Universal Audio Apollo X8 Thunderbolt 3 Audio Interface Review (July 2024)


Last updated on July 19, 2024 8:31 am Details


In this review post we’re going to be discussing the Universal Audio Apollo X8 Thunderbolt 3 Audio Interface, including an overview of its unique features.

Product Description

  • 18 x 24 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
  • 4 Unison-enabled mic/line preamps, giving you fully authentic preamp emulations from Neve, API, Manley, SSL, and more
  • Includes LUNA, UA’s groundbreaking recording application with deep Apollo integration (Mac/Thunderbolt)
  • Onboard processing for additional mixing horsepower with Pro Tools, Logic, Cubase, Ableton, and other major DAWs
  • Includes the “Realtime Analog Classics Plus” plug-in bundle. Other UAD plug-ins sold separately
  • Surround monitor controller up to 7.1 format
  • 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
  • Thunderbolt 3 connectivity, backwards compatible with Thunderbolt 1 & 2 on Mac

Product Features

Pros & Cons


  • Strong build quality
  • Affordably priced
  • Incredibly trusted
  • Positive consumer reviews
  • Worth the price
  • Excellent audio quality
  • Ideal for studio recording and live performance


  • Bulky in size
  • Quite premium priced
  • Alternative products which may be better expensive
  • Mixed opinions about product

Universal Audio Apollo X8 Thunderbolt 3 Audio Interface Demo

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Our Verdict

Where to Buy

The best place to buy this product has to be Amazon, due to their competitive pricing and fantastic customer service.

Pricing History

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Additional information

Item Weight

14.52 pounds

Product Dimensions

19 x 13.5 x 1.8 inches

Item model number


Is Discontinued By Manufacturer


Date First Available

September 1, 2018

Compatible Devices

Personal Computer

Supported Software

Avid Pro Tools, Ableton Live, Steinberg Cubase


4 Unison Enabled Mic Preamps

Operating System



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