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Universal Audio Apollo 8p QUAD Thunderbolt 2 Interface  From UA

The community asked and UA delivered - an Apollo interface with 8 unison preamps! Also sporting next generation conversion technology, lightning-fast Thunderbolt 2 connectivity, and advanced monitoring controls located right on the faceplate, this 8 pre-equipped Apollo is a multi-track recording powerhouse. 

Universal Audio

Setting up Apollo with Logic Pro X

In this short video, UA's Gannon Kashiwa demonstrates the basic setup procedure for Apollo Interfaces within Logic Pro. Topics covered include: Loading The Driver, Setting The I/O Buffer, Using The Console Recall Plug-In, and more.

Manufacturer's Description from UA

Apollo 8p. Next-Generation Conversion with Eight Onboard Preamps.

Apollo 8p is a dramatic 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 16 x 20 Thunderbolt 2 interface features eight onboard Unison™ mic preamps — perfect for mobile rigs and tracking full bands. Built on genuine UA analog design and next-generation A/D and D/A conversion, Apollo 8p also features powerful UAD-2 QUAD Core processing, letting you run UAD Powered Plug-Ins in real time. With sound that surpasses anything in its class, Apollo 8p rivals modular converters costing twice the price, in a sleek new package.
 

Key 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


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. Confirmed by 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. 
 
Apollo 8p 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
 

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.
Universal Audio

About Manufacturer

Universal Audio Inc. was re-founded in 1999 by Bill's sons, James Putnam and Bill Putnam Jr., with two main goals: to faithfully reproduce classic analog recording equipment in the tradition of their father, and to design new digital recording tools with the sound and spirit of vintage analog technology. However, as Bill Jr. recounts, the genesis of "UA, part 2" is actually a bit more serendipitous.

Having grown up in the music industry, Bill Jr. and James ("Jim") Putnam naturally assumed that the music business is where they'd eventually end up. Jim, a touring musician and recording engineer, and their older brother Scott, a studio designer in Southern California, were the first to follow in Bill Sr.'s path. However, Bill Jr. took a more circuitous direction, working for a number of engineering companies before undertaking a doctorate in Electrical Engineering at Stanford University. It was at Stanford that Bill Jr. became closely involved in the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA), specializing in signal processing. It was also at Stanford that Bill Jr. began to assemble a team of the best and brightest minds in the field — who continue to steer many of Universal Audio's engineering efforts to this day.

However, the precise event that led Bill and Jim to start (or "reinvent") Universal Audio in 1999 was unexpected. As Bill Jr. tells it, when Bill Sr. passed away in 1989, he and Jim were faced with the Herculean task of cleaning out their dad's workshop and storage areas. While going through Bill Sr.'s old test equipment, boxes of parts, bits and pieces of consoles, and half-cannibalized 1176 compressors, Jim came across their father’s old design notebook. The two spent the evening poring over his notes, realizing that this was the map to every technical problem their father had ever solved. It was at that moment that they decided to bring back Universal Audio and its classic products. 

Fast forward a decade. Now with nearly 80 employees and legions of new customers worldwide, UA is headquartered near the Silicon Valley, in Scotts Valley, California — where our classic analog gear is still hand-built, one unit at a time. The lengths we go to deliver the exact sound and performance of classic analog audio gear is unparalleled; in fact, the goal is for UA's modern units to perform identically to well-maintained units built decades ago. 

Of course, analog is only half the story. At Universal Audio, we employ the world's brightest DSP engineers and digital modeling authorities to develop our award-winning UAD Powered Plug-Ins platform, featuring the most authentic analog emulation plug-ins in the industry. Our DSP gurus work with the original hardware manufacturers — using their exact schematics, golden units, and experienced ears — to give UAD plug-ins warmth and harmonics in all the right places, just like analog.

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
  • Monitor 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 16 mkII Audio Interface Unit
    • External Power Supply
    • AC Power Cable (IEC)
    • Getting Started URL Card
    • Set of (4) Rack-Mount Screws
 
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.