Universal Audio has announced the release of UAD Software v9.0.

UAD v9 features the API 2500 Bus Compressor, Chandler Limited Zener Limiter, and the A/DA STD-1 Stereo Tapped Delay plug-ins. This release also includes Windows Thunderbolt compatibility, Console 2 for FireWire, and MacOS Sierra compatibility.

API 2500 Bus Compressor Plug-In — $299 USD

The API 2500 Bus Compressor is a fixture on the stereo bus of many the world’s top engineers and producers. Considered the best of the Paul Wolff-era API circuit designs, this iconic hardware is relied upon to deliver energy, movement, and tone to stereo mixes and subgroups.

Universal Audio API 2500

Available in the UAD Store for $299, the API 2500 Bus Compressor plug-in for UAD-2 hardware and Apollo interfaces is a spot-on emulation of this classic compressor, capturing its all-discrete circuit path with Thrust® circuitry and features a fanatically detailed modeling of API’s custom transformers and 2510 and 2520 op amps.

Using “for-your eyes-only” schematics made available to Universal Audio by API, our team of DSP experts analyzed two classic API 2500s — rackmount and in-console — ensuring one of UA’s tightest behavioral circuit models to date — and the definitive representation of this iconic compressor.

Chandler Limited Zener Limiter Plug-In — $299 USD

Developed for the UAD Powered Plug-Ins platform by Softube, the Chandler Limited Zener Limiter plug-in is an exacting emulation of the high-end hardware.

Universal Audio Chandler Limited Zener Limiter

Inspired by the iconic EMI TG limiters and rare RS168 from Abbey Road Studios, the Chandler Limited Zener Limiter is an evolution of the limiters used to track Pink Floyd and The Beatles, now reimagined to work in a modern context with a greatly expanded range and new settings.

Softube emulated the Zener Limiter’s circuits end-to-end, including its filter inductors, germanium transistors, transformers, and circuit nonlinearities.

A/DA STD-1 Stereo Tapped Delay Plug-In — $199 USD

Developed by Brainworx exclusively for UAD-2 hardware and Apollo audio interfaces, the A/DA STD-1 Stereo Tapped Delay plug-in is an exacting emulation of the rare, cult classic analog rack unit.

Universal Audio ADA STD 1 Stereo Tapped Delay

With its array of six bucket-brigade delays, LFO and modulation controls, and flexible panning, the A/DA STD-1 Stereo Tapped Delay is revered by guitarists for its complex modulation, and engineers who use it to widen signals and add unique spatial effects to vocals, drums, synths, and more.

Thunderbolt Compatibility for Windows 10 Systems

Universal Audio has also announced Thunderbolt compatibility for Windows 10 users and Console 2 for Apollo FireWire users as part of UAD Software v9.0.

Universal Audio Apollo Thunderbolt Windows 10

Now, Thunderbolt-equipped Apollo Twin, Apollo 8 (DUO and QUAD), Apollo 8p, Apollo 16, and Apollo FireWire audio interfaces, as well as UAD-2 Satellite Thunderbolt devices can all be connected to Windows 10 computers that include a Thunderbolt 3 connection (qualified Thunderbolt 3 to Thunderbolt adapter required).

Also released in UAD Software v9.0 is Console 2 for Apollo and Apollo 16 FireWire interfaces. With improved functionality over the original Console app, Console 2 gives Apollo FireWire users a host of new features, including drag-and-drop plug-in arranging and custom channel strip settings designed by top producers and engineers including Darrell Thorp (Beck, Radiohead), Dave Isaac (Prince, Eric Clapton), Jeff Balding (Taylor Swift, Megadeth), and more.

Changes in UAD Software v9.0

  • API 2500 Bus Compressor.
  • Chandler Limited Zener Limiter.
  • A/DA STD-1 Stereo Tapped Delay.
  • Townsend Labs Sphere Microphone System.
  • Unison for Ampeg SVT Bass Amps.
  • Compatibility with Thunderbolt on Windows 10.
  • Console 2 software for Apollo FireWire.
  • Compatibility with macOS Sierra.
  • Compatibility with Windows 10 Anniversary Update.

UAD Software v9.0 for Apollo Audio Interfaces and UAD Accelerators is now available for download for Windows and Mac.

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