Does exactly what I was hoping. I'd been using an otari mx 5050 but was growing concerned with keeping it up. Since I've purchased the apollo 8p it has become my main recording rig.
There's always two sides...
I guess there are always two kinds of persons in a company. The cheaters and the upright ones. Those who proudly create great things and those who want to squeeze money out of customers. UAD beware! It seems your promo sharks are taking over. The facts:
Apollo 8p sounds good.
Works instantly on a mac.
The routing is a nightmare.
Getting all channels to work with pro tools takes ages because of poor documentation or missing presets.
"Dreamstudio promo" is a joke, just a list of shelf warmers.
It is said several times in the promo videos: "multiple units run as one". No, they don't. No way to freely route.
Great converters on this unit! Thanks UAD!
I can finally do the works I had planned to do with PT-(3 yrs later). I have 600 songs w/lyrics, every genre in music (pop to rock to classic jazz techno and more). My CPU thanks you.
PERFECT PIECE OF GEAR!! DONT GET ANY BETTER THAN HAVING 8 PREs!!!!
Cheapest way to an Analog Sound
Bought a pair of these for 16 Unison Pre inputs. The recall-ability allows for a very efficient session setup. Also, the unison pre's sound ridiculously close to the originals at a fraction of the cost. Beats the maintenance costs of having a console. For working out of my place, this was the perfect option.
Thunderbolt on PC, no problems
I was initially worried about trying to get thunderbolt to work on my pc, but this works like a dream. The unit itself is really well made and well finished, drivers seem solid and the sound quality is noticeably better.
People seem to be complaining about the monitoring and i could see if you need more than 2 headphone mixes this could require a workaround, however for me tracking drums with a bassist or guitarist is absolutely perfect. Dialling in the sound on a channel strip and track what you hear or add it later.
Everything integrates with pro tools nicely, no latency that i can notice.
The main reason I chose the 8p was for the 8 unison preamps, not disappointed they sound really nice though if you have a unison plugin on each one you might not get much more cpu to play with.
I recently started researching the UA technology after I saw some clients came to my studio and was using the plugins. I was sold out totally on the sound one was able to achieve on the way going in to the DAW. So I went out and bought the 8p, so far so good!!
Poor DSP, poor routing and no AES.
Im dissapointed in this device and i should have tested it before buying it. I was planning to use my twin as a volume control but the 8p Is lacking AES out so i cant use my genelec SAM monitors with the sub (aes only) and the volume control wont woork with the mirror routing option. I dig the pres and the plugins but the sharks wont deliver many plugins before maxing out. Im on the werge of going back to RME
Great device for quality recording
Extremely pleased with the real time processing and unity capabilities of this device. It's expensive, but so worth it once you are able to commit. The plug-ins are top quality, easy to use, and extremely flexible. If you have the money to afford it this is the interface for you.
Incredible love the Apollo 8p
Of course 8 Sharc DSP chips would be best (hint hint) but Totally happy with the unit so much i bought 2!!!! Keep up the innovation UA People!!
Better than the original!
I didn't think there could be an improvement on the silver Apollo Duo but there has and I am very very pleased with the results thank you for making the most musical sounding interface around! and giving me great bang for buck results!!! So good I bought two Apollo 8ps'!
Service is exceptionally professional !!!
Thanks Henry !
Start to loving the Apollo 8P and Apollo Twin MKII.
This is my first UA purchase and I am very pleased. The Apollo 8P is an excellent audio DSP interface. The audio quality is excellent. Having a quad on-board DSP and a close to zero-latency effects applied to audio inputs on the fly (for plugins that support this) is fantastic.
Just starting a few trials with plugins and the sound is top shelf and really opens up possibilities to be creative.
This interface works perfectly with my MacPro using the Thunderbolt connections.
Just missing a second Thunderbolt connector on the Apollo Twin MkII quad. But there service is exceptionally professional !!!
Welcome to heaven.
I've waited to write this review so I could offer a more valuable opinion here. I could go on and on but I'll keep this efficient. The features of the Apollo 8p are amazing. The Unison technology really stands alone and can't be compared to any other hardware out there. This feature alone makes this box worth buying. Then look at the DSP, for the first time I can leave my computer's processor to manage other tasks. The ability to offload plugins processing is an astounding improvement on my workflow. The preamps in the Apollo 8p are fantastic even without a single plugin on the channel. I'm so happy to get immediately usable signal. The software user interface, "Console", is a pleasure to work in. It streamlines with my DAW and the Rec/Mon feature for printing with or without your plugs is so well executed. I can get close to a sound I'm looking for and track it, leaving me with even less to deal with on the processing side of things. I can also easily expand my system with another Apollo (or a Satellite as I already have) for more DSP and connectivity.This box is made to work for you, not against you. I find myself making music now without having to compromise because of my technology. To top it all off, UA is making the best plugs that anyone has ever heard. Thank you Universal Audio for this splendid device.
Excellent interface for the Late 2016 MacBook Pro with Thunderbolt 3
The Apollo 8P is an excellent auto interface. The audio quality is excellent. Having a quad on-board DSP and zero-latency effects applied to audio inputs on the fly (for plugins that support this) is really cool. This interface works perfectly with the Late 2016 MacBook Pro using the Thunderbolt 3 to Thunderbolt 2 adapter.
***** Used to be a Digi/Avid guy. UA is better in every way.
Unison preamps are game-changing
I'm currently running four channels from my API 3124 into line inputs in the Apollo 8. Then I have two 1073 unison preamps and two 610-A preamps loaded onto channels 5-8 in my default console configuration. This setup is so great that I'm going to sell some of my other analog preamps.
Big Sound - Great Fun - Need a second one!
BIG SOUND - Very good usability and more fun to record small Band projects at home now with one 8p. The DSP power should be more efficient when no plugin is loaded!
Thank you very much for the welcome gift in form of 2-3 plugins and a free Quad Satellite!!!
2 ème live avec mon apollo
Bat, orgue Hamond, folk, voix.
Cette fois ci, un petit set bluesy rock.
Le Manley Voxbox sur la voix pfiouuuu.La couleur ci prêtait bien juste magnifique.Le régisseur plateau au café arrive en coulisse pendant la balance voix et ce demandait quel mix j'écoutais pour avoir avoir que du lead qui sortait...c'est vous dire comme il se prit le lead dans sa face!!!!Non sérieux, vraiment magnifique!
Je ne sais pas comment sonne les originaux mais en fait pour le prix les solutions de preamps donc de couleurs, la latence....Je ne regrette rien.
Ah oui j'ai oublié.Le tout en record 18 tracks sous Logic Pro X.(Mac OS El Capitan avec un Mac mini I5 2,5 GHz turbo 3,1 Ghz, midas XL48 en adat=0 Bug).
Bientôt Le mix du Live! Hâte !!!!Comme un enfant avec un jouet tout neuf.
Si vous êtes régisseur et que vous voulez booster votre M7CL je vous conseil de foncer!!!!
Ps:une carte adat sera le bienvenue pour simplifier le câblage.