Universal Audio Apollo 8p 18x24 Thunderbolt 2 Audio Interface with UAD DSP

18-in/24-out Thunderbolt 2 Audio Interface with UAD-2 QUAD DSP, 8 Unison Preamps, and Realtime Analog Classics Plug-in Bundle - Mac/PC
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Eight Pres Plus Unison Technology!

Loaded with cutting-edge digital conversion and eight Unison-equipped preamps and UAD-2 QUAD core processing, the Universal Audio 18-in/24-out Apollo 8p Thunderbolt audio interface demonstrates exactly why the Apollo line has been one of the most popular audio-interface series Sweetwater has ever carried. Thanks to the extreme speed of Thunderbolt 2 connectivity, the Apollo 8p lets you access UAD powered plug-ins as you record - all with less than 2ms of latency. Thunderbolt also lets you cascade Apollo interfaces and UAD Satellites, allowing you to easily expand your system. Experience the awesome power of UAD technology, with a Universal Audio Apollo 8p.

Second-gen signal path delivers superior sound quality

For many of us who first picked up an Apollo audio interface for the onboard UAD-2 processing, the impressive sound quality was a seriously nice bonus. Then again, Universal Audio has always been known for their top-notch analog gear. Now they've raised the bar again by upgrading the Apollo lineup's digital converters and refining the signal path even more. The results are absolutely astonishing, offering you superb stereo imaging and a level of clarity that gives your sound serious breathing room. Whether you buy it for the DSP, the high-speed Thunderbolt connectivity, or the sound quality itself, you're sure to be satisfied with your Apollo audio interface.

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 8p 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 8p. But the Apollo 8p 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 8p to reconfigure the impedance, gain structure, and other physical circuitry of all eight of its 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 8p'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.

Included UAD-2 Plug-ins:

  • UA 610-B
  • UA 1176LN Legacy
  • UA 1176SE Legacy
  • Pultec EQP-1A Legacy
  • Pultec-Pro Legacy
  • Teletronix LA-2A Legacy
  • Fairchild 670 Legacy
  • Precision Enhancer Hz
  • Raw Distortion
  • Softube Amp Room Half-Stack (Softube Amp Room Essentials)
  • Softube Bass Amp Room 8x10 (Softube Amp Room Essentials)
  • Precision Channel Strip (Precision Mix Rack Collection)
  • Precision Reflection Engine (Precision Mix Rack Collection)
  • Precision Delay Mod (Precision Mix Rack Collection)
  • Precision Delay Mod L (Precision Mix Rack Collection)
  • RealVerb Pro

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 is easy. Console 2.0 lets you cascade up to six UAD-2 devices, including four Apollo interfaces. Need more inputs? Add another Apollo 8p; 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 8p Thunderbolt Audio Interface Features:

  • 18-in/24-out Thunderbolt 2 audio interface for Mac or PC, with onboard UAD-2 QUAD processing
  • Onboard UAD-2 QUAD Core DSP provides real-time UAD processing you can use for recording
  • 8 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

Additional Media

Audio Interface Buying Guide
Multitrack Drum Recording with the Universal Audio Apollo 8p
Winter NAMM 2016: Universal Audio Apollo Next-gen Interfaces

Tech Specs

Computer Connectivity Thunderbolt 2
Form Factor Rackmount
Simultaneous I/O 16 x 20
A/D Resolution 24-bit/192kHz
Built In DSP/FX Yes
Number of Preamps 8 x mic, 2 x instrument
Phantom Power Yes
Analog Inputs 8 x XLR-1/4" combo, 2 x 1/4" (Hi-Z)
Analog Outputs 2 x 1/4" (monitor), 6 x 1/4" (line/alt out)
Digital Inputs 2 x Optical Toslink (ADAT, S/PDIF)
Digital Outputs 2 x Optical Toslink (ADAT, S/PDIF)
Headphones 2 x 1/4" (headphones)
Data I/O 2 x Thunderbolt 2
Clock I/O In/Out
OS Requirements - Mac OS X 10.9 or later
OS Requirements - PC Windows 10 (Anniversary update or later)
Rack Spaces 1U
Depth 13.5" (including knobs & jacks)
Width 19"
Height 1.75"
Weight 9.1 lbs.
Power Supply 12V DC power supply (included)
Manufacturer Part Number APQ8PD

Customer Reviews

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DSP concerns

In response to reviewers such as Edward Fisher, and a few others; I'm curious as to why with the Apollo 8P you are only able to run 4 instances of the Neve 1073 in Stereo. Am I missing something?I've got an Apollo Twin USB, and a single UAD2 Core Duo PCIe accelerator. 4 Sharc chips total. However, even if I disable the 2 Sharc chips of the PCIe card in the UAD Control Panel Settings, therefore only utilizing the 2 Sharc chips in the Apollo Twin, I'm able to run the Neve 1073 Pre/EQ as such: 14 Neve 1073 instances in Mono @ 44.1K08 Neve 1073 instances in Stereo @ 44.1K 14 Neve 1073 instances in Mono at 48K 08 Neve 1073 instances in Stereo at 48K 12 Neve 1073 instances in Mono at 88.2K 08 Neve 1073 instances in Stereo at 88.2K 12 Neve 1073 instances in Mono at 96K 06 Neve 1073 instances in Stereo at 96K 08 Neve 1073 instances in Mono at 192K 04 Neve 1073 instances in Stereo at 192K And again, this is all with just 2 Sharc DSP chips on the Apollo Twin USB3. I have to assume guys like Edward were running at 192kHz, but even still the Apollo 8p has FOUR Sharcs, and I got the above results with just TWO. How is this possible?Above I mentioned that I disabled the PCIe Duo prior to these tests. If I enable it I can effectively DOUBLE the number of instances I listed above. I've tested it! None the less, this is strangely curious to me, and its important that other would be buyers are not dissuaded with erroneous information. The UA Apollo line is amazing, from the Twin to the Apollo 8p and Apollo 16. The plugins are the best in the biz in my opinion, and though the hardware could certainly use an update (more powerful chips and more of them) you can certainly do a decent amount with even a quad.

Apollo 8p

Wow, I'm floored and in love with this interface. Fantastic AD/DA conversion. It's so detailed with a nice punch to it. Preamps are killer, UAD system is incredible, lots of life in these plugs. Just keep an eye on your usage, and I highly recommend using that UAD REC function on Console 2.0 after you create a processing chain you like. Another way of maximizing its power. Console 2.0, is not bad at all, very flexible and intuitive. Storing settings is very simple. I have nothing but love for this unit. There are limitations like, sure having more outs would be great, but there are ways to increase your outputs, it cost extra cash but there are ways. I'm fine with this amazing offering, paired with nice choice speakers, you'll be in sonic bliss. I'm using Focal Alpha 80s and yeah, its utopia..

Can't believe it

This thing does exactly what I wanted it to do. I can't believe the quality of the pres. High gain, low noise. They bring new life to my microphones. They're making even my cheaper mics sound incredible. The plugins are amazing. I got a great deal where UA included a bunch and then gave me another one after I registered my interface, and THEN gave me a 100 dollar voucher for their plugin website that I used towards the Lexicon 224 plugin (which is amazing). The UAD plugins are far and away the best and most detailed sounding plugs I've ever used. Can't say enough about this unit. Beautifully and wonderfully designed. Console 2.0 is exactly what you want if you're an engineer or just like doing things with that type of workflow. The ability to print to tape, adjust your "small fader" so you can saturate the preamp just like on a big boy console before it hits your DAW, create headphone mixes, monitor through the interface (with effects) for overdubs to save CPU power... the options and flexibility are exceptional and have taken my studio to the next level in many ways.TL;DR: This interface is amazing and the plugins are the best I've ever heard. Console 2.0 is perfect for any situation. Buy this box!!!
Music background: Musician, Engineer

As good as it gets

This thing is truly amazing if you have the extra DSP it's like running analog with all the hardware in the world at your fingertips I promise I can't tell the difference
Music background: 16 plus years grew up analog

My review of new gear

The Apollo 8P is everything it was lauded. The ease of setup and use is incredible and the latency is non existent. Onboard DSP works great, it's awesome to utilize plugins at the pre-amp while recording. I've barely scratched the surface, but the journey so far has been a blast.
Music background: Songwriter and Recording artist for 20 years

Sweetwater Advice

Mickey Cushing

After a decade of recording with classic gear, it was an easy choice to build my portable rig around an Apollo 8p. Universal Audio's UAD Powered Plug-ins let me take the studio sound I love anywhere. I knew about the plug-ins, but I hadn't realized how cool Unison preamps were, especially when paired with the right amp emulators. They've made my Apollo indispensable for songwriting, especially late at night when my wife and toddler are asleep.
See also: Universal Audio, Universal Audio Thunderbolt Audio Interfaces