Bill 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, 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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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 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:
This week Universal Audio announced an update to its UAD Software. UAD Software v7.1 provides “elegant enhancements” to the Apollo Audio Interface.
One key enhancement is Flex Routing, which allows inputs to be routed to hardware outputs, headphone bus routing, as well as selectable pre/post Aux send. Flex Routing speeds up workflow as well as adds an additional level of flexibility for Apollo and Apollo 16 users in both studio and live situations. Continue reading
At Musikmesse 2013, Universal Audio has announced the Apollo 16 Audio Interface.
Apollo 16 is Universal Audio’s flagship 24-bit/192 kHz audio interface, delivering 16 x 16 analog I/O – twice the analog connectivity of the original Apollo model. This uncompromising FireWire/Thunderbolt-ready* interface combines superior sound and flexible routing with powerful onboard UAD-2 QUAD processing. So you can track audio in real time through the full range of classic UAD analog emulation plug-ins – from Neve, Studer, Manley, Lexicon and more** – on both Mac and Windows 7.*
Here’s a video intro for the new Apollo 16 Audio Interface: Continue reading
Universal Audio has announced ‘a complete re-imagination of the popular UAD-2 Powered Plug-Ins platform’.
Highlighted by the new flagship UAD-2 OCTO DSP Accelerator card, featuring eight SHARC processors, the UAD-2 Series offers new Custom and Ultimate software bundles and more affordable pricing for all UAD-2 SOLO, DUO, and QUAD DSP Accelerator models.
Nick at Sonic State takes a look at the Universal Audio Apollo – a new Firewire audio interface that features real-time audio processing through powered plug-ins range from Universal Audio and partners.
The Apollo created a big buzz at NAMM – but does it live up to the hype?
Check out the video Apollo review and then let us know what you think!