\u003c\/p\u003e\u003ch3\u003eRealtime Analog Classics Bundle\u003c\/h3\u003e\u003cp\u003eWith the Realtime Analog Classics Plus plug-in bundle, you not only get legendary compressors such as the Fairchild\u003csup\u003e®\u003c\/sup\u003e 670 and EQs like the Pultec\u003csup\u003e®\u003c\/sup\u003e EQP-1A, but also stunning guitar and bass amp emulations from Softube, and UA’s landmark 610-B Tube Preamp and EQ plug-in.\u003c\/p\u003e\u003cul\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eUA 610‐B\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eMarshall Plexi Classic Amplifier\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eTeletronix LA‐2A Legacy\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eFairchild\u003csup\u003e®\u003c\/sup\u003e 670 Legacy\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eUA 1176LN Legacy\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eUA 1176SE Legacy\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003ePultec EQP‐1A Legacy\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003ePultec Pro Legacy\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eAmpeg® SVT-VR Classic Bass Amp\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003ePrecision Channel Strip\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003ePrecision Reflection Engine\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003ePrecision Delay Modulation\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003ePrecision Delay Modulation L\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eRaw Distortion\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eRealVerb‐Pro\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003c\/ul\u003e\u003ch3\u003eKey Features\u003c\/h3\u003e\u003cul\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e18 x 24 Thunderbolt 3 audio interface with class-leading 24-bit\/192 KHz conversion (backwards compatible with Thunderbolt 1 \u0026amp; 2 on Mac)\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eRealtime UAD HEXA Core Processing for tracking through UAD plug-ins at near-zero latency, regardless of audio buffer size\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eRecord through 4 Unison-enabled mic\/line preamps — giving you fully authentic preamp emulations from Neve, API, Manley, SSL, and more†\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eIncludes access to LUNA Recording System for a fully-integrated, analog inspired Apollo workflow\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eSurround monitor controller up to 7.1 format\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eIncludes the \"Realtime Analog Classics Plus\" UAD plug-in bundle. Other UAD plug-ins sold separately.\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eUAD HEXA Core processing onboard for additional mixing horsepower for Pro Tools, Logic, Cubase, Ableton, and other major DAWs\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eCombine up to 4 Thunderbolt-equipped Apollos and 6 total UAD devices\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eSelectable +24 dBu operation for easy compatibility with professional mixing consoles and tape machines\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eConvenient front panel monitoring functions including Alt Speakers, Talkback mic, and assignable Dim or Mono\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eFree, industry-leading technical support — on the phone and online — from knowledgeable audio engineers\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003c\/ul\u003e\u003ch3\u003eAvailable as Apollo Heritage Edition\u003c\/h3\u003e\u003ch3\u003e\u003cimg style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\" src=\"https:\/\/media.uaudio.com\/assetlibrary\/a\/p\/apollo_heritage_feature_alt.jpg\" alt=\"\" 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Audio Apollo X8\u003c\/h2\u003e\u003cp\u003eElite Audio Conversion with Four Unison Mic Preamps, HEXA Core Processing, and Surround Sound.\u003c\/p\u003e\u003cp\u003eApollo 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.\u003cbr\u003e\u003cbr\u003eBuilt 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.\u003c\/p\u003e\u003cul\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eRecord with elite-class A\/D and D\/A conversion — nearing the widest dynamic range and lowest noise available, at any price             \u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eMix with powerful HEXA Core processing, featuring 6 UAD DSP chips for running more UAD Powered Plug-Ins in real time      \u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eTrack with near-zero latency through Unison™ preamp emulations from Neve,® API, ® Manley, ® Helios, ® Fender,® and more†\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eIncludes LUNA Recording System — a fully-integrated and inspiring music production application\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003c\/ul\u003e\u003ch3\u003eElite-Class A\/D and D\/A Conversion\u003c\/h3\u003e\u003cp\u003eWith 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.\u003cbr\u003e\u003cbr\u003eThe 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.\u003cbr\u003e\u003cbr\u003eWith 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.\u003c\/p\u003e\u003ch3\u003eRealtime UAD HEXA Core Processing\u003c\/h3\u003e\u003cp\u003eApollo 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.\u003cbr\u003e\u003cbr\u003eFrom 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.\u003c\/p\u003e\u003ch3\u003eUnison Technology: The Genuine Sound of Neve, API \u0026amp; Manley Preamps\u003c\/h3\u003e\u003cp\u003ePerfect 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.\u003cbr\u003e\u003cbr\u003eThe 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 reconfigures the Apollo interface's impedance — so you can tap into the classic sounds of the world’s most recorded mic preamps.\u003c\/p\u003e\u003ch3\u003eLUNA Recording System Deep Apollo Integration with a Fast, Natural Workflow\u003c\/h3\u003e\u003cp\u003eApollo 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.\u003c\/p\u003e\u003ch3\u003eSurround Sound, Talkback, and More\u003c\/h3\u003e\u003cp\u003eThe 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, Apollo x8 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 +24 dBu operation for out-of-the-box compatibility with professional mixing consoles and other high-end pro audio equipment.\u003c\/p\u003e\u003ch3\u003eBuild an Expanded Studio System Over Thunderbolt\u003c\/h3\u003e\u003cp\u003eApollo 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.\u003c\/p\u003e\u003ch3\u003eRealtime Analog Classics Bundle\u003c\/h3\u003e\u003cp\u003eWith the Realtime Analog Classics Plus plug-in bundle, you not only get legendary compressors such as the Fairchild\u003csup\u003e®\u003c\/sup\u003e 670 and EQs like the Pultec\u003csup\u003e®\u003c\/sup\u003e EQP-1A, but also stunning guitar and bass amp emulations from Softube, and UA’s landmark 610-B Tube Preamp and EQ plug-in.\u003c\/p\u003e\u003cul\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eUA 610‐B\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eMarshall Plexi Classic Amplifier\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eTeletronix LA‐2A Legacy\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eFairchild\u003csup\u003e®\u003c\/sup\u003e 670 Legacy\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eUA 1176LN Legacy\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eUA 1176SE Legacy\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003ePultec EQP‐1A Legacy\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003ePultec Pro Legacy\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eAmpeg® SVT-VR Classic Bass Amp\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003ePrecision Channel Strip\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003ePrecision Reflection Engine\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003ePrecision Delay Modulation\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003ePrecision Delay Modulation L\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eRaw Distortion\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eRealVerb‐Pro\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003c\/ul\u003e\u003ch3\u003eKey Features\u003c\/h3\u003e\u003cul\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e18 x 24 Thunderbolt 3 audio interface with class-leading 24-bit\/192 KHz conversion (backwards compatible with Thunderbolt 1 \u0026amp; 2 on Mac)\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eRealtime UAD HEXA Core Processing for tracking through UAD plug-ins at near-zero latency, regardless of audio buffer size\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eRecord through 4 Unison-enabled mic\/line preamps — giving you fully authentic preamp emulations from Neve, API, Manley, SSL, and more†\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eIncludes access to LUNA Recording System for a fully-integrated, analog inspired Apollo workflow\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eSurround monitor controller up to 7.1 format\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003eIncludes the \"Realtime Analog Classics Plus\" UAD plug-in bundle. 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Universal Audio | Apollo x8 Heritage Edition 18 x 24 Thunderbolt 3 Audio Interface with UAD DSP

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Universal Audio Apollo X8

Elite Audio Conversion with Four Unison Mic Preamps, HEXA Core 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             
  • Mix with powerful HEXA Core processing, featuring 6 UAD DSP chips for running more UAD Powered Plug-Ins in real time      
  • Track with near-zero latency through Unison™ preamp emulations from Neve,® API, ® Manley, ® Helios, ® Fender,® and more†
  • 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/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.

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 reconfigures the Apollo interface's impedance — so you can tap into the classic sounds of the world’s most recorded mic preamps.

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, Apollo x8 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 +24 dBu 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.

Realtime Analog Classics Bundle

With the Realtime Analog Classics Plus plug-in bundle, you not only get legendary compressors such as the Fairchild® 670 and EQs like the Pultec® EQP-1A, but also stunning guitar and bass amp emulations from Softube, and UA’s landmark 610-B Tube Preamp and EQ plug-in.

  • UA 610‐B
  • Marshall Plexi Classic Amplifier
  • Teletronix LA‐2A Legacy
  • Fairchild® 670 Legacy
  • UA 1176LN Legacy
  • UA 1176SE Legacy
  • Pultec EQP‐1A Legacy
  • Pultec Pro Legacy
  • Ampeg® SVT-VR Classic Bass Amp
  • Precision Channel Strip
  • Precision Reflection Engine
  • Precision Delay Modulation
  • Precision Delay Modulation L
  • Raw Distortion
  • RealVerb‐Pro

Key Features

  • 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

Available as Apollo Heritage Edition

Featuring 10 premium UAD titles — including complete plug‑in Collections of our award-winning Teletronix,® UA 1176, and Fairchild® compressors, Helios® Type 69 and UA 610 mic preamps, Pultec® EQs, and more.

System Requirements

All

  • Thunderbolt 3 cable (not included)
  • Internet connection to download software and authorize UAD plug-ins
  • 10 gigabytes available storage

Mac

  • Available Thunderbolt 1, 2, or 3 port
  • macOS 10.14 Mojave, 10.15 Catalina, or 11 Big Sur
  • Thunderbolt 1 and 2 connections require an Apple Thunderbolt 3 to Thunderbolt 2 Adapter (not included)

PC

  • Available Thunderbolt 3 port
  • Windows 10 64-bit edition
Sku: ApolloX8

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