Universal Audio intros Apollo Expanded software

Universal Audio has announced Apollo Expanded software, coming exclusively for Apollo audio interfaces as part of UAD Software v8.0, to be released in March 2015.

Universal Audio Apollo Expanded

With Apollo Expanded, users of Thunderbolt-equipped Apollo Twin, Apollo DUO, Apollo QUAD, and Apollo 16 audio interfaces can freely combine up to four Apollos and six total UAD-2 devices — adding I/O and DSP as their studio grows.

Apollo Expanded also marks the introduction of Console 2.0 software, giving Thunderbolt-equipped Apollo users dynamic new workflow options, with more than 25 new user-requested features.

Apollo Expanded features

  • “Mix and Match” up to four Apollos (any model) over Thunderbolt (Mac).
  • Simple Thunderbolt cable connection between units.
  • Combine up to six UAD-2 devices per system.
  • New Flex Driver lets users customize Core Audio I/O — name, save, and share presets for different hardware setups and DAWs.
  • Star clocking over Thunderbolt distributes high-quality clock to all Apollos.
  • Add an Apollo Twin for desktop monitor control as well as additional DSP and connectivity.

Console 2.0 Software features

  • New high-resolution / Retina-compatible 64-bit software interface for Thunderbolt-equipped Apollos.
  • Channel Strip presets lets users see, save, and recall UAD plug-in chains.
  • Numerous monitoring improvements including Alternate Monitors, new Control Room functions, and enhanced headphone cue management.
  • New UAD plug-in categories and individual Show/Hide functionality.
  • Enhanced plug-in features such as preset auditioning and drag & drop functionality.
  • Per-input Record/Monitor effect switching.
  • Multi-level Undo and Redo for plug-in assignments and parameters.

Apollo Expanded is part of upcoming UAD Software v8.0, which, in addition to Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite compatibility, also adds all-new plug-in categories to the UAD Powered Plug-Ins platform.

New plug-ins UAD Software v8.0

New UAD v8.0 plug-ins

Sound Machine® Wood Works® Plug-In — $299

  • Lets acoustic guitar piezo pickups sound like a studio-miked acoustic.
  • Get rich acoustic sounds in noisy environments or when high-quality miking is not possible.
  • Re-voice the source guitar’s resonance and acoustic properties live or at mixdown.
  • Freedom to re-mic during mixing, changing and adding microphones as needed.

UA Distortion Essentials Plug-In Bundle — $249

  • Features the legendary Ibanez Tube Screamer TS808, Raw Distortion™ (based on the vintage early-80s Pro Co Rat), and Bermuda Triangle (based on the early 70s-era) Electro-Harmonix Big Muff Pi) plug-ins*.
  • Harnesses Unison™ technology to precisely emulate the circuit interaction, gain range, and clip points of the original stompboxes.

Antares Auto-Tune Live Plug-In — $249

  • Realtime pitch correction and manipulation with iconic Auto-Tune effect.
  • Incredibly low latency for instant response, onstage or in the studio.

Friedman Amplifiers Plug-In Collection by Brainworx — $249

  • Includes spot-on emulations of the industry-leading Friedman DS40 and Friedman BE100 guitar amplifiers.
  • Audition 66 different Recording Chains to match the perfect tone to the part.
  • Fine-tune sounds with an onboard FX Rack that includes a noise gate, EQ filter controls, and host-syncable lo-fi delay.
  • Developed by Brainworx exclusively for UAD-2 hardware and Apollo Audio Interfaces.

Apollo Expanded Software will be available in March 2015.

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Universal Audio launches Vertigo Sound VSM-3 Mix Satellite, VSC-2 Compressor, Massenburg DesignWorks MDWEQ5 EQ

Universal Audio has announce the release of three new Direct Developer plug-ins — the Vertigo Sound VSM-3 Mix Satellite, Vertigo Sound VSC-2 Compressor, and the Massenburg DesignWorks MDWEQ5 plug-ins for the UAD Powered Plug-Ins platform and Apollo audio interfaces.

Vertigo Sound VSM-3 Mix Sattelite
Vertigo Sound VSM-3 Mix Satellite Plug-In

Developed by Brainworx, the Vertigo Sound VSM-3 Mix Satellite Plug-In is an obsessive emulation of the Vertigo Sound VSM-2, beloved by mixing and mastering engineers for its bounty of colorful saturation flavors. The VSM-3 offers innovative controls for expertly targeted harmonic generation, as well as plug-in-only features such as the THD Mixer’s Harmonic Balance control and the ability to run the unit’s two harmonic generators simultaneously — either in parallel or series — giving the user even more tweakability than the original hardware.

Vertigo Sound VSM-3 Mix Satellite features

  • Two sophisticated coloration generators recreated from the Vertigo VSM-2 hardware and authenticated by Vertigo Sound.
  • 2nd Harmonic FET Crusher for warm saturation or distortion.
  • 3rd Harmonic Zener Blender for bright, clear, saturation or distortion.
  • Crusher and Blender can each be applied to specific signal frequency ranges and then further filtered using the Shape control.
  • M/S decoding and encoding for each circuit allows processing of entire stereo signal, or Mid or Side stereo channels.
Vertigo Sound VSC-2 Compressor
Vertigo Sound VSC-2 Compressor Plug-In

The Vertigo VSC-2 Quad Discrete VCA Compressor was Vertigo Sound’s very first product, putting the German company on the map with its genius juxtaposition of vintage sonics and high-tech design. Developed by Brainworx, the Vertigo Sound VSC-2 Compressor Plug-In for UAD-2 and Apollo interfaces is an exhaustive emulation of this modern classic — right down to its four hand-built discrete VCAs — delivering legendary compression textures with a modern signal path and controls.

Vertigo Sound VSC-2 Compressor features

  • Faithful recreation of the Vertigo VSC-2’s all-discrete VCA compressor circuitry, authenticated by Vertigo Sound.
  • Provides the rich tonal characteristics of classic compressors with modern mastering-grade audio specifications.
  • Soft mode for a threshold-related ratio that automatically increases with higher input signal.
  • Brick mode to operate the VSC-2 as a limiter, effectively cutting off signal peaks.
Massenburg DesignWorks MDWEQ5
Massenburg DesignWorks MDWEQ5 EQ Plug-In

A unique, ultra-powerful equalizer, the Massenburg DesignWorks MDWEQ5 plug-in provides crystal clear processing at the highest resolutions. A go-to EQ for music, as well as game developers and engineers in film and television, the MDWEQ5 plug-in is accurate, precise, and ear-tuned by the man who invented the term “parametric EQ,” George Massenburg.

Massenburg DesignWorks MDWEQ5 EQ

  • Created by George Massenburg, the pioneer of parametric equalization.
  • IsoPeak® function for finding problem frequencies quickly and accurately.
  • Maximum bit-depth processing with zero coloration and distortion.
  • Includes two plug-ins; the 5-band MDWEQ5 EQ and 3-band MDWEQ3 EQ.

The plug-ins are available for purchase for $299 USD each.

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Universal Audio releases Manley Variable Mu Limiter Compressor plug-in

Universal Audio has announced the release of the Manley Variable Mu Limiter Compressor Plug-In for the UAD Powered Plug-Ins platform and Apollo audio interfaces.

Manley Variable Mu Limiter Compressor Plug-In

The Manley Stereo Variable Mu Limiter Compressor has been Manley Labs’ flagship compressor since 1994. The Variable Mu’s Class-A, tube and custom transformer-driven design epitomizes hand-made boutique craftsmanship. It’s considered the gold standard among mixing and mastering engineers thanks to its smooth, transparent dynamics control, and ability to add clarity and cohesion to stereo buses or an entire mix.

Developed under Manley Labs’ rigorous scrutiny, the Manley Variable Mu Limiter Compressor plug-in for UAD-2 hardware and Apollo interfaces is a thorough emulation of this legendary tube limiter, and is based on the coveted “6BA6 T-BAR Tube Mod” unit.

“After months of hair-splitting measurements and listening tests, we are confident and proud of the faithful emulation Universal Audio has made of our revered Manley Variable Mu Limiter Compressor,” says EveAnna Manley, President of Manley Labs. “The UA software engineers responded to our observations and scrutiny with eager dedication to make this plug-in one of the absolute best models they have achieved to date. Our ears confirm it.”

Manley Variable Mu Limiter Compressor features

  • Transparent Variable Mu tube compression for master fader, sub-groups, and individual sources.
  • Exclusively licensed by Manley Labs.
  • Models entire stereo Class A circuit, including custom transformers, input gain, and gain reduction characteristics.
  • Plug-in only features include Dry/Wet Mix, Controls Linking, and Headroom functions.
  • Continuous Dual Input, Stereo Output, Threshold, and Attack controls.
  • Side Chain Filter and L/R or M/S operation.
  • Requires UAD-2 DSP Accelerator Card or Apollo interface, available from authorized dealers worldwide.

The Manley Variable Mu Limiter Compressor plug-in is available for purchase for $299 USD.

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Universal Audio launches Apollo Premium Plug-Ins Promotion

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Universal Audio has announced the Apollo Premium Plug-Ins Promotion, a special promotion available now through the end of the year.

Universal Audio Apollo Premium Plug-Ins Promo

From October 1st – December 31st 2014, customers who purchase and register a new Apollo Audio Interface — any Twin, Apollo, or Apollo 16 model — will receive some of the most coveted UAD plug-ins — from the likes of Neve, EMT, UA, Studer & Manley — for free.

With its class-leading resolution and Realtime UAD Processing, Apollo sets a new standard for music production. This award-winning line of audio interfaces allows producers and musicians to record with near-zero latency through the full range of UAD Powered Plug-Ins — ingeniously merging classic analog tones with cutting-edge features.

Free Plug-Ins with corresponding Apollo purchase:

  • Apollo Twin SOLO: 610A Tube Preamp & EQ ($149 value).
  • Apollo Twin DUO: 610A Tube Preamp & EQ, EMT 140 Plate Reverb ($348 value).
  • Apollo DUO: 610A Tube Preamp & EQ, EMT 140 Plate Reverb, Neve 88RS Channel Strip ($647 value).
  • Apollo QUAD: 610A Tube Preamp & EQ, EMT 140 Plate Reverb, Neve 88RS Channel Strip, Studer A800 Tape Recorder ($996 value).
  • Apollo 16: 610A Tube Preamp & EQ, EMT 140 Plate Reverb, Neve 88RS Channel Strip, Studer A800 Tape Recorder, Manley Massive Passive EQ ($1,295 value).

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Universal Audio ships UAD-2 Satellite Thunderbolt DSP accelerators

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Universal Audio has announced worldwide availability of its new lineup of UAD-2 Satellite Thunderbolt DSP accelerators.

UAD-2 Satellite Thunderbolt

UAD-2 Satellite Thunderbolt DSP Accelerators are a sleek, powerful way for Thunderbolt-equipped Mac users to “supercharge” their systems and run larger mixes filled with rich, DSP-intensive plug-ins. These desktop-friendly units provide full access to UAD Powered Plug-Ins, including exclusive titles from Studer, Ampex, Lexicon, Neve, Manley, SSL, and more.

Available in QUAD or OCTO models with a choice of four or eight SHARC processors, UAD-2 Satellite Thunderbolt DSP Accelerators can also be integrated alongside UAD-2 PCIe cards and Thunderbolt-enabled Apollo interfaces, including Apollo Twin, Apollo, and Apollo 16 — for truly scalable mixing power.

For an immediate out-of-the-box mixing experience, UAD-2 Satellite Thunderbolt DSP Accelerators are available in Core, Custom, and Ultimate software packages. The Core package includes the Analog Classics Plus plug-in bundle, while Custom adds a choice of any three individual UAD plug-ins at registration. The Satellite Thunderbolt OCTO Ultimate is UA’s flagship package, including more than 79 UA-developed plug-ins — up to and including UAD software v7.8.

UAD-2 Satellite Thunderbolt street pricing:

  • UAD-2 Satellite Thunderbolt – QUAD Core ($999)
  • UAD-2 Satellite Thunderbolt – QUAD Custom ($1,399)
  • UAD-2 Satellite Thunderbolt – OCTO Core ($1,499)
  • UAD-2 Satellite Thunderbolt – OCTO Custom ($1,899)
  • UAD-2 Satellite Thunderbolt – OCTO Ultimate ($5,999)

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