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NEW PRODUCT: Universal Audio Apollo X

Universal Audio Apollo X

Universal Audio have unveiled their latest update to the Apollo range of Thunderbolt audio interfaces – Apollo X.

The new range features several upgrade and new features building on the success of the original and blackface versions. The new interfaces feature Thunderbolt 3 and are compatible with both Mac and PC machines, more DSP chips and processing power and improved ADDA conversion.

The new range is made up of:

  • Apollo x6 - Two Unison mic preamps, 16 x 22 I/O; for electronic music and post production.
  • Apollo x8 - Four Unison mic preamps, 18 x 24 I/O; for music production and live tracking.
  • Apollo x8p - Eight Unison mic preamps, 18 x 22 I/O; for live tracking with more mics.
  • Apollo x16 - 16 x 16 analog I/O via DB-25 connections; for commercial studios.

Track and mix with all-new elite class A/D and D/A conversion, HEXA Core UAD plug-in processing, authentic Unison mic preamp models from Neve, Manley, API, Helios and SSL, selectable +24 dBu operation, and surround sound monitoring.* All in a sleek Thunderbolt 3 interface for Mac or PC.

Universal Audio Apollo X


The X range features the powerful new HEXA Core processing with 6 UAD DSP chips – as opposed to 2 & 4 chips on the previous interfaces – and 50% more plug-in power allowing you to run more of UAD class-leading plug-ins.

Thunderbolt 3

Thunderbolt 3 is utilised on the Apollo X range offering compatibility with the latest computers, which also being backwards compatible with Thunderbolt 1 and 2 Macs via an adapter (available separately).

When using the Thunderbolt 3 connection with a laptop, power will be trickled down the connection and can actually charge your laptop at the same time.

Elite-Class A/D and D/A Conversion

To  improve  on  the  previous  generation  Apollo  interfaces’  class-leading  audio  conversion,  UA  engineers  obsessively  auditioned  the  latest  A/D  and  D/A  converters  —  ultimately  pairing  elite-class  24-bit/192  kHz  converters  with  all-new  analogue  circuitry  for  an  ultra-pristine  signal  path.


New to the Apollo rack range is a built-in talkback mic to help further streamline the workflow.

Universal Audio Apollo X

New Universal Audio Apollo X Features

  • Surround monitor  controller  up  to  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  analogue  design,  superior  components,  and  premium  build  quality
  • Free, industry-leading  technical  support  —  on  the  phone  and  online  —  from  knowledgeable  audio  engineers

*Surround support coming Q4  2018