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Universal Audio Apollo 8P Quad

This 16 x 20 Thunderbolt 2 interface features eight onboard Unison™ mic preamps - perfect for mobile rigs and tracking full bands.

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 8p 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 obsessive auditioning of the latest converters, pairing them with completely redesigned analog circuitry. After extensive double-blind listening tests, the result is is 3 dB better dynamic range on both A/D and D/A conversion versus the original Apollo, placing the Apollo 8p 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 8p 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 8p serves up authentic analog tone and warmth.

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

Eight Mic Preamps with Unison™ Technology
Apollo 8p comes equipped with eight Unison-enabled mic preamps, letting you track larger 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 8p 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 8p 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 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.
Features
  • Next-generation Apollo A/D and D/A conversion for professional music production
  • 8 Unison™-enabled mic preamps for tracking full bands through preamp emulations from Neve, API, and Universal Audio
  • Onboard UAD-2 QUAD Core DSP allows Realtime UAD Processing
  • 16 x 20 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, Dim, and Mono
  • Includes "Realtime Analog Classics Plus" plug-in bundle
  • World class UA analog design, superior components, and premium build quality
  • Specifications
    System

    I/O Complement
  • Microphone Inputs 8
  • High-Impedence (Hi-Z) Instrument Inputs 2
  • Analog Line Inputs 8
  • Analog Line Outputs 6 (eight including monitor outputs)
  • Analog Monitor Outputs 2 (one stereo pair)
  • Headphone Outputs 2 Stereo
  • Digital Input Port (TOSLINK optical) 1 (ADAT or S/PDIF, selectable)
  • Digital Output Port (TOSLINK optical) 1 (ADAT or S/PDIF, selectable)
  • 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 - 8
  • Connector Type XLR Female, pin 2 positive (Combo XLR/TRS)
  • Phantom Power +48V (switchable per mic input)
  • Dynamic Range 119 dB (A-weighting)
  • Signal-to-Noise Ratio 119 dB (A-weighting)
  • Total Harmonic Distortion + Noise -110 dBFS
  • Equivalent Input Noise -128.7 dB
  • Common-Mode Rejection Ratio (CMRR) 70 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 -103 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 - 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 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 Outputs 1 - 6
  • 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 ±0.05 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 (shared with ADAT) Optical TOSLINK JIS F05
  • Format IEC958
  • Supported Sample Rates (kHz) 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96
  • ADAT
  • Connector Type (shared with S/PDIF) 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

  • Electrical
  • Power Supplies External AC to DC Power Supply, Level V compliant
  • AC Input Connector Type IEC Male
  • AC Requirements 100V - 240V AC, 50 - 60 Hz
  • DC Connector Type XLR 4-Pin Locking Male (Neutrik P/N NC4MDM3-H)
  • DC Requirements 12 VDC, ±5%
  • Maximum Power Consumption 50 Watts

  • Mechanical

    Dimensions
  • Width 19"
  • Height 1.75" (1U rack space)
  • Depth, Chassis Only 12.125"
  • Depth, Including Knob & Jack Protrusions 13.5"
  • Shipping Box (Width x Depth x Height) 24" x 17" x 8"
  • Weight
  • Shipping Weight (with box & accessories) 18 pounds
  • Weight (bare unit) 9.1 pounds
  • Package Contents
  • Apollo 8p Audio Interface Unit
  • External Power Supply
  • AC Power Cable (IEC)
  • Set of (4) Rack-Mount Screws
  • Getting Started URL Card
  • Reviews
    5.0
    Blair Buchanan
    Ottawa, Canada
    November 20, 2015
    Just right for home studio
    I had gone shopping for a new Thunderbolt audio interface to replace my Motu 828 and had narrowed my choice to the UA Apollo and the Apogee Ensemble. Based on the value of the internal DSPs, I opted for the Apollo. Perfect for two musicians to record, mix and master.
    Price *
    $5070.00
    $4095.00
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    Additional information
    For more information about the Apollo 8P Quad, please visit the website of Universal Audio
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