Universal Audio Announces Thunderbolt Compatibility For Windows 10 Systems and New UAD Software v9.0

November 4 2016, 04:10
Universal Audio enjoyed success with its range of Apollo Thunderbolt (1 and 2) interfaces because of the quality and lower latency when using realtime UAD processing and the company’s Unison technology. The company even introduced its Apollo Twin USB 3 solution for Windows-based systems (8.1 and 7) and promised to launch Thunderbolt 3/USB 3.1 compatible drivers for both Windows 10 and Apple Mac. Now, Universal Audio announced Thunderbolt compatibility for Windows 10 users, while launching its new UAD Software v9.0 with new powerful plug-ins.

Now, apart from Mac computers, all Thunderbolt-equipped Apollo Twin, Apollo 8 (DUO and QUAD), Apollo 8p, Apollo 16, and Apollo FireWire audio interfaces, as well as UAD-2 Satellite Thunderbolt devices can be connected to Windows 10 computers that include a Thunderbolt 3 connection. The new Thunderbolt support also allows current PC-based Apollo and Apollo 16 FireWire users to upgrade their systems to Thunderbolt speed and stability with UA’s Thunderbolt Option Card, compatible with Windows 10 64-bit. PCs must be equipped with Thunderbolt 3 via USB-C.

Included in UAD Software v9.0, and apart from Thunderbolt support on Windows 10, Universal Audio confirmed new features including, new Console 2 software for Apollo FireWire interfaces, and a range of new UAD plug-ins, including an API Audio 2500 Bus Compressor, Softube Chandler Limited Zener Limiter, and Brainworx A/DA STD-1 Stereo Tapped Delay. 

Also released in UAD software v9.0 is Console 2 for Apollo and Apollo 16 FireWire interfaces. With improved functionality over the original Console app, Console 2 gives Apollo FireWire users a host of new features, including drag-and-drop plug-in arranging, per-input Record/Monitor effect switching, multi-level Undo and Redo for plug-in assignments and parameters, and custom channel strip settings designed by top producers and engineers.

Powered by Universal Audio’s popular UAD-2 DSP Accelerator hardware and Apollo Thunderbolt audio interfaces, UAD Powered Plug-Ins offer authentic analog hardware emulations on Mac and PC. Included with the release of UAD Software v9.0 are new exclusive plug-ins for UAD-2 hardware and Apollo audio interfaces — the API 2500 Bus Compressor, the Chandler Limited Zener Limiter and the A/DA STD-1 Stereo Tapped Delay. 

The new API 2500 Bus Compressor plug-in faithfully recreates the fixture on the stereo bus of many the world’s top engineers and producers. Considered the best of the Paul Wolff-era API circuit designs, this iconic hardware is relied upon to deliver energy, movement, and tone to stereo mixes and subgroups.

Available in the UAD Store for $299, the API 2500 Bus Compressor plug-in for UAD-2 hardware and Apollo interfaces is a spot-on emulation of this classic compressor, capturing its all-discrete circuit path with Thrust circuitry and features a fanatically detailed modeling of API’s custom transformers and 2510 and 2520 op amps.

Using “for-your eyes-only” schematics made available by API, the Universal Audio team of DSP experts analyzed two classic API 2500s — rackmount and in-console — ensuring one of UA’s tightest behavioral circuit models to date — and the definitive representation of this iconic compressor. The result is licensed and authenticated by Automated Processes, Inc., and provides the entire circuit path and control set of the API hardware including custom API op amps and transformers, Thrust sidechain filtering, “New” and “Old” Compressor Types, and Variable Sidechain Link. Exclusive to the UAD plug-in are features such as Dry/Wet parallel processing and Headroom for user-customizable operating level.

Developed for the UAD Powered Plug-Ins platform by Softube, the Chandler Limited Zener Limiter plug-in ($299) is an exact emulation of the high-end hardware. Inspired by the iconic EMI TG limiters and rare RS168 from Abbey Road Studios, the Chandler Limited Zener Limiter is an evolution of the limiters used to track Pink Floyd and The Beatles, now reimagined to work in a modern context with a greatly expanded range and new settings. Softube emulated the Zener Limiter’s circuits end-to-end, including its filter inductors, germanium transistors, transformers, and circuit nonlinearities. The plug-in adds exclusive features such as Mid/Side functionality and channel linking.

Developed by Brainworx exclusively for UAD-2 hardware and Apollo audio interfaces, the A/DA STD-1 Stereo Tapped Delay plug-in ($199) exactly emulates the rare, cult classic analog rack unit. With its array of six bucket-brigade delays, LFO and modulation controls, and flexible panning, the A/DA STD-1 Stereo Tapped Delay is revered by guitarists for its complex modulation, and engineers who use it to widen signals and add unique spatial effects to vocals, drums, synths, and more. The UAD plug-in adds independent Dry/Wet mix control for each stereo output, and internal soft peak limiter controls for feedback module and noise floor control.
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