The Universal Audio Apollo X8 Heritage Edition is a special edition Thunderbolt 3 audio interface that includes a suite of 10 award-winning UAD plug-ins.
The Universal Audio Apollo X8 Heritage Edition delivers the stunning performance of the highly successful Apollo X8, from its stunning AD/DA conversion to its Hexa Core DSP processing for latency-free tracking through UAD plugins, Unison Preamp technology and full integration the latest LUNA Recording system.
The Heritage Edition comes with a suite of highly desirable plugin emulations including popular collections from Helios, Fairchild, Teletronix, Pultec and Universal Audio.
An Outstanding Thunderbolt Audio Interface
The Apollo X8 Heritage Edition features a total of 18x24 I/O including eight analogue inputs and 14 analogue outputs. Four Unison Mic Preamps are also included for recording through some of the best emulations available.
The Apollo X16 also boasts class-leading 24-bit/192kHz digital audio converters and pristine analogue circuitry to capture your recordings in all their glory.
Unison Mic Preamps
The Apollo X8 features four Unison mic preamps allowing engineers, producers and musicians record through accurate mic preamp emulations of Neve, API, Avalon, Helios, SSL or Universal Audio.
Unison technology not only recreates the sound of the preamp emulated but through the use of two-way communication, it is also able to recreate the input impedance, gain stage and component-level circuit behaviours for unparalleled realism.
Realtime UAD HEXA Core Processing
At the heart of the Apollo X8 lies UA's flagship Hexa Core processing based on six DSP chips. The Hexa Core system adds 50% more performance than earlier Apollo interfaces resulting in more plug-ins when tracking in real-time or when mixing.
Carefully placed after the converters, the Hexa Core processing lets users track with UAD plug-ins at near-zero latency. It opens up your recording system to some of the best hardware emulations from SSL, Manley, Avalon, Helios, API or Neve.
Mix in Surround and +24u Operation
The Apollo X range of audio interface now supports surround monitoring up to 7.1 making it a powerful option for users working with video games, television and web.
Selectable +24dBu operation also ensures perfect compatibility with professional mixing consoles and other high-end pro audio equipment.
Build a Scalable Recording System over Thunderbolt
Using the latest Thunderbolt 3 ports, the Apollo X8 Heritage Edition lets you daisy-chain several units together (up to 4 interfaces and 6 UAD units in total) to create systems with up to 64 analogue I/O.
Because Thunderbolt 3 is backwards compatible with Thunderbolt 1 and 2 it is possible to connect older Thunderbolt models via an adapter (sold separately).
A Complete Recording System with LUNA
With LUNA the Apollo X series offers a complete recording system offering all the benefits of a powerful DAW with superior integration of software and hardware.
LUNA's Accelerated Real-time Monitoring lets you track and mix with near-zero latency all in a convenient one window workflow with unlimited track counts.
LUNA extensions also provide great tools to shape your sound and stunning instruments creating a powerful recording system with modern workflow and an unparallel array of tones.
LUNA is also compatible with Audio Units ensuring compatibility with your existing plugins and virtual instruments.
Heritage Edition Collection
Included with the audio interface is the Realtime Analog Classics Plus which gives you the following Plugins:
- UA 610-B Tube Preamp & EQ
- Marshall Plexi Classic Guitar Amp
- Ampeg SVT-VR Classic Bass Amp
- UA 1176LN Limiting Amplifier (Legacy)
- UA 1176SE Limiting Amplifier (Legacy)
- Pultec EQP-1A EQ (Legacy)
- Pultec Pro EQ (Legacy)
- Teletronix LA-2A Leveling Amplifier (Legacy)
- Fairchild 670 Compressor (Legacy)
- Precision Enhancer Hz
- Raw Distortion
- 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 Custom Room Modeler
The Heritage Edition also comes with additional plugins worth a total of $2400 which include:
- UA 1176 Classic Limiter Collection
- Teletronix LA-2A Classic Leveler Collection
- Pultec Passive EQ Collection
- Fairchild Tube Limiter Collection
- Teletronix LA‚Äë3A Audio Leveler
- UA 610 Tube Preamp & EQ Collection
- Helios Type 69 Preamp & EQ Collection
- V76 Preamplifier
- Oxide Tape Recorder
- Pure Plate Reverb