With the huge selection of UAD plug-ins it can be hard to decide which ones to consider buying. So I've put together my 6 goto plug-ins, of course your choice might be completely different, if so then leave your favourites in the comments.
I've decided to choose 2 I use for tracking, 2 I use on tracks during mix and 2 I use on the mix buss or when I'm mastering.
UAD Plug-ins For Tracking
Neve 1073 Preamp & EQ Plug-In Collection
We ran a test and shoot out with this plug-in and it has an amazing sound, even better it works in Unison mode, so for those with Apollo hardware you can use this baby to track through a Neve 1073. The preamp section alone can do magic things with everything from warm smooth sounds to pushing it hard to add some edge - try tracking through this, it's a dream.
Marshall Plexi Super Lead 1959
I'm not a huge fan of guitar VIs, many of them leave me disappointed - not so with the UAD plug-ins. It's hard to choose, but this Marshall Plexi is just amazing, it's British, vintage and has been produced in conjunction with Marshall and rock guru Tony Platt - what more do you want? James reviewed it here
UAD Plug-ins For Track Mixing
dbx® 160 Compressor / Limiter Plug-In
I reach for this all the time for bass, kicks, vocals and guitar and thankfully for me it's idiot proof. I also own the hardware version of this baby and I use both... need I say more? Here's a hardware and software comparison
Maag EQ4® EQ Plug-In
Perhaps the smoothest and most musical EQ on the market, the AIR band is simply magical for adding sheen to vocals and shine to acoustic guitars. But it's not limited there, the entire EQ has such musical and immediate settings that it's a joy to mix with. I also own the hardware, again I use both! It seems a lot of people agree with me as this won our People's Choice Award in 2013. Review here
UAD Plug-ins For Mixing/Mastering
Ampex® ATR-102 Mastering Tape Recorder Plug-In
We can't all own a vintage tape machine, in fact the service and running costs are enough to put most people off, but this plug-in sits on my mix buss for 99% of mixes. The ATR-102 adds so much character that if you leave it on and then turn it off you find yourself disappointed. Tape with the running costs or the razor blades. Review here
Manley Variable Mu® Limiter Compressor Plug-In
This is a relative newcomer to my plug-in collection but the minute I tried it on a mix I thought it would become a favourite. It's audio voodoo and simple magic at gluing a mix together in such a subtle way.
So there are 6 of my favourite UAD powered plug-ins, what are yours?