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Universal Audio ships Apollo 16 audio interface

Universal Audio has announced it is shipping the Apollo 16 Audio Interface and new UAD Software v.7.0, which provides multi-unit cascading, Virtual I/O, and other enhancements to both the Apollo 16 and Apollo audio interfaces.

UAD Apollo 16
Universal Audio’s Apollo 16 audio interface provides 16 x 16 analog I/O with world-class sound and realtime UAD processing.

Apollo 16 is Universal Audio’s flagship 24-bit/192 kHz audio interface, delivering world-class conversion with 16 x 16 analog I/O. This uncompromising FireWire/Thunderbolt-ready* interface combines superior sound and flexible routing with powerful onboard UAD-2 QUAD processing. So you can track audio in real time through the full range of classic UAD analog emulation plug-ins — from Neve, Studer, Manley, Lexicon and more — on both Mac and Windows 7.*

Building upon decades of UA hardware expertise, Apollo 16 features meticulous analog circuit design, top-end converters, and DC-coupled outputs — providing the lowest THD and highest dynamic range of any converter in its class. Two Apollo 16 units can be cascaded over MADI for an expanded system with eight UAD processors and 32 x 32 simultaneous analog I/O, capable of handling large professional mixes.

Apollo 16 also offers compatibility with Intel’s high-bandwidth Thunderbolt technology on Macs via a user-installable dual-port Thunderbolt Option Card (sold separately). Thunderbolt provides greater UAD plug-in instances, improved performance at high sample rates, and reduced UAD plug-in latency in the DAW versus Apollo’s standard FireWire connection.

Apollo 16 is available for an estimated street price of $2,999 USD. Apollo’s Thunderbolt Option Card is also now available for an estimated street price of $499 USD.

Universal Audio’s new UAD Software features enhancements for Apollo and Apollo 16.

Universal Audio’s latest UAD Software v7.0 provides significant enhancements to Apollo’s workflow and expandability and adds the new Ocean Way Studios, SPL TwinTube, and Sonnox Inflator plug-ins to the UAD Powered Plug-Ins platform. Among these enhancements is multi-unit cascading, which allows for combining two Apollo 16 interfaces (for 32 x 32 analog I/O) or two Apollo interfaces (for 16 x 16 analog I/O, with eight Apollo mic preamps) into a single elegant system via FireWire or Thunderbolt.

The boost in Apollo connectivity is navigated via a redesigned Console application, offering better visual feedback, a new PT Mode which simplifies outboard hardware integration with Pro Tools, and a new Virtual I/O feature that allows for Realtime UAD Processing of DAW tracks and virtual instruments.

More information: Universal Audio / Apollo

Universal Audio releases Ocean Way Studios Dynamic Room Modeling Plug-In

Universal Audio has announced the release of the Ocean Way Studios plug-in for the UAD Powered Plug-Ins platform.

Universal Audio Ocean Way Studios
Developed over a three-year period by UA and Allen Sides, Ocean Way Studios is an audio processing first — combining elements of room, microphone, and source modeling so tracks sound as if they were recorded in the legendary studios of Ocean Way Recording.

Built upon UA’s proprietary new Dynamic Room Modeling, Ocean Way Studios provides the unique ambience and dispersion properties of various sources in the rooms at Ocean Way, as recorded through a selection of rare vintage microphones that can be dynamically positioned in real time via a simple click-and-drag interface. Ideal mic selections and placements are provided in both Ocean Way Recording’s “Studio A” and “Studio B” — the exact rooms and setups used to record some of the biggest acts of all time.

“Ocean Way Studios is one of the most ambitious projects in UA history,” explains Bill Putnam, Jr., UA founder and CEO. “We’re going far beyond previous convolution technologies to provide the complex interactions between room, source, and microphones — the things that make the acoustics at studios like Ocean Way Recording so special.”

The beautifully balanced, performance-inspiring rooms of Ocean Way Recording have shaped the sound of countless classic records, from Frank Sinatra and Ray Charles to Michael Jackson and Radiohead. The man at the helm of Ocean Way Recording for more than two decades, Allen Sides, provided guidance, sonic tuning — and access to his $250,000 collection of vintage microphones — throughout the Ocean Way Studios design process.

“The Ocean Way Studios plug-in comes as close to pulling up a set of my favorite mics at Ocean Way as I could imagine,” said Allen Sides. “The speed at which I can use this in a mixing configuration is ridiculous, and the results are stunning.”

Ocean Way Studios Plug-In features

  • Breakthrough acoustic emulations of Ocean Way Recording’s legendary Studio A and Studio B.
  • Dynamic Room Modeling combines room, microphone, and source models for unprecedented realism.
  • Incorporates sonic profiles of vintage microphones from Allen Side’s world-renowned collection.
  • Includes mic bleed and mic proximity effects for stunning accuracy.
  • Choose from eight instrument / vocal source types with unique dispersion patterns.
  • Position and blend between three vintage mic pairs (Near / Mid / Far) in real time.
  • Use in “Reverb” mode, mixing wet and dry signal; or “Re-Mic” mode, replacing your original room and mic sounds altogether.
  • Preset mic selections, placements and creative direction by Ocean Way’s Allen Sides.

The Ocean Way Studios Plug-In is available to purchase for $349 USD as part of UAD Software v7.0.

More information: Universal Audio / Ocean Way Studios

Save on Ocean Way Drums Gold and Silver at ILIO

ILIO has announced that through Friday, July 13, 2012, customers can receive $100 off of Ocean Way Drums Gold or $50 off of Ocean Way Drums Silver.

Ocean Way Drums at ILIO
Save up to $100 on Ocean Way Drums Kontakt powered Ocean Way Expandable Player instruments.

Audiophile gurus Allen Sides and Steven Miller developed a unique, discrete multi-microphone recording and mixing technique to record Ocean Way Drums. Utilizing up to 13 separate mono and stereo sound sources per instrument (including 3 sets of stereo room mics), this technique captures the sound of each instrument and enables the end user to independently adjust each drum and cymbal within the kit, from tight and dry all the way to wide and ambient.

Many Grammy Award Winning artists have recorded at Ocean Way Studios, and the famous sound and sonic detail of Studio B is fully captured in Ocean Way Drums.

Ocean Way Drums Gold, with 19 kits at 40 GB, is being offered at $495 USD. Ocean Way Drums Silver, with 9 kits at 30 GB, is being offered at $345 USD. The offer is available until July 13th, 2012.

More information: Ocean Way Drums at ILIO

Sonic Reality releases free Ocean Way Drum Kit 10 Medium ReFill

Sonic Reality

Sonic Reality have releases Ocean Way Drum Kit 10 Medium Ambience Mix, a free ReFill for Reason 4.

The original pre-packed size of this amazing drum kit is over 700 MB! This FREE kit includes alternating hits mapped in both General MIDI and “iMap” (Sonic Reality’s proprietary drum mapping system for achieving greater performance realism and expression).

Ocean Way® Drums features larger-than-life sound, having been recorded in the legendary Studio B at Ocean Way® Recording in Hollywood, California where artists like Radiohead, Beck, Green Day, Kanye West, Paul McCartney, Eric Clapton, and countless other artists record. It was recorded and mixed by Grammy®-winning engineers Allen Sides and Steven Miller to offer users “album ready” drum mixes right out of the box.

Ocean Way® Drum kits have a natural acoustic sound that has presence, punch, and depth rarely found in drum sample libraries, winning accolades such as Keyboard Magazine’s Key Buy and Electronic Musician Magazine’s Editor’s Choice Award. Now all Reason 4 users can have a FREE taste of this amazing drum sample collection to use right inside their Reason 4′s NNXT, ReDrum, and Combinator!

The free “Ocean Way® Drum Kit 10 Medium” Refill can be downloaded exclusively from Sonic Reality’s download site – DownloadableSoundz.

All Reason 4 users may click on this link and enter the following promo code: PROMO-OWDPROP

Or simply go directly here after first setting up a free download account with DownloadableSoundz.com

More information: Sonic Reality / DownloadableSoundz

Sonic Reality releases Ocean Way Drums

Sonic Reality Ocean Way Drums

Sonic Reality has released Ocean Way Drums, a high end virtual drum instrument with the sound of a multi-platinum studio.

Two versions are immediately available.

  1. Ocean Way Drums Gold Edition which is 24big/48k and 40 Gigabytes in size on 6 Dual Layer DVDs;
  2. Ocean Way Drums Platinum HD which has both the Gold Edition discs as well as a high resolution 24bit/96k version that is 80 Gigabytes in size and preinstalled on a special ultra fast 10,000 RPM hard drive for optimal use.

Both editions feature 19 Drum Kits recorded in Ocean Way’s famous Studio B where artists like Radiohead, Beck, Green Day, Eric Clapton, Paul McCartney and countless others record. It comes as both a 40 gigabyte sample library for Native Instruments Kontakt 3 as well as a Kontakt Player plug-in for Mac and PC with support for RTAS, VST, Audio Units and Stand Alone all in one package. It not only offers more control of the mix with up to 13 discrete mono or stereo microphone levels per drum but comes ready to go with 12 “mix presets” per kit made at Ocean Way by studio owner and Grammy-winning engineer Allen Sides and Steven Miller.

Ocean Way’s Allen Sides says:

It wasn’t enough for us as producer/engineers to say ‘here are the discrete mic channels and good luck!’ when we know a lot of artists also appreciate instant gratification. So we set out to take the drum sound of Ocean Way all the way to the end by providing the user with preset mixes from tight and dry to ambient and massive all just a few clicks away. All of this while still offering total control of the mix.

Ocean Way Drums comes with I-Map™, which offers expressive possibilities for creating drum tracks. The instrument was also programmed for Roland’s top of the line TD-20 V-Drums®.

Shipping has started at the Winter NAMM 2008 with an MSRP of $995 USD for Ocean Way Drums Gold Edition, and $1,995 USD for Ocean Way Drums Platinum HD.

Visit the Ocean Way Drums website for more information.