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Universal Audio Apollo 8 Duo Thunderbolt 2 Audio Interface

18x24 Thunderbolt 2 Audio Interface, Onboard UAD-2 DUO Core DSP, 4 Unison Enabled Mic Preamps, Includes Realtime Analog Classics Plus UAD Plugin Bundle

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Save £375.00 Universal Audio Apollo 8 Duo Thunderbolt 2 Audio Interface
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Apollo 8 Duo Thunderbolt 2 Audio Interface description:

The Universal Audio Apollo 8 DUO Thunderbolt 2 Audio Interface is the latest generation in Universal Audio's Thunderbolt 2 range that delivers enhanced sound with the feel, flow and tone of analogue recording. With it powerful DUO processing, next-generation A/D and D/A conversion and four onboard Unison mic preamps, the Apollo 8 delivers sound that rises above anything in its class.

The Apollo 8 allows you to have a full analogue studio in just a single rack mount. The key to this analogue sound is its onboard UAD-2 DUO processing, which powers Universals UAD plug-ins natively. This reduces the strain on your computer, allowing you to use more power for your DAW. These UAD Powered plug-ins include vintage EQs, compressors, reverbs, tape machines and more. Because they're being powered by the Apollo 8 itself, there is 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, the Apollo 8 serves up authentic analogue tone and warmth.

Four Unison-enabled mic preamps let you track audio with colourful preamp sounds from API, Neve and Universal Audio. This Unison technology brings the tone of these sought-after tube and solid state mic preamps to your studio, including their impedance, gain stage “sweet spots,” and component-level circuit behaviours. The hardware-software integration between the Apollo's mic preamps and UAD-2 processing allows them to have this unique character.

Using them is so simple, you'll constantly be using them to add character to your sound. Once you have selected a tube or solid state preamp from the UAD plug-ins, place it to your selected mic input and record in real time through stunning emulations.

This Unison technology goes further than just the mic inputs. Plugging in a guitar to one of the Hi-Z inputs gives you impedance and gain matching for stompbox models like the Ibanez Tube Screamer.

The use of Thunberbolt allows you to expand your system and constantly add I/O and DSP as your studio grows. 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.

The main features of the Universal Audio Apollo 8 DUO Thunderbolt 2 Audio Interface include:

  • Onboard UAD-2 DUO Core DSP allowing Realtime UAD Processing
  • 18 x 24 Thunderbolt 2 audio interface for Mac with powerful Console 2.0 software control
  • Next-generation Apollo A/D and D/A conversion for professional music production
  • 4 Unison-enabled mic preamps for tracking through preamp emulations Cascade up to 4 Apollo interfaces and 6 UAD devices total over Thunderbolt (Mac)
  • Sample rates up to 192 kHz at 24-bit word length
  • Convenient front panel monitoring functions including Alt Speakers, and assignable Dim or Mono
  • 4x Microphone Inputs
  • 2x High-Impedance (Hi-Z) Instrument Inputs
  • 8x Analogue Line Inputs
  • 8x Analogue Line Outputs (ten including monitor outputs)
  • 2x Analogue Monitor Outputs (one stereo pair)
  • 2x Stereo Headphone Outputs
  • 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
  • Includes “Realtime Analogue Classics Plus” plug-in bundle
  • World class UA analogue design, superior components, and premium build quality

Manufacturer: Universal Audio

This page first created on: 21/04/2015

Customer Reviews


I'm only using the plugs for monitoring purposes but works beautifully with logic as a great sounding low latency interface.
If I wanted to use the plugs for mixing etc I would get the quad as I think the duo would run out of juice pretty quickly.

Lots of great functionality, works great as a monitor controller too, with decent headphone preamps.

This customer purchased the product in March 2016