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Universal Audio announces new UAD-2 hardware and UAD Powered Plug-In software bundles

Universal Audio has announced a complete re-imagination of the popular UAD Powered Plug-Ins platform.

Highlighted by the new flagship UAD-2 OCTO DSP Accelerator card, featuring eight SHARC processors, the UAD-2 Series offers new Custom and Ultimate software bundles and more affordable pricing for all UAD-2 SOLO, DUO, and QUAD DSP Accelerator models.

UAD-2 OCTO Ultimate
Universal Audio UAD-2 OCTO Ultimate bundle.
  • New OCTO DSP Accelerators — Heavyweight Processing Power
    The new top-of-the-line UAD-2 OCTO DSP Accelerator ($1,499US) features eight SHARC processors on a single PCIe card and easily installs into a PCIe-equipped Mac or PC workstation or compatible expansion chassis — giving music producers and engineers twice the processing power of its UAD-2 QUAD DSP Accelerator counterpart. For UAD power users running large audio sessions with high UAD plug-in instances and/or high sample rates, the UAD-2 OCTO DSP Accelerator is the uncompromising professional solution.
  • New UAD-2 “Custom” Bundles — Pick Any 3 UAD Plug-Ins
    For just $400US more than a UAD-2 DUO, QUAD, or OCTO “Core” DSP Accelerator model, UAD users can now step up to UAD-2 Custom bundles, selecting any three individual UAD plug-ins within 45 days of their new UAD-2 hardware registration. With a world-renowned UAD plug-in library that includes Ampex®, Manley®, Lexicon®, Studer®, EMT®, Empirical Labs®, Neve®, SSL®, Roland®, and more, UAD-2 Custom bundles deliver a potential software value of more than $1,000US (depending on UAD plug-ins selected), at significant savings to new UAD-2 users.
  • New UAD-2 “Ultimate” Bundles — The Definitive Collection
    Combining the most powerful UAD-2 DSP Accelerator hardware with the most complete UAD plug-in bundle available, the new UAD-2 OCTO Ultimate (PCIe card format) and UAD-2 Satellite QUAD Ultimate (FireWire format) packages offer an extensive library of more than 55 UA-developed plug-ins, up to and including UAD Software v6.3*. These UAD-2 Ultimate packages represent the definitive collection of more than 10 years of UAD plug-in development.
  • More Affordable UAD-2 SOLO, DUO, and QUAD Core Models
    Alongside the new UAD-2 hardware and software introductions, UA is debuting new, more affordable pricing for the “Core” models of UAD-2 SOLO, DUO, and QUAD PCIe hardware and UAD-2 DUO and QUAD Satellite FireWire hardware. All UAD-2 Core models include the popular “Analog Classics” plug-in bundle, featuring the LA-2A Classic Audio Leveler, 1176LN/1176SE Classic Limiting Amplifiers, Pultec EQP-1A, and RealVerb Pro plug-ins. Additional UAD plug-ins can be purchased from UA’s Online Store.

“We’re excited by the additional power and flexibility that this new UAD-2 lineup provides,” says CEO and Founder, Bill Putnam, Jr. “Not only has the processing power doubled with the UAD-2 OCTO model, but it’s now easier for users to customize their UAD-2 packages right out of the box. And with our new aggressive pricing for SOLO, DUO, and QUAD Core models, UAD-2 is now even more accessible to producers who want to add authentic analog tone in their recordings.

Estimated US Street Prices for UAD-2 Desktop (PCI-Express) and Satellite (FireWire) DSP Accelerators:

  • UAD-2 OCTO (PCIe): $1,499 (Core) / $1,899 (Custom) / $5,499 (Ultimate).
  • UAD-2 QUAD (PCIe): $999 (Core) / $1,399 (Custom).
  • UAD-2 DUO (PCIe): $699 (Core) / $1,099 (Custom).
  • UAD-2 SOLO (PCIe): $299 (Core).
  • UAD-2 QUAD Satellite (FireWire): $999 (Core) / $1,399 (Custom) / $4,999 (Ultimate).
  • UAD-2 DUO Satellite (FireWire): $699 (Core) / $1,099 (Custom).

More information: Universal Audio / UAD Powered Plug-Ins

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Universal Audio Thunderbolt Option Card for Apollo audio interface now shipping

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Universal Audio

Universal Audio has announced the release the Thunderbolt Option Card for the award-winning Apollo high resolution audio interface.

Compatible with Intel’s new Thunderbolt technology on the latest generation of iMacs®, MacBook® Pros, MacBook Airs®, and Mac minis, the Thunderbolt Option Card provides greater UAD plug-in instances, improved performance at higher sample rates, and reduced UAD plug-in latency versus Apollo’s standard FireWire connection.

“We’re really excited to be the first company to provide true integrated Thunderbolt connectivity in the audio interface market,” says UA CEO and Founder, Bill Putnam, Jr. “We’ve worked hand-in-hand with Intel to create rock-solid Thunderbolt connectivity for Apollo, and we are looking forward to seeing the impact this important step forward has on the digital recording community.”

The user-installable Thunderbolt Option Card includes two Thunderbolt ports, and easily slides into the expansion bay of Apollo. Bus power is provided to all downstream Thunderbolt peripherals, allowing music producers to connect devices in series with the Apollo interface — including hard drives, processors, and computer. When the Thunderbolt Option Card is engaged, Apollo’s FireWire 800 ports are instantly reconfigured as a hub for connecting FireWire devices — such as a hard drive or UAD-2 Satellite.

Universal Audio Thunderbolt Option Card
Universal Audio’s Thunderbolt Option Card provides a bandwidth and connectivity boost for your Apollo audio interface.

Thunderbolt Option Card features

  • Enables Thunderbolt technology for Apollo DUO and QUAD Audio Interfaces on Thunderbolt-equipped Macs.
  • Provides greater UAD plug-in instances, improved performance at higher sample rates, and reduced plug-in latency versus FireWire.
  • Two Thunderbolt ports supply bus power for convenient daisy-chaining of peripherals.
  • Allows Apollo’s built-in FireWire ports to be repurposed as a FireWire 800 hub over Thunderbolt.
  • Easy user installation – tool and instructions included.
  • Requires an Apollo High Resolution Audio Interface available from authorized dealers worldwide.
  • Thunderbolt cable sold separately.

The Thunderbolt Option Card is available from authorized Universal Audio dealers worldwide, with an estimated street price of $499 USD.

More information: Universal Audio / Thunderbolt Option Card

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Allen & Heath announces ICE-16 multitrack recorder audio interface

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Allen & Heath has announced it will introduce a brand new product to its range at PLASA, the ICE-16, a 16 In/16 Out audio interface allowing performers and audio engineers to easily capture high quality multi-track recordings direct to a USB drive or interface to a computer.

​Fitted into a compact 1U rack design, ICE-16 is capable of studio quality interfacing, converting and bi-directional streaming of 16 channels over high-speed USB or FireWire at 24 bit, 96kHz resolution. Alternatively, 16 channels can be simultaneously recorded straight to a USB hard drive or memory stick at up to 24bit 48kHz resolution .wav file. The ICE-16 is expandable, so you can link units together and synchronize recording of many channels.

ICE-16 connects to any audio mixer or analogue source using ¼” jacks for the inputs and RCA phono connectors for the outputs. Signal and peak metering is provided for each channel and can be switched to show input or output. Headphone monitoring is also included and switches on each channel enable checking of individual or multiple channels. ASIO drivers and Core Audio compliance ensure full compatibility with all the main DAWs, including Logic, Sonar, Cubase and Pro Tools.

Allen & Heath ICE-16

ICE-16 features

  • 16 analogue Inputs, 16 analogue Outputs.
  • Front USB socket for easy capture to USB storage devices.
  • Hybrid FireWire (IEE1394) / USB2 .0 16×16 audio interface.
  • Industry standard wav file format.
  • Up to 6 hours of 16 channel audio on a 32GB USB stick.
  • Signal Present and Peak LED metering on each channel.
  • Mono headphone bus for Input or Output monitoring.
  • Daisy chain multiple units over FireWire.
  • Familiar Transport buttons and intuitive controls.

The ICE-16 will be £699 GPB inc. VAT.

More information: Allen & Heath / ICE-16

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Free Studio One Upgrades for PreSonus StudioLive Mixer Customers

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PreSonus Studio One

PreSonus has announced that during the month of September 2012, anyone who buys a PreSonus StudioLive 24.4.2, 16.4.2, or 16.0.2 mixer will receive a free upgrade from the bundled Studio One Artist DAW to Studio One Producer (a $199 value).

StudioLive digital mixers have earned multiple awards and rave reviews thanks to their audio quality, analog-like ease of use, extensive signal processing, multi-channel FireWire-interface capability, and tight integration with state-of-the-art control and recording software, including Studio One Artist.

Studio One Artist is a powerful, easy-to-use DAW, but if you want next-level features like MP3 import/export, ReWire support, and the ability to use AU and VST plug-ins, you need to buy an upgrade to Studio One Producer.

However, during September, if you buy any StudioLive mixer this month, you get the upgrade to Studio One Producer free! Just fill out the rebate form and submit it along with the sales receipt and the UPC code from the box.

More information: PreSonus

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Universal Audio announces Apollo audio interface

Universal Audio has announced Apollo, a high-resolution audio interface that combines UA’s analog design heritage with esteemed UAD Powered Plug-Ins in a sleek, elegant recording system for Mac and PC.

Universal Audio Apollo

With Apollo, music producers and performers can finally track through UAD Powered Plug-Ins in real time, via a professional 18 x 24 FireWire/Thunderbolt™-ready audio interface that delivers class-leading 24-bit/192 kHz sound quality.

“Apollo is the culmination of 10 years of analog and digital audio development here at UA,” said Bill Putnam Jr., Universal Audio founder. “In many ways, it’s brought the analog and digital sides of our company together. With Apollo, we’re delivering the sound, feel, and flow of analog recording with all the conveniences of modern digital equipment, including next-generation Thunderbolt technology.”

Apollo is, first and foremost, a well-built, high-resolution audio interface, featuring premium mic preamps and top-end converters to deliver the lowest THD and highest dynamic range in its class. Its Core Audio and ASIO* drivers ensure compatibility with all major DAWs, including Pro Tools, Logic Pro, Cubase, Live, and more. Moreover, Apollo’s Console application and companion Console Recall plug-in (VST/AU/RTAS) provide control and recall of all interface and UAD plug-in settings within individual DAW sessions, even months and years later.

Apollo features

  • 18 x 24 FireWire/Thunderbolt™-ready audio interface for Mac and PC*.
  • Realtime UAD Processing for low-latency (sub-2ms) tracking and mixing w/ UAD Powered Plug-Ins**.
  • Premium mic preamps, top-end converters, and uncompromising analog design.
  • Front-panel controls for all commonly used features.
  • Full recall of interface and UAD plug-in settings within DAW sessions via Console Recall plug-in (VST/RTAS/AU).
  • 8 analog inputs: 4 digitally controlled analog mic preamps; 8 balanced line inputs; 2 front-panel JFET DIs.
  • 14 analog outputs: 8 balanced line outs; 2 digitally-controlled analog monitor outs; 2 dedicated stereo headphone outs.
  • 10 channels of digital I/O: 8 channels of ADAT; 2 channels S/PDIF; Wordclock I/O.
  • Dual FireWire 800 ports (standard).
  • Thunderbolt I/O Option Card for connectivity to new Macs and PCs (card sold separately) †.
  • Available in DUO Core and QUAD Core processor models.
  • Includes “Analog Classics”.
  • plug-ins: LA-2A Classic Audio Leveler, 1176LN Limiting Amplifier, and Pultec EQP-1A Program Equalizer.

The Apollo High-Resolution Audio Interface will be available in both DUO CORE and QUAD CORE processing formats (with either two or four Analog Devices SHARC processors, respectively). Apollo will be shipping in the first quarter of 2012, with an estimated street price of $1,999 (DUO processing model) and $2,499 (QUAD processing model). Apollo’s Thunderbolt Option Card will be shipping in the first half of 2012, with an ESP of $499 USD.

More information: Universal Audio / Apollo

* Compatible with Mac OS X 10.6 and 10.7; Windows 7 support coming Summer 2012.
** All trademarks are recognized as property of their respective owners. Individual UAD Powered Plug-Ins sold separately.
†Thunderbolt I/O option card coming Summer 2012.

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RME Audio ships Fireface UCX

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RME Audio has announced it is now shipping the Fireface UCX, a highly integrated pro audio solution in an ultra-compact format for studio and live recordings.

RME Audio Fireface UCX

The 36-channel USB&FireWire audio interface is not just a smaller version of the award winning UFX, including X-Core and the complete 192kHz effects engine.

The UCX continues the tradition of RME’s tremendously successful compact interfaces, and combines it with the great usability of the successful Babyface through the included remote control.

On top of it: the UCX is the perfect partner for every Apple iPad!

More information: RME Audio

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MOTU 4pre audio interface now shipping

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MOTU has announced that it is now shipping the 4pre, a compact, half-rack 6×8 hybrid audio interface and mixer.

MOTU 4pre

The 4pre connects via FireWire or hi-speed USB2 to a Mac or PC computer and delivers professional audio quality, straightforward front-panel mixing, and plenty of I/O, including four mic inputs with preamps, alternative guitar/line inputs, four channels of analog output, stereo S/PDIF and two stereo headphone outputs.

Advanced features include digitally controlled analog trim, DDS (Direct Digital Synthesis) audio clocking for exceptionally low jitter performance, and an instrument tuner.

4pre features

  • 6-input, 8-output audio interface for Mac and Windows — all channels are available simultaneously and operate independently.
  • Hybrid FireWire/USB 2.0 connectivity — connect to a Mac or PC via either bus-powered Firewire or hi-speed USB2.
  • 8-bus digital mixer — routes and mixes all six inputs to any output pair.
  • Four separate mixes — each output pair (main outs, line outs, S/PDIF out, and phones) can have a completely different mix of all six inputs, with or without computer tracks.
  • Four mic inputs with combo jacks — flexible combo jacks provide four XLR mic inputs, two hi-Z 1/4″ guitar inputs, and stereo line-level (+4/-10) input. Mic inputs provide individual preamps, phantom power, 20 dB pad, Precision Digital Trim‚Ñ¢, and plenty of gain.
  • Stereo main outs — on balanced TRS quarter-inch jacks. Connect directly to powered speakers (or other line-level analog destination).
  • Digital I/O — stereo 24-bit 96kHz S/PDIF in/out.
  • Two headphone outputs — independent volume control for each phone output. Output can be either the same or completely independent.
  • HD audio — supports standard sample rates up to 96 kHz.
  • Precision Digital Trim — digitally controlled analog trim on all inputs provides adjustments in approximately 1 dB increments. Fine-tune the inputs and then save/recall trim configurations.
  • Front-panel mixing and control — each analog input has its own dedicated volume knob. Control multiple mixes with clear feedback from front panel LEDs and metering.
  • Front-panel output volume control — independent volume control of the main outs and phone output, or mirror the main outs on both phone jacks.
  • CueMix FX cross-platform mixing software — attractive on-screen graphic mixing with a tuner and audio analysis tools including real-time FFT display, spectrogram “waterfall” display, oscilloscope, X-Y plot and linear or polar phase analysis.
  • Stand-alone operation — bring the 4pre to a gig, with or without a computer. Just plug in the included power adapter and you are ready to go. Need to tweak the mix? Just turn the front-panel knobs.
  • Expandable — add additional interfaces for more I/O as your needs grow.
  • Time code support — directly resolves to (or generates) time code via any quarter-inch input or output, without the need for an extra synchronizer.
  • Direct Digital Synthesis (DDS) — a DSP-driven phase lock engine and internal clock source that produces imperceptibly low jitter characteristics (below the noise floor), even when the 4pre is resolved to an external clock source via SMPTE time code.
  • DC-coupled TRS outputs — can be used with Volta (sold separately) to manipulate and sequence voltage-controlled modular synthesizers from a host DAW.
  • Plug-and-play operation with your Mac or PC — compatible with all current and recent generation Macs and PCs.
  • Includes native 32- and 64-bit drivers for Mac OS X and Windows 7/Vista, including ASIO, WDM, Wave, Core Audio, and Core MIDI. Supports all popular Mac and Windows audio software.
  • Fully compatible with 3rd-party software — 100% compatible with all host-based effects processing in today’s popular audio programs.
  • Includes audio workstation (DAW) software — AudioDesk full-featured sample-accurate workstation software for the Mac OS X with recording, editing, mixing, real-time 32-bit effects processing & sample-accurate sync.
  • Bus-powered FireWire operation — no need for external power when operating as a FireWire interface connected to a computer. A power supply is included for stand-alone or USB2 operation.
  • Half-rack form factor with removable rack brackets (included) for portable desktop operation or rack-mount installation.

The 4pre is now shipping for $495 USD.

More information: MOTU / 4pre

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