The unit sounds good to me. Of course, I enjoy my collection and function of UAD plugins. Here are my main judgements:
-Sufficient i/o for my needs
-Ample flexibility of console software
-Quality audio AD/DA...I'm not too fussy about that
-For a metallic box, I would have preferred metal buttons and knobs. The plastic feel of the volume knob is a bit awkward.
-Proprietary power cord. I would have preferred a standard IEC cable.
I've only owned this unit for a month (upgraded from Apollo Twin), and will update this review after I put more hours in.
My Pro-Tools 12 rig was immediately stable after I swapped my Duet out for the Apollo8, it sounds great and plug ins are even better! I can't believe how much this one piece of gear with access to the UAD plug ins have improved the quality and depth of my mixing. Can't wait to get my satellite!
The plugs sound different than any other I've used - you can really hear the difference, they just feel more present and lively, visceral and real. For me that's inspiring when I am trying to get sounds or write.
I like the console app, it let's me work fast and I like to just print everything wet into my DAW. Routing on the console is limited however, it would be cool to be able to capture sends or basic bussing to the DAW. Overall I'm very happy and happy to support a company that has made such a solid digital platform.
I had to purchase the new Apollo 8 after having the Duo for the last year and a half and I highly recommend it to anyone I talk to… all UA stuff… it sounds amazing. I like the front panel controls and the extra pres and inputs on the 8. It is the centre piece of my home studio and I won't have to get anything else for a long time… highly recommended.
W. Francis Bowie
The best in the Market
No doubt Universal audio had no comparation.
Simple las IS THE BEST.
I already have the old version and this new version brings a clarity in the sound even smoother even if the old version remains excellent too.
I give this piece 4 stars because it functions well. The unison technology is nice. Is it the "be all end all" of recording? Not really. The pres without any plugins sound pretty nice themselves. No real use for the unison. Granted I only tried the 610 and the neve 88r plugin. I have the api and the 1073, but have yet to use them. I use this piece mainly as an extra set of pres and for its processing power. Actually works quite well as just that. Lack of aggregate support kills this piece for me. I wanted to integrate the Apollo with my Symphony system. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work in aggregate. Clocked to the symphony it is pretty nice sounding. Haven’t tried it clocked internally, but I am told it is nice as well.
Time for an upgrade!
I've always enjoyed UA products (I have a 6176) and a few of my friends own UA products. So when it was time to upgrade my studio, everyone suggested the UA Apollo 8 Tunderbolt. This was the best decision/investment I've made! It's so classic, and the mic preamps are wonderful, giving you that warm analog sound! I plan to purchase another one (perhaps the Apollo Twin or 8p) by the end of the year!
AWESOME!! Best interface ever.
I recently upgraded from the Apollo twin because of the sweet offer UA was having with a rack mount plus free satellite. I can honestly say that the quality is amazing I noticed a big difference in my projects in how detailed the sound is witch is incredible. This has been the biggest impact on my music in upgrading to universal audio and I plan to experiment with up and coming plugins in the near future. If you are on the subject on upgrading your audio interface and came across universal audio, well I can tell you, you will not be disappointed. Amazing sound quality for price that is equivalent to its name.
it would be nice to have thunderbolt cable with it.
so it's really a ready to use ship in box.
other than that is the best interface ever.
If the console 2 can arrange the core audio track in the setting by dragging or even choose NOT ONLY 8, 16, 32, 64 ,128 in/out number would be perfect.
What a great sound from this unit. Universal Audio makes fantastic equipment.
Great sound! Great performance! Im in love!
Amazing product! Apollo 8 blows HD Omni out of the water!
This is truly a great unit. It's powerful, sounds great, flexible and contains all the connections you would want. I would recommend this to anyone who wants to put together a home to pro studio.
Best Interface I've Ever Owned!
Without naming any other brands, I've coming to the realization that I've been cheating myself for years. The quality of Universal Audio's Apollo 8 is undeniable and probably the smartest musical decision I've made in my entire life.
Great Audio Interface!
I upgraded from the Apollo Twin because they offered free satellite with the purchase of the the Apollo 8 by 31 Dec 2015....SWEET DEAL! Ok back to the review...Its the best interface I ever owned the sound of my recording are so clear!!!!!! The clarity is ridiculously GOOD! The plugins are outstanding but are a little pricey IMO...I guess you have to pay to play. The quality is amazing!
das beste Interface, dass ich je hatte
Weil man fast alle Plug Ins Latenz-frei auf die Eingangssignale legen kann, ist es für mich so genial. Jetzt habe ich die tollsten Channel Strips und Röhrenkompressoren für mein Mikro, die ich mir in echt niemals hätte leisten können. Ein klarer Vorteil, der den Preis mehr als rechtfertigt.
incredible audio interface... beautiful sound! make me happy
Top notch! Solid, excellent conversion, amazing plugins. Can't praise it more...
Apollo 8 Quad
It's the best audio interface I have used, the sound is great.
My first Apollo
I am upgrading from RME Fireface 400 wich is aslo is great but Apollo 8 is better in all aspects!
Amazing soundquality ,great plugins, rocksolid build quality.
My best investment ever!