Universal Audio Intros Free Apollo Expanded Update


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

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

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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Universal Audio Announces Apollo Twin Thunderbolt Audio Interface


At the 2014 NAMM Show, Universal Audio introduced the Apollo Twin High-Resolution Desktop Interface with Realtime UAD Processing. The 2×6 Thunderbolt audio interface for Mac combines the 24/192 kHz audio conversion of Universal Audio’s Apollo series with onboard Realtime UAD SOLO or DUO Processing.

The 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 – which uses Apollo’s mic preamps and its onboard UAD plug-in processing to recreate the tone of classic tube and solid state mic preamps, including their 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. Continue reading

Universal Audio Releases ENGL Amp Plug-ins for UAD and Apollo

Universal Audio direct developer Brainworx has released ENGL Amp Plug-Ins for the UAD Powered Plug-Ins platform and Apollo Audio Interface.

The ENGL Amps Bundle features the E765 RT and the E646 VS amplifiers as well as the Brainworx bxz-tuner, and allows owners of UAD-2 DSP Accelerator hardware to re-amp their tracks with these amplifier models. Apollo Audio Interface users can re-amp and track in real time with near-zero latency.

Both the E765 RT and the E646 VS amp models contain an onboard FX Rack with a noise gate, EQ filter controls, and host-syncable lo-fi delay. Also included is a Recording Chains feature that allows the user to preview their tones through 64 different high-end mics, ENGL cabinets, and outboard gear, including hardware emulations from Millennia, SPL, and elysia.

Available as UAD Software v7.2, the following plug–ns and bundles will be available for purchase via UA’s Online Store:
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