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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.

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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.

More information: Universal Audio / Apollo

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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

More information: Universal Audio / UAD software v7.4.1

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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.

More information: Universal Audio / Fairchild Tube Limiter Collection

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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.

More information: Universal Audio / Maag EQ4

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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.

More information: Universal Audio / API Vision Channel Strip

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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.

More information: Universal Audio

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