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Universal Audio releases Chandler Limited guitar amp plug-in & mixing/mastering tools by Brainworx

Universal Audio has announced that its direct developer partner Brainworx has released three plug-ins for the UAD Powered Plug-Ins platform and Apollo audio interfaces.

Chandler Limited GAV19T Amplifier Plug-In

Available exclusively for UAD-2 DSP Accelerators and Apollo-equipped workstations, the Chandler Limited GAV19T Amplifier Plug-In is an exacting emulation of the dual EL84-powered boutique guitar amp.

Chandler Limited GAV19T

Inspired by British classics such as Vox and Marshall — and lesser-known gems from Watkins and Selmer — the Chandler Limited GAV19T Amplifier plug-in offers features not found on the original hardware, such as an FX Rack with an onboard noise gate, host-syncable lo-fi delay, Power Soak, and pre/post switchable EQ filter controls.

Chandler Limited GAV19T features

  • Perfect emulation of the original dual EL84-powered Chandler Limited GAV19T circuit.
  • Fine-tune sounds with an onboard FX Rack that includes a noise gate, EQ filter controls, and host-syncable lo-fi delay.
  • Audition 75 different Recording Chains to match the perfect tone to the part.
  • Craft sparkling classic clean sounds, bluesy overdrive textures, and raw distortions easily and intuitively with powerful EQ functionality — before or after mixdown.
brainworx bx_saturator V2

Brainworx bx_saturator V2 Plug-In

The Brainworx bx_saturator V2 Plug-In is a powerful multi-band M/S (Mid/Side) processor that allows users to add saturation, drive, and distortion exactly as desired.

It features Brainworx´s “True Split” crossover technology, which ensures that the Mid and Side channels are always perfectly in phase, yielding focused, large-sounding mixes and masters.

bx_saturator V2 features

  • Versatile multi-band Mid/Side processor.
  • Adds saturation and distortion to targeted frequency bands.
  • Increases the perceived volume of mixes without clipping.
  • Bring out individual frequencies of a mix without affecting others.
  • Mono Maker control helps define and punch-up low-end.

Brainworx bx_refinement Plug-In

The Brainworx bx_refinement Plug-In allows mixing and mastering engineers to remove the harsh, hard edges of their tracks without dramatically altering the character and tone of their source material.

brainworx bx_refinement

Designed by mastering engineer Gebre Waddell of Stonebridge Mastering, the bx_refinement plug-in is based on a combination of time-tested approaches, modern techniques, and the latest science on the sensitivity of the human ear.

The end result is a fully-in-the-box analog mastering sound.

bx_refinement features

  • Brings the sound of a tube-like analog mastering chain to your DAW.
  • Softens high-frequency harshness in mixes and masters.
  • Injects saturation and presence to subtly enhance tracks.
  • Solo feature to hear exactly what’s being removed from the recording.
  • Mid/Side processing.

The plug-ins are available for purchase for $199 USD each, as part of new UAD Software v7.6.

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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.

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TC Electronic announces development plans for Universal Audio’s UAD Platform

Thomas Valter
TC Electronic’s Thomas Valter

TC Electronic has announced future development of its legendary audio tools for Universal Audio’s acclaimed UAD Powered Plug-Ins Platform.

“Our audio signal processing has been regarded as world-leading for decades whether in the form of hardware or software,” says Thomas Valter, VP of Business Management, Broadcast & Production. “We are very excited to able to offer genuine TC Electronic processing to users of the UAD platform. Our effect processing tools have been in heavy demand for some time in a plug-in format, and we feel that now is time to take this significant next step for our plug-ins portfolio.”

“We’re pleased to add TC Electronic to our growing list of Direct Developers for UAD-2,” says Bill Putnam Jr., CEO and Founder of Universal Audio. “Their decades-long commitment to high quality and innovation with their effects line will give our customers more choices for their music projects.”

The companies have agreed on a partnership, but release dates, prices other product-specific details are to be announced at a later time.

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Universal Audio releases UAD Powered Plug-Ins Software v7.5 (incl. Dangerous BAX EQ and UA 610 Tube Preamp & EQ)

Universal Audio has released UAD Powered Plug-Ins Software v7.5, unveiling UA’s new Unison™ technology to Apollo QUAD and Apollo DUO interfaces and adding several key features for Mac users.

Universal Audio UAD Software v7.5

Unison Mic Preamp Technology for Apollo QUAD and DUO Audio Interfaces

Introduced with Apollo Twin, Unison technology is an exclusive analog/digital integration system that allows for realtime bi-directional control and interplay between Apollo’s physical mic preamps and new UAD preamp plug-ins — including the now-updated API Vision Channel Strip Plug-In and new Universal Audio 610 Tube Preamp & EQ Collection. With UAD Software v7.5, Apollo DUO and QUAD users can immediately take advantage of Unison with a free 610-B Tube Preamp & EQ plug-in provided on install.

Full AAX 64 Support for Macs and OS X 10.9 Mavericks Compatibility

UA is pleased to announce full compatibility with Apple’s latest operating system, as well as full AAX 64 support for Mac users, with AAX 64 support coming for Windows 7 users this spring.

These new enhancements are part of new UAD Software v7.5, which also includes the new UA 610 Tube Preamp & EQ Collection and the Brainworx-developed Dangerous BAX EQ Plug-In Collection.

610 Tube Preamp & EQ Collection

610 Tube Preamp & EQ Collection

More than three years in the making, the UA 610 Collection represents the first comprehensive modeling of the legendary 610-A tube preamp and its modern variant, the 610-B — including their tube and transformer components and all of the unique distortion characteristics of the originals.

The 610-A is modeled on a channel from the storied Wally Heider “Green Board,” used to record Neil Young, Ray Charles, Elvis Presley and Jimi Hendrix, and offers simple 10 kHz high-shelf and 100 Hz low-shelf EQ. The modern 610-B offers selectable input impedance, adjustable high- and low-shelf EQ, and expanded gain range.

Dangerous BAX EQ Collection

Dangerous BAX EQ Plug-In Collection

The Dangerous BAX EQ Plug-In Collection is a powerful tool for shaping and enhancing the tonality and character of your music.

Designed as a “finishing EQ,” the BAX EQ Collection is the first and only authentic plug-in emulation of this studio staple, available exclusively for UAD-2 and Apollo hardware.

The 610 Tube Preamp & EQ collection is available to purchase for $299 USD; The Dangerous BAX EQ collection costs $249 USD.

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Universal Audio launches Apollo Twin audio interface

Universal Audio has introduced the Apollo Twin, a high-resolution desktop interface with realtime UAD processing.

Universal Audio Apollo Twin

This sleek 2×6 Thunderbolt audio interface for Mac combines the same high-quality 24/192 kHz audio conversion of Universal Audio’s acclaimed Apollo series with onboard Realtime UAD SOLO or DUO Processing. With its ergonomic desktop design, rugged aluminum construction, and front panel headphone and instrument connections, Apollo Twin allows Mac users to record in real time (at near-zero latency) through the full range of UAD Powered Plug-Ins available in the UA Online Store, including titles from Neve, Studer, Manley, Lexicon, API and more.

Apollo Twin also introduces new Unison™ technology.* Built on an integration between Apollo’s mic preamps and its onboard UAD plug-in processing, Unison unlocks the authentic tone of the most sought-after tube and solid state mic preamps — including their all-important impedance, gain stage “sweet spots,” and component-level circuit behaviors.

Apollo Twin will ship with Universal Audio’s “Realtime Analog Classics” UAD plug-in bundle, featuring legacy editions of the LA-2A Classic Audio Leveler, 1176LN Limiting Amplifier, and Pultec EQP-1A Program Equalizer, plus Softube Amp Room Essentials, the all-new 610-B Tube Preamp plug-in, and more.

Apollo Twin features

  • Desktop 2×6 Thunderbolt audio interface with world-class 24-bit/192 kHz audio conversion.
  • Realtime UAD Processing for tracking through vintage Compressors, EQs, Tape Machines, Mic Preamps, and Guitar Amp plug-ins with near-zero (sub-2ms) latency.
  • Thunderbolt connection for blazing-fast PCIe speed and rock-solid performance on modern Macs.
  • New Unison technology offers stunning models of classic tube and transformer-based mic preamps.
  • 2 premium mic/line preamps; 2 line outputs; front-panel Hi-Z instrument input and headphone output.
  • 2 digitally controlled analog monitor outputs for full resolution at all listening levels.
  • Up to 8 channels of additional digital input via Optical connection.
  • Includes “Realtime Analog Classics” UAD plug-in bundle, featuring Legacy editions of the LA-2A Classic Audio Leveler, 1176LN Limiting Amplifier, and Pultec EQP-1A Program Equalizer, plus Softube Amp Room Essentials, 610-B Tube Preamp, and more.
  • Runs UAD Powered Plug-Ins via Audio Units, VST, RTAS & AAX 64.
  • Available with either UAD-2 SOLO or UAD-2 DUO DSP processing onboard.

Apollo Twin is now shpping worldwide with estimated street prices of $699 USD (SOLO) and $899 USD (DUO).

More information: Universal Audio / Apollo Twin

* Unison Technology coming to Apollo DUO and Apollo QUAD in early 2014.

Universal Audio announces Unison technology – Classic analog mic preamps for Apollo

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Universal Audio has announced its Unison technology, an audio processing breakthrough that enables the popular Apollo Audio Interfaces’ onboard mic preamps to sound and behave like the world’s most sought-after tube and solid state preamps.

More than three years in the making, Unison is an exclusive analog/digital integration system that gives the user continuous, realtime, bi-directional control and interplay between Apollo’s physical hardware and UAD software mic preamp models. With Unison, the Apollo mic preamp’s analog impedance, gain stage sweet spots, and component-level circuit behaviors are adjusted in real time prior to analog-to-digital conversion to accurately emulate the target mic preamp model.

“Apollo was designed and built with mic preamp modeling in mind, and has included input impedance switching from the very beginning — every Apollo mic preamp is Unison-ready,” says Universal Audio CEO Bill Putnam Jr. “The UA 610-B Tube Preamp and EQ is the first of many Unison-enabled plug-ins for the UAD Powered Plug-Ins platform. It’s included with the new Apollo Twin desktop interface, and will be available for all Apollo customers in Q1.”

Unison features

  • An exclusive analog/digital integration system that’s already built into every Apollo mic preamp
  • Enables Apollo mic preamps to sound and behave like the world’s most sought-after tube and solid state preamps — including their all-important impedance, gain stage sweet spots, and component-level circuit behaviors.
  • Continuous, realtime, bi-directional control and interplay between Apollo’s physical hardware and UAD software preamp model.
  • Requires an Apollo Interface, available from authorized dealers worldwide.

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Universal Audio intros UAD Software v7.4.1 public beta (incl. AAX 64)

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Universal Audio has announced UAD software v7.4.1, a public beta download for Mac users that allows Pro Tools 11 owners to take advantage of the complete UAD plug-in library.

Universal Audio UAD Software v7.4.1

Great news! Pro Tools 11 and AAX 64 support for UAD Powered Plug-Ins is now available as a public beta for Mac users.

The UAD v7.4.1 public beta has proven both stable and reliable in our extensive internal testing. We are currently working on full qualification testing on Mac OS X and finishing Windows 7 AAX 64 support. Both Mac and Windows will be shipping in early 2014.

UAD Software v7.4.1

  • Total session and automation compatibility with earlier versions of Pro Tools
  • Access to the complete library of UAD Powered Plug-Ins in AAX 64
  • Seamless interoperability with Apollo series interfaces and Realtime UAD Processing
  • Support for Pro Tools 11’s faster-than-realtime (offline) bounce feature
  • AudioSuite processing for file-based workflows, which allows you to process files and selections with UAD plug-ins, commit the changes and free up DSP
  • Multi-mono support, so you can use UAD plug-ins on surround and stereo tracks with full linking and unlinking capability

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Universal Audio intros Fairchild Tube Limiter Collection for UAD & Apollo

Universal Audio has released Fairchild Tube Limiter Collection for the UAD platform and Apollo audio interfaces.

Fairchild 670
The Fairchild 670 tube limiter for UAD & Apollo.

For a half-century, the Fairchild 670 and 660 tube limiters have defined many of popular music’s most revered vocal and drum sounds, from Pink Floyd and the Beatles to classic Motown singles. Now, Universal Audio has fully captured Fairchild’s revered tube character with the Fairchild Tube Limiter Plug-In Collection for the UAD Powered Plug-Ins platform and Apollo Audio Interfaces.

In 2004, Universal Audio released the Fairchild 670 Legacy plug-in, which was quickly heralded as the best Fairchild 670 emulation available. Today, UA’s team of DSP experts have improved the original time constants and gain reduction curves while modeling — for the first time ever — the complete tube-powered amplifier and transformer sections of their hardware counterparts. Far beyond other Fairchild emulations, only the new UAD Fairchild Limiter Collection is based on an accurate circuit model of Ocean Way’s “golden-reference” units.
The Fairchild Tube Limiter Collection also offers “digital only” features such as sidechain filtering, dry/wet parallel blend, and headroom controls, giving owners of Apollo audio interfaces and UAD-2 DSP Accelerator hardware modern workflow appointments.

Fairchild Tube Limiter Collection

  • Includes the Fairchild mono 660 and stereo 670, each with their own sonic attributes and feature sets.
  • Models entire electronic path, including tube amplifiers and transformers for complete analog color and behavior.
  • Based on Ocean Way’s famous, meticulously maintained Fairchild “golden units” .
  • Lateral-Vertical mode for stereo imaging and balance control.
  • Includes all-new “digital only” features such as sidechain filtering, dry/wet parallel blend, and headroom controls.
  • Requires UAD-2 DSP Accelerator Card or Apollo Interface, available from authorized dealers worldwide.

The Fairchild Tube Limiter Collection is available to purchase for $299 USD.

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