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


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.

Apollo Expanded also marks the introduction of Console 2.0 software, giving Thunderbolt-equipped Apollo users dynamic new workflow options with more than 25 new user-requested features.

Console 2.0 will also be coming to Apollo FireWire interfaces (Mac and Windows) in Fall 2015.

Apollo Expanded — Key Features

  • “Mix and Match” up to four Apollos (any model) over Thunderbolt (Mac)
  • Simple Thunderbolt cable cascading between units
  • Combine up to six UAD-2 devices per system
  • New Console 2.0 — High-resolution 64-bit software interface for Thunderbolt-equipped Apollos with over 25 new user-requested features
  • New Flex Driver lets users customize Core Audio I/O — name, save, and share presets for different hardware setups and DAWs
  • Star clocking over Thunderbolt distributes high-quality clock to all Apollos
  • Add an Apollo Twin for desktop monitor control as well as additional DSP and connectivity

New UAD-powered Plug-ins

Universal_Audio_UAD_powered_plugins_8point0UAD Software v8.0 also adds Mac OS X Yosemite compatibility and all-new plug-in categories to the UAD Powered Plug-Ins platform:

  • Sound Machine Wood Works Plug-In — $299
    • Record your acoustic guitar direct, in real time with microphone quality sound using Apollo Twin, DUO, or QUAD
    • Provides the rich resonance and vibrancy missing from unprocessed acoustic guitar pickups
    • No time-consuming setup; provides consistent premium sound every time you monitor or record acoustic guitar
    • Freedom to re-mic as you mix, changing and adding microphones as needed to fit your production
  • UA Distortion Essentials Plug-In Bundle — $249
    • Features the Ibanez Tube Screamer TS808 (also sold separately for $129),
    • Raw Distortion (based on the vintage early-80s Pro Co Rat), and Bermuda
    • Triangle (based on the early 70s-era Electro-Harmonix Big Muff Pi) plug-ins*
    • Harnesses Unison technology to emulate the circuit interaction, gain range, and clip points of the original stompboxes
  • Friedman Amplifiers Plug-In Collection by Brainworx — $249
    • Faithful emulation of two modern boutique amps inspired by classic British tube amps, designed by legendary amp guru David Friedman
    • FX Rack features lo-fi delay, noise gate, and filter controls
    • 66 impulse responses for each amp, with multiple speaker cabinets recorded in a state of the art room with stellar gear
    • Re-amp less than perfect DI guitar tracks, previously recorded with other guitar amp simulations
    • Developed by Brainworx exclusively for UAD-2 hardware and Apollo audio interfaces

To download UAD v8.0, or for more information, visit the Universal Audio site.

6 thoughts on “Universal Audio UAD Software 8.0, New Guitar Plug-Ins Now Available

  1. “Add an Apollo Twin for desktop monitor control as well as additional DSP and connectivity”

    hmmm.. dunno if I’d see it that way. I’d rather use a dedicated Monitor Controller with 2+ XLR Outs.

  2. They have so many plugins that do basically the same thing that every time another one comes out all I can think is “Alright, what else you got?”. Add to the fact they left Windows users high and dry with the Apollo interfaces. When you spend several thousand dollars over the years to support a company you believe in and they do you like that, thats some heartbreaking shit.

    UAD is boring now. There are way more interesting options on the market these days to choose from without the fear of losing time, money and support from a company you invest in.

  3. You want a high end DSP card, get a high end PC with thunderbolt, Apple just happens to put a high end plug on all their computers, (almost) no one uses USB 3 for audio and you need all that bandwidth to do high end stuff. The real killer is the latency though, thunderbolt is the only interface that can get near perfect latency on so many channels, You want a no compromise card that’s not internal pci, you HAVE to use thunderbolt.

    1. I have a high end pc with Thunderbolt. Get on the UAD forum and find out how many Apollo interfaces work on pc and then come talk to me.

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