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Manley Variable Mu - Now On UAD Platform - Review Coming Soon

The Manley Variable Mu has arrived on the UAD platform as a new UAD powered plug-in giving those who own UAD hardware or Apollo interfaces access to this limiter compressor.

This is what Universal Audio have to say about the Manley Stereo Variable Mu Limiter Compressor;


The Manley Stereo Variable Mu Limiter Compressor has been Manley Labs’ flagship compressor since 1994. Its smooth, transparent dynamics control, and ability to add clarity and cohesion to a mix make it the gold standard among mix engineers.
Developed under Manley Labs’ rigorous scrutiny, the Manley Variable Mu Limiter Compressor plug-in is a thorough emulation of this Class-A, hand-made tube limiter, exclusively for UAD-2 hardware and Apollo interfaces.

Highlights Of The

  • Add definition and fidelity to individual tracks, stereo buses, or an entire mix
  • Glue together difficult mixes with signature Manley tube compression
  • Link channels for a precise, perfectly matched stereo image
  • Select from Left/Right or Mid/Side operation for precise control of stereo imaging
  • Use the plug-in-only Dry/Wet Mix control to easily dial-in parallel compression

Review Of The Manley Variable Mu

We are working on a review of the new UAD Manley Variable Mu, so check back soon.


How To Set Up ADAT Lightpipe Input To Expand The Channels On The Universal Audio Apollo Twin 

The Universal Audio Apollo Twin is a powerful little audio interface, but for some the limited inputs may sometimes not be enough. However UA have included an ADAT Lightpipe input connector on the Apollo Twin enabling the user to increase it by up to 8 extra inputs.

In this free tutorial we are going to show you how to set up ADAT Lightpipe input to expand the channels on the Universal Audio Apollo Twin.

What Hardware To Use?

In order to do this you need a pre-amp that has a ADAT Lightpipe output on the rear, there are a number on the market, they include; 

  • Universal Audio 4-710d
  • Audient ASP880
  • Focusrite Octopre

What Pre-Amp Are We are Using

We have both the Audient ASP880 and the Universal Audio 4-170d pre-amps at Pro Tools Expert HQ, in fact Mike uses the Focusrte Octopre as seen here, but to keep it in the family we decided to use the gorgeous sounding 4-710D. The UA 4-710d offers up to 8 channels of audio inputs, 4 mic, 8 line, variable tube and transistor tone blending on 4 inputs and UA compressors. Of course the most important thing for this is the ADAT Lightpipe out on the rear, this is what we use to connect the 4-710d to the Apollo Twin.

ADAT Lightpipe Cable

The ADAT Lightpipe or ADAT Optical Interface was invented by Alesis originally for use in their ADAT tape machines, however widespread adoption took place of this protocol. It is called Lightpipe because the data is transmitted over fibre optic cable. They are widely available online or from stores, we got ours from Amazon, a 5 meter cable costing around £7.00.

Connecting It All Together

The connection between the 4-710d and the Apollo Twin is simple, plug the ADAT Lightpipe cable into the ADAT Out 1-8 connection on the rear of the unit, see above.

Then plug the other end of the cable into the ‘Optical In’ port on the rear of the Apollo Twin, see below.

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Recording Guitar In Pro Tools With The Universal Audio Apollo Twin

If you are new to the Apollo Twin audio interface and are a Pro Tools user then Russ takes you through getting the Apollo Twin set-up with Pro Tools to record guitar.

In this video tutorial you can learn about

  • the Apollo Console application 
  • low latency monitoring in Pro Tools
  • monitoring with UAD effects via the Apollo Console
  • recording with the effects via the Apollo Console
  • using the Apollo Twin console for re-amping the guitar from Pro Tools

This free video tutorial is applicable for all versions of the Universal Audio Apollo interface.

Watch this free video tutorial here

Results Of Our Non Scientific Poll Of Interface Brands

We held a non scientific straw poll on Facebook of what audio interface brand Pro Tools Expert community members use. After 355 responses this is what you have told us.

Avid is at the top with 98 but what was surprising is that it isn’t by much. Focusrite come a very strong second with 81. 

Then we drop a long way to Universal Audio with their Apollo interfaces taking 3rd place.

What perhaps affects the results is that many people may own Avid interfaces as part of bundles or because they use HD/HDX systems. Focusrite have been aggressive with their pricing to features offering and this seems to have paid off for them.

What do you think of the results?

Case Study - Snake Newton Using an Apollo 16 For Live Sound Plug-ins

Our friends Source Distribution and Universal Audio have posted a case study about long-time front of house engineer Snake Newton, who has a CV that is the envy of the industry, having toured with the likes of Duran Duran, Pet Shop Boys, Robbie Williams and Craig David. This summer, he’s hitting the road with two award-winning British acts - Jessie J and Paolo Nutini – and he’s incorporated a Universal Audio Apollo 16 Audio Interface into his live setup, to help accommodate his fondness (some would say obsession) with using plug-ins.

Find out more about how he started out in the industry, how he balances live and studio work, and how he became an early adopter of the UA Apollo 16  and how he uses it live in his front of house mixes and in the studio.

Universal Audio Announce UAD v7.7 Software New Neve 1073 Collection With Unison Technology

Universal Audio have announced the latest update to their UAD powered plug-in software UAD v7.7.

What’s New In UAD v7.7 Software

  • Neve 1073 Preamp & EQ Collection with Unison™ technology
  • AAX 64 Windows 7 compatibility (click here for important information) 
  • Mac Thunderbolt PCIe audio drivers for Apollo & Apollo 16
  • Apollo Twin compatibility with UAD-2 devices 
  • Apollo Console Input Labeling (“Scribble Strips”)

Neve 1073 Preamp & EQ Collection with Unison™ technology

The newest addition to the UAD powered plug-in range is a the Neve 1073 pre-amp and plug-in, which now features a combined Neve 1073 pre-amp with EQ. For those using Apollo interfaces this plug-in is further enhanced by utilziing the Unison™ technology, this takes advanatge of Unison’s bi-directional control and communication from the 1073 plug-in to the digitally controlled mic preamps in the Apollo Twin, Apollo DUO, and Apollo QUAD interfaces. With Unison, the Apollo preamp changes to the Neve 1073’s physical input impedance, allowing both “Lo” (300 Ω) and “Hi” (1200 Ω) impedance setting options. This provides the 1073’s full gain and tonal range to your favorite studio mics.

However, even those using the Neve 1073 as a UAD powered plug-in will find the warmth and character of the vintage desk transforming their mixes. A review of the UAD 1073 Collection will follow soon.

UAD AAX 64 Windows 7 Compatibility

The long awaited Windows AAX versions of UAD powered plug-ins is shipping - read more here

Other features with the Windows 7 release are;

  • AudioSuite support (offline processing for audio clips)
  • Offline bounce support (faster than realtime bounce to disk)
  • Multi-mono support (adjust independent settings for multi-channel tracks)

Download UAD v7.7 Software

Existing UAD owners should visit the Universal Audio web site to download v7.7 software.

UAD Version 7.5 Software Announced By Universal Audio

Our friends at Universal Audio have announced UAD v7.5 software.

The software brings some new plug-ins as well as official AAX support for Mac. Owners of Apollo interfaces are given access to the cool new Unison technology first shown in the new Apollo. Twin interface. To see Unison in action then watch and hear the effect it has on the sound in this video from James Ivey.

New features include;

  • UA 610 Tube Preamp & EQ Plug-In Collection  
  • Dangerous BAX EQ Plug-In Collection
  • Unison™ technology for Apollo interfaces
  • Mac AAX 64 support
  • OS X Mavericks support 

UAD plug-ins now powered by Unison technology are;

How does Unison Technology work?

Also featured in this release is the Dangerous BAX EQ Plug-In Collection developed by the master of sound at Brainworx. UA say that “the Dangerous BAX EQ will make your mixes and masters clearer, richer, and better. Based on Peter Baxandall’s legendary 1950s EQ — a tone control that graced millions of hi-fi systems — the BAX EQ is a musically voiced “finishing EQ” that sweetens up program material by simultaneously employing broad, open curves and gently sloping cuts.

The Dangerous BAX EQ Plug-In Collection is the only circuit-accurate plug-in emulation of the original analog hardware, exclusively for UAD-2 DSP Accelerators and Apollo-equipped workstations.”

Other changes to the new 7.5 software include;
  • (Console) Plug-in windows are offset for easier viewing when multiple UAD plug-ins are inserted
  • (Console) Numeric key presses are passed to Pro Tools for improved control
  • (Console) Resolved condition that allowed session files to be overwritten without warning
  • (ATR-102) Resolved unresponsive DAW issue when Tape Delay was changed to value of 99

Owners of UAD should visit Universal Audio to download the new version

Universal Audio Apollo Twin Review - Thunderbolt Equipped Audio Interface

The latest addition to the Universal Apollo range of UAD powered audio interfaces is the Apollo Twin, a baby brother of the Apollo and Apollo 16 and firmly aimed at the home musician and composer.


Pro Tools Expert were fortunate enough to get our hands on a pre-release full production model and spent a couple of days putting it through its paces, you can see James Ivey extended video review here.

The Apollo Twin is a 2x6 Thunderbolt audio interface for Mac and it combines the same high-quality 24/192 kHz audio conversion of Universal Audio’s acclaimed Apollo series with onboard Realtime UAD SOLO or DUO Processing. So it is effectively a desktop audio interface with a UAD card inside it which goes up firmly against hardware such as the Avid Mbox and Apogee Duet, however the APollo Twin offers a desktop user the same features found in the more powerful Apollo models, namely UAD powered plug-ins and of course near-zero latency tracking via those plug-ins, the user can also use the UAD powered plug-in processing for mix down as well. An added bonus is that the new Apollo Twin now ships with an updated set of plug-ins which include the new Unison 610 Tube Pre-Amp and Softube guitar amp models.

Features At A Glance

  • Desktop 2x6 Thunderbolt audio interface with world-class 24-bit/192 kHz audio conversion
  • Realtime UAD Processing for tracking through vintage Compressors, EQs, Tape Machines, Mic Preamps, and Guitar Amp plug-ins with near-zero (sub-2ms) latency
  • Thunderbolt connection for blazing-fast PCIe speed and rock-solid performance on modern Macs
  • New Unison technology offers stunning models of classic tube and transformer-based mic preamps
  • 2 premium mic/line preamps; 2 line outputs; front-panel Hi-Z instrument input and headphone output
  • 2 digitally controlled analog monitor outputs for full resolution at all listening levels
  • Up to 8 channels of additional digital input via Optical connection
  • Includes “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, 610-B Tube Preamp, and more
  • Runs UAD Powered Plug-Ins via Audio Units, VST, RTAS & AAX 64
  • Available with either UAD-2 SOLO or UAD-2 DUO DSP processing onboard
  • Estimated street prices of $699 (SOLO) and $899 (DUO). 


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More Pictures From Winter NAMM 2014

Here are some more pictures from Winter NAMM 2014. Above is the Universal Audio Apollo Twin that has won Best In Show.

Look who we came across, the one and only Dave Pensado chatting with Master Groove3 Trainer Eli Krantzberg.

Our friends at Softube have won Best in Show from ProSound Network for ther Console 1.

Look at this combination - Zynaptiq’s UNVEIL inside Blue Cat’s PatchWork with the Avid S6 control surface, using PatchWork’s new parameters mapping feature. 

iZotope have got a very full awards shelf from Sound On Sound, Pro Audio Review Magazine, The NAMM Show, and Electronic Musician.

Here is the Technical GRAMMY for Lexicon.

Winter NAMM 2014 In Pictures

We have spotted a number of interesting pictures coming out of NAMM just now…

Firstly above there seems to be a little interest in the new Apollo Twin interface when it was announced at NAMM.

One or two Lynx Aurora interfaces hooked up by Thunderbolt 2 to a new Mac Pro. We reviewed the Lynx Aurora a while back as an alternative interface for Pro Tools HD and HDX systems. 

The crowd listening to words of wisdom from Jack Joseph Puig (Lady Gaga, John Mayer) on the Waves stand.

Here we can see some Sonnox AAX DSP plug-ins on the Avid S3L live console. That is a very interesting combination.

Visitors to NAMM getting close up and personal to the Avid S6 control surface to see if it will do what they want it to do.