Universal Audio have today announced three new direct developer plug-ins for UAD hardware and Apollo interfaces — the Brainworx bx_digital V3 EQ Collection, Sonnox Oxford Envolution, and the exclusive Marshall JMP 2203 guitar amplifier. All three plug-ins will be released as part of UAD Software v8.5 in early February 2016.
Marshall JMP 2203 Guitar Amplifier Plug-In — $199
Developed by Softube exclusively for UAD-2 and Apollo interfaces, the Marshall JMP 2203 plug-in is an expert emulation of the legendary ultra-flexible 100-watt amplifier used by everyone from Iron Maiden and Slayer, to Jeff Beck and My Bloody Valentine. All Marshall plug-ins include UA’s Unison technology; Apollo user’s guitar pickups will see the exact impedance load as if they’re plugged into a vintage Marshall amp.
Introduced in 1975, the JMP 2203 is widely regarded as one of Marshall’s premier amplifier designs. The amp quickly caught on with players of all stripes with its abundance of dense crunch and power. The plug-in affords users with five virtual microphone options and over 50 presets designed by legendary AC/DC engineer Tony Platt. Existing UAD Marshall plug-in users can upgrade for a reduced price of $149.
Sonnox Oxford Envolution — $249
Developed by Sonnox, the Oxford Envolution is a frequency-dependent envelope shaper that can add presence or distance to drums, piano, guitar, and any other percussive content. With separate transient and sustain sections, Envolution is designed to radically modify the sound of sources, boosting sustain for added ambience or cutting it for quick, precise gating.
Providing a balance between flexibility and ease of use, its makers claim it offers greater control of presence in a mix than an EQ or compressor, and it can also be used to generate negative ratio compression effects. Envolution also offers tilt/parametric targeting of frequencies, huge gain ranges — transients ±24 dB; sustain -48 dB to +24 dB — and a warmth control for harmonic saturation/tone shaping.
Brainworx bx_digital V3 EQ Plug-In Collection — $299
The Brainworx bx_digital V3 EQ Collection is a dramatic reimagining of the popular bx_digital V2 EQ plug-in — an advanced mastering EQ and M/S (mid/side) processor used by many top mixing, mastering, and post-production engineers.
The bx_digital V3 EQ adds a Dynamic EQ section, radically updated filters, and a new proportional Q mode to the already powerful M/S capabilities of the plug-in. New user-friendly features also include Gain Scale and three tones of focus for the onboard Bass and Presence ‘Shifters’. Current UAD bx_digital V2 plug-in owners can upgrade for only $49.