Key among them is Flex Routing, which allows inputs to be routed to hardware outputs, headphone bus routing, as well as selectable pre/post Aux send. Flex Routing not only speeds up workflow, it adds another level of flexibility for Apollo and Apollo 16 users in studio and live situations.
Flex Routing is included in the new UAD Software v7.1, which also features the Pultec Passive EQ Plug-In Collection and the Millennia NSEQ-2 Plug-In.
New Apollo Flex Routing features
Route up to eight Console channel inputs to hardware outputs* with optional monitor mirroring.
Apollo headphone mix buses can be mirrored to any hardware output.
Pre/post fader switching for Aux mix buses.
Vertical resizing of the Console application window.
The new UAD v7.1 Software is now available to download.
Lauded as the most popular outboard studio equalizers ever made, these classic Pultec EQs can be heard on countless hit recordings from the past five decades. The EQP-1A Program EQ is famous for bringing out individual frequency ranges without significantly altering neighboring frequencies, remaining smooth and musical even with extreme levels of boost. With the companion MEQ-5 Mid-Range Equalizer, producers can skillfully tweak the mid-range thanks to its abundance of band overlap and unique filter interactions. Finally, the HLF-3C adds 12 dB per octave low and high cut filters, providing broad, retro-flavored tone sculpting.
The new Pultec Passive EQ Collection models the complex transformer and tube amplifier nonlinearities of these must-have tools, in addition to their unique filter interactions. The result is a dead-on emulation of the Pultec’s signature air, silkiness, and warmth.
Legendary EQP-1A, MEQ-5, and HLF-3C EQs Immaculately Modeled for UAD-2 DSP Accelerators and Apollo Audio Interfaces.
Pultec Passive EQ Collection features
Faithful circuit reproduction of the most popular outboard studio equalizers ever made.
Models entire electronic path of three Pultec EQs — including tube amplifiers and transformers — for colorful, highly-musical distortion characteristics.
EQP-1A Program EQ provides silky, vintage highs and tight, focused lows using combined boost/cut resonant shelf dip.
MEQ-5 Mid-Range EQ features broad, overlapping frequency selections for fine peak and dip midrange filter control.
HLF-3C EQ delivers 12 dB cut filter for tonal sculpting or special effects.
Includes artist presets from Neal Cappellino (Alison Krauss, Brad Paisley), Jacknife Lee (U2, R.E.M.,Taylor Swift), David Isaac (Prince, Eric Clapton, Robin Thicke) & more.
Requires UAD-2 DSP Accelerator Card or Apollo Interface, available from authorized dealers worldwide.
The Pultec Passive EQ Plug-In Collection costs $299 USD, or $149 USD for current owners of the legacy Pultec Pro EQ plug-in.
Universal Audio has announced the Millennia NSEQ-2, a parametric equalizer plug-in for the UAD platform and Apollo audio interfaces.
A mainstay in many of the world’s leading studios and mastering houses, the Millennia NSEQ-2 Parametric EQ is revered for its startling realism and transparent musicality. UAD direct developer Brainworx has now put this high-end EQ at your fingertips with the Millennia NSEQ-2 Plug-In for the UAD Powered Plug-Ins platform and Apollo Audio Interfaces.
By perfectly emulating Millennia’s exclusive Twin Topology circuit and pure Class A transformerless circuitry, the Millennia NSEQ-2 plug-in offers a less-is-more approach to the audio chain, yielding a powerful, sonically neutral, analog EQ that brims with spectacular clarity. With the ability to switch between an all-triode 300-volt vacuum tube signal path, and an all-discrete JFET solid-state signal path, you’re afforded two distinctly different EQs, each with colossal amounts of headroom and an array of sonic flavors and colors.
Millennia NSEQ-2 features
Faithful model of the legendary Millennia NSEQ-2 Class A Twin Topology (Vacuum Tube and Discrete Solid State) Parametric Equalize.
Switch between tube and solid state topologies.
New features such as M/S (mid/side) mode, Link mode, and an Output Trim control.
Fully parametric stereo EQ with unprecedented sonic purity & integrity.
Developed for the UAD Powered Plug-Ins platform by Brainworx.
Requires UAD-2 DSP Accelerator Card or Apollo Interface, available from authorized dealers worldwide.
The Millennia NSEQ-2 plug-in is available to purchase for $299 USD.
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.
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.
Universal Audio has announced the release of the Ocean Way Studios plug-in for the UAD Powered Plug-Ins platform.
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.
Developed by SPL for the UAD Powered Plug-Ins Platform, the SPL TwinTube Processor Plug-In is an authentic software version of the world-class tube effects processor, adding analog tube warmth, saturation, and harmonic distortion without impacting dynamic range. With two fully independent stages — which can be run together or separately — the SPL TwinTube Plug-In provides a wide-ranging palette of sonic shaping, from smooth and creamy overdrive to deep, growling saturation.
SPL TwinTube features
Authentic plug-in version of the world-class SPL TwinTube tube effects processor.
Adds analog tube warmth, saturation and harmonic distortion to instruments and vocals.
Boosts presence and spatial imaging without increasing overall dynamic range.
Easy, intuitive interface and simple workflow.
Developed for the UAD Powered Plug-Ins platform by SPL.
Requires a UAD-2 DSP Accelerator Card or Apollo Audio Interface.
The SPL TwinTube Plug-In is available to purchase for $199 USD.
Sonnox Oxford Inflator Plug-In – The Professional Standard for Adding Power and Punch — Without Squashing.
Developed by Sonnox for the UAD Powered Plug-Ins Platform, the Oxford Inflator does what so many dynamics processors only pretend to do — increase the apparent loudness of a mix or individual tracks without audibly affecting sonic quality or reducing dynamic range.
Sonnox Oxford Inflator features
Adds power, presence, and warmth to program material.
Increases perceived loudness of any source, without audibly affecting sonic quality.
Provides virtual headroom, allowing percussive peaks to pass without signal overload.
Direct and band-split modes for maximum flexibility and optimal DSP usage.
Developed for the UAD Powered Plug-Ins platform by Sonnox.
Requires a UAD-2 DSP Accelerator Card or Apollo Audio interface.
Gobbler has announced its Gobblerama referral contest.
Gobbler is offering over $10,000 in prizes from Universal Audio, Telefunken, Focusrite and others, just for inviting your friends!
Throughout the month of May, Gobbler customers who get the greatest number of friends to sign up for Gobbler will win audio hardware and software prizes every week. The grand prize, a Universal Audio 1176LN Classic Limiting Amplifier, will be awarded when the contest ends, May 28th. Daily prizes from Groove3, Slate Digital, Softube, and others will also be given away randomly – just for entering!
Sweetwater has announced the GearFest Mixing Contest, its largest audio mixing contest in collaboration with pureMix, offering participants the chance to win over $18 000 worth of high end audio equipment.
Sweetwater and pureMix.net are proud to announce that they have partnered together to organise the most exciting mixing contest ever seen on the web. Participants can register for FREE and download the raw tracks from famous artist Liza Colby and do their own mix. The winners will win amazing prizes donated by Dangerous Music, Focal Professional, Universal Audio, Blue Microphones, Presonus, Lauten Audio, Vovox and Sweetwater. That’s pretty cool, isn’t it ?
The tracks for mixing the best sounding version of Liza Colby Sound’s song ‘Oh Baby’ are actually downloadable at pureMix. The contest is FREE and is sponsored by Dangerous Music, Focal Professional, Universal Audio, Blue Microphones, Presonus, Lauten Audio, Vovox and Sweetwater.
Tracked live on stage in front of a rapt audience at Sweetwater’s GearFest 2012, “Oh Baby” is a raw gem that will let contestants really prove their mixing skills. The contest is completely platform independent : any DAW, any platform is welcome. The pureMix team and Fab Dupont will pick out the 16 winners for the 16 prizes. Judges will focus on mixing skills and “taste” to pick the winners, not what equipment was used.
Contest instructions are available at pureMix after a FREE registration. Contestants can also watch grammy nominated producer/Engineer Fab Dupont in a free video showing how the hit was recorded, with a detailed step-by-step explanation.
The mixing challenge runs until June 1st, 2013. Winners will be announced at Sweetwater’s GearFest 2013 on June 21st, contacted via email and announced on pureMix.net homepage.