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18 x 24 Thunderbolt 3 audio interface

The Universal Audio Apollo x8 is a 18 x 24 Thunderbolt 3 audio interface with a 24-Bit / 192 kHz, Compatible to Thunderbolt 2 with optional Thunderbolt 2 to...

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Name Apogee Symphony I/O Mk2 TB 32x32MOTU HDx-SDi ThunderboltFocusrite Red 16 LineApogee Symphony I/O Mk2 TB ChassisMOTU 1248 AVBApogee Symphony I/O Mk2 TB 8+8mpSlate Digital VRS8Focusrite Red 8 PreAvid Pro Tools Ult TB Core+SoftwareApogee Symphony I/O Mk2 TB 8x8
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Description Modular Audio Recording InterfaceVideo Editing & Monitoring Hardware64 x 64 Thunderbolt 3 Audio InterfaceModular Audio Recording Interface with ThunderboltAudio InterfaceModular Audio Recording InterfaceThunderbolt Audio Interface (Mac Version)64 x 64 Thunderbolt 2 Audio InterfaceThunderbolt Interface for Native Protools HD SoftwareModular Audio Recording Interface
Module 116 x 16 analog I / O (Mk II)----8 x 8 analog I / O 8 × 8 AES / Optical I / O (Mk II)----
Module 216 x 16 analog I / O (Mk II)----8 Channel Mic Preamp----
CompatibilityThunderbolt Mac OS 10.9.5 and higher--Thunderbolt Mac OS 10.9.5 and higher-Thunderbolt Mac OS 10.9.5 and higher---Thunderbolt Mac OS 10.9.5 and higher
Format19 "/ 2U19 "/ 1 U-19 "/ 2U19 "/ 1U19 "/ 2U---19 "/ 2U
Dimensions450 x 292 x 89 mm44 x 483 x 197 mm-450 x 292 x 89 mm-450 x 292 x 89 mm19 "1U19 "x 1 U x 340 mm-450 x 292 x 89 mm
Recording / Playback Channels36x3816x1664x640x2128x12822x208x1264x640x218x20
Number of Mic Inputs0020488800
Number of Line Inputs32101608881608
Number of Instrument Inputs0020242200
Number of Line Outputs32818012881808
Headphone Outs1121212211
Phantom Power
Number of S/PDIF Connectors2010110101
Number of ADAT Connectors0020220202
AES/EBU Connectors0200040004
Number of MADI Connectors0000000000
Ethernet0020100200
Other ConnectorsHDX Port2xHDX Port2xHDX Port
MIDI Connectors
Word Clock1xIn, 1xOut1xIn, 1xOut1xIn, 1xOut1xIn, 1xOut1xIn, 1xOut1xIn, 1xOut1xIn, 1xOut1xIn, 1xOut
Max. Samplerate192 kHz96 kHz192 kHz192 kHz192 kHz192 kHz192 kHz192 kHz192 kHz192 kHz
Max. Resolution in Bit24 bit24 bit24 bit24 bit24 bit24 bit24 bit24 bit24 bit24 bit
Bus-Powered
Incl. Power Supply
Windows Thunderbolt driver
Thunderbolt Version2232222222
Width in mm450 mm483 mm483 mm450 mm483 mm450 mm483 mm483 mm-450 mm
Depth in mm292 mm177 mm340 mm292 mm177 mm292 mm0 mm340 mm-292 mm
Height in mm89 mm44 mm44 mm89 mm44 mm89 mm44 mm44 mm-89 mm

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Description

The Universal Audio Apollo x8 is a 18 x 24 Thunderbolt 3 audio interface with a 24-Bit / 192 kHz, Compatible to Thunderbolt 2 with optional Thunderbolt 2 to 3 adapter (not included), Support of surround formats up to 7.1 with speaker calibration and downmix, Dual Crystal Clocking for low-jitter environment and pure, artifact-free recordings as well as stable stereo imaging, 6-Core SHARC DSP for internal UAD real-time processing, 4 Unison microphone preamps, S/PDIF input and output coaxial, 2 ADAT inputs and outputs, BNC Word Clock input and output, 2 Thunderbolt 3 sockets, +48 V Phantom power supply, Pad, Low-cut, Phase reverse, Switch for monitor switching, Function pushbutton that can be assigned with Dim or Mono, LED meter, Integrated talkback microphone, Support of surround formats up to 7.1 with speaker calibration and downmix, Dual-crystal clocking for low-jitter environment and pure, artifact-free recordings as well as stable stereo imaging, For Mac/Windows, Up to 4 Apollos with Thunderbolt connection cascadable & Includes external power supply and Realtime Analog Classics bundle. The retail price is 2312.71 £.

Specifications

4 Microphone inputsXLR
2 Hi-Z inputs6.3 mm Jack
8 Line inputs6.3 mm Jack
2 Monitor outputs6.3 mm Jack
8 Line outputs6.3 mm Jack
2 Stereo headphone jacks6.3 mm Jack
Design19" /1 HE
Recording / Playback Channels18x24
Number of Mic Inputs4
Number of Line Inputs8
Number of Instrument Inputs2
Number of Line Outputs10
Headphone Outs2
Phantom PowerYes
Number of S/PDIF Connectors1
Number of ADAT Connectors2
AES/EBU Connectors0
Number of MADI Connectors0
Ethernet0
Other ConnectorsNo
MIDI ConnectorsNo
Word Clock1xIn, 1xOut
Max. Samplerate192 kHz
Max. Resolution in Bit24 bit
Bus-PoweredNo
Incl. Power SupplyYes
Windows Thunderbolt driverYes
Thunderbolt Version3
Width in mm483 mm
Depth in mm308 mm
Height in mm44 mm

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