Universal Audio Intros All-New Apollo Audio Interfaces

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2015 Musikmesse, Frankfurt: This morning, Universal Audio introduced their new line of Apollo audio interfaces for Mac Thunderbolt users.

The new interfaces boast ‘next-generation’ A/D and D/A conversion, new monitoring functions, Thunderbolt cascading of up to four interfaces, and Realtime UAD Processing — all housed within a sleek, black aluminum package.

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Universal Audio UAD Software 8.0, New Guitar Plug-Ins Now Available

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Universal Audio has released UAD Software v8.0 for UAD-2 DSP Accelerator hardware and Apollo audio interfaces.

Software v8.0 includes Apollo Expanded, allowing users of Thunderbolt-equipped Apollo Twin, Apollo DUO, Apollo QUAD, and Apollo 16 audio interfaces to combine up to four Apollos and six total UAD-2 devices — adding I/O and DSP as their studio grows. Continue reading

Universal Audio Intros Free Apollo Expanded Update

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At the 2015 NAMM Show, Universal Audio introduced Apollo Expanded – an update that they call ‘the biggest evolution for the award-winning Apollo interface since its introduction in 2012′.

Apollo Expanded provides Mac users “mix and match” operation between Thunderbolt-equipped Apollo audio interfaces, as well as new plug-in types and Console 2.0, which features over 25 new user-requested features.

Now, users of Thunderbolt-equipped Apollo Twin, Apollo DUO, Apollo QUAD, and Apollo 16 audio interfaces can harness up to four Apollos and six total UAD-2 devices — adding I/O and DSP as their studio grows. Continue reading

Universal Audio Debuts Thunderbolt Satellite DSP Accelerators

UA_Satellite_Thunderbolt_DSPThis week Universal Audio announced its new line of UAD-2 Satellite Thunderbolt DSP Accelerators, for use with Thunderbolt-equipped Macs and shipping early October.

UAD-2 Satellite Thunderbolt DSP Accelerators enable Thunderbolt-equipped Mac users to run larger mixes filled with DSP-intensive plug-ins. These “desktop-friendly” units provide full access to UAD Powered Plug-Ins, including exclusive plug-ins from Studer, Ampex, Lexicon, Neve, Manley, SSL, and more.
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Tonelux Tilt EQ, Valley People Dyna-Mite UAD Plug-Ins Available

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Universal Audio has released two plug-ins for the UAD Powered Plug-Ins platform and Apollo audio interfaces: the Tonelux Tilt EQ and Valley People Dyna-mite. Developed by Softube and available for purchase via UA’s Online Store, the plug-ins are part of new UAD Software v7.8.

The Valley People Dyna-mite Plug-In (pictured above) is an “exacting” emulation of the classic limiter/ expander/ gate designed by Paul Buff, who founded the historic PAL studio in Southern California.

Universal Audio publicists say, “The Dyna-mite has enjoyed a fanatical cult following for over three decades and is considered a “secret weapon” by top engineers and producers. Although it can be used as a traditional limiter or expander, the Dyna-mite is also a creative tool capable of extreme, yet musical effects on a variety of sound sources.” Continue reading

Universal Audio Releases Thermionic Culture Vulture Plug-In

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Universal Audio recently announced the Thermionic Culture Vulture Plug-In for their UAD Powered Plug-Ins platform and Apollo audio interfaces.

The British-made Thermionic Culture Vulture has long been admired for creating studio-grade, high-gain valve distortion. After a multi-year engineering effort from Universal Audio, producers and engineers can now track and mix with the only authentic circuit emulation of this one-of-a-kind valve distortion tool. Continue reading

Universal Audio Revives 601 Tube Preamp As UAD Plug-In

Universal_Audio_610_Tube_PreAmpBill Putnam Sr, founder of Universal Audio, first introduced the 610 Modular Amplifier preamp in 1958. The 610 is famous among record producers for its harmonic detail, clipping characteristics, and ability to overdrive in a warm, musical fashion.

You might not know the model number of the 610, but you would recognize its signature sound: from the Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds to Johnny Cash’s landmark At Folsom Prison album. Its modern counterpart, the 610-B, has more recently helped create classics by Adele and Cold War Kids.

Universal Audio has captured the character and tone of the 610 with its new UA 610 Tube Preamp and EQ Plug-In Collection for the UAD Powered Plug-Ins platform and for Apollo audio interfaces.

The 610 plug-in collection includes both the classic 610-A model and modern 610-B hardware, and represents the first comprehensive modeling of this preamp design — including its tube and transformer components and unique distortion characteristics.

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Universal Audio and Brainworx Debuts ‘Dangerous’ BAX EQ Plug-In

bax-eq-collection-prUniversal Audio, in partnership with Brainworx and in conjunction with Dangerous Music Digital has released the Dangerous BAX EQ Plug-In Collection for UAD-2 DSP Accelerators and Apollo-equipped workstations. Designed as a ‘finishing EQ,’ the Dangerous BAX EQ Plug-In Collection is the first and only authentic plug-in emulation of the Peter Baxandall’s “legendary” 1950s EQ, a hardware studio staple.

The BAX EQ Collection contains two distinct plug-ins: the Dangerous BAX EQ Mix and the Dangerous BAX EQ Master — a stereo version with Mid/Side processing capabilities not found on the original hardware.

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