Universal Audio Apollo 8 QUAD

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  • 18 x 24 Thunderbolt 2 Audio Interface
  • 4 Unison Enabled Mic Preamps
  • Next Gen A/D and D/A Conversion
  • Onboard UAD-2 QUAD Core DSP
  • Realtime Analog Classics Plus Plugin Suite

Universal Audio Apollo 8 QUAD


The Universal Audio Apollo 8 QUAD Thunderbolt Audio Interface is a professional 18 x 24 interface featuring state-of-the-art next generation A/D and D/A converters, four high-quality microphone preamps with Unison technology, and a powerful onboard UAD-2 QUAD Core DSP, allowing ultra-low latency digital signal processing with UAD plug-ins such as the included Realtime Analog Classics Plus plug-in suite.

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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 8 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 an obsessive audition of the latest converters, pairing them with completely redesigned analog circuitry. Confirmed by extensive double-blind listening tests, the end result is 3 dB better dynamic range on both A/D and D/A conversion versus the original Apollo, placing the Apollo 8 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 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 QUAD Core 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.

Realtime Analog Classics Plus Bundle

With the included Realtime Analog Classics Plus plug-in bundle, you get a whole host of professional-quality plug-ins, including legendary compressors such as the 1176SE/LN Limiting Amplifiers and Fairchild 670 Legacy, Softube's stunning Amp Room Half-Stack and Bass Amp Room 8x10 guitar and bass amp emulations, the flexible and natural-sounding RealVerb Pro reverb, UA's landmark 610-B Tube Preamp and EQ plug-in, and much more besides.


Audio Interface

  • 18 x 24 simultaneous input/output channels
  • Sample rates up to 192 kHz at 24-bit word length
  • Two Thunderbolt 2 ports facilitates daisy-chaining of other Thunderbolt devices
  • Cascade up to 4 Apollo interfaces and 6 UAD devices total over Thunderbolt (Mac)
  • Four high-resolution, ultra-transparent, digitally-controlled analog mic preamps
  • Unison™ technology for deep integration with UAD preamp and pedal plug-ins
  • Switchable low cut filter, 48V phantom power, pad, polarity inversion, and stereo linking
  • Digitally-controlled analog monitor outputs maintains highest fidelity
  • Two stereo headphone outputs with independent mix buses
  • Independent front panel volume controls for headphone outputs
  • Front panel pre-fader metering of monitor bus levels
  • S/PDIF outputs can be set to mirror the monitor outputs
  • Up to two alternate stereo monitor outputs selectable via front panel or Console software
  • Assignable front panel monitor function switch for alternate speakers, dim, & mono

UAD-2 Inside

  • QUAD Core DSP with four SHARC® processors
  • Realtime UAD Processing on all analog and digital inputs via Console application
  • Console Recall plug-in saves Console configurations inside DAW sessions for easy recall
  • Same features and functionality as other UAD-2 devices when used with DAW
  • Can be combined with other UAD-2 devices for increased mixing DSP
  • Includes UAD Powered Plug-Ins ''Realtime Analog Classics Plus'' bundle
  • Complete UAD plug-ins library is available at the UA online store

System Requirements

  • Apple Mac computer with available Thunderbolt or Thunderbolt 2 port
  • Mac OS X 10.8.5 Mountain Lion, 10.9.x Mavericks, or 10.10.x Yosemite
  • 4 gigabytes available disk space
  • Internet connection to download software and authorize UAD plug-ins
  • Compatible VST, Audio Units, RTAS, or AAX 64 plug-in host DAW software
  • Thunderbolt cable (sold separately)


I/O Complement

  • Microphone Inputs: 4
  • High-Impedence (Hi-Z) Instrument Inputs: 2
  • Analog Line Inputs: 8
  • Analog Line Outputs: 8 (ten including monitor outputs)
  • Analog Monitor Outputs: 2 (one stereo pair)
  • Headphone Outputs: 2 Stereo
  • ADAT: Up to eight channels via dual I/O ports with S/MUX
  • S/PDIF: One stereo input, one stereo output
  • 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


  • 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


  • 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''


  • Shipping Weight (with box & accessories): 18 pounds (8.2 kg)
  • Weight (bare unit): 9.1 pounds (4.1 kg)

Package Contents

  • Apollo 8 QUAD Audio Interface Unit
  • External Power Supply
  • AC Power Cable (IEC)
  • Set of (4) Rack-Mount Screws
  • Getting Started URL Card