As is now standard practice for Universal Audio, the latest update to the UAD software that ships with the company’s DSP-powered hardware interfaces, UAD cards and DSP accelerators includes 14-day demo versions of various new plug-ins; users who perform the upgrade can pay to keep them at the end of the trial period. Three come with the UAD v9.8 upgrade:
• V76 Preamplifier is an emulation of the valve-based mic preamp designed in the 1950s by Germany’s IFR, or Institut für Rundfunktechnik (the country’s still extant Broadcast Technology Institute). The original device was widely used by studios all over Germany, as well as Decca and Abbey Road studios in London. The virtual version models the entire valve- and transformer-based signal path (including the impedance, gain staging and circuit behaviour of the original), offering up to 76dB of gain with the classic V76 sound.
• Antares Auto-Tune Realtime Advanced doesn’t need much explanation; as the name suggests, it’s the latest version of Antares’ classic plug-in, usable in real time with low latency.
• Diezel Herbert Amplifier, modelled by Brainworx, emulates Peter Diezel’s much-loved 180W Herbert guitar amp, originally launched in the early 2000s. The plug-in offers users 120 modelled recording paths with a selection of speaker cabinets and microphones, all recorded in Brainworx’s studio through a Neve VXS72 console.
The UAD v9.8 update is available from www.uaudio.com/uad/downloads. At the end of their 14-day trials, UAD v9.8 users may purchase the V76 plug-in for $149£115, the Auto-Tune plug-in for $299£229, and the Diezel Herbert amp for $149£115. Owners of the existing Antares Auto-Tune Realtime plug-in can upgrade for $49.