Universal Audio have announced that a selection of their renowned UAD analogue emulation plug-ins are now available natively for both Mac and Windows platforms, and can be purchased individually with no UA hardware required. The company have also revealed three new bundles, each of which have been tailored to meet the needs of mix engineers, musicians, and producers, along with Waterfall Rotary Speaker, a brand new emulation of Leslie’s legendary rotary cabinet.
Native versions of the following UAD plug-ins are now available:
- Lexicon 224 Digital Reverb
- Hitsville Reverb Chambers
- Pure Plate Reverb
- Galaxy Tape Echo
- Studio D Chorus
- Brigade Chorus
- Waterfall Rotary Speaker - New!
- API Vision Channel Strip
- Studer A800 Tape Recorder
- Pultec Passive EQ Collection
- Hitsville EQ Collection
- Century Tube Channel Strip
- Oxide Tape Recorder
- UA 1176 Classic Limiter Collection
- Teletronix LA-2A Leveler Collection
- API 2500 Bus Compressor
- Moog Minimoog
- PolyMAX Polyphonic Synth
- Opal Morphing Synthesizer
- Ravel Grand Piano
- Waterfall B3 Organ
As well as being available individually, the plug-ins can also be purchased as part of three new bundles: Creative Edition, Mix Edition, and Diamond Edition, which contain 10, 23, and 28 UAD plug-ins respectively.
Each purchase will include the new UAD Native version for Mac and Windows, along with Apollo Realtime and UAD-2 versions which run using the on-board DSP of Apollo interfaces and UAD-2 hardware accelerators.
Waterfall Rotary Speaker
In addition to the new native versions of existing UAD plug-ins, Universal Audio have also announced the release of Waterfall Rotary Speaker, which promises to deliver the most authentic-sounding emulation of a Leslie Type 147 cabinet available today. The company have modelled the device’s entire circuit, including the valve power amp stage, and have captured its unique movement and tonal range using meticulously placed vintage microphones.
Volume and Drive parameters are placed at the top of the GUI, along with individual Acceleration/Deceleration and Speed Trim controls for the cabinet’s horn and drum sections, and a selector switch that offers Fast, Brake, and Slow settings.
A section at the bottom of the GUI then offers a balance control to blend between signals captured using microphones placed in front of the cabinet’s horn and drum sections. The former provides a choice of one mono position, and two stereo positions, whilst the latter allows users to chose between a pair of mono placements.
A selection of presets are also included, which have been specifically designed to cater for a range of sources including vocals, guitar, bass, keyboards, and more.
Pricing & Availability
The new bundles are available now, and are being offered for the following introductory prices until 31 March 2023:
- UAD Diamond Edition: $699 (reduced from $999)
- UAD Mix Edition: $559 (reduced from $699)
- UAD Creative Edition: $349 (reduced from $499)
Waterfall Rotary Speaker is also available to purchase separately, priced at $199, and is now included in the company's UAD Spark subscription service.
Other individual plug-in prices can be found on the Universal Audio website.