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Universal Audio releases SPL TwinTube & Sonnox Oxford Inflator for UAD

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Universal Audio has announced the release of UAD Software v7.0, featuring two new Direct Developer plug-ins — SPL TwinTube and Sonnox Oxford Inflator.

SPL TwinTube

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

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.

The Sonnox Oxford Inflator costs $179 USD.

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Gobbler launches Gobblerama Leaderboard Contest

Gobblerama

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!

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Sweetwater announces GearFest Mixing Contest

GearFest Mixing Contest

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.

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Universal Audio announces Apollo 16 high-resolution audio interface

Universal Audio has announced the Apollo 16 Thunderbolt-ready audio interface.

Delivering world-class conversion with 16×16 analog I/O, this uncompromising FireWire/Thunderbolt-ready interface combines superior sound and flexible routing with powerful onboard UAD-2 QUAD processing. With its professional DB-25 connectivity and multi-unit cascading for up to 32×32 analog I/O, Apollo 16 sets a new standard in high-resolution recording with classic analog sound.

UAD Apollo 16

“Building on the success of the original Apollo interface, the Apollo 16 is our flagship audio converter,” says Bill Putnam Jr., Universal Audio founder and CEO. “Its sound quality and scalability make it ideal for pairing with mixing consoles and outboard preamps, and the ability to track through UAD plug-ins in real time provides powerful sonic options for professional studios.”

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. Apollo 16′s deep, wide soundstage and exceptionally open and transparent sound makes it the ideal centerpiece for professional recording facilities.

With its standard UAD-2 QUAD processing onboard, Apollo 16 allows real time processing with UAD Powered Plug-Ins — with as low as sub-2ms latency — so recordists can monitor, audition, and “print” audio through stunning analog emulations from Ampex, Lexicon, Manley, Neve, Roland, SSL, Studer, and more. Apollo 16′s onboard UAD processing is also available during mixing and mastering, so that music producers can employ UAD plug-ins (VST, RTAS, AU) throughout the creative process.

Apollo 16 boasts straightforward 16×16 analog I/O via convenient DB-25 connections. Two Apollo 16 units can be cascaded over MADI for an expanded system with eight UAD processors and 32×32 simultaneous analog I/O, capable of handling large professional mixes. Dedicated XLR monitor outputs and stereo AES-EBU digital I/O round out the Apollo 16′s rear-panel audio connections.

Apollo 16′s routing capabilities include four stereo cue mixes with individually assignable outputs, and a new “Virtual I/O” feature that allows for Realtime UAD Processing of DAW tracks and virtual instruments.

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.

The Apollo 16 is expect to ship in Q2 2013, with an estimated street price of $2,999 USD. Apollo’s Thunderbolt Option Card is now available for an estimated street price of $499 USD.

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Universal Audio releases UAD Powered Plug-Ins version 6.5

Universal Audio has announced the release of version 6.5 of its UAD Powered Plug-Ins software.

UAD Powered Plug-In 6.5
Software update version 6.5 introduces new Teletronix, API & Softube plug-ins.

The UAD-2 Powered Plug-Ins platform offers the world’s most authentic analog hardware emulations and award-winning audio plug-ins for Mac and PC. Powered by our popular DSP Accelerator hardware, UAD-2 plug-ins deliver rich, analog sound quality that would be difficult or impossible to achieve with native recording systems.

From rare compressors and equalizers, to vintage reverb processors and tape machines, UAD-2 Powered Plug-Ins inject three-dimensional “out-of-the-box” analog sound to your in-the-box mixes.

New in UAD Powered Plug-Ins v6.5

  • Teletronix® LA-2A Classic Leveler Collection plug-ins.
  • API® 500 Series EQ Collection plug-ins.
  • Softube® Vintage Amp Room plug-in.
  • Softube® Bass Amp Room plug-in.
  • Softube® Metal Amp Room plug-in.
  • Full 64-bit architecture (Mac/Win).
  • For additional UAD v6.5 software notes, click here.

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Universal Audio announces Softube Amp Room Plug-Ins

Universal Audio has announced the debut of Softube’s Vintage Amp Room, Metal Amp Room, Bass Amp Room, and Acoustic Feedback Deluxe plug-ins for the UAD Powered Plug-Ins platform and Apollo High-Resolution Audio Interface.

Universal Audio Softube Amp Room Plug-Ins
Softube’s Vintage, Metal & Bass Amp Room Plug-ins.

With the addition of renowned Softube Amp Room plug-ins to the UAD platform, owners of UAD-2 DSP Accelerator hardware now have industry-leading guitar and bass amp modeling at their fingertips. And, when used with the award-winning Apollo Audio Interface, the Softube Amp Room plug-ins allow musicians and producers to jam, write, and record through stunning guitar or bass sounds with near-zero latency.

“We’re delighted to see our very popular Amp Room products finding their way to the UAD platform,” says Softube Product Manager, Niklas Odelholm. “They are a perfect match for Apollo, where you can use Amp Room for directly recording guitar, bass, electric pianos, and other instruments through these world-class amplifiers.”

“It’s extraordinary to have Softube onboard as a UAD Direct Development partner,” says UA CEO and Founder Bill Putnam, Jr. “The Amp Room plug-ins are truly best-in-class, and will put some very inspiring tools in the hands of UAD and Apollo users.”

Softube Acoustic Feeback
Softube’s Acoustic Feeback Deluxe Plug-In.

Available as part of an upcoming UAD Software release, the following plug-ins and bundles will be available for purchase via UA’s Online Store:

  • Softube Vintage Amp Room — $199US
    • Three versatile and classic vintage amps from the 1960s.
    • White amp model delivers classic, distorted rock n’ roll grit.
    • Brown amp model provides warm clean tones, breaking up at higher volumes.
    • Green amp model offers chimey-to-distorted tones, plus vibrato/tremolo.
    • Detailed speaker cabinet modeling with adjustable stereo mic positioning.
  • Softube Metal Amp Room — $149US
    • Extreme high gain amplifier model delivers burly, aggressive metal guitar sound.
    • Two speaker cabinet models with fully adjustable stereo mic positioning.
    • Fast, program-dependent one-knob noise gate — ideal for palm muting.
  • Softube Bass Amp Room — $149US
    • Superior model of a versatile 1970s bass amplifier.
    • Thick, solid preamp distortion and power amp distortion at extreme settings.
    • Includes three distinctive speaker cabinets (Classic, Rocker, and Oddbird) with adjustable stereo mic positioning.
    • Separate DI controls allow for blending of direct vs. amped signal.
  • Softube Amp Room Bundle — $299US
    • The ultimate collection of Softube Amp Room plug-ins for UAD-2 and Apollo hardware.
    • Vintage Amp Room showcases three iconic guitar amps from the 1960s.
    • Metal Amp Room adds raw, aggressive metal guitar sound to any recording.
    • Bass Amp Room delivers the dead-on sound of a classic 1970s bass amp.
  • Softube Acoustic Feedback Deluxe — $149US
    • True physical modeling of rich, inspiring guitar feedback effect.
    • Fully responsive to vibrato, bends, slides, and more.
    • Simple controls for level, tolerance, harmonics and subharmonics.

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Universal Audio enhances Apollo audio interface with key system features & new plug-ins

Universal Audio has unveiled numerous future enhancements for its award-winning Apollo High-Resolution Interface — turning the popular unit into a scalable system capable of recording larger music projects on both Mac and Windows 7 machines.

Among the new Apollo interface features slated for delivery in the first half of 2013 is multi-unit cascading, which combines two Apollo interfaces into a single elegant system via FireWire or Thunderbolt. Multi-unit cascading provides simultaneous use of 16 analog inputs / outputs, including eight Apollo mic preamps, plus 12 digital inputs and outputs — perfect for tracking a full band.

Universal Audio Apollo
New Apollo Software to Deliver Multi-Unit Cascading & Numerous Console Software Enhancements; Separate UAD / Apollo Software Updates Bring Softube Amp Room, New LA-2A Collection, and API 500 Series EQ Plug-Ins.
Universal Audio Apollo

The boost in Apollo connectivity is navigated via a redesigned Console application, offering better visual feedback, a new Mix-Merge mode, and a Pro Tools mode which greatly simplifies integration with Pro Tools systems.

“A year after its introduction, Apollo has become the top-selling audio interface in its class,” says UA CEO and Founder, Bill Putnam Jr. “We’re committed to enhancing its creative possibilities, through ongoing software improvements and a growing roster of new plug-in titles from UA and Direct Developer partners like Softube.”

Apollo owners will soon be able to play and record in real time through some of the world’s finest guitar amp emulations, courtesy of the acclaimed Softube Amp Room plug-ins — including Vintage Amp Room, Metal Amp Room, and Bass Amp Room. Softube Amp Room plug-ins will be available as part of an upcoming UAD/Apollo software update, along with the brand new LA-2A Classic Leveler Collection and API 500 Series EQ Collection plug-ins.

Apollo is a high-resolution 18 x 24 FireWire/Thunderbolt-ready audio interface that delivers the sound, feel, and flow of analog recording. Using Apollo, music producers and performers can track audio through a range of classic UAD analog emulation plug-ins — from Neve, Studer, Manley, Lexicon and more — in real time, and with a sleek, elegant workflow on both Mac and Windows 7 systems.

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Universal Audio announces API 500 Series EQ Plug-In Collection for UAD Platform

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Universal Audio has announced the impending release of the API 500 Series EQ Plug-In Collection for the UAD Powered Plug-Ins platform and Apollo High-Resolution Audio Interface.

This API-endorsed, UA-developed collection features superior emulations of the legendary API 550A 3-Band and API 560 Graphic equalizers — two of the most popular and enduring audio equalizers ever made.

Designed by API’s Saul Walker in the late 60′s, the 550A and 560 modular EQs featured Walker’s signature 2520 op-amp and proportional Q circuitry. For the API 500 Series EQ Plug-In Collection, UA’s industry-leading circuit modeling team expertly captured the filter shapes, band interactions, and unique filter amplifier clipping behaviors of vintage API 550A and 560 units to exacting detail. The result is tight, low-frequency imaging that gives users that legendary API punch.

Additionally, the API 500 Series EQ Plug-In Collection includes presets from several famed engineers and producers, including Ross Hogarth (Van Halen, R.E.M., Ziggy Marley), Vance Powell (Jack White, Red Fang, The Dead Weather), Eli Janney (Jet, Ryan Adams, Wilco), Jeff Juliano (John Mayer, Shinedown, Train), Carl Glanville (U2, Billy Joel, Jason Mraz), and Darrell Thorp (Beck, Radiohead, Charlotte Gainsbourg).

Universal Audio API 500 Series plug-ins
The API 550A and API 560 equalizer plug-ins.

“With the blessing and assistance of API and the hard work of our top-notch DSP team, we’re proud to be releasing industry-leading emulations of the API 550A and 560 EQs,” says CEO and Founder, Bill Putnam, Jr. “We’re thrilled to be adding the iconic API sound to the UAD Powered Plug-Ins platform.”

“We are very pleased to see the development of API plug-ins for the UAD platform,” said Larry Droppa, API President. “The sonic integrity and audio performance of API products has always been our primary focus, and UA has demonstrated a proven track record with these same goals. We look forward to much success with this EQ collection and other API introductions to come.”

API 500 Series EQ Collection feature

  • Superior, licensed plug-in emulations of the most enduring API 500 Series EQs
    • API 550A discrete, 3-band bell/shelf filter set
    • API 560 discrete, 10-band graphic filter set
  • Models entire electronic path, including custom API 2520 op-amps and transformers, band interactions, and internal clipped filter nonlinearities.
  • Licensed and endorsed by Automated Processes Inc.
  • Includes presets from famed users Ross Hogarth, Jeff Juliano, Carl Glanville, Darrell Thorp, Vance Powell, and Eli Janney.

Available as part of an upcoming UAD Software release scheduled for February 2013, the API 500 Series EQ Collection will be available for $299 USD via UA’s Online Store.

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