Universal Audio Apollo x8p | Heritage Edition TB3 Interface  From UA

The new wave of the acclaimed Apollo interfaces is here! Featuring stunning new conversion and clarity along with HEXA Core processing with 6DSP chips for 50% more plug-in power than previous Apollos now running on Thunderbolt 3 with Surround Sound Monitoring

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$3,699.00

Retail:  $4,099.00

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Manufacturer's Description from UA

A Special Edition of Universal Audio's Acclaimed Apollo x8p Interface, with a Bundled UAD Plug-In Package Worth over $2,400.

 

Apollo x8p Heritage Edition has all the benefits of the acclaimed Apollo x8p, including world-beating A/D and D/A conversion, HEXA Core UAD plug-in processing, Unison-enabled mic preamps, and full LUNA Recording System integration. And it goes a step further, with a software suite of 10 award-winning UAD plug-in titles, featuring Collections from Helios,® Fairchild,® Teletronix,® Pultec,® and UA. 

 

  • Produce with a special edition of UA's elite-class Apollo x8p interface, including a premium suite of award-winning UAD plug-ins worth over $2,400
  • Record with elite-class A/D and D/A conversion nearing the widest dynamic range and lowest signal to noise available — at any price 

 

  • Track and mix with powerful HEXA Core processing, featuring 6 UAD DSP chips for running more award-winning UAD Powered Plug-Ins in real time

 

  • Record with near-zero latency through preamp emulations from Neve,® API,® SSL,® Helios,® Manley,® Avalon,® and more using Unison™ technology*

 

  • Produce with LUNA Recording System — a fully-integrated recording application made for Apollo (Mac only) 

 

  • Run UAD Powered Plug-Ins via VST, AU, and AAX 64 in all major DAWs

 

  • Easily connect to consoles and studio gear with switchable +24 / +20 dBu headroom settings

 

  • Work in surround formats up to 7.1, complete with speaker calibration and fold-down

 

  • Use integrated Talkback mic and built-in cues for easy communication and slating takes

 

A Special Edition featuring Iconic UAD Analog Collections Onboard

A hallmark feature of Apollo is its Realtime UAD Processing, letting you run the full library of UAD plug-ins at near-zero latency. Taking you a step further, Apollo x8p Heritage Edition gives you 10 premium plug-in titles worth over $2,400 — including the full suite of UA's Teletronix, 1176, and Fairchild compressors, Helios Type 69, V76, and UA 610 Unison mic preamps, all Pultec EQs, Oxide Tape Recorder, and Pure Plate Reverb. 

 

These premium Heritage Edition titles are in addition to the Apollo x8p's included "Realtime Analog Classics Plus" bundle, giving you the most accurate library of classic analog emulations included with any professional audio interface. 

 

Elite-Class A/D and D/A Conversion 

With thousands of chart-topping songs and Grammy-winning albums under their belt, Apollo interfaces are no strangers to tracking stellar-sounding records. To improve on the previous generation Apollo interfaces’ class-leading audio conversion, UA engineers obsessively auditioned the latest A/D and D/A converters — ultimately pairing elite-class 24-bit/192 kHz converters with all-new analog circuitry for an ultra-pristine signal path. 

 

Realtime UAD HEXA Core Processing

Apollo x8p Heritage Edition features HEXA Core processing, with six DSP chips and 50% more UAD plug-in processing power than previous Apollos. This lets you run more UAD plug-ins, whether you’re tracking in real time with channel strips from Neve, Manley, SSL, Avalon, Helios, or API, or running high UAD plug-in counts when mixing in your DAW. 

 

Unison™ Technology — The Sound of Neve, API, Avalon & Manley Preamps

Perfect for engineers, producers, and project studio owners, Apollo x8p Heritage Edition features eight Unison-enabled mic preamps, letting you track through exacting mic preamp emulations from Neve, API, Manley, SSL, Avalon, Helios, and Universal Audio.* A Universal Audio exclusive, Unison is a proprietary hardware-software integration that nails the tone of these sought-after tube and solid-state mic pres — including their input impedance, gain stage “sweet spots,” and component-level circuit behaviors. 

 

LUNA Recording System — Deep Apollo Integration with a Fast, Natural Workflow

All Apollo X series interfaces work with all major DAWs, including Logic Pro, Ableton Live, Pro Tools, and more. But they become a fully integrated recording system with LUNA, a powerful recording application for Mac from Universal Audio. Bolstered by Accelerated Realtime Monitoring,™ LUNA lets you track and mix in an intuitive single-window workflow with unlimited track counts, with full AU support and access to exclusive LUNA Instruments and Extensions. 

 

Surround Sound Monitoring and +24 dBu Operation

With comprehensive surround monitoring support for formats up to 7.1, Apollo x8p Heritage Edition is a boon for engineers and producers working on audio and music for video games, television, and the web. In addition, Apollo x8p Heritage Edition offers selectable +24 dBu operation for out-of-the-box compatibility with professional mixing consoles and other high-end pro audio equipment. 

 

Build a Networked Studio System Over Thunderbolt

Apollo x8p Heritage Edition offers 16 x 22 simultaneous inputs/outputs (8 x 14 analog I/O) and two built-in Thunderbolt 3 ports, which are backwards-compatible with Thunderbolt 1 and 2 Macs via adapter (sold separately). This allows users of any Thunderbolt-equipped Apollo desktop or rackmount audio interfaces to easily combine up to four Apollos and six total UAD-2 devices. 

 

Apollo x8p Heritage Edition Key Features:

  • A special edition of UA's acclaimed Apollo x8p interface — with a premium suite of 10 award-winning plug-in titles from Helios,® Fairchild,® Teletronix,® Pultec,® UA, and more — a $2,400 value
  • 16 x 22 Thunderbolt 3 audio interface with class-leading 24-bit/192 kHz conversion 
  • Realtime UAD HEXA Core Processing for tracking through UAD plug-ins at near-zero latency, regardless of audio buffer size
  • 8 Unison-enabled mic/line preamps — track through fully authentic preamp emulations from Neve,API, SSL, Manley, Avalon, Helios, UA, and more*
  • LUNA Recording System — a fully-integrated recording application made for Apollo (Mac only) 
  • Compatible with Logic Pro, Pro Tools, Cubase, Ableton Live, and more
  • Surround monitor controller up to 7.1 format
  • UAD HEXA Core processing onboard for additional mixing horsepower for Pro Tools, Logic, Cubase, Ableton, and other major DAWs
  • Combine up to 4 Thunderbolt-equipped Apollos and 6 total UAD devices; backward-compatible with Thunderbolt 1 and 2 Macs via optional adapter  
  • Selectable +24 dBu operation for easy compatibility with professional mixing consoles and tape machines
  • Convenient front panel monitoring functions including Alt Speakers, Talkback mic, and assignable Dim or Mono
  • Uncompromising UA analog design, superior components, and premium build quality
  • Also includes “Realtime Analog Classics Plus” UAD plug-in bundle featuring UA 610-B Tube Preamp, Legacy Pultec EQ, additional LA-2A and 1176 compressors, Marshall Plexi Classic, Ampeg SVT-VR Classic, and more
  • Free, industry-leading technical support — on the phone and online — from knowledgeable audio engineers 

 

Included in Apollo "Heritage Edition" Bundle:

UA 1176 Classic Limiter Collection

Teletronix LA-2A Classic Leveler Collection 

Pultec Passive EQ Collection

Fairchild Tube Limiter Collection

Teletronix LA‑3A Audio Leveler

UA 610 Tube Preamp & EQ Collection

Helios Type 69 Preamp & EQ Collection

V76 Preamplifier

Oxide Tape Recorder

Pure Plate Reverb

 

 

Included in the Realtime Analog Classics Plus Bundle:

UA 610-B Tube Preamp & EQ 

Marshall Plexi Classic Guitar Amp

Ampeg SVT-VR Classic Bass Amp

UA 1176LN Limiting Amplifier (Legacy)
UA 1176SE Limiting Amplifier (Legacy)
Pultec EQP-1A EQ (Legacy)
Pultec Pro EQ (Legacy)
Teletronix LA-2A Leveling Amplifier (Legacy)
Fairchild 670 Compressor (Legacy)
Precision Enhancer Hz
Raw Distortion
Precision Channel Strip (Precision Mix Rack Collection)
Precision Reflection Engine (Precision Mix Rack Collection)
Precision Delay Mod (Precision Mix Rack Collection)
Precision Delay Mod L (Precision Mix Rack Collection)
RealVerb Pro Custom Room Modeler

 

*Apollo x8p Heritage Edition includes ten premium UAD plug-in titles, plus the “Realtime Analog Classics Plus” UAD plug-in bundle. Other UAD plug-ins sold separately at www.uaudio.com. All trademarks are property of their respective owners. 

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

  • Computer Connectivity:Thunderbolt 3
  • Form Factor:Rackmount
  • Simultaneous I/O:16 x 20
  • A/D Resolution:24-bit/192kHz
  • Built In DSP/FX:6 x UAD DSP Cores
  • Number of Preamps:8 x mic, 2 x instrument
  • Phantom Power:Yes
  • Analog Inputs:8 x XLR-1/4" combo (mic/line), 2 x 1/4" (Hi-Z), 1 x DB-25 (line)
  • Analog Outputs:2 x 1/4" (monitor), 1 x DB-25 (alt/5.1 surround)
  • Digital Inputs:2 x Optical Toslink (ADAT/SMUX)
  • Digital Outputs:2 x Optical Toslink (ADAT/SMUX)
  • Headphones:2 x 1/4"
  • Thunderbolt:2 x USB-C (Thunderbolt 3)
  • Clock I/O:In/Out (75 ohm termination switch)
  • Software:HEXA Core UAD Plug-in processing, Unison Preamp Emulations, Realtime Analog Classics Plus Plug-ins
  • OS Requirements - Mac:OS X 10.10 or later
  • OS Requirements - PC:Windows 10 64-bit Anniversary update or later, Thunderbolt 3 port (built-in)
  • Rack Spaces:1U
  • Power Supply:12V DC power supply
  • Width:19"
  • Height:1.75"