Universal Audio Apollo X8P Thunderbolt 3 Audio Interface

Apollo x8p allows music engineers, producers, and project studios to track, overdub, and mix with elite-class A/D and D/A conversion, HEXA Core UAD plug-in processing, Dual-Crystal clocking, and 7.1 surround sound monitoring — all in a sleek rackmount Thunderbolt 3 audio interface for Mac or Windows.

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Universal Audio Apollo X8P Thunderbolt 3 Audio Interface

Universal Audio Apollo X8P allows music engineers, producers, and project studios to track, overdub, and mix with elite-class music equipment. With exceptional A/D and D/A conversion, HEXA Core UAD plug-in processing, Dual-Crystal clocking craft your ultimate mix. Additionally, use the unique 7.1 surround sound monitoring for the most detailed audio design.

Elite Audio Conversion with Eight Unison Mic Preamps, HEXA Core Processing, and Surround Sound.

Apollo X8P is built upon UA’s 60-year heritage of audio craftsmanship. The Apollo X8P’s 18 x 24 interface distinguishes itself with eight Unison™-enabled mic preamps and all-new HEXA Core processing. With this, it can yield 50% more DSP for running UAD Powered Plug-Ins in real time. Plus, it includes LUNA Recording System, giving you a fully-integrated music production application.

Elite-Class A/D and D/A Conversion

Apollo interfaces are no strangers to tracking stellar-sounding records. They have been a part of thousands of chart-topping songs and hundreds of Grammy-winning albums. To improve on the previous generation interface’s 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.

The Apollo X series also introduces new Dual-Crystal clocking. Apollo X8P has dedicated crystals for 44.1/88.2/176.4k and 48/96/192k sample rates. As a result, Apollo x8P has stunningly low jitter, measured at less than 10 picoseconds. In fact, this translates into pure, artifact-free recordings and solid stereo imaging you can trust.

With 129 dB dynamic range and -119 dB THD+N, Apollo X8P’s sound quality beats all others. In fact, it is the perfect starting point for applying UAD processing.

Apollo X8P Realtime UAD HEXA Core Processing

Apollo X8P features new HEXA Core processing, with six DSP chips and 50% more UAD plug-in processing. This lets you run more UAD plug-ins, whether you’re tracking in real time with channel strips from Neve, Manley, or API, or running high UAD plug-in counts when mixing in your DAW.

Furthermore, from the tube warmth of Pultec EQs on guitars to the musical tube limiting of the LA-2A on vocals, or the pump of a genuine 1176 or Fairchild 670 tube compressor on drums, your recordings will take a giant leap forward with a rich, three-dimensional analog sound that UAD plug-ins provide.

Unison Technology: The Genuine Sound of Neve, API & Manley Preamps

Perfect for musicians, engineers, producers, and sound designers, Apollo X8P features four Unison-enabled mic preamps. This allows you to track through exacting mic preamp emulations from Neve, API, Manley, Helios, SSL, and Universal Audio. A Universal Audio exclusive – Unison technology nails the tone of these sought-after tube and solid state mic pres. This includes their input impedance, gain stage “sweet spots,” and the component-level circuit behaviors of the original hardware.

The secret to Unison is its hardware-software integration between Apollo’s mic preamps and its onboard HEXA Core DSP Acceleration. Simply place a Unison preamp plug-in on your mic input in Apollo Console software, and it physically reconfigures the Apollo interface’s impedance — so you can tap into the classic sounds of the world’s most recorded mic preamps.

A Full Suite of Classic Analog Processing Onboard

Of course, a hallmark feature of Apollo is its Realtime UAD Processing. Apollo X8P lets you run the full library of UAD plug-ins with near-zero latency. Apollo X8P includes the Realtime Analog Classics Plus plug-in bundle, so you can record and mix with the world’s only authentic Teletronix LA-2A, 1176LN, and Fairchild compressors, the Unison-enabled UA 610-B Tube Preamp & EQ, and iconic guitar and bass amps from Marshall and Ampeg.

Access the World of UAD Powered Plug-Ins

Going beyond the included Realtime Analog Classics Plus plug-ins, Apollo X8P lets you tap into the full UAD Powered Plug-In library of legendary vintage EQs, compressors, reverbs, tape machines, channel strips, and more — at near-zero latency, regardless of your audio software’s buffer size and without taxing your computer’s CPU.

With exclusive emulations from SSL, Neve, Studer, Manley, Helios, API, Ampex, Lexicon, Fender, and more,† it’s like having a studio full of iconic analog gear, in a single rack space. And unlike competing interfaces, these award-winning DSP-powered plug-ins are also available in your DAW for mixing.

Apollo X8P Surround Sound, Talkback, and More

The Apollo X8P features built-in front-panel monitoring functions including a Talkback mic, Alt Speakers, and assignable Dim or Mono control. Also, with its comprehensive 7.1 surround monitoring support, Apollo X8P is a boon for engineers and producers working on audio and music for video games, television, and the web.

In addition, Apollo X8P offers selectable +24 dBu operation for out-of-the-box compatibility with professional mixing consoles.

Create with a Fast, Natural Workflow in LUNA

Explore analog sound and workflows with LUNA, UA’s Mac based recording application for producers and musicians, composers, sound designers, and more.

Specifically designed for seamless integration with Apollo audio interfaces, LUNA gives your recordings big studio sound with built in extensions from Neve,® Studer,® and API® — plus inspiring instruments like Moog® Minimoog and Ravel grand piano.

Build an Expanded Studio System Over Thunderbolt

Lastly, Apollo X8P offers 16 x 22 simultaneous inputs/outputs (8 x 8 analog I/O) and two built-in Thunderbolt 3 ports. Consequently, this allows users of any Thunderbolt-equipped Apollo Twin or Apollo rackmount audio interfaces to easily combine up to four Apollos and six total UAD-2 devices. Therefore, adding fast, high-bandwidth I/O and DSP as your studio grows.

Universal Audio Apollo X8P Key Highlights:

  • Record with elite-class A/D and D/A conversion — nearing the widest dynamic range and lowest noise available, at any price
  • Mix with powerful HEXA Core processing, featuring 6 UAD DSP chips for running more UAD Powered Plug-Ins in real time
  • Track through 8 Unison-enabled mic preamps — with fully authentic emulations from Neve,® API,® Manley,® Helios,® and more
  • Includes LUNA Recording System — a fully-integrated and inspiring music production application

  • 16 x 22 Thunderbolt 3 audio interface with class-leading 24-bit/192 KHz conversion (backwards compatible with Thunderbolt 1 & 2 on Mac)
  • Realtime UAD HEXA Core Processing for tracking through UAD plug-ins at near-zero latency, regardless of audio buffer size
  • 8 Unison-enabled mic preamps with realtime preamp emulations from Neve, API, SSL, Manley, Universal Audio, and more†
  • Produce with LUNA Recording System — a fully-integrated recording application made for Apollo (Mac/Thunderbolt)
  • Surround monitor controller up to 7.1 format
  • Includes the “Realtime Analog Classics Plus” UAD plug-in bundle. Other UAD plug-ins sold separately.
  • 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
  • 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
  • Free, industry-leading technical support — on the phone and online — from knowledgeable audio engineers

Inputs
Combo Mic/Line Inputs: 8 Balanced XLR/TRS
DB25 Line Inputs: 8 Balanced via 25-pin D-sub
Instrument (Hi-Z) Inputs: 2 Unbalanced ¼” TS
Digital Inputs (Optical TOSLINK):
ADAT: 8 channels @ 44.1 – 96 kHz
ADAT: 4 channels @ 176.4 – 192 kHz
S/PDIF: 2 channels @ 44.1 to 96 kHz
(Switchable ADAT or S/PDIF)

A to D Conversion
Mic Preamps:
Dynamic Range: 122 dB (A-weighted)
THD+N: -115 dB (0.00019%)
Frequency Response: 20 Hz – 20 kHz, ±0.05 dB
Line Inputs:
Dynamic Range: 123 dB (A-weighted)
THD+N: -113 dB (0.00022%)
Frequency Response: 20 Hz – 20 kHz, ±0.04 dB

Outputs
DB25 Line Outputs: 8 Balanced via 25-pin D-sub
Monitor Outputs: 2 Balanced ¼” TRS
Headphone Outputs: 2 Stereo ¼” TRS
Digital Outputs (Optical TOSLINK):
ADAT: 8 channels @ 44.1 – 96 kHz
ADAT: 4 channels @ 176.4 – 192 kHz
S/PDIF: 2 channels @ 44.1 to 96 kHz
(Switchable ADAT or S/PDIF)

D to A Conversion
Line Outputs:
Dynamic Range: 127 dB (A-weighted)
THD+N: -118 dB (0.00011%)
Frequency Response: 20 Hz – 20 kHz, ±0.07 dB
Monitor Outputs:
Dynamic Range: 129 dB (A-weighted)
THD+N: -118 dB (0.00012%)
Frequency Response: 20 Hz – 20 kHz, ±0.06 dB
Headphone Outputs:
Dynamic Range: 125 dB (A-weighted)
THD+N: -102 dB (0.00080%)
Frequency Response: 20 Hz – 20 kHz, ±0.05 dB

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