Universal Audio announces new Analog Classics plug-in bundles

Universal Audio has announced new Analog Classics plug-in bundles for its award-winning Apollo interfaces and UAD-2 DSP Accelerator cards.

Realtime Analog Classics Plus

Building upon the original Analog Classics bundle — which is still offered on select UAD-2 titles— the reconfigured Analog Classics line adds new industry-leading analog emulation plug-ins such as the 610-B Tube Preamp & EQ Plug-In to new Apollo audio interfaces and UAD-2 PCIe and Satellite DSP Accelerator Cards.

2014 Analog Classics Bundle Lineup for UAD-2 and Apollo

  • Analog Classics Bundle (Free with new UAD-2 PCIe SOLO/DUO and Satellite DUOs) – Featuring legacy versions of UA’s flagship 1176 and Teletronix LA-2A compressors and the Pultec EQP-1A and Pultec Pro equalizers, the Analog Classics bundle also features the popular RealVerb Pro and CS-1 channel strip.
  • Analog Classics Plus Bundle (Free with new UAD-2 PCIe QUAD/OCTO and Satellite QUADs) – This new bundle includes all of the plug-ins in the Analog Classics bundle, plus the new 610-B Tube Preamp & EQ, legacy Fairchild 670 Compressor, and UA Precision Enhancer Hz plug-ins.
  • Realtime Analog Classics Bundle (Free with new Apollo Twin SOLO/DUOs) – The new Realtime Analog Classics bundle features all of the plug-ins in the Analog Classics bundle plus UA’s new 610-B Tube Preamp & EQ plug-in and vintage guitar and bass amp emulations from Softube — both of which work seamlessly with Apollo’s onboard Realtime UAD processing.
  • Realtime Analog Classics Plus Bundle (Free with new Apollo DUO/QUAD and Apollo 16s) – This new bundle includes all of the plug-ins in the Realtime Analog Classics bundle, plus the legacy Fairchild 670 Compressor and UA Precision Enhancer Hz plug-ins.

More information: Universal Audio

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Universal Audio releases UAD Powered Plug-Ins version 6.5

Universal Audio has announced the release of version 6.5 of its UAD Powered Plug-Ins software.

UAD Powered Plug-In 6.5
Software update version 6.5 introduces new Teletronix, API & Softube plug-ins.

The UAD-2 Powered Plug-Ins platform offers the world’s most authentic analog hardware emulations and award-winning audio plug-ins for Mac and PC. Powered by our popular DSP Accelerator hardware, UAD-2 plug-ins deliver rich, analog sound quality that would be difficult or impossible to achieve with native recording systems.

From rare compressors and equalizers, to vintage reverb processors and tape machines, UAD-2 Powered Plug-Ins inject three-dimensional “out-of-the-box” analog sound to your in-the-box mixes.

New in UAD Powered Plug-Ins v6.5

  • Teletronix® LA-2A Classic Leveler Collection plug-ins.
  • API® 500 Series EQ Collection plug-ins.
  • Softube® Vintage Amp Room plug-in.
  • Softube® Bass Amp Room plug-in.
  • Softube® Metal Amp Room plug-in.
  • Full 64-bit architecture (Mac/Win).
  • For additional UAD v6.5 software notes, click here.

More information: Universal Audio / UAD Powered Plug-Ins

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Universal Audio announces Teletronix LA-2A Classic Leveler Plug-In Collection for UAD Platform

Universal Audio has announced the impending release of the Teletronix LA-2A Classic Leveler Collection for the UAD Powered Plug-Ins platform and Apollo High-Resolution Audio Interface.

Picking up where UA’s legacy LA-2A plug-in left off, the new LA-2A plug-in collection provides unrivaled emulations of three distinct Teletronix hardware units, right down to their transformers, amplifiers, and aged luminescent panels.

The original LA-2A hardware — still hand-built at UA headquarters in Scotts Valley, California — is an audio industry icon, bringing smooth, warm compression to anything it touches, especially vocals. With the new LA-2A Classic Leveler Plug-In Collection, Universal Audio modeled the entire electronic path of three highly coveted hardware units — “Silver,” “Gray,” and the original LA-2 model — providing the most authentic plug-in emulations available of this iconic compressor.

“While our original LA-2A plug-in provided a breakthrough rendition of the original hardware, we’ve learned a lot about analog emulation over the past 10 years,” explained Bill Putnam Jr., Founder and CEO of Universal Audio Inc. “Our new Teletronix LA-2A Classic Leveler Collection adds tube amplifier and transformer modeling, improvements in T4 gain reduction nonlinearities, and superior time constant behaviors. Put simply, these are the most musical and authentic LA-2A emulations ever created.”

The Bill Putnam-era LA-2A “Silver” model features a fast time constant, making it suitable on all sources, including drums and percussion. The Jim Lawrence-era LA-2A “Gray” model maintains an average time constant, providing a range of “medium-speed” compression. Finally, the LA-2 plug-in models the rarest of original Teletronix units, providing a super-slow compression response and a unique “mellowed” sound due to 50 years of luminescent panel aging.

Additionally, the LA-2A Classic Leveler Collection plug-ins includes presets from famous LA-2A users, including Ross Hogarth (Van Halen, R.E.M., Ziggy Marley), Carl Glanville (U2, Billy Joel, Jason Mraz), Darrell Thorp (Beck, Radiohead, Charlotte Gainsbourg), Vance Powell (Jack White, Red Fang, The Dead Weather), and Jeff Juliano (John Mayer, Shinedown, Train).

Teletronix LA-2A Classic Leveler Plug-In Collection
The Teletronix LA-2A Classic Leveler Collection.

Teletronix LA-2A Classic Leveler Collection features features

  • Superior plug-in emulations of revered Teletronix LA-2A Leveling Amplifier.
  • Includes three historic versions: LA-2A Silver, LA-2A Gray, and original LA-2 — each with their own distinctive sonic attributes.
  • Models entire electronic path — including transformers, tube amplifiers, and luminescent cell aging process — for unmistakable analog color and character.
  • Easy-to-use Peak Reduction and Gain controls.
  • Includes plug-in presets from famous LA-2A users Ross Hogarth, Jeff Juliano, Carl Glanville, Darrell Thorp, and Vance Powell.
  • Ideal optical compression sound for vocals, bass, drums and more.

Available as part of an upcoming UAD Software release scheduled for February 2013, the LA-2A Classic Leveler Collection will be available for $299 USD via UA’s Online Store, or for $149 USD for current owners of the original LA-2A Leveling Amplifier plug-in.

More information: Universal Audio

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IK Multimedia releases Black 76 and White 2A, new mixing legends as add-ons to T-RackS

IK Multimedia has announced the release of two new T-RackS mixing plug-ins modeled on two of of the world’s most renowned analog compressors: the Black 76 Limiting Amplifier and the White 2A Leveling Amplifier.

These prestigious effects are available as single plug-ins for the most popular DAWs or can be integrated in the new T-RackS suite of mixing and mastering effects now updated with 64-bit compatibility both in standalone and plug-in mode.

IK Multimedia T-RackS Black 76
IK Multimedia T-RackS Black 76

The Black 76 Limiting Amplifier is modeled after what is probably the most used, most known, most wanted, and most universally recognized compressor / limiter in the audio industry. There are probably no professionally created records without tracks using this unit. It’s a true legend and a piece of history. The engineers that made this FET based compressor reached a level of cleverness and magic that only true visionary geniuses can achieve. While there are many revisions of this hardware, we modeled the LN version, revision E, because it’s the one that has the most sonically recognized and wanted character thanks to its input transformer and class A output stage.

This compressor can be used on literally everything: drums, drum sub-mixes, vocals, bass, guitars, piano, choirs, brass, strings, etc. It adds its sonic footprint to the sound that for many reasons simply makes music sound better. Vocals, for example, will gain presence, consistency, clarity and punch in a way simply not obtainable with other units. Drums will gain power and density with total control over the level of “snap”, and guitars will get a magic midrange zone that makes them truly sing. The Black 76 is a must for mixing, but thanks to the perfectly stereo linked version we provide with MS option, it can also be effectively used for mastering if used with care!

IK Multimedia T-RackS White 2A
IK Multimedia T-RackS White 2A

The White 2A Leveling Amplifier is based on a legendary vintage unit that is entirely tube-based. It’s a totally different device in terms of construction where all the compression magic happens inside an optically coupled element formed by a fluorescent panel and some photocells: the famed T4A element. There is no electronic circuitry involved with the compression itself. It’s just a tube amp with photo-resistors, lighted by a fluorescent panel driven by the output signal. At the time of this invention, there were not many ways of making an audio compressor: only variable-mu and optical. Optical was the simplest one, and if proper elements for both the light emitting panel and the photocells were matched, magic happened.

Originally intended for use in broadcasting, it immediately became a truly signature unit for music recording and mixing. It’s a must-have for both tracking and mixing vocals, but it’s also tremendously effective on electric bass, upright bass, piano, winds and many other tracks where you need a gentle compression with great warmth and consistency. This is one of the few units in the audio industry that nobody will allow to be substituted for anything else.

Both the Black 76 and the White 2A are available as single T-RackS mixing plug-ins for all popular DAW platforms in RTAS, AU and VST formats, priced at $99.99 USD / 74.99 EUR each (excl. tax).

IK Multimedia has also updated T-RackS and all its effect processors to version 3.5 – now supporting all 64-bit DAWs – and the update is available a free download to all existing T-RackS Deluxe, Standard, shell and singles users.

More information: IK Multimedia / T-RackS

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