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Universal Audio Apollo x8P 16x22 Thunderbolt 3 Audio Recording Interface – No Longer Available

16x22 Thunderbolt 3 audio recording interface with 8 Unison mic preamps, HEXA Core processing, and Realtime Analog Classics Plus UAD plug-in bundle

Product Description

The Universal Audio Apollo X: The Evolution of Apollo Recording Interfaces

Universal Audio is once again changing the game with the release of the new Apollo X series, as they have pushed their flagship interface farther forward and added more power than ever before. The Universal Audio Apollo x8p improves upon its predecessors with unparalleled processing, conversion and monitoring features.

The Apollo x8p is built for musicians, engineers and project studio owners enabling them to record and mix via a 16x22 (8x14 analog I/O) interface with eight Unison-enabled mic preamps and new HEXA Core processing. Universal Audio has increased the power with the Apollo X as the HEXA Core processing allows for 50% more DSP for running UAD plug-ins throughout your work.

Packaged in a sleek rack mount unit with Thunderbolt 3 connectivity for Mac and PC, the Apollo x8p improves conversion and monitoring. Universal Audio engineers have updated their converters for more pristine recordings and now offer up to 7.1 surround sound monitoring, an integrated monitor controller, and built-in talkback mic.

Improved Conversion For The Apollo x8p

Universal Audio has improved the Apollo interfaces conversion capabilities for the launch of the Apollo X line. The engineering team at Universal Audio paired together 24-bit/192 kHz converters with new analog circuitry to offer Apollo x8p users open, natural sounds with 129 dB dynamic range and 128 dB THD+N.

Adding More Power To The Apollo x8p

The Apollo x8p offers more power than ever before with HEXA Core processing that utilizes six DSP chips. With 50% more DSP than previous generations of the interface, you’ll be able to take advantage of Universal Audio’s extensive UAD library and have a higher plug-in count when recording and mixing with the Apollo x8p.

Nailing The Tone With Unison Technology

Universal Audio’s Unison Technology melds together plug-ins and analog in a way they’ve never been paired before. The Apollo x8p features eight Unison-enabled mic pres, which allow music makers to track through mic pre emulations that match the actual input impedance, gain stage "sweet spots" and circuit behaviors of the gear they are based on. With legendary mic pre emulations from API, Manley, Neve, SSL and Universal Audio at the ready, you can bring the exact tone of so many classic records to next your next project.

A Seamless Fit In Any Studio

Using Apollo interfaces in a professional recording studio has never been easier. The Apollo x8p features up to 7.1 surround monitoring for engineers, producers and musicians working in any type of studio setting. There is also a selectable +24 dBU option for working outside of the box and using the Apollo x8p in conjunction with recording consoles and analog outboard gear.

Utilizing The Realtime Analog Classics Plus Bundle

Universal Audio has been one of the leaders in creating plug-in emulations of classic gear since they first re-founded in 1999. When purchasing the Apollo x8p, you gain instant access to the brand’s Realtime Analog Classics Plus Bundle, which features 16 world-class plug-ins. You’ll get Universal Audio staples like the featuring UA 610-B Tube Preamp (Legacy), UA 1176LN Limiting Amplifier (Legacy), Pultec EQP-1A EQ (Legacy), Fairchild 670 Compressor (Legacy), Marshall Plexi Classic, Ampeg SVT-VR and so much more.


  • 16x22 (8x14 analog I/O) Thunderbolt 3 audio interface with class-leading 24-bit/192 kHz conversion (backwards compatible with Thunderbolt 1 & 2 on Mac)
  • Realtime UAD HEXA Core Processing for tracking through UAD plug-ins at near-zero latency, regardless of audio buffer size
  • 8 Unison-enabled mic preamps with realtime preamp emulations from Neve, API, SSL, Manley, Universal Audio, and more
  • Dual Crystal clocking for a low-jitter environment and pure, artifact-free recordings and solid stereo imaging
  • Surround monitor controller up to 7.1 format
  • Includes “Realtime Analog Classics Plus” UAD plug-in bundle
  • 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
  • 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
  • Free, industry-leading technical support — on the phone and online — from knowledgeable audio engineers

Product Specifications

Chassis19-inch Rack-mount
Rack Spaces1u
Number of Inputs16
Input ConnectorsAnalog DB25, BNC, Optical, XLR Combo Jack TRS
Number of Outputs22
Output Connectors1/4-inch TRS, Analog DB25, BNC, Optical
Computer ConnectionThunderbolt 3
Number of Preamps8
Clock I/OIn, Out
Maximum Sampling Rate192 kHz
Digital FormatADAT, SMUX

Product Reviews

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amazing piece of gear :)

By David O on December 1, 2020

Great and Friendly Service

By WhatMusic O on November 5, 2020

I love everything about this interface! Best investment I have made in a long time.

By Robby S on July 15, 2020

Upgraded from the 8p and loving the extra monitor outputs and talkback.

By Michael H on April 15, 2020

outstanding piece of hardware, Love having a volume knob for my monitors and mute right on the front panel.

UAD plugins a bit expensive as others have noticed, but worth it.

By John A on April 3, 2020

This interface is an absolute UNIT.

By Kyle J on March 31, 2020

Everyone at the Los Angels Location are great thanks 🙏🏾

By Kenneth M on February 2, 2020


By Edmond G on January 26, 2020

Very solid piece of gear that produces an extremely clear and pristine sound. Love the additional DSP over previous models and the plugin's packaged with the hardware are simply great. Overall, I'm totally happy with the investment

By Mark I on December 13, 2019

Such a great piece to have as the central hub for everything. This is my third one and I don’t see any reason to ever change!

By Ryan G on September 11, 2019

If you are looking for a professional Audio Interface to interact with professional gear like external pre-amps or analog consoles, look no further, it will not only work with outboard gear but you can take advantage of the unison plugins and use it as the preamp of your choice as long as you purchase the plugins from UAD. I recommend this if you are looking to use UAD plugins your primary plugin source

By Alvaro T on August 7, 2019

Universal Audio is the Best I’ve had the pleasure of owning. Worth every penny!

By Jason G on July 21, 2019

Audible difference in tracking compared to the 8p. Very glad I took advantage of Vintage King’s trade in program.

By Luke T on March 18, 2019

Fully satisfied ! Great device, pleasure to work with!! USB3 is an essential addition.

By samsonovmusic on February 17, 2019

Love it.

By Sergio I on February 12, 2019

Just glad to get out of my Antelope interfaces... UA's quality control is light years ahead. Thank you UA.

By David. on February 10, 2019

Vintage King is always professional and easy to deal with and makes the swap to new gear a breeze!

By Robert B on February 6, 2019

Great Product!

By Ann J on December 2, 2018

Fantastic gear as usual from UAD. Built like a tank, highly flexible, powerful, and sounds great!

By Darren H on November 26, 2018

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