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Universal Audio Apollo 8 Quad

Apollo 8. Next-Generation Audio Conversion with Classic Analog Sound. Thunderbolt 2 Audio Interface with Quad DSP processor.

Apollo 8 is an elegant update to one of the world's most popular professional audio interfaces - delivering enhanced sound with the tone, feel, and flow of analog recording. This 18 x 24 Thunderbolt 2 interface offers genuine UA analog design, and next-generation A/D and D/A conversion, putting class-leading audio quality in a sleek new package.

Built on UA's 50 year legacy of analog design excellence, Apollo 8 also features powerful UAD-2 QUAD or DUO processing and four onboard Unison™ mic preamps, delivering sonic performance that surpasses anything in its class.

The original Apollo, introduced in 2012, quickly became a gold standard among modern music producers and engineers - it now counts many of the world's top artists as users. Apollo 8 improves upon the original Apollo's sound quality with completely redesigned, class-leading A/D and D/A conversion - giving you increased dynamic range and even lower THD.

Building upon a 50-year legacy of circuit design, UA engineers started with an obsessive audition of the latest converters, pairing them with completely redesigned analog circuitry. Confirmed by extensive double-blind listening tests, the end result is 3 dB better dynamic range on both A/D and D/A conversion versus the original Apollo, placing the Apollo 8 as the measurable class leader.

World-Class Sound with Superior Apollo A/D and D/A Conversion
The original Apollo, introduced in 2012, quickly became a gold standard among modern music producers and engineers - it now counts many of the world's top artists as users. Apollo 8 improves upon the original Apollo's sound quality with completely redesigned, class-leading A/D and D/A conversion - giving you increased dynamic range and even lower THD. Building upon a 50-year legacy of circuit design, UA engineers started with an obsessive audition of the latest converters, pairing them with completely redesigned analog circuitry. Confirmed by extensive double-blind listening tests, the end result is 3 dB better dynamic range on both A/D and D/A conversion versus the original Apollo, placing the Apollo 8 as the measurable class leader.

Realtime UAD Plug-In Processing for Tracking, Mixing, and Mastering
Imagine having a classic analog studio, in single rack space. Apollo 8 lets you record through UAD Powered Plug-Ins - including vintage EQs, compressors, reverbs, tape machines and more - at near-zero latency, regardless of your audio software buffer size. With award-winning UAD plug-ins from Ampex, Lexicon, Neve, Manley, Roland, SSL, Studer, and more,* Apollo 8 serves up authentic analog tone and warmth.

The key to its analog sound is onboard UAD-2 DUO or QUAD DSP Processing, which powers the UAD plug-ins while reducing the strain on your host computer.

Four Mic Preamps with Unison™ Technology
Apollo 8 comes equipped with four Unison-enabled mic preamps, letting you track projects with colorful mic preamp sounds from Neve, API, and Universal Audio. An Apollo breakthrough, Unison technology nails the tone of these sought-after tube and solid state mic preamps - including their impedance, gain stage "sweet spots," and component-level circuit behaviors. The secret to Unison is its hardware-software integration between Apollo's mic preamps and its onboard UAD-2 processing. Simply place a selected tube or solid state preamp plug-in on your desired mic input, and record in real time through stunning emulations like the bundled UA 610-B Tube Preamp plug-in, or the Neve 1073 and API 212L.

Impedance and Gain Matching
Apollo 8 is further enhanced by adding Unison technology to its front-panel Hi-Z instrument inputs, giving you dead-on impedance and gain matching for new stompbox models like the Ibanez Tube Screamer TS808.

Improved Monitoring and Workflow
Apollo 8 features a host of front-panel upgrades over the original Apollo, including Alt Speakers, Dim, and Mono functions as well as input and output metering capabilities.

Expand Your System
Thanks to Apollo Expanded software, users of 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 Expanded also provides seamless integration with previous generation Apollos over Thunderbolt.

A Sleek New 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.
Features
  • Next-generation Apollo A/D and D/A conversion for professional music production
  • Onboard UAD-2 QUAD or DUO Core DSP allowing Realtime UAD Processing
  • 4 Unison-enabled mic preamps for tracking through preamp emulations from Neve, API, and Universal Audio*
  • 18 x 24 Thunderbolt 2 audio interface for Mac with powerful Console 2.0 software control
  • Cascade up to 4 Apollo interfaces and 6 UAD devices total over Thunderbolt (Mac)
  • Convenient front panel monitoring functions including Alt Speakers, and assignable Dim or Mono
  • Includes "Realtime Analog Classics Plus" plug-in bundle
  • World class UA analog design, superior components, and premium build quality
  • Specifications
    I/O Complement
    Microphone Inputs 4
    High-Impedence (Hi-Z) Instrument Inputs 2
    Analog Line Inputs 8
    Analog Line Outputs 8 (ten including monitor outputs)
    Analog Monitor Outputs 2 (one stereo pair)
    Headphone Outputs 2 Stereo
    ADAT Up to eight channels via dual I/O ports with S/MUX
    S/PDIF One stereo input, one stereo output
    Thunderbolt 2 ports 2 (Thunderbolt 1 compatible)
    Word Clock 1 input, 1 output

    A/D - D/A Conversion
    Supported Sample Rates (kHz) 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4, 192
    Bit Depth Per Sample 24
    Simultaneous A/D conversion 8 channels
    Simultaneous D/A conversion 14 channels
    Analog Round-Trip Latency 1.1 milliseconds @ 96 kHz sample rate
    Analog Round-Trip Latency with four serial UAD-2 plug-ins via Console application 1.1 milliseconds @ 96 kHz sample rate

    Analog I/O
    Frequency Response 20 Hz - 20 kHz, ±0.1 dB
    Microphone Inputs 1 - 4
    Connector Type XLR Female, pin 2 positive (Combo XLR/TRS)
    Phantom Power +48V (switchable per mic input)
    Dynamic Range 120 dB (A-weighting)
    Signal-to-Noise Ratio 120 dB (A-weighting)
    Total Harmonic Distortion + Noise -110 dBFS
    Common-Mode Rejection Ratio (CMRR) 73 dB (10' cable)
    Default Input Impedance 5.4K Ohms (variable via Unison plug-ins)
    Gain Range +10 dB to +65 dB
    Pad Attenuation 20 dB (switchable per input)
    Maximum Input level +25 dBu (minimum gain, pad engaged)

    Hi-Z Inputs 1 - 2
    Connector Type ¼" Female TS Unbalanced
    Dynamic Range 118 dB (A-weighting)
    Signal-to-Noise Ratio 118 dB (A-weighting)
    Total Harmonic Distortion + Noise -101.5 dBFS
    Input Impedance 1M Ohms (variable via Unison plug-ins)
    Gain Range +10 dB to +65 dB
    Maximum Input Level +12 dBu

    Line Inputs 1 - 4
    Connector Type ¼" Female TRS Balanced (Combo XLR/TRS)
    Dynamic Range 120 dB (A-weighting)
    Signal-to-Noise Ratio 120 dB (A-weighting)
    Total Harmonic Distortion + Noise -110 dBFS
    Common-Mode Rejection Ratio (CMRR) 60 dB (10' cable)
    Input Impedance 10K Ohms
    Gain Range +10 dB to +65 dB (Line Input Gain = ON)
    Reference Level +4 dBu (Line Input Gain = BYPASS)
    Maximum Input Level +20.2 dBu

    Line Inputs 5 - 8
    Connector Type ¼" Female TRS Balanced (Combo XLR/TRS)
    Dynamic Range 120 dB (A-weighting)
    Signal-to-Noise Ratio 120 dB (A-weighting)
    Total Harmonic Distortion + Noise -110 dBFS
    Common-Mode Rejection Ratio (CMRR) 60 dB (10' cable)
    Input Impedance 10K Ohms
    Gain (selectable per input) +4 dBu or -10 dBV
    Maximum Input Level (+4 dBu setting) +20.2 dBu
    Maximum Input Level (-10 dBV setting) +6.2 dBV (unbalanced)

    Line Outputs 1 - 8
    Connector Type ¼" Female TRS Balanced
    Dynamic Range 121 dB (A-weighting)
    Signal-to-Noise Ratio 121 dB (A-weighting)
    Total Harmonic Distortion + Noise -110 dBFS
    Stereo Level Balance ±0.05 dB
    Output Impedance 100 Ohms
    Maximum Output Level +20.2 dBu
    Monitor Outputs Left & Right
    Connector Type ¼" Female TRS Balanced
    Dynamic Range 121 dB (A-weighting)
    Signal-to-Noise Ratio 121 dB (A-weighting)
    Total Harmonic Distortion + Noise -110 dBFS
    Stereo Level Balance ±0.01 dB
    Output Impedance 100 Ohms
    Maximum Output Level +20.2 dBu

    Stereo Headphone Outputs 1 - 2
    Connector Type ¼" Female TRS Stereo
    Dynamic Range 118 dB (A-weighting)
    Signal-to-Noise Ratio 118 dB (A-weighting)
    Total Harmonic Distortion + Noise -101 dBFS
    Maximum Output Power 160 mW into 300 ohm load

    Digital I/O
    S/PDIF
    Connector Type Female Phono (RCA)
    Format IEC958
    Supported Sample Rates (kHz) 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4, 192

    ADAT
    Connector Type (shared with ADAT) Optical TOSLINK JIS F05
    Format ADAT Digital Lightpipe with S/MUX
    Supported Sample Rates (kHz) 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4, 192
    Channel Assignments @ 44.1 kHz, 48 kHz Port 1 = Channels 1 - 8, Port 2 = 1 - 8 (mirrored)
    Channel Assignments @ 88.2 kHz, 96 kHz Port 1 = Channels 1 - 4, Port 2 = Channels 5 - 8
    Channel Assignments @ 176.4 kHz, 192 kHz Port 1 = Channels 1 - 2, Port 2 = Channels 3 - 4

    Word Clock
    Connector Type BNC
    Lock Range ±0.5% of any supported sample rate
    Word Clock Input Termination 75 Ohms, switchable

    Synchronization Sources
    Internal, Word Clock, S/PDIF, ADAT
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    $3430.00
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