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Apollo 8 Thunderbolt 2 Audio Interface
I bought the first time a product of Universal Audio.I think Unison technology is easy to use without any latency.Preamp of Apollo is very clean and there is no extra coloring.You may use the Unison technology if you want a special sound.My favorite plug-in is a Neve 1073 Preamp & EQ and UA 610 Tube Preamp & EQ.
I'm happy to become an UAD family member - I simply love my new Apollo. Really nice piece...
The only reason for 4 stars is, that there are not much functions in console useful for surround applications. An option for surround 5.1 (7.1) monitoring systems must be just a simple stuff for you, UAD engineers, no? :)
Best Interface Ever!
I have been using an Avid HD Native Thunderbolt Onmi and this unit is 100 times better in every-way. The converters sound better, the drivers are better, and the workflow is much better. I must say tracking with the best plugins in the world is pretty nice. I also find it to be much more stable with Pro Tool 12 than my Avid hardware. I like the fact that Universal audio keeps the drivers up to date regularly. What a great company! I would also like to mention that there is nothing better in this price point. I would highly recommend this unit! Thanks UA!
Best sound I've ever had
For me it was an "cheep" and much better solution... for silent rehearsal and recording.
The Apollo 8 outputs are connected analog to an Allen&Heath QU-PAC with the ME1 system.
i sold my
-Lehle Bass IQ/ DI
-Lehle Akustik IQ/DI
-Lehle sonic spark
-my monitor Controller and much more
Now i got just 1 unit and it sounds much better. The plugins are amazing.
Im really looking forward to buy an Apollo 8p as second unit.
THX to UA
Apollo 8...Simply Great
We are so fortunate to be in this era of technology and the impact it has had on Home Studios. I have gone from analog tape to digital and during that transition there was something clearly missing. With UA's Apollo 8 and the UAD-2 platform we have not only gained the warmth of analog but we have surpassed the audio quality. The 4 Unison pre's on this unit are pristine and using the Unison technology to track with a Neve 1073 Preamp and EQ for example is outstanding. You can bypass the Pre's however if you wish if you own a great standalone pre. I am very excited about this product and feel like I have what it takes now to push out some quality productions. Be sure to get enough DSP however as I find myself reaching more and more for the amazing plugins like the Manley Massive Passive Eq. Outstanding sound and space that it creates. Additionally I have purchased the Apollo Twin Duo which works great together with the Apollo 8...I am able to keep the Twin on my desktop and use it to quickly adjust line and volume settings. Universal Audio is one of those companies that simply satisfies me as a consumer. Amazing quality and the support is great!
Exceptional -Sound -Integration of Console in DAW plus flexible Routings
Exceptional Sound in particular analog/digital and digital/analog converter - no color ! No fatigue of listening during operation !
Good electrical adjustment of analog Ins and Outs
Good and stable software integration of UADs console in DAW plus flexible routings from DAW, to DAW, digital and analog ins and outs. Important the option of using consoles recall in every single individual DAW session. Nothing is left to chance.
Probably in further releases an automation of console would be appreciated (e.g. vol, balance etc plus plug in functions) !!?
The housing of the Apollo 8 is very stable as stable as my two UREI 1176LN which I run for about 30 years. No obvious quality spreads itself in the fact that the device is manufact. in China.
UAD Apollo 8 Duo
I recently upgraded from the first gen Apollo to second gen and i must say, the converters alone are a worth the upgrade. The clarity and dynamics sound incredible, unfortunately it also reveals flaws in your past mixes you throught were the tits. The ability to bypass all preamps is a huge plus if you use all your i/o with outboard gear. The only negitive on my end would the Console 2.0, the i/o setup is not as intuitive with outboard gear as the previous console. It took UA tech support and myself an hour and a half setup the i/o properly, and I still don't quite understand, but i'm sure a lot of people like it better. I do recommend the upgrade or purchase, it sounds fantastic!!
Apollo 8 Duo Outstanding!!!
Upgraded from Apogee & UAD Sat Quad FW to the Apollo 8 Duo TB plus UAD Sat Quad TB for my home studio.
I have been really blown away by the improved sound quality of my recordings. and love the real-time tracking ability, the features and ease of use of the device and Console software, the level of integration with Logic and extendability of the system. I regularly used UA plug-ins before, but the Unison technology takes them to another level. Just outstanding!!!
Thanks UA for great products and support.
Great Product, Great Deal
Ended up getting this as an upgrade for my apollo twin duo, and got the quad for $2000 even from proaudiostar brand new. Now just waiting for my free satellite quad to come in the mail :)
Great audio card , one of the best i tryed,Much better than the Avid protools hdx .......Uad have the most Great people who's working on plugs and great communication .... Long Life to Uad products ....please more plugs ......top of the top.....
Very nice device!
I've been away from UA for a couple of years (since Apple stopped the express-interface in their laptops and my UAD Solo Laptop became useless). But, now back into the game with the Apollo 8 and the free satellite. So far I have been very impressed with the workflow and stability of the Apollo and the Console 2 application. It is just more fun mixing and tracking. The sound quality is very good altough it does not feel like a big difference/upgrade compared to my Steinberg UR824 interface (I did not A/B them). The addition of being able to use UAD plugins during tracking, unison preamps and knowing that I have loads of additional processing power makes the investment more then worthy.
Love UA stuff since 2000!! So this was one of my best Investments this year!!
My Second Apollo
Need I say more?
10 out of 5. Even better than the original!
New console app rocks too. I love that you can easily pull up presets inside the plug in window now.
Apollo 8 Quad
I have been using UAD2 plugins with two PCIe cards for the past two years and love the sound. I wanted to add more input channels and have heard great reviews of the new Apollo 8 A/D and D/A converters, they were really solid and online with the quality of Burl Audio another great industry player. with the added enticement of a free quad satellite unit made this purchase a no brainer.
Since installing, I have to say the audio quality is everything I expected and it is blessedly silent. I did purchase the 1073 plugin which I did not previously own, and it is fantastic as well.
To the fine folks at Universal Audio,
you guys and gals are doing some excellent work, keep it up
Great interface. Love the 2 headphone amps and high z inputs. the unison works a treat. i think ua's plugins have gone from very good to extremely good. tracking with plugins works out extremely well.
best sounding interface!
I ve already own a silver Quad Apollo, but Apollo 8 is much more improved and sounds perfect! much more possibilities and the new Apollo console is much more versatile !it's a serious upgrade! you feel ,you hear the upgrade in all levels from monitoring to conversion
a big thanks to UAD family! keep up the good work!
John Jeff Touch
rock singer/producer/vocal coach
J. Ivarsson Björklund
Apollo 8 duo
Coming from Apogee my expectations were very high but I could't be more happy about the switch to Apollo. Only had it for a couple of weeks but it feels rock solid.
The plugin quality is the new standard. I've worked with several of the most popular plugins but this is another league.
I got the apollo8 Qurd + uad2 Qurd
It's cool for my little studio.recording, mix, wow! nice sound and easy to use.
I think.. UA system is the best of my music works.
it's good for my ilttle studio
nice and nice sound.Awesome! unison system and apollo console.
Nice upgrade from Apollo duo firewire
Nice upgrade from Apollo duo firewire, the Apollo8 is a perfect tool for AD/DA.
I'm really happy with this product, as usual with Universal Audio