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Re: Universal Audio (think twice before investing)

Postby bluedot » Thu Jul 16, 2020 5:48 pm

Arpangel wrote:I’m using an 828, been using it for years, rock solid, never crashed, just gets on with it.
Quality is fine, more than good enough for any application, I’ve never had a reason to think about buying anything else, more to the point, it’s also very reasonably priced.

Is it the es thunderbolt version? Mine goes out of sync occasionally and sometimes gets crackly. A quick reboot solves it. About once a week it occurs, but for $900 - what a deal. It sounds as good as the Apogee did to me. I appreciate having the MIDI. I had used a couple 828 MKII for a decade until FW800 got flakey with adapters from the new macs.
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Re: Universal Audio (think twice before investing)

Postby dbfs » Thu Jul 16, 2020 6:21 pm

I have no problems with uad, I have tried with a quad, sold it. Then bought an octo, tried it and sold it. recently tried an octo again and returned it. Im fine with native. To me I could there somerhing I did not like with uad sound. It actuallt annoys me slightly that I can't see why some many love the uad plugins.

I must say though that the uad plugins never gave me any problems.
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Re: Universal Audio (think twice before investing)

Postby MOF » Thu Jul 16, 2020 6:28 pm

I’ve been using a secondhand UAD Silver face Apollo Core2 duo (for a number of years), originally on Firewire, then Thunderbolt (when I upgraded my iMac) and I’ve been very pleased with it, no issues. I recently upgraded to the X4.
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Re: Universal Audio (think twice before investing)

Postby ets » Wed Sep 02, 2020 5:50 pm

I have a first generation firewire Apollo. I got it when it first came out several years ago and have never had any issues at all. That said, I have assiduously resisted the sales and come ons for buying their plugs, with a few exceptions. TBH, my plug ins are not the weak link in my music production chain, and I have a problem seeing past their wildly skeuomorphic interfaces to the actual sound of the plug. Its better for my listening not to have a faux aged set of dials or spinning tape machine and pseudo VU meters, and just to listen. So when the time comes to replace the UA, I will look more at the quality of the A/D and preamps, and probably save myself several hundred bucks by not buying a UAD.
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Re: Universal Audio (think twice before investing)

Postby Arpangel » Sun Sep 06, 2020 11:30 am

bluedot wrote:
Arpangel wrote:I’m using an 828, been using it for years, rock solid, never crashed, just gets on with it.
Quality is fine, more than good enough for any application, I’ve never had a reason to think about buying anything else, more to the point, it’s also very reasonably priced.

Is it the es thunderbolt version? Mine goes out of sync occasionally and sometimes gets crackly. A quick reboot solves it. About once a week it occurs, but for $900 - what a deal. It sounds as good as the Apogee did to me. I appreciate having the MIDI. I had used a couple 828 MKII for a decade until FW800 got flakey with adapters from the new macs.

Mine is a bog satandard 828 MK11, I’m running it connected through a FireWire to Thunderbolt lead, it’s always worked fine, not one issue so far, touch wood!
I only got it because it was given to me free of charge, free things always sound better anyway!

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