Universal Audio aren't used to resting on their laurels – their latest update to their UAD platform comes only a month after their last – and version 7.4 adds two new plug-ins: the Fairchild Tube Limiter Collection and the Maag EQ4.
The Fairchild Tube Limiter Collection ($299) comprises recreations of both the stereo Fairchild 670 and mono 660 limiters. Both are modelled on 'golden-reference' units from the legendary Ocean Way Studios. This isn't the first time the engineers at Universal Audio have recreated a Fairchild. Apollo and UAD users will be familiar with the popular Fairchild 670 legacy plug-in, released in 2004.
According to UA, the time constants and gain reduction curves have been improved in the new plug-ins and, in an a first for the company, the complete tube-powered amplifier and transformer sections of the hardware counterparts have been modelled.
The hardware version of the Maag EQ4, originally designed by Cliff Maag and reviewed in July 2013, was intended to provide transparency and top-end presence while maintaining a natural sound. It is known for it's unusual 'Air Band' control which is claimed to boost treble frequencies without harshness or hiss. Developed by Brainworx, the Maag EQ4 plug-in is a digital emulation of the hardware unit and is available now from the UA online store for $229.