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Universal Audio releases Maag EQ4 Plug-In for AUD and Apollo

Universal Audio has announced the release of the Maag EQ4 plug-in for the UAD platform.

Universal Audio Maag EQ4
The Maag EQ4 equalizer plug-in in collaboration with Brainworx.

In a self-professed quest for “audio perfection,” Cliff Maag designed the EQ4 to provide unparalleled transparency and top-end presence while maintaining a true, natural sound. Based on his classic — and long-discontinued — NTI EQ3 from the ’80s, the EQ4 features Maag’s legendary Air Band control, a major component to the vocal mix chain on Madonna’s Ray of Light as well as Celine Dion’s Taking Chances. Now, owners of Apollo audio interfaces and UAD-2 DSP Accelerator hardware can record and mix with an exacting digital emulation of this unique EQ.

Maag EQ4 features

  • Adds presence to vocals, acoustic guitars, and overheads.
  • Elevates treble frequencies without harshness or hiss.
  • Five-position Air Band control.
  • Adjusts overall EQ level with an added Trim control.
  • Developed for the UAD Powered Plug-Ins platform by Brainworx.
  • Requires UAD-2 DSP Accelerator Card or Apollo Interface, available from authorized dealers worldwide.

Maag EQ4 is available to purchase for $229 USD.

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Universal Audio releases API Vision Channel Strip Plug-In

Universal Audio API Vision Channel Strip

Universal Audio has announced the release of API Vision Channel Strip, an effect plug-in for the UAD platform and Apollo.

For over 40 years, API mixing consoles have become synonymous for audio excellence and multi-platinum recordings. From the Foo Fighters to Fleetwood Mac’s classic Rumours, API mixing desks are legendary for their colorful punch and warm analog detail. Now Universal Audio is pleased to release the API Vision Channel Strip Plug-In for the UAD Powered Plug-Ins platform and Apollo audio interfaces.

Featuring five API modules — the 212L Microphone Preamplifier, 215L High/Low Cut Filters, 235L Gate/Expander, 225L Compressor/Limiter, and 550L 4-Band Equalizer — the API Vision Channel Strip plug-in allows owners of Apollo audio interfaces and UAD-2 DSP Accelerator hardware to impart their tracks with the same focus, punch, and harmonic detail as its high-end hardware counterpart.

API Vision Channel Strip features

  • Faithful channel strip emulation from API’s flagship Vision analog console.
  • Comprised of five distinct modules: 212L Mic Preamp, 215L High/Low Cut Filters, 235L Gate/Expander, 225L Compressor/Limiter, and 550L 4-Band Equalizer.
  • Models custom 2520 API op-amp and transformers with circuit nonlinearities.
  • Allows recording in real time via Apollo interfaces (sub-2ms latency) and/or mixing workflows via UAD-2 hardware.
  • More than 70 artist presets from Joe Chiccarelli, Neil Dorfsman, David Isaac, Nathaniel Kunkel and John Paterno.
  • Requires UAD-2 DSP Accelerator Card, available from authorized dealers worldwide.

API Vision Channel Strip is available for purchase for $299 USD.

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Universal Audio releases ENGL Amp plugins for UAD & Apollo

Universal Audio has announced the release of ENGL Amp Plug-Ins for the UAD powered plug-ins platform and Apollo audio interface.

For over 20 years, ENGL amplifiers have become synonymous with high-performance rock and metal guitar tones. UAD direct developer Brainworx has now put ENGL’s legendary clean tones and distortion textures at your fingertips with superbly crafted ENGL Amp Plug-Ins for the UAD Powered Plug-Ins platform and Apollo Audio Interface.

Featuring the E765 RT and the E646 VS amplifiers as well as the Brainworx bx_tuner, the ENGL Amps Bundle allows owners of UAD-2 DSP Accelerator hardware to re-amp their tracks with these industry-leading amp models, while Apollo Audio Interface users can re-amp as well as track in real time with near-zero latency.

Both amp models contain an onboard FX Rack with a noise gate, EQ filter controls, and host-syncable lo-fi delay. Also included is a unique Recording Chains feature that allows the user to audition their tones through 64 different high-end mics, ENGL cabinets, and outboard gear, including hardware emulations from Millennia, SPL, and elysia.

ENGL E765 RT
ENGL E765 Retro Tube plug-in.

ENGL E765 RT Plug-In ($149 USD).

  • Perfect emulation of a two-channel, EL34-powered, 100-watt tube amp for UAD-2 or Apollo.
  • Craft old school clean tones, gritty chunk textures, and aggressive distortions easily and intuitively with extensive EQ functionality — before or after mixdown.
  • Audition 64 different Recording Chains to match the perfect tone to the part.
  • Fine-tune your sounds with an onboard FX Rack that includes a noise gate, EQ filter controls, and host-syncable lo-fi delay.
ENGL E646 VS
ENGL E765 VS Limited Edition plug-in.

ENGL E646 VS Plug-In ($149 USD).

  • Exacting emulation of a four-channel, 100-watt, 6L6-powered, high-gain tube amp.
  • Perfectly sculpt clean tones, muscular chunk, and high-gain textures with remarkable string-to-string definition.
  • Audition 64 different high-end Recording Chains for unmatched flexibility when tracking or mixing.
  • Fine-tune your sounds with an onboard FX Rack that includes a noise gate, EQ filter controls, and host-syncable lo-fi delay.
Brainworx bx_tuner
Stay in tune quickly, easily, and accurately with the bx_tuner by Brainworx.

Brainworx bx_tuner ($19 USD).

  • Tune guitar or bass easily and accurately inside your UAD-2 or Apollo-equipped workstation.
  • Customize the tuning LED’s tracking with the Ballistics feature.
  • Quickly tune with reduced volume using the unique Output Dim feature.
  • Instantiate on multiple inputs to avoid plugging and unplugging of instruments.

ENGL Amplifier Plug-Ins Bundle ($249 USD).

  • ENGL E765 RT Plug-In: Perfect emulation of a two-channel, EL34-powered, 100-watt tube amp.
  • ENGL E646 VS Plug-In: Exacting emulation of a four-channel, 100-watt, 6L6-powered, high-gain tube amp.
  • Brainworx bx_tuner: Tune guitar or bass easily and accurately inside your UAD-2 or Apollo-equipped workstation.

The ENGL Amp plug-ins are available as part of the UAD Software v7.2.

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Universal Audio releases Flex Routing for Apollo audio interfaces

Universal Audio Apollo

Universal Audio’s latest UAD Software v7.1 provides elegant enhancements to the Apollo Audio Interface.

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.

More information: Universal Audio / UAD v7.1 Software

Universal Audio releases Pultec Passive EQ Plug-In Collection

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Universal Audio has announced the release of the Pultec Passive EQ Plug-In Collection, comprising the EQP-1A, MEQ-5 equalizers, and HLF-3C filter.

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.

Universal Audio Pultec Passive EQ Plug-In Collection
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.

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Universal Audio releases Millennia NSEQ-2 Parametric EQ for UAD & Apollo

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Brainworx Millennia NSEQ-2

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.

More information: Universal Audio / Millennia NSEQ-2

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.

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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