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Universal Audio Apollo 8 Thunderbolt 2 Audio Interface

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.


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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 DUO processing and four onboard Unison mic preamps, delivering sonic performance that surpasses anything in its class.

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 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.

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.

•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

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The only piece of recording hardware you will ever need.


Have been a dedicated UA Apollo user since 2014 and needed to upgrade to get more power for preamps and mixing. The classic preamp and compressor plugins from UA are a must-have. Absolutely indispensable.



A must have


Universal Audio's Apollo 8 is by far one of the best interfaces out there in the market right now. Biggest feature you get besides running on Thunderbolt 2 is that the Apollo 8 has an internal Quad Core DSP system that allows you to push the computer less since the plug ins are being process through the interface itself. Since it has a Thunderbolt connection you have the ability to link multiple Apollo's together to get more inputs.


Edison, NJ

Professional Necessity!


The Apollo 8 allows you to have a classic analog feel in a single rack space with unsurpassed quality and design. The unit features four onboard preamps that are top notch quality. The plug-ins are representative from the biggest and best names in the industry offering an authentic analog tone with the warmth and vibrancy one would expect. The UAD-2 processor does well to take strain off the host computer ensuring smooth work flow without hiccups or hesitations on the host. Also included is a vast and ever-expanding collection of plug-ins available through the online UA Store so you never have to settle for a sound that isn't meeting your needs, you can simply search and download a new one. This ever-expanding, sleek design, quality built interface will meet the needs of even the most discerning professional.

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