Apollo 8

Apollo 8

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Next-Generation Audio Conversion with
Classic Analog Sound.

Apollo 8 is 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 8 distinguishes itself with four Unison™-enabled mic preamps, UAD-2 QUAD or DUO 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

Produce music 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, SSL, API & Manley Preamps

Apollo 8 features four Unison-enabled mic preamps, letting you track through exacting mic preamp emulations from Neve, SSL, 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 or DUO 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.

Watch the Unison Shoot Out (hardware vs. software) video

A Full Suite of Classic<br>Analog Processing Onboard

A Full Suite of Classic
Analog Processing Onboard

Right out of the box, Apollo 8 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.

See Included Plug-Ins   |   Watch the live tracking video

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 8 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-generations 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 8 offers 18 x 24 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 8 also provides seamless integration with previous generation Apollos over Thunderbolt.

A Sleek, Low-latency App

A Sleek, Low-latency App

With Apollo 8’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

Now with Vintage Amps

New for Apollo 8 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 the Ampeg B-15N Bass Amplifier.

Apollo Artist Sessions

Apollo Artist Sessions

Joel Hamilton w/ Lyrics Born
“Don't Change”

View All Apollo Artist Sessions

Realtime Analog Classics Plus 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
  • Fairchild 670 Legacy
  • Teletronix LA‐2A Legacy
  • UA 1176LN Legacy
  • UA 1176SE Legacy
  • Pultec EQP‐1A Legacy
  • Pultec Pro Legacy
  • Precision Channel Strip
  • Precision Reflection Engine
  • Precision Delay Modulation
  • Precision Delay Modulation L
  • UA Precision Enhancer Hz
  • Raw Distortion
  • Softube Bass Amp Room 8X10
  • RealVerb‐Pro

UA 610-B Tube Preamp and EQ

UA 610-B Tube Preamp and EQ

Impart your tracks with the iconic warmth and character of the classic hardware used to track everyone from Duke Ellington to Coldplay. By emulating the entire signal path, including tube amplifiers, transformers, and circuit nonlinearities, the 610-B Tube Preamp and EQ plug-in injects organic detail and saturation to any signal — whether you’re re-amping or tracking through the 610-B via Universal Audio’s Unison™ technology.

Marshall<sup>®</sup> Plexi Classic Amplifier

Marshall® Plexi Classic Amplifier

The undisputed alpha dog of rock and roll guitar amps, the Marshall “plexi” amplifier is as legendary as the music it helped create. From Jimi Hendrix to Jimmy Page, Duane Allman to Eric Clapton, the Plexi’s punishing melange of snarl, sustain, smoothness, and raunch defined the sound of rock. Developed by Softube, the Marshall Plexi Classic Amp plug-in gives you the sound of this iconic amp with a perfectly placed microphone from engineer Tony Platt who recorded AC/DC’s Back in Black and Highway to Hell.

Fairchild<sup>®</sup> 670 (Legacy)

Fairchild® 670 (Legacy)

The world’s most coveted compressor, the classic Fairchild 670 tube limiter will give your tracks and mixes unmistakable tube warmth and character. Whether you’re looking for subtle compression on a lead vocal, or grittier textures that can work on guitars, bass, or a drum bus, the Fairchild 670 plug-in adds a classic “glow” to anything you run through it.

Teletronix<sup>®</sup> LA-2A Classic Leveling Amplifier (Legacy)

Teletronix® LA-2A Classic Leveling Amplifier (Legacy)

With its gentle, program dependent optical compression and meticulously designed tube amplifier, the LA-2A is the go-to compressor for professional mixers around the world — especially for vocals. Incredibly easy-to-use Peak Reduction and Gain controls gives you the ideal optical compression sound for guitar, bass, drums, and more.

1176SE/LN<sup>®</sup> Classic Limiting Amplifiers (Legacy)

1176SE/LN® Classic Limiting Amplifiers (Legacy)

Get classic, ultra-fast FET compression from the world’s most recognized compressor. The 1176 will impart punch, presence, and character as well as its signature distortion overtones on drums, vocals, guitars, and bass. The 1176LN has graced countless recordings, from Led Zeppelin, to the White Stripes and Michael Jackson.

Pultec<sup>®</sup> Pro Equalizers (Legacy)

Pultec® Pro Equalizers (Legacy)

Mix with two of the most sought-after hardware EQs ever made — the MEQ-5 Midrange Equalizer and the EQP-1A Program Equalizer. Both of these tube-based icons deliver offer smooth and silky EQ curves with an abundance of warm analog character.

Precision Mix Rack Collection

Precision Mix Rack Collection

Featuring the Precision Channel Strip, Precision Reflection Engine, and Precision Delay Modulation plug-ins, the Precision Mix Rack Collection offers four modern, high-fidelity plug-ins for recording and mixing. Powerful and intuitive, Precision Mix Rack Collection gives you an impressive tool set — perfect for beginners and seasoned professionals alike.

UA Precision Enhancer Hz

UA Precision Enhancer Hz

Expertly dial-in your music’s low-end frequencies with the Precision Enhancer Hz plug-in. Able to yield exacting results with minimal adjustment, the Precision Enhancer Hz can add weight to kick drum samples, fatten up a synth bass, or simply make the low-end of your tracks more audible on smaller speakers.

Raw Distortion

Raw Distortion

Modeled from a vintage early-’80s Pro Co Rat, Raw Distortion delivers all the gritty dynamic raunch of the legendary stompbox. And with Unison™ technology, you can plug in to Apollo Twin, 8, or 8p’s front-panel Hi-Z instrument jack and experience the same circuit interaction, gain range, and clip points for the true tone, feel, and response of the original hardware.

Softube Bass Amp Room

Softube Bass Amp Room

Based on a classic and versatile 1970’s bass amp, Softube’s Bass Amp Room plug-in boasts a vast range of sonic textures — from clean and fat to gritty and thick. Three different cabinets — 8x10, 4x12, and open-back 12" — give you enough sonic versatility to cover any genre, and a blend-able DI along with adjustable mic placement let you fine tune even more.

RealVerb Pro

RealVerb Pro

RealVerb Pro is a flexible, natural sounding reverb based on UA’s own unique set of algorithms. Allowing you to design the room just as you hear it, the RealVerb Pro goes beyond simply big/small or dark/bright, giving your sources distortion-free, smoothing diffusion control and ultra-long reverb tail.

Features

18 x 24 Thunderbolt audio interface for Mac and Windows* with powerful Console 2.0 software control

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

Built-in UAD-2 QUAD or DUO 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

MAC:



  • Apple Mac computer with available Thunderbolt port

  • (Mac) macOS 10.10 Yosemite, 10.11 El Capitan, 10.12 Sierra, or 10.13 High 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 2 adapter (sold separately)


ALL:



  • Thunderbolt 2 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 8 includes the “Realtime Analog Classics Plus” UAD plug-in bundle. Other UAD plug-ins sold separately.

Customer Reviews

Apollo 8

Overall Rating

J. Byrd

July 15, 2016

Awesome so far

I've had the Apollo 8 quad for a few weeks now. I looked at the owners manual exactly once in order to make the Apollo copacetic with ProTools, which was very simple. My project studio is mostly for editing. I would record at a great studio, take the tracks home to listen and edit, and then take everything back to the studio to mix. With the Apollo, I'm fairly certain I can mix a great-sounding record at home. The playback sounds more "real" like what I heard in the studio. I can more accurately hear panning and tiny changes in EQ. The UAD plugins have been my favorites for ten years, and I've heard about everything in various studios over the last fifteen years. I've also used the real gear. The digital models hold up well and, considering the maintenance costs, lack of mobility, and line noise maintenance introduced by all those analog connections, the Apollo is an incredible deal.

UAD User

June 15, 2016

Apollo Quad

I changed my set up recently from the new motu interface 1248 and the Monitor 8. I liked them well enough,,,very open and transparent with no real desire to change until a friend recommended the UAD Quad Apollo.
I bought it and hooked it up and came to the conclusion that it is a beautifully designed and SOUNDING interface. Even without using the plugins.
The console is well designed and works very well. Again, all of these companies have talented people working for them. I do think that UAD is a notch above as they are really catering to the musical needs of engineers and players alike. Wonderful product.

M. Rohanek

April 26, 2016

Great

I am new to UA, and I find the Apollo8 quad and the console software a real pleasure. It's got a sense of quality. Bit disappointed at the combi connector. I would rather have all possibilities run to the patchbay but I can't... I have to choose whether I use the mic pre's or the lines. Otherwise i'm crawling around the back. Minor annoyance, but still worth mentioning.

j. borda

January 28, 2016

Buena compra!!

Tiene todas las herramientas necesarias para un trabajo de calidad. Solo espero que hagan drivers para Windows, me seria muy util ahi tambien.

L. Rollins

January 24, 2016

Apollo 8 Duo (eurorack modular user)

I've recorded for years using a Yamaha AW4416 hard disk recorder and liked it pretty well. But I've had an itch to try bridging my world of analog synthesis with Ableton Live. I got the Apollo and Live in the same week and am working to wrap my head around all the possibilities. The ability to use plugins in real time is completely revolutionary to my workflow. I've gone a bit nuts in the UAD store and picked up a slew of plugins. Each is like a magical adventure. Things sound so crisp now and my Mackie HR824s have never been happier! I've also begun exploring the world of lightpipe communications between my Mac/Apollo/Expert Sleepers ES3/6, and modular using Silent Way. This ecosystem is VAST and my Apollo is the centerpiece. Well pleased.

P. Erdweg

January 11, 2016

Exceptional -Sound -Integration of Console in DAW plus flexible Routings

Exceptional Sound in particular analog/digital and digital/analog converter - no color ! No fatigue of listening during operation !
Good electrical adjustment of analog Ins and Outs
Good and stable software integration of UADs console in DAW plus flexible routings from DAW, to DAW, digital and analog ins and outs. Important the option of using consoles recall in every single individual DAW session. Nothing is left to chance.
Probably in further releases an automation of console would be appreciated (e.g. vol, balance etc plus plug in functions) !!?
The housing of the Apollo 8 is very stable as stable as my two UREI 1176LN which I run for about 30 years. No obvious quality spreads itself in the fact that the device is manufact. in China.

A. Karasev

December 30, 2015

Works good. STABILITY.

Its a thousand times better then my previous M-audio ProFire610. And one of the most important reasons is stability. I really can rely on it in any situation. There is no more sudden desynchronizations, reboots, disappearing of sound etc. It just works as it should. As if I took off the handcuffs. No more fear of crash in huge overloaded projects.
And of course it sounds better.

G. Metcalf

December 17, 2015

Apollo 8

What a fantastic piece of equipment. I've been a UAD user for years, starting with the PCI card then on to the Laptop Solo, the Satellite and then the Apollo Twin. I took the plunge to the Apollo 8 Duo (and free Satellite) this month and did my first tracking session with Unison technology last week - the results are the next step and that comes from using Apogee and Audient preamps.

Customer service is fantastic and I'm impressed that the problem UA have identified that requires a circuit modification means that they replace my unit at their expense - this would not happen with other manufacturers - I doubt others would recall units due to an issue that I certainly haven't spotted as a user... Thanks UA

N. Dettenbach

December 6, 2015

WOW!!!

Upgrading from a Mbox Pro 3rd from AVID this was a full milestone in flexibility and usability, but for first: sound, sound and sound! ±ß)

As a Pro Tools user i expected AVIDs own Mbox is more integrated into Pro Tools proprietary then third party interfaces, but with the Apollo i got a real latency free recording / monitoring workflow by practice. Parallel handling of completely different routing setups is really handy and easy now - including hardware gear inserts etc.. The same happens in Studio One which i use to capture new ideas which is on a production level now from the first step on. Latency free working - as expected from the MBox - was really delivered from the Apollo in a practical way.

r. gonzalez bernal

April 16, 2015

the new apollo 8

I had the previous model of Apollo and I have changed with the new Apollo 8, the first impression is that the quality of sound is better thanks to the improvement of the converters, the old Apollo offers a very good quality sound, is grateful for the new buttons with functions specific on the front of the Apollo which is now more versatile when it comes to record audioalso the renewal of the application Console 2.0 makes the workflow more quick and easy to use, as a negative note saying that the Console application does not support the use of the DSP Satellite Thunderbolt. In short I recommend investing in the new Apollo 8.

r. gonzalez bernal

April 16, 2015

La nueva Apollo 8

Tenia el anterior modelo de Apollo y he cambiado por la nueva Apollo 8, la primera impresión es que la calidad de sonido es mejor gracias a la mejora de los conversores, la antigua Apollo ofrece un sonido de muy buena calidad, se agradece los nuevos botones con funciones especificas en el frontal de la Apollo el cual ahora es mas versátil a la hora de grabar audio, también la renovación de la aplicación Console 2.0 hace que el flujo de trabajo sea mas rápido y fácil de utilizar, como nota negativa decir que la aplicación Console no admite la utilización de las DSP Satellite Thunderbolt. En resumen recomiendo invertir en la nueva Apollo 8.

E. Aho

December 31, 2015

Converters not great

At first blush I mistook the brightness of the unit for detail. Unfortunately, the highs and the high-mids are actually pretty smeared. It's hard to hear "through" the unit especially if you are used to dedicated, good, mid-level converters (Apogee, Lynx). In addition, everything below 120z is small and tight and not necessarily accurate, musical nor fun to listen to. Reminds me of the old Motu interfaces: prosumer, studio-project-ish, waiting to be upgraded. In short, I was ready to make the leap but was ultimately disappointed. That combined with the $115 I paid UPS to ship the unit back to Sweetwater left a sour taste in my mouth.

S. Sergo

September 6, 2015

Universal audio apollo 8

I have Universal audio apollo 8. It's a very good device.I recomend it.

H. Gu

August 26, 2015

Unreliable hardware

I purchased the Apollo 8 Quad a few months ago, and recently received an email about replacing the unit due to some upgrade, so we replaced it. However, the new product came with a scratch, and I was really disappointed. UA said they would replace it again for me, so we sent it back and received another interface, but this time, it was not balanced, the bottom tilts and is not flat. I was really unsatisfied and upset, but since I had to travel overseas for a business trip, I just decided to keep this one because I didn't want to go through the trouble again. I am back now, and writing this review. Truly disappointed with UA.

H. Gu

August 26, 2015

Unreliable hardware

I purchased the Apollo 8 Quad a few months ago, and recently received an email about replacing the unit due to some upgrade, so we replaced it. However, the new product came with a scratch, and I was really disappointed. UA said they would replace it again for me, so we sent it back and received another interface, but this time, it was not balanced, the bottom tilts and is not flat. I was really unsatisfied and upset, but since I had to travel overseas for a business trip, I just decided to keep this one because I didn't want to go through the trouble again. I am back now, and writing this review. Truly disappointed with UA.

A. Cannon

August 14, 2015

Apollo 8 Thunderbolt 2 interface

Not a bad unit especially if you know what you are doing
and know the sound your looking for.

Y. Kim

November 20, 2017

It's Perfect gear

I love apollo 8. It is very nice sounds.
I think this gear will be used for a lifetime.

J. Mayer

November 13, 2017

Very Happy

Just upgraded from a Focusrite Sapphire Pro and couldn't be happier. I'm especially smitten with the ability to track through the plug ins and the functionality of the Console software. I have a UA 4-710d that I use along with this and the PreAmps on the Apollo sound just as fantastic. Thanks UA!!

M. Scenna

November 10, 2017

Felicidad en mis oídos

Hasta el momento solo usaba los placas PCIe. La internase Apolo 8 es todo lo que me imagine y mucho mas. Muy recomendable

M. Castrejón

November 9, 2017

What was promised!

Exactly what I was expecting from this... it sounds amazing and it brings tons of new posibilites when recording vocals (which is my main job at my studio! The software is not ver intuitive at first (specially when controlling outputs, or monitoring)... but with a little research and guide from the tutorials online it gets way easier as the days go by... a little bit of a learning curve on that side... but nothing that someone that has a general idea of what he´s/she´s doing can´t tackle, and once you get the hang of it, it actually offers a lot. Worth every penny... this is hardware that wont be needing any upgrades for a few years...