Universal Audio Apollo 8 QUAD Thunderbolt Audio Interface at a Glance:
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Sporting next-gen digital converters and a 4-pack of Analog Devices SHARC processors, the Universal Audio Apollo 8 QUAD delivers pristine sounds while letting you take full advantage of premium UAD powered plug-ins in real time. Combine that with the blazing-fast speed of Thunderbolt 2 connectivity, and your 18-in/24-out Apollo 8 QUAD offers you loads of I/O with under 2ms of latency. If you ever need more I/O or DSP than your Apollo 8 QUAD can deliver, the Apollo Expanded line makes adding on to your rig a piece of cake. At Sweetwater, Universal Audio's Apollo line has been one of our all-time most popular series of audio interfaces, and when you pick up an 18-in/24-out Apollo 8 QUAD, we're confident you'll know why.
-UAD-2 DSP delivers dedicated power for amazing plug-ins
-Thunderbolt gives you ultra-low latency and unrivaled bandwidth
-Unison Technology makes Apollo Pres mimic classic gear
-Realtime Analog Classics Plus bundle includes amazing UAD-2 plug-ins
-Grow your system with Apollo Expanded and Console 2.0 UAD-2 DSP delivers dedicated power for amazing plug-ins:
Ask anyone at Sweetwater, and they'll tell you that Universal Audio's UAD Powered Plug-ins are some of the best-sounding virtual processors ever created. Apollo 8 QUAD packs UA's super-powerful UAD-2 processing, which lets you use UAD Powered Plug-ins at below 2ms of latency in real time! That means you can record, mix, and master with some of the best plug-ins in the industry, without requiring any external processing. You can also use the Virtual I/O feature to process virtual instruments and DAW tracks in real time too!
Thunderbolt gives you ultra-low latency and unrivaled bandwidth:
You haven't experienced low latency until you've gotten your hands on a Thunderbolt audio interface such as this Apollo 8 QUAD. But the Apollo 8 QUAD doesn't just benefit from the Massive track count and less than 2ms latency ultra-high-speed Thunderbolt 2 connectivity has to offer, it also lets you track and record with extremely processor-intensive plug-in processors, all without experiencing any significant stress on your computer.
Unison Technology makes Apollo Pres mimic classic gear:
No matter how good a plug-in emulation may be, there are just some things that software can't do. That's why Universal Audio developed their Unison preamp technology. Unison technology allows your Apollo 8 QUAD to reconfigure the impedance, gain structure, and other physical circuitry of its four preamps as well as its instrument-level inputs to match the specific behavior of select UAD plug-in processors. As a result, your signal undergoes the dynamic saturation the original hardware would provide in the analog domain, long before it reaches the DSP-driven plug-in. The effect is a level of realism you simply won't get with standard plug-ins.
Realtime Analog Classics Plus bundle includes amazing UAD-2 plug-ins:
You're ready to dive right into the world of UAD-2 plug-ins from the moment you install your Apollo 8 QUAD's software. That's because Universal Audio includes their impressive Realtime Analog Classics Plus UAD-2 plug-in bundle, which provides you with eight amazing DSP-driven processors. In addition to vintage UA gear, such as 1176 and LA-2A dynamics processors, as well as preamp and EQ models, this bundle comes with hits from Fairchild, Pultec, and more. And when you want other amazing UAD-2 plug-ins, there are dozens of options, from SSL and Neve consoles to Studer tape machines and more all available in the UAD store.
Grow your system with Apollo Expanded and Console 2.0:
Thanks to the phenomenal speed of Thunderbolt and the flexibility of Universal Audio's Console 2.0 UAD software, combining Apollo Expanded interfaces to create high-power, high-channel systems that can handle the demands of extremely large recording sessions. Console 2.0 lets you cascade up to six UAD-2 devices, including four Apollo interfaces. Need more inputs? Add another Apollo 8 QUAD choose from a selection of compatible Apollo models. Need more DSP? Upgrading your system is as simple as adding on a UAD-2 Satellite Thunderbolt processor.
Universal Audio Apollo 8 QUAD Thunderbolt Audio Interface Features:
-18-in/24-out Thunderbolt 2 audio interface for Mac, with onboard UAD-2 QUAD processing
-Onboard UAD-2 QUAD Core DSP provides realtime UAD processing you can use for recording
-4 Unison-enabled microphone preamps work with select UAD plug-ins to emulate popular hardware
-Next-gen digital converters provide pristine sound and superior stereo imaging
-Front-panel monitoring functions include alt speaker selection, dim, and mono toggling
-Thunderbolt 2 connectivity provides high bandwidth I/O with under 2ms of latency
-Apollo Expanded and Console 2.0 let you cascade up to 4 Apollo interfaces and 6 total UAD devices
-Realtime Analog Classics Plus UAD plug-in bundle included, featuring 8 amazing plug-in emulations
Grab a Universal Audio Apollo 8 QUAD and experience amazing sound, low latency, and jaw-dropping UAD plug-in power!
-Simultaneous I/O:18 x 24
-Built In DSP/FX:Yes
-Analog Inputs:4 x XLR/TRS Combo, 4 x 1/4" (Line), 2 x 1/4" (Hi-Z)
-Analog Outputs:2 x 1/4" (Monitor), 4 x 1/4" (Line/Alt), 4 x -1/4" (Line), 2 x 1/4" (Headphones)
-Digital Inputs:1 x Coax, 2 x Optical
-Digital Outputs:1 x Coax, 2 x Optical
-Number of Preamps:4
-Clock I/O:2 x Word Clock
-Depth:12.125" (chassis only), 13.5" (including knob & jack protrusions)