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UNIVERSAL AUDIO Apollo 8 DUO Thunderbolt 2 Audio Interface

This 18 x 24 Thunderbolt 2 interface offers genuine UA analog design, and next-generation A/D and D/A conversion

Key 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
  • 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)

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    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.

     

    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. 

    Apollo 8 comes bundled with “Realtime Analog Classics Plus” suite of UAD plug-ins. From there, you can choose from a vast and expanding collection of plug-ins in the UA Online Store.
     
    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.


     
     
     
    System Requirements

     

    Thunderbolt Systems

    UAD Powered Plug-Ins version 8

    • Apple Mac computer with available Thunderbolt or Thunderbolt 2 port
    • Mac OS X 10.8.5 Mountain Lion, 10.9.x Mavericks, or 10.10.x Yosemite
    • 4 gigabytes available disk space
    • Internet connection to download software and authorize UAD plug-ins
    • Compatible VST, Audio Units, RTAS, or AAX 64 plug-in host DAW software
    • Thunderbolt cable (sold separately)

     

    Specifications

    Note: All specifications are typical performance unless otherwise noted, tested under the following conditions: 48 kHz internal sample rate, 24-bit sample depth, 20 kHz measurement bandwidth, with balanced output.

    System
    • 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
    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 8 Audio Interface Unit
      • External Power Supply
      • AC Power Cable (IEC)
      • Set of (4) Rack-Mount Screws
      • Getting Started URL Card
    • Audio Interface
      • Sample rates up to 192 kHz at 24-bit word length
      • 18 x 24 simultaneous input/output channels:
      • Eight channels of analog-to-digital conversion via mic, line, or high-impedance inputs
      • 14 channels of digital-to-analog conversion via:
        • Eight mono line outputs
        • Stereo monitor outputs (switchable to fixed line outputs)
        • Two stereo headphone outputs
      • 10 channels of digital I/O via:
        • Eight channels ADAT Optical Lightpipe I/O with S/MUX for high sample rates
        • Two channels coaxial S/PDIF I/O with sample rate conversion
      • Two Thunderbolt 2 ports facilitates daisy-chaining of other Thunderbolt devices
      • Cascade up to 4 Apollo interfaces and 6 UAD devices total over Thunderbolt (Mac)
      Microphone Preamplifiers
      • Four high-resolution, ultra-transparent, digitally-controlled analog mic preamps
      • Unison™ technology for deep integration with UAD preamp and pedal plug-ins
      • Front panel and software control of all preamp parameters
      • Switchable low cut filter, 48V phantom power, pad, polarity inversion, and stereo linking
      • Stereo monitor outputs (independent of the eight line outputs)
      • Digitally-controlled analog monitor outputs maintains highest fidelity
      • Front panel control of monitor levels and muting
      • Two stereo headphone outputs with independent mix buses
      • Independent front panel volume controls for headphone outputs
      • Front panel pre-fader metering of monitor bus levels
      • S/PDIF outputs can be set to mirror the monitor outputs
      • Up to two alternate stereo monitor outputs selectable via front panel or Console software
      • Assignable front panel monitor function switch for alternate speakers, dim, & mono
      UAD-2 Inside
      • DUO and QUAD models featuring two or four SHARC® processors
      • Realtime UAD Processing on all analog and digital inputs
      • Same features and functionality as other UAD-2 devices when used with DAW
      • Can be combined with other UAD-2 devices for increased mixing DSP
      • Includes UAD Powered Plug-Ins “Realtime Analog Classics Plus” bundle
      • Complete UAD plug-ins library is available at the UA online store
      Software
      • Console application:
        • Analog-style control interface for realtime monitoring and tracking
        • Enables Realtime UAD Processing with UAD plug-ins
        • Remote control of Apollo 8p features and functionality
        • Virtual I/O for routing DAW tracks through Console
      • Console Recall plug-in:
        • Saves Console configurations inside DAW sessions for easy recall
        • Convenient access to Console’s monitor controls via DAW plug-in
        • VST, RTAS, AAX 64, and Audio Units plug-in formats
      • UAD Meter & Control Panel application:
        • Configures global UAD settings and monitors system usage
      • Other
        • Easy firmware updates
        • 1U rack-mountable form factor
        • One year warranty includes parts and labor

    UA Quick Tip: Using Unison with Apollo Interfaces

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