Refreshed Apollo with 8 mic preamps.
Apollo 8p is a dramatic update to one of the world' most popular professional audio interfaces, delivering enhanced sound with the tone, feel, and flow of analog recording. This 16 x 20 Thunderbolt interface...
"I use the Apollo 8p. And then I have a vintage 1176. When I'm traveling I use the Duet, which is pretty amazing, because the pres in the Duet it sounds so good. I'm just always amazed by it. Apogee and Avid and Apollo are just an amazing trifecta of things... Yeah, so that's my portable rig and the Apollo's my home rig."more
Refreshed Apollo with 8 mic preamps.
Apollo 8p is a dramatic update to one of the world' most popular professional audio interfaces, delivering enhanced sound with the tone, feel, and flow of analog recording. This 16 x 20 Thunderbolt interface features eight onboard Unison mic preamps ” perfect for mobile rigs and tracking full bands ” as well as powerful onboard UAD-2 QUAD processing. Built on genuine UA analog design and next-generation A/D and D/A conversion, the Apollo 8p puts class-leading sonic performance in a sleek new package.
Apollo 8p further distinguishes itself with Realtime UAD Processing and Unison technology, letting you record at near-zero latency through the full range of UAD plug-ins from Neve, Studer, Manley, Lexicon, and more ” including new mic preamp emulations from Neve, API and Universal Audio.* Apollo Expanded software now allows cascading up to four Apollos and six total UAD-2 devices in a single system over Thunderbolt (Mac), so you can scale up your studio as your needs grow.
Next-Generation Apollo A/D and D/A Conversion
Apollo 8p improves upon the original Apollo' gold-standard audio quality with completely redesigned, class-leading A/D and D/A conversion ” giving you increased dynamic range and even lower THD. This results in breathtaking clarity, depth, and accuracy in your recordings, from tracking and overdubbing, to mixing and mastering.
Eight Mic Preamps with Unison Technology
Apollo 8p comes equipped with eight Unison-enabled mic preamps, letting you track larger projects with a range of colorful mic preamp sounds. A Universal Audio breakthrough, Unison technology nails the tone of the world's most sought-after tube and solid state mic preamps ” including their impedance, gain stage œsweet spots, and component-level circuit behaviors.
Based on unprecedented hardware-software integration between Apollo' mic preamps and its onboard UAD plug-in processing, Unison lets you record through stunning emulations like the bundled UA 610-B Tube Preamp plug-in, or exclusive preamp emulations from API and Neve.
Unison technology is further enhanced in Apollo 8p to include its panel Hi-Z instrument inputs, giving you dead-on impedance and gain matching for new stompbox models.
Realtime UAD Plug-In Processing for Tracking, Mixing, and Mastering
While Apollo 8p' œnatural sound is very open and transparent, it can quickly deliver a stunning range of classic analog tones and color via its Realtime UAD Processing. Available with generous UAD-2 QUAD processing onboard, Apollo' DSP Acceleration allows for recording through UAD Powered Plug-Ins ” with as low as sub-2ms latency ” letting you monitor and œprint audio using classic analog emulations from Ampex, Lexicon, Manley, Neve, Roland, SSL, Studer, and more.*
The Apollo 8p' bundled œRealtime Analog Classics Plus suite of UAD plug-ins gives you the UA 610-B Tube Preamp & EQ, Raw Distortion, Softube Amp Rooms, legacy LA-2A, 1176, and Fairchild compressors, Pultec EQs, and more, so you have a rack full of bonafide audio classics, right out of the box.
Using Apollo, UAD plug-ins are also available during mixing and mastering, putting UAD plug-ins (VST, RTAS, AU, AAX 64) at your disposal throughout the creative process.
Apollo Expanded and Console 2.0
Thanks to Apollo Expanded software, users of Thunderbolt-equipped Apollo Twin, Apollo 8, Apollo 8p, and Apollo 16 audio interfaces can combine up to four Apollos and six total UAD-2 devices ” adding I/O and DSP as their studio grows. Apollo Expanded also provides seamless integration with previous generation Apollos over Thunderbolt.
With Apollo 8p' Console 2.0 application ” a complete re-imagining of Apollo' original Console software ” you can take advantage of over 25 user-requested features such as Channel Strip presets, Drag & Drop functionality, dynamically resizable windows, and more.
Improved Monitoring and Workflow
Apollo 8p features a host of front-panel upgrades over the original Apollo, including Alt Speakers, Dim, and Mono functions as well as input and output metering capabilities via the new Meter button. These features combine with Apollo' system scalability to make it the new standard in professional multi-channel audio recording.
*All trademarks are recognized as property of their respective owners. Individual UAD Powered Plug-Ins sold separately
This is a game changer. The immense amount of technology that has been put into this interface is ground breaking. The concept of a Unison preamp which models famous vintage preamp circuits to a T that you can record onto your tracks is something that you just have to use to understand how incredible it is. I recorded a track in what used to be a storage room in my house yesterday that sounded like a Led Zeppelin acoustic track. To say the least, it leaves me speechless. The unison technology alone barely scratches the surface of the vast creative possibilities of this interface. However there is one downside: the fact that it eats up DSP power, I recommend investing in at least one extra quad core satellite.
There are, no question, better converters out there. Better pre's...buuut only theirs are the only ones that can FULLY use their Unison plugin's & only WITHIN UAD's "CONSOLE". So in say Ableton, you've got a HUGE screen hog like Console to flip back and forth with. Also be nice if I could "color" VST's/samples*(in the box) etc with Unison channel strips pre's in the same way I can with mic'd instruments. It's less of an issue when doing more "traditional" linear recording of live instruments. I do both. Or, should I get a wicked addition of top of the line A/D converters (from say, Apogee, whatever), I'd still have to track & print with my 8p if I want full Unison benefits.
YOU MAY THINK OF ADDING A CHANNEL STRIP AFTER A RECORDING & STILL GET THE COLOR THINGS WITH ALL THE STRIP OFFERS? Tell me how you did it. I print with any strip I use... I have printed with effects and have for 15+ years. Maybe I just hoped our new digital world wouldn't require it in this case-my bad. The "monitor only" is horseshit-that's from a UAD tech phone call. Not me. Told me flat out. More on that later...
For me, my budget & the insane sale for Black Monday? (Huge discount/4 year financing AND a FREE QUAD SATELLITE? Sure! I'm broke!!). It made sense but BUYER BE INFORMED! I would most likely made the same choice but I wish I'd known more -but as the man I talked to at Universal Audio Tech Support-they are hardly gonna broadcast their limitations. It was awesome to hear him crack & just talk strait. He actually talked a bit more smack that was hilarious I have a feeling he quit shortly after our chat...was awesome. Basically? MARKETING MUSCLES FULL ON FLEXED.
GOOD NEWS! Amazing zero latency (DEPENDENT ON YOUR SETTINGS! GOOGLE "UAD INCIDENT PLUGINS"! It will tell you based on your gear how many instances you can use any plug in PROVIDED you're recording @ 44.1). A must know for UAD USERS. Bookmark that guy.
Lots of Chase's positive points are true (on his review here). Things I feel are missed is situations like Unison only working fully in UAD's "Console" I covered. He is right about the Satellite Quad, or more being necessary to get the full...kick ass of these processor intensive plugins-and that is where it shines-UAD has loads of excellent plugins & they are hungry fuckers but its the heavy number crunching required to make them awesome & they provides options to handle it. I'd REALLY love to see a bit less modeling of the past & more "what can we do now?" plugins. They've got the mussels I'd love to see more imagination- Others cover this but can't help but be curious what their team could come up with!
**I've dug pretty deep on my own & tech support on these issues but if I'm mistaken, know anything I don't I'd love to hear. Also, I felt it only fair to include the plugin info as it's part of the "package" and appeal of UA interfaces. All that & it still gets 4 stars. Figure out if it's right for you.