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Next-Generation Audio Conversion with Eight Unison™ Mic Preamps and Classic Analog Sound.

Apollo 8p is the premium eight-preamp version of the world’s most acclaimed professional recording interface for Mac and Windows — giving project and commercial studios superior A/D and D/A conversion with the tone, feel, and realtime workflow of classic analog recording.

Built upon UA’s 60-year heritage of audio craftsmanship, Apollo 8p distinguishes itself with eight Unison-enabled mic preamps, onboard UAD-2 QUAD Core processing, and an included bundle of award-winning UAD plug-ins — which you can track through with near-zero latency, shaping sounds like a classic analog studio — without taxing your host Mac or PC.

Record with world-class Apollo A/D and D/A conversion — as heard on hundreds of hit records

Cascade up to 4 Apollo interfaces and 6 UAD-2 devices over Thunderbolt, adding DSP and I/O as your studio grows

Mix with UAD plug-ins like the included Teletronix® LA-2A, 1176, and Fairchild® compressors, Pultec® EQs, and 610-B Preamp

Track with near-zero latency through preamp emulations from Neve®, API®, Manley® and more using Unison technology

Unison Technology: The Genuine Sound of Neve, API & Manley Preamps

Apollo 8p comes equipped with eight Unison-enabled mic preamps, letting you track larger projects through exacting mic preamp emulations from Neve, API, Manley, and Universal Audio. An Apollo 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 UAD-2 QUAD Core DSP Acceleration. Simply place a Unison preamp plug-in on your mic input, and tap into the classic sounds of the world’s most recorded mic preamps.

A Full Suite of Classic<br>Analog Processing Onboard

A Full Suite of Classic
Analog Processing Onboard

Right out of the box, Apollo 8p provides a suite of incredible analog emulation plug-ins including the world’s only authentic Teletronix LA-2A, 1176LN, and Fairchild compressors, the legendary Pultec EQs, and the Unison-enabled UA 610-B Tube Preamp. Developed by UA’s world-renowned team of algorithm engineers, these Realtime Analog Classics plug-ins set the standard by which all other hardware emulation plug-ins are judged.

From the tube warmth of the Pultec EQ on guitars, to the gentle limiting of the LA-2A on vocals, or the pump of a genuine Fairchild 670 compressor on drums, your recordings will take a giant leap forward in rich, sonically complex analog sound.

Access the World of UAD Powered Plug-Ins

Beyond the included Realtime Analog Classics plug-ins, you can tap into the full library award-winning UAD Powered Plug-Ins — including vintage EQs, Compressors, Reverbs, Tape Machines and more — at near-zero latency, regardless of your audio software’s buffer size and without taxing your computer’s CPU.

With exclusive emulations from Neve, Studer, Manley, API, Ampex, Lexicon, Fender, and more, it’s like having an endless analog studio, in a single rack space. And unlike competing interfaces, these DSP-powered plug-ins are also available in your DAW for mixing.

Next-Generation A/D and D/A Conversion

Of course, the heart of any audio interface is the quality of its conversion. In designing the next-generation Apollo range, UA engineers started with an obsessive auditioning of the latest A/D and D/A converters, ultimately pairing the selected 24-bit/192kHz converters with all-new analog circuitry for the optimal signal path. Apollo 8p provides increased dynamic range and lower THD versus other interfaces — rivaling dedicated converters costing thousands more.

The Apollo Story

The Apollo Story

Watch UA’s Lev Perrey explain the innovative thinking behind the next-generation Apollos.

Apollo: The Choice of New-School Professionals

Apollo is the confirmed choice of hit-making professionals, used to record records by Kendrick Lamar (To Pimp A Butterfly), Coldplay (A Head Full of Dreams), Dr. Dre (Compton), Brad Paisley (Wheelhouse), and many more. The Apollo range of interfaces has earned numerous industry awards from Sound on Sound, Future Music and Electronic Musician — as well as the prestigious 2016 TEC Award for computer audio hardware.

Creating a Multi-Unit Apollo Setup

Creating a Multi-Unit Apollo Setup

Watch producer/engineer Fab Dupont (Jennifer Lopez, Mark Ronson) install a powerful studio system by combining multiple Apollo interfaces over Thunderbolt.

Build a Networked Studio System Over Thunderbolt

Build a Networked Studio System Over Thunderbolt

Apollo 8p offers 16 x 20 simultaneous inputs/outputs, with two built-in Thunderbolt ports. Thanks to Apollo Expanded software, users of any Thunderbolt-equipped Apollo Twin, Apollo 8, Apollo 8p, and Apollo 16 audio interfaces can combine up to four Apollos and six total UAD-2 devices* — adding I/O and DSP as your studio grows. Apollo 8p also provides seamless integration with previous generation Apollos over Thunderbolt.

A Sleek, Low-latency App

A Sleek, Low-latency App

With Apollo 8p’s Console 2.0 application — a complete re-imagining of Apollo’s original Console software — you can take advantage of over 25 new user-requested features such as Channel Strip presets, Drag & Drop functionality, dynamically resizable windows, and more.

Now with Vintage Amps and Stompboxes

Now with Vintage Amps and Stompboxes

New for Apollo 8p is Unison technology on the front panel instrument inputs, giving you dead-on, impedance-matched emulations of guitar and bass amps like the Fender '55 Tweed Deluxe, Marshall Plexi Super Lead 1959, and Ampeg B-15N Bass Amplifier, as well as iconic stompboxes like the Ibanez Tube Screamer.

Apollo Artist Sessions

Apollo Artist Sessions

Mick Guzauski & Big Data “New Body”

†Apollo includes the “Realtime Analog Classics Plus” UAD plug-in bundle. Other UAD plug-ins sold separately.
*Apollo multi-unit for Windows 10 Thunderbolt coming in 2017.

Customer Reviews

Features

16 x 20 Thunderbolt audio interface for Mac and Windows* with powerful Console 2.0 software control

8 Unison™-enabled mic preamps for recording through exacting preamp emulations from Neve, API, Manley, and Universal Audio

Built-in UAD-2 QUAD Core allows Realtime UAD Processing — tracking through DSP-assisted UAD plug-ins with near-zero latency, without draining CPU

Includes “Realtime Analog Classics Plus” UAD plug-in bundle featuring authentic LA-2A, 1176, and Fairchild® compressors, Pultec® EQs, UA 610 tube preamp, and more

Next-generation 24-bit/192 kHz Apollo A/D and D/A conversion as heard on hundreds of hit records

Cascade up to 4 Apollo interfaces and 6 UAD devices total over Thunderbolt*

Convenient front panel monitoring functions including Alt Speakers, and assignable Dim or Mono

World-class UA analog design, superior components, and premium build quality

Free, industry-leading technical support — on the phone and online — from knowledgeable audio engineers

Thunderbolt System Requirements

UAD Powered Plug-Ins Version 9.0


MAC:

Apple Mac computer with available Thunderbolt port

Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks, 10.10 Yosemite, 10.11 El Capitan, or 10.12 Sierra

WINDOWS:

PC computer with built-in Thunderbolt 3 via USB-C port

Windows 10 w/Anniversary Update (64-Bit Edition)

Qualified Thunderbolt 3 to Thunderbolt adapter (sold separately)

ALL:

Thunderbolt cable (sold separately)

6 gigabytes available storage

Internet connection to download software and authorize UAD plug-ins

Compatible VST, Audio Units, RTAS, or AAX 64 plug-in host DAW software

Quad Core i7 or better processor recommended

For additional compatibility information, visit help.uaudio.com

†Apollo Twin includes the “Realtime Analog Classics” UAD plug-in bundle. Other UAD plug-ins sold separately.

Customer Reviews

Apollo 8p

OVERALL RATING

4.6/5
(60 reviews)

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R. MacQuarrie

July 16, 2016

Avoid this unit if you plan to use both ADAT lightpipe ports

Universal Audio have disabled the 2nd ADAT lightpipe port for 44.1khz and 48khz digital transfers. I attempted to transfer audio from my HD24 but the 8p does not see it. UA should clearly indicate this in their literature and not bury it on page 22 of their manual. Also hearing slight pops and crackles in the audio from my unit. At one point it had issues not passing audio and I had to reboot it just to get the audio to pass through. Going to return this item.

M. Robinson

June 17, 2016

Big step up

I just started my first project with the Apollo 8P. My workflow speed has increased significantly with this interface and the associated plug ins that came with it. It took me a long time to save for it but it's felt well worth it. I'm only a couple of weeks in but the new-gear honeymoon might last awhile longer with this thing.

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June 13, 2016

Love it top to bottom, but need better routing

I love it. I already owned a few of the emulation plugs and can a/b them with the UAD version. The SSl channel has much more depth, and the Comp is now usable. The box is great.: the sound of the pres, conversion (both ways), the hardware (switches, metering), the software (no driver issues).

The only issue is the lack of routing, specifically ear cues. My previous box (an RME unit) allowed one to send any ins to any outs. I (ignorantly) assumed a new technology like the UAD would by default include such a feature. Discovering a 4- cue max was quite a shock, almost enough to return the unit. I track larger bands, and not being able to have dedicated mixes for each player is a big problem.

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May 18, 2016

Apollo 8p

3000 doesnt worth apollo 8p ....there should be atleast complete ultimate bundle with it.....

j. dee

March 18, 2016

LEAN MEAN AND NOT TOO FAR BETWEEN

History. Play/d in bands/write for other people/spiritually guide folk. Recorded all over the world from pissy basements to abbey road. Love tape/shitty mics/busted guitars. Budgets disappear,no more abbey road more coronation street.[For my U.S. friends thats no more Silverlake but more The valley]. Still fuck em,i can make music from dustbins cause I'm different,I'm not like the rest of you on this forum, so I'm happy.Must think. UAD 8p arrives. No more compatibility charts for months/there's knobs/switches/sounds cool/easy to use. More time for making art and less gawping@a screen/more time to look into artists eyes and suck there best work out of them. For 3g's job done. I don't need UAD, they don't need me,but we are good together

D. Watson

November 24, 2015

limited routing is maddening

I feel like i wasted my money on this unit. the routing is frustratingly basic and integrating this into my workflow has been difficult at best.

standalone it is a decent unit and recording through the plugins is an obvious plus but the routing is bafflingly limited and trying to use additional adat outputs is not an easy task.

my RME units with total mix are FAR superior and much easier use.

B. Morris

September 1, 2015

More than I expected

I consider myself a fairly "informed consumer" and I tend to research ALL possibilities before making any choices. I already owned an Apollo 16 (Silverface) and have thoroughly enjoyed it. I added the 8P primarily for the Unison preamps (8 already great preamps that you can mix and match 1073's, API's, and UA 610's with more to come Im sure, cmon -no brainer!) AD/DA, and clocking. I also REALLY like the fact that you can use one simple thunderbolt cable and get DSP, IO, and clock all at once.

What I didn't anticipate was the much better stereo field and definition. Small changes seemed more noticeable, reverb tails seem more detailed...all in all a GREAT box.

C. Martin

August 26, 2015

Perfect

8 emulate-able pre-amps and quad core processing is pure bliss. I couldn't say enough good things about the Apollo 8 if I tried. It's like waking up every morning next to an exquisitely beautiful woman and questioning "how can this be real?" Thanks for that UA!

M. Elliott

August 20, 2015

Loving the Apollo 8P

Just tracked a few drum tracks with the Apollo 8P and UA Store Plug-Ins. Using AKG 112 on Kick, Miktek PM10 on Snare, Sennheiser 421 on Toms, Shure KSM 32 OHs, and SM 81 on Hats. Absolutely no outboard pre-amps or compressors. I love how the Apollo captures the character of each mic, not to mention the DSP technology on all 8-inputs. Can't wait for the 16P (hint, hint) version to hit the market!

C. Gill

March 16, 2016

Needs More DSP

First of all, the Apollo 8p sounds incredible! Routing and integration into my existing rig were a breeze. HOWEVER… for $3K, the DSP is lacking BIG time! At 96kHz, I get a Unison plugin, and one… maybe two additional plugins on each channel before the processor is maxed. Now try adding Ocean Way or AKG verb to an aux and real trouble hits! I was looking to start recording/mixing everything at 192kHz, but at that rate, I barely get Unison plugins on each channel before the Apollo 8p processor overloads. It's like UA made the Apollos just to wet your appetite so you have to spend more money on their satellite DSP accelerators.

R. Lopez

December 30, 2015

Great Idea, Slow execution

After some time with this unit I have come to the conclusion that it is a little hyped. First I would like to say that it sounds really good. The plug-ins are a better emulation than waves. The GUI are nice looking but, picking settings is a little frustrating. Also, I experience pops and clicks, minor lag when ran at 92k with 256 sample buffer (I have a decent new macbook and I'm running Ableton Live) Honestly, my little NI Komplete Audio 6 ran smoother. The biggest disappointment for me is of course that you max out real fast using 8 mic pre's along with plug-ins. I had 4 mic's with Neve pre amps and comps on each channel and that was too much for tracking. If you got the money and it's no big deal then this unit is a cool buy.

W. Lucero

August 8, 2015

Apollo 8p = Weak DSP.... Buyer Beware!!!!!

1 star simply for the weak DSP. UA brags about the Apollo 8p having 4 sharc processors, what they don't mention is that really doesn't amount to much when running their UA plugins. I did the research, was aware that said plugins could take up as much as 44% of 1 processor, but I made the purchase anyways simply because I liked the idea of having 8 pre amps. If it wasn't for the weak DSP (I max out at about 12-15 UA plugins, depending on which ones I'm using), I'd definitely give 5 stars, but for $3000, I'm expecting a lot more bang for my bucks....

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January 20, 2017

Works well with Apollo Twin DUO

Loving the way this integrates with my desktop Twin Duo to give me more processing power and a really fun desktop controller system. The Apollo 8p sounds great and gives me the I/O I need to have a streamlined and flexible project studio. Great job!

S. Jackson

January 19, 2017

I love the Apollo 8p to the moon and back!

Having owned a Silver-face Apollo Quad TB, I already totally relied on UA for my tracking and mixing. This Apollo 8p is wonderful, now I no long have to use an inferior pre to have enough xlrs inputs to track live drums between the silver-face and the 8p.
I'm so very happy with the quality and reliability of this wonderful toolbox.

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January 17, 2017

Worth It!

This is my first UA purchase and I am very pleased. The sound is top shelf and really opens up possibilities to create. If you pair it with high quality monitors your mixes will really come alive!

Y. REBILLARD

January 16, 2017

Apollo 8 duo live mix

Premier mix live avec mon apollo 8 duo.Tres bonne impression!
Piano voix.Sur le piano un couple de Neumann KM184 en unisson avec le UA 610B + UA precision chanel-strip en insert sur ma M7CL(post preamp et HPF biensur) ainsi que pour la voix 2 DPA 4060 eux mêmes en unisson avec le 610B + un 1176(je me suis arrêté là pour les plug car la duo en 48 khz était à genoux.La couleur est tout de suite très agréable(attention, oui il faut aimer une colorie et c'est ce qu'on recherche quand on se sert des plug UA).Sensation d'avoir plus de stabilité au niveau de l'accroche (peut etre dû à la faible latence donc à un meilleur/moindre déphasage).Pour avoir testé avec des petits projets sous logicx j'ai profité de la promo une apollo acheté une satellite offerte et je ne regrette pas.Je ne vois pas comment faire tourner mes 4 preamps unisson sans cette addition de 4 processeurs shark.D'où sans doute cette promotion pour satisfaire les "customeurs"...
Mac os El capitan aucun bug.
Plug un peu chers il faut attendre les promos.
Petit bémol, pour 2000€ on pourrait avoir un câble thunderbolt de fourni.
Pour l'instant je ne regrette vraiment pas mon achat, je suis pressé de travailler plus avec!

PS:j'ai également une fireface802, pour ce qui est des preamps et de la conversion y a pas photo.UA is the best!!!!

R. Siedhoff

January 12, 2017

Champions League

Just finished some film music recordings with the Apollo 8p.
I bought it on a friend's recommendations. Exceeded all expectations.
Uncolored, clear and authentic recordings of a previously not known quality. Hight class!

S. Hyvärinen

December 29, 2016

Fantastic!

Every single detail is top notch. It´s all you need in a single box. Goodbye SSL boards and outboard gear. Apollo 8p takes care of it now.

C. Nobra

December 24, 2016

if you want professional music studio quality the Apollo 8p is for you!

My Focusrite Interface unexpectedly gave out after about a year and a half so I had to buy a new audio interface. At the time it was still six months before construction of my new studio would be completed so after doing my research and reviewing my options I decided to purchase some of the new studio equipment early. I looked around at different top of the line interfaces and settled on the Apollo 8p.

When it finally arrived I was really excited to have access to all of my normal equipment and a working audio interface until I opened it up and discovered it didn't come with a thunderbolt cable. Not a big deal but I think one should be included, anyways after a short trip to best buy I got everything set up.

To celebrate I put on some 311 and I was absolutely blown away by how amazing the sound was. This definitely has better sound than any other A.I. i've used. Next I started to test out all of my instruments and listen to their recordings and the quality was great. It took me a second to figure out the console but once I did I plugged my mic in and started testing out plugins.

The 10-20 plugins that you do get access to are amazing. But the other 200 all cost an arm and a leg which is a little bit upsetting since the equipment cost $3000. however I will point out that the equipment is worth every penny!

All in All this is an amazing product and if you want professional music studio quality the Apollo 8p is for you!

T. Clarke

December 22, 2016

All-In-One Toolbox

This interface has blown me away. I haven't compared it in person to some of the other heavy hitter interfaces (Apogee Symphony, Lynx Aurora 16, Avid I/O, etc.), but this box definitely gets everything done in one package.

It's got great converters and preamps onboard, and there's 8 of them. That's a huge benefit, and you can keep all the other features. It's a monitor controller, with a big tactile rotary knob for the monitors which you can push to mute the mains, it's got a alternate monitor(s) button, a user assignable function knob, and two headphone ports. And, it's all with no latency monitoring pre-DAW.

Bottom line, there's so many other products that I would have had to buy to get all the features in this box. Also, it's got tons of DSP. I can load an instance of my favorite EQ, Compressor, and more on every single channel in a 32-channel session. Pretty amazing.

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