There are many products on the market, like the Apollo, that will give you studio-quality audio, but finding that same quality in a small package is a bit more difficult. With the [Apollo Twin, Universal Audio hit on a great balance between power and portability.
I spent a few hours today beginning to mix drums on a new project. I’ve always loved the Teletronix LA-2A, so today I used it in a number of situations, including the Mixbus. It sounded incredible. Universal Audio has the best emulations of the original hardware units because they make the hardware units. What it does is so subtle, but very pleasing.
My favorite audio plug-ins have been updated. This is a big release that includes multi-unit Cascading of two Apollo units or two Apollo 16 units. The release also includes three new plug-ins: Ocean Way Studios, Sonnox Oxford Inflator and the SPL TwinTube Processor.
Every once in a while you come across a product that you know is just the best in its class. Honestly, that doesn’t happen too often, but the Universal Audio Apollo is the best audio interface I’ve ever used on my Mac. […]
That same year, Bill Putnam is making the transition from the old standard vacuum tubes to new solid-state technology with his Universal Audio-brand preamps and compressors. The legendary engineer and equipment manufacturer had previously redesigned his original 108 tube microphone preamp (taken from his UA/United Recording consoles in Chicago and Hollywood), into the new 1108 — utilizing the recently invented Field Effect Transistor (FET). Subsequently, he redesigned his successful 175/176 tube compressor (based on the popular variable-Mu design) using FETs, and thus was born the 1176.
Bill Putnam was an absolute genius.
These days, owning an analog tape machine is somewhat akin to driving a classic car, with ongoing maintenance, scarcity of parts, and exotic fuel (analog tape) that’s expensive and hard to find. So while a handful of top studios still offer those classic spinning reels (and the engineers to maintain them), the good news for the rest of us is that there are now more convenient ways to achieve that classic magnetic sound.
Here’s what Schweitzer had to say about developing artful ears, and channeling years of experience as a performing musician into every mix he does. Of course, he also waxes on the utility and power of his Universal Audio signal chain, and other secrets to his success.
There is nothing like hearing directly from the pros about how they do it.
Apollo is the first professional, high-resolution computer audio interface that delivers the sound and feel of analog recording. This FireWire 800 / Thunderbolt ready interface combines genuine UA analog design with class-leading sound quality and onboard Realtime UAD Plug-In Processing … Continued
This is exactly what I love about Universal Audio. They do a tips & tricks post and they go to the creator of the gear to host it. Definitely worth a read and don’t forget to watch the video at the end of the post.
It’s not a big secret that I think Universal Audio makes the best professional audio plug-ins — I’ve said it a number of times. However, until now, you needed a Mac Pro and a spare PCI slot for the UAD card. The portable Satellite Quad changes all that […]
But even expert mastering engineers can only accomplish so much, and it’s largely dependent on the raw materials they’re given to work with. With that in mind, here’s a look at some of the top mistakes people make in preparing … Continued
Universal Audio (UA) released an update for its UAD powered plug-ins, adding three new plug-ins and giving Pro Tools users significant enhancements. For Pro Tools users, Universal Audio has removed the VST wrapper and replaced it with full RTAS plug-ins. … Continued
Universal Audio on Thursday updated its UAD software platform, fixing a few bugs and adding a new plug-in.
Universal Audio (UA) on Wednesday said it would release a new plug-in that is sure to excite musicians and engineers — the Lexicon 224 Digital Reverb.
The Lexicon 224 hardware unit was first introduced in 1978 and has remained a standard for reverbs ever since.
Universal Audio captured all eight reverb programs for its newest plug-in. Typical of the precise modeling it exhibits with all of its plug-ins, UA included every tunable parameter and the original unit’s input transformers and early AD/DA converters.
Universal Audio on Wednesday said that two audio developers have signed on to be developers on the UAD Powered Plug-ins platform.
Universal Audio (UA) began shipping its new Duo and Quad FireWire DSP Accelerator called Satellite.
One of the most frequently asked music questions I get is what EQ plug-in I use on my mixes. It may seem like an easy question to answer, but it’s not.
Universal Audio at NAMM showed off its newest product, the UAD-2 Satellite Duo and Quad FireWire DSP Accelerators.