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Universal Audio Apollo X8 Thunderbolt Mk3 Audio Interface

24-Bit/192 kHz, with Pristine A/D/A Conversion



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Buy this Universal Audio interface and get these amazing plug-ins worth up to £1,243.00 for FREE.

Included Plug-Ins:
1. Fender ‘55 Deluxe
2. Waterfall Rotary Speaker
3. Distortion Essentials Bundle
4. Brigade Chorus
5. Studio D Chorus
6. Galaxy Tape Echo
7. Polymax Synth
8. Avalon VT-737 Tube Channel Strip
9. Avalon VT-737 Tube Channel Strip
10. Sound City Studios
11. Hitsville Reverb Chambers
12. Empirical Labs Distressor

How does it work?

1. Purchase a participating Universal Audio Interface
2. When you register your interface with Universal Audio your plug-ins will be available via your account!
3. Get making music

Terms and conditions:

Offer valid only for customers who purchase a new Universal Audio Apollo interface

Customers must activate their audio interface before 30/06/24 to receive the offer.
All promotional fulfillment is subject to approval by Universal Audio

Product Description

What's the difference between this and the Apollo X HE version? 

Apollo X rackmounts are exactly the same as the Apollo X HE variants. The only difference is that the HE variants come with the set of Heritage Edition plug-ins. This lets you choose between the two Apollo interfaces at either a lower or higher price, depending on your budget. 

World-Class Sound

The Universal Audio Apollo x8 is a truly world-class audio interface packed with the very best features in sound quality, processing and preamps. 

UA have 60 years of audio knowledge and thousands of chart-topping record experience packed into their flagship rackmount X series. This 18x24 interface boasts completely new and future-proof A/D and D/A conversion, Unison preamps and HEXA Core processing. The Apollo challenges to be the very best at any price for professional recording.

Compatible with Mac and PC.

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Sample rate and bit depth

The Apollo x8 uses 24-bit/192 kHz A/D/A converters with newly designed analog circuitry to deliver optimum audio quality between 129 dB dynamic range and -118 dB. This has some of the lowest signal-to-noise ratio of any interface ever created.

You’ll have as close to zero latency possible in your signal path using Thunderbolt connectivity and real time processing. Guaranteed to cut out tracking lag and attain 50% more DSP performance when running multiple UAD plug-ins. 

There’s plenty of versatility too with switchable +24 and +20 dBu headroom settings. This allows you to connect with varying pro-level studio gear when needed. You can also work in 7.1 surround sound using speaker calibration, to get the most authentic listening experience. Integrated talkback allows for built-in cues and easy communication.

If you need more I/O’s, combine with up to four more Thunderbolt-equipped Apollos. The x8 benefits from backwards compatibility with Thunderbolt 1 and 2. 

Surround Monitoring and Dual-Crystal Clocking

With comprehensive 5.1 surround monitoring support, Apollo x8 is a boon for engineers and producers working on audio and music for video games, television, and the web. In addition, Apollo x8 offers selectable +24 dBu operation for out-of-the-box compatibility with professional mixing consoles and other high-end pro audio equipment.

The Apollo X series also introduces new Dual-Crystal clocking —featuring dedicated crystal oscillators for 44.1/88.2/176.4 kHz and 48/96/192 kHz sample rates —resulting in stunningly low jitter, measured at less than 10 picoseconds at all sample rates. This translates into pure, artifact-free recordings and solid stereo imaging you can trust.


Expect a huge dynamic range headroom and a natural, crisp voicing from the elite Unison preamps. Emulate the likes of Neve, API, Manley and more using the intuitive plug-in. You'll have access to input impedance, gain stage “sweet spots,” and the  component-level circuit behaviors of the original hardware.    

The secret to Unison's excellency is its hardware-software integration between Apollo’s mic preamps and its onboard Realtime UAD processing.

Included is the Realtime Analog Classics Plus Bundle plug-in for a huge array of tonal options. Featuring Marshall Plexi Ampeg, Pultec and Fairchild modelling EQ. You can get stuck in with plenty of effects too, such as expertly programmed compression, distortion, reverb and delay.

Your recordings will improve greatly with the rich, three-dimensional analog sound provided by the likes of Pulteq EQ for guitars and a Fairchild 670 tube compressor on drums. 

The Apollo x8 is compatible with all major DAWs, such as Pro Tools, Logic, Cubase and Ableton.

LUNA DAW Included

Mac users of Thunderbolt-equipped Apollo can now use Universal Audio's digital audio workstation, LUNA. Apollo interfaces are fully compatible with any DAW of your choosing, but UA have designed LUNA to specifically get the most out of the Apollo series. With Accelerated Realtime Monitoring for seamless hardware-software integration, you can capture audio through UAD plugins with virtually no latency. UA have worked with some of the biggest names in audio to load LUNA with great sounding instruments and extensions. Enjoy high-quality extensions such as the Studer multitrack tape and Neve Summing, as well as instruments from Moog, UA, Spitfire Audio and more!


  • 18 x 24  (8 x 14 analog I/O) Thunderbolt  3  audio  interface  with  class-leading  24-bit/192  KHz  conversion 
  • Realtime  UAD  HEXA  Core  Processing  for  tracking  through  UAD  plug-ins  at  near-zero  latency,  regardless  of  audio  buffer  size 
  • Record  through  4  Unison-enabled  mic/line  preamps  —  giving  you  fully  authentic  preamp  emulations  from  Neve, API,  Manley,  SSL,  and  more
  • Surround  monitor  controller  up  to  7.1  format 
  • Includes  “Realtime  Analog  Classics  Plus”  UAD  plug-in  bundle  featuring  UA  610-B  Tube  Preamp;  Legacy  Pultec  EQ,  LA-2A,  and  1176  compressors;  Marshall  Plexi  Classic;  Ampeg  SVT-VR  Classic,  and  more 
  • UAD  HEXA  Core  processing  onboard  for  additional  mixing  horsepower  for  Pro  Tools,  Logic,  Cubase,  Ableton,  and  other  major  DAWs 
  • Combine  up  to  4  Thunderbolt-equipped  Apollos  and  6  total  UAD  devices;  backward-compatible  with  Thunderbolt  1  and  2  via  optional  adapter   
  • Selectable  +24  dBu  operation  for  easy  compatibility  with  professional  mixing  consoles  and  tape  machines 
  • Convenient  front  panel  monitoring  functions  including  Alt  Speakers,  Talkback  mic,  and  assignable  Dim  or  Mono 
  • Uncompromising  UA  analog  design,  superior  components,  and  premium  build  quality 

Realtime Analog Classics Plus Bundle

  • UA 610-B Tube Preamp & EQ
  • Fairchild 670 Compressor (Legacy)
  • UA 1176LN Limiting Amplifier (Legacy)
  • UA 1176SE Limiting Amplifier (Legacy)
  • Pultec EQP-1A EQ (Legacy)
  • Marshall Plexi Classic Guitar Amp
  • Pultec Pro EQ (Legacy)
  • Teletronix LA-2A Leveling Amplifier (Legacy)
  • Raw Distortion
  • Ampeg SVT-VR Classic Bass Amp
  • 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)
  • Precision Enhancer Hz
  • RealVerb Pro Custom Room Modeler
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Customer Reviews


2 reviews





Trusted Customer1st Jan 2023

Already have Apollo twin X and like it. This is just (a lot) more of the same

Value 4Looks 5Durability 5Sound 5

Trusted Customer26th Oct 2022

I already own this product so know how good it is. Expanding my inputs/outputs with this second unit.

Value 5Looks 5Durability 5Sound 5

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