The team at Universal Audio are very pleased to be able to announce version 9.7 of their UAD-2 software supporting all Apollo interfaces’ and UAD-2 DSP accelerated hardware. Version 9.7 brings us five new plug-ins featuring the Lexicon 480L Digital reverb and effects, Softube Vocoder, AMS Neve DFC Channel Strip, Brainworx Suhr SE100 Amplifier and the Brainworx bx_masterdesk Classic.
The legendary Lexicon 480L hardware was originally released in 1986, featuring the now iconic Lark fader-driven remote control and is instantly recognisable sitting at the centre of many of the world’s most famous studios consoles. The 480L's spacious lush reverbs and vivid effects textures can be heard on hit records from the 80’s to this day. The 480L could even be called “timeless”.
In addition to Lexicon’s stunning reverbs, the Lexicon 480L’s random time-varying effects algorithm provides reverse, doubling, tremolo and chorus effects. Combine this with its unique four-voice Twin Delay algorithm and the Effects algorithm turns the 480L into a versatile multi-effects system with creative potential to get lost in and enjoy.
Licensed and endorsed by Lexicon, featuring their pinnacle achievement algorithm designs
Provides the essential sound and control set of the legendary Lexicon hardware
Enduring Lexicon reverb and effects derived from final software version 4.10 including Plate, Hall, Room, Random, Ambience, Twin Delays and Effects algorithms
UAD plug-in recreates iconic desktop remote with logical workflow improvements
Includes over 100 artist presets from Spike Stent, Chuck Zwicky, Eli Janney, Ian Boxill,, Jacknife Lee, and many more
Price - $349 USD
You can check out just how good the UAD-2 version of the Lexicon 480L sounds in the audio files below. First you can hear a Drums only mix of the song Sunrise by Kaka Fuego featuring Daniel Joseph Blundell on Bass and Vocals, Paul Sundt on Guitar and James Ivey on Drums.
Vocoders have been used to great effect transforming the human voice into various forms of robot speak on musical hits by Herbie Hancock, Kraftwerk, Daft Punk, Afrika Bambaataa, and in post production for TV and film including the universally feared voice of the Cylons in cult Sci-Fi classic Battlestar Galactica. Developed by Softube, exclusively for UAD hardware and UA Audio Interfaces, the Softube Vocoder plug-in takes its sonic cues from the best analog vocoders of the past, while adding new features to take this iconic effect into the future.
Generates iconic robotic vocal textures with classic analogue vocoder tone
12-voice polyphonic carrier synth with multiple waveforms and selectable octave
Freeze function can be DAW-synced to clock division, or controlled via MIDI
Variable bands (4, 8, 12, 16, 20) offering vintage to modern vocoding effects
Notes and chords can be entered in real time with the built-in keyboard or via MIDI
Price $199 USD
AMS Neve DFC (Digital Film Console) Channel Strip
The AMS Neve Digital Film Console or as it is affectionately know the “DFC,” is the ultimate, purpose-built console for multi-format film dubbing and TV post production. Used to mix Oscar-winning soundtracks and countless hit TV shows, the AMS Neve DFC resides in the world’s leading post-production houses including Skywalker Sound and Warner Bros facilities. This plug-in recreation, available exclusively for UAD-2 and UA audio interfaces, of the AMS Neve DFC Channel Strip offers the exact same DSP algorithms from the leading modern post-production console without the six figure price tag that the hardware commands.
Access the sound of the AMS Neve Digital Film Console channel strip, the same used in the world's premier motion picture facilities
Four bands of fully parametric EQ, plus two bands of 4th-order filtering
Compressor, Limiter, Expander, Gate, and Dynamic EQ
Price - $299 USD
Suhr SE100 Guitar Amplifier - Unison Enabled
Developed by the team at Brainworx and fully endorsed by John Suhr himself, the Suhr SE100 Amplifier plug-in perfectly captures the original amplifier’s tonal character, expertly emulating its custom plexi-style transformers and EL34 valve powered output stage. The Suhr SE100 Amplifier plug-in is available exclusively for UAD hardware and UA Audio Interfaces and is Unison ready to function perfectly with the guitar input on your Apollo interface.
Exacting emulation of the original Suhr SE100 tube amp, authenticated and endorsed by John Suhr and Doug Aldrich (Whitesnake)
120 advanced Impulse Responses (IR) to catch all styles and genres from high-gain to creamy clean sounds
FX Rack includes host-syncable lo-fi delay, noise gate, tight and smooth filters, and power soak with pre and power amp bypass
Physical input impedance and hands-on gain staging with Unison technology
Price - $149 USD
Brainworx bx masterdesk Classic
Built on the same high-end analog mastering chain as its big brother, the bx_masterdesk plug-in, the Brainworx bx_masterdesk Classic plug-in offers powerful, easy-to-use controls for a self- contained mastering environment so you can effortlessly produce high-level masters.
Full-fledged, professional analogue mastering chain
Built and tuned with years of mastering experience by Brainworx founder Dirk Ulrich
Focuses on essential user interface elements for maximum control and ease of use
High-quality, field-proven audio processors, for easy and effective results
Price - $99 USD
Below you can see the settings I used when mastering the track Sunrise to get the dynamic ranger meter to sit between 6 and 8 (the Green zone). You can compare the masterdesk version with the “naked” unmastered version (in the 480L section of this article) to see and hear how easy it is to get a great sounding master of your music.
Version 9.7 of the Universal Audio software for Apollo and UAD-2 hardware is available now from the Universal Audio website.