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Universal Audio Apollo x8 Thunderbolt Audio Interface

Universal Audio lives up to their sterling reputation in sound, technology, and workflow with the supercharged Apollo x8 thunderbolt audio interface


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Music producers and mixing engineers are all to familiar with the powerhouse production capabilities of the Apollo series and the X8 raises the bar that much farther. Featuring elite 24-bit/192kHz A/D and D/A conversion technology, Universal Audio's proprietary HEXA core processing for flawless plug-in integration, and a full suite of legendary classic analog plug in emulations, the X8 is the perfect centerpiece to bring your project studio up into the professional realm.

Elite Conversion
With the Apollo x8 Thunderbolt Audio Interface, Universal Audio pairs their pristine AD/DA converters with analog circuitry to deliver that lush analog experience. The natural, open sound in the converters develops from the 129-dB dynamic range and unheard of signal to noise ratio of -118 dB. The result is an ultra pristine signal path that is ready for your experimentation.

50% More Processing Power
The Apollo x8 features HEXA Core Processing with six DSP chips to deliver 50% more processing power than previous Apollos! This real-time processing gives you the ability to use a wide variety of three-dimensional analog sounding plugins. Plus, with four Unison Microphone preamps on board, you are able to meticulously recreate the sound of legendary sought after solid state and tube mic pre’s thanks to Unison Technologies ability to drill down to the component level circuit behaviors of the original hardware.

Real-time Analog Classics
In order to take full advantage of Unison Technology, the Apollo x8 includes the Real-time Analog Classics Plus Plug in Bundle. This incredible plug in menu includes exact emulations of studio icons like the Teletronix LA-2A, Fairchild compressors, and additional emulations for legendary gear from names like Neve, API, Manley, SSL, and more.

Surround Sound Ready
Mixing for a movie, video game or web series that requires 7.1 surround sound? Universal Audio has your back with the Apollo x8. The interface is compatible with projects that are up mixed in up to 7.1 surround sound and has a selectable +24dB operation for out-of-the-box compatibility with professional consoles and high-end equipment. Equipped with 18 x 24 simultaneous inputs/outputs, and two built-in thunderbolt connections, you can combine 4 X8’s for a monster setup of incredibly fast and flawless processing.

  • Experience elite-class A/D and D/A conversion nearing the widest dynamic range and lowest signal to noise available
  • 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
  • Dual Crystal clocking for a low-jitter environment and pure, artifact-free recordings, and solid stereo imaging
  • Record with near-zero latency through preamp emulations from Neve, API, Manley, Fender, and more using Unison technology
  • Easily connect to pro-level studio gear with switchable +24 / +20 dB headroom settings
  • Work in surround formats up to 7.1, complete with speaker calibration and fold-down
  • Integrated talkback and built-in cues for easy communication and slating takes
  • Included "Realtime Analog Classics Plus" UAD plug-ins

Get your Universal Audio Apollo x8 Thunderbolt Audio Interface today at the guaranteed lowest price from Sam Ash with our 45-day return and 60-day price protection policy.

Things You Will Get:

  • Audio Interface
  • Power Supply

The best interface for professional studios


Studio grade, amazing sound quality.



Perfect Compliment to my MacBook Pro


Once you go UA, you never go back. They really lock you in with the plugins, but they're worth it, and they send out coupons. Going to pair nicely with my 4-710d to mic a full kit—I highly recommend the combo.

Big Al

Long Beach, CA


My second Apollo 8


I have used an Apollo 8 Quad with Pro Tools on a Mac in my project studio for about 5 years. It has been bullet proof since day one. In setting up a new studio I went with the Apollo X8. It adapted to to Pro Tools on a new PC just as easily as it did on the Mac. So far it is glitchless.




Apollo x8 Thunderbolt Audio Interface

5.0 3


Interface Type Thunderbolt
Mic Preamps 2
Built-in DSP Yes
A/D Resolution 24192
Analog Inputs 6 x 1/4" (Line), 2 x 1/4" (Hi-Z)
Analog Outputs 2 x XLR (L/R Main), 6 x 1/4" (Line)
Digital Inputs 1 x Coax, 2 x ADAT
Digital Outputs 1 x Coax, 2 x ADAT
Headphone Outputs 1 x 1/4"
Wordclock Yes
Bus Powered No
Ethernet Cat5 No
Phantom Power Yes
Mac OS Requirements Mac OS
PC OS Requirements Windows USB-C Thunderbolt 3
Dimensions 24" x 17" x 8" inches (WxHxD)
Weight 17 lbs
Series Apollo X Series
Model APX8
Warranty Info:

One Year Parts and Labor Warranty

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