We caught up with the folks from Universal Audio at Knobcon 2017, and frankly wondered what a company known for audio interfaces and DSP-powered plug-ins that emulate vintage compressors and EQs and such was doing at a synthesizer convention.
As it turns out, they were demonstrating that thanks to the DC-coupled outputs on all flavors of UA Apollo interfaces, you can use them to send analog control voltage to your modular synths. That means you can sequence something in a DAW that includes CV instructions for your analog gear, then pipe that out through your Apollo's outputs. It's an ideal bridge between your MIDI-slash-computer-slash-digital worlds and your analog-slash-modular world.
We talk about a few other developments in the video below with "Spanky" Salzman (anyone else remember "The Little Rascals"? Yeah, the resemblance is more than passing..) , but the CV output is the main attraction. You see they're driving a Moog Mother 32 with this CV information in the video.
One more thing: The UA Console software now includes a bunch of MIDI functionality, which begs the question: Will the UAD platform that's been so good at rendering DSP-powered emulations of vintage compressors, EQs, reverbs, preamps, and other audio processing devices, finally be put through its paces rendering software synths and other virtual instruments? Creamware established the usefulness of the underlying Analog Devices SHARC DSP chips for this sort of application long ago, so in the hands of UA's serious geeks, this could be promising.
Even if that never happens, this did ... Enjoy!