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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

UAD Apollo Twin Review

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.

Universal Audio Announce The Apollo Twin - Exclusive Content

Our friends at Universal Audio have announced a new addition to their hugely popular Apollo range, the Apollo Twin. Pro Tools Expert were given access to the new Apollo Twin before its launch and so we able to put together the following exclusive content for Pro Tools Expert readers.

In brief:

Apollo Twin Features

  • 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
  • Uncompromising analog design, superior components, and premium build quality
  • 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 in all major DAWs
  • Available with either UAD-2 SOLO or UAD-2 DUO DSP processing onboard
  • Requires Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion or 10.9 Mavericks
  • Available in both SOLO and DUO models (with either one or two Analog Devices SHARC processors, respectively), Apollo Twin is now shipping worldwide with estimated street prices of $699 (SOLO) and $899 (DUO).

How Does Universal Audio Unison Technology Work?

With the announcement of the new Universal Apollo Twin comes a new technology called Unison, in the words of Universal Audio “More than three years in the making, Unison is an exclusive analog/digital integration system that gives the user continuous, realtime, bi-directional control and interplay between Apollo’s physical hardware and UAD software mic preamp models. With Unison, the Apollo mic preamp’s analog impedance, gain stage sweet spots, and component-level circuit behaviors are adjusted in real time prior to analog-to-digital conversion to accurately emulate the target mic preamp model.”

As you can see from the image above (click to enlarge) as the microphone passes from the analog input and then to A/D the digital plug-in and the analog input are in constant communication and adjustments are being made relative to the impedance and gain staging, this will vary depending on the plug-in you use. The 610 is just the start of ‘Unison’ equipped plug-ins from UA.

This technology makes a huge difference to the future of plug-ins, rather than simply passively modelling the audio signal, Unison creates a dynamic and evolving relationship between the analog and digital realm - this take plug-ins a step closer to the real thing. 

For existing Apollo users worried about missing out on this new technology there is some good news.

“Apollo was designed and built with mic preamp modeling in mind, and has included input impedance switching from the very beginning — every Apollo mic preamp is Unison-ready,” says Universal Audio CEO Bill Putnam Jr. “The UA 610-B Tube Preamp and EQ is the first of many Unison-enabled plug-ins for the UAD Powered Plug-Ins platform. It’s included with the new Apollo Twin desktop interface, and will be available for all Apollo customers in Q1.”

Watch out interview with Jed Allen from Universal Audio here

Universal Audio Talk About The New UAD Apollo Twin Audio Interface 

Jed from Universal Audio sat down with Russ Hughes from Pro Tools Expert for this exclusive interview about the UAD Apollo Twin desktop UAD powered interface.

Find out more here.


UAD Apollo Twin Audio Interface Review 

James from Pro Tools Expert gets an exclusive first look at the new UAD Apollo Twin desktop audio interface from Universal Audio, find out what he thinks in this extended show and tell video review.

UA Offer FREE Thunderbolt Card With Apollo Until The End Of March

Universal Audio have a Thunderbolt promo running for Apollo owners until the end of March. If you recently purchased yours then you may still be eligible, check out the info further down.

Buy an Apollo Interface, Get a FREE Thunderbolt Option Card — a $499 Value!

There couldn’t be a better time to see what Apollo audio interfaces — with their superior sound quality and Realtime UAD Processing — can do for your studio.

Now through March 31st, 2014, purchase an Apollo DUO, Apollo QUAD, or Apollo 16 audio interface from an authorized UA retailer and you’ll receive a FREE pre-installed* Thunderbolt Option Card at the time of purchase — a $499 value!

Compatible with the latest generation of iMacs, MacBook Pros, MacBook Airs, and Mac minis, the Thunderbolt Option Card offers unrivaled bandwidth and next-generation connectivity for Apollo. This translates into greater UAD plug-in instances, improved performance at higher sample rates, and reduced UAD plug-in latency versus FireWire.

Did you register an Apollo DUO, Apollo QUAD, or Apollo 16 interface in 2014 without a pre-installed Thunderbolt Option Card included? If so, you are eligible for a free Thunderbolt Option Card via our online form.** Click here to log into your My.Uaudio account to get started.

Got questions about this promotion? Drop us a line at info@uaudio.com. Or call us at 1-877-698-2834 (Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm, Pacific Time).

Community Tip - Using Apollo Console Virtual Routing For Logic VIs

With the support of iLok, more tips & tricks from the community. Here is one from Jared Steinfeld…

I had sent you a tip about using Apollo Console’s virtual routers to use UAD plugins in Pro Tools 11. You can use the virtual inputs/outputs to get software instruments from Logic X to Pro Tools 11 in a similar manner as your Soundflower technique. I simply set up an instrument in Logic Pro X and have it sent out of one of the Console virtual outputs. In Pro Tools 11, you then make a audio track with the Console virtual input selected.  You can then record the software instrument as audio in Pro Tools (I was actually playing the Logic instruments “live” into Pro Tools)… I haven’t tried your sync method yet, but that is next on my list of to-do’s. Thanks again for all of your tips and tricks. I really enjoy the blog and podcast.

If you would like the chance to win a stormtrooper iLok, courtesy of iLok, send in tips you think no one has thought about.  Please don’t just send shortcuts which are easily found elsewhere, or pull ideas from the manual; instead, be creative about your tips & tricks. Please use the Contact Us page to send us have your tips.

The Pro Tools Expert Team Talk About Universal Apollo 16 - Review Video

Russ and James take a good look at the Universal Audio Apollo 16 to see if it offers something new, they discuss its merits, Pro Tools mode and flex routing.

Lev Perrey From Universal Audio Talks About UAD v 7.1 And AAX 

Russ has a Skype chat with Lev Perrey from Universal Audio to talk about UAD version 7.1 software update and to get the latest news of AAX 64 bit for Pro Tools 11. Apologies for Skype quality during some of the video.

Universal Audio Announce UAD 7.01

UAD have announced what they describe as ‘an important update’ version 7.01.

UAD v7.0 software represented an update to our entire UAD codebase, and we’ve identified and fixed a few bugs in a new maintenance release, UAD software v7.0.1.

Here’s the specifics:

  • UAD plug-in status display is restored in the UAD Meter & Control Panel application
  • Resolved issue where plug-in controls could jump to maximum when using the scroll wheel under 32-bit hosts
  • (UAD-2 Satellite) Resolved issue preventing adjustment of the UAD FireWire Bandwidth Allocation
  • (Apollo 16) Important Apollo firmware update
  • (Ocean Way Studios plug-in) Corrected behavior of Master Level fader in Reverb mode

Visit the UAD Software Download Page today to install v7.0.1 software. And feel free to contact our Customer Support team with any questions, using the links below.

UA Announce Apollo 16 Interface - Exclusive Video 

Last week, we were invited by Universal Audio to meet with them and see the new Apollo 16 audio interface and talk about it with UA’s Jed Allen. Of course we jumped at the chance.

We’ve been very excited since seeing this - an Apollo 16 and Pro Tools 11 may well be a killer system.

Apollo 16 is targeted at professional studio installations and pro-sumer home recordists looking for a no-compromise recording interface. It will also appeal to adjacent audio markets like Post-production, Broadcast, and Live Sound.

 Key Features

  • UA’s flagship audio interface with 16 x 16 analog I/O and best-in-class conversion 
  • Onboard UAD-2 QUAD DSP Processing runs the full library of 60+ UAD Powered plug-insboth in real time, for sub-2ms tracking/monitoring, and during DAW mixing 
  • Twice the analog connectivity of the original Apollo — ideal for professional facilities with mixing console, outboard analog hardware, cue/headphone systems, etc.
  • Connects to compatible Mac or Win 7 machines via FireWire 800* or Thunderbolt Option card (Mac only - sold separately)
  • Plug-Ins from the biggest names in the business 
  • Additional UAD DSP Accelerator horsepower available during mixing

Full Spec 

  • UA’s flagship FireWire/Thunderbolt-ready audio interface for Mac and Windows 7* 
  • 16 x 16 analog I/O via DB-25 connectors — ideal for professional mixing consoles, outboard preamps, etc
  • Realtime UAD-2 QUAD processing for low-latency (sub-2ms) tracking and mixing w/ UAD Powered Plug-Ins
  • Thunderbolt Option Card for next-generation connectivity to compatible Macs 
  • Multi-unit cascading merges two Apollo 16 units for 32 x 32 analog I/O 
  • Four stereo Cue mixes with fully assignable outputs  
  • PT Mode allows easy insertion of outboard analog hardware in Pro Tools**
  • New Virtual I/O feature for Realtime UAD Processing of virtual instruments and DAW tracks 
  • Includes “Analog Classics” plug-ins: LA-2A Classic Audio Leveler, 1176LN Limiting Amplifier, and Pultec EQP-1A EQ 
  • Full recall of interface and plug-in settings in DAW sessions via Console Recall plug-in (VST/RTAS/AU)
  • Includes dedicated XLR monitor outs; 2 x 2 channels of AES-EBU digital I/O 
  • Basic stand-alone mode for persistent mixing without a computer
  • Full compatibility with UAD-2 DSP Accelerator systems 
  • VST, AU, RTAS, and 64-bit plug-in support

For more info visit UA

Pro Tools Expert Podcast 49 - NAMM 2013 Special

Russ and Mike, are joined by James Ivey for this edition of the Pro Tools Expert podcast. This week is a post NAMM 2013 special but we do get around to answer some questions as well.

  • Competitions
  • Avid ProSeries of plug-ins
  • Waves DiGiGrid and AAX plug-ins
  • Avid & Abbey Road
  • Apollo cascading and new UAD plug-ins
  • Rupert Neve Designs 500 Series modules
  • AIR Ignite, Loom, Vacuum Pro
  • Community Tip 1 - Jeremy Hart 1
  • Problems using hardware inserts on Fast Track Pro
  • Memory upgrade for iMac
  • PT 8 on Mac 10.6.8 & rescuing files 
  • Reverb plug-in recommendations 
  • Plug-in format confusion

Listen on iTunes

If you cannot see the audio controls, listen/download the audio file here

UA Offer New Apollo Multi-unit Cascading Feature & Pro Tools Mode

One of the things we wanted to see improved in the UA Apollo was the ability to get more I/O. Well UA have responded to that request with the new cascading feature. In their words.

Among the new Apollo interface features slated for delivery in the first half of 2013 is multi-unit cascading, which combines two Apollo interfaces into a single elegant system via FireWire or Thunderbolt. Multi-unit cascading provides simultaneous use of 16 analog inputs / outputs, including eight Apollo mic preamps, plus 12 digital inputs and outputs — perfect for tracking a full band.

The boost in Apollo connectivity is navigated via a redesigned Console application, offering better visual feedback, a new Mix-Merge mode, and a Pro Tools mode which greatly simplifies integration with Pro Tools systems. “A year after its introduction, Apollo has become the top-selling audio interface in its class,” says UA CEO and Founder, Bill Putnam Jr. “We’re committed to enhancing its creative possibilities, through ongoing software improvements and a growing roster of new plug-in titles from UA and Direct Developer partners like Softube.”

Results of 2013 SOS Awards announced

Sound on Sound have announced the results of their awards across 16 categories as voted for by their readers. Some of the results are predicatable and others are interesting…

  • Audio Interface: Universal Audio Apollo
  • DAW Software: Avid Pro Tools
  • Effects and Processing hardware: Universal Audio LA2A
  • Plug-in Effects: Sound Toys Native Effects
  • Plug-in Processor: Izotope Ozone
  • Hardware Controller: Apple iPad
  • Keyboard/Synth: Access Virus TI
  • Microphone: Neumann U87ai
  • Mixer: SSL Duality
  • Monitors: Genelec 8240A DSP
  • Hardware Recorder: Zoom R24
  • Mic Preamp: Neve 1073DP
  • Software Instruments: Native Instruments Reaktor
  • Sound Library: Native Instruments Abbey Road Drums series
  • Headphones: Sennheiser HD800
  • Live Sound: Allen & Heath GLD series

The least surprising result has to be DAW software, then Apollo being the best interface, especially as we awarded it our product of 2012. I wouldn’t have predicted the Plug-in Effects category but it is great to see Ozone get the Plug-in Processor award. Then there is the Hardware Contoller award going to the iPad but surely that has a lot to do with Neyrinck’s amazing V-Control app which does make the iPad an incerdiblely powerful hardware controller that doesn’t cost the earth even if you need to buy an iPad specially for it.

Those are my thoughts, what did and didn’t surprise you?

A Second Attempt At Breaking The Universal Audio Apollo Thunderbolt

We got some feedback from our recent test of the UA Apollo, so we made the changes requested and ran the same test again.