Universal Audio has announced the release of UAD Software v8.1, featuring three new plug-ins — the new Neve 88RS Channel Strip Collection, plus the Softube-developed Marshall Plexi Super Lead 1959 and Tube-Tech CL 1B Compressor.

Universal Audio Neve 88rs Plus

Introduced in 2001, the Neve 88 Series large-format analog console is renowned for its startling depth, airiness, and clarity. Not surprisingly, Neve 88 Series consoles are found in some of the world’s finest recording studios and scoring stages, including Skywalker Ranch, Capitol, Abbey Road, and United/Ocean Way studios.

In 2007, Universal Audio released the Neve 88RS Channel Strip plug-in, which quickly became a staple for in-the-box mixing. Today, UA’s team of engineers have improved each section of the original plug-in and incorporated Unison™ technology (exclusively on Apollo preamps), capturing all of the 88RS mic/line preamp’s impedance, gain stage “sweet spots,” and circuit behaviors that have made it the modern benchmark in analog preamp design.

In addition, the all-new Neve 88RS Channel Strip Collection — which also includes the Legacy version — features presets from famous Neve 88RS users, including Jimmy Douglass (Timbaland, Justin Timberlake), Andrew Dawson (Kanye West, Jay-Z), Joey Waronker (Beck, Lisa Germano), and Ryan West (Maroon 5, Eminem).

Neve 88RS Channel Strip Collection features

  • The world’s only end-to-end Neve 88RS channel strip circuit emulation.
  • Provides the clarity and openness of Neve’s famous 88RS transformer-based mic preamp.
  • Features the legendary Neve 88RS Formant Spectrum EQ and Dynamics sections.
  • Control Apollo interface mic preamp gain staging and impedance directly from the Neve 88RS plug-in with Unison™ technology.
  • Package includes legacy Neve 88RS and Legacy 88RS “DSP light” EQ plug-ins.
  • Requires a UAD-2 DSP Accelerator or Apollo Interface available from authorized dealers worldwide.

Neve 88RS Channel Strip Collection costs $299 USD ($149 upgrade for existing owners of Neve 88RS Legacy plug-in).

Universal Audio Marshall Plexi

The undisputed alpha dog of rock and roll guitar amps, the Marshall 1959 Super Lead amplifier is as legendary as the music it helped create. From Jimi Hendrix to Jimmy Page, Duane Allman to Eric Clapton, the Plexi’s snarl, sustain, smoothness, and raunch defined the sound of rock.

Developed by Softube — and available exclusively for UAD-2 hardware and Apollo audio interfaces — the Marshall Plexi Super Lead 1959 plug-in is an expert emulation of this 100-watt British classic.

Softube enlisted legendary AC/DC engineer Tony Platt to capture exquisite cabinet and microphone simulations using his tried-and-true mic recipes. Producers and guitarists can choose from 50 Platt-designed presets or craft their own tones with the plug-in’s onboard mixer.

Marshall Plexi Super Lead 1959 features

  • The world’s only authentic and licensed plug-in emulation of the classic Marshall Plexi Super Lead amplifier.
  • Three different microphone combinations — FET, Valve, and Dynamic.
  • Onboard mixer features microphone level, pan, and global two-band EQ.
  • 50 presets designed by legendary AC/DC engineer Tony Platt.
  • Requires a UAD-2 DSP Accelerator or Apollo Interface available from authorized dealers worldwide.

Marshall Plexi Super Lead 1959 costs $199 USD.

Universal Audio Tube Tech CL1B

Denmark’s Tube-Tech have been a leading purveyor of high-end tube hardware for over 30 years. The company’s flagship CL 1B compressor is a staple in recording studios worldwide and a go-to dynamics processor for a who’s-who of modern pop artists including Rihanna, Mary J. Blige, Jennifer Lopez, and Kanye West.

Developed by Softube — and officially endorsed by Tube-Tech — the CL 1B Compressor plug-in for UAD-2 and Apollo interfaces gives you opto-based tube compression to smooth any source.

Tube-Tech CL 1B Compressor features

  • An exacting emulation of a modern classic compressor, fully authenticated by Tube-Tech, Denmark.
  • Expertly tames dynamics without adding artifacts.
  • Fine-tune compression with three-position Attack/Release selector.
  • Requires a UAD-2 DSP Accelerator or Apollo Interface available from authorized dealers worldwide.

Tube-Tech CL 1B Compressor costs $299 USD.

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